Hello! I hope the weather is fine wherever you are. As I sit here in Japan writing this article, it’s absolutely spectacular.
Until just recently, between pollen and pollution flying in from China the sky had a hazy yellow-ish color, but today everything is clear and great!
The sky is blue, and I even went out for a walk at lunch just to enjoy it.
Anyway, here I am, 30 years young.
At this stage, I’m very familiar with the company I work at. Work is plentiful, and it piles on every day.
There is one thing I’m sad about though. Recently, I feel I don’t get emotionally moved as much as I did in my younger days. I don’t have many heart-touching moments.
I’m at an age where I can’t just let someone take care of me, and I can’t just sit around, do nothing, and relax.
I’m no longer a student, regularly surrounded by all sorts of events and excitement.
Some people of my age are already married. I wonder if they’ve forgotten what it feels like to pine for someone from afar?
Well, for those of you who feel the same way I do, I’d like to introduce you to some anime series that will warm your heart and bring you back to your youth!
Series You Can Watch With Your Mind In Idle
First up, the slow-moving, heart-healing anime genre known as “slice of life.”
From this genre, there is one specific anime I would like to tell you about:
Non Non Biyori
This series looks like it has been distilled from the essence of the Japanese countryside.
It shows the beautiful cyclic change of seasons, and lovely landscapes.
It is a peaceful and warm series.
The story follows four happy-go-lucky schoolgirls.
You can watch this series without having to engage your brain much, and you’ll feel relaxed and recovered afterward.
Watching Non Non Biyori after work with a glass of wine and some crackers, it’s the best!
Also in the “slice of life” genre, I recommend Is The Order A Rabbit? and K-On!.
Series That Will Make You Want To Fall In Love
Continuing on, I will now present to you a series that will make you want to go head over heels in love.
If you’re struggling to fall in love in real life, why not enjoy that same overwhelming feeling by watching an anime for a while?
Ano Natsu de Matteru (Waiting In The Summer)
This series revolves around the romantic relationships between four young boys and girls. A beautiful girl transfers into school, and from the moment she meets the main character a love story begins.
It’s set in Nagano, so once again you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Japan’s countryside.
The passion of the romantic relationships, and the emotions of the young characters as they have to face themselves are wonderfully portrayed.
The characters sometimes charge forward in their lives, and sometimes they are afraid and run away, but we the viewers are constantly tugged along by our heartstrings.
“The person I like likes my friend.”
Those of you who have had that experience will no doubt feel some sympathy.
Just watching this anime will take you back to your youth, and have you grinning to yourself.
Other suggested titles in this genre include Your Lie in April, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, and Plastic Memories.
Series That Will Take You Back To Your Schooldays
When you’re 30 years old, your schooldays are well in “stories of your past” territory.
Culture festivals, sports days, seniors and juniors, club activities, studying for exams, all these things were fun and interesting.
The next series I want to introduce you to is one that will remind you of your own humble schooldays.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
A slightly warped main character who has resigned himself to not being able to make friends, and a similarly awkward heroine also with a paucity of friends go around helping fellow students with their troubles, and solving problems around the school.
The characters have unique personalities, and the story puts them all in contrast with one another, making for a high quality series.
It has both comedy and love story elements.
However, the real highlight is their interesting ways of solving some problems that could be taken directly from real life.
The issues are things that you might expect to actually see happen at schools, and because they have some unique ways of dealing with them, it gives a lot of food for thought.
Other similar series worth checking out are Toradora!, Silver Spoon, and From Me To You (Kimi ni Todoke).
Series To Get You Daydreaming
Finally, some anime series to help you escape reality.
On days when you are tired, it’s alright to let your thoughts wander and get away from reality for a bit, isn’t it?
Why not down a couple of drinks and immerse yourself in a game-like world?
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
Far from the reflective tone of the title, this series is about a single-minded boy in a fantasy adventure.
Main character growth, side stories, and cute characters are some of the key points of the series.
The honest and sincere main character will have you rooting for him before you know it.
He is single-mindedly devoted to love, and his devotion gets deeper and deeper as the series goes on.
Watching him defeat tough enemies and seeing his powerful feelings for his allies just fills me with bravery via osmosis.
It was such a good anime series that I ended up going and buying up the entire manga collection after watching it.
Other suggestions in the fantasy realm include Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash and Sword Art Online. Either one of these will also get you out of the real world and into your dreams.
What are your thoughts?
Those of you in my generation, I hope this article has helped you to discover some anime you can enjoy.
If you have any other titles to suggest, please let me know!
Let’s all have a good day at work tomorrow!