Nichijou Blu-ray Box review

Nichijou was a highly anticipated show. Why shouldn’t it have been? Kadokawa Shoten were riding high off of many successes in the late 2000s anime market. Their partnership with Kyoto Animation on the Full Metal Panic, Haruhi Suzumiya, and Lucky Star series earned them lots of yen from novel sales and merchandising. While there was a slight downturn with their collaboration on the Munto TV series, that could be easily explained as a blip, a statistical outlier. As such, Kadokawa Producer Atsushi Ito figured big things would happen for Nichijou and planned/marketed it as a success from day 1. Suffice to say, certain goals were not met and Kadokawa Shoten’s video division took a loss on the show. Likely putting a popular gag comedy in 13 BD/DVD volumes scheduled for longer than a year didn’t help. In 2013, Kadokawa began re-releasing older titles in compilation Blu-ray boxes. The very first title released in this format was Nichijou to earn a bit more yen from video sales. This is a review of that BD-Box from August 2013.

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Like most Kadokawa BD-boxes, Nichijou comes inside 2 blue amaray cases split over 5 discs. Inside the first case are the physical extras: a postcard set of mangaka Keiichi Arawi’s drafts for 3 pages and a short 16 pg booklet with character information/setting/random pictures. While the postcard images are new, the booklet has some of the information in the 13 booklets included in the singles. None of the other physical extras were kept.

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Each disc, barring the final one, contains 6 episodes starting with the OVA, episode 0. The final disc has the final 3 broadcast episodes and the bonus features. All discs are 2-layer 50 GB Blu-ray discs with the same encodes/files as the singles (except the OVA, which is on Blu-ray disc for the first time).

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Visually, Nichijou looks great. The bright colors are transferred well and everything looks good in motion. There’s some cuts where the line-art is blurred, but that’s likely due to filters set by the photography team rather than a poor resolution. I did see some banding on a few scenes, but nothing that would hamper anything but the harshest critics’ view of the show.

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The audio tracks are the main audio in Linear PCM form with audio commentary from a rotating cast of seiyuu each episode in Dolby Digital format. These are kept from the singles releases and no additional audio tracks are provided. The main track has a good solid mix of music, sounds, and voices mixed together so that neither overshadows the others. I paid more attention to the music on this viewing and noticed its quality was very good compared to what I recalled of the Crunchyroll streams.

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Included on the final disc are a few bonus features. All textless openings and endings are included from the singles in the exact same files (1st OP/ED in one file, 2nd OP/2nd&3rd ED in another, 4/5th EDs in their own file, etc). There’s a couple of promotional clips called “pilot footage” but it’s just promotions for the OVA included with the 6th manga volume and the singles release in 2011. There are two TV commercials included advertising the singles. Finally, the last bonus feature are the “original next episode previews” made for the singles’ release; these are new previews featuring footage from the episodes with two cast members talking over them. Not included are any of the “Nichijou no Machi” clips, the location scouting clips, or the background music recording clips. Those were only included on the 2011-2012 singles.

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Overall, this is a decent set if you want to own Nichijou on Blu-ray. It doesn’t have everything from the singles, but the necessary bonus footage is still there. I can’t say that I enjoyed the show this time around, but it’s definitely got a good release for any fan who wants to own it without having to store 13 volumes.

2 thoughts on “Nichijou Blu-ray Box review

  1. It astounds me that so many people don’t like Nichijou. To my mind, it stands behind only Hyouka among Kyoto Animation’s finest productions, and Nichijou easily places among the handful of best anime as I’ve ever seen. The humor may not always be to everyone’s taste, but besides being brilliantly and creatively animated, the show is just so deeply heartfelt in its message about the extraordinary nature of our everyday lives that by the end it has largely transcended being “just” a comedy and become truly inspirational.

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