English: My Ordinary Life
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2011 to Sep 25, 2011
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisWhile the title suggests a story of simple, everyday school life, the contents are more the opposite. The setting is a strange school where you may see the principal wrestle a deer or a robot's arm hide a rollcake. However there are still normal stories, like making a card castle or taking a test you didn't study for.
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Prequel: Nichijou Episode 0
Side story: Nichijou: Tanken Nichijou no Machi
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Before watching an anime, by looking at the genre and the plot synopsis and a couple of pictures, you begin to develop thoughts on what to expect by watching a series. A genre such as mecha has certain aspects to the anime that one can expect to experience by watching a mecha anime.
Nichijou, however, disregards all that and brings us something innovative and absolutely hilarious.
Yes, at first, by reading the synopsis, I thought to myself, "How could anyone like something so vague and unfocused as this?" However, as a fan of comedy and slice of life, I watched it with a general idea of what to expect of such an anime.
I was dead wrong.
Nichijou focuses on the lives of "everyday" "ordinary" high school girls while telling multiple small "side" stories that really develops one's perception of the world that the writers are trying to create. The comedy is at times completely random, but other times orchestrated within an episode which makes it all the more hilarious. From watching Yukko and Mio argue and make up, to watching Sakamoto deal with the Professor and Nano, there is rarely a dull moment in Nichijou.
I'm one who likes a good plot that leaves you thinking after you complete that series. Series such as Psycho Pass, or Steins;Gate are good examples of that. However, I found myself rewatching Nichijou again. Does it have a plot that is intricate and complex and deep? No, but what Nichijou creates and calls a "plot" is interesting and emotional in it's own way.
If you're looking for a different anime that breaks the conventions of its genre, or just want to laugh your butt off at slapstick comedy, I highly recommend My Ordinary Life. read more
If I had to sum up all of Nichijou in one word, it would be "beautiful." As a slice of life, this anime can't be for everyone, as most people like to have a story that is actually driven by the plot. But even if you aren't into slice of life anime, there is something in Nichijou for everyone to enjoy.
Every episode is a series of semi-random "moments" in each of the characters' lives. As far as an actual storyline goes, there is no distinct beginning or end to Nichijou. No goal, no real conflict - as to be expected of a slice of life, "storyless." However, at about the halfway point, I started to question whether all of Nichijou somewhat revolves around Nano and her dreams of leading a normal, everyday life (which is what "nichijou" roughly translates to). There are some really beautiful moments that do advance the plot, which is part of what makes Nichijou so special as a slice of life.
Stunning. Characters are distinct, cute, and thoroughly enjoyable to look at. Animation has very fluid movements, and the "camera" work, especially during the funny scenes, is just brilliant. One thing that I particularly adore about this anime is the fact that, as opposed to some anime like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, in which the art style becomes overly-simplistic during moments of comedy, Nichijou's art style becomes vastly more serious and dramatic for almost all of the hilarious moments. Without losing an ounce of fluidity, Nichijou will abruptly switch from cute and colorful to intense, fast-paced action with over-the-top explosions and yelling. Everything about the art in this anime is something to behold.
Hats off to Hyadain, as he did both of the OP songs and one of the ED songs, which are fun and upbeat, as expected of him. The background music is also very well-done, it's unobtrusive and mellow, allowing the characters themselves to set the mood more so than the music.
This is the glue that holds the entire thing together. The characters make up for the lack of a concrete story and then some - this anime is definitely NOT just something pretty to look at. During the few times that the plot progresses, so do the characters. They learn and grow, they have problems and they help each other. I found myself growing attached to all of the characters, I don't think there is a bad one in the bunch.
Overall, I love this anime. It is certainly beautiful in more ways than one, and it stands above many other anime in terms of being a slice of life and a comedy. If you like Lucky Star and Gintama, I can almost assure you that you'll have a blast with this anime. I know I sure did! read more
Similar humour and episode layout/development. However, Azumanga has a stronger storyline than Nichijou, which is literally just clips from the character's obscure lives.
Flagship comedy of Japanese animation. These names are pretty-much Mr.Bean of anime world at its time. High-profile, funny, not plotless but whogivesashit, feature stereotypical moe girl of its era, and appeal to majority male anime audiences (a.k.a. freaky otaku.)
Both looks at the daily lives of high school girls that often display very mundane conversations/activities into hilarious outcomes. I do have to mention, however, that Norio Wakamoto had a larger role in Azumanga Daioh than Nichijou. Just sayin'.
Nichijou is based on a similar idea as Azumanga - it shows everyday life of a selected group of schoolgirls. But where Azumanga drops the laughing parts and gets on a more mellow and heartcatching atmosphere Nichijou keeps its pace. Personally I consider Nichijou to be a much more wonderful, memorable, emotional experience. It made me laugh so many times and also cry so many times. And it is the first anime I truly and sincerely wanted to continue forever.
Both are random humored anime with slice of life involved.
Random is my name, chaos is my game.
