Nichijou 04 – The Snow Queens

Oh, you know you would’ve done the same…

This week’s Nichijou for me was a case of Yay! for more goat guy, Yay! for more Nano, Yay! for more Mohawk guy, and Nay! for more Mai, soo much more Mai… grr…


Selective Summary:

A different feel to these ‘in between’ shots this week, more to do with people living (or not) in groups, maybe…

Principal Baldy tells Miss Timid to do something to raise the school’s ailing morality levels and she attempts to do so, one frilly goat guy at a time; Nano and the Prof. go shopping for essentials and end up with a mini-snowman; Mohawk boy gives himself a comb-over make-over; and Mai confesses to Yukko. Sort of.


Thoughts:

Ailing morality never looked so good.

Ah, that OP (as well as the even better ED and the great BGM throughout) is really growing on me, and, surely only minutes after it, I was already giggling at the goat guy…

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…However, soon after was Nano and Hakase’s shopping trip, which was all kinds of Win. Nano telling the child professor what they should and shouldn’t buy not only gave us a nice, deeper insight into their relationship, but also revealed that even the lovely Nano is not infallible. In other words, she seems to possess a  weakness for unnecessary, perishable and cute things. ‘Twas a truly adorable scene; Nano went from stern, frugal mummy-on-a-shopping-list-mission figure to an impulsive-child-like one in the blink of an eye. All because of a cheap and already melting blob of ice that two other shoppers who suddenly popped out of nowhere also wanted to buy. Whether or not she identified with the frozen fellow is anyone’s guess (i.e. I think that she probably did and therefore this must be true symbolism symbolism symbolism), I only hope that the eventual demise of the one humanoid does not in any way foreshadow that of the other one. Or I’ll cry even more than I did when I first saw The Snowman.

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Moving on from childhood traumas. It was also nice (I promise I will use more synonyms for this word later) to see the other randomness that had previously appeared in the show wearing things like frills and Mohawks and deadpan expressions get some development too, as opposed to being left as one-trick-ponies or ill-developed running gags. And speaking of running gags, still not loving the rock-paper-scissors one as much, but the skipping-rope gag with Miss Timid was great; her obliviousness to the already-stilled rope, but carrying on with her little jumps perfectly summing up her character in an instant. Clearly, she seems just as bad at noticing the movement of skipping-ropes as she is at spotting the non-growth of hair on the sides of students’ heads.

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Finally, it became The Mai Show half-way through the epi, ending with her sort of confession to Yukko and a whole load of people tweeting ‘Yuri in my Nichijou?!’. I have to admit, possible yuriliciousness or not, I’m not a fan of Mai. Her random poses during that test, unless it was of course some elaborate mating ritual, were ‘misses’ for me, and her deadpan face is pretty much what mine looks like when I see her taking up valuable screentime from people like goat guy, guys with funky hair, robot girls and talking cats. However, I suspect that I’m in the minority with regards to my lukewarm feelings towards the megane ice queen. Though I’ll admit that Yukko gave us some more cute-horrified faces this week. In short: more frilly goat guys next week please!

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16 Comments

  1. Rathje
    Posted April 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t watched any episodes of this show. But that little round red doll in the last picture only has one eye colored in with a black pupil.

    Those dolls are supposed to be good luck charms in Japan. You make a wish and paint in one eye. Then when your wish is granted, you paint in the other eye.

    They’re traditionally used by couples getting married. The groom paints in one eye and then has the bride paint in the other. Kind of a sweet gesture, all in all.

    This doll isn’t necessarily automatically linked to romance, but it can be. At any rate, the one eye means it represents an unfulfilled wish.

    • Posted May 5, 2011 at 2:56 am | Permalink

      Ooh… that’s really interesting, esp. in relation to what we know about Nano so far… Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Posted April 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I love Mai >.< She's my favorite character! And that YURIIIIIIIII~~~ *swoons* I'm on a goat.

