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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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
Conventional wisdom has always taught us that more is usually better. We think that the more expensive car should have more completely unrelated features, the better ice-cream sundae should have a bigger pile of fresh fruit on top, and the better statistics report should be able to pull more numbers out of it’s arse. We compare phones by the multitude of apps it can run, our enjoyment of horror films is based on how many different ways the various victims die, and we often rate anime by how many story arcs, characters, subplots and themes it can cram into it’s 26 episode season.
As the modern entertainment sector continues to emphasize excess and surplus, Nichijou is a much welcome, and frankly much needed throwback to a more old-school approach to entertainment. Nichijou’s frugal yet distinct style reminds us that something is perfect, not because there’s nothing more to add to it, but because there is nothing more to take away.
Nichijou brings to us a fusion of gag, moe, slice-of-life and slapstick comedy. It’s humor is very reminiscent of Azumanga Diaoh while it’s art style borrows heavily from the distinctly colorful palette of Lucky Star. Nichijou adopts a very light-hearted approach with it’s tone; it’s jokes are played fast and loose, and while there is a constant shift of pacing throughout each episode, Nichijou never seems to take itself very seriously.
Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about Nichijou is it’s production value. Frankly speaking, Nichijou is GORGEOUS to look at; it’s animation so incredibly fluid and it’s art so crisp and vivid that it actually puts other supposedly competent studios to shame. The artwork selects it’s palette very sparingly, with a result that is both vibrant yet easy on the eyes. This gentle tone is then frequently punctuated by segments of metaphorical (and in some cases literal) animation explosions, showcasing KyoAni’s talent with a huge variety of styles from gritty realism to crayon slapstick.
One can’t help but wonder if KyoAni isn’t deliberately showing off their workmanship with this anime. Many originally very short panels from the manga are translated into incredibly imaginative and stunning sequences of animation that simply scream “because we can.” Show off or not, Nichijou’s cinematography is nothing short of outstanding; it’s liberal interpretation of the original source material has really allowed the creativity of director Ishihara Tatsuya and the KyoAni animators to shine through like nothing we’ve ever seen before.
Special mention to Nichijou’s OP and ED songs, which are creative shorts (incredibly well sync’d I might mention) in their own right. As a fun fact, both of Nichijou’s OPs are sung by Hyadain, who is ONE guy. No female backing vocals at all, he does it all himself. Seriously I’m not joking, go look it up.
The aforementioned dynamic pacing forms the basis of Nichijou’s entertainment value. Each episode tackles it’s structure with a large degree of unpredictability. You never know what’s going to happen next, be it a humorous dialogue scene, a fast paced action sequence, an amusing random still image or a hilarious but completely unrelated skit. Despite this seemingly chaotic approach, Nichijou still manages to find a good balance between all it’s various styles so that no episode feels too weighted. While such a haphazard approach may seem counter-intuitive for a slice-of-life anime, this style ends up working greatly in Nichijou’s favor, adding another layer to it’s texture of absurdity.
The humor itself is very simplistic, almost to a fault, and one would normally attribute this as one of Nichijou’s flaws. That is of course until you remember that “Nichijou” translates to “My Ordinary Life” and as such, the simplicity of the jokes are a fitting homage to the show’s title and premise. Many of the jokes are simply exaggerated normal events like missing the train or a waiter forgetting your order, relying on witty dialogue delivery and clever timings to get the humor across. Some may consider this a hit-or-miss sort of comedy, which is only a fair judgement. All the same, you don’t necessarily have to laugh at jokes like these to appreciate them, which is one of the main reasons why slice-of-life can have such a widespread appeal (remember K-On?)
The characters are very likable, despite the obvious utilization of moe in many of their design. If you can shed that manly exterior and look past the few excessively “cute” scenes, there’s actually an abundance of things to enjoy about Nichijou’s characters. Conventional archetypes are few and far between in this anime, and all the characters harbor their own quirky habits and flaws that you’ll quickly grow fond of.
The best thing about Nichijou’s characters however, isn’t their individuality, but how they interact with each other. The personalities of various character groups clash, contrast and complement each other in extremely interesting ways; the conversations and activities of the two golden trios of Nichijou: Yuuko/Mio/Mai and Hakase/Nano/Sakamoto make up the abundance of material in each episode and just their hilarious adventures by themselves could probably carry an entire show. This is furthered by the great voice acting that the Nichijou provides; Nichijou is one of the rare shows where the seiyuus genuinely sound like they’re enjoying themselves. Dialogues are delivered with copious amounts of enthusiasm which really helps sell the spirited relationships that the various characters enjoy with each other.
