Cover of volume 1 of Nichijou, published by Kadokawa Shoten.
|Genre||Surreal comedy, slice of life|
|Written by||Keiichi Arawi|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Magazine||Monthly Shōnen Ace|
|Original run||December 2006 – December 2015|
|Original video animation|
|Nichijou Episode 0|
|Directed by||Tatsuya Ishihara|
|Produced by||Atsushi Itō|
|Written by||Jukki Hanada|
|Music by||Yūji Nomi|
|Released||March 12, 2011|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tatsuya Ishihara|
|Produced by||Atsushi Itō|
|Written by||Jukki Hanada|
|Music by||Yūji Nomi|
|Original network||TV Aichi, Chiba TV, TV Saitama, KBS, Tokyo MX, MRO, FBC|
|Original run||April 3, 2011 – September 25, 2011|
|Released||July 28, 2011|
Nichijou (日常 Nichijō, lit. Everyday) is a Japanese comedy manga series written and illustrated by Keiichi Arawi. The manga began serialization in the December 2006 issue of Kadokawa Shoten's manga magazine Shōnen Ace, and was also serialized in Comptiq between the March 2007 and July 2008 issues. Kadokawa Shoten later published all chapters of the series in ten tankōbon volumes from July 2007 to December 2015. Set in a suburban Japanese town, Nichijou is populated by an ensemble set of characters, featuring moments from their everyday lives which alternate between the mundane and the strange, without ample focus on a narrative.
A 26-episode anime adaptation directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and produced by Kyoto Animation was broadcast on TV Aichi in Japan between April and September 2011, after an earlier original video animation (OVA) was released in March. A PlayStation Portable game by Vridge and Kadokawa Games was released on July 28, 2011, entitled Nichijou: Uchuujin.
The manga and anime series were initially licensed in North America by Bandai Entertainment in July 2011, but both releases were cancelled due to the company's downsizing. The manga series was later licensed for publication in English by Vertical, with the first volume released in March 2016. Funimation released the anime in North America with subtitles on Blu-ray and DVD in February 2017. A dub was included in the Blu-ray re-release on July 23, 2019. Madman Entertainment licensed the anime series in 2011 for Australian and New Zealand distribution, releasing the DVDs in April and May 2013.
The anime adaptation initially received reserved praise from western critics, who commended the animation quality but found it lacking in consistent humor and substance. Retrospective reviews, however, have since given the series high critical praise for its heart and surreal comedy, with one critic deeming it among the "finest anime comedies of all time".
Nichijou follows the everyday lives of various people in the town of Tokisadame, centering on the energetic Yūko Aioi, the bright and cheerful Mio Naganohara, the quiet and deadpan Mai Minakami, the anxious android Nano Shinonome, her young creator the Professor, and a talking cat named Sakamoto, along with an ensemble cast of characters. Random and/or outlandish events regularly occur throughout the series, mainly through the mundane situations each character goes through.
In the anime series, Nano receives the most prominent story arc out of all the characters; the first half of Nichijou involves her desire to become a student in high school, while the second half deals with her fear of being exposed as a robot while at school. Vignettes which are mostly unrelated to the main focus of the series are placed throughout each episode, some of them adapted from another manga by Arawi, Helvetica Standard.
- Yūko Aioi (相生 祐子 Aioi Yūko)
- Voiced by: Mariko Honda (Japanese); Morgan Garrett (English)
- Yūko is an energetic 16-year-old high school girl with short brown hair. Because she is often too lazy to do her own homework, she always copies from either Mio or Mai instead. Although she is a generally easygoing person, her mood changes instantly when she is insulted. She sometimes greets her friends with "selamat pagi" (Malay and Indonesian for "good morning").
- Mio Naganohara (長野原 みお Naganohara Mio)
- Voiced by: Mai Aizawa (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)
- Mio is a bright and cheerful girl, sporting light blue hair pulled into pigtails and held by two small wooden cubes. She has a crush on Kojiro Sasahara. Though ordinary-looking in comparison to her friends Yūko and Mai, Mio harbors a very short temper, prone to tantrums and acts of violence in order to avoid humiliation; even assaulting a police officer to keep her yaoi manuscript from being discovered. She often has to humor Yūko to make her happy. Being a talented artist, she occasionally draws homoerotic pictures of Kojiro in her notebooks and, under a male pseudonym, has entered several erotic manga into contests that promise serialization to the winner. Near the end of the manga, Mio finally wins one of the contests she entered, though it is unknown whether or not she actually accepted the publisher's offer due to her paranoia about her art. She is 16 years old.
