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2 days agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
A guy over 30. He's also got a dad bod. He gets ready for a date, and puts on a couple drops of cologne. He goes to meet his date. There's a brief hug and greeting. The date says "You smell nice". The guy replies, "Thanks". End of commercial.
That's it! No more! No supermodels swimming naked in the ocean, no erotic but vaguely biblical scenes, no overly dramatic dialogue. Just give me a realistic and attainable cologne commercial already.
1 week agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
Updated to add Violet Evergarden at 3.5, because I forgot it came out this year. Whoops!
What up? I’m here with my personal favorite original or non-sequel anime series of 2018. These may not be the critically best shows of the year, but they were the ones I enjoyed the most. This will also be a non-spoiler list, for those who haven’t seen them.
10. The Ancient Magus’s Bride
A young teenager is sold at an auction to an old sorcerer, who takes her on as an apprentice – and his future wife.
This show started out with an OVA prequel that was one of the most beautiful and enthralling pieces of anime I’ve ever seen. The series managed to take that magic forward but struggled to do so as the time went on. Nevertheless, it was still a marvelous and bittersweet adventure. The best way I can describe it would be fantasy romance mixed with drama, but that doesn’t quite do it justice. It’s a heartfelt journey, but one that is very calming or relaxing. If you like stories about the magic, mythical creatures, and nature, you will like this one.
9. Cells at Work
A new red blood cell tries her best at her job, but the human body is a dangerous place. Luckily, she becomes friends with a certain white blood cell, as well as other unique and specialized cells.
If there was an award for the most educational series of the year, this would be an easy winner. Beyond the lackluster synopsis lies an exciting and informative series. Every episode follows red blood cell as she encounters dangerous germs and viruses. The tone of the series is mostly comedic, but there’s a lot of action as well. And all throughout the show we’re given the pathological details of the characters, settings, and events. Even doctors have praised Cells at Work for its attention to detail and ingenious storytelling. Week after week, I found myself rooting for the cells and feeling more appreciation for my own body’s functions.
8. Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
A horse girl moves into the city to attend a racing academy, in hopes of becoming a professional horse girl.
This one came out of left field in the Spring, and no one expected it to be this good. What started out as a gimmicky monster girl story quickly became an intriguing tale of athletic competition and team camaraderie. It's a joy to see horse girl Special Week grow as an athlete as she tries to realize her dreams. There are moments of tense nail-biting action, heartwarming friendships, and hilarious gags and callbacks. It’s just a well-rounded original sports story with a unique twist.
7. Laid Back Camp
Rin loves to go camping by herself…until she meets Nadeshiko.
I don’t often rewatch anime, but this is one I find myself going back to. It’s one of the most relaxing and informative shows I’ve ever seen. The characters go camping, eat delicious food, and learn to appreciate nature. But more than that, it’s also a tale of learning to enjoy things with others, and how getting out of your comfort zone can sometimes be very rewarding. It’s folksy, easy-going, and downright educational. But at the end of the day, it’s fucking hilarious. Lots of witty quips and physical gags. A great show to wind down with at the end of the day.
6. Zombieland Saga
A girl with dreams of being an idol suddenly dies…then gets her chance.
This show really turned a genre on its head. I find most idol anime series to be boring, or too cutesy. Zombieland Saga however manages to be not only an idol show, but also unique and original. It takes a motley crew of characters from different time periods, throws them together, and forces them to become a cohesive musical group. All with the help of their eccentric and mysterious manager, who gathered them together. Zombieland Saga also has some of the strongest comedic moments of the year. I haven’t laughed this hard at an anime in a long time. And even better, after it pulls you in with the comedy, it hits you with some great themes about acceptance, trust, and self-esteem. Throw in a hint of mystery, and you’ve got yourself a captivating show.
5. Goblin Slayer
Goblin Slayer (yes, that’s his name) only kills goblins. Other adventurers laugh at him for it, but he knows the true horror goblins are capable of.
You might have heard of this one. The first episode made waves this Fall as being extremely edgy and graphic. I can confirm, Episode 1 is one of the hardest things I’ve ever watched in mainstream anime. It was unsettling, and even depressing. Many people dropped the show after that, but I can say that it became a very interesting and tense series, full of great action and strategy. And within this hardcore action fantasy, lies a very personal tale about an infamous but lonely adventurer. In contrast to some shows about main characters who finally learn to cooperate with others, GS is more about a solitary character’s journey as the people around him begin to appreciate him more. Granted, it is very edgy at times and suffers from some of the more eye-rolling anime tropes. Nonetheless, it’s a wild and crazy ride that was very satisfying in the end. If you can get past Episode 1, this series will be very rewarding.
4. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
A successful salary man is killed and reincarnated as a slime in a fantasy world…where he becomes one of the most powerful creatures in the land.
Isekai as a genre is rapidly becoming passé (if it isn’t already). So, it takes a lot to set a show apart from the pack...which this one does well. Not only does it have this air of One Punch Man, but the story also has a great feeling of escalation. As Rimuru (the slime) encounters more races and organizations, his reputation and following grows. The world unfolds, the scale of story grows, and wider mysteries appear. I really like shows that do that, and this one manages to do so without falling into the common Isekai pitfalls. The show continues into 2019, and I’m excited to see where it goes.
3.5. Violet Evergarden
An emotionally numb former child soldier returns home, where she starts working as an Auto Memory Doll – people who put the emotions of others into words.
I don’t think I’ve ever cried while watching tv or movies as much as I did during this show. That’s not to say that Violet Evergarden is really sad, but rather, it’s so emotionally beautiful. Auto Memory Dolls are, more or less, stenographers whose primary function is to faithfully interpret and document the emotions of others. Essentially the show is about this young soldier trying to understand things like love and loss – emotions that she has long since cut herself off from – by interpreting the emotions of others. Every episode we witness the pain and joy of the people she visits, all while following her on her own journey. The stories are both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and each one has a big effect on Violet. Watching her rebuild her heart brick by brick produces some of the most impactful and emotional scenes in anime I’ve ever seen. And beyond the subject matter, this show was without a doubt the most visually stunning show of the year. Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) is renown for the beauty of their products, and this one certainly lives up to the reputation. A feast for the eyes as well as the heart.
3. Golden Kamuy
A former soldier learns of hidden gold. He joins forces with a girl from a native tribe, and they start a wild journey in search of the gold.
That description is the bare bones synopsis, so let me just say, Golden Kamuy is a wild ass ride. It’s got a huge cast, exciting action, hilarious moments, delicious food, and a lot of suspense. It’s a rollercoaster of adventure, set against the backdrop of early 1900’s Japanese wilderness. Sometimes it’ll feel like you’re watching The Revenant, other times it’ll feel like a damn cooking show. What’s most surprising is that the series manages to hold itself together with all of this, and not collapse under its own weight. There really is something for everyone in this show, especially if you like wide-ranging stories where a lot of moving pieces come together. It also helps that this series has what might be the best villain I’ve ever seen in anime. It’s fucking good.
2. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
A high school student learns that his classmate is sometimes invisible to others. Upon investigating, more peculiar events occur.
In short, this show is as if the sci-fi series Fringe was crossed with slice of life anime. The long version, is that Bunny Girl Senpai is a great and honest look at puberty and the stressful social situations young people find themselves in. The main plot of the show is about fringe science phenomena brought on by the emotions and bodies of teenagers. Someone being invisible to others because people stopped paying attention to them, someone reliving the same day because they’re emotionally stuck, etc. And although the scientific justifications can sometimes be groan-inducing, the overall story and metaphors are highly relatable. The characters also have a lot of personality and chemistry. The interactions between the main girl and guy are especially entertaining. And just when you think it’s going to be another high school harem show, it pulls the rug out from under you and drops you into a nuanced emotional situation. It’s simply done well.
1. A Place Further Than The Universe
Mari wants to do something interesting with her life. She meets Shirase, who wishes to go to Antarctica to find her mom.
This was an easy choice for number 1, as it’s the greatest emotional journey I’ve been on in years (anime or not). Each of the four main girls is on her own quest for self-discovery, and seeing them help each other get there was something I quickly found myself invested in. Each character is compelling, sympathetic, and flawed. And the main cast’s chemistry together produces some of the most fulfilling moments I’ve ever experienced in media. There are lots of different kinds of cries out there, and this show gave me the best “good cry” I’ve ever had. It destroyed me, then rebuilt me. But it’s also funny! Right when you need it, it hits you with a humorous exchange or gut-busting gag. I can’t recommend this show enough. It’s a beautiful tale of searching for one’s identity, and helping others do the same. Even if you don’t like anime, you’d should watch this one.
