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Old 2013-08-01, 12:39   Link #1
Toni-Cipriani
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Anime that deals with the darker aspects of society/ Japanese culture?

Essentially what I'm after is a series that that explores human psychology and how individuals cope with the pressure of living.

And dealing with the darker themes of the Japanese culture and similar problems that people face in everyday life

Things like debt, suicide, bullying, poverty, mental illness, sexism, homophobia,human failure, and living on the edge of depression or paranoia, delusions, marital or family problems, discrimination, etc

The entire series doesn't have to be based around the themes, but I'd like for them to have a moderate level of importance in the story or at least an arc or 2 centering around them


Things I've already seen related to that-----

Paranoia Agent- Probably the biggest one, Deals with lying, living in denial, being stuck in the past, disease, prostitutes, mental illness etc

Perfect Blue- Loss of identity, multiple identity disorder, stress, stalking

Otaku No Video- Being an outcast in Japan, living in denial, obsession

Genshiken- Lighter story, but same with a group of outcasts some obsessed over hobbies and trying to fit in to society


Welcome to NHK- looks at the lives of recluse people in Japan.Some suicide themes
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Old 2013-08-01, 13:00   Link #2
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Perhaps maybe, Bakemonogatari and the rest of the 'monogatari' series say it's about 'apparitions', but in most the characters cases have a darker more human truth behind them, and each arc depends to deal with a different 'apparition' and different cause.

I am sure, I could think of some others, but it's probably the best example, so I'll just post it only for now.
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Old 2013-08-01, 14:13   Link #3
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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei manages to cover a lot of social issues, in a fairly crazy way.
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Old 2013-08-01, 16:04   Link #4
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Shigofumi comes to mind , it has various episodes that deal with child abuse,bullying,suicide etc...

Kaiji is a rather dark look at human nature

Watamote is a dark comedy about social exclusion
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Old 2013-08-01, 17:26   Link #5
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Shigofumi comes to mind , it has various episodes that deal with child abuse,bullying,suicide etc...
Oh definitely a strong seconding to Shigofumi. It fits this very well.
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Old 2013-08-01, 17:36   Link #6
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Old 2013-08-01, 18:29   Link #7
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Oregairu wasn't metnioned yet.

And though it's not main theme Tokyo Majin
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Old 2013-08-02, 06:58   Link #8
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Jigoku Shoujo indirectly shows many cameo of everyday evil acts in the Japanese society.

The main focus is the grudge people feel toward those that do bad things to them, so while the first series fits your requirement, the latter ones progressively stray from that path because they explore "unjustified grudge". The first series is highly recommended though, and besides "jigoku shoujo" is an awesome anime in my opinion regardless.
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Old 2013-08-02, 15:02   Link #9
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Gotta agree with the post above. Jigoku Shojou (also known as Hell Girl state side) is a piece rife with social criticism on the darker aspects of Japanese culture.

I also recommend Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni. An excellent but bloody mystery/horror hybrid series full to the brim with psychological horror. Also a social commentary critiquing the taboo against talking about mental illness and tears into the concept of "sins of the father"
Spoiler for plot spoilers:
Warning: M rated.
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