Tag Archives: Slice of Life

Kill Me Baby (Anime Review)

What will you do next, Yasuna Oribe? That’s the question asked at the end of each episode of Kill Me Baby, and the answer is generally get beaten up by her best friend. It’s cartoonish violence, the kind that has … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Manga Series (Review)

As is so often the case, the Girls’ Last Tour anime ended while the manga series was still ongoing. I don’t often bother to find out what happens next, but in this case the anime had really sparked my interest … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 12 (Review)

Connection / Friends The view from Igirisu: “Why do you want to know about that stuff anyway?” “I don’t know.” This kind of thing has happened in every single episode of Girls’ Last Tour, providing a clever thematic structure to … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 11 (Review)

Culture / Destruction / The Past The view from Igirisu: “Apparently some wars were caused by differing cultures.” “Really? I wonder why.” “Maybe because things we don’t understand are scary, or something.” Probably the most interesting aspect of this series … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 10 (Review)

Train / Wavelength / Capture The view from Igirisu: Where are we going, and how fast are we moving? “The Earth turns, and time passes.” We are always moving, even when we are standing perfectly still. Yuu thinks they are … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 9 (Review)

Technology / Aquarium / Life The view from Igirisu: Although this episode has three titles as usual, the three chapters add up to one continuous story. In fact, it feels like watching a short film, without the usual opening and … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 8 (Review)

Memory / Spiral / Moonlight The view from Igirisu: “All these useless and practically worthless things are stored away as if they were important. I wonder why.” Chi and Yuu have found a graveyard, and a very impressive one, with … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 7 (Review)

Labyrinth / Cooking The view from Igirisu: This is probably the most slice-of-life episode so far, but that doesn’t mean it’s devoid of jeopardy. Chi and Yuu are travelling through a maze of pipes, and in the opening sequence the … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 6 (Review)

Accident / Technology / Takeoff The view from Igirisu: A plane flying behind Chi signals the arrival of only the second human being the girls have met in six episodes. Ishii is similar to Kanazawa in many ways, with a … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 5 (Review)

House / Nap / The Sound of Rain The view from Igirisu: This episode has three very distinct chapters, two of which are magnificent in a very melancholy way, but let’s get the middle of the three out the way … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 4 (Review)

Photograph / Temple The view from Igirisu: The fourth episode of Girls’ Last Tour feels like the most slice-of-life episode so far, lacking one of those big shocking moments that have characterised the series so far. Having said that, the … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 3 (Review)

Encounter / City / Streetlights The view from Igirisu: “Why do you think people live?” It’s a natural question to ask, for girls in Chi and Yuu’s situation. Their life is all about finding the next lot of food and … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 2 (Review)

Bath / Journal / Laundry The view from Igirisu: We are going on a journey with Chi and Yuu. Last time we transitioned from the industrial pipework under the city to the outside world. This time the journey is from … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 1 (Review)

Starry Sky / War. The view from Igirisu: The echo of water dripping from a pipe. A huge, indoor, industrial landscape. A kettenkrad trundles along, carrying two girls in military outfits. “It’s so dark.” So begins Girls’ Last Tour, the … Continue reading

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New Game!!

New Game! gains a second exclamation mark for the second season, but that doesn’t really indicate that it is more amazing or zany or exciting or anything like that. This is very much more of the same, but that’s fine, … Continue reading

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New Game!

I have mentioned the Bechdel test a few times on this blog, a measure of the representation of female characters in fiction, film or television. There does of course exist the concept of the Reverse Bechdel test, which asks whether … Continue reading

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Hidamari Sketch

Slice-of-life is a widely misunderstood genre, and I often see anime series mistakenly categorised as slice-of-life simply because they are not hugely dramatic by Western standards. But there is no point having descriptions for things if we misapply them, or … Continue reading

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Re-Kan

The title of this anime series translates as “Sixth Sense”, so it’s understandable that the DVD release goes with the original Japanese title rather than the translation. Anyone coming to this series expecting anything creepy or mysterious would be disappointed. … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour

I have seen so many anime series now that familiar stories, tropes and issues crop up over and over again. It is rare to see a series that is doing something completely unfamiliar that I have never seen before, but … Continue reading

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Lucky Star

I bought this series on Blu-ray, knowing that it was a popular one and that it also shared most of its voice cast with The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, both in the original Japanese and the dub version. At first, … Continue reading

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