Currently watching Laid-Back Camp a.k.a. Yurukyan a.k.a. cute girls go camping. I started it mostly because I saw the OP and it seemed like a fun show for in between. Turns out its an Iyashikei show and just wonderfully tranquil and wholesome. The character art is definitely not everybody’s cup of tea, but the show is filled with absolutely gorgeous nature shots. I basically watch an episode a day in the early morning because its a very nice start into the day, or occasionally right before bed. Not something everybody has to pick up, but if you just want to see time melt away while you are having a nice cup of hot chocolate on your couch, this is the show for you. Also there is a second season and a movie in the works.
In a similar manner because I was looking a show with such a laid-back feeling I started to rewatch Flying Witch recently, watching it in a similar manner. That show and Sketchbook ~Full Colors~ are probably recommendations I would put above Laid-Back Camp due to better character art, more fleshed out and interesting characters and better dynamic, but all three of these shows have a similar vibe.
I also started watching Skull-faced Bookseller Honma, which is a very funny work-comedy about bookstore clerks and shelf-stockers. The animation is very minimalistic as most characters wear masks and other headwear that obscures the face and thus not even mouth-flaps happen most of the time. The style reminds me a lot of Detroit Metal City and in particular Astro Fighter Sunred. As the episodes are only 11 minutes long including opening and closing credits, it is a great show to watch in between.
A show I recently finished is Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sō or as the english title has it, The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, which was better than I expected it to be. There are still too many boob gags in there and some of the characters are deliberately unlikeable, but as a romance series it has a bit of something to it as there is no love-dodecahedron going on and no ecchi bs constantly happening. It is actually relatively wholesome and the main characters gradually grow towards each other. The show also impresses with a very beautiful art direction for its backgrounds. Hardly a must-see, but better than you would think from the premise.
After recently finishing the english release of the manga for Kuroko’s Basketball, I started watching the anime, but I think I will drop it. The anime doesn’t really add a whole lot, and the action scenes for the actual basketball being played has been rather subpar so far. I’m 10 episodes in and I don’t think its worth watching it, particularly since I’ve read the manga anyway.
Finally there is Kotoura-san a.k.a. Mood-Whiplash the Anime. So this show starts with an interesting premise of a girl that has a low-level psychic ability of being able to read the minds of people in close proximity to her. This manifests in very early childhood and she doesn’t really understand it, starting to blurt out secrets of other people around her, including her parents who both seem to have affairs. She is then shunned for this and abandoned by her parents, entering high school friendless and alone. And then she meets a horny moron who doesn’t care about it and falls in love with her.
Despite the dire setup and the show repeatedly “relapsing” to address stuff like bullying, child abandonment etc. the show is actually a comedy with kind of stereotypical jokes. Now those jokes can and do land on occasion, have illicited a couple of guffaws from me, I admit. However, based on the premise the show could have been so much better by just focusing on the straits the titular character goes through. Instead she is basically over 8+ years of being constantly vilified and ostracized by episode 2 of the show.