I recently got called out for mentioning Gintama and Nichijou, which I consider the best anime of 2011, in the same sentence. Here, look:
According to this post, I should never mention Gintama and Nichijou in the same sentence again. So what did I do?
Wrote a post comparing them. Because I’m an asshole.
But in all honesty, Taka brings up a point, and certainly a person as wise as Taka (Gintama increases brain mass) should be taken seriously. Gintama indeed does kick a whole lot of ass. But to be honest, Nichijou kicks a whole lot of ass too. They both kick ass in comedy. Who else in the anime blogosphere has the gall to pit two comedic juggernauts up against each other, or ANYTHING for that matter up against Gintama.
ME. And that’s the beauty of an ISSS… I can do what I want because
Fuck….(3:22 for relevance)
So then, let the battle commence….but first, I really have to shit.
Okay now that that’s done, I’m going to start with the anime I consider to be the challenger.
I was hesitant to start Nichijou. It looked like it might be your typical boring 4-koma (though, I’ve actually ended up liking a good amount of 4-koma based anime…not K-On though).
It wasn’t until I heard about fingers popping off of people and turning into rockets that I decided this anime was too wacky to ignore.
After 2 episodes I wasn’t that impressed, but after that, the show got progressivly better. Either I was becoming more in tune with the type of comedy, or the show was actually becoming better.
I like to think the latter.
Every single episode was better than the already awesome and hilarious episode preceding it. There were times where I had to pause the video because I was laughing too hard to hear what was going on. THAT is hard for an anime to do to me. Time to explode with a list of awesome:
Besides the fact that the art and animation was incredibly awesome (best of the year and arguably my favorite ever), the characters were a question mark for me.
I deliberated for about a good hour when trying to decide what character I liked the most. I switched back and forth. Sakamoto was a fucking awesome cat who could talk. Yuuko was a crazed slacker who was retarded in the best way. Mai was one of those characters with a listless expression, but who also was arguably the most insane character in the show. Koujirou the…hmm….refined noble-like rich kid who was a farmer and rode a goat. He was interesting. Hakase, the most interesting and hilarious mad scientist seen (asides to Okabe from Steins;Gate). Heck, even the principal was bad ass enough to wrestle a deer (can’t remember if there was a reason why though).
But in the end, the best character had to be Misato Tachibana.
Misato is a tsundere to the 5 millionth level….sort of. It’s incredibly obvious to everyone in the anime that she likes Koujirou, but she refuses to display these feelings. Instead, she routinely pulls large weapons, from machine guns to rocket launchers to I think even a tank, from nowhere, and blasts the shit out of Koujirou for no real reason.
This is funny.
This is awesome.
This anime, is wacky, zany, completely ridiculous and retarded and also fucking amazing in every way. The comedy probably isn’t for everyone though. How could you NOT love this!?
NOTE: They took the original video of this scene down, so I replaced it with a shorter, but better quality version here.
That’s all and good. Clearly a 5^^ show. But Gintama is no slouch.
I just built up Nichijou to seem like (at least in my opinion) the greatest comedic anime in all of anime history. It almost seems too good to beat.
Now I’m about to show you how infinitely insignificant it is to Gintama in every single way.
Nichijou is a hilarious and enjoyable watch. It is fun. It has a lot of pointlessness to it, but it’s all funny. However, even though it is INSANELY unique in it’s brand of comedy (what other show has a good 15 minutes devoted solely for the purpose of explaining a character’s hair accessories?), it’s still a bit one dimensional.
Gintama is not.
Gintama blends everything that is good and creates something unimaginably awesome. It breaks the 4th wall. It melds clever comedy with crude poop jokes. It parodies popular culture and anime, shows and music. It covers every possible brand of comedy you can think of, and it’s been going for more than 200 episodes why?
Because it keeps everything new and funny. It never gets boring, it never gets dull, and it’s an anime that you want to just sit and watch forever without stopping to pee or eat or drink or pee. (peeing is one of the leading causes of anime interruptions).
And you know what? You can even take all of the comedy out, and you’re STILL left with a very good anime. Gintama, while being mainly episodic, also has a bit of a continuous plot (and archs and all that shit), so it’s not just good as a comedy, it’s good as a drama. Neither does it ever seem too overwhelmingly comedic or too overwhelmingly dramatic. As I said before, it’s a perfect blend.
As I said, I had a tough time choosing a favorite character for Nichijou, but the characters in Gintama are just as crazy and unique, and what’s more is that they all have a great deal more depth than the characters in Nichijou. I’m not even going to bother reminding you about the awesomeness of Gintoki, or Kagura or Shinpachi or his nutty sister or ANYONE in the Shinsengumi. But Ayame has to be my favorite.
She’s a stalker who is blind without her glasses and enjoys S&M. I do not enjoy S&M, but I love stalkers and glasses and assassins, and Ayame. So she’s probably going to win hands down. But the cast is inscrutably outstanding.
Nichijou has great comedy. Gintama has literally EVERYTHING. Nothing is not covered, there is no where it won’t go, and it covers almost every single thing that you could find or want in an anime. And what’s more, it executes it PERFECTLY.
Gintama might be the perfect anime ever created.