Based on the first episodes of these two series, I am now inclined to see how they will go. Nichijou has great art and shows a very chaotic approach to everyday life and Steins;Gate had a more Inception-like approach. Two completely different shows yet both are arguably equally entertaining and appealing (at least to people like me).
These anime have been discussed countless times even before the release of their respective anime adaptations. Some looked down on Nichijou because of the love-hate reputation of K-On! as a slice-of-life anime and some were alienated by the premise of Steins;Gate. But now, they are being hailed as very good anime by many people. What does this say about the promotional gimmicks and presentation styles of anime?
My answer is as simple as it can get. Many people (including myself) sometimes take the shows, movies and anime they watch at face value and have first impressions based on the synopses and promotional material. One great example is how Lotte no Omocha! is seen by most people. The synopsis for the anime disgusted me so much when I first read it. However, due to the very good counter-arguments by Valence, I decided to give it a shot after all. And I was pleasantly surprised. Fanservice situations in the manga were actually much more scarce than I expected and they were done relatively tastefully. The thing in the infamous synopsis never happened so far, and the story is quite engaging and entertaining with a very nice center of conflict and good characters. To add to my argument, Madoka is also a golden example. It was mostly ignored because of the fluffy and girly promotional material, but look at it now…
TL;DR: Basically, I’m just saying that we should not be swayed by synopses, promotional material and arguments without grounds. It makes us blind and closed-minded to the actual value of the anime that we see. Again, I quote a great man, Bob Ong:
“Natawa ka man o nandiri sa pagkaing may kakaibang pangalan, isang patunay lang yan na apektado ka ng salita.” (“If you get disgusted or laugh at a particular dish because it has a weird name, it just proves that you are affected by words.”).
I hope that this post has been helpful to you.
Also, this is a sort of advertisement to get more people to watch Lotte no Omocha!. Go figure.
Shameless Plug: For those who are interested in the Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo Series, I am doing a translation of the first Drama CD, Zutto Shiawase na Kiss. It’s a very nice jewel not to be missed by any fan of the series, or yuri in general.