Slice of Life and Randomness :D
If you enjoyed watching either one, I'm sure you'll enjoy the other one as well!
but Nichijou is a little bit more random though, but they almost have the same wavelength
At the first look Nichijou looks like an imitation of Azumanga, the humor and characters are very similar but Nichijou have his own value too, both are really funny and may convert your worst day into a happy one.
Both of them revolve around the everyday life of several school girls and the weird happenings that they get into. They have similar humor, so I think you'd definitely like one if you liked the other. Nichijou is a little more weird and it has more characters, while Azumanga Daioh spends more time focusing on one group of characters.
Randomness... But nichijou is more just randomness and azumanga has a story... a bit.
Simillar art, except that Nichijou uses a more colorful art than Azumanga Daioh.
A lot of randomness here. Slice of Life randomness as well.
If you enjoyed Azumanga Daioh, you won't be disappointed with Nichijou.
Nichijou and Azumanga Daioh are both high school comedies that follow a segmented format (where each episode is divided into a number of "mini-episodes"). Both rely more on physical comedy and non-sequitur or absurdness than wit as the base of their humor. Neither of the two pay very dedicated attention to realism, with Nichijou in particular being quite surreal for certain segments.
A cast of female characters in a school setting. Both contain very little, if any, storyline, but rather focus on pure comedy. Nichijou is much more random in comparison, but both pull off jokes extremely well.
Both are amazing slice-of-life anime about....well.....nothing really. Though Azumanga is relaxed and Nichijou is hyperactive.
The cuteness and randomness make these two animes similar in style.
similar artwork and over to hilarious comedy XD
Both are extremly funny, randomness, the character staffs are really similar, main characters are girls, crazy teachers and moe :33
The same plot with the same sense of humor and funny characters.
Both highschool comedy with a group of odd girls as friends
I feel that Nichijou is the spiritual successor to Azumanga Daioh in that Nichijou is like Azumanga Daioh on crack. Some of the character designs are reminiscent of Azumanga Daioh, and it has a similar short-skit kind of feel to it, but Nichijou's art, cast of characters, and jokes are more fast-paced and crazy, showing how the genre has progressed over the 9 years difference between the two.
The anime also centers around the daily life of school girls and has many humor elements, some characters are also similar (thick headed type, burning-spirit type, gullible type). Nichijou has more twists and fantasy related content
Both have chibi art styles. Both are school-based slice of life, with bizarre comedic gold. Both mainly focus on school-girls. Both are happy/uplifting and sure to put a smile on your face.
Both are about everyday life of a very likeable group of high school girls dealing with a bunch of pseudo-random and funny moments.
Nichijou is hilarious, has some abnormal cats, and it's about what? SCHOOLGIRLS! if you like Azumanga Daioh, then you will AD-ORE Nichijou
Both have a very similar plot, are "slice-of-life", and share the same over-the-top randomness.
Both Azumanga Daioh and Nichijou are about a group of high school girls experiencing the exaggerated events of everyday life. Both are stylized as a "sitcom" with no overarching plot however this doesn't take away from the quality of writing since each series' episodes are gems on their own.
-Identical character archetypes.
-Similar comedic situations.
The comedy may be a bit more abstract in Nichijou but it uses this to its advantage making it even better at some points. Both shows have the same presentation—short stories clips—(Azumanga's is definitely more relevant to itself as time progresses).
It's just related to the simplicities in life,just taken up many,many levels. I love it honestly. If Azumanga didn't exist,Nichijou wouldn't either..I love both of these shows honestly and highly recommend them
Plus Nano looks like Osaka
School life plus comedy and parody. This anime can make you grezy and fun after watch. This really fun and give point Masterpieces.
Two major qualities are fitted into both shows. First, they are the exemplary Japanese "high-tension" comedy, meaning characters in it got ADHD and turn the comedy into something fast-paced, fast-forward Mr.Bean video if you fail to understand. Second, both feature mild sex sale, the real identity of what they call moe.
The comedy part, both are considered fast-paced-high-tension comedy because you know why. They play jokes fast, get it fast, and move on to the next joke fast. Difficult to follow but considered funny if you have some mental rewind ability, or get yourself a remote and a easy-to-read fansub. If you feel a serious need to understand unserious joke, study Japanese.
Oh and the moe part, both are considered mild sex sale because Lucky Stars give character traits that are likable in its era, specifically this era. Boke(airhead), megane(glasses), tsundere(googleit), and otaku-girl stereotype are becoming more prominent as moe anime lead. Nichijou has got some different stereotype but should be considered equally likable. I interchangeably use the word moe and sex-sale in case you have not yet notice.
Both anime series revolve around the every day life in a comical way. They each have the "cute school girls" who do funny, yet common things we can relate to.
If you like random humour and cute and simple animation you'd probably like these :3
Both school life anime about high school girls with a very light-hearted, comedic tone.
-Both contains School Life/ Slice of Life/Romance and is centered around comedy.
