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And people who have watched this (and actually given it a chance) cannot disagree with that lone fact: that this show is in fact hilarious.
One of the better slice of life comedies, me thinks.
But that is just me rambling. Let's get down to things:
There honestly is no "story" per say with the exception of a few plot developments here or there that help to drive certain groups of characters together. The anime IS episodic. But, it is because it is episodic (in part) that this show still manages to be fresh and hilarious all the way up to episode 26. The randomness is insane here; ordinary events, such as fetching some lunch for a friend, are blown out of proportion and events that you take for granted are blown up SOMEHOW into absolutely HILARIOUS situations and reactions.
This show takes these little things, these "ordinary" situations, and twists them on their head, making each and (nearly) every one of these situations into ones that you can't believe how they had developed in the first place.
The characters reactions REALLY drive the overall hilarity of the show, which will be discussed further on.
The art is really well done and pleasing to look at. It is also pretty unique; if i were to just see a clip of terrain, I could probably tell right away that it is Nichijou. I really appreciated the art direction the show took.
The characters voices are amazing. Great voice actors. The overall environment and situational sounds were great as well.
The first op theme is pretty weird, yet catchy. I was more of a fan of the second op for some reason. I never really liked either of the ending songs.
The music deployed during the show was also very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is where Nichijou shines. The characters are really well done and convey humor effectively. The development is pretty good in some of the characters, but don't expect a Baccano-esque type of character development. There is not much, but enough to distinguish one character from the other as well as how said character will react to certain situations.
Here's a breakdown of our main characters:
The hilarious talking cat. Man he really just made the Professor side of Nichijou what it was; his cat instincts overtake his "older" type mentality in which he believes he is superior to the younger Hakase and Nano. He is technically the oldest, but can't help acting like a cat (cause y'know... he is a cat). However, his voice actor really does a great job in portraying the humor correctly and effectively. Whenever Sakamoto appears on screen, you know he is either going to say something sarcastic or be a victim of a cruel prank from Hakase. He was probably my favorite character in Nichijou next to Yuuko.
Oh man. She really was quite the troll in this show. Whether intentional or not, she really made this show what it was. Her frequent conflicts with Mio were simply too funny for words. She would drive Mio CRAZY and the couple of occasions in which these two characters (Yuuko and Mio) initiate a verbal fight are just astounding. I was actually laughing out loud. I NEVER laugh out loud, more of a chuckle or a smile to myself. I dunno. It's just the way that she is (her personality I guess?) that makes her SUCH a troll. We can't forget also the way that she is victimized by Mai's subtle yet very apparent trolling. Her reactions of being the victim of trolling are just out of this world. You will see what I mean within the first episodes.
She is the troll of this show. She has no "personality" per se, but she seems to love trolling the other characters in the show. You honestly never know what this girl is going to do next to Yuuko; it's as simple as wearing a wig to shock Yuuko one day at school, or simply letting her dogs go on a terror. Even if this doesn't sound very funny, the way that the characters react and THEIR FACES (oh man) are what makes this humor and trolling so effective.
She is a good manga artist and is in love with some guy that the other girls LOVE to troll her about. She is a good student, and frequently lets Yuuko borrow her homework. She is, however, the biggest victim of Mai's and Yuuko's trolling. Her reactions are out of this world (literally!). Her voice actor also does a good job; unique voice as well as good portrayal of specific reactions.
She is a robot, made by Hakase and wishes to go to school. Although she is technically younger, she is the responsible one. She cooks and buys groceries as well as sets certain rules around the house. She is the least funny in my opinion, but her status as a robot intrigues a certain professor to stalk and try to study how she was created. The professor mentioned above really is hilarious in her attempts which of course all seem to fail.
The little girl "genius" who made Nano. She is absolutely hilarious and always has a trick up her sleeve regarding Nano's functions. She can make Nano do almost anything she wants; however, she acts like the child she is and CAN get annoying. She trolls Sakamoto like hell, which ensues maximum hilarity.
This is the type of show that you watch at the end of the day before you sleep to help unwind. I recommend limiting yourself to 1-2 episodes a day to create maximum enjoyment. Don't marathon this; it's a slice of life comedy that has no story and cannot be enjoyed marathoned (unless you are in one of THOSE moods). This show really was enjoyable and provided MANY laughs with it's out-of-this-world comedy. This deserves the 10 it gets.
Yeah. Somehow the math doesn't work out to this. But it deserves this 9. WHY? Because it is so damn unique compared to other slice of life comedies; it takes simple situations and manages to make them SO funny with its excellent cast of characters as well as with the amazing the sound and art. This show deserves no less than a 9 in my book (and others will agree) because it is probably one of the best in it's genre.
Watch this show. You will NOT regret it. Enjoy folks. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
This was the surprise of winter 2012 anime for me. I was really skeptical going into this show, because it looked like it could have been quite a boring harem, or just bland overall.
But it didn't; it blew away my expectations for the better. And I'm here to explain why you should give this anime a chance. Here goes:
The story's development is really unique. It starts with a strange occurence: what seems like an alien ship crashes to Earth and the protagonist, Kaito, is of course in the mix of things. With this being said, the show starts out with an air of mystery. Apparently our other main character, Ichika, is from "out of the country" but we all know what's going on here...
