Nichijou 21: Oh, those teachers…

Why does Yukko always spoil everything?

Finally, for those of you who’ve been waiting for the Miss Timid x That Bloke Who Fancies Her ship to sail – this one’s for you…


Selective Summary:

Wasn’t dragged out enough.

The highlights of this epi include: Yukko getting hit with a book; Miss Timid getting hit on by That Bloke; the Creepy Science Teacher thinking she’s also getting hit on by That Bloke; Gundere and friends wishing they would get hit on by their weird crushes; Sakamoto getting hit by an electric current; and a Mio-look-a-like hitting everyone in sight on a certain airship.


Thoughts:

The Gundere, the Punkdere and the Non-Weirdoere.

Firstly, loved that opening. That was one gag they could’ve dragged out even more and they’d get no complaints from me. *Pauses to remember and re-enjoy…*

Moving on.

And speaking of hopeless girls, that pyjama party with Gundere and co. was a treat, not because of the obvious yurilicious nightwear and tickling (I’m surprised there wasn’t a pillow-fight), but because Mohawk Guy (and Goat Guy) finally got some love. It was news to me about him being a punk, though; guess no one bothered to tell Weboshi [Pfft. Again.] about those flaxen locks of his naturally only growing that way. In contrast, That Other Girl looked and sounded like a (slightly) older Hakase. And I still can’t tell if that’s cute or creepy. At least she seems to be more collected than Gundere (er, not that that’s saying much), so I hope to see more of these three together, as it would also distract from how boring Gundere really is.

And speaking of more collected ladies, Miss Timid is almost as adorable as Nano, isn’t she? I’m surprised I haven’t said so before. Though, that’s probably because her gentle sweetness is always being overshadowed by the Epic Moé that is Nano/ Hakase. So, let’s briefly give it up for one of the more consistent characters in this show; for, as timid as she may be, she is clearly a dedicated individual with an admirable desire to keep corridors free of eating, animals, running, and weapons of mass monotony, and who can also keep her head in front of That Bloke She Likes, even if he’s doing the complete opposite.

And speaking of That Bloke. You know, maybe he’s not so clueless as we first thought… I mean, he even has creepy, one-track-robot-kidnapping-minded science teachers blushing bright beetroot and abandoning said robot-kidnapping-plans within seconds of randomly meeting him. And he also succeeds in making them seem even more creepy while going gaga over the possibilities of their new-found cuteness hours later. Hmm… clearly, he’s not just a fool in love after all, but a genuine Giacomo Casanova incarnate, and one whose arsenal of smooth talk includes such gems as:

Miss Timid clearly understands that this means, ‘You are as beautiful as a bamboo shoot and I love you more than Mai loves trolling’.

- a formidable Bloke, indeed!

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18 Comments

  1. Cratex
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I want to be an onion

    I about fell out of my chair when he said that – he needs to get his act together and connect with her before somebody else comes along and scoops her up.

    Yukko: My only complaint was the book wasn’t heavier ;)

    Mio takes her cubes back: it seems the one thing Yukko can do well is dream an amazing story, all based around Mio’s hair cubes. I hope she’s writing this all down, though knowing how lazy she is…

    • Whatsht
      Posted August 25, 2011 at 2:09 am | Permalink

      Yukko is a potential author, just that she doesn’t put in effort.

      • Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

        Whaaa – have ya seen her poetry?!

    • Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Yukko: just imagine she really did get hit that many times.

  2. Posted August 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    “Giacomo Casanova incarnate” LOL. Well, managing to catch up with the series over the course of a week probably desensitized my perception of how often we see certain characters, but I’m really happy to see the adorable timid sensei in any skit. Their funny little romance is quite charming, although the other teach can be kinda extreme at times haha.

    :)

    • Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      That must have been some week… of weird dreams. As a largely episodic show (i.e. no cliff-hangers, not that I can recall, anyway), it must have also been an experience seeing so many of the crazier sequences back-to-back like that. Miss Timid is indeed sweet, and that bloke defo needs to do more than just get flustered in her adorable presence, but I hope you also enjoyed seeing Nano progress though her new school life. And all those new OPs and EDs… Thanks for your thoughts! :)

      • Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

        Yes, Nano! Her developments through the series have become a fixture for me. She’s sweet, but I love that we see her desires and reactions to being in different situations. I’d like to believe she’s become the most developed character in the show, and maybe the most “human” as well. I mean, her insecurity as a robot, about being found out to be a robot when she attends school feels like a proper flaw. I love that.

