「日常６」 (Nichijou 6)
“My Ordinary Life 6”
Compared to every single episode that’s aired thus far, this week’s episode takes the cake for being hands down the funniest thing I’ve watched all season. Taking all the different individual pieces that had me cracking up in the previous episodes, this week’s was a continuous stream of unrelentingly funny jokes.
A few people have commented how Nichijou’s use of the Japanese culture made some of the jokes hard to understand. While I can partially agree, anyone with basic Japanese knowledge should have found the jokes hilarious. Parashite, Tengo, Taxy — the meaning behind the jokes should have been crystal clear. While I’ll reserve judgment about Yukko’s spelling seeing how I make the dumbest mistakes in Japanese at times, it was game over when Mio gave up trying logic around Yukko’s dumb mistakes. But to get pushed past her breaking point and to correct Yukko about Superman was too much. (Superman in katakana would be ｽ―パーマン. Seeing how no word in the Japanese language begins with ン, you lose if you pick a word that ends with a ン.)
Honestly, I wasn’t very fond of the principal. His lackluster attitude, horrible jokes, and overall fail appearance wasn’t winning him any points. Maybe it was his sense of responsibility to remove a stray deer from his campus, but Super Deer Fighter had me cracking up. I’m impressed with just how much damage the principal could take — even with that body armor of his those ultra attacks really had to have to hurt. But I’ll give it to him for never giving up and eventually subjugating that deer.
Don’t even get me started with Hakase and Nano. That super cute jankenpon (rock, paper, scissors) sequence with them both saying “Love” and “I Love You” was just too much. While I was expecting to get a break from all the jokes, I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t let up at all with my favorite pair of girls. The way that KyoAni translated all that fear and overthinking into Nano’s personality was perfect. I wouldn’t say that I get as worked up as Nano, but I totally understand where she’s coming from — I don’t enjoy dealing with bugs. Makes me wish I had a Sakamoto to take care of my bug problems.
After Super Deer Fighter, I wasn’t sure if anything could top it during this episode. Boy, was I wrong. By the end of the series, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mio had horns and a tail. If she hadn’t tripped after getting all riled up, I don’t think Yukko would be still be alive. That’s what you get for wearing flip-flops Mio! On the other hand, Mai’s charm is slowly fading away for me. After she let go of that fish, I was slightly appalled to see her eating a hamburger in front Mio and Yukko. Going off of the looks on their faces, it looks like Mai apparently cares only for herself and no one else. I swear, I can’t wait for the day Yukko lands a joke on Mai.
After such an amazing episode, I hope that the series can keep this up. I’m sure it’d be able to change Divine’s mind on what’s the funniest show of this season.