Nichijou 15-17: Dodgy teachers galore!

O_O

In these episodes, we see Nano settling into her school life in a fairly successful manner, but still constantly worried about having to explain the presence of that ruddy great big wind-up key in her back, and we also get the introduction of a few more new characters…


Selective Summary:

I sincerely hope not.

(In epi 15) A creepy science teacher enters the scene and seems set on kidnapping a certain adorable robot-girl and performing dastardly experiments on her; said robot-girl (again) pleads with a certain child professor to have said ruddy great big wind-up key in her back removed (and is (again) refused, on the grounds that it’s cuuute); Ms. Timid is seen to be carrying on with one of her students by That Other Teacher Who Fancies Her Whose Name I Forget, before his impending heart attack is prevented by the news that Ms Timid has a not so timid little brother; (in epi 16) after school, Yukko offers to hang out with Nano, who swiftly does a disappearing act; Mio is caught with more dodgy drawings; Yukko stalks Nano and somehow worms her way into the Shinonome Laboratory, where she, Hakase, Nano and Sakamoto get along surprisingly well; (in epi 17) we meet a freaking awesome crow; the girls attempt to build a house of cards; creepy-sensei attemps to capture Nano again, but winds up shaving other people’s heads; and Mai tests Yukko’s penchant for punchlines to the max…


Thoughts:

I wonder if this will EVER be removed.

(Epi 15) Creepy Science Teacher Alert! Creepy Science Teacher Alert! Seriously, until we realised that the new teacher on the scene was far more stupid than she looked (what with managing to drink her own spiked tea an’ all), I thought Nano was in serious danger. Well, as serious as anything in this show is. Still, her plans to kidnap and freaking experiment on the poor robo-girl were clearly no laughing matter. And speaking of more OTT teachers, it was good to see Ms Timid and That Other Bloke Who Fancies Her again, even if it was rather obvious that Ms Timid is far too, er, timid, to be caught carrying on with a student. Still, the ‘punch-line’ to that sketch was strong in that it confirmed how much That Bloke likes her and his relief at the fact that it was her little brother with whom he saw her, was satisfying, not least of all because it followed such outrageous suggestions made to Big Hair Ribbon Girl regarding what to do with that other poor comatose student requiring his attention.

Adorable is not even the word.

(Epi 16) This was a great episode! Aside from that coffee shop sketch, only because it was (yes, you’ve guessed it) too long and full of too many overreaction shots, I think that it was well-structured and I (dare I say) liked what they did with Yukko’s character in it. From the Creepy Science Teacher who still has her beady eyes on Nano and Yukko’s offer to hang out with Nano in those opening minutes, to the scene where Yukko and Mio are trying to appease that policeman in their very, um, differing ways, to the brief scene where Mio and Mai successfully troll Yukko’s lame eraser-hiding trick, to the final showdown at the Laboratory, everything slotted into place pretty well in terms of the blend of the briefer, stand-alone jokes (including some more of Goat Guy, Mohawk Guy and even Mohawk Guy’s Daddy this time) with the longer scenes involving the main characters. Of course, what was best about that last scene involving Yukko in the Lab, was the double revelation that Yukko might not be such an idiot after all, as well as the beginning’s of Nano’s realisation that it might not be such a big deal to be ‘different’. ‘Adorable’ is not even the word.

For once, Yukko, I agree.

(Epi 17) This episode seemed to focus less on The Nano Show and more on Yukko, leading up to the final ‘punchlines’ sketch with our current favourite megané troll, with a couple of other key moments in between. Firstly: Dat. Crow. At first, I thought the weird chibi crow design indicated another one of Hakase’s weird and wonderful creations (well, it’s not like we haven’t seen more ‘realistic’ animal/ bird designs in the show before), but then it started talking. Never have I seen a more dignified giant beak on legs. If it hadn’t been for Sakamoto’s completely justified outrage at having his hanky nicked, I might have shed a tear too when Crow-san sadly flew away, for it was a great example of how transient and how frustrating our interactions with and attempts to forge relationships with people can be.

Moving on, I thought the house of cards sketch was another interesting way to experiment with sound (or rather the lack/ limited amount of) to convey comedy. Aside from the music track, it reminded me of an early Charlie Chaplin sketch, with the focus on the face (particularly the eyes), as well as the cut away-shots indicating that something else had gone wrong off-screen, to highlight the tension. And, of course, you had Mai’s trolling interspersed throughout. And speaking of Mai… that final key sketch with Yukko… I must say, I never quite ‘got’ (i.e. had the patience to bother with) Yukko’s constant need to state the obvious around Mai’s behaviour, which seemed to be translated as ‘punchlines’ in the subs I was using, but I liked the fact that Yukko – and, more importantly, Mai – sort-of accepted that aspect of Yukko’s character. In other words, it was refreshing to see at least the promise of further development in their friendship, rather than Mai remaining as someone who is simply a troll rather than any kind of proper friend to the girls. We’ve seen great things with Nano’s development and relationships, so hopefully these other characters will be fleshed out a little more in a similarly interesting way too.

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16 Comments

  1. Posted July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh Crow…I felt so badly for Sakamoto in that scene. Someone else (and I feel badly for forgetting who, so speak up whoever you are!) pointed out that Crow was voiced by Daisuke Ono who now has a running gag from Lucky Star of usurping Sakamoto’s voice actor Minoru Shiraishi. As always, KyoAni is paying incredible attention to detail (and their own canon).

