Anime: Otona Joshi no Anime Time


Otona Joshi no Anime Time translates to Anime Time for Adult Women. It is a collection of four episodes portraying the lives of different types of older women. The first episode aired in 2011, but it was only recently that the other 3 episodes were released. I actually think all four episodes are really good and just capture the lives of women so well. All the episodes are adaptations of award winning short stories for women, which might explain why the stories themselves are so good.

Otona Joshi no Anime Time

The first episode: Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze is probably the most popular. It tells the story of a girl who left behind the rural life for the big cities. At her homecoming with child in tow, it delves into the past that she had and the choices that she faces now because of that past. It’s well crafted and although the story is not unique, it really speaks of her struggles and the emotional turmoil that she faces. I think that the focus on her thoughts and feelings at two distinct points in her life, works really well and gives the story more depth.

The second episode: Yuuge was really interesting. I liked the style of the episode, how they mixed the non-animated with the animated. I thought it was really cool. Add to that the focus on food and what it meant to the couple, just made the show extra warm and familiar.

The third episode: Jinsei Best 10 is by far the funniest. It highlights single womanhood and the dangers of hanging on to that one love/relationship that happened in the teenage years. The episode was both really sad and depressing, while at the same time poking fun at the hilarity of the entire situation.

The fourth episode: Dokoka Dewanai Koko was about mothers and the amount of expectation and pressure that are on their shoulders. It was a very good reminder of what life may be like for my own mother and I could definitely see some similarities in the situation that the protagonist faced.

All in all, the episodes spoke about women in different phases of their lives, with different pasts and with different futures. The one thing that perhaps bind them all together, was the determination to live life. I guess Otona Joshi no Anime Time is homage to the independent woman. One who grows to be confident of who she is despite all her failings. It’s a very raw and real portrayal of women that we could meet on the street and I really appreciate that from the anime. 

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2 Responses to “Anime: Otona Joshi no Anime Time”
  1. Artemis says:

    I’m really glad to see some attention being paid to this anime. I had been definitely planning on watching as soon as I heard about it, because how often does an anime focus on women who aren’t in their teens or early 20s? I can think of one or two titles (most significantly, Moribito), but that’s it – and I’ve seen hundreds of anime over the years. I found each of the stories themselves to be quite compelling in their own way too though. I think my favourite was probably episode 3. I liked that the character could also see the humour in the situation – it made the story seem quite uplifting despite the fact that it didn’t work out as planned for her.

    • everworld says:

      That’s true, but I think there’s a growing amount of anime being produced for mature women. Most of them still feature women below 20, but the themes that they cover are actually quite relevant. My favourite episode was the second one, just because I loved the entire style of the episode.

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