The romance is thick in this show. This is evident from the second episode on. Many love triangles ensue. The thing is, this show does them very well. The story so far is paced wonderfully and every episode has a "cliffhanger" type feel to it. It makes you want to see the next episode immediately.
The story's main plot is one that focuses on a couple of friends spending a summer together to film a movie. Through this filming, many relationships are established as well as broken.
Furthermore, the romance is done very well - you won't see characters think only to themselves about loving/liking someone else. Instead, the characters ACTUALLY TAKE ACTION. This is hugely important and unique in a time filled with bland romance shows in which the main character is either in a harem and does not choose a lover at the end - or the romance simply develops in the final episodes of the show, creating a rushed feel.
This show is different BECAUSE it actually pursues each characters' feelings. Confessions actually happen in this show. And they are done fantastically. The story gets a 9 because it delivers romantically as well as comedically. The comedy is absolutely hilarious because of our troll, Remon. She is truly a devil, but more on that in the character section.
The overall feel of the story so far is a comedic, yet VERY serious romance in which each characters' feelings are explored very well. It should also be noted that there is a fair bit of fanservice in here.
Sound - 8/10
The opening to the anime is decent, but I usually skip it because I do not particularly love it. For me to listen to an opening, it has to either be catchy or just plain damn good. I recommend you listen to it though, because I am just too picky with music.
That being said, the music employed throughout the show is not necessarily memorable, but it is there and it can add to the mood (especially the comedy).
** Finally, the ending theme is great, which is a huge bonus. Once the episode ends, you are greeted with a nice soothing ending upon which you can reflect on what you just saw that episode. Typically the ending of each episode is full of romantic suspense and this ending adds to that feeling greatly. I can't say enough about how this ending evokes emotions from you and is REALLY well placed. Great piece of music.
Character - 10/10
The characters are great in this show. All of them are unique, although some can be a bit cliche. However, the fact that they all actually try to pursue their wanted romance really adds to it.
Anyway I digress;
Ishigaki, Tetsurou -
This character is probably one of my favorite just because he is so realistic. He (of course as this is a romance show) loves one of the other characters, a childhood friend, but she is of course oblivious because she is in love with somebody else. He wants nothing for her to be happy, so he actually assists her in her pursuit of love.
Kirishima, Kaito -
What you would call the "protagonist" in this anime. He is a shaggy haired, big glasses, and somewhat awkward fellow - yet you can't help but like him. He is of course caught in a love triangle, but his love for one girl in particular is evident. Kaito turned out to be a fantastic character.
Kitahara, Mio -
Mio is quiet and is unnoticed by the one she loves. Twists in the plot will frequently pair her up with her lover, yet she is too shy to do anything. She really starts to shine mid way through the anime and grows as a character.
Takatsuki, Ichika -
The "other" protagonist of which we are introduced to in the first moments of the show. She is a peculiar character from "out of the country" and is immediately accepted at school. There is a notable shift in her maturity in the sense that she matures (mentally, of course) drastically and realizes that she must take action. She is really a great character as you will see for yourself later down the road.
Tanigawa, Kanna -
She is also involved in a love triangle, and she too is a very likable character. At first, she seems to put lots of effort into making the man she loves notice her and to actually see that she loves him. But these are indirect attempts. She realizes this, and claims that she simply has to be herself. Her development as a character was heavy in the first episodes on the anime. She seems to like the spotlight and is always getting herself involved in situations. However, don't take this to mean that she is obnoxious. She is very tolerable and only really tries to take the spotlight so the one she loves actually takes notice of her.
Yamano, Remon -
She is the troll of this show and my favorite character. She is a favorite most likely because she is just so devious and hilarious. She is not involved romantically, but she really knows how to be a sort of cupid in this anime. She seems to be omniscient and manipulates all the other characters frequently and hilariously. She rules the comedy department.
Enjoyment - 10/10
I just really have enjoyed this show so far. The characters all seem real and are likable. The situations they find themselves in are also just hilarious. I can't say enough about how much I have actually enjoyed this anime. But I don't want to go crazy and go on a rant. Just know that this anime really is quite enjoyable!
Overall - 9/10
This show gets a 9 because it has delivered pretty well on all fronts and is definitely one of the better anime of the season. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Many compare this to "Onegai Teacher", but I have personally not seen that show. Therefore, my claims that it is unique may be slightly biased in a sense, but it really is refreshing to see a romance done so well and realisitically.
**Those coming in expecting a drama similar to AnoHana will be disappointed. This show is a standalone and a whole different anime. AnoHana focused on the drama of letting a loved one go, while also incorporating romantic drama on the side. AnoNatsu is filled with romantic drama and is where it shines. Therefore, it is hard-pressed for one to compare these two anime so closely because they are so vastly different. One key point is that both of these anime incorporate drama heavily and fantastically. All in all, you must go into this show with a clear frame of mind, or at least an open mind to ensure maximum enjoyment.
With all of that said, alll comments, good or bad are appreciated. I'd prefer constructive criticism, but you can't stop the trolls haha.
Hopefully you find this review helpful - if not, be sure to let me know WHY so I can try and clear some things up.
Thanks and enjoy the show folks :). read more