- Mai Minakami (水上 麻衣 Minakami Mai)
- Voiced by: Misuzu Togashi (Japanese); Brittany Lauda (English)
- Mai is a quiet and intelligent girl who wears glasses. Before the events of the manga series, Mai had lived in Alaska and moved to Japan due to her father's job. She excels at a wide range of activities, including fishing, wood carving, and arm wrestling. Despite her serene and rather unemotional demeanor, she has an eccentric sense of humor, often frustrating her friends with her pranks. She has two pet dogs named Oguri Cap and Pyon.
- Nano Shinonome (東雲 なの Shinonome Nano)
- Voiced by: Shizuka Furuya (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
- Nano is an android schoolgirl, built by the Professor. Despite being a year old, she has the height and appearance of an average teenager. She worries about keeping her identity as a robot from other people, even though the large wind-up key on her back makes it quite obvious. Her limbs will sometimes fall apart, revealing items that the Professor installed into her system without her noticing, ranging from beam-firing weapons to Swiss rolls. She acts like the Professor's caretaker, and spends her days helping her and doing all the household chores. Although she was technically never born, her "birthday" is March 7.
- Professor (はかせ Hakase)
- Voiced by: Hiromi Konno (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
- The Professor is an intelligent eight-year-old scientist. She built Nano herself, and often makes various adjustments to her, but adamantly refuses to remove the wind-up key on her back because she thinks it is cute. Her favorite animal is the shark. She does not go to school, since she already graduated, and instead spends her days playing around in the house. Despite her intelligence, she acts like a spoiled child most of the time, as she throws tantrums to get what she wants. She likes snacking, playing around, and sharks. She also enjoys spending time with Nano's friends, particularly Yūko due to her approval of "cool things" and Mai because she gives her shark-themed chocolates and drawings. She didn't like Mai at first because she let her dogs corner her and Sakamoto on the street, but warms up to her when Mai draws a shark for her.
- Sakamoto (阪本)
- Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi (Japanese); Anthony Bowling (English)
- Sakamoto is a black cat. He wears a red scarf made by the Professor, which allows him to speak. He was originally named Taisho and was the pet of Kana Nakamura until he fell out of the window of her house, and he was found by Nano before mysteriously turning up at the Shinonome home. He decided to stay with Nano and the Professor because of Nakamura's constant unintentional neglect. In cat years, he is 20 years old, older than both Nano and the Professor, and tries to act like the adult of the house, but to his shame, he occasionally succumbs to his cat-like habits. A running-gag is his tendency to endure the Professor's comically horrific physical abuse, usually in the form of a childish booby-trap or the rope noose she uses to walk him.
- Izumi Sakurai (桜井 泉 Sakurai Izumi)
- Voiced by: Mami Kosuge (Japanese); Tabitha Ray (English)
- Izumi Sakurai is a young, constantly flustered and easily frightened teacher. She tries to enforce the school rules, but is typically unable to accomplish much due to her passivity. Even though she is often nervous and a pushover at school, she is marginally more brave when it comes to her younger brother (Makoto Sakurai), once confronting him about an erotic magazine found in his room.
- Manabu Takasaki (高崎 学 Takasaki Manabu)
- Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese); Shawn Gann (English)
- Manabu Takasaki is a male teacher who has romantic feelings for Izumi, but is unable to tell her as he thinks too much and is too shy to admit it. These feelings lead him to become the club adviser for the go-soccer club after Makoto bribes him with pictures of his sister.
- Principal Shinonome (校長先生 (東雲) Kōchō-sensei (Shinonome))
- Voiced by: Chō (Japanese); Francis Henry (English)
- Principal Shinonome is the middle-aged bald principal of Tokisadame High, where part of the story is set. While known for his old jokes and puns, unknown to most, he is a talented wrestler. He is referred to as "Principal Shinonome" implying that he may be the Professor's father or relative, but this was never revealed in the series.
