One of these things is not like the others...
"I once overheard Sasahara-senpai talking to someone... Our Everyday Lives may, in fact, be a series of miracles. They just may be... no, I believe they must be..."Nichijou
— Mio Naganohara
(or My Ordinary Life
) is a Japanese comedy manga
by Keiichi Arawi. The manga
began serialization in the December 2006 issue of Kadokawa Shoten's manga magazine Shōnen Ace
, and received an anime adaptation
by Kyoto Animation
that premiered on Japanese television in April 2011
It is a Sketch Comedy
series about a group of ordinary High School students and their teachers. Except for the robot girl with a wind-up key in her back. Or the girl who keeps bringing guns to school that she procures from nowhere
. Or the Principal who has a penchant for wrestling deer. Or the Science Teacher who occasionally poisons her students (and herself)...
Once available to legally watch online in US and Canada at Crunchyroll
, the licensed expired at the end of August 2014.
Nichijou provides examples of:
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- Accidental Truth: Yuuko had no idea it actually was Nano's birthday.
- Acme Products: Provided by the Daiku Conglomerate.
- Agony of the Feet: Fortunately Nano's toe just comes off. Her big toe does as well: It's instantly launched like a rocket when one spins the screw on her back.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Weboshi likes Nakanojou because she thinks he's a delinquent due to his mohawk. This is hilariously inaccurate, and his mohawk is entirely involuntary.
- All Just a Dream: Chapter 92 of the manga. When Mai started acting completely out of character, Mio realized something was very wrong.
- Amusing Injuries/Slapstick Knows No Gender: Yuuko ends up on the receiving end of most of the slapstick gags in this series, especially when she decides to get competitive.
- It knows no species either seeing all the times Sakamoto gets hurt.
- Anti-Humor: Sketches frequently end with random nonsense, or even with no punchline altogether.
- Arm Cannon: Nano has one hidden in her right arm. It's loaded with beans, so that the Professor isn't harmed when she fires at her.
- Art Evolution: The art in the manga gets much better as it goes on. It becomes much smoother, and some aspects such as Cheeky Mouth start to vanish gradually. This is somewhat reflected in the anime.
- Art Shift:
- During a chase scene in Episode 2, as well as a quick shift to the ED style at the beginning of the episode.
- Actually all over the place, mostly during the Mundane Made Awesome sequences.
- Extremely prevalent in Episode 19's Helvetica Standard.
- Artifact of Doom: Mio's wood cubes and Mi-chan's 'mud pie' (as revealed in Episode 21).
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The Professor. Then again, she IS a little kid.
- Also, Sakamoto, when his cat nature takes over and he gets distracted playing with something.
- Mai's dog, Oguri, in Episode 15.
- Awesome Animation: Drop-dead gorgeous, even by Kyoto Animation's high standards. The backgrounds are very highly detailed, seeing real-time perspective shifts in a 2D plane is not uncommon (although some Conspicuous CG is used where it would be otherwise too difficult and expensive to animate by hand, see below), the frames-per-second is remarkably high for this sort of anime.
- Baby Talk: The Professor regresses to this from time to time, befitting her age.
- Badass Adorable: Mio, of course. Misato also counts to a smaller extent.
- Battle Aura: Often particularly Mio.
- Berserk Button: Mio upon hearing the compliment that Yuuko's drawing is cool.
- Or whenever someone messes with her food.
- Or if anyone sees her Yaoi manga drawings.
- While she is a generally nice person, she seems to have a Berserk Keyboard with all the things that make her mad.
- Mio hits several of Yuuko's during their argument in Episode 14, signified by a switch being flipped on.
- Do not insinuate that robots are not cute in the Professor's presence.
- Nano frequently gets highly upset whenever the Professor installs some useless new feature in her. Later on, the Professor installs a plastic pellet machine gun in one of her arms. This turns out to be a mistake.
- Sasahara's very existence is this for Misato. To the point that you can consider yourself lucky if you manage to talk to her about him without getting hit in return. And don't even think about suggesting she should admit her feeling towards him. Not even blood relations will save you from her bazooka if you do.
- Bifauxnen: Ms. Nakamura is easily mistaken for a guy before you hear her voice.
- Even some of the subbers are fooled, making it even less obvious to the viewer.
- Big Red Fire Alarm Button: Mio is tempted to push it.
- Big Sister Bully: Mio's older sister. She loves pranking just about everyone (even Nano, when she runs into her and accidentally detaches her arm), but her sister is her favorite target.
- Big "WHAT?!": The NASA people in Episode 10.
