studio : Kyoto Animation
director : Tatsuya Ishihara
serial run : April 3, 2011 - ongoing
total episodes : ?
hime's priority rank : 07
zange's priority rank : 07
COMEDIC SLICE OF LIFE, ON LSD
thankfully the full fledged tv series is much easier for me to comprehend and swallow compared to the hard candy of which the pilot ova was. still however, this probably is the only kyoani title in which i am less enthusiastic about, having lost a handful portion of my enthusiasm recently to its similarly styled counterpart a-channel - yet that doesn't mean that i will totally lose all my interest on the series [ thus leading to a possible drop-off ] as it is more than unlikely for me to be dropping any kyoani shows, having known and worshipped the studio's reputation and dedication in delivering only the best with each of their produced titles.
now, compared to both lucky star and azumanga daioh, nichijou by far is twice more surrealistic and psychedelic [?] in content. its comedy, while proven to be tickling for most of its 24+ minutes runtime can as well be very much off-hitting and stale / uninteresting to some; and it will be even more so for those who just refused to open themselves up to a broader cultural understanding aside from that of theirs. having written that though, well i won't say that the jokes in nichijou are flat out boring, and besides, the greatest charm of the series however is its sheer randomness to which i consider to be quite amusing, especially when such randomness are utilized to great comedic ends.
another great reason for me to be sticking around with nichijou this summer is kyoani's sleek production for the series, done in the very same fashion / visual treatment as those of lucky star where colors of the pastel palette are of the [ ultimate ] dominant aspect here, accompanied by the lightly washed background art that is mildly rough yet refined in style; in general, everything you have once seen in lucky star are being neatly applied here [ inclusive of its chara design ], and not surprisingly seems to be very much befitting of nichijou's storytelling style and atmosphere in earnest.
contrary to my initial impression with the pilot ova before, the characters has now begin to grow themselves upon me, especially the leading trio as well as a certain girl robot known only as nano-san in the side sketches. aside from the series' absurd comedic values, i for one am greatly pleased and delighted by each of the girls' [ and the side characters of said side sketches ] interaction with each other and the settings around them - for example, the curiosity of one of the girls on pressing the fire alarm button which i admit is relate-able to myself.