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…
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.
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…
…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.
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.
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!