NichijouPosted: September 25, 2011
Once upon a time, there was a cynical anime meta blogger. He believed in the power of pre-2008 anime and was thoroughly convinced that Fall 2008 was the end of the Golden Age of anime. Even the Greatest Anime of All Time couldn’t satiate his desire for anime. He was picky, and criticized everything from garbage to cult classics to popular series. He wanted an anime that was perfect, a show that appealed to every one of his tastes and which left nothing to criticize.
You could see Kyoto Animation trying way too hard in this final episode of Nichijou. The reactions were more exaggerated than usual, and the sneaky moral of the story was shaky at best – the screw was nothing more than a running joke for the entire series. But I still loved it.
Nichijou has changed me.
In a time when my future as an anime fan seemed bleak, I tumbled across this show. It made me glad to be a fan, and it made me realize that the years I’ve spent in this little sphere of the world haven’t been wasted. It is amazing how I can derive such pure joy from a medium like anime.
Watching anime isn’t something most people would look at and admire. Even in my elementary Japanese class, where more than half of the students are hardcore otaku, it takes a lot to admit that you watch anime to the teacher and the class. There’s always a slight pause beforehand and a collective nervous laugh afterwards.
But it’s times like this – 4:00 AM on a Sunday morning – when I feel alive. I am tired as hell and my eyelids are drooping, but I just want to get this out there.
Anime is great. Thank you so much.
P.S.: In an attempt to make this post more than Nichijou fanboying: Have you ever had
a dreams thats that you um y an experience like this? Or in the stereotypical question format, has a show ever “brought you back” to anime?