Adult animation is getting more and more popular and there’s so much demand now for high quality shows that aren’t -to speak broadly- Family Guy type of comedies. There are so many themes and art-styles that are still left unexplored!
And while I think that most people who agree on this actually want more sci-fi/fantasy/action focused, anime-like adult cartoons I’m writing this to recommend to you 2 adult cartoon shows made in Italy that are comedies plus set in real life!
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Both shows I’m about to talk about are created by Zerocalcare, an Italian cartoonist known for his memoir comics (the only work of his I’ve read is Kobane Calling which I highly recommend). He is famous for divulging into emotional and sensitive real life issues by writing about real events from his life, but in a humorous and yet genuine way. Both shows are of this nature too and that’s mainly why I’m writing about them today.
I don’t want to share too much information about this series, it’s hard saying what it is really about without spoiling it. At its core it has to do with the pressure we’re put under to live a planned life and the need to pretend like we’re knowing what we are doing. It has lots of funny jokes. The first 2 episodes are a bit confusing but things get clearer as the show progresses.
Significantly more slow paced and serious than the former one. It tackles heavy topics such as the the rise of neo-nazi groups, the anti-immigrant and refugee sentiment and the failure of even "progressive" politicians to deal with these issues.
You don’t need to know the slightest thing about Zerocalcare or his work to watch these shows so there’s no need to be held back by that. Also non-American or Japanese animation falls under the radar at Netflix so please give them a try! I suggest watching Tear Along the Dotted Line first and then This world can’t Tear Me down.