Anime for Autumn
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Posted 9/8/16 , edited 9/9/16

Autumn's just around the corner and it's my favourite season. I'm already imagining myself coming in from the brisk air, wrapping a woolly blanket around me, grabbing a warm drink, and getting cozy with some anime that captures the autumn mood...

On that note, please share some anime shows/films that feel autumnal to you!

I guess I categorise an anime as "autumnal" if it has a quiet, naturalistic aesthetic and a sombre yet warm tone... I can't quite describe what I mean, but oh well... I'll list some shows that I've already got lined up for my autumn viewing:

Anyway, that's all I've got, so definitely share some! It doesn't have to be similar to the four above either - just whatever show(s) you feel fit this season. Or maybe you don't feel like shows suit certain seasons, and that's cool too.
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Posted 9/19/16 , edited 9/20/16
Lol I completely misread this.
I thought this said "Anime for Austism"
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There are a few ways to look at autumn and how it can affect our moods and our habits when it comes to viewing anime. While iyashikei anime are certainly a good staring point for things to watch in the fall, you can also take it the other direction and choose series that have more mysterious and macabre tones. Shows that may either tie in directly with horror for Halloween for instance, or simply have a more foreboding inflection to the story line. Examples include:

  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Berserk
  • Baccano
  • Soul Eater
  • Mouryou no Hako
  • Death Note
  • Mononoke
  • Hell Girl
  • Aoi Bungaku
  • Boogiepop Phantom
  • Shiki
  • Gosick
  • Death Billiards
  • Princess Tutu
  • Denpa-teki na Kanojo
  • Shigofumi
  • Angel's Egg

  • Some shows I watched during the fall so I may just instinctively recommend them for fall viewing regardless of whether they match with autumnal themes such as FMA, but I think you can still equate the narrative to having an increasingly bleak path; it follows the same natural progression as the seasons, here in the northern hemisphere anyway.

    Being in fall, can also mean being in school. For many there's something nostalgic about that serotinal scene that can alter one's disposition and evoke memories from yesteryear. Tying back into the idea of shows that include nature or reflections on the natural world, where the story has a heightened emphasis on the environment or take place in more bucolic settings can also conjure up feelings of fall. Iyashikei works are of course in this group as well. Plus it's safe to say Japanese mythology and folklore certainly link up with themes of nature and the supernatural. Series that also have a more nuanced and gentle atmosphere that deal with simpler stories and themes seem to mesh well with the general autumn aesthetic as well. Examples include and may contain any of the aforementioned thematic elements:

  • Kino's Journey
  • Hotarubi no Mori E
  • Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
  • Ristorante Paradiso
  • Windy Tales
  • Emma: A Victorian Romance
  • Maria Watches Over Us
  • Aria
  • Princess Arete
  • Non Non Biyori
  • Moribito
  • Katanagatari
  • Chihayafuru
  • Hyouka
  • Uta Koi
  • Gingitsune

  • I also like to think there are anime that simply have a more bittersweet or forlorn feeling to them and that fits pretty well with autumn in the way I think you're trying to describe. You can easily put Ghibli films into this category. Even if they end happily, I think Miyazaki and Takahata always intend for their films to possess this sentiment. Series that quite clearly focus on development as a human being or have long adventures that while rewarding also come at a cost (see FMA) will have this same impression. Examples include:

  • Haibane Renmei
  • Kokoro Connect
  • Last Exile
  • NANA
  • Honey & Clover
  • Dennou Coil
  • Kids on the Slope
  • From the New World
  • Colorful (movie)

  • It's kind of silly to expound so much on how a change of season can elicit so much in a person when talking about the media we enjoy. Yet I truly think there are times when reading, viewing or listening to something in just the right ambiance can induce a greater awareness of life and affection for that work of art.
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