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"Episode 12"
Mio realizes she's lost Yuuko's wallet.
Japanese Name: 日常の第十二話
Romanized Name: Nichijou no Dai-jū-ni-wa
English Name: Nichijou Episode 12
Directed by: Noriyuki Kitanohara
Written by: Joe Itou
Original air date: June 20, 2011
Episode List
Episode 11
Episode 13

"Nichijou Episode 12" (日常の第十二話,Nichijou no Dai-jū-ni-wa?) is the twelfth episode of the Nichijou anime. The episode was written by Joe Itou and directed by Noriyuki Kitanohara. It aired on June 20, 2011.


Summer Heat

Tsuyoshi Nakanojou and Tanaka walk outside on a very hot summer day. Tanaka talks about how hot it is, and Nakanojou points out that Tanaka has being saying how hot it is for a while now. It's already hot out, and pointing it out just makes it feel hotter, so Nakanojou asks Tanaka to stop talking about how hot it is. Tanaka agrees, but then starts talking about how hot it is again, only using a different word. Nakanojou clenches his fists and tells himself, "I guess I'll have to hit him."

Part 48

Yuuko Aioi walks to school in a very cheerful mood; today, everything is shining brightly! She reaches the classroom and continues thinking to herself that the air, the people, even the classroom are shining brightly. Grinning from ear to ear, Yuuko reveals why everything is so wonderful today: She actually did her homework for once! She reaches into her bag with the intention of showing her homework to Mio Naganohara, but after rifling through it for a minute without finding her homework, Yuuko gets worried. In a fit of explosive anger, she cries out that her homework is gone! She begins frantically searching through her bag, as she thinks to herself that this can't be happening. She finally did her homework, so why is this happening?! Yuuko collects herself and sighs; she can just copy Mio's homework. She reaches her arm out to tap Mio and get her attention, but she suddenly remembers something terrible: Today's homework was a worksheet! She slowly and dramatically collapses onto her desk in despair.

Mio notices this and turns around, asking Yuuko what's wrong. Yuuko, face still buried in her bag, mournfully tells Mio that she's forgotten her homework, and now is just hoping the class is invaded by aliens. Mio asks if Yuuko forgot to do her homework again; Yuuko gets indignant and stands up, telling Mio she did her homework, but forgot to bring it. Mio suggests that maybe the worksheet got stuck in one of her books. Yuuko's already checked several times, but opens her bag once more. She sees a piece of paper sticking out of one of her books. Yuuko's heart fills with hope as she pulls it out and looks at it, only to quickly transition into rage as she sees it's a flyer for a daifuku fair! What is that, even?! She buries her head again in grief. Mio tries to comfort her, and goes to see if there's a spare sheet in the podium at the front of the class. She is shocked; Yuuko hopefully asks if Mio found another worksheet, but when she reaches the podium sees that Mio pulled out another flyer for the daifuku fair. Yuuko curses everything, grabs her bag, and heads toward the door. Mio tells her that she'll never be able to go get her homework and come back in time for class, but Yuuko doesn't care. She slides the door open, only to find Takasaki-sensei standing there. He tells them that class is about to start and they need to take their seats.


Hakase is sitting on the deck, trying to enjoy a nice snack with lemonade, but the sun is too bright and hot. She gets up and grabs the hook needed to extend the shade over the deck. After some difficulty, she's able to get the hook into the ring and begins to turn the crank on the handle, but it's too tough for her to do. She tries to throw her weight into it to get the crank to turn, but slips and falls. She's still holding on to the hook, though, so spins around. When she spins holding the hook, the hook in turn spins and turns the ring, which extends the shade a little bit. Hakase gets an idea and begins spinning herself, opening the shade.

The male narrator says, [What does he say? I've seen different translations.]

Part 49

Standing in the hallway lamenting her forgotten homework, Yuuko is visited by Buddy.

Business Card

Hakase gives Sakamoto her business card. She begins to laugh while Sakamoto panics asking himself what he's supposed to do with a business card.