- Vice Principal Kōsuke Ōra (教頭先生 (邑楽 耕介) Kyōtō-sensei (Ōra Kōsuke))
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (Japanese); Charlie Campbell (English)
- Known for wearing glasses and a yellow tie, he hates the Principal and doesn't hide the mean things he does to him. He was the previous principal of the school and is incredibly bitter about his demotion, so much so that he began to drink heavily and send daily death curses to Principal Shinonome. His constant drinking and stress have utterly destroyed his body, and he describes himself as being one drink away from liver failure at all times.
- Kana Nakamura (中村 かな Nakamura Kana)
- Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara (Japanese); Lydia Mackay (English)
- Kana Nakamura is a science teacher who is fixated on Nano's robotic nature. She constantly schemes to capture Nano for study, but her machinations invariably backfire, like drinking coffee from the same tranquilizer-spiked jug that the coffee for Nano was from. As such, it is a running joke that she is not there to take classes very often, having fainted from one of her escapades, resulting in many students asking, 'Has Ms. Nakamura collapsed again?'.
- Kōjirō Sasahara (笹原 幸治郎 Sasahara Kōjirō)
- Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (Japanese); Seth Magill (English)
- A flamboyant high school boy who acts like an aristocratic lawyer when in reality his family are just farmers. He likes to ride his goat Kojirō Sasahara (笹原 コジロウ Sasahara Kojirō) to school and is often seen with his butler. He is very suave and popular, yet acts like any other teenage boy, which most girls willfully ignore to preserve their "Prince Charming" mental image of him.
- Misato Tachibana (立花 みさと Tachibana Misato)
- Voiced by: Chika Horikawa (Japanese); Madeleine Morris (English)
- A peach-haired high school girl who generally acts as a tsukkomi towards Kojiro whenever he does anything to annoy her. Misato, however, does this by shooting him with various guns and heavy weaponry that come out of nowhere, which he survives due to the weapons' ammunition usually being either rubber bullets or blanks filled with flour. In reality, Misato has feelings for Kojiro, but due to her tsundere attitude, she constantly denies her feelings or shoots Kojiro if he annoys her.
- Tsuyoshi Nakanojō (中之条 剛 Nakanojō Tsuyoshi)
- Voiced by: Kazutomi Yamamoto (Japanese); Kyle Igneczi (English)
- A 15-year-old student with simplistic eyes and a natural blonde mohawk which he detests. Tsuyoshi wants to be a scientist in the future and thus doesn't believe in the supernatural, but his attempts to disprove supernatural phenomena usually end up with him believing in them.
- Haruna Annaka (安中 榛名 Annaka Haruna)
- Voiced by: Kaori Sadohara (Japanese); Kristen McGuire (English)
- A girl with a large ribbon on her head. She unfortunately sometimes runs into crazy individuals much to her confusion. She likes to read manga.
- Kenzaburō Daiku (大工 健三郎 Daiku Kenzaburō)
- Voiced by: Ryota Yoshizaki (Japanese); Stephen Fu (English)
- A brown-haired boy who is the president of the go-soccer club, which he founded without any knowledge of it being an actual sport. The club eventually became a legitimate team due to a sudden influx of skilled players and has since won the prefectural tournament and was heading to the national championships, but Kenzaburo now wonders why he even stays on the team, as the club has become so far removed from the original intent of it being a place to relax. His rich father is the president of Daiku Industries, which owns many of the businesses visited by the main characters.
- Yuria Sekiguchi (関口 ユリア Sekiguchi Yuria)
- Voiced by: Ai Hirosaka (Japanese); Apphia Yu (English)
- A quiet girl who is a member of the go-soccer club. She has a crush on Daiku Kenzaburo, the president of the club and stays in the club so that he won't be lonely. Like Tsuyoshi, she also has simplistic eyes.
- Makoto Sakurai (桜井 誠 Sakurai Makoto)
- Voiced by: Takahiro Hikami (Japanese); Dallas Reid (English)
- Makoto is Izumi's younger brother, who joins the go-soccer club. He is very skilled at the sport and helps the club grow by bribing Takasaki into becoming their advisor with pictures of his sister in her high school years.
