As many of you know, I’ve been taking in a bit more of the streaming scene since I invested in a Roku. In the month or two since I’ve bought the thing, I’ve been entrenched in Cardfights, partaking of the¬†spectacle of the gambling scene, and even enjoying a few Fairy Tails. However, the biggest, most pleasant surprise wasn’t any of the big titles of the season.

Lately, I’ve been absolutely addicted to Mainichi Kaasan (Kaasan ~Mom’s Life~). I can’t explain it, but the show’s simple, slice-of-life premise coupled with the over-the-top visual style really sell it for me. I find myself enthralled by Kasaan as she deals with her looming manga deadlines, and the rigors of family life. At the same time, I can’t help but chuckle as she deals with her lazy, comically alcoholic husband and hyperactive kids. The show reminds me of a less-naughty Crayon Shin-Chan in a lot of ways. The quirkiness of the characters and the outlandish, yet (mostly) believable stories are simply charming.

It’s gems like this that remind me of how much I love anime. The subtle, lower-key titles that seem to go just under the radar always feel like treasures, waiting to be unearthed. A title like this always leaves me energized, and eagerly hoping for what waits over the next horizon. And, with convention season starting up, a pick-me-up like this couldn’t come soon enough!