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Nichijou literally translates to ‘Day common’ – everyday life being the usual translation.
A deliberate play on the slice of life genre, Nichijou is a brilliantly written and fantastically executed comedy that’s exciting and approachable for newcomers. but still keeps plenty of anime in-jokes up its sleeve for veterans.
But what really drives slice of life shows – for all you actual veterans reading this – are the characters. And Nichijou has the best cast of lovable characters you’ll ever meet.
So let’s see who’s the most lovable of the bunch, shall we?
20. Fey Soldier #8
Though the Fey were only featured in a couple of shorts, they were memorable and exciting breaks from the normal chaos of Nichijou.
Set in an alternate Universe, the Fey Kingdom was ruled by the benevolent King Albert who was betrayed by his adopted son and right hand man Dolph while travelling on the royal blimp.
Dolph sought to steal the wooden cubes, ancient Fey artifacts of massive power, for himself. Leading the army into rebellion against the King, Dolph did succeed, but tripped and died before he could use the cubes.
As the army left the room, Soldier #8 (all soldiers are known only by their numbers) found the cubes on the ground.
Does this mean that he’s the new King? Pondering this life changing question, he lit a cigarette, burnt his finger, and knocked the cubes off the blimp.
We never saw the Fey again.
A weirdly drawn triangle masquerading as a crow – the in-joke here is that his design is the chibi crow that flies across the screen in 90s anime.
Karasu shows up only in one episode where he’s given a scarf that allows him to speak (the scarf actually belongs to Sakamoto the cat who wasn’t too happy about it).
Polite, mature, and sophisticated, he’s the exact opposite of what we expect a crow to be. And indeed, it’s a bit of a tear-jerker when he decides to fly away at the end of the episode.
18. Kenzabouro Daiku
Despite being the heir to one of the city’s biggest companies, Daiku is luckily not a spoiled brat (although he does bring his pet bluebird to class).
He runs the igo-soccer club, a new-age combination of two popular games: igo (a chess based board game) and soccer.
Revolutionary (and stupid) but one that ultimately turns out to be a national game!
17. Mr. Nakanojou
Better known as the Daifuku owner, Mr. Nakanojou is the spirited and conservative owner of a Daifuku stand in town.
He loves his product, but has a hard time finding suitable sales staff; likely because he tells them to stand on the roadside silently wearing a giant Daifuku hat.
The staff that do sign up include Mio, when she was out of cash, and a loud top naked body builder with a tiger head. Needless to say, Mr. Nakanojou hasn’t got the best luck.
16. Yoshino Naganohara
Yoshino is Mio’s older sister but to Mio’s annoyance, she’s got Yuuko’s prank gene.
Not a day goes by without Yoshino finding a weird way to pop up on Mio’s way to school just to annoy her.
She’s also known to make really bad marmalade, but is otherwise a pretty cool gal!
15. Buddy and Co-Buddy
The best dogs you’ll ever meet – and they’re not even your dogs.
Buddy is the spirited neighborhood best friend. We never find out who he belongs to, but he’s always there to steal Yuuko’s shoes and then, once she manages to get it back, give her a pat on the back.
His friend, Co-buddy, joins in whenever there’s another victim – I mean friend – with Yuuko.
14. The Principal
Principal Shinonome is the ultimate dad. Except we don’t know if he’s actually a dad.
Regardless, he tells dad jokes to the whole school so there’s not much difference.
His secret that he keeps from the whole school population is that, despite his old age, Principal Shinonome is actually a trained wrestler. And a damn good one too!
But his sparring partner isn’t human, it’s the deer that shows up uninvited outside the classrooms.
The even bigger shocking secret (as if that wasn’t enough) is that he’s bald!
13. Kana Nakamura
Nakamura-sensei is the science teacher of Tokisadame Middle School.
A true scientist at heart, she’s the only one out of the whole cast who deduced that Nano was a robot without Hakase blurting it out.
Wanting to figure out how such an amazing invention is possible, she’s tried luring Nano into her lab several times wanting to kidnap and study the poor android. However, her plans backfire every single time… and hilariously too!
12. Haruna Annaka
Better known within the fandom as ‘Eh-chan’, Haruna is known for her characteristic ‘Ehhhhhh!’ whenever something weird happens to her… which is all the time.
She wears massive bows on her head. Which have, at least once, got her told off by Sakurai-sensei.
But she justifies it by saying she looks like a bunny.
11. Makato Sakurai
Makato is the kid brother of Izumi Sakurai, Tokisadame’s English teacher.
Having your sister teach you is super weird. But what’s weirder is when you know another teacher has a crush on her!
Luckily, Makato is a smart kid. After all, he used to be the VIP player of igo-soccer back at middle school (yes, it’s a real sport!)
By using Takasaki-sensei’s crush on his sister, Makato managed to get teacher permission for the igo-soccer club to officially run!
Otherwise, he’s just a normal teenager. He does, as teenage boys do, have some sensitive material in his room. Which would be fine if his teacher sister didn’t rummage around!
10. Koujiro Sasahara
The heir of a farm, Koujiro Sasahara is one of the richest people in school.
Yes, a farm. Must be a pretty successful one.
He’s never seen without his butler Hirose who caters to his every whim. At lunch time, Sasahara is known to have a dining tray strapped around his neck with steak, potatoes and wine on top.
Proud of his heritage, he even rides to school on his goat Koujiro, which he named after himself.
Despite all that, Sasahara isn’t cocky. He just doesn’t see why he can’t ride a goat to school, bring personal staff, and eat in the hallway. It’s his right!
However, he is incredibly oblivious to those around him. Which leads us to…
9. Misato Tachibana
Despite being a minor character in the show, Misato Tachibana’s gun-wielding, hard to get tactics popularized the term ‘gundere’ (a portmanteau of gun and tsundere).
Although massively in love with the rich and flamboyant Sasahara, she’s never admit it (BAKA >