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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: My Ordinary Life - Nichijou

My Ordinary Life Episode #03

My Ordinary Life Episode #03 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     April 17, 2011
Release Date: April 17, 2011


My Ordinary Life
© Crunchyroll

The ordinary days continue with some sweet and simple moments that make you smile on occasion.

What They Say:
Episode 3

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sometimes cute in small doses can work. While My Ordinary Life hasn't exactly wowed me, it has had some very cute moments here and there. The prologue here is a perfect example of it as we see a small cat get out of its cage, fall out a window only to land on its feet (natch) and then to have a box fall on top of her, essentially caging her again. It's short, sweet and puts a grin on your face. Unfortunately, you can't really make a whole episode like that since it would basically be a series that's akin to America's Funniest Home Videos. Though perhaps there's some merit in an anime version of that? Hmmm.

Life of a school student may be ordinary in many ways, but it has its unusual moments as well. Walking to school can lead to some interesting fun, such as when we see Mai walking along in her sleep, fully dressed and ready to go, but she looks like she's sleepwalking since her eyes are closed but is presumed to just being her cool self, acting aloof and all. Mai's skills are impressive as she can even handle crosswalks with the light changes, though I think it'd be a bit more believable if there was sound associated with the light like we often see. Things do build up with how Mai does this, and it does make you smile a whole lot, but like a lot of the show it doesn't produce a laugh out loud moment. It's all about the grins and smiles that we experience in our everyday lives and this segment has it, even if it is over the top with what's going on.

One piece that did leave me with a bigger grin than normal involves a classroom scene where your enthusiasm for raising your hand to answer questions will affect your overall evaluation. Yuko's way of dealing with it is cute since she halfheartedly raises her hand and prays and hopes that someone else is called. The way it unfolds is really very amusing, even if it's been an age since you've been in school, since you can remember there being times when you felt like this. The teacher comes up with a few different methods of picking someone, each of which makes her cringe more, and she even views him as using red laser beams from his eyes to target students through a green filter view. The gags aren't big, but it's the mood it brings about that really made it work for me.

In Summary:
I still can't put my finger on My Ordinary Life when it comes to why certain things work while a lot of others don't. the characters still haven't felt like they've connected well for me as they're largely unmemorable when it comes to their names and who they really are. Because outside of the professor/robot combination, they're all perfectly ordinary. And there's nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't make for a really engaging show. What kept my attention throughout the episode was watching to see what the cat would do next in his journey under the box through the town as he moves slowly about. It does have a fun little surreal sequence where he talks, but overall this is another episode in the series that is largely just 'there' and that's about it. I'm sure it'll have people who view it to either extreme, but it doesn't offend me nor does it make me a hardcore fan. Or even a fan. It's a show that continues to produce a 'meh' feeling from me.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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