- Tanaka (田中)
- Voiced by: Kota Yamaguchi (Japanese); Tyson Rinehart (English)
- A boy who wears a large black afro wig. He is friends with Tsuyoshi Nakanojo.
- Weboshī (ウェボシー Weboshī)
- Voiced by: Yoko Tamaoki (Japanese); Kathryn Taylor Rose (English)
- Weboshī is Misato's green-haired classmate, who has a ponytail. Her real name is unknown.
- Fe (フェっちゃん)
- Voiced by: Yumi Higuchi (Japanese); Kara Edwards (English)
- Fe is Misato's classmate. She ends her sentences with "fe". Her real name is unknown.
- Mihoshi Tachibana (立花 みほし Tachibana Mihoshi)
- Voiced by: Manami Honda (Japanese); Emily Neves (English)
- Mihoshi is Misato's younger sister and a kendo student. She envies her senior, Yoshino (Mio's older sister), for being extremely talented while rarely practicing.
- Yoshino Naganohara (長野原 よしの Naganohara Yoshino)
- Voiced by: Motoko Kobayashi (Japanese); Maxey Whitehead (English)
- Yoshino is Mio's easy going elder sister who goes to college. She likes to wear costumes and often plays pranks on others. She is also Misato and Mihoshi's senior in kendo, a sport she is naturally talented at, but does not practice at the dojo very often.
Nichijou began as a manga series written and illustrated by Keiichi Arawi. It uses a combination of normal comic format and four-panel comic strips. Originally, the manga was meant to be a short, stand-alone series which was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace magazine between the May and October 2006 issues.[additional citation(s) needed] Starting with the December 2006 issue, the manga began regular serialization in Shōnen Ace, and was also serialized in Kadokawa's Comptiq magazine between the March 2007 and July 2008 issues.[additional citation(s) needed] The first tankōbon volume was released in Japan on July 26, 2007. The manga series ended with its tenth volume, which was released on December 10, 2015, along with a limited edition commemorating the tenth anniversary of the series, which included a 120-page companion book.
Bandai Entertainment initially licensed the manga in July 2011, but later cancelled its release by October due to downsizing of the company. JManga, an American digital manga platform, was able to release the first four volumes of the manga through its website before shutting down in May 2013. The manga series was later licensed for publication in English by Vertical, which released all ten volumes in 2016 and 2017. Beginning in January 2012, the manga has been released in Finland by Punainen jättiläinen under the name Arki, which is Finnish for "weekday". It was translated into Finnish by Antti Kokkonen.
Kyoto Animation adapted the Nichijou manga into a 26-episode anime television series and an original video animation (OVA) episode. The anime adaptation was first announced on May 22, 2010 through the July issue of Shōnen Ace magazine. The OVA, titled Nichijou Episode 0, was directed by Kazuya Sakamoto and bundled as a DVD extra with volume six of the manga series on March 12, 2011. Series composer Yūji Nomi orchestrated the score in Hungary. The anime series aired in Japan on TV Aichi from April 3 to September 25, 2011, with the final episode written by Arawi, creator of the original manga. It was as also simulcast by Crunchyroll under the name My Ordinary Life. The series was re-edited into twelve episodes for broadcast on NHK Educational TV in January 2012. The series also incorporates skits from Arawi's other manga, Helvetica Standard (ヘルベチカスタンダード Herubechika Sutandādo), which is published in Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine. Bandai Entertainment had originally licensed the anime, but its release was later cancelled. However, Madman Entertainment managed to release the series in Australia and New Zealand in subtitles only. It was released as a two–part collection containing 13 episodes each. The first part was released on April 11, 2013, while the second part was released on May 9, 2013. Funimation later licensed the series in North America and released it on February 7, 2017 with subtitles. Funimation re-released the series with a dub on July 23, 2019.
