If Nichijou: My Ordinary Life were to win an award, it would certainly be for being beautifully absurd. It takes regular jokes, then goes so far beyond the line with them, never taking itself seriously. Every character within this series is always trying to do something simple, and yet, things always manage to go awry. If you have watched the anime and just want to continue with Nichijou to further your need for the absurd, then this will do a great job of scratching that itch. Just don’t expect it to be as cohesive as the anime, as the manga moves between themes rather quickly.
Mio and Yukko are up to more and more insane banter and antics within this volume. From winning the lottery, to Mio’s obsession with boys love, to arguments about lunch and stupidity this volume has a lot to offer. A favorite moment being of course witnessing Mio superplex everyone from a cop to the principal. This had me in absolute stitches. Asides from that, the facial reactions that appear in each chapter are absolutely incredible. Sure there are iconic looks like One Punch Man‘s “okay” face, but Nichijou has this consistently sprinkled throughout the story.
Plus, this is the volume where we finally get to see the above silly moment between the Professor and Nano. So you know you are in for some fun.
The pacing of this manga is certainly that of a roller coaster. It shifts from one joke and story to another rather quickly. That being said, it will also take a little longer with a few others. It doesn’t seem to stay consistent from one chapter to the next. Therefore, I find it best to read the whole volume in one go. But if that isn’t your thing, then at least take breaking points after each longer story.
The only issue for outside readers (if this is your first time reading Nichijou) is sometimes going between different frames doesn’t always follow the traditional method of reading manga. Which, in it’s own way kinda adds to the overall insanity of Nichijou itself. What we mean by that is instead of going right to left, it has moments where the story goes from top right to bottom right. So things can sometimes get lost in the fray if you are not paying close enough attention.
Now, if there is one thing that I would hope for in the next volume it would have to be an awkward date between Ms. Sakurai and Mr. Takasaki (that is of course assuming he is capable of asking her out on a date). Having his internal dialogue rolling while they are out on a date would be hysterical.
The best opinion I can offer is this, if you are sick of the same old high school stories with predicable slice of life moments then look no further. This slice of life isn’t like anything else out there. Nichijou: My Ordinary Life‘s surreal humor takes things to such another level that every chapter brings in a new hilarious situation that will not leave you bored.
Author/Illustrator: Keiichi Arawi
Publisher: Vertical Comics
Translation: Jenny McKeon
Production: Grace Lu, Hiroko Mizuno
Release Date: July 5, 2016
MSRP: $10.95 USD
Disclaimer: A copy of Nichijou: My Ordinary Life Volume 3 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.Tweet