First impressions: Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro (The next Nichijou?!)

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Excuse me for adding in the extra tagline in the title, like something a clickbait YouTuber would do, but I seriously could not contain myself after watching the first episode of Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro. Everything in this first episode went well.

First off, there’s that hilarious comedy. From overthinking things(and Chio does it a lot), to doing embarassing things, to just hilarious coincidences, this series has got it all, and it’s all in this one episode that we get so much comedy gold. It might not have been as freaking hilarious as Hinamatsuri, but the comedy’s styles reminds me of Nichijou a lot. Like, a lot alot.

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God, this face is so good…and I’m 100% sure this is going to be turned into a reaction face. Calling it now.

And it’s not just the comedy itself that reminds me of Nichijou. The arts and animations too. With the amount of overanimation that has been put into some scenes, you would think that it’s a waste of budget. However, all it does is concentrate most of the animations towards where the overanimations will come in handy and make the scenes more hilarious/engaging. Other times, they keep a relatively simple style so the load isn’t too hard on the animators(I assume). Either way, this way of animating really reminds me of Nichijou. It’s brilliant, it’s charming, and it’s plenty unique nowdays, with most anime focusing on overall looking amazing instead of having more simple artstyles.

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“Boss, where’s most of the animation budget going?” “To the scene with her sliding out of the shop of course, you idiot!”

But of course, with the art style being simple, what carries the show the most(apart from humour) is the voice acting and the story “plot”. I put quotation marks on “plot” because its a comedy, and comedies don’t always need a sensible or good plot to be good. However, in this case, Chio-chan’s plot is actually quite engaging, being a blend of everyday situations together with slight fantasy/impossible elements, with exaggeration of course. As the story goes on, it looks like it might go into actual fantasy, but they’ll probably handle it fine. Either way, the voice acting is yet another plus, with the voice actor for Chio doing an amazing job at bringing her over-analysing, over-negative personality to life. She succeeded in making even me, a viewer, nervous at the most simple actions like greeting someone, and proceeded to make me subconsciously analyse things even though there was no need to. But of course, we can’t forget the sound effects department too, with their sounds being very on point and bringing more life to what would otherwise be mundane actions. This is again comparable to Nichijou.

I really can’t help it. This anime has so much Nichijou vibes, and made me genuinely laugh so much at the stupidest and most overexaggerated stuff, that I can’t help but think it’s going to be the next Nichijou. I might have only taken a look at it because of Tate no Yuusha being on the same cover as it, but damn am I glad that I took a look. This was one of the most worth first episodes from this season so far.

I honestly, from the bottom of my heart, recommend this to everyone. It’s such a good comedy for relieving stress and whatnot.


First impressions rating: 9/10
Most impressive part: E V E R Y T H I N G. I LOVED IT.

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IT’S OVER 9000!!!!

That was a blast! With Chio-chan being such a good watch, I’m looking forward to the next one. And it is…Hataraku Saibou! I’ve heard so much good things about this. This is going to be great!

See you in 6 hours!

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