In Japan, the industry of animation is one of the major electronic industries that represent modern Japanese pop-culture. “Iyashikei Anime”, in Japanese, 癒し系アニメ, is one of the term that is created from Japanese Anime culture as same as the word like Otaku, in Japanese, オタク, and Moe, in Japanese, 萌え(日本アニメから見る癒し系文化――『夏目友人帳』を中心に, http://www.lag-8.com). In this essay, I will go to examine what is Iyashikei Anime and what is the piece of element that makes the anime “Iyashikei” by using one of the famous Iyashikei anime and manga, “Natsume’s Book of Friends”.
First of all, according to the sources, “Iyashikei”, in Japanese, 癒し系, means “healing” Japanese, is “a term used for anime and manga created with the specific purpose of having a healing or…show more content… It is first serialized in Japanese manga comic magazine, “LaLaDX”, before it changes to “LaLa” in 2008 and still continuing until now. It was one of the finalist works for the selection of first Mangataishou award in Japan. (Natsume’s Book of Friends, http://www.wikipedia.com). The story of Natsume’s Book of Friend is about one young youth call Takashi Natsume, in Japanese, 夏目貴志、who doesn’t have a parents and moving around his relative’s house for long time, came to live in one rural city to live with his far-relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Fujiwara. From when he was small, Natsume had an special ability to see the spirit, in Japanese, Youkai, 妖怪 and often suffered from this abnormal ability. One day, he found the book call the “Book of Friends” from the left item of his passed away grandmother, Reiko, in Japanese, レイコ. This was the book that his grandmother, Reiko, who had same ability to see the spirit, collected the name of the spirits that she beaten up severely and gave her their true name to obey her. This was a highly pleased item in the world of spirit that can give a strong power for the one who hold. Therefore, after Natsume get and know about the secret of this Friend Book, he began to chase by the spirits who come for various reasons. With the mysterious Youkai cat, Nyanko-sensei, in…show more content… In Japan, there are a term that are called, Busakawaii, ブサ可愛い, that are use to this describe the things that are “combination of ugly and Kawaii”(What is Kawaii??, http://www.tranvellience.com). According to the dictionary ugly cute means “Used to describe a homley, funny looking pet; usually a doggy or pussycat that is so ugly it's actually cute”(ugly cute, http://www.urbandictionary.com/). I feel that state of Nyanko-sensei perfectly fit into this category of cuteness. The cute but chubby form of circular boday, the eyes that looks staring like people, sometimes saying something comical but sometimes shows a cool attitude in the emergency circumstances(大人気癒やし系感動マンガ「夏目友人帳」が愛される理由).These kinds of characteristics of Nyanko-snesei makes people feel adorable and gives the Iyashi feeling similar to what they get from petting and feel very adorable by having dogs and cats in the real