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Remember how Joshiraku was about normal young women in their 20s, and it was just so cute and pretty and witty and wise?
If you were to take that color-coded sewing circle and turn it inside-out, you would find the despair and misery of Turning Girls.
Turning Girls is a short web anime series by a group named AnimeBancho, wherein the characters are all single women on the cusp of reaching 30 (hence the “Turning” part of the title). Each episode is five minutes long (with official English subs), and it’s made with a small budget in mind so don’t expect lavishly-detailed animation. The art is clean enough, though. So far there are three episodes out, which cover topics like group dates (go-kon), unproductive office days, and breaking an arm for your hobbies. Two out of three ain’t bad for me!
There’s really not much else to say, but I think it captures the world-weary, jadedness of adults. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need to watch something that isn’t about high school kids…
Turning Girls is not just an anime that’s NOT about high school kids … it’s an anime that quickly, brutally exposes how disappointing adult life can be, and shows us simultaneously how anime is unrealistic and why we are so miserable that we need to drown our sorrows in anime.
It’s like a much, much darker version of The Daily Lives of High School Boys.
I’m going to tag this “anime shows that will annoy most feminists,” because this is a show that will really drive most feminists into violent rages. The visuals are very minimal, but the writing is like a painful scalpel of criticism, with no anesthetic.