What is the genre or tag in Japanese terms for CGDCT? (Cute Girls Doing Cute Things for those that are not aware)

  • Possibly related: What does 'moe' mean?
    – Aki Tanaka
    Dec 4, 2022 at 8:01
  • @AkiTanaka is CGDCT filed under moe in Japan? Dec 4, 2022 at 10:19
  • I don't know if there's a good source for anime genres in Japanese, one that focuses on fan language rather than industry terms. There is definite overlap between CGDCT and both moe and iyashikei but neither is a perfect equivalent.
    – ConMan
    Dec 5, 2022 at 0:17
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    Looking at this list, I don't think there is a genre (in Japanese categorization) that is completely matches CGDCT, but moe should be largely overlapping. Another word is 日常系 (Nichijo-kei), literally 'daily-life type'.
    – sundowner
    Dec 6, 2022 at 3:05
  • @sundowner I guess it really is just either moe or slice of life then Dec 8, 2022 at 3:03

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I'm not aware of the Japanese having a word for this.

It's overlapping a fair bit with healing or in Japanese Iyashikei 癒し系 ( いやしけい ).
But it is not the same thing.

Not sure about today, but years ago when cute girls doing cute things was first used (around 2008, as far as I remember), it wasn't really to categorize anime. It was to make fun of them. For example "does this anime have a story or is it just cute girls doing cute things?".

In that sense the origin was a lot closer to healing than what the literal meaning of the phrase describes.

  • Thanks for the answer and interesting that it was used to make fun of that certain type of anime when nowadays, people actively seek it Dec 9, 2022 at 10:45
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    @user9564371 some people liked this genre back then, too. But the phrase originated from the one's that didn't care for it. People who appreciated it used healing or moe. The others called it moeblob and cute girls doing cute things.
    – Ocean
    Dec 9, 2022 at 12:40
  • this is what gets translated as "Slice of Life," and imo Iyashikei x Shoujo = CGDCT Apr 9 at 12:10

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