So, that’s my list! How does it stack up for you? What’s your list? There were some shows during the year that I didn’t watch that I’m going to go back to, that might be in other people’s top ten, but overall I’m very satisfied with my list.
I’m excited to see what new series come out in 2019!
1 month agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
How is everything with y'all? Anybody do anything interesting lately? Any new life events?
I'm doing very blah, myself. The muffled screams of status quo. But I'm distracting myself with anime, games, and videos about pizza. So, I guess it's a wash?
Really looking forward to getting my hands on the new community site too, whenever it comes out. Hope to see more activity when it goes live.
EDIT: Did you know that journal titles must be at least 5 characters? Just found that out. It doesn't show up, but there's a space at the end of this journal title.
1 month agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
In the most recent Off Topic, they talked about sleep paralysis. I don’t regularly suffer from it, but it has happened to me once.
In my case, I think it had to do with stress. I was working at a juvenile prison at the time, and it was a real shitty job. My shift ran from 6am to 2pm, so I had to wake up at 4:30am in order to make it to the pre-shift briefing at 5:45am. Fun fact, in most multi-shift jobs, if the next shift doesn’t come in there’s nothing stopping you from leaving. You might feel bad, but you can just walk out the door at shift change. If the same thing happens in a prison, you’re fucked. You can’t just leave the inmates alone, or leave your coworker outnumbered. There’s real danger, and legal liability. Combine that with high turnover and no-call no-shows, shift change was super stressful. Many times 2pm would roll around and I’d have no idea if I was going home, or if I’d be there for another 8 hours. 16 hours in a prison, for shitty pay. One time I worked 20 hours, and didn't even see sunlight. Wake up at dark, go home at dark.
Anyway, that’s the context for my sleep paralysis. So one night, I’m asleep downstairs on the couch. All of a sudden, I just have an "awareness" of two people upstairs. Except it’s half awareness, and half auditory hallucination. And they’re whispering, talking about me. I don’t know what they’re saying, but they’re trying not to wake me. I feel that they mean me harm. I begin to get nervous, so I just lay still and hope they don’t notice me. I “hear” one say to the other “Shit, he’s waking up”, and they start coming down the stairs toward me. At this point, an overwhelming feeling of dread comes over me. I’ve never felt this scared in my life. I want to jump up and run, but I can’t. I’m half-awake with some sense of vision, but I’m stuck. My body is stiff like concrete, and I’m immobile and helpless. But they’re coming for me. If I don’t move, I’m dead. I try to muster all my strength to move, and, after a herculean effort, I managed to force myself up. I snap awake, and the fog of it all slowly dissipates.
You know that feeling when you’re having a bad dream but you wake up, and you’re comforted by the realization that it was all in your head? For me it was like that, but when the realization came over me it felt I just had a near death experience. I was shaken, pulse pounding. I had to turn on some lights and check the place, just to be sure. I had heard about sleep paralysis, but had never experienced it. And I’m lucky to never have experienced it since. I’ve looked up the phenomenon, and it’s got some interesting scientific theories behind it. Something about the mind waking up before the body, and a triggering of our fight or flight response.
Our minds are some funky things, let me tell ya. So, if you ever hear about sleep paralysis, don’t doubt it. It’s real.
2 months agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
Hey, it’s me. I’m writing about anime again. I don’t know why I do it so much either. I just like to write about the things I enjoy, and hoo boy, do I like anime. So here you go.
So, it’s not uncommon for an anime series to have a premise that sounds absolutely stupid. You read it and you think, “This sounds ridiculous. It’s going to be terrible.”
But every now and then you get a series that, although utterly horrendous on paper, actually works. A series that should not be good, but somehow turns out great.
Today, I have a selection of five series that fit that description to a T. Check it:
5 - Kill la Kill
What It's About: A homeless teenager looks for her father’s killer with the help of a sentient school uniform. She engages in physical combat with the local high school’s student council president, who herself is trying to take over Japan’s other high schools through her mother’s fashion empire.