    I loved the coffee shop sketch; however, I am a frequent drinker of coffee so perhaps that’s why.

    Lastly, I’m rooting for Takasaki (The Bloke) to man up and confess to Izumi (Miss Timid). I find his crush incredibly adorable, although a confession probably won’t be coming anytime soon, especially with her blackmailing brother. ^ ^

    • q
      Posted July 27, 2011 at 2:36 am | Permalink

      And the crow in Air is also Ono Daisuke’s character.

      • Posted July 27, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

        I completely forgot about that! (Haven’t watched Air in quite some time.) Thank you!

    • Posted July 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      I think it might have been MyssaRei, on Twitter, something along the lines of ‘…and yeah the crow would have Daisuke Ono’s Itsuki voice…’ (not sure what her exact words were, though!)

      The coffee shop sketch, who hasn’t ever felt insecute about those unnecessarily pretentious menus?! Aside from what I said about it, I think I was also a bit baffled as to why Yukko felt like that sweet sales girl wasn’t approachable enough to just ask what all those words meant…

      And thanks for reminding me what their names are, lol – I loved their first interaction in Dat Deer episode, so it would be rather sweet if someone had their feelings expressed and returned. Though, as you say, with that new troll on the scene, it probably won’t be any time soon.

      • Cratex
        Posted July 28, 2011 at 9:26 am | Permalink

        “Aside from what I said about it, I think I was also a bit baffled as to why Yukko felt like that sweet sales girl wasn’t approachable enough to just ask what all those words meant…”

        Pride? I don’t think whether the sales girl was approachable was even something she considered.

        • Posted August 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

          Ah, yes… how could I forget Yukko’s stupid pride…

  2. Posted July 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Surely this “creepy science teacher” you refer to isn’t the one with the dinosaur poster.

    • Posted July 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      She’s evil. Take my word for it. Or wait ’til you watch it next year.

  3. q
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    Now that they made it clear that the science teacher won’t do much more than wreak havoc, she’s one of my favourite characters. She had no reason to cut Nakanojo’s hair, just felt like it and did it. She’s so great :D

    Still waiting for Mio’s sister to come save the day remove Nano’s screw once and for all.

    • Posted July 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Bloody hell, already?! Oh, that random hair cutting… I won’t even try and understand why she did that (though I will say, Poor Mohawk Guy!).

      Ah, Mio’s sis… Hmm, I guess we can hope. However, I have grave doubts about expecting that other troll to do anything so altruistic, lol.

  4. Cratex
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I was really happy with ep 16 and 17 – they restored my interest in Yūko (and Mio and Mai), and I don’t think there has been a single scene with Nano that I didn’t like. The scene with the tower of cards had me laughing out loud.

    Personally, I hope the screw stays – I think Nano is defined by her condition and how she deals with it, and the screw is the symbol of her struggle.

    • Posted July 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      Hmm, it certainly looks as if your hope might be realised, what with Nano’s response to Yukko’s/ Yūko’s comment at the end of epi 16. And that’s an interesting way of putting it, a constant reminder that she is, after all, a robot. Funnilly enough, she would look perfectly ordinary without the key (well, unless one of her other, er, functions randomly goes off!), but Hakase specifically only put it in because it looks ‘cute’, which implies that it’s simply a physical difference (rather than an abnormality) that Nano should grow to accept, rather than change.

  5. Posted July 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Ohhh man I love seeing Nano in school! That really is the best thing to happen to Nano! Well if she gets her key removed then she will excited. Sadly I think they have worn that joke out a bit to much lol, Hakase meeting Yuuko! I was waiting for her to meet the other girls and finally got my wish well half. I wouldn’t put it past those to not become instant friends after all both are quite crazy.

    Oh man Crow in episode 17! Really stole the episode for me xD

    • Posted August 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      Aw, (needless to say) I love it too! Also, so many trolls in this show it makes me wonder who would come out more favorably in a meet-up/ match between Hakase and Mai…

      And yes, Crow-san = awesomeness! :D

  6. Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I thought the science teacher was a guy until her earrings, and even then I thought that she was merely a creepy guy.

    What do you mean it won’t be a laughing matter? Of course it’ll be a laughing matter – Nichijou is a comedy. She’ll probably try to experiment on Nano and get knocked out buy a rocket punch (or boob missiles).

    As for Yukko’s need to reply to Mio, I don’t know if others can relate to it, but when somebody says something stupid, that person expects that somebody will say something sane in response – it’s a form of comedy. It’s hard to suppress that urge to say sane things…

    In conclusion: House of Cards. Best fucking sketch in Nichijou, ever.

    • Posted August 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      …She’ll probably try to experiment on Nano and get knocked out buy a rocket punch (or boob missiles).

      I guess I just couldn’t bear the thought of her/ him/ it succeeding in such evil/ perverted desires… but when you put it like that…

      Well, that’s as good an explanation I’ve heard re: the Yukko/ Mai behaviour. Guess I haven’t quite warmed up to Mai yet, as she still seems to me (more often than not) to be a troll just for the sake of being a troll.

      Lastly, ’twas funny indeed… but I still miss the egg-heads/ skipping-rope sketch…

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