        • Posted August 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

          In that case I guess it won’t surprise you to learn that several people refer to Nichijou as ‘The Nano Show’, lol. She’s certainly my favourite character, which isn’t a secret either, not least of all because of how she deals with the insecurity/ flaw you mention. Wanting to remove/ deny the one thing that both sets her apart and defines who who is, versus just being herself is a rich theme, and one that I hope will be resolved by the end of the series.

  3. Posted August 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I have to admit, I did not expect that last panel.

    :(

    • Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      It wouldn’t be so ‘random’ if you did. *pat pat*

  4. Posted August 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    This episode was so good for me anyway I liked watching Misato and her friends chat about who they were interested in! And wow Fecchan has a cute way of talking! Even thou she was going the way of Yuuko and trolling her two friends still she was cute to finally watch and listen to.

    And the teachers! They finally got some much needed screen time I did laugh at the science teacher when she was called cute going into panic mode running away! Summer does have lots of science themed characters those are the ones I enjoy the most. Sakamoto got some love and of course painful shock treatment…poor guy!

    Did you like the scenes with Mio versus the number henchmen?! That was amazing! I wish they would have more of these “action” scenes course that might just be for the hardcore DBZ-ish fans or what not :D

    • Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      I really like meeting/ seeing more of the peripheral characters too. Even though they’re often as absurd as the main characters can be, their inclusion is also like a connecting thread that runs through the show that makes me enjoy the just-as-funny-but-otherwise-often-disconnected moments involving those other peripheral characters, like Mohawk Guy.

      Summer is the season for mad scientists, eh… lol. I was surprised that the one in question didn’t end up indirectly shocking someone else with that forgotten taser…

      Oh, that airship sequence… tbh, I thought it went on too long, but I really liked the fact that we weren’t sure if it was Mio or not until the end, and I loved way it ended with ‘Mio’ falling (back) into her seat. That is, we probably all knew by now (it must have been the third time, at least, that we’ve had an airship scene since that first one) that these were all dreams, so I enjoyed trying (and failing) to work out how the ‘…and it was all a Yukko dream’ ending would work out. Trust fish-flopping Mio to ‘land’ in style, eh!

  5. Posted August 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Hey hey, give Mr Sideburns-Teacher a break! It’s not easy talking to a twin-pomfed beauty! Plus, her sweat-drops are deadly. It’s probably her AT-Field or something! Speaking of Onions, it’s funny that we see Yuuko running in the background at that moment (your last pic), and I was totally expecting her appearance. There were a few other girl girls in the background, but I’ll leave that for later. :3c

    I’m warming up to Gundere and her “H-HE FED HIS GOAT IN THE RAIN!!!” statement, though they should just show her sister more. Twin-tails are SO in this season (Mio, Sakurai-sensei, Gundera’s sister. All prime characters!)

    • Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      B-b-but J, he’s going to lose her to someone else at this rate! He really needs to make a move, and soon!

      They should show the goat more, too.

      I understand the twin-tails love (they look pretty awesome in Usagi Drop as well, in case you didn’t catch that), but they are clearly not as powerful as Mohawks. With black eye-liner.

  6. fathomlessblue
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    I honestly don’t have too much to say about this ep, other than Miss Timid w/twin-tails: DAEHM!!! Just smile and wave!

    As for that onion comment, I took it mean he wanted to curl up in a ball, peel his clothes off and weep uncontrollably; the classic symptoms of love, basically! Yeah, this is why I tend to avoid analytical reading.

    • Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      Lol. Yes, I thought you’d appreciate her even more in this ep. ;)

      And LOL (again) – well, either that or he means he has layers!

  7. Posted September 21, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    HA-PI HA-PI HA-PI HA-PI HA-PI HA-PI HA-PI (repeat ad nauseum)
    Have to say, this episode was thoroughly hilarious.

    I also liked the bit with the home room(?) teacher and the science teacher.
    Nanka kawaii desu ne?
    OOOUUU

    And the bit with Gun Girl and her friends was great too. Random tickling and violence ensues.

    • Posted October 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      this episode was thoroughly hilarious

      Agreed.

      I also liked the bit with the home room(?) teacher and the science teacher.

      Who knew he was so smooth, eh? Or, should that be clever – next time anyone wants to disarm a tomboyish evil kidnapper, just tell her she looks cute!

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