I really have to wonder how long I'm going to mourn Life
. It's really ridiculous how I let the show get under my skin and even more ridiculous is how I'm unable to let go.
I don't even bother to watch the shows I used to watch or if I do I don't even bother to blog about.
I know Bones
, Criminal Minds
, The Mentalist
, and Castle
are all awesome but... well, I don't feel the need to check them out. What is up with that?
More and more I feel myself drawn to the quiet slice of life dramas than the flashbang, snazzy series. Or, okay, I'm still drawn to them but not as much as I used to be all starry eyed about it.
It was the quiet character moments and the camaraderie between Crews and Reese that made me fall for Life
and it was these moments the second season lacked IMHO. Especially when the showrunners and NBC decided to go for slick. It's a mistake they never really recovered from because for all it's procedural trappings Life
really isn't a procedural.
It's more gentle and forgiving of human frailties and, a lot more hopeful than a regular cop show.
I suppose it's why I've turned to anime because there's surprisingly a lot of gentle slice of life anime dramas that's weaved together by a beautiful and haunting soundtrack.
In short, the first few paragraphs were part of my long winded introduction to Honey & Clover
a two season anime series about art students in college.
Just that. No forces of darkness to fight, no giant robots on a rampage but students and teachers. People
struggling to get by and finding some sort of meaning in their lives. It's bittersweet and funny with unrequited love and love triangles that don't make me want to scratch my eyes out because everyone is treated fairly and no one is a villain in the story.
It's one of the more affecting shows I've seen in a while and I couldn't believe how fast I was drawn into the character's lives, more, how fast I came to care for them. It's really amazing how manga/anime can build such a big cast but make everyone distinct and unforgettable. I particularly love the friendships formed and how the series show us the little moments that, as the series progresses become such a huge fabric of their lives.
--( Sports Night - Season 1 & 2 )
--( NCIS - Truth & Consequences )
--( HIMYM )