I was really, really looking forward to Nichijou, but interestingly, the first episode was kind of a miss for me… Personally, I felt like their gags were too random and far to surreal for my tastes. Many seem to compare it to Azumanga Diaoh, which is another Slice-of-Life/Comedy show that didn’t manage to grab me either, and I have no idea why…
I’ll admit that I found some parts hilarious, like when Yuko was trying to catch her tako-wiener and the part where she tricked Mio into activating the fire alarm.
Come to think of it, the only parts I truly enjoyed from this particular episode were the interactions between the two main girls, Mio and Yuko. Other than that, I felt that everything else, from the inexplicable appearance of the Grim Reaper to Koji’s goat, was kinda lackluster. I also don’t get why we needed to have a sub-plot with the chibi-professor and the robot girl (and a talking cat, not yet introduced). This not only serves to make the show seem more bizarre, but it also splits and diverts the focus from our main trio, whom I want to see more of.
Again, be it the pacing, the type of jokes or just the randomness, it’s just not something that I’m a big fan of. The kind of Slice of LIfe/Comedy shows that I do adore are shows like Lucky Star (of course), Ichigo Mashimaro, and Mitsudomoe which seem to be more grounded in reality (relatively speaking) and have more intelligent jokes that make more sense. (again, relatively speaking).
My opinions might change as the series progresses, but if I still don’t get hooked by the third or forth episode, I’ll probably be dropping it. Here’s hoping the other ‘must see’ SOL show, A-Channel will fare better. If not, there’s always KAIJI!!!
For those of you who have seen it, what do you think?
Oh, I’ll just leave this here: