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Denki-gai no Honya-san
Denki-gai no Honya-san
May 20, 4:20 AM
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Gabriel DropOut
May 15, 9:04 PM
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Net-juu no Susume
May 14, 8:41 PM
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Skepoty Apr 23, 2:03 AM
i just got cancer from your anime taste
JiangHaoyi1979 Feb 26, 11:45 AM
No I don't
JiangHaoyi1979 Feb 25, 1:32 PM
Not a bad Nana review.
pluvia33 Nov 6, 2018 4:05 AM
Yeah, in most cases with comedies and especially slice of life shows I don't see an issue with some slight tonal shifts as long as it feels natural. When something is emulating everyday life, it just makes sense to me that things won't be super happy all the time, as it is with regular life. That's not to say that shifts in tone can't be done so badly that even I have issues with them sometimes. However, it's usually when it goes the other way, with a dramatic series having really badly implemented moments of comedic relief. Somewhat recently, the worst example of that for me has been the first season of Black Butler. One moment, someone might be getting chased around with a very horror-like tone, or a young kid (the main character) might be getting tortured, but then shit will randomly get super silly. It can be very jarring.

Anyway, when I mentioned "muppet face", that was something specific to Amanchu, and to a lesser extent the creator's previous series, Aria. Here's an example:


While other series might have similar deformed, silly faces, I haven't seen any others that look this Muppet-like and I don't think there is a specific term for it. The closest thing I can think of would be "chibi", but that usually involves deforming an entire body to silly affect.
pluvia33 Nov 5, 2018 7:36 AM
Hahaha! I have to really wonder if you're reading a little too deeply into the series. I mean, it's just a little slice of life series. Admittedly, it's been a number of years since I've watched the second season, but as I said I do remember liking it more than the first season. I don't recall Yui being any more ditzy than before and I definitely wouldn't go as far as to suspect autism. And I don't remember it feeling any more melancholic than the first season. But again, when shows get into that kind of stuff, it usually doesn't bother me. To each their own, though. Hopefully you'll eventually find a slice of life series that doesn't disappoint you in the second season. XD

I did watch the K-On! movie just this year and I do think that was definitely just a nice feel-good entry into the series. But who knows, I may not be able to notice the levels of melancholy that you seem to be hyper-sensitive to.
pluvia33 Nov 1, 2018 8:12 PM
Oh, nice! Glad you liked it! I personally loved the second season much more than the first. Mugi is awesome in it and became my favorite character from the series after season 2. ^_^

And you're totally welcome! I enjoy talking about some of my favorite shows, so it's no problem at all. I'm also glad to see that you enjoyed Dragon Maid! I was going to include that in my recommendation list, but I saw that you were already watching it as I was typing. Kobayashi herself is one of my favorite things about the series. Such a refreshing type of character to be the lead in one of those types of shows, as well as the varied range of ages (or at least apparent ages) of the entire cast. Not that I have a problem with cute school-aged girls making up the entire cast of my slice of life shows or anything. XD
pluvia33 Oct 31, 2018 8:02 AM
Yeah, in your New Game! review, when you said, "plunge in later acts as the comedy makes way for drama and all momentum is ruined," I was a bit concerned about how you'd like the second season. XD

I personally don't have any issue with that kind of story telling as long as it's done well and I care enough about the characters/themes involved. I didn't really think any of the characters in New Game were "total bitches", but to each their own. I don't know if you might have watched it already and just not realized that it wasn't part of either of the core seasons, but the vacation OVA episode is pretty much pure happy fluff. The only thing that comes close to being dramatic is that one of the characters is feeling a bit sick.

As far as recommendations, you are largely right that slice of life stuff that doesn't take place in a school setting can be rather rare. I'll go ahead and recommend some stuff set in school, but break up the recommendations in categories based on their level of school-ness....

Not Set in School:

Aria: This might be the original "iyashikei" (healing) anime, a form of slice of life which is primarily meant to elicit feelings of joy and calm without focusing much on comedy. Not sure if this would be your cup of tea, but it might be worth a shot. The series itself follows some girls who work as gondoliers on a water-covered terraformed version of Mars in the future.

Flying Witch: Another iyashikei anime, but one that came out more recently. I think there was technically some school stuff in it, but it's pretty much non-existent in the grand scheme of the series. The one or two scenes that happen at a school from what I can remember are just transitional things. The real setting is the small town in which the characters live. There is also a low-key magical nature to the series as witches exist and such. Aside from not really having anything to do with school life, the series also subverts another anime norm: The main cast actually has both parents in their lives on a regular basis!! You may have not watched enough anime with school-age kids in them to realize how rare that is, but for a veteran fan like me it is rather refreshing.

