Netflix’s new original anime, Rilakkuma and Kaoru departs from many of the stylings that audiences associate with Japanese animation and forges new territory into the realm of stop-motion. Judging from the trailer, the show has a tactile appeal that is sure to give audiences warm fuzzies and looks way better than Netflix’s Live Action of CGI anime.
Perhaps we are at a point where we may have to redefine what anime means. Is it anime because it’s Japanese? Does anime have to consist of limited 2D animation? Does anime have to have feature characters with spiky hair and candy-colored eyes?
Ultimately audiences will judge the show by its quality–and a good quality animated show is anime enough for me.