- Annaka is very prone to this; "Eeeehhh?!" is practically her Catch Phrase, and became her Image Song. She even has a sort of "Big What tennis match" with Takasaki-sensei in Episode 15.
- She has another one with him in Episode 17. Almost the exact same set up and punchline too.
- And of course there is the occasional "DO YU KOTO?" (WHAT IS THIS?)
- Big Word Shout: SALMON!
- Blatant Lies: Nano learned her methods from the Professor.
- Blood from the Mouth: When the principal tries to catch a deer that wanders onto the grounds. The deer headbutts him.
- Bloodless Carnage:
- Nano, justifiedly - she is a robot after all.
- Once averted with Sasahara, who bleeds a little after being shot in the head. Most of the time he just turns white from the smoke.
- Though, considering he was shot in the forehead with a pistol, you'd think there'd be a lot more blood involved
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Yuuko's preferred brand of humor, usually with Mai. She's not very good at it, and Mai (her preferred partner) is exceptional at being stoic.
- Book Dumb: Yuuko. Mio has to cheer her up so she won't feel too bad about her low grades (read: 1%).
- Book Ends: The anime series begins and ends with a section about motivation, complete with a shot of cherry blossoms popping up spontaneously.
- Book Safe: In one Helvetica Standard skit.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Mi-chan. Also Professor and Misato's little sister.
- Breathe on the Fan: Yuuko wanted to, but a label prohibits her.
- Brick Joke: At the beginning of Episode 8, Nano accidentally activates a Rocket Punch. Her right hand then flies across the sky during Sasahara's segment (causing him to write a haiku about it), and comes back again later to sock Misato in the head.
- And at the end of the episode we see Misato cooking at home, with a bump from the head injury she got earlier visible. It's also the primary reason why there's no rock-paper-scissors segment that week - that's her rock-paper-scissors hand.
- Right in the first episode there's the objects that go flying in the explosion at the start and, more significantly, the poor boy who only shows up atop a chimney at the end of the episode when you've forgotten all about him.
- In Episode 22, Misato's little sister tries to hit Mio's big sister with a shinai, only to accidentally hit the assistant kendo instructor (who just happened to appear at the right moment), knocking him off of the bicycle he was riding. Later, when Fecchan tries to make the best of having dropped her ice cream by claiming that she can still eat it after cleaning it off, the bike (and the instructor) come by and ruin what was left of her ice cream. In Episode 25, while Ms. Nakamura is walking down the street, the bike is incredibly, still continuing its path without the rider.
- A dorayaki Tanaka pulls out of his afro for Sakurai-sensei resurfaces in an appropriate 'Short Thoughts' segment later on.
- In Chapter 125, Nakamura-sensei loses control of a robot named Peace-kun, which tackles her and sends her flying through the sky. Two chapters later, both of them suddenly crash down into the principal, who was struggling to carry a frustrated Mio to the hospital in a wooden cart.
- Bring My Brown Pants: The Professor suffers a late night Potty Emergency, and would've held out if not for a particularly fierce bolt of lightning.
- Butt Monkey: Nano, mostly due to the Professor's rather childlike inventions placed throughout her body.
- Yuuko, whether she accidentally sets Mio off, falls for one of Mai's pranks, gets competitive, annoys her mom, or just witnesses something weird, the universe doesn't like her. In fact, Episode 23 of the anime gives us a small montage of the universe being mean to Yuuko.
- Mio can qualify as well, since she has to deal with Yuuko, often unknowingly, pressing her Berserk Button, her own Covert Pervert tendencies landing her in a position that's far from ideal, and her Gadfly of an older sister.
- Sakamoto. Looks like his fate is to be the pet of a well-meaning but careless Mad Scientist, no matter where he goes.
- It turns out that almost anyone can can get hit with this. Two big contenders are Nakanojou (in addition to his complex about his hair, bad things continually happen to him) and Annaka (what with the universe almost seeming to hate her as much as Yuuko in terms of the weird stuff that gets thrown at her).
- Calvin Ball: 'Go-Soccer', kind of. The guy who wanted to invent it (Daiku, the club president) was never actually able to come up with any rules.
- Turns out that there are some rules in the game, as Makoto Sakurai demonstrated in Episode 14. Though what they actually are is still a mystery. The Go-Soccer match that occurs between Makoto and one of the teachers does nothing except leave even Sekiguchi with her jaw hanging open.
