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The Best Slice of Life Anime

Updated February 26, 2021 50.1k votes 12.7k voters 337.4k views49 items

When it comes to anime, sometimes it's nice to take a break from the craziness of fighting and watch something that's a little more like everyday life. That's what slice of life anime brings to the table- a narrow but close look into the life of a fellow human being, minus the mecha robots or witches with superpowers that other more fantastical shows have to offer. These shows feature ordinary people doing ordinary things, so don't expect to see any laser beams or epic battles to the death if you watch any of these.

In slice of life anime the strength comes from the drama and realism of characters, and often times the show will feature a love interest for the main character. Anime that can be considered as "slice of life" include Beck, the story of a young boy's desire to learn the guitar, and Bartender, a look into the life of someone who serves drinks for a living. Vote for your favorite shows on the list, and add some if you think they deserve to be here. Just make sure the show falls under the slice of life genre if you're going to put it on this poll. 
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  • My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU1
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    My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

    This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman...
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  • Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso2
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  • Barakamon3
    3,484
    712

    Barakamon

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  • Toradora!4
    3,516
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    Toradora! (J.C.Staff, 2008) is a Japanese romantic comedy anime series based on the light...  more
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  • Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day5
    2,403
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    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (A-1 Pictures, 2011), also known simply as Anohana, is a...  more
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  • Haikyu!!6
    2,296
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    Haikyu!!

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  • Maid Sama!7
    2,013
    456
    Maid Sama! (J.C.Staff, 2010), also known as Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, is a Japanese romantic...  more
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  • Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun8
    1,310
    282

    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

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  • Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun9
    1,705
    400
    Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a 2012 TV anime program written by Robiko and directed by Hiro...  more
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  • Natsume's Book of Friends10
    1,062
    224

    Natsume's Book of Friends

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  • Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai!11
    1,313
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    Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai!

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  • K-On!12
    1,150
    281
    K-On! is a Japanese four-panel comic strip seinen manga written and illustrated by Kakifly....  more
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  • Bunny Drop13
    1,056
    257

    Bunny Drop

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  • Silver Spoon14
    1,031
    254

    Silver Spoon

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  • Ouran High School Host Club15
    1,973
    556

    Ouran High School Host Club

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  • Nichijou - My Ordinary Life16
    774
    181

    Nichijou - My Ordinary Life

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  • Clannad17
    1,451
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    Clannad (Kyoto Animation, 2007) is a Japanese anime series based on the visual novel by Key. A...  more
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  • Non Non Biyori18
    547
    128

    Non Non Biyori

    A very simple, yet compelling slice of life anime that is definitely worth watching. Non Non Biyori tells the story of Asahioka Branch School, which serves as an elementary/middle school for 5 students on an isolated island. 
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  • Chihayafuru19
    549
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    Chihayafuru

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  • Kokoro Connect20
    690
    192
    Kokoro Connect is a Japanese light novel series written by Sadanatsu Anda, with illustrations...  more
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  • Welcome to the N.H.K.21
    482
    158
    Welcome to the N.H.K. is a Japanese novel written by Tatsuhiko Takimoto, with a cover...  more
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  • Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya22
    653
    252

    Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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  • Laid-Back Camp23
    2
    0
    Laid-Back Camp (C-Station, 2018) is a Japanese slice of life anime series based on the manga...  more
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  • Kimi to Boku24
    342
    112

    Kimi to Boku

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  • Azumanga Daioh25
    269
    83

    Azumanga Daioh

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