In Times of Worry: Anime as a Distraction from the World

Hello, everyone. I am back once again. As Ayano announced a while ago, I have become a full-time member of the Kawaiipaperpandas crew, however, I will be shifting to a bit of a lighter schedule, so now you will see stuff from me once every two weeks, assuming nothing happens to me. Speaking of stuff happening though,

With the world in a panic over the COVID-19 virus, it can be hard to think about other things. The virus, combined with the ever-present need to support one’s self and likely others make these stressful times for us all. Knowing that I thought it best to compile a list of stress-free anime. These are shows that, while occasionally presenting dark themes, ultimately bring a lot of feel-good moments.

Carole and Tuesday

Carole and Tuesday

At a time when music has become incredibly diverse, as well as much more internet-oriented, it sure is nice to see that properly represented in media. Shinichiro Watanabe’s “Carole and Tuesday” is not only a celebration of various musical genres but also tells the wonderful story of the main characters Carole and Tuesday as the go on a journey to achieve there dream. Along the way, the two girls not only interact with various genre’s of music but the people behind that music, and are in turn inspired themselves.

Admittedly, it is not the best anime to marathon all at once, but if you watch it a couple of episodes at a time, It will definitely be an experience worth watching.

Asobi Asobase

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I have talked in-depth on this blog before about just how much the comedy in this show is wonderful. While certainly vulgar at times and not exactly high-brow in any capacity, it still manages to have a wide enough range of jokes to where it never actually gets boring. Those that are even remotely interested in slice of life/comedy shows should give this a try, even if it does not sound like their cup of tea.

Arakawa Under the Bridge

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It is unsurprising to hear that most people do not know about this series, but they definitely should. “Arakawa Under the Bridge” is a show just stupid enough to make people laugh and have a good time. However, it is also just introspective enough to make them challenge some of their beliefs. It is a prime example of a dysfunctional family story and one that will probably keep people’s attention for a while. Disclaimer, while I have not seen the anime adaptation, I have read the manga, and I am willing to bet that a lot of the material translates over pretty well.

It is no fun dealing with stress alone, and considering all of the encouragement by various governments to spend more time being alone, chances are many people are dealing with it that way. I hope these series can help relieve some of that stress.

bye for now,

Jack Scheibeleien

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