Hey guys! I had been struggling with what content to share that I would be happy with putting out. And it made me rethink the style of blog I want to produce going forward. When I started this I had intended to mainly talk about books, but I stopped being able to read for pleasure and instead starting writing about other topics to fill the space. I branded my blog so that I could write about whatever I wanted to. And that is what inspired this post.
I love anime and have for years now. And being stuck at home has given me the perfect excuse to watch and in turn binge watch some animes I have had on my to-watch list for a while. This will hopefully be just the first in my anime review/ recommendation series and this one is part one for slice of life animes.
All opinions are my own! I will give a rating out of 5 stars, list the number of episodes, and bold which language setting I watched it in. It will probably always be subbed. I watch anime almost exclusively subbed.
So with out further ado! Here are the first 2 review/ recommendations I have for you!
Tanaka-Kun is Always Listless
12 episodes Sub / Dub
I stumbled upon this one because of a Tiktok. I’m not necessarily pleased to admit to that but the anime itself was just so good. It’s a slice-of-life comedy Shōnen manga originally published from 2014-2019. The anime was aired in 2016. It focuses on Tanaka-kun a high school boy who is always listless. Basically, he is mega lazy, has no energy, and has to heavily rely on his closest friend Ohta for pretty much everything. And while it would normally seem rather aggravating it’s actually quite amusing.
One of the main reasons I liked this one a lot was that it was quite simple. There was nothing extravagant about it or overwhelming. I thought it was quirky and cute. It was honestly a lot of fun to watch. Each episode contained its own plot so there was no like overall arc that finished in the last episode. It was one of the reasons I liked it. I didn’t feel like I had to be so invested in the plot. I was able to just enjoy each episode. Since it was a shorter series I can understand why there wasn’t that much depth but I guess I did wish there was maybe more of a conclusion in the final episode. It almost felt like there were expecting more episodes or another season but then it didn’t happen. So that is why I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I watched it subbed, I’m not sure if it is available dubbed.
22 episodes Sub / Dub
I had previously watched some of this anime a few years ago but I don’t think I ever finished it. But I restarted it this past month and I love it. It was originally a series of mystery novels turned into a manga which was then adapted into an anime series. It is a mystery, slice of life anime that focuses on Oreki Hotaro and his joining the Classics Club at his high school. His lives by “If I don’t have to do something, I won’t, but if I have to, I’ll do it quickly.” He is joined by an overly curious girl who he can’t say no to when asked to help and two childhood friends.
I liked the mystery aspect of this one. It was, in my personal opinion, a unique approach to mystery in an anime. At least from the few other ones I’ve watched that could be classified as a mystery. And as well I loved the art style of this one. Some mysteries last only one episode, others span quite a few. I didn’t always like how pushy some of the characters could be but as it was a part of their characterization and wasn’t hurtful or harmful I quickly got over it. I don’t think it hurt the story at all. The characters of this anime were also a huge plus for me. Even the side characters beyond the “main four” were interesting and didn’t feel like they were just dumped into the plot. Plus some popped up in later episodes which is always fun. I did give this a full five stars because I just loved it so much. It was very enjoyable and I was hooked each and every episode. The characters were wonderful and the plot was just as good. I think it was a well-rounded anime. One of my favorites that I tell everyone to watch.
End of part 1!
So that is it for part 1! I already have the next two animes in my queue to watch and review specifically for slice of life and have already started to compile lists of other types of anime to review/ recommendations I’d like to share.
If you have anything you’d like to recommend let me know in the comments below!