Fifty-fifty is how Moe Monster feels about Nichijou a couple episodes in. Episode 2 features much of the same randomness, zaniness, super-cute moments and boy love?
We get introduced to Mio’s older sister early in the episode. She goes to great lengths to terrorize Mio on her way to school. Later, we’re treated to some new modifications, or rather cakifications, made to Nano. During the school day, Mio gives her homework to Yuko to copy, but then remembers being bored and doodling some serious boy love. She spends a good while trying to get her notebook back, possible leveling up in the process.
In the final scene Tachibana and Sasahara (hardly) work on the festival committee. As we’ve seen in the first episode pretty much everything is beneath Sasahara.
One dividing factor between the show and past similar shows is the surreal aspect of the content. Fans of Lucky Star may like the quick gag-scene format and randomness of subject, but may dislike the surreal parts, such as Tachibana using several surface to air weapons to blow up Sasahara. Azumanga Daioh fans seem to be the earliest champions of Nichijou, and with similar unreality, Chiyo-chan’s removable hair, Osaka’s daydreaming, it’s easy to make that connection.
On a second brief watch the series actually seems to be moving fairly well. It’ll be interesting to see the source material pan out over a long slated season. Of particular note, it will interesting to see the Nano, “I want to be a real girl”, Pinocchio arc further develop. For me the show has enough laughs or at least smirks to warrant the 20 minutes a week. I’ll take some more of the following also…