Absurdism/surrealism is an actual subgenre of anime, and boy does this one fit the bill. It's an action anime all about clothes! The show is made the anime studio Trigger, which has a reputation for concealing, revealing, and then expanding the true scope of a story—which they most certainly do in this show. There’s a heavy amount of intrigue, reveals, and twists. The term rollercoaster is thrown around a lot in entertainment, but this show is hands down a rollercoaster. Not to mention that the music is fantastic, the battles are entertaining, and the story unfolds at a good pace. To top it off, there are a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) themes at play throughout the show. But at the end of the day, it’s just fun. A great blend of comedy, action, and insanity. But viewer beware, this is probably the most NSFW show on this list.
4 - Hinamatsuri
What It's About: A dangerous telekinetic naked girl from another world is transported to the living room of a mid-level yakuza. The yakuza sort of adopts her, and they end up living together.
This show is pretty weird. Probably the weirdest one on this list. What starts off as a scifi mystery quickly turns into a slice of life dramedy with a serious supernatural bent. Young telekinetic Hina has to learn how to live in regular human society, and yakuza man Nitta helps guide her through it. However they’re both really shitty and self-absorbed, which makes for some very interesting interactions. The show itself is very hard to nail down too. It’s hard to tell if a scene is going to end with a dramatic emotional exchange, or a deadpan comedic gag. And just when you think you’re going to learn more about the scifi subplot, the show pulls the rug out from under you. This one is very difficult to describe, so I recommend checking out at least one episode to see it for yourself.
3 - Zombieland Saga
What It's About: A flamboyant and mysterious man resurrects dead girls from different time periods within Japan. He forces them to form a musical group, whose sole purpose is to revitalize the unpopular and boring Saga prefecture.
This show is really turning a genre on its head. Idol anime, though very popular, has a lot of detractors. Yet, Zombieland Saga has persuaded a lot of people to watch it just from the crazy premise alone. And so far, it has really paid off. As of this writing we’re only six episodes in, and so far it’s fucking good. It’s all over the place, and it’s one of the funniest anime series I’ve seen in years. Every single scene is hilarious. But more than that, this show just throws so many curveballs at you. Most notably is this scene from the second episode, that came out of nowhere and hasn't been revisited since. It’s a small spoiler for sure, but it just might be the thing that makes you watch the show. The plot has begun to develop a little more now in recent episodes, so I’m really excited to see where it goes.
2 - Uma Musume Pretty Derby
What It's About: A horse girl—meaning girls who have the ears, tails, and speed of a horse—leaves the countryside to enroll at a horse girl racing academy with the hope of becoming a professional horse girl racer. Horse girl racing is a global professional competitive sport in which horse girls race each other on a track. Also, the winner performs in a concert after each race.
When this show premiered in Spring 2018, anime fans were more then ready to tear it down. Not only due to the premise, but also because of the fact that it was based purely on a mobile game. But since it was coming the well-respected studio P.A. Works, people decided to give it a chance. And...it actually ended up being a very good sports anime! The main character finds her way onto a team and we get to see her journey as she trains, competes, and encounters obstacles. There's competitive tension, team camaraderie, heart-breaking setbacks, and even some great comedy. No one expected a show about horse girls to be so intriguing! Even more interesting is that the characters are based off of real life professional racing horses, with some of the characters' developments even mirroring their real life horse counterparts. So, if you want to avoid spoilers, don't google the horses!
1 - Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
What It's About: A drunk office woman helps an injured dragon, and offers to let the dragon stay with her. The dragon shows up the next morning, and becomes her maid.
This show was the biggest hit of the Winter 2017 season, and for good reason. It may start out a little too sugary sweet and kawaii, but it really settles into a hilarious and fantastically heartwarming tale. The principle plot of the show is watching the relationship between Dragon maid Tohru and Kobayashi grow from one of obligation, to something much deeper. But it’s also quite funny. Many scenes and interactions are either tinged with some mild humor, or punctuated by big comedy bits. And, as more and more dragons and humans are added to the cast, the number of both heartwarming scenes and hilarious hijinks grows. This show is most likely the best one on this list, overall.
When it comes to anime—all anime—always make sure to check the end of the credits. There’s very often additional content.
2 months agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
No one can deny just how crazy and ground-breaking the MCU movies have been. You love them, I love them, everyone loves them. That universe is a feat of filmmaking to marvel at.
But personally, I have found myself getting more miles out of the Netflix series. I'm not saying they're better (they're not), I'm just saying that I get more enjoyment out of them. Maybe it has something to do with how I watch movies versus how I watch tv. Maybe it’s the binge factor. Maybe it’s the more personal and slow-burn stories. I don’t know.