- The Cameo: The next episode previews are done by various voice actors, expressing the thoughts of inanimate objects that appeared in the show. Almost all of these voice actors are industry vets with 20-40 years of experience — for example, Norio Wakamoto was a set of hair decs, Aya Hirano as a shogi piece, etc.
- All the airship segments are filled with cameos of ultra-famous seiyuus doing extremely trivial roles. Hilariously enough, the voice actors of Kirei, Rider and Tokiomi all appear one after the other within the span of 5 minutes during the airship sequence in Episode 21, the first two of whom are killed within minutes of each other.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: The principal tells old jokes that no one gets.
- While Yuuko's are just terrible.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Mio with regard to her crush, Sasahara.
- Misato appears to have this regarding Sasahara as well, with explosive results.
- Also, Takasaki-sensei with Sakurai-sensei.
- Apparently now Sekiguchi with Daiku (the two in the Go-Soccer Club).
- Cast Herd: While Nano is a student of the high school in the manga, in the anime the segments with her, the Professor, and Sakamoto are kept strictly separate from antics at the school until Episode 14 when Nano finally starts attending.
- Finally, in Episode 16 Yuuko visits the Shinonome Lab and meets the Professor and Sakamoto. Hilarity Ensues.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: Nakanojo's mother walking in on him trying to make his hair flat is played as if it were this trope.
- Cheeky Mouth: Happens to Mai in Episode 10 where she is blowing a bubble that she subsequently eats.
- Cheerful Child: Professor.
- Cherry Blossoms: Used to great effect at the start (and end) of the show.
- Child Prodigy: Despite being only eight years old, the Professor knows enough to build a Ridiculously Human Robot and constantly "upgrade" said robot throughout the story without her noticing.
- In Episode 6, when she's told she can get out of the bath when she gets to ten, she says "20 log square root 10". Which is 10.
- Coincidental Dodge: The final episode contains a scene made of these.
- Clothing Switch: Episode 16. Yuuko and the Professor switch outfits.
- Cloud Cuckoo Land: Pretty much. The premise of the show is basically mixing very normal things turned awesome with very weird things turned normal, causing the characters to have a totally inverted perception of what's supposed to be made a big deal.
- Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: Yuuko swears off doing punchlines the same day Mai cranks her set-ups to eleven.
- Color Failure: Nearly everyone gets this, sometimes even combined with Blue with Shock.
- A lesser version whenever the principal tells a joke — the students are faded and have Dull Eyes of Unhappiness.
- People shot by Misato tend to come out completely white as well, such as her younger sister, and especially Sasahara.
- Conspicuous CG: Used for a rotating shot of the entire classroom in Episode 6. The switch back to traditional animation is very smooth, however.
- Also happens during the Dog and Pen Laser scenes regarding the laser fired due to pain. We are given a dramatic circle shot before Yuuko's laser takes out the rest of the planets because she accidentally stabbed herself with a pen.
- Conspicuously Light Patch: In Episode 3, Sakamoto walks around under an overturned box in the distant background; the box loses its conspicuous light whenever he stops moving.
- Continuity Nod: The stained glass windows in 1-Q, the main Homeroom. What at first looks like a throwaway gag has consistently been given the nod ever since. Even in the OPENING!
- Episode 23: Mio and Yuuko sport bandages where Mai's dogs bit them the previous episode.
- In the manga, you can very often see other characters in the background, living out the story they were featured in in an earlier chapter, or clearly on their way from what they'd done in the last chapter. This most often happens between consecutive chapters (for example: Chapter 78 ends with the crow flying away. In Chapter 79, you can see the crow, still wearing Sakamoto's ribbon, in the background of the first page), but can go much further in length. Chapter 80 features the Vice Principal's daughter and grandson visiting him. In the background of page 6 of Chapter 75, you can see his daughter and grandson; he's even showing his mother the ball of mud he made for his grandfather. They're also on the first page of Chapter 76.
- Cool Big Sis: Yuuko seems to have earned this with the Professor in Episode 16.
- After some rough patches at the beginning, Mai's relationship with the Professor becomes this.
- Cool Bike: Super Bicycle!
- Cool Plane: Kenzaburou uses a Blackbird to arrive at school.
- Covert Pervert: Mio. The whole chase in Episode 2 was the result of such a moment. Also, in Episode 5, she stops what she's doing immediately upon hearing that Yuuko was going to attempt to draw a cool guy and ends up getting carried away.
- She later ends up trying to turn herself in for a crime she didn't commit and bribe a police officer just to keep him from searching her bag and finding her drawings. When that fails, she beats the crap out of him, Yuuko, the "OH GENTLEMAN" guy, and Sasahara's goat.