Low School Involvement:

Sweetness & Lightning: Speaking of parents, this anime is about a single father raising his young daughter and cooking food for her. This is another series that doesn't have a large emphasis on comedy, but it does have its funny moments. It does get a bit caught up in the melodrama of parenting quite a bit at times, but it usually feels natural and understandable. For the most part, it's just a fun, sweet, heartwarming show.

Amanchu: This is a series made by the same original creator as Aria and one that came out much more recently. This is a major "cute girls + activity" kind of show and this time around the activity is scuba diving. While there is a good amount of school stuff as the two girls are part of a scuba diving club at school, school life isn't usually the main focus. One of the main girls is extremely hyper and happy pretty much ALL THE TIME, so she can be a bit of a "love or hate" kind of character. Due to her, there is far more comedy in this than in Aria. I find the "muppet face" moments to be very amusing. There are some dramatic moments and the other main girl can be a bit gloomy, but I think it's usually a good balance. The second season does go off into some really weird places, though.

Comic Girls: I prefer this series just a little more than New Game, mainly because drawing used to be a major hobby for me. In this "cute girls + activity" show, the activity is creating manga. I personally feel that the comedy works really well, but it does have a rather dramatic last episode or two which is likely much more potent than the one at the end of New Game!!, so that could likely be a sticking point for you. Again, I tend to enjoy/not mind that kind of stuff, so I still really liked it and felt that it had a really nice payoff in the end.

Hinamatsuri: Its a little hard to say how much of this series is actually dramatic. The moments of drama almost always have a comedic undertone to them because pretty much everything is ridiculous in this series. I mean, the initial premise is that a young girl with telekinetic powers literally drops in on a yakuza member and he ends up taking her in as his daughter.

Yuru Camp: The "activity" in this show is camping. If you enjoy the outdoors at all, I'd definitely recommend you giving this a shot. The "drama" level of this one is extraordinarily low. Probably non-existent, actually. Like with Amanchu, while the girls are part of a school club, the nature of their club takes most of the anime outside of the school setting.

Primarily Set in School:

Azumanga Daioh: This is the OG of slice-of-life as we know it. It's one of my all-time favorites, so even though it takes place primarily at school, I couldn't not talk about it. I personally find the pacing to be great, but it can get a little weird and the jokes can drag a bit for some people with their repetition (think how some of the Family Guy jokes run on way too long at times, if you're familiar with that series).

K-On!: And this series pretty much created (and definitely popularized) the "cute girls + activity" sub genre. The activity here is making music, but the girls usually end up just hanging out drinking tea.

And that's about it. I'd say my top recommendations right now as far as washing the taste of New Game!! away would be Flying Witch, Yuru Camp, and Azumanga Daioh. Hope that's helpful! ^_^
pluvia33 Oct 30, 2018 5:26 PM
Hello! I just saw your New Game! review and wanted to say congrats on discovering true slice of life anime! More specifically, the "cute girls + activity" sub genre of the "cute girls doing cute things" sub genre of slice of life anime. That probably sounds more complicated than it needs to be. XD

Anyway, if you'd like some anime recommendations, as you seem to be somewhat new to the medium, I've made a Top 100 List of my favorite anime and manga series (which I'd recently done an official update to earlier this month). I'm a big slice of life fan and New Game! currently clocks in at #42. We don't seem to have exactly the same tastes though, such as Prison School being my #44, so take some of the non-slice-of-life items with a grain of salt. But I do 100% recognize that Prison School isn't for everyone.

Well, I guess that's all. Have a wonderful day and hope you continue to enjoy anime! ^_^
animesthabomb Oct 3, 2018 3:32 PM
Here's a few with adult topics and levity here and there to get you started (each being very different):

Baccano! / Baccano! Specials (Dub recommended - one of the best English adaptations of an anime)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Once past episode 12)
Hanasaku Iroha (Has some teenage drama - but in a very effective way. Is a very good example of a teenager learning to act like an adult)

Neon Genesis Evangelion is worth a watch, but only when you can fully pay attention to its psychologically and religiously infused plot and symbolism. Also, a few parts of the show are flat out awful, so be prepared.
animesthabomb Oct 3, 2018 1:31 PM
Nice to meet you! If you wish for recommendations, feel free to ask. You can be as specific as you want. ;)
animesthabomb Oct 2, 2018 10:08 PM
Welcome to anime! ;)