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My Ordinary Life Episode #26 Anime Review

With the end of the series, My Ordinary Life goes for the sweet in general while still ensuring that there’s a lot of laughs and silliness to be had. Even the adults get some fun as we see from one of the earl gags involving the vice-principal and the principal over the statues that are at the school and the way they both try and play it up as pranks that the kids are playing when it’s really their own things that are the root of all the problems. It’s not often we really get the adults at play, but when they do come out and get involved, they provide for some good laughs even when it’s just interacting with each other and not the students. READ MORE...

My Ordinary Life Episode #25 Anime Review

One of the more unusual characters of the series that hasn’t been used that well is that of Sasahara. With his slightly more elegant look while still using his standard school uniform combined with his style of speech and voice in general, he definitely comes across as someone coming from money or a higher breeding background. It’s amusing to watch him because he comes across as refined. Pairing him with Misato here who actually breaks his glasses by accident, she helps him get around by walking arm in arm with him. She’s not thrilled with the idea, but she feels it’s necessary. And everyone is staring at them and the way they’re now apparently a couple. Her reactions here are quite good as she panics over the way it unfolds and the way the final if obvious gag is dealt with. READ MORE...

My Ordinary Life Episode #24 Anime Review

Sometimes people can get so excited that it’s comical with the energy that they have. Case in point is Yukko who has big news herself, though it’s not terribly big in a way, as she wants to share it with Mio about what she saw with Nano. Mio for her part is just sort of disinterested and keeps focusing on her schoolwork instead. Mio does have her big over the top moments, but when she’s calm and collected she’s even more amusing since it’s just so cute. Of course, Mio’s thoughts get out of control as she starts to imagine what the conversation that Nano is having with the teacher is about and it’s over the top romantic style fun that just makes you grin broadly. And, naturally, she goes over the top herself afterwards to great effect. READ MORE...

My Ordinary Life Episode #23 Anime Review

One of the things that does crack me up the more we got to know the characters is the way that Mio in particular overreacts to things. The early segment with her here has her being given so many things to eat or drink that she finds to be so completely disgusting that she’s completely over the top in agony over it. Every time she turns around, there’s another piece of the puzzle thrown her way to deal with and it gets so bad that she ends up with some serious childhood flashbacks that has her thinking of her life. With the amount of bad things that she’s being given, it’s little wonder that she’s just freaking out over it. Of course, the things she thinks are in these dishes are so disturbingly awful that you can’t help but to understand why she’s acting like she does. READ MORE...

My Ordinary Life Episode #22 Anime Review

One of my favorite characters gets to have some solid time at the start of this episode as Nakanojo returns to the small screen. With his mohawk being shaved off awhile ago, he’s been laying a bit low since then. But it’s growing back in – just the mohawk mind you – and he’s intent on being a man of science right now to disprove exorcisms. He’s so against the idea of the supernatural even though he feels like there’s something to it as it gets to him that he has to prove it wrong. And he does it by challenging a particular priests faith with some positively goofy performance piece. Nakanojo is so completely over the top here that it goes into a huge bout of physical comedy that’s just priceless. READ MORE...

My Ordinary Life Episode #21 Anime Review

When the show shifts to some of the lesser known characters, it is a chance for them to get a better connection with the viewer, but I still mostly just find myself wanting to get back to the main cast. Especially after a comically brutal start of the episode with Yukko’s exaggerated hit by the teacher hitting home pretty hard. This episode shifts gears early on though to dealing with the trio of Misato, Weboshi and Fe-chan who are all hanging around Misato’s room talking about boys, relationships and what kinds of boys they’re actually interested in. It’s cute to see them talk about the other boys they know, especially Mohawk boy, but with little real interest in the characters, it makes it hard to really get behind their stories. READ MORE...

My Ordinary Life Episode #20 Anime Review

The more we get to know the characters, the more varied and interesting their lives are in general. Take Mio for example, who leads off this episode by having her friends come over and help her work on the manga that she’s using for competition. It definitely fits her personality to be so into manga and the type that she’s doing, but having everyone else get involved is even more comical. Yukko in particular is priceless from the start when she stabs her finger and they make it so epic in her mind that the pain runs through all the planets of the solar system. Mai’s not much help either as she changes the whole thing into a much darker and scarier work with what she adds to the artwork. And poor Nano can’t handle the content at all and offers to be the one to go out and get supplies and things so she doesn’t have to be near works that frighten her. READ MORE...

My Ordinary Life Episode #19 Anime Review

I will admit that while Helvetica Standard does not appeal to me in terms of the stories and gags they run with, it is a segment that often has some of the most fascinating styles of anime used for it. The opening to this episode does just that with a curious little action parody/homage piece that really shows once again just how versatile the crew here is and how beautifully they can capture so many different things. While I may not care for what they’re conveying most of the time, I can definitely appreciate the visual beauty and diversity of it all and am generally glad that they’re a part of the show. READ MORE...

My Ordinary Life Episode #18 Anime Review

As the show rolls on, the situations continue to have their amusing moments, especially as Nakamura continues in his attempts to prove that Nano is a robot. His attempts to put her to sleep went awry the last time around, but that just gives him more of a challenge sine he views it as her messing him in a way that he couldn’t have expected. There’s definitely plenty of fun to be had with his quest to prove this, but it’s also welcome that a good part of the episode focuses on other events as well. Yukko always provides for some good fun as she tries to get through her days but finds some of the simplest things to be a struggle. A trip to meet Mai out at a restaurant has her missing the directions often and repeatedly coming up against large metallic dummies and asking them for directions, much to the amusement of those who are watching her from a slight distance. READ MORE...

My Ordinary Life Episode #17 Review

Sometimes the show goes in strange directions for a laugh, though it hasn’t really done so for awhile now like it did early on. The opening skit for this episode is cute but weird as a crow enters the professor’s residence and Nano ends up putting Sakamoto’s scarf on him, which allows the crow to talk to them. It’s cute in its own way, but it feels largely pointless. The fun with it is seeing Sakamoto, now unable to talk, getting pretty steamed about the whole thing until the crow decides to move on and thanks them for the chance to be able to talk in the human language for awhile. Similar can be said about the next main skit that has Yuko, Mio and Nano together hanging out and making card towers that’s done through music instead of dialogue. You see them expressing themselves in creative ways, getting the point across with the music, but it fits into that kind of weird feeling bit. READ MORE...