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Old 2010-10-22, 13:37   Link #1
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Anime that revolves around modern Japanese culture.

I think the title says enough... I'm looking for some anime that are accurate in there facts about normal Japanese culture.
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Do you want series where it's a minor part of the series, or only one with it being a major part?
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Preferably being a major part.
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It's hugely popular though I'm not personally a big fan (I consider it an ambitious failure) but Eden of the East seems to me very much about modern Japanese culture. NEETs, the decline of personal contact, the general moral emptiness of modern life.
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how bout sayonara zetsubou sensei series
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I think Lucky Star and Hayate no Gotoku fits this, modern Japanese culture revolves in the story, but for (Hayate) the plot off topic.
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Try Tatami Galaxy, about a Japanese college student trying to make his ideal life in the modern Japanese collegiate society.
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Old 2010-10-23, 12:09   Link #9
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Most of the shows mentioned so far concern the otaku/NEET culture. Here are some shows with ties to more traditional sources of Japanese culture:

I'll start first with Ghost Hound and Dennou Coil. Though science-fiction shows, both of these stories have a substantial amount of material referencing Shinto and other traditions in modern Japan.

Mouryou no Hako might be another choice, though it's set in the 1950's. It contains a lot of material about Onmoyoudou mysticism as does the more modern comedy, Abenobashi Magical Shopping Arcade.

Two other, very different, comedies that might fit your request are School Rumble and Higepiyo. Contemporary Japanese culture is always present in the background, and sometimes the foreground, of these shows. Slice-of-life comedies like the aforementioned Lucky Star or Hidamari Sketch might qualify as well, as might the darker, more dramatic series Kure-nai.

You can try Bartender and Hataraki Man (Google for it) for more mature stories about contemporary Japanese life. The first consists of a succession of encounters between a preternaturally talented young bartender and his patrons. The second portrays the life of a 28 year-old female editor working for a Japanese magazine.
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