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The Best Slice of Life Anime

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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  • Hachiman, Yukino, and Yui confront their feelings and the Service Club plans a prom party.
  • Ryuji Takasu's class rearrangements put him together with his best friend, Yusaku Kitamura, and his hidden crush, Minori Kushieda.
  • Menma's friends reunite after her death to help fulfil a wish so she can pass into the afterlife.
  • A student council president secretly works as a waitress in a french maid uniform part-time.
  • A cheerful, delinquent boy and a socially awkward girl become friends.
  • K-On! (TBS, 2009) is a Japanese slice of life comedy anime series based on the manga by Kakifly from Kyoto Animation studio. K-ON is about 5 high school girls who become friends through the Light ...more
  • Tomoya Okazaki's life begins to change because of a new friend.
  • Kokoro Connect is a Japanese light novel series written by Sadanatsu Anda, with illustrations by Shiromizakana. The series includes 11 volumes published by Enterbrain between January 2010 and March ...more
  • Yuzaki Nasa's world is turned upside down when he meets a mysterious girl.
  • A high school student with powerful psychic abilities tries to live an ordinary life.
  • Tadano helps shy classmate Komi reach her goal of making friends with 100 people.
  • An average working woman unwittingly befriends a dragon in human form who becomes her live-in maid.
  • My Senpai Is Annoying (Tokyo MX, 2021) is a Japanese romantic comedy anime series based on the manga by Shiro Manta from Doga Kobo animation studio. Futaba Igarashi, a diminutive and scrappy office ...more
  • 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. 
  • Misaki tries to cure Satou of his acute social withdrawal.
  • Kimi to Boku

    Kimi to Boku

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  • Laid-Back Camp (C-Station, 2018) is a Japanese slice of life anime series based on the manga series by Afro. Rin Shima, a high school student who loves to camp alone near Mount Fuji, helps a lost ...more
  • Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (Tokyo MX, 2016) is a Japanese slice of life comedy anime series based on the manga by Nozomi Uda from Silver Link animation studio. Tanaka prays that each day will be ...more
  • Tamako Market is a Japanese anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation and directed by Naoko Yamada. The series aired in Japan between January 10 and March 28, 2013. The anime has been ...more
  • Azumanga Daioh (TV Tokyo, 2002) is a Japanese slice of life comedy anime series based on the manga series by Kiyohiko Azuma from J.C.Staff animation studio. A lovable group of girls experience the ...more
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Doga Kobo, 2014) is a Japanese romantic comedy anime series based on the four-panel manga by Izumi Tsubaki. Art imitates life when Chiyo discovers her crush at school is a ...more
  • Barakamon (NTV, 2014) is a Japanese slice of life comedy anime series based on the manga by Satsuki Yoshino from Kinema Citrus animation studio. As a punishment for punching a famous calligrapher, ...more
  • Kino's Journey

    Kino's Journey

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  • Kotaro Lives Alone (Netflix, 2022) is a Japanese comedy slice of life anime series based on the manga by Mami Tsumura from Liden Films animation studio. A lonely little boy moves into a ramshackle ...more