Take me home, concrete roads.
February 17, 2013 8:48 PM Subscribe
Watched Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart
several days ago, and am now obsessed with introspective movies/TV series about young students living in Tokyo. Suggestions?
posted by stoneandstar to media & arts (14 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
OK, maybe an indirect set of conditions, but Whisper of the Heart pretty much pressed all of my buttons-- introspective, gentle, and about art, love, and youth, while being set in a wistful urban (West Tokyo) environment. I spent 70% of the movie sighing over the train system and the appearance of the sidewalks and utility poles and other subtly romantic things I miss about living in the city. Shizuku discovering curious shops, new neighborhoods she'd never seen before, and abruptly beautiful vistas was part of the urban wonder. Plus, I'm just obsessed with bildungsromans, sweet love stories, and stories about young people discovering that they're artists (like the non-animated Ghost World, for example). I also like living in the city and I like watching how families live in the city as a matter of curiosity, since I grew up in a rural environment. Watching how family life played out in a modern city in Whispers of the Heart was nice.
I know there are plenty of anime series about youths living and going to school in Tokyo-- I watched season after season of Sailor Moon because I liked the sense of urban adventure and the reminiscence of how momentous everything is to a junior-high-schooler.
So what I'm looking for are other shows, movies or comics (particularly anime/manga, just because) that fall into these guidelines (even if somewhat loosely) that are really top drawer for one reason or another. I'm not very into series like Naruto-- I'm more "girls' comics" than "boys' comics," I guess. But I'm disinclined to just dig into anything that looks "girly" hoping for what I'm looking for.
Now I'm just rambling-- really what I'm looking for are just bildungsromans set in the city, but slightly more geared toward a female than male audience, usually with female protagonists (not always). Really exceptional non-anime/manga TV and comics welcome as well, but I'd prefer if those stuck relatively close to the preferences stated. Thanks!