It was inevitable that a dedicated article to the fan-dubbed genre of “Cute Girls Doing Cute Things” would surface on this website. After more than one episode of the Truly Trash Podcast revolving around the concept (my piece on Relaxing Anime subtly trying to weave it in), I am passionate about the Slice of Life genre. That’s all inclusive from emotional series to laid back ones. However, I often find that because these two are sorted into the same category of Slice of Life, the more laidback series are often pushed aside or ridiculed for their inherent structure. With this piece, I’m hoping to blur the bridge that the anime community frequently puts in place and recommend five of my favourite shows where the Cute Girls doing Cute Things formula is used effectively. Oh and I’ll also be trying out some new scoring systems for the sake of these multi-show articles.
This week has been a hectic one for me outside of my hobby as an anime enthusiast which is why this one’s a little later than usual, sorry about that. Fret not though, every episode of the shows you expect are here this week and there is a hell of a lot to say! This appears to be the week of change, some going as drastic as to removing entire members of their main cast and others taking on a different structure altogether. Although it really hasn’t been the strongest week this season, there has been an incredibly high number of notable sequences and a couple scenes I could script an entire Piece-by-Piece episode on. Drama has been the theme and it’s been an emotionally exhaustive week for anime. Combining that with my mentally taxing preparation for University (which is starting very soon by the way), the word length on this one is going to be one for the record books.
You guys asked for it, so here it is. Alice & Zoroku is a show that I watched as it aired but dropped around episode 3 or 4 due to a lack of interest and that exams were taking full control of my schedule. First of all, thank you to everyone who told me to give this another shot because this show had a lot more going for it than I gave credit for. Not only mixing up the general supernatural escaped test subject premise that’s been done to death but working so well to present its own themes entirely. Albeit a bit late, here are my full thoughts on Alice & Zoroku.
We are officially past the halfway mark and most of these shows are still going strong! As always, no edition of the Weekly Roundup shows an entirely perfect week but some of the episodes that aired definitely deserved a near flawless score. Although these little introductory paragraphs are proving more difficult to write with each edition, I’m excited to share what I thought of this week. With AHO-Girl focusing on side characters, Knights & Magic finally getting to the point we’ve been waiting for and Made in Abyss getting much darker than expected, it’s been an eventful week.
Believe it or not, the very first anime I had watched (excluding shows watched as a child like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh) was in fact the infamously cutesy show Lucky Star. Whether or not you see this as a positive way to venture into the medium, it’s needless to say that I was definitely thrown into the deep end. Being aged around 14 at the time, there was nothing I had seen before that was even remotely similar in any aspect. From the adorably ‘smushy’ character designs to the complete awareness at its own lack of substance, Lucky Star certainly was an interesting doorway into my anime journey.
With most of these shows consisting of a twelve episode run time, we’re already at the midpoint in this season! Probably down to this weekly roundup system, but it doesn’t even feel like we’re halfway through the season at all for me. Yet here we are, although not every series is paced very well for this milestone to feel meaningful, there was a slight shift in narrative progression this week. For the most part, the storyline within each respective show has been set up for a while now and it’s here that we finally get to see some true progression. Although at the cost of some episode’s pacing grinding to a halt, to call this a weak roundup wouldn’t be exactly fair. A couple shows in mind as I write this, Week Six definitely showcased what a series can do after the amount of character development accomplished in their first half.
So if you’re an avid follower of my Weekly Roundup series you’ll be very aware that even after three viewings, Episode Five of Welcome to the Ballroom seemed to be completely flawless. There is so much to this single episode that not dedicating an entire piece on it would be an insult. Not only did the visual direction floor me as a Film Studies student, but the amount of story telling this episode accomplished in twenty four minutes is astounding. Without further ado, here are my complete and unrestricted view on what I consider to be the strongest anime episode I’ve seen in a very long time.