- Series director: Tatsuya Ishihara
- Series writer: Jukki Hanada
- Producer: Atsushi Itō
- Producer: Hideaki Hatta
- Production supervisor: Takeshi Yasuda
- Character design: Futoshi Nishiya
- Art director: Joji Unoguchi
- Composer: Yūji Nomi
- Music producer: Shigeru Saitō (of Lantis)
- Photography director: Kazuya Takao
- Editor: Kengo Shigemura (of Studio Gong)
- Sound director: Yota Tsuruoka
- Sound effects: Eiko Morikawa
- Series writing cooperation: Keiichi Arawi
- Opening themes
- "Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi - C" (ヒャダインのカカカタ☆カタオモイ-C, "Hyadain's U-u-u-u☆unrequited Love - C") by Hyadain (episodes 1–6, 8–13)
- "Hyadain no Jōjō Yūjō" (ヒャダインのじょーじょーゆーじょー, "Hyadain's Amazing Friendship") by Hyadain (episodes 14–16, 18-23, 25)
- Ending themes
|1, 3–5||"Zzz" (ja)||Kenichi Maeyamada||Original song||Sayaka Sasaki|
|2, 10–13||"Zzz (Bossa Nova Version)"|
|6–9||"Zzz (A cappella version)"|
|14||"Tsubasa o Kudasai" (翼をください, "Give us Wings")||Murai Kunihiko||Folk music|
(A cover of the song by Akai Tori, 1971)
|15||"Kikyū ni Notte Doko made mo" (気球にのってどこまでも, "On a Balloon to Anywhere")||Takekuni Hirayoshi||Chorus of elementary school students
(The 41st NHK All-Japan School Music Competition in 1974, a set piece of part of the elementary school)
|Nano (Shizuka Furuya)|
Professor (Hiromi Konno)
Sakamoto (Minoru Shiraishi)
|16||"My Ballad" (マイバラード Mai Barādo)||Takao Matsui||Chorus of junior high school students
(publication in 1987)
|17||"Kaijū no Ballad" (怪獣のバラード Kaijū no Barādo, "Monster's Ballad")||Osamu Shōji||Chorus of elementary and junior high school students
(A cover of the song by Young 101 in NHK TV program Stage 101 (ja) , 1972)
|Yūko (Mariko Honda)|
Mio (Mai Aizawa)
Mai (Misuzu Togashi)
|18||"Green, Green" (グリーングリーン Gurīn Gurīn)||Barry McGuire, Randy Sparks||Folk music
(A cover of the song by The New Christy Minstrels, 1963)
|19||"Yasei no Uma" (野生の馬, "Wild Horse")||Saburō Iwakawa||Chorus of junior high school students||Mr. Takasaki (Tetsu Inada)|
Ms. Sakurai (Mami Kosuge)
Ms. Nakamura (Kaoru Mizuhara)
Makoto Sakurai (Takahiro Hikami)
Yuria Sekiguchi (Ai Hirosaka)
Haruna Annaka (Kaori Sadohara)
Ogi (Ryōta Takeuchi)
|20||"Ano Subarashii Ai o Mō Ichido" (あの素晴しい愛をもう一度, "That Wonderful Love Once Again")||Kazuhiko Kato||Folk music
(A cover of the song by Osamu Kitayama & Kazuhiko Kato, 1971)
|21||"Sudachi no Uta" (巣立ちの歌, "Song of Leaving the Nest")||Saburō Iwakawa||Graduation song
(publication in 1965)
|Sasahara (Yoshihisa Kawahara)|
Misato (Chika Horikawa)
Nakanojo (Kazutomi Yamamoto)
Weboshī (Yōko Tamaoki)
Fe-chan (Yumi Higuchi)
|22||"Aogeba Tōtoshi" (仰げば尊し, "With an Eternally Grateful Heart")||unknown composer commissioned by the Ministry of Education||Graduation song
(from a songs book published by Ministry of Education in 1884 for elementary school students)
|23||"Sora ga Konna ni Aoi to wa" (空がこんなに青いとは, "The Sky is So Blue")||Teruyuki Noda||Chorus of elementary school students
(The 37th NHK All-Japan School Music Competition in 1970, a set piece of part of the elementary school)
|Professor (Hiromi Konno)|
Mai (Misuzu Togashi)
|24||"Yūki Hitotsu o Tomo ni Shite" (勇気一つを友にして, "With One Courage as a Friend")||Nobuyoshi Koshibe||Chorus of elementary school students
(A cover of the song by Miyako Yamada with Tokyo Broadcasting Children's Chorus Group in NHK TV and radio program Minna no Uta, 1975)
|25||"Let's Search for Tomorrow" (ja)||Akinori Ōsawa||Chorus of junior high school students
(publication in 1989)
|Yūko (Mariko Honda)|
Mio (Mai Aizawa)
Mai (Misuzu Togashi)
|26||"Tabidachi no Hi ni" (旅立ちの日に, "On a Day of the Departure")||Hiromi Sakamoto||Graduation song
(publication in 1991)
|Yūko (Mariko Honda)|
Mio (Mai Aizawa)
Mai (Misuzu Togashi)
Nano (Shizuka Furuya)
Professor (Hiromi Konno)
Sakamoto (Minoru Shiraishi)
- Insert songs
