“Dude, it’s totally EPIC!”: Heroic Feats of Epic Proportions

Nowadays, the word “epic” is often used as an adjective to describe something we deem good to the extreme, something utterly awesome.  We don’t often consider the origin of this word and its accompanying characteristics, instead re-naming such works as “adventures” or “dramas.”  But I’d like us to take a step back and re-consider the full implication of the term, as well as discuss some example anime that exhibit one or more of the genre’s attributes: Kemono no Souja Erin, Juuni Kokuki, Utawarerumono, and Seirei no Moribito.

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