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These Nature Themed Animes Will Get You Into the Spring Spirit

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Mar 22 2024

If you’re ready to get into a Spring state of mind, these nature animes will have you ready to start spending a lot more time outside.

It’s spring now! And whether or not it feels like spring outside just yet, or it’s going to get warm really soon. And that means that spending time outside is going to be really nice again! I like the winter and snow well enough, but at some point you get sick of the cold and want to see something pretty blooming, you know? If you, like me, are excited for nice spring days, these animes with nature themes will get you in a springy state of mind.

1. Anything Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is good at many, many things. But two of them are definitely amazing-looking food and gorgeous nature imagery. Quite a few plots even have a pretty deep theme in nature. Ranging from Totoro with a “nature can be your friend!” sort of theme to Princess Mononoke‘s “nature can and will mess you up if you’re not respectful” theme, you’ll really run the full spectrum with just about any Ghibli film.

2. Children of the Sea

Ruka saw a ghost at the aquarium where her dad works, and now she feels strangely drawn to the aquarium. There she meets two boys who are also drawn to the ocean… but they were raised by dugongs (they’re sort of like manatees). If the sort of nature you’re drawn to is the sea and you’re looking forward to beach days and snorkeling trips, Children of the Sea may be the anime or manga for you.

3. Laid Back Camp

This series is to camping what How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? is to working out. And I mean that in the best, most affectionate way possible. Rin and Nadeshiko discover a mutual love for camping and camping club and the beauty of the great outdoors. If you like camping, this series will make you feel right at home. And if you don’t like camping, it will probably trick you into thinking you’ll like camping this time for exactly two and a half days.

4. Garden of Words

Sometimes Takao skips school to hang out in the beautiful Shinjuko Gyoen gardens, and one day he meets Yukino, a woman similarly skipping work to be in nature on a rainy day. The unlikely friendship that the two develop is sweet and makes for a story that’s mostly serene and calming.

5. Mushi Shi

Ginko wanders nature…. to find supernatural creatures called Mushi. Most people can’t even really see Mushi, but he can, and he uses this power to help those in need. Another that’s just really nice and kind and asks you to appreciate the simple beauty around you.

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