Vending Machine

Misato Tachibana is at a beverage vending machine and inserts her money. Now she just has to decide what to get. She backs up while thinking, bumping into Koujirou Sasahara who is walking by. She turns to apologize, but is flustered when she sees it's Sasahara. He asks Misato what's wrong. She tells him that the vending machine has some new drinks, and she can't decide which to choose. Sasahara points to one and begins talking, but Misato angrily interrupts him and asks why she would listen to him. She then pushes the button for the other new drink. Sasahara completes his thought; he was going to say that the drink he pointed to probably doesn't suit her taste and she should buy the other one. Sasahara excuses himself and walks off. Misato watches him resentfully and opens her beverage can. She quickly places it on the ground and pulls out an FN P90 and fires at him.

Part 50

Haruna Annaka has heard that they have set up some booths, and is excited to check them out. She was especially looking forward to the shooting gallery she finds. She's only seen them on television, so she's very excited to try it. She worries if the ¥500 she has will be enough; the man jokingly tells her that it's ¥5,000,000 per shot[1], and Annaka is surprised she has the exact amount. She grabs an air rifle, jams a cork in it, and aims. She's surprised, however, when she sees what the prizes are: It's all eggplants and boxes of caramels!

Annaka asks the man running the stand if these are the only prizes. He feigns surprise and asks what she means; he

only carries top brand-name goods! Then he laughs. Having spent all her money, Annaka resigns herself to her situation and decides to go ahead and win something. She lifts her air rifle, aims for an eggplant, and fires. The cork comes flying out of her gun, hitting the eggplant dead center with enough force to wedge itself into the eggplant; yet the eggplant doesn't budge. Annaka is surprised. The man laughs and tells Annaka she shouldn't start off with the big-ticket items, advising her to aim for something a little more in her reach. Perturbed, Annaka asks herself what the man is talking about. High-ticket item? There are only two kinds of prizes! She decides to aim for a box of caramel. She fires, again with terrific aim, hitting the box right in the middle. The cork flies off harmlessly, with the box not moving at all. Annaka is stupefied as she watches the cork fly into the air, indicating that the cork was traveling with a lot of force when it bounced off the caramel like a brick wall. The man snickers and teases her that that was close. Annaka concludes that the prizes must be glued down. She decides to aim for the eggplant again, which again doesn't move when a second cork drives itself into it. She fires again, and the eggplant still won't budge. The man laughs and asks why the long face? She doesn't think he's rigged it, does she? Honesty is his stall's hallmark!

Annaka fires one last time. This time, the cork flies through the eggplant, which has been weakened by the three other corks wedged in it, taking a big chunk of the eggplant with it. The eggplant splits open, revealing a nail! The eggplant had been wedged onto a huge nail sticking out of the board beneath; that's why it wouldn't even budge! Annaka is speechless, but then soon starts raving at the man running the stall, demanding to know what's going on. The man is suddenly silent and just sits there. Annaka continues, pointing out the nail she clearly see; doesn't that make this stall rigged? The man continues sitting there, blank-faced. In consternation, Annaka asks why he won't say anything; he was loud and lively just moments ago. And how could he do something like this? The man pretends to be sleeping, frustrating Annaka further. She despairs that she only has one shot left; with everything rigged, what is she supposed to aim for? The man then slowly gets up and walks over to the eggplant. He grabs the top (also the smaller of the two halves) and walks silently back to Annaka, handing it to her. She hesitatingly graps this small piece of eggplant, and the man then walks back to his chair without saying a word. Annaka stands there, awe-struck and confused. The man then curtly asks her not to come back again. Understandably, Annaka asks, What the hell?

Things We Think Are Cool

Mio and Mai are outside the school watching Yuuko toss a superball against a wall. Yuuko looks at it up close and gets an idea. Leaning out from a second story window, Yuuko calls out to see if Mio's ready. Yuuko then lobs the ball toward the ground. It bounces off the ground high enough that Yuuko is able to catch it. Yuuko is amazed, while Mio exuberantly shouts back, "Nice catch!" Even Mai seems like she might be impressed. Maybe. She's staring up at Yuuko with her mouth open a little bit.

