Iyashikei

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Club for fans of iyashikei, or "healing", "therapeutic" anime. Taken from this article:
The term “iyashi” can be translated as “healing”, so that makes iyashikei healing series. Iyashikei is most often considered a sub-genre of slice of life series, because all iyashikei series feature the same character-centered nature of slice of life: There is no real continuing plot and in most cases no conclusion, but the mostly episodic stories are depicting people’s lives without any drama or suspense. However, what differs iyashikei from slice of life is the healing effects: In short, iyashikei calms the reader and leaves them with light-hearted, maybe with a hint of melancholy. The typical of characteristics of iyashikei are a few characters who all feel sympathetic towards each other; close, slowly developing relationships without conflicts as we might know them; an appreciation for nature and the small, beautiful things in life - and most importantly, iyashikei series are mostly located in another time and another world as we live in. Despite the similarities to our lives, iyashikei series are supposed to set us in another world where our sorrows actually are practically non-existent.
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People have always relied on the google-box to escape from reality. Leaving their dreary lives behind for a moment while being tuned in to another is escapism at its most accessible. A quick fix one might say, to soothe their souls.
Basically, this is a place to appreciate/share/find out about works that could be identified as iyashikei. See also: Iyashikei on TV Tropes.
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ZorroGuevara - Nov 30, 2013
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Jan 28, 5:44 AM
Best Iyashikei Anime Ever?
jacob0988 - Nov 29, 2018
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Jan 28, 5:23 AM
Iyashikei Short films, movies,visual novels and one shots
starshinesMonet - Jun 20, 2014
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Sep 4, 2021 9:42 PM
What is your favourite Iyashikei-esque music?
The_Real_Calluma - Jul 23, 2021
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Jul 23, 2021 4:13 AM
Sticky: Iyashikei Challenge
Snap-san - Oct 21, 2019
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Oct 21, 2019 11:47 AM



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-HippySnob- | Jan 11, 1:00 PM
Akebi-chan sounds like the latest Iyashikei dat came out dis year.. Well apart from it's usual "niche" routine.. Everything else felt a lot quite detailed from it's certain visuals

asuramaru1 | Nov 7, 2021 7:57 PM
I'm here for the slice of life.

vampiricneko | Nov 7, 2021 7:27 PM
I think it was easy to not to be as picky as to what to call iyashikei because we didn't have much to choose from, it got popular and it's getting to a point that some are starting to look out of place... As much as I love some on this list, I do agree that they no longer belong as much as they used to.

jal90 | Oct 16, 2021 7:18 PM
You know, Haibane Renmei makes for an interesting case for this discussion because to me it's almost the contrary to an iyashikei. What starts as a calm and welcoming environment grows more and more distressing. I even struggle to consider it slice-of-life, let alone iyashikei because it delves so hard into eventful, introspective drama that its chilling escapist tones are no longer prevalent in the second half and in turn becomes an existential nightmare.

A lot of people do think it is appropriately a slice-of-life, and quite a few including you would call it iyashikei, so that kind of proves how difficult it is to reach a common ground in what belongs or not here.

ProxyLain | Oct 15, 2021 11:14 PM
Now that I see that Haibane Renmei is not listed in the group. Other than the fact that it is fantasy, it is extremely relaxing for the most part.

ProxyLain | Oct 15, 2021 11:10 PM
Flanders no Inu is one of my favorite anime and, for example, I am reviewing Natsume Yuujinchou and I can say that Flanders no Inu most of the time is much more relaxing than Natsume Yuujinchou. I don't think drama negates the fact that something is relaxing, not least because Natsume Yuujinchou, for example, most episodes are drama with a Youkai and several episodes are calm, but there are many that are quite dynamic that could negate the fact that the work as a whole is considered Iyashikei.

In the group it also has Tanoshii Muumin Ikka listed, and I don't see where that fits into an Iyashikei. If Muumin is considered one, I don't see a plausible reason why most WMTs wouldn't be considered one as well.
I'm watching Tongari Boushi no Memole and it's basically Muumin, almost the same thing. I even understand it not being listed here because it is extremely unknown, but it could be listed because it is basically an anime almost the same as Muumin.

In the group it is written, "there is no real continuous plot and in most cases no conclusion, but most episodic stories are depicting people's lives without any drama or suspense."
Well, you can already remove Natsume Yuujinchou, for example, don't you think? Only thing is that Natsume Yuujinchou is episodic. Already using another WMT example: Alps no Shoujo Heidi fits into almost everything listed as "Iyashikei".

Anyway, if one were to take this description literally, the group should remove many anime and/or add several missing ones. The biggest problem is that the group contradicts itself a lot in adding some works. If someone asks for a recommendation of Iyashikei and I recommend Flanders no Inu, they might not find it relaxing just because it is not listed here.

To finish: WMT is mostly just the daily life of the characters, sometimes there are episodes where basically nothing happens (like Alps no Shoujo Heidi where most of the episodes (to a certain extent) are just Heidi and Peter going with the goats to the mountains and having fun).

jal90 | Oct 15, 2021 3:58 AM
I think part of the discussion stems from trying to define "iyashikei" as "relaxing" or "quiet", when it's more in the line of "healing", which is a more all-encompassing term.

Some of the examples debated here to me clearly belong to this genre, and I'd even add some others, like for instance Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryoukou which describes a distressing reality. But for instance So Ra No Wo To is essentially a series about a bunch of characters who are traumatized and/or scared at the future and how they manage to create a safe and familiar space for each other, 3-gatsu no lion is a show about being able to overcome mental and emotional struggle through the help and ties with other people, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryoukou is a story that uses little pleasures and funny anecdotes as a necessary escape from a grim reality. They are all shows with fundamentally sad backgrounds or prospects, but they also are about circumstances that are helping the and to a variable degree manage to create an environment that effectivelt drains out that stress. I'd say all of them are iyashikei because all of them are healing shows.

inim | Oct 15, 2021 3:11 AM
Also has So Ra No Wo To (also drama) and Hotarubi no Mori e (romance and drama). It's a thin line, and the club needs to have a policy. If drama with Iyashikei aspects counts, there are dozens of shows which would qualify.

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