On Sunday, September 11, at 8:00pm EST, the Anime Addicts Anonymous Podcast hosts will be discussing art progression in anime and famous anime artists. We will also do reviews on Nichijou and the Studio Ghibli film Karigurashi no Arrietty.
I don't know where to start. OK. First, does an anime ha to have a complex plot to be enjoyable? I really think not, especially in comedy. Do you remember comedies for their plot structure, or for their jokes?
Yes, I am getting to Nichijou, an anime that I ate up week after week and begged for more. There is a plot, by the way. You learn about the characters, and these characters deal with everyday school life. I hope to NEVER hear the hyperbole of a movie or TV show having "no plot" I have watched a crap-ton of films and TV shows, etc and the standard for something having "no plot" is high for me, because there are people who literally just turn on a camera and shoot without a script.
Humor is subjective, and no, you aren't stupid or clueless for not liking it-- buy you're wrong! I mean, compared to a serious series where you're feeling for characters, this can't compare, but it's because it shouldn't. Compare this to a sketch comedy show, because that's what it is. Would you tell Saturday Night Live it needs to stop doing skits? This is a sketch show, a 4 koma manga style comedy show.
If Chiaki hates random crap (that's not Azumanga Daioh; I have yet to get my hands on that anime) then I LOVE it. I don't know or remember if you did a comedy podcast, but I'd like to see that done. I searched the site for some comedy I've watched and they don't come up.
I highly disagree with Chiaki's review. If you treat Nichijou as just a comedy skit show and not so much as a series that has to tell you story, then you may like it more than her. You could still not find it funny (Chiaki found it funny at points, contradicting her quote from Jim Rome) but at least know that anime may be art, or reach the heights of great art but we can also just have silly fun where kids overreact in anime-y ways to everyday life.
I have used this comparison before, and it only works at a surface level, but Nichijou is like Seinfield. It's normal life, then crazy stuff happens. The big difference is that Nichijou can animate crazy stuff.
I totally agree with you Yotaru. Nichijou might not be a 5/5, but it's one of the better comedy anime I've seen. It makes me laugh every week - something that Azumanga Daioh or Lucky Star did not manage to do. Well I can see that it would be a pretty boring show if it's not your kind of humor.
One thing I did agree on is that the show would've been much better if they made it a 13 episode show with the best scenes. There are some scenes that just aren't funny.
I loved the talk on anime art, it was very interesting!