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  • Awesome Art: 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), and the frames-per-second rate is remarkably high for this sort of anime.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Almost once an episode with the Helvetica Standard segments which indulge in Art Shift and frequently make no sense at all.
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  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The Funimation subtitles translate "Hakase" directly as if that is the character's given name, instead of the literal English word "Professor."
  • Ear Worm: Both OPs.
  • Friendly Fandoms: The relationship between this show's fandom and Daily Lives of High School Boys's fandom, both due to them being similar in name and due to them sharing the same genre. Both will argue about which show they think is better, but the arguments never get heated, and both fandoms seem to respect each other and their respective shows. If someone has only seen one show and not the other, fans will often urge them to watch the other as well.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Fans in the west—where Nichijou is one of the most popular comedy anime—are often surprised to hear how badly both the anime and manga bombed in Japan. The manga ranked 49th in sales for 2011, and the anime lost a lot of money. It actually gotten to the point that Funimation decided to take an extra step and re-release the series with an English dub.note 
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    • It's also well-liked among Southeast Asian audiences (more particularly Indonesian and Malay) due to subtle references to their language and incorporate of Malay/Indonesian puns into the Japanese language (such as kuma and beruang).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Three of the voice actors doing major roles in Fate/Zero turn up within the same scene together during the airship sequence of Episode 21 as a bunch of red shirts, namely Kirei, Rider and Tokiomi. The first two are killed by the Imagine Spot Mio within a minute of each other.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: Sakurai-sensei.
    • The Professor as a Cat Girl.
      Nano: Professor, that's probably moe!
      • Hell, the Professor, full stop.
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    • Nano and Sakurai-sensei together, as seen in Episode 14.
    • Misato provides the requisite Tsundere moe.
    • Most female characters qualify for this in some way or other. Even Nakamura-sensei, who was noted a few times in-universe to be cute.
  • Moment of Awesome: Yuuko (sic!), of all people, gets one in Episode 16 when after confirming (with the Professor's help) that Nano is a robot, she tells her that "I know that you aren't a robot. Nano-chan is just Nano-chan." Not only does Yuuko make it clear that she doesn't mind that Nano is a robot and considers her a friend, but it also helps Nano to accept herself. A CMOH and a CMOA in a single strike: well done, Yuuko!
    • And then Sakamoto accidentally talks in front of Yuuko, telling her goodnight. "Meh, whatever."
      • If Yuuko did in fact figure out it was Sakamoto. Her "Meh, whatever" shrug is quite similar to what most people would do when they think they hear something but see no one when they turn around; ie, "Guess I imagined it. Meh, whatever."
      • He says that after she's passed him. She turns around to see who did it, but he's gone. THEN she figures out. Earlier, when the Professor tells her Sakamoto can talk, Yukko believes it's incredible. In the manga, she finds it amazing even after she should get used to it.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Episode 21- *smack*-EEK! *smack*-EEK! *smack*-EEK! It only lasts about 16 seconds, but it obtains this status after about 4. The scene is widely regarded as a parody of the YouTube Poop genre of Web Video.
  • The Scrappy: The Professor, at least to Western fans, who don't gravitate towards the bratty mini-Moe archetype nearly as much as the Japanese fanbase does. She's meant to be funny but her behaviour more often than not comes across as selfish, annoying and very obnoxious. The fact her antics make life hard for Nano, the show's biggest woobie does not help. Like promising Nano can go to school (the thing Nano wants more than anything) only to welch on it the next day and throw a tantrum until Nano promises her piles of treats.
  • Signature Scene: The one scene everyone's heard about is the one where the Principal performs a Suplex Finisher on a deer. Hell, it's the page image for the Suplex Finisher page.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Sasahara's Upper-Class Twit tendencies, when he actually comes from a family of farmers, are because of the commonly inflated egos of Japanese land owners.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Episode 3 features one of "Take Five".
    • Nakamura-sensei's leitmotif owes a bit to the James Bond theme.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In the "Small thoughts" segment of Episode 10, a teacher is talking about how people respond to either praise or punishments. A girl at the distance thinks: "I react to praise... but I never am..."
    • The scene in Episode 13 where: the Professor allows Nano to go to school is more of a heartwarming moment, but for all the problems Nano deals with, a lot of viewers feel tears welling up.
  • Values Dissonance: Episode 24. The first time Sasahara talks to Mio is marked by an Imagine Spot of a bunch of Mios... raising the flag on Iwo Jima?
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