Fullmetal-Senpai wrote:Necromancy successful.
Very low-key - it's almost like nobody even noticed
Alright, time to lay down my thoughts on the slice-of-life concept (and add on some stray thoughts about genre categorizations in general).
Chris wrote:the root of the problem is that slice of life conflicts with anything that is not slice of life.
I'd only halfway agree with that. In my mind, slice of life mixes pretty well with romance and drama in most cases. Sports, too, if you want to call that a full-fledged genre (which is debatable). But yeah, it's mutually exclusive with a lot of other genres.
Generally, I've always seen 2 different applications of the term "slife of life": as a genre and as a setting. Tori summed up the idea of the former - SoL as a genre
- quite nicely:
Tori wrote:To me SoL anime has always been shows that focus on the characters and their lives. As long as that is the focus it's a SoL anime to me.
I very much agree with this, although I'd add an additional stipulation: To me, slife of life means showcasing a (or several) character's ordinary
life. Of course, something extraordinary happens to any person now and again, so that's certainly allowed. But if you stretch it too far and call Yuki Yuna
a slife-of-life show (taking Neko's example here), then you open up the door to call almost any anime series a SoL, which defeats the purpose.
Neko wrote:Why call a show 'Fantasy Slice of Life"? Well if it's a show like Monster Musume, the whole hook is everyday life with monster girls. So everyday live, but monster girls. The whole joke is that this bunch f monster girls have to deal with mundane day-today stuff.
This is mostly a good example, although I have trouble fully categorizing Monster Musume
as a slife of life (full English title of the show notwithstanding) because the harem situation is pretty out of the ordinary. A more fitting example, in my mind, would be A Centaur's Life
. Once you take the world of that anime for granted, everything that happens is just a calm and ordinary slice of the characters' lives.
Now, Neko outlined a nice definition of what I regard as SoL as a setting
Neko wrote:Then there is how grounded in reality they are, from something with absolutely no supernatural elements
This. Basically 100% realistic. This would obviously disqualify anything in the "magical realism" realm such as Kanon
, but Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!
would work, even though what the characters actually do in that show is far from ordinary (see definition 1). This perspective on slice of life would notably include most shoujo romance series.
Now, I could pose that only animes which qualify for both
of the above restrictions are 'true' SoL. But that would be incredibly limiting, to the point that there might only be a handful of applicable shows out there. The idea reminds me of studio Ghibli's Only Yesterday
, which I sadly found rather boring. So perhaps it's for the best that we don't really see many "true" slice-of-life animes like that.
Logan wrote:As for Snow White with the Red Hair, I don't view it as Slice of Life. It is first and foremost a romance and then a drama.
That's my take on it, too. Wherever possible, I prefer to categorize shows by 1 primary and 1 secondary genre.
So yes, Snow White
would be a dramatic romance for me. Or a fantasy romance if you throw fantasy into the genre bucket instead of keeping it separate as a setting.
On the flipside, ef - A Tale of Memories
is a romantic drama because the drama portion is so much more pronounced.
For series like Date a Live
, I'd say harem comedy (or comedy harem) - that is if we want to include harem as a proper genre in the first place.
Lastly, this approach also challenges the use of the oft-employed term "romantic comedy" in certain cases. Specifically, I've heard people call Mysterious Girlfriend X
a romantic comedy. I was honestly perplexed; I just don't see it. The show hardly has any comedy to it. If anything, I'd call it a comedic romance, although even that seems like a stretch to me; I don't see any strong secondary genre in that anime, so I'd classify it as a 'pure' romance.