When talking about comedy anime, Nichijou always pops into our minds. Having aired in 2011, many fans demand Nichijou Season 2. The question is, will it happen eventually? This is what you should know.
Nichijou is a manga written and illustrated by Arawi Keiichi. It is serialized since December 2006 in Kadokawa Shoten’s Shonen Ace. The manga is compiled into 10 tankobon volumes from July 2007 to December 2015. Keiichi once went into 6-year hiatus before continuing the serialization in 2021.
The manga is set in the fictional town Tokisadame. Like the name says (which translates to “Ordinary Life”), Nichijou’s slice-of-life story mainly focuses on three high schooler girls: Yuki Aioi, Mio Naganohara, and Mai Minakami. Besides the high school girls, the manga also focuses on the tale of Nano Shinonome, an android created by a the young Professor (whose name is not told throughout the series), and Sakamoto, a talking black cat.
In this world, random, funny incidents happen throughout the series, and these characters are connected through the plot. In addition, some vignettes, unrelated to the episodes, are inserted into the series (such as “Like Love” vignettes about short love stories), and some of them are adapted into a spin-off titled Helvetica Standard by Keiichi.
Production of Nichijou Anime
In 2010, the July edition of Shonen Ace announced that Nichijou would be adapted into an anime series with Kyoto Animation or KyoAni (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, Clannad, K-On!). Tatsuya Ishihara stepped in as the director, Jukki Hanada as the series writer, and Futoshi Nishiya as the character designer. Here is the main line-up for the Nichijou anime:
- Yuki Aioi: Mariko Honda
- Mio Naganohara: Mai Aizawa
- Mai Minakami: Misuzu Togashi
- Nano Shinonome: Shizuka Furuya
- Professor: Hiromi Konno
- Sakamoto: Minoru Shiraishi
The anime consists of 26 episodes and aired from April 2011 to September 2011, with the last episode written by Keiichi himself. Before the anime started, an original video animation (OVA), Nichijou 0, was released in March 2011. The series aired in Japan on TV Aichi, and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.
Will There be Nichijou Season 2?
Nichijou proved to be successful. According to MyAnimeList, the anime adaptation received 8.46 out of 10 from more than 347,000 votes. Therefore, when the anime ended in September 2011, many are still asking all around whether Nichijou Season 2 is going to happen.
Unfortunately, you should not hold your breath for Nichijou 2. There are various reasons why they have to think twice before making Nichijou season 2. One of the major reasons is that it does not sell that well when it started, hugely due to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.
The manga serialization just continued in 2021, after Keiichi took a 6-year break. Moreover, both Keiichi and KyoAni haven’t made any announcements about Nichijou season 2 yet. It is worth mentioning that KyoAni was attacked in 2019, killing 36 people and causing some of its projects to be delayed, one of which is Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll.
About 2 years after the arson attack, KyoAni managed to release Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S. While the studio is still recovering from the trauma, it is understandable that Nichijou season 2 has to wait until it is ready to be made.
Potential Story for Nichijou Season 2
While there have been no talks about Nichijou season 2, in 2021, Keiichi uploaded some short videos to his official YouTube channel, あらゐけいいち. While some of the videos are about a high school female student called Amamiya-san, some of the videos are about Nichijou. Here are the videos:
While these videos can’t confirm that Nichijou season 2 is happening, we can rest assured to know that Keiichi is still working on some Nichijou goodness.
In the first season of Nichijou, actually, Nano took the spotlight for the season. The first half of the season tells about her dream and desire to be a high school student (despite the fact that she is an android). While she succeeds, the rest of the season shows that Nano then has to deal with the fear that her robotic nature will be exposed (especially by Kana Nakamura).
So, what will Nichijou season 2 be like? The first season covered the first 5 volumes of the manga, with 5 more to be adapted. Moreover, as Keiichi is still working on the ongoing serialization, Nichijou might go to more than 2 seasons. But, once again, don’t hold your breath for it.