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17 February 2017 @ 11:48 am
Last night, softlykarou and I finished watching Tamayura: Hitotose. I gave it a nine. It's not super popular. The animation is fuzzy and obviously not particularly high quality, it's a slow slice-of-life anime shows about cute anime girls doing cute anime things, and the hook is that the main character likes photography and moved back to Takehara, in Hiroshima Prefecture, after her father died.

And that, of course, is the in for me. We watched the intro OVA when it first came out, while we lived in Chiyoda, so everything was familiar. I recognized the view from Mt. Asahi. They went to a shrine in neighboring Onomichi that I knew because an old man complimented softlykarou on the boots she was wearing, saying that boots with kimono was popular during the Meiji era but had completely fallen out of fashion nowadays. And because it's Takehara, there was an episode set during the Bamboo Festival, and we spent the whole time looking at the scenery of all the places we had been and the sights we had seen, like this bamboo and lights sculpture. There's a quote that's relevant here, I think:
“It is the curse of age, that all things are reflections of other things.”
-Neil Gaiman, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
Our love for Tamayura comes maybe half from what it's actually about, and half from our memories of living in Hiroshima, going to local festivals, eating okonomiyaki, living in a house with tatami floors, and standing on a mountain over the Setonaikai, watching the sunlight on the waves.

ping816 has an anime club he runs, and one of the shows we watched was 5 Centimeters per Second. softlykarou and I loved it and everyone else hated it. Some of that is differing tastes, but I think part of it is because we lived in Japan and the other people watching did not. We had at least some of the culture context for appreciating what it was trying to say. That's what I seek out in anime now, rather than moeblobs or hot-blooded anime pilots. I can get those from video games, whereas getting an experience anything like living in a small Japanese town is pretty rare in games (though Stardew Valley comes close).

Now I want to go back to the Bamboo Festival. Someday...  photo 58-2nsylaw.gif
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Watch Out for Fireballs podcast
marianlhmarianlh on February 20th, 2017 07:10 pm (UTC)
Both of those sound worth checking out. Thanks for talking about them.
dorchadas: Cherry Blossomsdorchadas on February 20th, 2017 08:15 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I hope you like them!

And I realized I never actually posted about it, but softlykarou and I finally watched Girls und Panzer after putting it on our queue when you made that glowing post about it years ago. It had a bit of a slow start, but we ended up really enjoying it!

Also, softlykarou kind of wants to start a 戦車道 club at her school now.  photo emot-nyoron.gif
marianlhmarianlh on February 21st, 2017 02:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it!

Also, softlykarou kind of wants to start a 戦車道 club at her school now.

Then she is awesome and cool.