Sunday, December 26, 2010

Spirited Away: The television series

Well, not really. But if you did enjoy Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece film, the anime series Kamichu covers a similar slice of Japanese culture with its depiction of young school girl who finds herself a part of Shinto world of small gods and spirits. Normally not my style, I still found myself enjoying this series after a friend recommended as part of my research into what people who used to read literary science fiction are doing for their SF/Fantasy fixes these days.

Kamichu is a gem of series if you like non-violent modern fantasy, though it is probably not for everyone. Written for children and set in small town Japan, it moves a rural pace with few major events taking place in any given episode. Rather than drama, it's a show about place, slow-paced personal development, and a sense of wonder. That and the awkwardness of first loves.

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