Oh! Superball!

This time in the classroom, Mio, Yuuko, and Mai continue to have fun. Each has a trading card made of hard cardboard lying on the ground. Yuuko picks up hers and slams it down next to another one. When the card hits the ground, the air it pushed out of the way lifts up the card next to it a little bit. Yuuko is disappointed, saying it was so close. Mai picks up her card and lifts it above her head. She quickly shuffles around to where Yuuko's card landed as Mio and Yuuko watch in anticipation. Mai hurls her card down hard enough that it bounces a little; Yuuko's card if lifted into the air and lands upright, perpendicularly to the side of Mai's card. After a moment, Yuuko's card begins to fall, landing on top of Mai's card. The girls are astounded.

Oh! Slipstream![2]

Part 51

Mio and Yuuko smile and pose as they get their picture taken together in front of an amusement park. Yuuko thanks the rabbit mascot who took their picture and gets her camera back. Both Yuuko and Mio agree that it was a good idea to come to this amusement park; it may be old, but it still is fun. Yuuko decides she's going to buy some juice and asks for her wallet; she'd given it to Mio because she knew she'd probably lose it if she kept it herself. Mio goes through her bag. Suddenly she panics and frantically looks for Yuuko's wallet, but to no avail: it appears Mio has lost Yukko's wallet. Yuuko reacts calmly... too calmly: her face show no expression whatsoever. Her depression even affects the atmosphere, leaving everything sepia-toned and muted in color. Mio suggests they try the lost and found[3], and Yuuko slowly turns and walks off, still emotionless, followed by Mio. Mio asks, and Yuuko tells her that she'd had ¥4,016 in her wallet. They reach the lost and found and Mio describes Yuuko's wallet: brown, with a snake skin inside. The man finds it and hands it over; the colors return to their full vibrancy, and Yuuko is elated. Mio's sighs in relief, grateful that the lost and found really did have Yuuko's wallet. Yuuko agrees, worried that she'd lost her wallet forever. Her sentence is cut short when she opens her wallet: the snakeskin is still in there, but the money is gone. Emphasizing the awkward silence, a woman announces over the loudspeakers that a girl wearing a denim shirt tucked into denim shorts with a denim hat is looking for her mother. Yuuko silently puts her wallet in her backpack, and the overlaying color becomes muted again. Yuuko slowly puts her backpack back on her back, turns around, and walks off; Mio follows. A montage follows, showing Mio having a blast at the amusement park while Yuuko continues showing no emotion. She doesn't have fun on the roller coaster, she isn't scared in the haunted house when the mummy jumps out at them, and she doesn't smile when Mio takes her picture standing next to the amusement park mascot, although Mio makes the most of all these things. The scene ends with Yuuko posing in a carnival cutout; everything goes black except for a zoom-in on Yuuko's emotionless face. That's all, folks.


At the coffee shop, the barista repeats Izumi Sakurai's order (three lattes to go) and asks if she'd like anything else. Izumi goes over to the pastry display and orders three items she points to. The barista bashfully excuses herself and asks if Izumi could give her a name. Izumi timidly tells her, "Sakurai." The barista tells her that's not the name she meant; embarrassed, Izumi then tells her, "Izumi," adding that a lot of people tell her that both her names sound like surnames. Flustered, the barista tells her she wasn't asking because Izumi gave her her surname; rather, she needed a product name. Izumi sheepishly asks what the barista means. The two then continue to stammer and try to apologize to each other.

Chopstick Stand

Mio, Yuuko and Mai have just finished a meal at a family restaurant. Mai reaches for the paper her chopsticks came in and begins to fold it. Mio and Yuuko decide to follow suit. Mio creates a chopstick stand and places her chopsticks on it. Mai finishes hers, which is far more complex, causing Mio to marvel at her skill. Mio turns to Yuuko, asking if she's finished, but Yuuko has her head down on the table in defeat, her chopstick paper mostly torn up beside her. The view zooms in, however, showing that Yuuko was able to create a tiny crane-shaped chopstick stand.

