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The Best Slice of Life Anime

Updated October 21, 2021 48.4k votes 14.1k voters 366.4k views65 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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    Inori addedSlice of Life, Comedy
    My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Brain's Base, 2013), also known as OreGairu or My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected, is a Japanese romantic comedy anime series based on the light novel...  more
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    Timothy Mollgaard addedSlice of Life, Comedy
    Toradora! (J.C.Staff, 2008) is a Japanese romantic comedy anime series based on the light novel series by Yuyuko Takemiya, with illustrations by Yasu. Menacing in appearance but gentle at heart,...  more
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    Mayank Gupta addedSlice of Life, Supernatural
    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (A-1 Pictures, 2011), also known simply as Anohana, is a Japanese drama anime series. Five childhood companions reunite when the ghost of their dead friends...  more
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    ShrishVashishth addedComedy, Romance
    Maid Sama! (J.C.Staff, 2010), also known as Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, is a Japanese romantic comedy anime series based on the manga by Hiro Fujiwara. Misaki Ayuzawa, a strong and intelligent student...  more
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    Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a 2012 TV anime program written by Robiko and directed by Hiro Kaburaki....  more
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    K-On! is a Japanese four-panel comic strip seinen manga written and illustrated by Kakifly. The manga was serialized in Houbunsha's seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara between the May 2007 and...  more
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    vampiress-hannah addedComedy, Drama
    Clannad (Kyoto Animation, 2007) is a Japanese anime series based on the visual novel by Key. A high school student who cares little about those around him meets and develops a relationship with a...  more
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    Tonikawa: Over the Moon for You (Seven Arcs, 2020), also known as Fly Me to the Moon, is a Japanese romance anime series based on the manga by Kenjiro Hata. While trying to join the space program,...  more
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    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 by Shiromizakana. The series includes 11 volumes published by Enterbrain between January 2010 and March...  more
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    Welcome to the N.H.K. is a Japanese novel written by Tatsuhiko Takimoto, with a cover illustration by Yoshitoshi ABe, and was published by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan on January 28, 2002. The novel was...  more
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