What do you think the hottest manga genre is now? Many manga and anime series categorized as a modern genre Slice of Life have got more popular recently, which present peaceful daily lives with the slightest bizarre things or focus on humorous conversations between unique characters instead of intense battles and supernatural abilities. On the other hand, slice-of-life manga have good chemistry with other familiar genres including fantasy, romance and comedy.
For both manga beginners and fans who collect trendy information, I’d like to introduce 5 best slice-of-life manga of all time including the completed masterpieces and the latest ongoing comic books. These slice-of-life manga recommendations will add richness to your reading life.
You can learn about what slice-of-life manga are like after reading these finest manga series!
Many Japanese manga lovers associate Yotsuba&! (よつばと!) with the best peaceful slice-of-life manga series, which has been loved since its serialization began in 2003. It has been also known as a regular New York Times bestseller overseas, translated into English since 2009. Its manga artist is famous for the other slice-of-life comedy series Azumanga Daioh, too.
With the concept of “Today is always the most enjoyable day”, Yotsuba&! concentrates the daily life of a five-year-old girl named Yotsuba Koiwai, who moves from a remote island to a town with her father Yosuke. To the lively and free-spirited girl, everything she experiences in the town is new, which is depicted with interaction with the people around her in a feel-good way.
Manga artist: Kiyohiko Azuma
Published: From 2003
Serialized on Dengeki Daioh
If you are interested in the hottest manga genre of slice of life, Nichijou (日常), which means “Everyday” or “Ordinary days” in Japanese, is a not-to-be-missed manga series. The slice-of-life manga mixed with comedy, is composed of 10 volumed released between 2006 and 2015. And then, its serialization on Monthly Shonen Ace re-started in the end of 2021. The famous anime studio Kyoto Animation completed its anime adaptation with 26 chapters in 2011.
The slice-of-life, surreal comedy manga is set in a Japanese high school in Gunma Prefecture, which is home to its author Keiichi Arawi. It presents the funny and eventful days of several main characters including Yuko Aioi, Mio Naganohara and Mai Minakami. There are more attractive characters outside the school like the 8-year-old genius scientist girl called Professor. You can enjoy their experienced small everyday incidents happening in the surrealistic world in Nichijou.
Manga artist: Keiichi Arawi
Published: 2006-2015/From 2021
Serialized on Monthly Shonen Ace
Nichijou’s manga box set of the English edition is really popular among fans worldwide. If you plan to collect all of the 10 volumes, buy the exclusive box set while it’s in supply!
3. Teasing Master Takagi-san
As a representative of the popular ongoing slice-of-life manga series, Teasing Master Takagi-san (からかい上手の高木さん) should be picked up on this recommended list. Written by Teasing Master Takagi-san, who is also famous for other slice-of-life manga series In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki and When Will Ayumu Make His Move?, Teasing Master Takagi-san has been serialized since 2013. It has been also adapted into the anime series, and its latest third season started with welcoming cheers in the beginning of 2022.
Teasing Master Takagi-san puts an emphasis on the ordinal days of two middle school students: a shy and innocent boy named Nishikata and a humorous bright girl named Takagi (their first names are undisclosed). She always play a well-meaning joke on him and he tries to do something back to her while their romantic relationship develops. The slice-of-life story makes you feel relaxing and have an infectious laugh.
If you like this manga, it’s also recommended to read its spin-off series titled Teasing Master (Former) Takagi-san, which follows the main characters who have grown to adulthood.
Manga artist: Soichiro Yamamoto
Published: From 2013
Serialized on Monthly Shonen Sunday Mini (2013-2016)/Monthly Shonen Sunday (From 2016)
K-On! (けいおん!) is one of the most famous and popular slice-of-life manga series of all time, also categorized as comedy and moe. It’s written in the style of four-panel manga, written by Kakifly. Six volumes were published between 2007 and 2012, which were made into the great anime adaptation consisting of two seasons airing in 2009 and 2010. In 2018, the sequel of the manga series titled K-On! Shuffle started, following different main characters.
Set in an ordinary Japanese high school, K-On! centers on four female students who joins the Sakuragaoka High School Light Music Club. The fresh club band is made up of a cheerful guitarist and vocalist Yui Hirasawa, a shy bassist and vocalist Mio Akiyama, an energetic drummer Ritsu Tainaka and a gentle keyboardist Tsumugi Kotobuki. A newcomer girl guitarist Azusa Nakano is also welcomed by them one year later. This slice-of-life manga series is filled up with heartwarming days with their humorous conversations.
Manga artist: Kakifly
Serialized on Manga Time Kirara/Manga Time Kirara Carat
5. March Comes In like a Lion
Drawing much praise from both Japanese and foreign fans of manga and anime, March Comes In like a Lion (3月のライオン) has been serialized on a semimonthly manga magazine Young Animal since 2007. Based on the coming-of-age and slice-of-life manga, its anime series’s first season was made by a renowned anime studio Shaft in 2016 and 2017 and the next season in 2017 and 2018. The Shogi (Japanese chess)-themed series continues under cooperation from Japan Shogi Association.
March Comes In like a Lion is set in a modern Tokyo, revolving around a 17 years old high schooler and professional Shogi player named Rei Kiriyama. He tries to live independent, who lost his family in a traffic accident and was raised by his father’s friend. While he competes with other players in the severe Shogi world, he is supported by three sisters of the Kawamoto family: the service-minded eldest Akari, the active middle schooler Hinata and the youngest innocent girl Momo.
Manga artist: Chica Umino
Published: From 2007
Serialized on Young Animal
6. Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible
Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible (久保さんは僕を許さない) is one of the hottest slice-of-life manga series serialized on Weekly Young Jump since 2019, which is also categorized as romantic comedy. Its publication in English will start in May, 2022.
Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible puts an emphasis on the cute school days of two main characters: a first-grade high school boy Junta Shiraishi and his classmate heroine Nagisa Kubo. He doesn’t have much of a presence in the school and is invisible others except her. She easily notices and makes nice with him. The innocent relationship between them are much adorable.
Manga artist: Nene Yukimori
Serialized on Weekly Young Jump
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