On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
Saio Private High School has a long tradition of quality education. However, like many other schools its enrollment and traditions are failing. School is no longer a necessity in the path to quality employment and for that reason, many teenagers are choosing to skip it entirely; this isn’t the case with the newly-transferred Manabi. She may be a whirlwind of humor and vision with her motto of “go straight forward”, but Manabi has the drive to bring the students of this small school both a new understanding of its purpose, and possibly a new joy in life.
Even if Kamichu! and Manabi Straight take place in two totally different settings, they are both set in what seems to be your normal-Japan, but with a little twist... They are both feel-good series that will brighten your day if you feel a little down, plus they use a very similar style of artwork. If you liked one of the two, make sure you give the other one a shot!
Tadayasu Sawaki and his long-time hometown friend Kei Yuuki are finally away from home and ready to start university. They attend Tokyo's College of Agriculture, and the adventures start from day one! But that is to be expected, as Tadayasu has a special ability that is conducive to adventure and glory, especially in the world of agriculture and biology: the man can see, communicate, and interact with microbes! With ambitious sake-brewing upperclassmen, a sadistic postgraduate, and a clean-freak colleague, things can only become more exciting for the duo!
Moyashimon and Kamichu! are two of my favorite comedy/slice-of-life series. They're light-hearted, silly, easy to watch, and have much more unique characters and situations than most shows in the genre. Both are about a character that can see and do things that others cannot, and how they deal with that power.
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Both Kamichu and Mushishi have a world of fantasy within them. Mushishi appeals to an adult audience a bit more, while Kamichu leans towards a Ghibli-like fantasy world. Yet without a doubt, you'll find a familiar flow; there is no pressure on the viewer, and everything comes out naturally. You can't really put a genre on these two.
Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...
Both Totoro and Kamichu introduce us to a mysterious fantasy world where all sorts of weird creatures interact with our world. Discover more about this along with the characters, sit back, and enjoy a relaxing ride.
Two very heart-warming series featuring a group of charming young girls which happen to have some sort of power. Both series have a slight touch of fantasy in them, despite the fact that the characters are very human and down-to-earth. Kamichu and Natsuiro will please to any fan of slice-of-life who would like to see if the genre can have anything special to offer. Hint: it has! And those two series proves it.