- "Headlight, Taillight" (ヘッドライト・テールライト Heddoraito Tēruraito), written and performed by Miyuki Nakajima (episode 19)
A PlayStation Portable video game titled Nichijou: Uchuujin (日常（宇宙人） lit. Everyday: Alien) developed by Vridge and published by Kadokawa Games was released solely in Japan on July 28, 2011. In the game, the player takes the role of a producer from "Galaxy TV" running the television series Nichijou, whose objective is to keep the ratings high by correctly deciding on what unusual situation to insert in the show. The Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu gave the game a score of 27 out of 40 based on four individual reviews.
Sales and reception
The Nichijou anime has reportedly had low BD and DVD sales, and did not come close to meeting the break even line according to animation director Shunji Suzuki. The first DVD volume sold 924 copies in its first week of sales, while the second and fourth BD volumes sold over 2,000 copies each in their first week.
Anime News Network (ANN) reviewer Carl Kimlinger gave the series' first seven episodes a B, stating that the anime is a "slice-of-life comedy with a penchant for lunacy and a taste for huggable cuteness...", giving praise especially to Kyoto Animation's lively animation of the series: "a rare chance to see talented animators fully indulging their love of the art." Fellow ANN reviewer Theron Martin stated in his review of "Nichijou Episode 1" that despite the series' ability to entertain, it is "absolutely not a series for everyone". Chris Beveridge of the now defunct Mania.com reviewed the first four episodes, giving each succeeding episode a lower grade (B for episode 1 down to D+ by episode 4). Beveridge stated in his review of episode 4 that "[Nichijou is] so full of fluff and pointlessness that it's hard to get enthused about."
After the North American Blu-ray release of Nichijou in February 2017, Nick Creamer of ANN gave a highly positive review for the series, considering it "one of the finest anime comedies of all time", in contrast to the reserved praise previously given by other reviewers. Creamer stated that "As a tumultuous collection of madcap skits, Nichijou is an unparalleled success.... Blessed by some of the most beautiful animation in recent memory, nearly every gag is elevated to some kind of surrealist beauty. Beyond that, the show's sense of heart is nearly as strong as its sense of humor." Beveridge would also revise his negative opinion of the series by 2017, giving it a grade of A+. He stated that "[Nichijou] is that rare cult series that has such high end values to it and so many layers and richness that people will overlook because it's a comedy that I cannot recommend it enough."
Crunchyroll's editorial team chose Nichijou as one of the twenty-five best anime of the 2010s decade and writer Kara Dennison commented it is "a relatable slice-of-life series" whose characters and "charming art style, makes it impossible to look away. Writing for Forbes, Lauren Orsini considered it to be one of the five best anime of 2011; she wrote, "no matter how off the wall the story gets, its dedication to the realistically awkward teen girls who must navigate it gives it heart".
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[A] rare chance to see talented animators fully indulging their love of the art. / Humor is pretty spotty; leaves you with an aching hunger for substance.
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While the quirkiness and some of the individual skits can be quite entertaining, this is absolutely not a series for everyone.
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Despite it not having the most original of premises, the show feels surprisingly polished and lovingly crafted.... An enjoyable first episode, but I'm not sure if I'd return for much more.
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