Part 52

Hakase rushes into the living room, excitedly telling Nano to look: She's put a key on her own back! It's sort of like a backpack, held on by straps. Hakase tells Nano that they match now. She tells Nano that she's going to be her for a day, so no matter what, she must not call her "Professor." Nano agrees and calls her Nano. The girl formerly known as the Professor (or Hakase in Japanese) has trouble with her new accessory, banging it into the doorway as she turns, then slamming it onto Sakamoto as shy lies down, then clunking it on the table as she sits down. Soon she's lying on the ground reading, with her key detached and sitting on the table. Nano is surprised and cries out, "That was quick!"

She asks Hakase if she's done already, adressing her as Hakase, "the Professor." Hakase gets annoyed and scolds Nano for calling her by her title/name. Nano is surprised; Professor Hakase just took her key off. Hakase indignantly replies that she's just taking a break. She gets up and reminds Nano that today, she's Nano. The girl who wants to be called Nano lies back down and goes back to reading her comic book. The famous original Nano lets out a sigh and goes back to reading her own book. Suddenly, she has an idea. She asks Hakase— sorry, Nano-chan— if she'd like to play a game. If the Professor will be Nano for the day, then Nano will be Hakase for the day. The real Hakase finds the idea to be fantastic and agrees to play. First, new Nano has to put her key back on, so she does. Old Nano continues, telling her that since she's the Professor, she'll need to remove her own key. Hakase tells her that's not going to happen, devastating Nano. Hakase ignores this, cheerily asking the original Nano what she wants to play. Nano I sees Nano II's bag of snacks and rudely snatches it away, much to younger Nano's dismay. The real Nano begins to eat the snacks in indignation, pretending to be Hakase when she's most annoying and brattish. The real Hakase petulantly says that she'd been saving those snacks, but Nano continues eating them, pointing out that she's the Professor now. The real Hakase/Professor watches in tearful rage until she can't take anymore and grabs the bag out of Nano's hands. She throws a tantrum, saying she doesn't understand; she's going to be Nano, but if Nano is her, Nano will eat all her snacks, so Nano should just stay Nano! She then goes off and begins angrily eating her snacks. Dejected, Nano decides that since she's Nano again, she'll go get groceries for dinner, and gets up to leave. Hakase decides to go to, and wants Nano to buy her some snacks, which Nano won't do. The two continue to argue, with Sakamoto adding that they shouldn't forget his food; everything's back to normal. The male narrator announces that the Shinonome household passed another peaceful day.

Killing Time

Mio and Yuuko are hanging out at Daiku Burger after having finished their food; neither seem too excited about anything. Yuuko decides they should play something, and tells Mio that whoever uses English first, loses. Mio replies with okay. Yuuko points out that Mio just used English, so she's lost already. Mio says that since Yuuko didn't say start, she's safe, using English for both. Yuuko decides that she should use a bunch of English words before they begin. Mio asks if Yuuko knows a lot of English words, but Yuuko doesn't say anything. After a long moment, Mio says okay.

Short Thoughts

Somewhat sleepy, Hakase goes into the living room and opens the mini-fridge. She pulls out a cider, opens it, and drinks it. The female narrator says, Bubbly, carbonated drinks make you feel awake.


Yuuko is sleeping at her desk in school, but then wakes up. Mio, reading the newspaper, turns to Yuuko and jokes that Sleeping Beauty has woken up without her kiss. Yuuko sits up and asks, How? Mio suddenly gets red-faced and abashed by the implications, Mio hesitatingly asks what Yuuko means. They then sit in awkward silence.

Don't Miss It!

The bottle of cider Hakase drank (voiced by Korogi Satomi) calls us "master" and welcomes us home before introducing itself. It says it will enchant these bubbles to make itself delicious. The next episode of Nichijou is Episode 13. Don't miss it.


After the vending machine, a tennis court is shown.

After Yuuko doesn't enjoy the amusement park, the tennis court returns. Someone in the next court over, offscreen, whacks a tennis ball onto it.


