Anime Underground Completely Normal Anime About Everyday Life  

Liam Ross
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List Rules Vote up the run-of-the-mill anime series with the best stories of normal people doing normal things.

Huge explosions. Alien warriors. Magical adventures. These are staples of many anime series and films, but you won't find any of that here. That's because this is a list of totally normal, everyday anime. While much of the anime genre is defined by larger than life characters performing astounding feats, some of the most popular anime out there deals with normal people living normal lives. Whether that involves cooking, farming, forming a band, or swimming, anime about normal life provides viewers with incredible stories about everyday people - a lot like slice of life anime

Keep reading below to see great examples of totally normal anime. 

Barakamon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Completely Normal Anime About Everyday Life
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After punching an elderly gallery curator for calling his work unoriginal, 23-year-old professional calligrapher Sei Handa relocates to a small village in the Goto Islands to "chill out" at the behest of his father. Hot-tempered and sometimes childish, Handa's nature is at odds with the anime's title, Barakamon, which translates to "easy-going person." Yet as the series progresses and Handa begins to form relationships with the villagers, particularly a group of young friends, he begins to mellow out and find his own style as an artist. 

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Completely Normal Anime About Everyday Life
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A story as old as time, Shokugeki no Soma is about a son trying to surpass his father in life. After his father closes down their restaurant to pursue a new career, middle school culinary whiz Soma Yukihira lacks a venue to practice his craft. Spurred by a challenge from dear old dad, Yukihira enrolls in the prestigious Totsuki Culinary Academy. 

While only 10% of students graduate from Totsuki, Yukihira’s passion for cooking (and finally defeating his father in a cook-off) drives him forward. Shokugeki no Soma follows the protagonist as he meets new friends, improves his cooking skills, and fights his way out of his father’s shadow.           

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Silver Spoon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Completely Normal Anime About Everyday Life
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This series is a classic fish-out-of-water narrative depicting the life of high school student Yuugo Hachiken. After failing his exams and getting rejected from his dream high school, city dweller Yuugo enrolls at Ooezo Agricultural High School in the country.

The conflict of this anime revolves around Yuugo's uncertainty in life. While most of his classmates have set plans for their careers and futures (whether that be taking over family farms or breeding prize race horses), Yuugo remains adrift in life. As the series progresses, he slowly becomes acclimated to his new life, and tries to understand the value of an agricultural existence. 

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Tonari no Seki kun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Completely Normal Anime About Everyday Life
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Man, there is a lot of anime about high schools. Here, we find our protagonist Rumi Yokoi trying her best to navigate her way through school while being constantly distracted by her desk neighbor, Toshinari Seki. Seki spends his days setting up elaborate games and puzzles at his desk, much to the chagrin of Rumi. While Seki almost never gets caught by his teachers, he seems to always ensnare Rumi in his shenanigans, hindering her schooling in the process. 

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