Nichijou is easily one of the best anime that has aired this year, shattering my low expectations after the little humble OVA to pieces a gazillion times over. Featuring some of the most random scenes I have seen in anime, reminding me of the Internet for some strange reason, I instantly fell in love with it.
But even if it was full of these random scenes, hit or miss comedy, crazy high budget visuals, great voice actors and much much more, there was one little recurring segment that really hit home. “Like Love”.
In the middle of goats, Chan-Mio and IMMA FIRIN MAH LAZER we are suddenly given something completely different from before. In the time span of not much longer than 30 seconds, we are introduced to a short segment with characters we have never met before. And despite all this, “Like Love” has some of the most heartwarming moments of the year.
Whether it is about running in the rain, helping a little girl finish a test on time or not waking up your cat (I can relate to this!), “Like Love” manages to create moments that not even entire series have. The way Kyoto Animation portrays love is pure and sweet, making an already great show even greater. And in the end, what I looked forward to the most each week of Nichijou was these segments. It was a lot like love.
This reminds me of all the romantic 5-10 minute anime clips that amateur animators used to make in the 90’s.
You have been around for a long time it seems? I would love to see those clips! Do you know if they are avaible somewhere?
What’s more amazing is that Nichijou incorporates these scenes so seamlessly (scenelessly?) into the frenetic goat-smashing (wait, no) action of its other scenes. Nichijou really wasn’t about any individual segment, I wouldn’t think – it was how they mixed all of the segments together to create a whole anime that just delivered.
It really is like the Internet, like one of those animations that just mix hundreds of incoherent scenes together. However, Nichijou added a story to its scenes, and that’s something not many Internet animations can ever do.
You’re right! I never thought about how they were incorporated, but they really are now that I think about it.
Thanks for the interesting thoughts!