「日常７」 (Nichijou 7)
“My Ordinary Life 7”
Well, I didn’t see that coming. Was it me or was most of that first skit just so out there that it flew over your head? The flying airship was cool and I have a friend named Albert who hates it when his name is said in Japanese (Aruberuto / アルベルト), which had me giggling inside every time the King’s name was called out. But even though the first skit felt like it came out from left field and didn’t really get me laughing at first, I was dying towards the end. While I thought we were getting an epic retelling of how Mio received her wooden hair ties, I was a little disappointed that her original ones were just replaced with the keys to become the King of a country. But it’s a good thing Yuuko is there to see everything.
After putting some thought into it, I’ve come to believe that Yuuko might be the unluckiest character in this series. After looking past her horrible luck when dealing with foods, her interesting relationship with Mai, and her irresponsibility when it comes to schoolwork I start to honestly wonder how she handles everything. She’s probably the most realistic character in the show with nothing terribly strange about her. But with life pelting her with things falling from the sky, witnessing live Super Deer Fighter, and objects lodging themselves into her best friend’s hair, it’s amazing that she hasn’t gone crazy yet. Then again, you have to love that resilient personality of hers is probably what keeps her bouncing back.
In Nichijou, it’s pretty interesting how two completely different worlds manage to coexist with each other. On one side there are Androids, child geniuses, and talking cats. The other is full of people who have some extraordinary or weird traits. Can you imagine how fun it would be for these worlds were to collide with each other? I’m hoping that sometime in the future, Hakase and Nano get the chance to spend the day with our trio. Seeing how the short exchange between Yoshino and Nano brought out a side of Nano that I never thought existed, I can only imagine what would happen if Mai got her hands on Hakase or if Sakamoto tried lecturing Yuuko.
While most of Helvetica Standard’s skits still fly over my head and the jump rope skits are slowly losing their charm, it’d be nice if less time was given to them and more to the handful of side characters. Takasaki-sensei is a perfect example of an interesting side character, as he’s the walking personification of the torture that men go through when trying to deal with their crush. That face, the internal deliberation, and the random need to start doing mass push-ups after good news was pretty spot on. It’s small things like this that balance out all the random humor and make Nichijou that much more fun to watch.
P.S. There was also an Acapella version of the ending played this week.