|Article by Ben Huber
Don't be ordinary! One of KyoAni's best shows in recent memory was their slice of life and comedy show titled My Ordinary Life (Nichijou). It follow three students, Yuko, Mio, and Mai as they go about their absurd daily life, along with Nano (a robot) and the Professor (an 8-year-old genius). Oh, and their cat, Sakamoto-san. It's part gag show, part slice-of-life, and 100% silly. Here's a few reasons why My Ordinary Life is anything but.
School is Tough!
In an ordinary life, school is one of the biggest hurdles for a young student. Yuko, Mai, and Mio try their best... mostly! When you have a classmate riding a goat to school and a teacher who forgets the classwork, sometimes things get a little rough. But never fear, their friendship will prevail!
Have you ever seen a school principal suplex a deer? Well, now you have. We love seeing the school faculty bring the pain to the local wildlife, distributing vicious attacks and skilled takedowns amongst the various cervidae. If there's one piece of advice Yuko will give you: don't mess with the principal.
Other School Activities
Mio tries her best at the many physical activities during gym class, but suffice to say, she's definitely more in-tune with her artistic side than her athletic side. You can't say she doesn't try her best, though. Sadly, sometimes her "best" injures nearby observers, sending them flying into the stratosphere.
If you're in a hurry to catch the train, make sure your friends are close behind, because otherwise you'll end up just like Yuko here.That brief, fleeting moment of victory is quickly overshadowed by dread as your pals watch your catatonic form ride away.
And then they'll have to ride without you.
Oh, but what about the Professor you ask? Well, she's a little irritable at times and she hides her genius well. How exactly did she create a humanoid robot like Nano? Why does Nano have a large wind-up key sticking out of her back? And why does the Professor take out all of her anger on Sakamoto, her cat? We may never know.
ROBOTS ARE CUTE!
So the Professor decrees it! I'm sure any robot fan will agree with her. The Professor often modifies Nano when she's not looking, changing her arm's abilities, or installing a pastry machine in her forehead. You know, simple stuff.
The Professor loves sharks. Why? Who knows! She just loves sharks, and Nano and Yuko will often indulge her.
That's Sakamoto-SAN To You!
Don't disrespect Sakamoto, the cat! After the Professor attaches a special scarf to Sakamoto, he gains the ability to speak. He demands that they refer to him as Sakamoto-san and is quite pushy (he claims he's the oldest of them all), but his cat-like instincts still pop up more often than not!
However, despite all of his attitude, you can't help but love Sakamoto. Why? Because he's just plain adorable! No matter how hard he tries, he still can't escape his own cute kitty face. Someday, I'm sure he'll get his revenge on all of us, but today is not that day.
Nope, Definitely Not Today.
Yuko learns the hard way that if you can't figure out how to do your homework, don't start pacing your room or pounding on the floor -- you'll probably incur the wrath of your mother, who will hit you so hard your labeled animation frames will appear in the final episode. That's power you don't mess with!
Watch Where You're Going!
One of the best elements of My Ordinary Life is how the show exaggerates simple incidents, like getting nipped by a dog, or stumbling into a person on the street. It turns everything up to 11, so a simple stubbed toe could result in a gigantic explosion that sends shockwaves throughout town. After all, that's how it feels when you stub your toe, doesn't it?
A Comical Rube Goldberg Machine
Sometimes, things... happen... in My Ordinary Life. A small movement can send several comedy scenes throughout an episode into action, like a snowball rolling down a hill. Sometimes you get immediate results, other times you'll be waiting until the end of an episode for the final punchline. It's pure fun.
So grab your favorite cuddle buddy! My Ordinary Life is incredibly funny and endearing, cheerful and adorable. Plus, it makes for some amazing gifs. Stay warm and enjoy a few laughs, all while learning about how robots works according to the Professor. Don't worry, she knows what she's talking about.