If you're looking for a peaceful slice of life featuring four school girls having fun, you're watching the wrong Kyo Ani
adaptation. Nichijou is anything but you're average slice of life. It's an anime that lives and breathes What Do You Mean Its Not Awesome
? to the point that even the most trivial occurrences are given all the flare and drama you'd expect from your average shonen action series.
The show boasts a gorgeous animation which goes further than it has to at some points. Most notably during a scene where they simulate a camera spinning around a desk, in a manner much like a football game. Yet at the same time the animation style can be simple to the point of looking like it was pulled straight out of the manga. The music is always ear pleasing and simple, perfectly suited for such a series.
One of the best things about the series is it's expansive cast of characters, each of whom the show takes time to focus on and develop, rather than centering the entire series on a small handful. But when it comes down to it, there are only six true main characters.
At the center stage is Yuuko Aioi, someone who if you didn't know any better, you'd think was the average shonen idiot hero. Mio acts as the straight man to Yuuko's antics, while the latter herself finds herself baffled by the antics of resident emotionless gadfly, Mai.
The other half of the main cast starts one of the most deep and interesting characters in a series that's otherwise comedic. Ridiculously Human Robot
Nano just wants to be a normal human. She wants to make friends and go to school, just like any other girl her (apparent) age. Unfortunately her creator is an eight year old mad scientist who's sole goal in life is to be a tremendous brat and make Nano's life miserable. Last but certainly not least is a talking cat by the name of Sakamoto, who tries to be the authority figure in a series where such things don't exist. Throughout the first half of the series these two sides are kept strictly apart, and only converge once Nano achieves her dream of going to school.
Though the show's mostly comedic in nature, there are moments that will truly tug at most heartstrings, especially when Nano and her desire for acceptance is concerned.
If you're looking for a gut-busting riot with lots of memorable characters and stellar animation, Nichijou is an absolute must!