「日常２６」 (Nichijou 26)
“My Ordinary Life 26”
It takes something special to give a series a good ending episode — especially for series longer than one-cour and this last episode of Nichijou didn’t just push the envelope. It stared at that envelope, ripped it in half, ate the pieces, and then lit itself on fire in order to make sure that there was no trace of an envelope.
In terms of animation quality, I’m sure that Kyoani blew the rest of the budget on this final episode. Not only did the animation look great, but all the character designs and backgrounds were so clear and sharp that I had to re-watch an older episode just to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating.
What was unexpected was how spot on the jokes were this week. I’ve missed watching Principal Shinonome end up in various situations — be it fighting a deer or watching students leap through window panes, it was always funny. But I never really enjoyed it when the Vice Principal tried to toy with him. I wish you could have seen the look on my face when the Vice Principal’s joke not only turned on him but even started to insult him.
Something about watching Yuuko never ceases to surprise me. Not only was she somehow imparting some really good luck to anything that she approached, but it’s crazy how she can never get this lucky. If you remember back in episode one when things were just falling from the sky and smacking her straight in the head, maybe the world is just making up for all the crap it gave to Yuuko — indirectly.
In the end, I never expected the sharp turn Nichijou made before concluding its 26 episode run. Unlike another show that I’m covering, it was quite surprising when such a huge life lesson decided to pop its head out in the most unexpected place. I personally love the screw on Nano’s back, and I’m glad that she’s finally come to accept it. If you take a second to think about it, Nano’s screw could be the representation of something that all of us dislike about ourselves. Whether it’s something obvious like a giant screw sticking out of your back or something that’s hidden deep inside, it’s something that makes you, you.
Not too bad of a conclusion for a comedy slice of life, am I right?
ED14: 「旅立ちの日に」 by 相生祐子、長野原みお、水上麻衣、東雲なの、はかせ、阪本さん (Aioi Yuuko, Naganohara Mio, Minakami Mai, Shinonome Nano, Hakase, Sakamoto-San)
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After two seasons of watching my favorite girls end up in strange and often mind-blowing situations, I am quite sad that there won’t be more adventures next week. Watching Mio flip people in the air, Yuuko sprinting off into space, Mai doing things at Mai pace, and Nano just being cute are all things that I’m really going to miss. But even more so than our main girls, there are so many things I still want to see! Does Takasaki-sensei ever get the courage to ask Sakurai-sensei on a date? Did Sekiguchi and Kenzaburou actually have a conversation? Will Princess Starla ever be entertained?
I have to give props to KyoAni for making Nichijou such an enjoyable show. After K-ON and Lucky Star, I was fairly confident that there was no way for them to mess things up. Other than deciding when to show what, it’s quite clear that the people in charge of Nichijou did a good job. Even with random drops in quality throughout the series, the series as a whole didn’t disappoint.
I don’t normally talk about the openings of a series, but Nichijou’s are too good to not talk about. I actually followed Hyadain’s work before watching Nichijou, and was pleasantly surprised when I heard his unique voice ring out when Hydain no Kakakata Kataomoi-C started playing. But what I never expected was such a crazy awesome opening sequence. With the animation following the beat and lyrics of the song, I remember rewinding it a few times just to catch everything KyoAni stuffed in there. Then came the second opening, once again done by Hyadain and while the song itself wasn’t as catchy as the first one, the opening sequence more than made up for it. My favorite part has to be toward the last 30 seconds after Nano is shooting her corn gun; there’s this gradual accelerando that just keeps on building and building and still gets me pumped up to this day.
With hundreds, if not thousands of comedy slice-of-life shows to pick from, Nichijou is definitely one of diamonds hiding in the rough. Even with a plain name like Nichijou (literally everyday life), there’s so many things that appeal to such a wide audience that it’s difficult for someone to not find something they like among those 26 episodes. There are a lot of laughs, a few really good laughs, and a handful of scenes that will even make you shed a few tears. For a show that spanned two seasons, I’d definitely recommend this show to anyone.
P.S. Yes I know it’s a BB gun and not a corn gun, but if you’ve been reading my posts, you should get the joke.