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Nichijou Anime Review

A series requested by you guys… 2 years ago… (this is the last one)

Synopsis: Nichijou is a story about the ordinary yet not-so-ordinary lives of multiple characters, specifically three high school students, Yuko, Mio and Mai and a 5-year-old professor, her robot, Nano and their talking cat, Sakamoto. So pretty much, it’s another slice of life anime.

My Thoughts

Nichijou’s goal for each episode revolves around humour, nothing more and nothing3.gif less. This is most often easily achieved as Nichijou is honestly one of the funniest animes out there, and the humour is either clever or stupid which I find enjoyable. However where the comedy falls short is some jokes easily drag on for too long to the extent of it no longer becoming funny. Regardless though, a lot of the scenes are over-the-top and absolutely epic, Nichijou is not afraid to approach the most outrageous borders and I love it for that.

1The anime doesn’t have much of a story being a slice-of-life anime so it’s nothing significant. I do believe Nichijou was given more episodes then it needed considering this anime is solely revolved around comedy, but that’s not to say I got bored of the series, it never felt tedious to watch. The animations were mostly great especially the more epic scenes. Though the character designs were far too similar to each other having each character share the same face. The first opening is amazing and watching it again made me so happy, it’s unfortunate it got replaced.

The best part of Nichijou though was its characters, all of them were so unique, 2memorable and extremely enjoyable. Our lead characters were all fun and the bonds they share with one another is so genuine and enjoyable, particularly the bond between Hakase (professor) and Nano. The supporting cast stood out just as much and I honestly may of liked them a little bit more than our leads.

Do I like it?: Nearly three years ago I put this anime on my top 10 best animes of 2014, so yes, I do like it. However I won’t deny that although at the time Nichijou was more remarkable considering it was something I recently watch, now it doesn’t have the same impact especially compared to the animes I’ve seen afterwards.

Recommended?: DEFINITELY! I think most people can enjoy the humor in Nichijou. Key words are MOST PEOPLE. Like all anime, there’s always gonna be that group that don’t like the shows I recommend, which is completely fine. If you want to watch a comedy/slice-of-life I highly recommend you give Nichijou a go.

Thank you for reading my review and being patient with me! Till next time 🙂

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Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei Anime Review

Before I go on, this is ONLY a review to the first season. When I watch the other seasons, I’ll most likely discuss it rather than review it.

Introduction

This anime is different to any other slice-of-life comedy. I have never seen or heard of an anime like Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei. I discovered this anime from a Youtube reviewer, Glass Reflection, who I’ve mentioned in the past. He has recommended his viewers to some pretty fantastic anime. After checking out this anime’s fourth opening (I think), I was immediately hooked and shortly afterwards decided to check out the anime, leading us to my review.

Story & Characters

Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei is a slice-of-life anime so obviously it has no real plot butsayonara-zetsubou-sensei-story basically, our main character is a teacher named Nozomu Itoshiki who’s incredibly negative and suicidal. In the first scene we see Itoshiki trying to hang himself only to be saved by his student Kafuka Fuura who is overly positive and cheerful. At that point we follow the adventures of Itoshiki, Kafuka and the rest of his unusual students.

sayonara-zetsubou-sensei-charactersZetsubou-Sensei (That’s what I call the anime for short) has a very dark sense of humor and often discusses the concept of death making this anime stand-out but also limiting its audience considering it relies on a different type of comedy compared to most animes in the same genre. Needless to say, I really did enjoy the humor, for the most part at least. The flaw this anime had was at some points in the anime it felt a little boring, not to mention the jokes did go on for a bit too long. When it came down to the characters, I loved each and every one of them. Each character gets an episode (or half an episode) dedicated to them allowing us to get to know them and fall in love with them. I especially really like the characters of both Itoshiki-sensei and Kafuka, Itoshiki-sensei’s pessimistic personality perfectly complimented Kafuka’s overly optimistic personality, providing some amazing humor to the anime that involve their interactions. Also I adore Chiri… there’s no reason to it, I just love her.

Grade (Story): B-
Grade (Characters): B+

Animations & Sound

The animations by Shaft is all very well done. The anime is always so dark and it’s tone issayonara-zetsubou-sensei-animations usually quite dull which is a good thing because it matches the anime perfectly. When it comes to character designs, my biggest problem was distinguishing the girls, considering most of them had similar hair styles, hair colors and looks, with the exception of a few like Komori, Maria and Kaere. Despite that, I do like the character designs, especially for Itoshiki-sensei, Chiri and Komori. I also need to discuss the anime’s art which is also incredibly weird, somewhat symbolic but overall fantastic. This anime has some of the best art I’ve seen in any anime.

sayonara-zetsubou-sensei-soundThe music is mostly great, the anime has some good OST, the ending is creepy but catchy and fitting to the anime and the first opening is really good though honestly it took some time for me to like it. Keep in mind this is limited to Season One, I will talk about Season Four’s opening (I think it’s Season 4). The anime is only in Japanese and the voice acting is great, Hiroshi Kamiya did an amazing job as Itoshiki and I also adore Ai Nonaka who performed the voice of Kafuka. Everyone else also did a great job so the voice acting is overall fantastic.

Grade (Animations): B-
Grade (Music): B
Grade (Voice Acting):
B

Conclusion

I’m kind of looking back at this review and regretting not adding this to my previous topsayonara-zetsubou-sensei-conclusion 10 list. Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei is not for everyone. The anime is quite dark with it’s comedy and once again discusses death very often. Also it is a slice-of-life series so it clearly has no plot whatsoever. However I personally enjoyed it, the anime’s funny, entertaining and memorable. From a personal perspective though I would give it a B- but from my critical perspective, this anime is for anybody who loves dark comedy and slice-of-life anime.

What are your thoughts of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, as always, let me know? If you want me to review any anime, I’ll gladly do so. Hope you liked this review, I’ll be making another one or two for tomorrow. Till next time 🙂

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