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The Best Slice of Life Anime

Updated April 23, 2021 47.3k votes 13.3k voters 348.7k views52 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 SNAFU

    My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Brain's Base, 2013), also known as OreGairu or My Youth...  more
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    3,962
    827
  • 3
    3,432
    715

    Barakamon

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    3,575
    758
    Toradora! (J.C.Staff, 2008) is a Japanese romantic comedy anime series based on the light...  more
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    2,428
    534
    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (A-1 Pictures, 2011), also known simply as Anohana, is a...  more
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    2,070
    463
    Maid Sama! (J.C.Staff, 2010), also known as Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, is a Japanese romantic...  more
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    1,317
    289

    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

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    1,714
    398
    Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a 2012 TV anime program written by Robiko and directed by Hiro...  more
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    1,047
    233

    Natsume's Book of Friends

  • 10
    1,348
    329

    Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai!

  • 11
    1,177
    280
    K-On! is a Japanese four-panel comic strip seinen manga written and illustrated by Kakifly....  more
  • 12
    1,960
    544

    Ouran High School Host Club

  • 13
    1,051
    260

    Bunny Drop

  • 14
    794
    182

    Nichijou - My Ordinary Life

  • 15
    1,016
    252

    Silver Spoon

  • 16
    1,466
    396
    Clannad (Kyoto Animation, 2007) is a Japanese anime series based on the visual novel by Key. A...  more
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    562
    132

    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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    Kokoro Connect is a Japanese light novel series written by Sadanatsu Anda, with illustrations...  more
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    537
    144

    Chihayafuru

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    484
    167
    Welcome to the N.H.K. is a Japanese novel written by Tatsuhiko Takimoto, with a cover...  more
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    655
    256

    Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

  • 22
    348
    118

    Kimi to Boku

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    273
    88

    Azumanga Daioh

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    0
    Asobi Asobase (AT-X, 2018), also known as Asobi Asobase: Workshop of Fun, is a Japanese comedy...  more
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    297
    140

    School Rumble