There are no high-tech machines, no monsters, no aliens and no global catastrophe. But a certain genre in Japanese animation that portrays mundane everyday lives enjoys continued popularity among fans.
The anime, collectively known as “kuuki-kei,” which literally means “like air” and can be interpreted as “slice of life,” goes without dramatic events and simply portrays everyday lives in a peaceful, relaxed manner.
The genre has gained momentum in anime and other youth culture, but things may be changing in the post-quake period.
- Fukushima Japan – Storytelling: grad student Mihoko Ishizawa’s comics about quake survivors (nextlevelofnews.com)
- The Drinkable Masterpieces of a Japanese Anime Latte Artist (odditycentral.com)
- Genki Girl Deconstructed (darkcoffeethoughts.wordpress.com)
- Why Animation Matters in Anime (thirdideas.com)
- Hayao Miyazaki’s apprentice joins anime crowd-funding startup Anipipo (japandailypress.com)