Review of My Ordinary Life (2011)

Moving picture, 10 hours

Modern Japan. In a group of three friends, one is a blank-faced carver of Buddhist miniatures, one secretly authors BL manga, and the third is basically Yomi.

Comedy, based on the Azumanga Daioh (2002) variety of high-school comedy: female-centric and tied to gilded everyday life concerns and pacing, what Japanese fans call nichijō-kei, hence the original title: Nichijō.

This one branches out in all directions. There is SF, action and romantic comedy, and moments that could in fact happen in everyday life. Despite the variety, metafiction is kept well below Pani Poni Dash (2005) levels. It’s a little less endearing as a result of its wilder leaps, but many of the jokes are excellent.

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