With all that has been said though, I would like to come back to that idea I mentioned when we began, that idiom of “less is more.” The thing I love most about Nichijou, isn’t the amazing artwork, the clever cinematography, the light-hearted humor or even the imaginative characters. What I love most about Nichijou is the fact that, behind all the technicalities and production values, lies a very simple ideal. Everything about Nichijou revolves around this central principle of being enjoyable. All that it does, every scene, every character, every line of dialogue alludes back to this principle. Because at the end of the day, all Nichijou wants you to do is one thing; it wants you to enjoy yourself. With Nichijou, there is no story, no subplots, no recurring themes, no character development, no product placement, no lessons to be learnt, no obscure references to pander to a niche audience, no obvious fan-service pandering or ploys to sell related merchandise.
Fun is the only thing that matters, and it's this frugality, this ingenious simplicity, that allows everything to just click together like magic.
When you finally get home after a long tiring day, the only thing Nichijou wants to do is to give you an excuse to prop your feet up after and wash that blue feeling away as it slowly puts that grin back onto your face. 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.
Both series have quirky and cute characters in a simple, slice-of-life setting with no added romance and just focusing on pure friendship.
Both are slice-of-life anime dealing with the everyday high school lives of boys/girls. Both can be rather hit or miss in the comedy department, though Nichijou tends to takes its jokes to whole new extremes.
Slife-of-life series that set themselves apart from the rest with their ridiculous humour and random high-tension moments. They call themselves 'everyday' series, and sure enough, even their absolute weirdest moments can be strangely relatable.
Similar humor. About the daily lives of a group of friends. Both will make you laugh.
Despite the fact that Nichijou focuses on the daily lives of high school girls, and Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou focuses on the daily lives of high school boys, there are three elements that shine very brightly and show a certain correlation in both series. The first is the underlying concept: these shows tackle some of the common aspects of being a high school girl or boy, respective to the title, as well as some of the stranger aspects of it. Second is the execution of this idea. Both are comedies, and, therefore, exaggerate certain scenarios, but both do so in a similar manner, and typically through the eyes of a growing set of cast members, while still remaining primarily focused on three main characters (well, I suppose you could say five or six, in Nichijou’s case). The responses to these absurd scenarios are typically outrageous, but always unique to the individual character who experiences or responds to it. Thirdly, the art style of both are different from each other, but, at the same time, very distinct and set apart from the art from other titles, and the music is very unique and catchy.
Both of these anime are set apart from other comedy-based anime due to their unique execution and strangely engaging, yet distant cast. If one of the two manages to capture your attention, the other is likely to do the same.
Daily life of high school students with a lot of comedy, and both is so RANDOM!
Both are hilarious, both are about group of highschool boys (& girls) enjoying their (not so) ordinary daily life
-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.
Both series' episodes contain a few sketches which rarely correspond to other and they have similar humor style.
Same style of humor, but Nichijou is more random.
Both are school comedies with the same type of random humor. One is just mainly about girls, and the other one is mainly about boys.
Even the title is similar. DKNN presents the daily life of high school boys. Nichijou does the same, but with girls. Both series are very funny, have the same sense of humor and hilarious/wierd characters. Yukko is a little bit similar to Tadakuni IMO. And Mio reminds me of Hidenori and Yoshitake.
I think that every Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou fan should try Nichijou. It's worth it.
Very similar comedy styles. Both set in a "normal" slice-of-life school setting, with random cutscenes of hilariousness. The only difference is Nichijou treats truly impossible events (robots, cats talking, etc.) as completely average. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou focuses more on regular high school boys.
Both anime's are pure random adventures set in high school. Both still manage to have sweet friendship stories mixed in with the story line
A story about their everyday life, the random things they do. They are really similar to each other only except that Nichijou has female main characters.
Both series adapts a slice of life approach with exaggerated scenes of humor, comedy, and absurd dialogues. In fact, some of the moments in both series are so random that almost makes little to no sense.
Both series takes place at a high school life setting where there is drama involving the main characters.
Both series also features main cute scenes and just in general, nonsense revolving around the characters' lives.
Both are pure nonsense comedy animes set mostly in their schools.
While Nichijou mainly is about girls, Danshi Kyoukousei focuses on boys from an all-boys-school.
Both animes are slice of life stories into the daily lives of students. Both have weird situations and characters and one of the only differences I can think of is that the main trio in Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou are male.
They're both full of really good Slice of life comedy skits
You will smile with this anime a lot. The jokes are very good and it's very original. I love this anime too, I smiled and enjoyed a lot with this anime. For me, is the best anime of comedy. I really recommend it.
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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