Because I write about the first episodes of everything!
Although now this means I also have to write about the first episodes of the new Beyblade, Cardfight Vanguard and Bakugan as well. I’ve doomed myself to writing about kids anime.
Folktales of Japan is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a series of fables, each about 8 minutes long. It’s interesting to see what kinds of fables they tell in Japan. For example, they still adhere to the highly important rule of 3, along with some other basic morals of each story such as being kind and loving and so on. Classic kids story stuff, the exact kind of stuff you’d see in any western fable. Now by all means I like fables. Even the three on display in this episode were very solid stuff. I like that sort of classical storytelling.
The ‘problem’, if you can call it that, is Fairytales of Japan is a kids show through and through. We’re talking a target audience that are still struggling to tie their shoelaces. There’s an ever-present narrator who is essentially reading from a book, and the animation is very simple. Think any toddler show you watched as a child, like your Bagpuss or Thomas the Tank Engine or whatever your local children’s cartoon was from whatever your nationality is. Which is fine for children, but I’m not a child, and neither are any of you lot. The stories are good, but the method through which they’re told aren’t particularly engaging.
It does make depressed though that I can no longer enjoy children’s shows though. Something died in me over the past few years. An inner child that can no longer be filled with that same childish glee from the youthful view of the world these kinds of shows present. It’s the reason I couldn’t get into those Precure series, and the same reason I feel any return to the Pokemon franchise would just leave me depressed as my nostalgia drips away. I envy those folks who can still enjoy these kinds of cartoons. But in the end, I wasn’t able to reach the final destination of the elitist spectrum.