Can an anime be both a slice of life and a drama?
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I got into a bit of a debate with my friend today on whether Clannad was mainly a drama with slice of life elements or if it was a blend of the two. In my opinion I felt that it was a mix of both while my friend argued that an anime cannot be both a drama and a slice of life. I'm looking for outside opinions on this so if feel free to throw something in.
Posted 3/2/12
??? Um...considering that dramatic things happen in life, I don't really see how the genres are completely exclusive.

For that matter, in general I would probably classify slice of life as a sub-category of Drama. Let's ignore the #1 definition of Drama (specifically, as the broadest category for plays/screenplays/television, or as a reference to all written plays in general), and hop to the definition that I think you're using -- Drama as in a story that relies on 'serious' emotion and emotional stress as a core plot element, and which in turn uses changes in emotion as the driving force for the narrative itself.

OK, if this definition is valid, how is slice of life anything other than drama? Obviously no slice of life is really, truly slice of life -- these stories are told in supposedly 'ordinary' settings, but if they didn't have any exploration of thoughtful emotional situations, we would be bored to death. Dramatic story elements are what keep us interested in the developing plot, and what keep us watching to the end (or to the next episode). Otherwise you might as well just buy a coffee, sit at a table in a mall, and stare at people. Plenty of slice of life there.

Maybe your friend is thinking a bit too rigidly. No story that I have ever seen falls completely, unequivocally, into one single genre...even the narrowest exploitation or horror film shares story-telling techniques identical to those found in supposedly 'serious' drama -- in horror, for example, if there wasn't drama, you wouldn't care about the characters being killed (or surviving the killer/monster/whatever). So...everything has several categories, and there is no reason at all to say "No, Show X is one category and cannot possibly belong to any other."

Hmmm...sorry for using all those quotey marks in every freakin' paragraph. That was annoying.
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Yes I.E. Clannad

it has both mixed as you said.
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I think drama is that kind of genre, that it can be mixed with anything.
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In short yes...
Other mixes of Drama and Slice of Life:
- Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (Drama, Romance, Slice of Life)
- Great Teacher Onizuka (Comedy, Drama, School, Shounen, Slice of Life)
- Fruits Basket (Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life)
- Slam Dunk (Comedy, Drama, School, Shounen, Sports, Slice of Life)

In medium terms:
Drama in genre is about dealing with emotions in one way or another
Slice of Life in genre is about normal people in a normal world setting

It is more like if it has a genre, it has a part of that genre in it,
A Drama & Slice of Life can be about a emotional situation (or multiple) around normal people or a normal world setting(if not both),
plus all other genres mixed in with it's genres

In longer terms:
More or less what BlaculaKuchuki said
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When I thik about it, there isn't any genres that can't be mixed, is there? Slice of life/mecha is also possible, for example
Posted 3/3/12

Keksimonsteri wrote:

When I thik about it, there isn't any genres that can't be mixed, is there? Slice of life/mecha is also possible, for example


lol well sure...I mean, Code Geass had a couple of episodes (and longish interludes within other episodes) that were very much just high school life and interaction/human interplay. So there we have Mecha-Sci-Fi-Psychological-Slice-of-Life.

Blood C (as brief as it was) utilized a lot of the Slice of Life genre to set up its horror/psychological themes. For that matter, so did Blood + although it was mostly only in the first few episodes before it transformed into fully horror/action/drama.

Blue Exorcist had one or two episodes where everyone was pretty much just sitting around, talking, cleaning up the classroom.

"When those freaking annoying cricket-beetle things start chirping" set up each arc with extensive slice of life scenes, to the point where if you actually timed the length of scenes, it's more than 50% slice of life.

I think it would be a lot more challenging to try to think of an anime (or any story) that is one and ONLY one genre.
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Posted 3/3/12
Life is full of drama. Drama is a part of life. So, yes. As others have said before me. Drama and Slice of Life can be mixed. A series doesn't have to be one genre. If it was, it'd get boring, real fast...
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