Why slice-of-life anime will never fade into oblivion
I am currently celebrating the gifts of a four-day weekend: aside from the regular weekend, there are also two consecutive holidays, thus the absence of classes. It has been quite some time since I have been able to enjoy free time such as this: because of the break, I have been able to pick up on my reading and watching anime.
For the past two days I have read a book each day: I have read a collection of short stories by Leoncio Deriada, a prominent Filipino author, for the first day, and a collection of articles published in 1967 mulling over the future.
The articles, situated in the present, are pathetic, laughable, and preposterous. Ideas of ‘telemobility’ and ‘machinated man’ by the year 2000 are pretty funny, especially when viewed with the mindset of the present.
This is probably the reason why I like reading literature more than I do scientific articles. I have only read scientific articles whenever they are compiled into book form, and my experience as regards them have been pretty bad: I have written about The New Astronomy in the past; now I am writing about The Dynamics of Change. (I guess after 40 years nothing becomes dynamic anymore, even if it is change.) This may also be the same reason why I prefer watching slice-of-life anime series compared to futuristic ones.
Scientific articles, as evidenced by this collection, have material which are very evanescent and temporal. What was relevant at their time is no longer relevant at ours. Science evolves at a breakneck pace: this is one of the reasons why there are new editions of textbooks coming out every year (aside from the reason of money-making).
I bought it because it looked cool: it was hardbound. It was very inexpensive, too.
‘Telemobility’ is no longer as relevant today. It is a staple of most people’s everyday life. However, being human remains to be highly relevant, and this is what literature (classical, primarily) has been doing for quite some time. Its subject is timeless as long as there is a single human being living in this world. Humanity may have been changed and molded into a different entity, but its core remains to be the same.
This is the reason why the plays of Sophocles still reverberate despite its age; this is also the reason why Maison Ikkoku remains to be one of the most highly-regarded anime of all time. I bet that even 20 years in the future, Honey and Clover will still possess its universal acclaim.
Times may change, and indeed they have. At its core, however, humanity remains the same. Love, friendship, struggle and pain will pervade humanity wherever he will go until the last ding-dong of death at the door of the last human denizen of the Earth singing his last (and only) death knell. And this is why slice-of-life anime, as well as literature, will endure and prevail.