Monthly Archives: May 2020

Nichijou- My Ordinary Life

Type: Just a show about high school girls doing high school stuff.

Synopsis: Yep, just a realistic down to earth show…that’s off the wall and swarming with magic robots.

Pros: At least we have the Speedo Man. On the surface, Nichijou seems like any other high school comedy with female protagonists. That was certainly my impression of it. In fact, it took me two to three tries to really get going. But once your start this roller coaster of an anime, you won’t want to get off! Nichijou may just be the most well made, or at least artistically diverse, comedy anime in the medium. The only one’s that I would come close to it’s comedic variety and directorial flexibility are Lucky Star and High School Rumble. What you see in Nichijou is a show that continues to evolve right up to it’s last episode. It becomes increasingly funnier, and the choice of action becomes increasingly more impressive the longer you watch. While some of it’s jokes may not always land, due to a difference in humor between East and West, the good content far outweighs the bland. It’s little wonder that Nichijou stands as one of the comedy greats in anime, alongside shows like Konosuba, Lucky Star, and Excel Saga.

Cons: Nichijou is great. Nichijou also takes a long time to become great. The reason it took me a while to get started on watching Nichijou is because it’s a little slow at the beginning. You are slowly introduced to the characters and their dynamic. In addition, the reason the show feels like it keeps evolving is because it feels like the directors and animators take a while to realize how far they can go with the animation. If you look up Nichijou clips, you should be able to find amazingly crafted animations that are used to infuse certain jokes with more impact. The ways the characters move or react to certain things is what makes Nichijou so impressive. It’s just takes a while for that to become obvious. For example, the show relies too much on speed lines early on without really doing with them. A good way to observe this change is to notice how expressive Yuko and Mio become over time. Other than that, the pacing of the show is not without flaws. The anime tends to repeat certain jokes, such as hikus and poems to end a scene. The segments at the Shinomone Labs aren’t that funny, and takes up too much time during the first half of the show. But because one of the main girls, Nano, is stuck there so are we.

Watch it?:  Give it 6 episodes to see if it’s for you, or just look up clips online (5/5)

MVP: Mio

I’d give it to Yuko, but Mio’s growing assertiveness is way more relatable

Best Episode: Ep. 25 “Nichijou Episode 25” (Honestly, all of ep.14-26 is strong, but I love the Mio scene in this episode).

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Girls’ Last Tour

Type: Kinda sounds like a K-Pop group

Synopsis: What? I can listen to K-Pop. It’s 2020 people! If you want to know that I recommend, I’d say you can’t go wrong wit the classics: Black Pink, EXO, Girl’s Generation. BTS, or course, though maybe only stuff from their first album. The music videos are also something else. Totally more creative than our lazy western ones. There’s only so many times I can see a man talk-sing while walking on a sidewalk. Give me crazy set pieces!

Pros: Speaking of set-pieces, Girls’ Last Tour is an anime about two girls (Yuu and Chii) touring around the remains of a mega-city after some massive war. Each episode is basically a stand alone story, with some small elements carried over to the next episode. Most of the stories involve the girls looking for supplies, and discovering some new thing left over from the past. For example, in the first episode, the girls find a plane and kinda goof off with it. In another episode, the girls find a fish, and discover that fish are tasty to each. Throughout the show, we indirectly learn more and more about what happened to society, implying exactly how long it’s been since the end of civilization (the fact that Chii can’t read and both didn’t recognize what a fish was right away give off some strong hints). Sometimes, the girls will run into a singular survivor, through they too are one their own journeys. Due to the setting and quiet nature of the show, there is a melancholic tone through the series. This is thankfully balanced by Yuu and Chii’s comedic interactions and cartoonist design. Nothing bad actually happens to the characters, it’s not that kind of show. Yuu and Chii never abandon each other. There’s not bad guy trying to attack them. Whatever happens to them, Yuu and Chii come out unscathed at the end. It’s that rare post-apocalypse story that just revolves around exploration (which I wish more post-apocalypse stories would do). The show’s not funny haha, but it’s not a tragedy either.

Cons: The show is quiet. The show does a lot to establish the atmosphere and mood the girl’s new surroundings. That being said, it can get a little boring at times. It actually took me two months to finish it because I kept dropping off to watch something more lively. This is not for viewers that like action to happen ever few minutes. This is also not for viewers that like to multitask. You kinda need to play attention to this show. I would say that this show is like a cup of tea. To get the most out of it, you need to take it slow, enjoy the subtle flavor, and accepts it’s calming if bitter taste. (p.s. the show does find excuses to get the girls naked, because anime).

Watch it?: Yes, but only if your in the right mood (4/5)

MVP: Yuu and Chii

It’s either them of their Kettenkrad

Best Episode: Ep.02 Bath/Journal/Laundry (It gives you an inside look at their day to day routine).

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