Eeek, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?! Sorry, loves. Let’s just say I’ve been back-to-school with a vengeance. Moving on. Here be some belated, but heartfelt, fan-girling about everyone’s favourite megane, bishie, goat-riding gentleman-farmer, and a few others…
(Epi 22) Mohawk Guy seeks treatment for fear of ghosts; Mio and Gundere’s sisters talk Kendo; Daifuku Dad de-Mohawkifies his son; Hakase and co. start Christmas early; Weboshi and Fecchan discuss their luck, which then promptly runs out; Hakase and Sakamoto go for a walk and Yukko and Mio are mauled by Mai’s dogs, but all is forgiven for shark choco. (Epi 23) Nano beats Yukko in getting to class first; Mio’s life flashes before her while she suffers from jam-poisoning; Miss Timid tries to clean little bro’s filthy room; Yukko threatens to become a teacher; Punkdere bails on confessing to Mohawk Bald Guy; Miss Timid’s little bro blackmails That Bloke Who Fancies Her via a pic of sis as a high school hottie; Mai and Hakase draw sharks; and, after a series of ‘in-between shots’ involving a riverbank and many attempts at view-finding, it turns out that Yukko sucks at painting too. (Epi 24) Goat Guy helps Nano, as Mio looks and listens on in horror; the Creepy Science Teacher chases random cats; Sakamoto catches a cold, Nano fusses over him, and Hakase gets jealous; Mio is encouraged to pursue Mangakahood as a career, then ends up buying Goat Guy a drink/ falling further in love with him. (Epi 25) Gundere wakes a sleeping-in-class-Goat Guy, breaks his glasses, almost accompanies him to the boys toilets, and freaks out when she finds out that his glasses are just for show; Miss Timid and That Bloke discuss curry and spice; Mio shows us how to RUN; Nano thinks Creepy Science Teacher is a lesbian, and one who promptly freaks out at everything else that’s going on in the Shinonome Lab; and, finally, the girls soothe Mio’s wounded heart, and all is DAW again with the Nichiworld.
In short: I thought epi 22 was great, epi 23 was okay, epi 24 was great, and epi 25 was awesome.
In not as short…
OMG there was so much Goat Guy that I nearly died. And OMG there was so much ammo to fuel so many shipping wars that I bet some of you nearly died. And the LOLs. So. Many. LOLs. While others have rather wonderfully explored the effects of the less-slapstick/physical-comedy-versus-more-short/‘poignant’-scenes in the second half of the series, clearly the more spectacular visual comedy is still one of Nichijou’s strengths, and it’s great seeing it used so gleefully in these last few episodes. And thus, in turn, when these are juxtaposed with the quieter moments and the scenes that are more character- and plot-development-focussed, these are the sequences that really stand out, especially in this final arc as we watch the main characters grow closer and develop as individuals.
Epi 22 showed some much needed love to Mohawk Guy and also allowed Weboshi and Fecchan to shine briefly as charming characters in their own right, as well as a rather satisfying comedy double-act (if not as outrageous as the Mio-Yukko partnership often is). The highlights of this epi for me, though, were the short Christmas/ Santa themed sketches and the sequence involving Hakase, Sakamoto, the schoolgirls and Mai’s dogs. And that reminds me, anyone know why Hakase likes sharks so much?
Epi 23 included more screen time for Miss Timid and her little bro, which was fairly amusing, if a little drawn out. I mean, did we really need so many shots of Miss Timid being tossed out of little bro’s room? However, the scene where That Bloke Who Fancies Her almost dies of a heart-attack when he sees Dat Pic was probably completely justified, as she did look pretty damn cute. Though, like the previous epi, the highlight was the final main scene, in this case Mai’s trip to the Shinonome Laboratory where she ends up making peace with Hakase over (yes, you’ve guessed it) more sharks. Not only were Mai’s snacks and drawings a fitting way to make amends for the canine-trauma of the previous epi, but it was good to see Mai not giving in to her default troll-mode and thus also drawing out Hakase’s more childlike, vulnerable side. I dunno, but I can think of worse things than watching a cute child professor not worrying about her only (robot-) friend leaving her and simply having fun while drawing sharks… yes, more sharks… hmm…
Epi 24 was all about Goat Guy. Well, no, not really, but it might as well have been. Seriously, it was like waiting for Christmas and then having Santa reward you with a veritable feast, rather than some poxy melon bread. This was also one of the few times I could forgive Yukko for her stupidity, as it allowed us to witness such a gloriously ridiculous fantasy involving not one, but both of my favourite characters in the show. And can you imagine if that garden scene had actually happened?! You all saw what Nano was like with Mio’s manga; that wind-up key of hers would’ve probably propelled her into another country in the face of so much swoon-worthy Goat Guy charm. And speaking of that charm, who else could make losing one’s money in a vending machines look anything other than frustratingly pathetic? Yes, even when your chosen drink is eventually dispensed and is poured into an upside-down cup, the latter nonetheless appears half-full for this guy. And still speaking of charming folks, Nano in mummy-mode while fussing over a sickly Sakamoto and then trolling a jealous Hakase was also very satisfying. Oh, Nano – I, too, like you more!
If the last one was all about Goat Guy, then Epi 25 was all about Mio-chan. Or should that be, ‘Ch-chan Mio!’? Not that there wasn’t an abundance of Goat Guy action, but this episode also gave much love to two of his less confident co-stars. For once, I wasn’t bored by Gundere putting her guns on, for, in the face of Goat Guy’s admission that his glasses are just for show, it was entirely appropriate. My heart went out to Mio, though, having to see them arm-in-arm together like that. But then, of course, my DAAWWWs were promptly exchanged for BWAHAHAs as we were treated to Dat Sequence. Seriously, Forrest Gump ain’t got nothin’ on our Mio. Clearly, the next time any of you are at risk of dying of a broken heart, all it takes is RUNNING, leaping through windows, roly-polying on gymnastics bars, jumping over fences, shadow boxing, giving piggy-backs to old ladies, racing trains, dodging archers, leapfrogging others, sliding down banisters, diving into rivers and rescuing little boys from drowning to cure what ails you. Things really are unpredictable, eh. Also, let’s have some more love for that OST; there were some fabulous sounds going on during that sequence, especially for those of us who are suckers for dramatic violin pieces. In contrast to how that scene ended, the Creepy Science teacher’s visit was hilarious for different reasons; watching her freak out while she thought she was in danger from child professors, accusations of being a lesbian-paedo, homunculi and superglue was just too freaking funny. However, it was the final scene (though, probably because it came directly after those outrageous ones) that was the most affecting. Lifetime Friendship Vouchers, eh. Yes, I DAAWWWed. Nuff said.