Hi, I'm Angi
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Loving: Shirokuma Cafe

When the pandemic first began, I found myself turning to anime for pretty much the first time ever in my life. This may seem strange for someone who is learning Japanese (from my observation, a lot of learners of the language do it to watch anime and read manga), but until last year, I never really found anime that interesting or compelling.

That's all changed with my discovery of slice of life and healing (iyashikei) anime. They're sub-genre focused on the lighter side of life, warm narratives, and appreciation for the simple things. Replace wild, frenetic battles with chill scenes in coffee shops or in nature and you've pretty much got the idea.

One of my favorites has been Shirokuma Cafe (Polar Bear Cafe). It's a feel-good anime about a mix of animals and humans who hang out at a cafe run by a - wait for it - polar bear. Their adventures and friendships are sweet, but more than anything, hilarious! I've completely fallen in love with the characters and their silly adventures.

Highly recommended if you're looking for relaxing, sweet, and charming TV.