  1. ↑The Japanese word for hundred (hyakú) is similar to the word for million (hyakuman).
  2. ↑A slipstream is the low-pressure zone immediately following a rapidly moving object, caused by turbulence. Basically, if an object moves quickly, it moves the air around fast enough that it leaves an area of low pressure behind it, and air next to the low pressure area moves in to stabilize the difference. The air will take an object with it if it's light enough. Think of when a car drives over leaves or a plastic bag on the road without actually running over it with its tires.
  3. ↑In Japan, the concept of lost and found dates back to laws regarding lost (and found) property written in the year 718.

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"Episode 2"
Yuuko and Mio reacting to Mai during the stairs game.
Japanese Name: 日常の第二話
Romanized Name: Nichijou no Dai-ni-wa
English Name: Nichijou Episode 2
Directed by: Taichi Ishidate
Written by: Jukki Hanada
Original air date: April 11, 2011
Episode List
Episode 1
Episode 3

"Nichijou Episode 2" (日常の第二話,Nichijou no Dai-ni-wa?) is the second episode of the Nichijou anime. The episode was written by Jukki Hanada and directed by Taichi Ishidate. It aired on April 11, 2011.

Episode summary

While running late for school, Mio Naganohara ends up being chased by a girl wearing a bear mask, which turns out to be her older sister Yoshino playing a prank on her. Meanwhile, Nano Shinonome is shocked to find that Hakase has modified her body to produce desserts. Later, Mio lends Yuuko Aioi her notebook only to remember that she drew an erotic sketch of Koujirou Sasahara in there, and attempts to get it back. Meanwhile, Misato Tachibana tries to get Koujirou to cooperate with her on the festival committee seriously.



Mio, Yuuko, and Mai Minakami play the stair-climbing game, where players have a round of rock-paper-scissors, and the winner climbs a stair per mora[1] of any word. Mio wins first, and goes up the stairs. Yuuko wins the next round, but cheats by stretching her word into a phrase[2]. Mio gets upset but Yuuko thinks it should count. They ask Mai, who responds "Fifty-fifty," amusing neither Yuuko nor Mio. The next winner is Mai, who chants the lengthy Incantation of Resurrection, which gets her all the way to the top in a single turn. As a mystic wind blows, Mai turns and tells an incredulous Mio and Yuuko, "Spell of Resurrection." [Intro]

Part 5

Mio stares at her alarm clock in shock: It's stopped and now she's late for school. Panicked, Mio runs down the stairs and cries to her mom that she was supposed to wake Mio up at seven. However, when she gets downstairs, Mio finds a note from her mother saying that she went to play Sepak Takraw with her friends.

Brief transition with houses near a canal.

Still putting her shoes on, Mio hurries out the door and starts running to school. Mio gathers herself at a crossing, but she suddenly realizes she saw something very weird as she hurried out the door moments ago. As her memory rewinds like an old VHS tape, it pauses just outside her door and Mio is surprised by what we saw earlier: Another student, just standing outside her house, wearing a the head of a bear costume. Getting a bad feeling, Mio turns around and sees that weird thing is now chasing after her. Mio begins running away from it. The masked sprinter eventually passes Mio and suddenly halts in front of her, causing Mio to stop.

Brief transition, a couple in black walks near canal.

In a tense and dramatic standoff, the weird thing slowly walks up to Mio and reaches into its backpack. The unknown student asks if Mio dropped the wooden fish she pulls out of her backpack, and Mio is completely dumbstruck. The bear-headed sprinter puts the wooden fish back and asks if Mio dropped the golden fish she then pulls out.[3] Mio, fearing for her life, presents the weird thing with 2,000 yen. As the weird thing picks up the money, it makes a pun about sometimes being a bear.[4] It then reveals it's true identity by pulling off the bear head... only to be wearing a luchador mask. The masked individual begins laughing uproariously at Mio's reaction, then pulls off the mask to show that (ta-dah!) it's really Yoshino, Mio's older sister. Mio then punches Yoshino for messing with her. A boxing promoter and an associate walk by and marvel at the magnificent corkscrew punch Mio is displaying. Yoshino tells Mio that her prank wasn't easy, and that sneaking into Mio's room in the dark to take the batteries of her clock was especially difficult, but Mio just punches her again. Yoshino tells Mio not to be angry, and that she will make things better by treating Mio to some ramen... using the money Mio just gave her. Mio punches Yoshino a third time.[5]


Mai enters the Spell of Restoration into her video game, but a message pops up telling her she got it wrong.

