Nichijou 22-25: Ship, ship, ship!

Love triangle alert!

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…


Selective Summary:

So. Many. LOLs.

(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.


Thoughts:

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.

It’s totally okay.

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?

…so moé you could kill for it?!

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…

Actually, make that a love square alert!

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!

BFFs.

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.

My reaction as well.

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21 Comments

  1. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Eeek, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?!

    IT’S BEEN A VERY LONG TIME!!! HOW DARE YOU KEEP ME WAITING~ 22-25 were great, with the exception of Mohawk scenes. Seriously, they should have more Afro-Guy. What ever happened to him? Also, Mai’s dogs biting Yukko and Mio was really “WOW! I didn’t see that coming!” Darn dogs! You can forget the sniff-treatment! Oh and Mio’s “It’s okay. Yukko’s just stupid, okay?” had me dying! Gahhhh Mio, you’re too much! NEVER TOO MUCH NEVER TOO MUCH NEVER TOO MUCH!!! (/♫)

    And that reminds me, anyone know why Hakase likes sharks so much?

    You mean you don’t know? :3c

    I mean, did we really need so many shots of Miss Timid being tossed out of little bro’s room?

    I thought it was fantastic! In fact, I replayed that bounce over and over for 2 hours! Now I keep replaying the Old Lady’s Barrel Roll (ep 25), haha!… yeah. Good to have you back!

    • Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      I’M SORRY! :( Hmm, what’s your beef with Mohawk Guy? And as for

      Afro-Guy. What ever happened to him?

      - I’m guessing he got high.

      D’oh, I should’ve known you were a fan of Miss Timid! Yes, that little bounce was pretty cute, I guess. The first two times. And thanks, J!

  2. Posted September 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    It has been a while! But I have fallen behind too, I was dealing with some terrible computer issues so I will do a double 25 and 26 post! Should be really fun but I shall miss this great comedy it really makes my week every episode.

    24- That sudden art shift? Ahahaha so amazing Nano and Sasahara made me laugh and yes so many LOLS from 22-25 agreed there I always find one scene in every episode that makes me smile.

    25- Who knew Mio was so amazing! I loved her running away scene even jumping through windows? And saving someone from drowning YES! So good xDD

    Well time to wait for the final episode T____T

    • Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

      Yes, I will miss it too Foshii. Hope your comp issues are sorted now, though!

      I still go XD remembering that sudden art shift, not least of all Yukko in deadpan mode going, ‘And then he took off his clothes!’ Ahaha!

      Poor Mio! A.K.A. The Girl Who Leaped Through Windows. She was always pretty cool, though it was pretty satisfying seeing her come out of her crush unscathed and smiling again.

  3. fathomlessblue
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Preferred shipping order:

    * Sasahara x Gundere
    * Sasahara x Nana
    * Sasahara x Mio
    * Nana x Evil/Blushing Scientist
    * Miss Timid x Me (particularly in bouncy- thrown-out-of-her-brother’s-room-chibi-mode) <3

    Far too many things to rave on about, so my top 3 scenes were probably 1) the school photo 2) Sasahara randomly taking off this shirt in Mio’s imagination, and 3) Yukko's 'Chan-Mio!' (Especially the 70's SFX spectrum colours)

    Also, I can't figure out Mai. The occasional good deed does not counteract the amount of trolling she gets away with. At least she's funnier in the second half of the season.

    Finally, while Nichijou definitely excels at visual comedy, I still think the written and emotional material is second to Azumanga Diaoh. Yes, I'm still shamelessly promoting that show whether people are interested or not. WATCH IT! For Osaka, if nothing else…. oh Osaka, you truly are the gift that keeps on giving… when will the world come to embrace you as a true visionary… Sorry, getting lost in my own daydream here! ;)

    • Posted September 25, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Sasahara x Nana

      Nana x Evil/Blushing Scientist

      WHEN I WAS DARKNESS AT DA TAIM!!! FUETEH-ROO KOOCHIBEhROO!!! HEYAAH no KATSUMI DE EYE CRAI !!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DE7Ckf3yhI&feature=related

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYc41q2o5Jo&feature=related

    • Cratex
      Posted September 25, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      Finally, while Nichijou definitely excels at visual comedy, I still think the written and emotional material is second to Azumanga Diaoh. Yes, I’m still shamelessly promoting that show whether people are interested or not. WATCH IT! For Osaka, if nothing else….

      I discovered Azumanga Diaoh a few months ago and watched the entire series in a few days. Yes, my favorite character was Osaka, if for no other reason than that was ME when I was a kid. My son and I rolled on the floor when we saw the scene were she’s watching the floaters in her eyes. When I showed him the Summer Cabin Knife scene my brother totally lost it and agreed that was me.

      Anyway, my reason here is I disagree about the emotional material comparison – I like Azumanga Diaoh better overall but I think Nichijou actually comes out ahead there – because I see deeper and more serious studies of the issues the two main characters Yūko and Nano have to work through and how they change (or not change) because of those issues; both change noticeably, though Nano’s change by far is the much more impressive and substantial change.

    • Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      * Miss Timid x Me (particularly in bouncy- thrown-out-of-her-brother’s-room-chibi-mode) <3

      Lol – though, you might have to fight Jesus159159159 for her!

      Far too many things to rave on about, so my top 3 scenes were probably… 2) Sasahara randomly taking off his shirt…

      - AGREED.

      Thanks for the reminder about AzuDai, I will defo check it out… at some point… ;;

  4. Cratex
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I finished episode 26 this morning. VERY glad I stuck with this show – I struggled with it early on, but the last half dozen episodes were really good.

    Dogs do occasionally bite for no apparent reason. Two of my brother’s dogs seem to want nothing more than for my son and I to fuss over them when we visit, while the third just simply doesn’t trust either of us and has bitten me twice and my son once (enough to break the skin but not enough to really draw blood).

    I think I understand Mai – without wanting to put a label on her, I think her problem is she really has issues relating to other people properly – think Asperger.

    The sequence of Yūko’s daily grind in Episode 23 really sticks with me.

    I know this post is about episodes 22-25, but I just want to say that episode 26 is, as far as I’m concerned, the proper ending, particularly for Nano. :)

    • Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      Dogs do occasionally bite for no apparent reason. Two of my brother’s dogs seem to want nothing more than for my son and I to fuss over them when we visit, while the third just simply doesn’t trust either of us and has bitten me twice and my son once

      - Bloody hell! Hope that hasn’t happened again since!

      That’s an interesting take on Mai it would certainly explain some of her more baffling behaviour.

      I’m glad you stuck with the show too, it’s certainly been fun watching and discussing it with everyone. :)

  5. Cratex
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    I mean, did we really need so many shots of Miss Timid being tossed out of little bro’s room?

    While I didn’t watch it over and over for two hours, I did get a kick out that sequence, in a perverted sort of way – she WAS awfully cute.

  6. Posted September 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    SO MANY SEMI;COLONS IN YOUR POST

    STOP TIME;TRAVELLING

    THIS IS;NOT THE;WILL

    OF STEINS:GATE

    The point about that repeated scene was that (at least for me) I imagined myself as Ms. Timid’s little brother, and y’know when you’ve had a rough day and just want to relax, but your parents/siblings/whatever just keep on barging in? Nichijou really hammered that point in.

    The running sequence was also extremely heartwarming, showing how Mio just DEALT WITH IT at the very end. That’s really mature of her – you can see how she matures through the series, from Episode 1 to now. No, not really, I was lying, you can’t.

    tl;dr: Mai for president

    P.S. Hakase likes sharks because they’re smart and build robots.

    • Posted October 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      That reminds me, I still need to marathon Steins; Gate at some point…

      Yesss, Mio’s epic run… still cracks me up.

      And that’s why she likes sharks, i it… should’ve guessed, eh!

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted October 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

        Definitely watch Steins Gate! For FB! (The character I mean, not me personally… mind you, feel free to watch Azumanga for my sake. It’s so good even Scamp likes it! Seriously!)

        • Posted October 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

          Fine – that’s my Half Term homework sorted!

  7. Posted September 27, 2011 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Episode 25 was FANTASTIC. That voucher for a life long friendship was so adorable, and to think that Yukko of all people came up with it. It reminded me of the friends from high school that I still have and cherish (it made me tear up a bit, actually).

    Loved, loved, LOVED Sasahara in these episodes, whether he was just a suave figment of Mio’s imagination running wild, or somehow calm, cool, and collected, even when the drink machine malfunctioned on him. I did have to wonder though, why wouldn’t you just turn the cup over before the drink was dispensed?

    I haven’t watched episode 26 yet, perhaps because I just don’t want this series to end…it’s turned out far better than I had anticipated.

    Also, thanks for the mention. ^ ^

    • Cratex
      Posted September 27, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      I did have to wonder though, why wouldn’t you just turn the cup over before the drink was dispensed?

      You or I would hurriedly jam our hand in there to do just that – HE wouldn’t – that’s his style (and appeal to so many, I suppose)

      ;)

    • Posted October 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      Wasn’t it just?! And I didn’t realise that was Yukko’s idea specifically (assumed the three of them came up with it together), clearly one of her finer moments.

      Loved, loved, LOVED Sasahara in these episodes

      YES.

      I’ve also been putting it off (talk about not wanting something to end, eh), but it’s been tonnes of fun.

      And you’re very welcome. :)

  8. rpd
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Wow this site has lost a lot of it’s up to dateness. You guys should recruit one or 2 maybe?

    • Posted October 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      *Blushes* Re: the latter, if you’re referring to our recent recruitment drive, watch out for EO’s announcement…

  9. Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Of course Hakase likes sharks. They’re awesome!

    These were some good episodes, and I really liked seeing these characters all get their chance in the spotlight.

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