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Travelling anime (with no actual travelling)

The problem with new genres is that a lot of the early names people try to pin on them don’t stick for long.  The problem with calling this new genre, which was pioneered by the likes of Mushishi and Kino’s Journey, “travelling anime” is that the latest entry, Natsume Yuujinchou, doesn’t actually have any travelling in it.  So it’s back to the drawing board for people like me who like to put labels to things.  They’re basically iyashikei anime with an accentuated supernatural element and generally episodic stories.

Additionally, Kavik Ryx pans one of my favourite mecha series, Gasaraki.  But that’s ok, we encourage a variety of views and opinions here at The Nihon Review.  It’d be boring and mind-numbing if we all had the same opinion.

4 Responses to Travelling anime (with no actual travelling)


  1. Comment by GreatGlistener | 2008/10/25 at 06:23:47


  2. Comment by Sorrow-kun | 2008/10/25 at 06:45:39

    Do you know a site that has a better definition for the word “iyashikei”?

    Edit: Believe me, you have no idea how uncomfortable it makes me to link to a website that puts an image of Adolph Hitler at the beginning of its article about evolution.

  3. Comment by c0mpl3x | 2008/10/25 at 13:42:45 (google)

    Anyway, “Healing” anime, or Iyashikei (いやしけい, 치유계, 癒し系)), has been used for quite some time, just not so extensively in english community thanks to people using “slice of life” on just about any anime not driven by over-arching plot. I don’t think Mushishi and Kino fits into that label though. And I haven’t seen any site/blog put Mushishi and Kino’s Journey under that sub-genre.

  4. Comment by Akira | 2008/10/26 at 09:58:08

    We could have just not told anyone what iyashikei means, or you could have just said “slice-of-life.”

    >_>;;; Conservapedia T_T

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