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#1 Mar 07 2010 at 6:30 PM Rating: Good
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The 3rd season is currently airing, just thought I'd inform people of this slice of life, based on 4 (later 6) girls going to an Art-focused high school.

The series has a few stereotypical characters, like the cute, naive, and sometimes shy Yuno. The energetic, sporty, and clueless Miyako. There are also the 2nd year students: serious Sae, caring Hiro.
Though they seem to follow usual character designs, I felt the voice acting and dialogue make them unique.

The series spends about half of the time at school, and the other half in their homes: Hidamari apartments.
Hidamari apartments have a history of attracting weird and quirky students.

The flow of the series is kind of odd at first, but you get used to it by the end of the first season (Each of which is 13 episodes).
One episode will explore Yuno and Miyako's first year, and the next might look at their second year.

Anyway, I'm finding it funny and cute. Miyako being my favorite character.

If you liked Azumanga Daioh, Lucky Star, or K-on, give this series a shot Smiley: thumbsup
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Edited, Mar 7th 2010 6:03pm by Kirby
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#2 Mar 07 2010 at 7:21 PM Rating: Good
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Slice of life is the cancer that is killing anime!
#3 Mar 07 2010 at 10:59 PM Rating: Good
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Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I guess :P
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#4 Mar 08 2010 at 12:37 AM Rating: Good
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Allegory wrote:
Slice of life is the cancer that is killing anime!

I rather enjoy a good Slice of Life anime, myself, though I have to say TVTropes list of Slice of Life is not very accurate, really.

Personally, if I had to say there was a cancer upon anime, I'd have to say Shonen anime where single fights can span 5-6 episodes are that cancer(not all shonen anime, just that specific subset). Yes, I'm looking at you, One Piece. Smiley: motz
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Wow, you've got an awesome writing style.! I really dig the narrator's back story, humor, sarcasm, and the plethora of pop culture references. Altogether a refreshingly different RotR journal (not that I don't like the more traditional ones, mind you).

#5 Mar 08 2010 at 12:54 AM Rating: Good
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I say cancer becomes slice of life is somewhat of a recent development, or at least recently become popular, and it seems to be growing.

I don't really have that much of a problem with it, but I do have issues and I do not tend to enjoy most of the series directly.

1. Slice of life parodies tend to be funnier than the series themselves.
2. All slice of life character seem the same to me. They're all airheads. One might be an airhead who is supposed to be smart, another might be an airhead who is supposed to be good at sports, and still a third might be an airhead who enjoys video games, but they have generally the same personality and easy going demeanor.
3. Too much of the same. A lot of the jokes are all done deadpan style or with melodramatic reactions to mundane events. The series are pretty much always episodic in narrative. Each episode tends to be continuous in the mood, never reaching a peak or tension.
4. They live on humor, which is difficult for any series to do. Ouran and School Rumble are comedy shows, but they have drama, romance, and even a little action to give some meat between the delivery of jokes. It's very hard to be funny all the time. Slice of life lack anything, and instead seem to have a lot of pointless filler. The plot tend to not be very important or interesting, so in between the jokes you're basically just waiting.
#6 Mar 08 2010 at 1:24 AM Rating: Good
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Yes, I'll admit that it's hard for series to survive off humor alone. I realize you're talking about the whole genre here, but, I think Hidamari Sketch is a good mixture of comedy and a minimal plot.

I can't really explain my like for slice of life, but I do know that I enjoy how voice actors and great writing can make something basically generic into something I can grow attached to, or laugh at.

Slice of life, I can just get right into, so I guess they make nice breaks from serious business anime series.

I seem to watch two serious series (like Ergo Proxy, Mushishi), and then watch a slice of life series for a breather.

Edited, Mar 8th 2010 12:27am by Kirby
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