As individuals, we all have a unique way of assigning a certain amount of value to specific places, people, and things. What one person might find relativity unimportant, someone else might consider the object in question to be of great significance. Influenced by environment, preconceived notions, time, and other factors, this assignment certainly makes for rich discussion when comes to certain aspects of daily life. Thinking about it in terms of media, entertainment, and the talking points of such discussions, the words “forgettable” or “memorable” is usually not far behind. Being purely subjective in nature, there is a plethora of personal taste and honored ideas in making such a determination. So what does it really mean to be forgettable or memorable in the realm of anime?
Starting rather late on most of the summer 2016 anime titles this season, Amaama to Inazuma or Sweetness and Lightning is one that I immediately latched onto. Besides having a small cast of endearing characters and sincere heartwarming moments (most in part due to Tsumugi’s cuteness) as its biggest strengths, I do believe that the cooking segments are also kind of unique as they focus more on the preparation aspect to a degree. Of course, with many viewers quick to call it another “cooking themed” series, I do also believe that those portions perfectly illustrate one major idea that links people together.
Over the last past 7 years that I have been into anime and manga, it is hard to deny that the mediums are something of an all-encompassing menagerie where there is something for everyone. Whether you happen to be in your adolescents or adulthood, it is kind of awe-inspiring for any type of media to reach such a wide demographic. And yet, a large majority of projects center around or contain school students – especially those in high school. Why the emphasis for an art that contains so many varying venues and concepts as they are consumers? There is sort of an correct answer to this question, but do have a more interesting alternative I would like to share.