Part 6

Hakase is at home, happily drawing sharks. As she looks outside, she notices that the cloud drifting by looks like a shark. At that moment, Nano announces that she's come home from grocery shopping. Nano takes a moment to look at the shark cloud before remembering that she bought the milk Hakase had asked for. She turns and sees that Hakase has fallen asleep.

Brief transition with canal.

Back in the main living room, an excited Hakase asks if Nano bought 4.5% milk. Nano gets the milk out and asks why

Hakase requested such rich milk. Hakase pulls out a remote and pushes the button. With a loud, mechanical whirring, Nano's left arm suddenly rises and straightens, and then with a pop her forearm detaches and a roll cake is dispensed. Hakase cheerfully declares that she has a roll cake and proceeds to eat it with delight while Nano just sits there, completely stunned. Nano regains her composure and gets angry at Hakase, demanding to know why she put a roll cake in her arm, but Hakase is too busy enjoying her cake and milk to answer. Nano eventually calms down and, after seeing how much Hakase is enjoying her roll cake, Nano asks if she could have some, too. Instead of sharing her own cake, Hakase tells Nano she can have a sweet bun, pulling out a remote and hitting the button. A panel on Nano's forehead retracts, and a platform with a sweet bun on it slowly and unsteadily juts out of Nano's head. Nano is mortified, and even more so when it suddenly retracts again. Nano asks Hakase why she would add this kind of modification and if Hakase had even thought what would happen if her sweet bun came out in public. Nano then imagines herself in a music store, happily putting on headphones to listen to music. A boy then bumps into her, and her forehead bun pops out. At the same time, the CD slot on the thing that lets customers prelisten to music pops out as well, emphasizing the mechanical nature of Nano's new feature. Nano is mortified, and the other customers are shocked. Back in the real world, Hakase offers to give Nano a music playback function, missing Nano's point. Hakase goes back to eating and drinking, and Nano is upset that Hakase isn't paying any attention to her.

Brief transition with canal. Some sort of truck is just sitting there.

Hakase finishes her roll cake and lies down. Nano, still somewhat upset, takes a bite of her sweet bun and perks up when she notices how good it is. Hakase then notices how much Nano is enjoying her sweet bun and milk, also remembering she's already eaten her own treat. Hakase makes a move for Nano's sweet bun, but Nano scolds her and tells her she's already eaten a roll cake, and then Nano finishes her sweet bun. Hakase gets quite upset, and then tells Nano, "Fine! I still have a log cake!" Nano panics, wondering where in her body this new baked good will come from, but Hakase just gets up and walks to the fridge, pulling out her log cake. Nano begs Hakase to just put all her snacks in the fridge to begin with, but Hakase stubbornly refuses.

Rock-paper-scissors with Nano's arm producing a roll cake.

Yuuko's jump rope.

Part 7

Yuuko comes up to Mio in class and asks to borrow her math notebook. Mio is a little annoyed. Yuuko promises that it's just this once, and she'll never ask to copy Mio's homework again. Mio reminds Yuuko that she said the same thing last time. Yuuko tells her, "A warrior never goes back on her word!" but Mio points out since she said the same thing last time, she's already gone against her word. Yuuko is embarrassed but Mio lets her borrow her notebook anyway. Yuuko then goes to talk to a fellow classmate.

Mio's memory suddenly starts to jut in. Mio wonders if she forgot something and begins to recall last night. She finished her homework and then... she happened to doodle... a steamy picture of Sasahara and forgot to erase it! Mio bolts out of her seat in panic. Mio rushes over to Yuuko and tries to take her notebook back, telling Yuuko she also forgot to do her homework. However, when Mio grabs her notebook, Yuuko won't let go. Yuuko tells Mio to cut it out, and that she really will do her own homework next time. Mio worries that if Yuuko sees her sketch, she'll think Mio's a weirdo. Not only that, if it's Yuuko who sees it, she'll tell everybody, and the news will spread at the speed of sound!

