Hi all, long time Waypoint fan, first time poster! I’m looking for some recommendations and was hoping folks here might have some ideas =3
I recently got really into The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa on Switch, and I’ve had this feeling like it’s evoking this whole genre of Japanese games and anime that I’m sort of only vaguely aware of and half recognize, but I’m interested in finding more of.
Broadly speaking, it’s about these punk-y teenagers in a small Japanese town going around and getting into fist fights with kids from other schools and engaging in this seemingly innocuous kind of play-acting of being in gangs and doing crime-- and of course, they all seem tough but have these complex emotional lives going on underneath, and it’s all very coming of age and about growing as people, spending time with friends, feeling nostalgic vibes around this town they’re growing up in, watching the sunset over it to chill music, all that.
The anime that come to mind as like very loosely touching on the punk teens thing are Yu Yu Hakusho, where the characters wear the same (I think) 80s Japanese school uniforms and are all delinquent and into fighting, or even Durarara!! with the kids getting into like low-stakes crime/gang stuff. On the flip side, the high school, slice of life, nostalgia stuff feels almost like K-On!, Anohana or Hyouka.
If anyone has played it, or just sort of knows what I’m getting at, do you have any recommendations for other things I can check out to keep running with these vibes? Is there some actual name for this genre of Japanese school gang fiction? Is it based on a real thing that happens? Was it a particularly 80s phenomenon or is that just some sort of genre convention or coincidence?