01/17/2018 (Wed) 09:50:25
It seems Mitsuboshi Colors retains that theme of weird kid antics that was in Ichigo Mashimaro. One might not realize it but that show was something like Jaws of moe anime, it wasn't the derivative genre film like most summer blockbusters are, but it came up in an age where it was required to have some Academy Awards credentials to its own name as a self-standing trailblazer. Similarly Ichigo Mashimaro, although it is indeed a moe anime, wasn't only that, it was self-standing with themes about giving light to life outside of the Japanese traditionalist normie lifestyle. Being moe was a means to an end of illustrating that there's worth in how these misfit children are carving out a place for themselves in the Japanese society that's generally quite restrictive, where we get news like students being ostracised simply for having naturally brown hair instead of black. Today genre anime might not be built on such a thoughtful premise, but just copy moe tropes for the sake of of being moe.
Lucky Star and Manabi Straight themselves being the godfathers of moe anime also have those kinds of reasonings behind them, Manabi being even more blatant take on lonely children in degrading birth rates, and Lucky Star being KyoAni reinventing itself to remain relevant.