- Crash-Into Hello: Subverted. When Nano crashes into a boy from school, it results in an Earth-Shattering Kaboom instead, followed by both parties landing on separate rooftops.
- Credits Jukebox: The second half of the show has a collection of Real Song Theme Tunes, covered by Sayaka Sasaki and the primary cast.
- Creepy Cockroach: In one segment, Nano has a cockroach trapped under a bowl, but is too terrified of it to lift the bowl to kill it (or let someone else do so).
- Curtains Match the Window: The majority of the characters, though there are a few exceptions, such as Professor.
- Cute Bruiser: Mio.
- Cuteness Proximity: Both Nano and the Professor instantly fall victim to this once Sakamoto sits on Nano's lap in Episode 3. Also, Mai to the Professor in Episode 23.
- Death as Comedy: The airship segments.
- Deconstructive Parody: Nakamura-sensei visits Shinonome Labs. Knowing that Nano-chan is a robot, and that the Professor is extremely intelligent, she behaves terrified, like a normal person would in a (potentially mad) scientist's lair. She even notes that the Professor appears too young to have built Nano.
- Denied Food as Punishment: Nano frequently threatens the Professor with this, but then either forgets or just simply forgives her for whatever the Professor did to cause said punishment in the first place.
- Deuteragonist: While the series mostly has an ensemble cast, the first ending and second opening themes treat Yuuko and Nano as this, giving them the most prominent roles within the segments.
- Disaster Dominoes: When goof-off Yuuko does her homework and her studious friends don't, they trigger this. The high school trio hides out in a nearby shrine during the rain, Yuuko tries to pay a coin to the shrine, Hilarity Ensues, and ends with the entire place destroyed.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Mio performs disabling wrestling moves on anyone who saw or was eating the manga she was drawing in Episode 16, whether it's a cop, Yuuko, or a goat.
- Do-Anything Robot: Nano, much to her chagrin. She even has a reaction function.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The build up to this page is Yuuko swearing off jokes, only for Mai to dial her 'boke'ness Up to Eleven. Yuuko's reaction after letting it all out is...interesting, to say the least. Even more so in the episode this skit's featured in (17).
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Sasahara gets shot repeatedly by Misato, but the damage seems minimal, including head shots.
- Dreadful Musician: Nano.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Ms. Nakamura is seen looking for Sakamoto in Episode 3 after the Professor and Nano adopt him. The Kendo assistant instructor turns up to offer Mio sage words of advice in Episode 18.
- Elevator Failure: Happens to Yuuko, Mio, and Mai in Episode 8.
- Emotionless Girl: Mai acts this way as a vehicle for her pranks.
- Sekiguchi from the Go-Soccer Club, too.
- Epic Fail:
- Jumping ropenote . Yuuko's losing her shoes in Episode 14. Mio and any non-combat sport, period. Nakamura with nearly everything. Dolph killing himself.
- Also Annaka's over-sized red ribbon.
- Everyone Calls Her "Professor": No one seems to know what the Professor's given name is.
- Extreme Omni Goat: Kojirou (Sasahara's goat) is shown eating a piece of paper.
- Eyes Always Shut: Makoto Sakurai.
- Eye Scream: Here's a useful tip: Never tease an extremely violent Tsundere when she's got two sticks of Pocky.
- Face Fault: All over the place. It's one of Nano's many functions, even!
- "Let's go all the way to Okachimachi like this."
- Failure Is the Only Option: Poor Nano.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: Double subverted. The guns Misato uses are fairly realistically displayed, and quite powerful since they cause quite some damage to the surroundings. However, it still comes off as this trope since the characters hit are so Made of Iron that they only end up with smoke emitting from their bodies, and occasionally slight bleeding.
- Fiery Redhead: Misato, complete with Hyperspace Arsenal.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The four main girls at the end of the TV series. Yukko is Sanguine, Mio is choleric, Mai is melancholic, and Nano is phlegmatic.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: This is Played for Laughs, but Yuuko and Mio can shoot them if they scream in pain loud enough.
- Funny Background Event: Oh man the background artists had fun working on this show. Take the second episode - the Go-Soccer club has recruitment posters up on the classroom walls, there's a 'don't sweat it in the hallway' poster up in the hallway, the convenience store has Wou~i Ocha note and 'Overcooked Soup' (the black one being sold for 100 yen - cheaper than the others!), the list goes on.
- The Gadfly: Mai. Almost makes you wonder why Yuuko and Mio are friends with her sometimes.