These two anime are set in the same era, with full atttention to background/scenic detail. They exemplify historical drama at its best--both are full of themes revolving around the importance of family and the memory of war. If you like one, you'll surely like the other.
One day while playing hide-and-seek with his friends, Toichi finds an old oil lamp in the attic. Seeing how entranced his grandson is with the object, the boy's grandfather decides to regale him with a story from fifty years ago. Minosuke is a young orphan who picks up any odd jobs he can in order to scrape a living. After taking on another errand, Minosuke becomes enamored with the various lamps decorating the night-time streets in town. Determined to illuminate his village with this new technology, the strong-willed boy begins selling the items to his fellow villagers and soon becomes a successful merchant. However, the advent of electricity soon spells doom for the humble lamp seller's trade...
What I found fascinating about each of these shows is that they really allowed me to step back in time in Japan. Both celebrate a treasured past, and show how advancing technology affected the livelihoods of everyday people.
Taeko Okajima lives a nondescript life in Tokyo performing office duties in the day and then coming home in the evening to listen to her mother’s remarks on the phone about her unmarried status. In a bid to escape the monotony, Taeko decides to visit the countryside she once loved as a child and spend time on a safflower farm run by relations of hers. But her journey awakens memories she thought she had long abandoned, and Taeko must once again decide the kind of person she truly wants to be.
"Shouwa Monogatari" seems to pretty underrated allthough it delivers us "Slice of Life" at it's best. The first title I would compare this show to is "Only Yesterday" for the obviously shared "Slice of Life" genere and the "Coming off-age" theme. The best thingh about the show though is it's unique setting in Japan of the 60s. The historical accuracy, the pleasant pacing and the likeable characters make this a great watch.