The news of Netflix canceling both Iron Fist and Luke Cage was very disappointing. Some say it has to do with Disney starting their own streaming service, and their desire to remove Marvel properties from other services. Some speculate that the two titular characters can still live on in the other existing Netflix series. I would also add to the speculation that both series could be saved by a Heroes for Hire crossover show.
But back to the point. I just find the Netflix series more enjoyable, for some reason. I was wondering why, and then I realized that I have probably spent more time immersed in the Netflix series than the movies. More time with the characters, and therefore more time to get invested.
We like to think of the MCU movies as this huge saga which takes days to watch. Like some gargantuan near-bottomless well of media. Well as it turns out, when it comes to actual runtime, the Netflix series blow the movies out of the water.
As of October 2018:
Number of MCU Movies: 20 (Phases 1, 2; 80% of Phase 3)
Number of Netflix Series Episodes: 134 (11 seasons across 6 series)
Runtime of MCU Movies: 42 hours, 56 minutes
Runtime of Netflix Series: 119 hours, 11 minutes
Difference of Runtime: 76 hours, 15 minutes
The Netflix series are longer in total runtime by over three days. That’s a lot of time! In the time it would take you to watch all the Netflix series, you could watch all the MCU movies over two and a half times.
I think this is why I like the shows better than the movies. Maybe I’m more of a long-form person than a short-form person. I mean, I love movies. Like, a lot. But television—especially internet-based platforms— benefit from being less constrained by time and content, and are able to produce a more intimate and detailed story than movies are able to. The MCU movies are these great, vast stories defined by fantastic moments and huge moving pieces. Undeniably fun and enjoyable, for sure. But in contrast the series are these smaller-scale stories taking place mostly in one city, more gradually, and with more focus on the process. Which is probably why I was looking forward to The Defenders as much (or more) than any Avengers movie. There was a lot more fabric to weave together.
So, I think that’s the crux of it. It really is a tale of two mediums. Admittedly though, the Netflix shows have had way more low points than the movies. Luke Cage Season 1 was a tad lackluster, and Iron Fist Season 1 was actually pretty bad. But both shows greatly improved in their second seasons. And other than those two cases the other shows have been fairly decent, with Daredevil and Jessica Jones being especially good. I really hope they all continue. The third season of Daredevil did really well, and there’s another season of both Jessica Jones and Punisher on the way. Unfortunately, beyond that, it appears that the whole universe is in jeopardy.
If you’re thinking of getting into the Netflix Marvel series, check out my suggested watch order (which is the same as the release order, as of October 2018):
1. Daredevil Season 1
2. Jessica Jones Season 1
3. Daredevil Season 2
4. Luke Cage Season 1
5. Iron Fist Season 1
6. The Defenders
7. The Punisher Season 1
8. Jessica Jones Season 2
9. Luke Cage Season 2
10. Iron Fist Season 2
11. Daredevil Season 3
2 months agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
I love anime soundtracks. They're often hard to track down, can get expensive, and sometimes you can only get hard copies. So in lieu of that, I made a youtube playlist of my favorite anime opening and ending songs:
Each song is roughly 90 seconds. Maybeif you want. It's got some good stuff. The songs are in loose order of how much I enjoy them.
But lately, I've really been into the ending song for Seishun Buta Yaro. Or as it's better known, Rascal Does Not Dream of a Bunny Girl Senpai. The show is hard to nail down but it's like if someone tried to make the show Fringe into an anime, but with a slice of life romance feel. I'm really digging the supernatural portion of it. And if you can stomach the occasional eye rolling logic behind the scientific principles of each arc, you'll probably enjoy it too.
Anyway, here's the ending song for the first arc. It's like you can jam out to it, and relax to it. It's very odd, but in an intriguing way. But what's extra cool is that each story arc focuses on a different girl, and each girl's VA will get a turn singing the ending theme. I also found this song, which is the long version featuring all the VAs. Both versions are so good.
If you want to check out the show, it's available on Crunchyroll as part of the current season.
3 months agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
There’s this really neat sub-genre of anime called Iyashikei. Literally translating to “healing”, it refers to anime series that have a soothing or calming effect on the audience. These series tend to be escapist, very chill, or light-hearted. They are also commonly moe or slice of life, but not always necessarily.