Mio grabs her other notebook and slams it on Yuuko's desk, telling her that she accidentally gave Yuuko her Japanese

textbook and that this is her math textbook. Unfortunately, Yuuko can see that the notebook she has has "math" written on it. Then for some reason, Mio yells at Yuuko telling her that her stomach hurts. Yuuko doesn't really know how to respond to that. Mio then offers to buy her own notebook for ¥1000. Yuuko slowly gets up, goes to the door, and then runs away with Mio's incriminating notebook. Mio chases after her, telling Yuuko the notebook is going to explode! Yuuko just speeds up.

Mio continues chase, but loses hope; Yuuko is just too fast to catch on foot. Against a black backdrop with dramatic organ music playing, Mio thinks that her life is over. The background then cycles through moments of Mio's life: Mio as a baby, with her sister Yoshino wearing her Mexican wrestling mask trying to scare her; Mio standing in front of her primary school, next to Yoshino in full kendo armor. As the background shows a piece of toast sticking out of a tissue box (likely one of Yoshino's pranks), Mio thinks that life wasn't perfect, but she still had a good life. She sobs and thinks that this is the end, her life is over. Her banquet of men is gone. She begins to fall towards the floor.

Before hitting the ground, Mio braces herself. She can't let that happen! She powers up because her life is on fire! She begins to run in slow motion with a fiery motivation, going faster until she's a blur. She and Yuuko are running so fast the hallways are white. They turn a corner and Mio runs on the wall before getting back on the floor. She makes one last grasp for her notebook, but misses and gets a devastated look on her face. In a last, desperate attempt, Mio yells at Yuuko not to run in the hallway. Yuuko is confused, but keeps running; Mio suddenly trips and starts rolling, coming to a stop as she slams face down, but she's passed Yuuko. Yuuko stops and asks Mio if she's okay. Mio suddenly gets up, snatches her notebook away from Yuuko, and runs away. Yuuko stands there watching, dumbfounded.

Brief transition with canal. Two tanukis (?) cross the path.

Back in class, Mio and the other students pass their notebooks up to the front. Yuuko, defeated, stands in the hallway for forgetting her homework. Mio gives a big sigh of relief; she dodged a huge bullet and can get back to her ordinary life. Suddenly, she panics and stands up. She remembers that she still didn't erase the drawing, and she just turned her notebook in to the teacher! The math teacher asks Mio what's wrong, and she yells out that she forgot her homework.


Nano asks Hakase to help her clean up. Instead, she gets up, tells Nano that's it's too early for her to clean and that she's going outside to play, and then leaves.

Student Adviser

Sakurai-sensei catches up the Haruna Annaka in the hallway, who wears a gigantic red ribbon in her hair. Sakurai-sensei tries to tell Annaka that her ribbon is too big, but Annaka says "Pyon![6] Just kidding!", joking that she wears it to look like a rabbit. Sakurai-sensei just stands there nervously.


Mai is walking down the street when she sees Nano and Hakase sitting on a bench eating little cakes. Mai goes to the local convenience store, but they are sold out. Next to where the individual cakes would be, Mai sees a giant "family-size" bag full of little cakes. Whether Mai gets cake is left unresolved.

