Hello from Japan! I’m wrapping up a research term over here at the moment, and among other things I’ve had the opportunity to watch a few movies in theatres for that ‘big screen anime’ experience with both Children of the Sea and Weathering With You. I had a few thoughts floating around about how these experiences panned out, so this post will largely discuss that. While this isn’t necessarily a genre breakdown, it does follow my little formula for those types of posts. Let’s get to it!
Over the past few months we’ve seen a lot of major sports events come and go such as the World Cup and the Pyeongchang Olympics, both of which saw some really incredible results! As I watched these events, I started to wonder how sports are treated in anime. What makes it tick? How does each show differ? Let’s find out! This post has been a long time in the making and will definitely result in more articles like it focusing on other sports anime, but for now I want to look at two giants of the genre: Kuroko no Basuke and Haikyuu!!
Slice of life is one of those slippery genres that can change depending on the situations they incorporate. For many though, slice of life is best defined as the depiction of everyday occurrences in a character’s life onscreen. In slice of life, even the most mundane event can be made interesting. Take the coffee-ordering scene in Nichijou, or swimming class in Toradora! as examples. In order to figure out how slice of life works, I’ll be looking at how K-On! and Tamako Market use slice of life and whether or not it’s effective. Without further ado, let’s isolate some variables!