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Japan’s Coming of Age Day Inspires 1997 Anime Nostalgia

In Japan, the second Monday of January is Coming of Age Day, when everyone who’s turned 20 over the previous celebrates coming into adulthood. The occasion has inspired a wave of nostalgia on Twitter in Japan, as anime fans celebrate the anime that also turn 20 this year.


Some notable TV series from 1997 include:

While some notable films include:

Finally, 1997 was a big year for OAVs (late-night anime, which would serve as a replacement for the adult-oriented OAV format, had only kicked into gear the previous year with Those Who Hunt Elves). Some notable OAVs of the year included:

For someone who got into anime about 20 years ago, this is a pretty nostalgic lineup. How about you guys?

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.