    • Posted April 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      “I’m on a goat.” Wow. I hope, when there is more footage of goat dude, someone does an AMV for that.

  3. Posted April 30, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    The entire episode was entertaining, but the last Mai and Yukko yuri section had me on the ground, struggling to breathe because of laughter. I totally believed Mai there for the first few seconds, then I realized that she was just dragging her along, hook, line, and sinker.

    Anyway, hope to see more of the goat guy starting next week. His antics never cease to entertain.

    • Posted May 5, 2011 at 2:57 am | Permalink

      Mai, such a troll…

      And I hope so too!

  4. Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Mai and Aioi the best comedy duo ever! Well more like Mai leads Aioi along and BAM! Makes me crack up every time!

    This was a fun episode gotta love Hakase so much fun to watch with Nano XD

    • Posted May 5, 2011 at 2:58 am | Permalink

      Aioi’s faces are so… well… I guess those faces say it all, haha!

      And yay, I love those two too! XD

  5. WhoBeMe
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I think Mai is just torturing Yukko. I think the whole thing about her moving around the room with those poses were just to distract Yukko from her test, which she realized when the bell rang and she hadn’t even finished yet. And then the confessing scene left me in tears, I was laughing so hard cause I actually believed it too.

    • Posted May 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Mai defo has a sadistic streak in her, doesn’t she, and re: that last scene, I really didn’t know what to think… in fact, I still don’t, lol. Those Yukko faces are quite something, too!

  6. fathomlessblue
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    The melting snowman was moe. Just saying.

    Also, loving Sasahara and his wine-drinking, goat-riding antics. A character of such ‘class’ needs his name remembered.

    Regarding Mai, I can’t say I’m too fond of her myself, at least yet. I’m usually all for stoic/deadpan/meganekko types but I’m just not feeling the love. Maybe it’s because Yukki already has a kind of straight guy/joker dynamic already going on with Mio, or just that I’m not feeling any real bond between Mai and the others; to me she’s just deliberately confusing and trolls people a bit and that’s just about it. I just don’t feel any genuine sense of friendship with the other girls, instead she comes across as an emotionless comedy tool inserted to provide some laughs, which isn’t succeeding as far as I’m concerned. I sorta liked the exam poses but the riverbank scene was dragged on waaay too much, which as many people have mentioned is one of Nichijou’s biggest faults, particularly when a joke isn’t that good to begin with. Also Yuri doesn’t do anything for me one way or the other.

    I’m still enjoying the show, but often it isn’t as funny as I feel it should be. I seem to be getting most of my laughs by how the sketches are animated, rather than source material itself. That’s great with visual gags, but I’m often left wanting with the dialogue heavy sequences.

    Still, if you’re enjoying this, then I’d definitely recommend Azumanga Diaoh when you have the time. It isn’t quite as random as Nichijou, but the standard of writing is much higher, and more importantly it’s hilarious!

    • Posted May 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Definitely moe. :)

      Good point re: SASAHARA-SAN. However, goat-guy also has a nice ring to it, and I used to have a goat, at least my six year old self thought he was mine, until… um, I’ll tell you later, maybe.

      Re: what you detail about Mai, in short, I completely agree. I too question the use of timing more often that not, but I’m also enjoying the direction and art styles that are being used.

      Okay, A.D. has defo been bumped up the to-watch list (thanks). :D

  7. Posted May 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Mai’s hit and miss for me. Her deadpan’s amusing in small doses, but they draw her scenes out way too much for it to have any positive impact. Still loving Nano though.

    • Posted May 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      Yes, in small doses she’d be perfect, esp. if we knew a bit more about what was going on in her head, if that doesn’t defeat the purpose of the deadpan-ness, of course. And yay for more Nano love! :D

  8. Posted May 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been meaning to watch this show! My friend’s been telling me it’s a hilarious, slice-of-life series. Everyone else enjoying it? How would you compare it to other anime from this season and last?

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