Shining Hearts ~ Shiawase no Pan ~ and the thin veneer of utopia

There is something fascinating and very strange about Shining Hearts ~ Shiawase no Pan, it is a series that presents us with a utopia, an island where there appears to be constant peace. The key word here is ‘appears’, because as with all representations of utopia in anime and film, it is merely a façade, something that has been created and is ultimately doomed to fail. The characters in Shining Hearts ~ Shiawase no Pan go about their daily lives of baking bread with a smile, helping out the islanders and generally enjoying their life. This is something that is very common in many Japanese Role Playing Games (JRPGs), with the main characters starting off in a town or country where everything appears to be perfect. Read more of this post