Part 8

Misato stands on a table with her pistol aimed at Koujirou Sasahara, who for some reason is wearing a bear head just like Mio's sister wore earlier. She sighs, puts her gun down and sits in her chair, asking Sasahara that he knows he's on the festival planning committee, right? Misato asks him if he could please take this more seriously, and Sasahara takes off the bear head. Sasahara then grabs a cup of tea and tells Misato that he is taking this seriously, while stirring his tea with a spoon (pinky raised, of course). He mentions that he is President of the Drama Club, but Misato gets angry and stands up. She tells him that his drama club has nothing to do with this, but Sasahara isn't paying attention, instead noting that they've changed tea brands. Misato bottles up her anger and then gives up, sitting back down and laying her head on the desk. She's got a kendo competition coming up and shouldn't have volunteered for the festival committee in the first place. Misato looks up again and sees that Sasahara is now reading Helvetica Standard. Sasahara suddenly raises his right hand, with his pinky raised, up to his mouth and then giggles. Misato shoots him in the face and asks him why he's reading comics; they can't go home until they submit an idea for an activity. Sasahara apologizes, stating that it is a new volume of Helvetica Standard. Misato asks if Sasahara has any ideas. Sasahara, taking out his handkerchief to tend to his forehead wound, aks if his wine-tasting idea wasn't any good. Misato tells him it wasn't a good idea at all. (It is a school festival, after all.)

Brief transition with canal. An elderly couple walks up the path. [A young couple walked toward us earlier, and now an elderly couple walks away from us. Hmm.]

A bored Misato begins to ask Sasahara a question, but she notices that he's playing a video game and blasts him with a bazooka. (In the original, the credits and ending theme start here while the scene with Misato and Sasahara continues.) Sasahara continues to do other activities while Misato blasts him with different weapons. In a cloud of smoke, Sasahara gets up to go to the restroom. On his way there, Sasahara thinks to himself that Misato seems to be in a bit of a foul mood today. In the restroom, his butler changes Sasahara's clothes and washes his face for him. Sasahara wonders if he can lower himself to think on a commoner's level so he can come up with a good idea for the festival. Sasahara's butler impressively changes Sasahara's pants while Sasahara is walking. When Sasahara returns to the classroom, Misato is standing there wearing the bear head Sasahara was wearing earlier. Misato takes it off, and with a face red with embarrassment, tells Sasahara that he doesn't mean anything to her, got it? Sasahara doesn't know what to say.

Short Thoughts

Tsuyoshi Nakanojou's mohawk is shown. The female narrator reads out, "The naivete of Asia".

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Nano's sweet bun (voiced by Masako Ikeda), sticking out of her forehead, laments that it is unpopular in Kansai.[7] Many people don't know whether to pronounce it as "amashoku" or as "kanshoku". The next episode of Nichijou is Episode 3. Don't miss it!



  1. ↑A unit of syllable weight used in phonology, by which stress, foot structure, or timing of utterance is determined in some languages. Japanese words have traditionally been analysed as composed of moras; a distinct concept from that of syllables. Each mora occupies one rhythmic unit, i.e. it is perceived to have the same time value. For example, Ōsaka has three syllables, but four morae: o-o-sa-ka. The first sound is a long "o", which is counted as two "o" morae and not one "long o" mora.
  2. ↑Yuuko says "Glico's Free Prize." Glico refers to Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd., a Japanese confectionery company perhaps best known for making Pocky (long and thin biscuit sticks covered in chocolate). Glico is also known for putting prizes in their products sometimes. Thus, Glico's Free Prize.
  3. ↑The wooden fish/golden fish is reference to a Japanese fairy tale. The wooden fish in this episode is actually a traditional Japanese percussion instrument. [I assume it's similar to the Aesop's Fable about the man who loses a wooden axe, rejects a silver and a golden axe, and then gets all three for his honesty.]
  4. ↑[Some say it's Malay for "having money," others Japanese for "being a devil." If the author knows Malay, he very well could have done a double pun. Has anybody checked the original in the manga?]
  5. ↑Mio specifically mentions that it is her Noguchi. Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928) was a Japanese microbiologist best known for discovering the agent of syphilis in 1911. He has been on the ¥1000 note since 2004.
  6. Pyon in Japanese can refer to the sound a rabbit makes.
  7. ↑Also known as the Kinki region, the Kansai region is in the southern-central part of Japan, on the island of Honshu near the island of Shikoku. The Keihanshin metropolitan region, second in population only to Greater Tokyo, is in the Kansai region, and includes Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. The Pokemon region of Johto is loosely based on the Kansai region.

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