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.
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.
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.
At first, this show seemed to be a spin-off show of GochiUsa, a show following a group of girls working in a coffee shop – and admittedly is the reason it was in my Queue. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was its own show entirely and focused on a theatre setting. Although I may be biased as “cute girls in theatre” is possibly my favourite combination of words, this show definitely doesn’t get a free pass as a result.
How do you encompass youth in one word? There are a wide variety of answers that are all correct in their own right, but the one that sums it up for me is Growth. Youth is a time of development, finding yourself and still trying to fit in. Seemingly endless days with friends and making every attempt at creating memories with them, youth is a wonderful thing and is one of the most effective themes presented in anime. Demi-chan wa Kataritai perfectly encompasses this concept through its innovative characters, spectacular narrative pacing and beautiful visuals. It really has been a long time since a show this effortlessly enjoyable and engaging has come along.
Amongst the strong lineup of easygoing comedy shows, Gabriel Dropout proved to be an enjoyable show that broke from its initially lukewarm premiere. Playing on tropes and ideas that have been covered before does hinder this show’s creativity and sense of worth but is not an entirely diminishing factor in its release. It’s effective presentation of gag comedy and unpredictable writing gave viewers a series that never seemed to disappoint.
If you’re anybody who is anybody within the anime community, you will have undoubtedly seen this handsome pair somewhere along the line. In all my years within this online community, never have I observed a single show completely sweep fans off their feet within one single season. The worst part is, I can’t even argue with how the staff at MAPPA have accomplished such a feat. Without any further ado, here are my thoughts on the show that needs no introduction: Yuri!!! on Ice