If you are a big fan of Japanese anime, your interest may cover various major genres from action, adventure and science fiction to comedy, mecha and so on. Then, how do you think about slice of life?
This modern genre is quite unfamiliar to classic anime lovers while it has got more popular in Japan and overseas lately. There are no intense battles, supernatural powers, global crisis or other powerful scenes in the slice of life anime series. Instead, you can enjoy attractive credible characters, interesting conversations between them, beautifully-drown scenery and cultures in the set regions there.
For all anime fans and slice-of-life beginners, here are 8 best slice of life anime series of all time that you can feel as if you existed in the anime world.
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K-On! (けいおん!) is one of the best slice of life anime series, which were adapted from the manga series written by Kakifly. It consists of two seasons: the first 14 episodes in 2009 and the second 27 episodes in 2010, which were created by the prestigious Kyoto Animation. They were followed by an anime movie released in 2011. A new part K-On! Shuffle also started serialization on Manga Time Kirara in 2018.
K-On! concentrates on a high school girl Yui Hirasawa, who decides to join a band club on the verge of collapse and start playing the guitar. She forms the high school club band named Hokago Tea Time with three more girls Mio, Ritsu and Tsumugi, and a skilled guitarist kohai Azusa joins it one year later. The slice of life anime depicts casual and ordinary days of the high schoolers and their peaceful and humorous conversations.
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2. Laid-Back Camp
For every anime fans across the world, Laid-Back Camp (ゆるキャン△), which is known as Yuru Camp in Japanese, is recommended to watch first of all. It started its first season including 12 episodes in 2018, which has been looked on as the best slice-of-life anime series in the recent past by lots of anime lovers since then. There are also 12-episode spin-off season in 2020 and 13-episode second season in 2021. The first anime movie has been announced to come in 2022.
The camp-themed anime is set in the real-life place in Japan: Yamanashi Prefecture located near Mt. Fuji. A high school girl Rin Shima, who loves camping solo, meets a transfer student Nadeshiko Kagamihara. The solitary camper gets closer to the outgoing girl and other students who are interested in camping. There are humorous conversations between them, chill-out nature scenery and mouthwatering cooking scenes in Laid-Back Camp.
3. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
As one of the most famous slice of life anime series, you shouldn’t miss The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱), which the first title of Haruhi Susumiya Series. It was initially published as a light novel written by Nagaru Tanigawa in 2003 and its anime adaptation was produced by Kyoto Animation in 2006. There are 14 episodes in the first season aired in 2006 and another 14 episodes in the second season in 2009.
The setting of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is inspired by a real-life location Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, which is a home town of the author Nagaru Tanigawa. The slice-of-life anime series follows an active and self-centered high school girl Haruhi Suzumiya. To get away from boring days, she establishes a school club group called SOS Brigade, forcing a main character and narrator Kyon and other three characters Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi to join it. Unlike other normal slice-of-life anime series, the characters in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are presented as a kind of aliens except Kyon.
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For both classic and modern anime fans, Toradora! (とらドラ!) is a masterpiece of slice-of-life anime series. Between 2008 and 2009, 25 episodes were broadcast that were adapted from the popular light novel series written by Yuyuko Takemiya and illustrated by Yasu in 2006-2009. The anime series were produced by a famous anime director Tatsuyuki Nagai and a scriptwriter Mari Okada, who made the Anohana series and other top-rated anime movies later.
In the beginning, Toradora! centers on a 16-year-old high schooler Ryuji Takasu, who meets a heroine Taiga Aisaka. She goes to the same high school as him, living alone for some family problems. The slice-of-life, also categorizes as romance and comedy, depicts the changing relationship between them and their friends Minori Kushieda and Yusaku Kitamura.
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5. Teasing Master Takagi-san
Recent anime fanciers have enjoyed Teasing Master Takagi-san (からかい上手の高木さん), a well-known slice of life anime series especially in Japan. Adapted from the original manga series written by Soichiro Yamamoto since 2013, its first season containing 12 episodes aired in 2018 and the second season in 2019. For the high popularity, it continues into the third season in 2022.
Teasing Master Takagi-san stands out as an icon of modern school-themed slice-of-life anime. Set in a commonplace Japanese town, it places emphasis on two main characters: a middle school boy Nishikata and his classmate girl Takagi-san. She always finds joy in teasing him in various ways and he reacts shyly and a little angrily to her tricks. Besides their charming school lives, the story develops into the romance or something like that.
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6. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU(やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。), which is also known as My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected, is a finest modern romance and slice-of-life anime series. The original light novel series written by Wataru Watari and illustrated by Ponkan8 was published from 2011 to 2019, and they were adapted into three seasons of the anime series. The total 38 episodes hit the air between 2013 and 2020.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU tells the story of a pessimistic high school student Hachiman Hikigaya, who is forced to join a school service club by his teacher. He avoids making friends positively but his life changes at the point of the encounter with two heroines Yukino Yukinoshita and Yui Yuigahama. As members of the service club, they tackle a variety of personal problems hold by other students and themselves together. The story is looked on as not only slice of like but also romance and drama.
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7. Non Non Biyori
Non Non Biyori (のんのんびより) is a purely slice-of-life anime series including comedy essences. It was first serialized as a manga on Monthly Comic Alive from 2009 to 2021. There are three seasons of anime adaptions including 12 episodes per season aired in 2013, 2015 and 2021 and an anime movie released as Non Non Biyori Vacation in 2018.
Non Non Biyori is set in a fictional but typical Japanese countryside and centers on the only five students in a unified elementary and junior high school including the first-grade elementary schooler Renge and the fifth-grade student Hotaru. It depicts everyday of the serene country surrounded by rich nature and the peaceful characters.
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8. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Mixed with comedy, romance and fantasy, a high-quality slice-of-life anime series was completed by Kyoto Animation in 2017, whose title is Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (小林さんちのメイドラゴン). It is based on the original manga written by Coolkyousinnjya since 2013, and the first season of its anime adaptation was released with 13 episodes in 2017. In 2021, the much-anticipated next season aired with 12 episodes featuring new characters.
In addition to heartwarming daily stories, the slice of life series presents powerful battle scenes and a serious parents-child relationship. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is set in a typical modern town in Tokyo, concentrates on a 26 years old woman Kobayashi, who saves a female dragon named Tohru and accepts her as a maid into the house. Tohru and other dragons that can change their appearances into human beings have friendly relationships with people. On the other hand, the people who changes their lives influenced by the dragons are also focused on in the slice-of-life anime.
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