Nichijou 07 – Reaching you…

Stolen glances…

Good lord, DAT OPENING… Well, nice to see this show is still going strong and trying new things. After the face-achingly funny deer-wrestling episode, this one had a different tone, but it was just as enjoyable seeing some of the other characters get some welcome development and also seeing most of the key players connecting with each other more… or, at least, trying to do so…


Selective Summary:

I have no idea. Not that that’s a bad thing.

This week we get: an awesomely out-of-the-blue opening scene in an air-ship involving a dastardly plot to take over a fairy kingdom and some kind of ancient WMD-activating wooden cubes; followed by the beginnings of a school romance involving Mr Veggie-obsessed and Miss Timid; after which we see Mio’s sis annoying poor Nano; before we see said sis and Mio discussing Nano; and then finally an epic baseball game between our favourite professor, her robot and their cat.


Thoughts:

Well, I don’t know what kind of veggies *he* was thinking about.

Firstly, you may be mistaken for thinking you were watching a different show at the beginning of this episode, which seemed more like a supernatural shounen thriller than our current favourite gag manga style anime. However, I felt that the opening scene zoomed along nicely and was genuinely tense and, even though we all knew that was coming, watching the cubes fall out of the window was a neat way of bringing the focus back to the main players. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what Mio’s role in the continuation of the Fey Kingdom plot turns out to be… if anything.

However, before I go onto the students, it was good to see the teachers (and not just that deer whispering principal) getting some attention. That male teacher in particular was just a hoot, though I still don’t know how he got from bamboo and mushrooms to impure thoughts. Still, the (unintentioally) direct approach is clearly the way to go, and let’s hope that one week’s ‘Are you dating anyone?’ will lead to a consecutive week’s ‘Will you date meee?’ Also, random extra press-ups/ nice arms never hurt anybody – ‘Ganbatte’, indeed!

Going onto the students, we didn’t see that much of them in this episode, as opposed to via some brief, snapshot style gags. Rather, I found Nano’s glimpses of them, and vice-versa, to be particularly interesting. Aside from wanting to slap Mio’s sister on Nano’s behalf for practically molesting the poor robot girl, at least it lead to some adorable shots of Nano at her most adawwable I’m-just-an-ordinary-girl best regarding that whole wind-up key is-it-or-isn’t-it-there business. And of course later, when Nano is searching for the out of bounds baseball and she and Mio look at each other wonderingly, I thought that this was a nice touch and certainly makes us wonder what, if anything, the two (parties) might have in common…

…Guess we’ll have to wait and see about that!

THE BEST.

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13 Comments

  1. Posted May 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    That opening was so good! Felt like we were watching something brand new hahaha so amazing! Anyway kind of a slower paced episode but still managed to make me laugh, also didn’t know this was a 26 episode series this makes me happy.

    Things are getting fun so far now I want to see Nano meet Mio!

    • Posted May 21, 2011 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Is it really 26 episodes? I haven’t found a reliable source, and believe me, I’ve been searching everywhere! If you have links, it would be much appreciated =3

      • Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

        They seem to be gently building to a meeting between the two parties, so that would be pretty interesting to see how that develops.

        And yay, I certainly hope it’s a 2-cour show, too!

  2. ~xxx
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    my sisters asked If I was still watching the same show…
    And They thought that I was watching something weird and in end part, much to their surprise… I was still watching Nichijou.

    Man, It’s getting good even they try not to be funny…

    • Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      I’m not surprised they were asking that, lol. It’s certainly seems that opening was pretty well received! ^ ^

  3. WhoBeMe
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    That janken skit was by far the BEST ever so far. I had to watch it multiple times till I stopped crying from laughing. I swear, it’s hard thinking of who the best character is on this show. Could be Yukko because of how random she is. Only she could have such a complicated dream about Mio’s hair accessories. But I’m leaning more toward Sakamoto. He’s way too funny, and with the baseball part, I was laughing so hard.

    • Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      It was indeed, I must say I’ve completely changed my mind about that skit as a whole, if this is the direction in which they’re going : D I really like Sakamoto too, esp. they way his eyes are used during the ‘punchline’ moments. And he’s SO FLUFFY! XD

  4. Posted May 21, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    which seemed more like a supernatural shounen thriller than our current favourite gag manga style anime

    SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, SISTER!!!… okay, it is my favorite gag anime this season, I’ll give it that =3

    I thought that this was a nice touch and certainly makes us wonder what, if anything, the two (parties) might have in common…

    …battle to the DEATH!!! (DESU OUU DAIIEEEE!!!)

    I found the lottery ticket scene particularly cute, especially Mio’s gift afterwards. Who knew she could be such a troller? Was there any significance to that Wasabi? “Hey Yukko, you’re YUCKY!!! So I got you some Wasabi” *BA DUM PSH* =3 =3 =3

    Surprisingly, the rock-paper-scissors is still going strong. Hope they can keep that up.

    • Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      Well, I’m glad we’re on the same wavelength :3

      The lottery ticket and gift were typical of those two, if there is such a thing as ‘typical’ re: those guys. I particularly liked the fact that the poor girl couldn’t even open the jar at the end, ahaha!

  5. fathomlessblue
    Posted May 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Whoo hoo, finally more love for rock/paper/scissors! I still love it, both in the show and RL. The skipping rope scene (or rather lack thereof) was also great.

    I also enjoyed the extended intro, even if it dragged on a little for my tastes. Still, that most random of deaths, followed by the nameless soldiers’ ultimate act of backpedalling (y’know, unless you’re a certain Rapture prophesying evangelist anyway, :) ) was amazing to watch.

    I also love those teachers, especially Sakurai/Miss Timid, although to be fair she is the only legal character in the show (I don’t care how great Nano is, she’s still technically 1 yr old). They’ll tide me over until the late, great Sasahara makes his return, anyway.

    Also, I really hope a Nano/Professor vs. Mio/Yuuko/Mai crossover does eventually happen. Seeing as Nano apparently goes to school in the manga, it would be lovely to see her slowly integrate more into human society as the show moves along. Here’s hoping…

    • Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      ‘Twas one of the best scenes, if not the best, in the epi. In short, I loved everything about it. Characters and timing were just perfect. XD

      Lol at ‘legal’ characters, fb! =D Despite all the moe/ cutesy-ness, I like how there’s very little (if any) fanservice in the show.

      Ooh, and that’s interesting – here’s hoping indeed!

  6. Posted May 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I must be the only person who didn’t care for the opening, though I did find that its conclusion made up for the somewhat slow pacing. The dialogue just didn’t click most times, though it somewhat felt like I was rewatching Castle in the Sky, which is my favorite Ghibli movie… yeah, I’m torn on this issue.

    The rest of the episode was good, if not necessarily top notch, with Nano and Professor’s interactions remaining my favorite elements. So aside from the polarizing opening, it was an overall fantastic episode.

    • Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

      Well, not everyone’s gonna like it all, I guess. ;)

      Mm, it wasn’t as crazy as it’s been, but a more gentle humour throughout, that aided the overall character development, perhaps. So (re: your last point in particular), yes, I agree. :)

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