I kind of stumbled into this sub-genre a few years ago, and I find that these shows are very enjoyable. They aren’t simply light-hearted or fluffy. They’re not super cutesy or sugary. Rather, these series lull you into a content state with their calming subject matter or breezy comedy.
So, I thought I’d share with you my favorite three iyashikei anime.
3) Flying Witch
A high school witch moves in with her relatives as part of her witch training.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this show, and it was quite the surprise. This show might be the most chill anime I’ve ever seen. It’s very slice of life, following young witch Makoto as she gets to know her new town and continues her studies. At first I thought it’d be very boring, but they do a decent job of introducing various paranormal entities and cultures. I tend to like shows that depict monsters and paranormal characters in everyday situations, so that was a big plus for me. And this show scratches that itch in two ways. You see Makoto interact with otherworldly characters like it ain’t no thing, while also watching through the eyes of her younger cousin (who is new to that world). There are also some light-hearted comedic moments. Nothing crazy, but there are a lot of quiet chuckles to be had.
Overall the show has a very earthy feel to it, emphasizing the connections that witches and other entities have to nature. It reminds me a bit of the world of Buffy, but devoid of any real stakes or conflict, and focused on witchcraft. I would never describe it as exciting or thrilling, but it most certainly is very pleasant and calming.
2) Restaurant to Another World
There is a restaurant in Japan that, for the most part, is totally normal and unremarkable. However every Saturday, the front door of the restaurant is connected to a fantasy world.
It’s a big delight to see an adventurer or demon, who’s used to medieval era food, just lose their shit at how delicious modern food is. And boy, does it look delicious. This is indeed a very food heavy show. Just imagine Food Wars, but way more chill. The characters, after their initial bewilderment at the flavors, break down the dish in a deliberate and calming fashion. You feel like you’re eating the dish with them, from first bite to the inevitable satiation.
At first the show appears somewhat formulaic, but then you realize there’s a thread of a greater narrative. The world is slowly built, and you get a greater appreciation for this secret club the patrons enjoy. For the most part each episode features two separate fantasy characters and their mini-back stories of how they discovered the restaurant. Whether it’s a lizard man, princess, or elf, each account is very interesting…and relaxing.
If I had to describe the tone of this show, it’s like this. Imagine being on vacation, in a nice restaurant for dinner. It’s dim, comfortable, quiet, and the food is delicious. That feeling you get at the end? Of being sated and at peace? That’s what this show really tries to convey. Plus, it’s very pretty. Of the three shows I’m mentioning, this one looks the best.
So if you like mild fantasy and delicious food, this would be right up your alley.
1) Laid Back Camp
High school girl Rin loves to go camping by herself, but soon learns the joy of camping with others.
I know, another show about a high school girl, but hear me out. This show really brings a lot to the table, so it was an easy number 1 choice for me. For one thing, it’s just so fucking relaxing. Period. Every episode does a good job of capturing the serenity and grandiosity of nature, as well as the joys of camping. Whether it’s with the sound of a crackling fire, a pleasant view of Mt. Fuji, or the steamy aroma of a campfire meal in the winter, the characters really put you in their shoes. And the music is really good as well. It ranges anywhere from jaunty happy-go-lucky, to acoustically emotion-provoking. In every instance, it really fits the mood.
But what really got me hooked on the show was the humor. It’s full of unsuspecting moments of dry wit and smart comedy, with a few slapstick moments in there as well. It often belies the serene and calming subject matter, but in a really good way. At one moment the show is making you feel relaxed, and in the next it’s making you bust a gut.
And to top it off, Laid Back Camp is downright informative. I learned a lot about camping and outdoor equipment while watching this show. A good portion of each episode features a narrator going over the camping topics of the day, accompanied by chibi versions of the characters following his instructions.
And oh, did I mention the food? Because a significant portion of this show is dedicated to food. Yummy, scrumptious food. Animated camping meals never looked so good.
All these components – relaxing content, humor, and informative narration – combine to make a very pleasant and enjoyable viewing experience. If you shy away from cutesy anime, it may not be for you, but any anime fan should seriously give this show a chance.
So there you have it, my top three iyashikei anime. I love action or comedy as much as the next person, but it’s also nice to be able to put on a show that relaxes and center you. There’s a lot more out there, so I recommend googling the genre if you'd like to know more.
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