No matter how real it seems.
Sometimes it’s exaggerated. Other time’s it’s realistic.
Let’s focus on the “realistic” parts of
Here are the best worth mentioning.
Anime About Japanese Culture:
1. Sakura Quest
Sakura Quest is based in a REAL Japanese village called: Manoyama.
From the scenery, to the train station, to the fields and more, Sakura Quest highlights it all. Making it one of the most accurate
Besides the obvious realistic scenes and depictions, this is a slice of life series with a focus on tourism, business and some lightweight romance/comedy.
Spice And Wolf (or Seinen) fans will love Sakura Quest.
2. The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna
There’s probably nothing more realistic and accurate than this
In Japan’s history, there was a man called Nobunaga. He was what you call a daimyō, which means “lord” in the feudal era of Japan’s 16th century.
But the story is the same. With the main character: Oda Nobuna setting out to unify Japan and make Japan a better place for everyone.
That’s why The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna is the most accurate depiction of Japanese culture.
In Japan there’s a freestyle type of dancing called: Yasakoi. Where you can “invent” your own style of dancing to fit what it means to do Yasakoi.
To do Yasakoi, you need a certain instrument to make it all work.
One thing that makes Yasakoi unique is the style of
This is one of the main highlights of this slice of life series: Hanayamata. Where all the main characters get together and form their own Yasakoi tribe while still in school.
4. Golden Kamuy
Golden Kamuy is one of the latest
Similar to The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna, Golden Kamuy highlights historical parts of Japan.
Or in this case: the indigenous group of ethnic people called “Ainu”.
Natives to Hokkaido, Japan.
They’re an ethnic minority of people who died out ages ago. They were discriminated against and became victims of prejudice.
By blood, the Ainu have connections to Japan and Russia.
The main character of Golden Kamuy, Asirpa is an Ainu herself.
And you get to learn about the rich history of these people, while getting a dose of entertainment, comedy, and action as the
I’d watch it if you like historical, action or Seinen
5. Bamboo Blade
Bamboo Blade is a little more simple compared to other shows on this list. When it comes to its depictions of Japanese culture that is.
Most of the characters are female, with 2 male mentors who teach their Kendo practitioners how to fight and improve their skills.
And the best part about it? There’s no stupid, irrelevant fan-service or anything else that’s inappropriate.
For an unknown series, it’s one of the best
It goes into the nuances, the smaller details and more about Kendo, and how it all works.
Even some of the characters are based on real life Kendo experts from Japan.
6. Dagashi Kashi
Dagashi Kashi is all about a set of
And yet they taste good, and have a massive variety of sweets you can try regardless of how
Dagashi Kashi is a comedy series with fan-service so if that’s your thing, go for it. And you’ll get to learn more about Japanese culture as well.
There’s also a little about the “business” of selling Dagashi sweets in general.
Hinamatsuri takes slice of life and blends it with the lives of Yakuza members in Japan. Painting a unique picture of what the Yakuza are like when “off duty” so to speak.
Though it’s partly “comedy” at the end of the day.
There’s also another important fact this
Even though it’s an accurate depiction of Japanese culture… In general, it’s an accurate depiction of homelessness in general.
I’ve never seen an
Hinamatsuri literally pulls the empathy out of you and makes you feel their pain.
It’s pretty emotional and so meaningful you’ll have no choice but to be drawn in by this animes charm.
8. Lucky Star
Lucky Star is all about Otaku Culture at its core. Because the main character: Konata Izumi is an Otaku herself.
She’s even shown as lazy, not taking things seriously, and only being interested in
As you know, Otaku Culture in Japan is nothing like what you see in the west.
In fact – that’s why we define Otaku differently to how the Japanese define it.
Lucky Star is a comedy series of course. But it’s still a good example of Japanese culture, what it’s like in terms of Otaku’s, how big the culture is and what certain people get up to.
9. Samurai Champloo
Samurai Champloo is based in the Edo period of Japan. You can tell from the style of
It might not be as “in-depth” as others on this list for how it portrays Japan, but it’s a good start.
10. New Game!
Aoba Suzukaze (purple hair) has always dreamed of working for a gaming company so she can develop
And that’s exactly what she does after being hired by Eagle Jump.
The main characters are female designers, programmers and what not.
And though most people in the gaming industry aren’t women, the grueling hours, hard work, late nights and brutal deadlines to meet are all the same.
And that’s the major aspect of New Game that’s accurately portrayed about Japanese culture.
The comedy and animation is refreshing too. And there’s few
Working in the
Because the hours you work is so insane that once your shift is over, the
This is mostly true for employees though.
This is only a small part of what Shirobako talks about, on top of production costs, salaries, and similar things.
From a business point of view, it doesn’t get more real than this when it comes to Japanese culture.
12. Tamako Market
And then there’s Tamako Market. An
Mochi is a type of Japanese rice-cake that’s pounded into a round shape. Or sometimes square.
It all depends on the season and what the intention is.
Considering Tamako Market is based in a town that specializes in Mochi, it’s one of the most common types of foods you get to see.
And there’s nothing false or dishonest about how it’s made (and portrayed) in the
If you like K-On, this is a good alternative. It’s only 12 episodes long
Is there anymore?
I haven’t watched every