[Get to Know Japan Spring 2018] Like Udon no Kuni Kiniro Kemari? Watch This!

Anime can be this strangely cultural thing where if you pay attention close enough, you are able to really glean a lot from a series about Japan. Barakamon is a great example of it with Okinawan culture as is Udon no Kuni! The show has such a cute main character in Poko as well as teaches about udon and life in Kagawa prefecture. Just in case you really enjoyed that birds eye view into their lives and life in Japan, we have two more shows lined up for you today that you will love too. Let’s roll.

Liked Udon no Kuni Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World) ? Watch Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season Sono Ni (Hoozuki’s Coolheadedness)!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: April 2018 - June 2018

Hell is a lot stranger than we would expect. In fact, Hell for Japanese people runs eerily like everyday life in a company. Just you know, everyone is being tortured and judged. Hoozuki serves under the great King Enma of Japanese Hell (There are different Hells for every single country and region!) and his work is never finished. There is always something to be done, somewhere a department needs a helping hand, and paperwork that needs to be done. Today too, Hoozuki sets off to another department or area of Hell to help them with their issues all while trying to maintain his coolheadedness.

Major Similarities Between Udon no Kuni Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World) and Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season Sono Ni (Hoozuki’s Coolheadedness)!

1. Supernatural Lore

Poco is technically a tanuki or racoon dog who lives in the shop that Souta walks into. Every single person in Hell, other than background characters, in Hoozuki is a different kind of being of lore. There are demi humans, flying carts, a rabbit that hates tanuki (quick, someone hide Poco!), talking dogs that are actually demons, and many more things. The best part is that Hoozuki no Reitetsu takes time to explain Japanese lore and myth every single time a new character is introduced making it a fun yet educational experience each time. Not to mention too, that the stories that they explain are factually accurate.

2. Cute Yet Fun

While it’s easy to see the easygoing, cute nature from Udon no Kuni, the Hoozuki angle might come at a surprise but it is there. While Hoozuki himself is not what one would call cute, he is surrounded by varying degrees of cute things. Okou, Shiro, and Maki-chan are just three characters that in their own varying ways are either cute or adorable in some way and lend to the overall story like how Poco does.

Liked Udon no Kuni Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World)? Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai!!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2018 - June 2018

Nori Kamitsuki is living a pretty good life. Just like any anime character ever though, something happens and he’s got to move from the suburb of Tokyo, Chiba, to Gunma. Before he moves though, he starts looking up what is going on with Gunma and can’t find anything reassuring. “No one comes back alive”, “Bring your best equipment”, “Good luck...” and more are all he can find online. He knows it’s considered the countryside, but this couldn’t just be something out of a Ghibli movie right? He moves and embarks on an adventure like never before.

Major Similarities Udon no Kuni Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World) Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai!

1. Life NOT in Tokyo

The greatest crime that anime tends to commit is assume that everyone lives in Tokyo. Sure, a tenth of Japan is crammed into it, but it’s not like what you would think when there is literally the rest of the country being ignored. Of course, living in the countryside is not smooth sailing always, especially when a train may come every hour or so rather than every couple of minutes like it does in Tokyo. But what these two shows do islife outside of the regular haunts that have been shown so many times in anime.

2. Fun

The other great thing that these two anime do is they show that life moves on and can actually be fun. While Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai is about jokes, it’s still enjoyable and shows how the people there enjoy their lives. The same is true for Udon no Kuni with Souta. He starts to see how great life can be down in Kagawa prefecture while forging a fun relationship with Poco.

3. Food

If you needed another final reason to check out Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai, then definitely check out the foods shown in both. While Udon no Kuni is about Udon–surprise, it is in the title–OWMGWS talks about the food and famous dishes of Gunma which is great considering how little exposure food gets outside of Tokyo! If you really haven’t been convinced up to now, then do it for the food!

Final Thoughts

With that, our article draws to a close. This was to take a look at Udon no Kuni, which many know, and showcase Spring 2018 anime that we feel are worth checking out for one reason or another. If you have thoughts or other reasons, or other shows, be sure to leave a comment for others who come here and read this article. Till next time!

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Author: Nagareboshi

American by birth; international by choice. I am trying to bring attention to one of my favorite causes; me. I translate by day and write by night. Aspiring polyglot. My dream would be to be the personal translator for Amuro Namie. Other than that, my hobbies include languages, weightlifting, sleeping, karaoke, GOOD coffee and music. When I’m not doing any of the above, I am most likely laughing hysterically at Willam Belli videos or EV farming. I ain’t gunna Rupologize for it neither. Waifu are Shirai Kuroko & Euaerin.

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