-Both animes are compiled of short stories, and are full 30 minute episodes.
Also a funny slice of life comedy.
They're both funny and slice of life, the animation style seems similar, even some of the characters seem similar. If you liked one you should definitely like the other.
A lot of Randomness and Comedy.
Both shares the Slice of Life genre.
Lucky Star && Nichijou have similar style of random comedy regarding everyday life.
They both are slice of life and random, in a funny way. The characters are great and adorable. If you want comedy, i highly recommend both Lucky Star and Nichijou
-occasional references to pop-culture
-form: short scenes, sometimes, very short
-characters are mostly females
-lot of humor, sometimes irrational jokes
Both made by the same people. Both are moe high school girl slice-of-life comedies, where the main characters deal with everyday things: school, boys, food, family, friends... whatever. They are extremely similar in almost every way, except a few:
1. The main character archetypes are radically different.
2. The humor in Nichijou is more random, silly, and dumb. The humor in Lucky Star is more intelligent, and is almost entirely embedded in conversations.
3. The main characters in Lucky Star receive 99.9% of the focus, whereas the side characters in Nichijou get a good chunk of attention by themselves.
Both are extremely funny highschool comedies
Characters, artstyle are very similar to eachother, you might like Nichijou if you love Lucky star.
Highschool girls doing "random" things. They're both funny and cute, but Lucky Star is cuter while Nichijou is more funny.
Both of these shows center around a light-hearted, comedic, slife-of-life, and school type of genre, while also containing a similar type of art style and targeted audience.
It could be the same anime, just different seasons
Both are really funny random comedy shows
If you like Lucky Star, you should love Nichijou.
Both have funny comedy and similar artworks!
slice of life~ and very funny!
First, both share the same 3 genres, comedy, slice of life and school life. They both revolve around a group of girls that go through their regular everyday lives with moments that may just put a smile on your face or give you a chuckle. Both have simple light-hearted humor and random scenes.
Opening Theme#1: "Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi - C" by Hyadain (Kenichi Maeyamada) (eps 1-6, 8-13)
#2: "Hyadain no Joujou Yuujou (ヒャダインのじょーじょーゆーじょー)" by Hyadain (eps 14-16, 18-23, 25)
Ending Theme#01: "Zzz" by Sayaka Sasaki (eps 1, 3-5)
#02: "Zzz (Bossa Nova version)" by Sayaka Sasaki (eps 2, 10-13)
#03: "Zzz (Acapella version)" by Sayaka Sasaki (eps 7-9)
#04: "Tsubasa wo Kudasai (翼をください)" by Sayaka Sasaki (ep 14)
#05: "Kikyuu ni Notte Dokomademo (気球にのってどこまでも)" by Nano Shinonome, Hakase & Sakamoto-san (Shizuka Furuya, Hiromi Konno & Minoru Shiraishi) (ep 15)
#06: "My Ballad (マイバラード)" by Sayaka Sasaki (ep 16)more
#07: "Kaijuu no Ballad (怪獣のバラード)" by Yuuko, Mio & Mai (Mariko Honda, Mai Aizawa & Misuzu Togashi) (ep 17)
#08: "Green Green (グリーングリーン)" by Sayaka Sasaki (ep 18)
#09: "Yasei no Uma (野生の馬)" by Takasaki-sensei, Sakurai-sensei, Nakamura-sensei, Makoto Sakurai, Yuria Sekiguchi, Haruna Annaka & Ogi (Tetsu Inada, Mami Kosuge, Kaoru Mizuhara, Takahiro Hikami, Ai Hirosaka, Kaori Sadohara, Ryouta Takeuchi) (ep 19)
#10: "Ano Subarashii Ai o Mou Ichido (あの素晴らしい愛をもう一度)" by Sayaka Sasaki (ep 20)
#11: "Sudachi no Uta (巣立ちの歌)" by Sasahara, Misato, Nakanojou, Weboshi & Fecchan (Yoshihisa Kawahara, Chika Horikawa, Kazutomi Yamamoto, Youko Tamaoki & Yumi Higuchi) (ep 21)
#12: "Aogeba Toutoshi (仰げば尊し)" by Sayaka Sasaki (ep 22)
#13: "Sora ga Konna ni Aoi to wa (空がこんなに青いとは)" by Hakase & Mai (Hiromi Konno & Misuzu Togashi) (ep 23)
#14: "Yuuki Hitotsu wo Tomo ni Shite (勇気一つを友にして)" by Sayaka Sasaki (ep 24)
#15: "Let's search for Tomorrow" by Yuuko, Mio & Mai (Mariko Honda, Mai Aizawa & Misuzu Togashi) (ep 25)
#16: "Tabidachi no hi ni (旅立ちの日に)" by Yuuko, Mio, Mai, Nano, Hakase & Sakamoto-san (Mariko Honda, Mai Aizawa, Misuzu Togashi, Shizuka Furuya, Hiromi Konno & Minoru Shiraishi) (ep 26)
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