Anime Underground Completely Normal Anime About Everyday Life  

Liam Ross
2.6k votes 1k voters 27.1k views 14 items

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
Photo:  Funimation

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. 

Also Ranked

#25 on The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

#12 on The 15+ Best Anime You Can Watch In One Day

250 23
Is this one of the best?
see more on Barakamon
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Completely Normal Anime About Everyday Life
Photo:  J.C. Staff

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.           

Also Ranked

#45 on The Best Anime Series of All Time

#96 on The 100+ Best Anime Intros of All Time

#18 on The Best Anime on Crunchyroll

#21 on The Best Shonen Jump Anime of All Time

385 76
Is this one of the best?
see more on Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma
Tonari no Seki kun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Completely Normal Anime About Everyday Life
Photo:  Shin Ei Animation

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. 

Also Ranked

#3 on The Best Anime With Bite-Sized Episodes

196 30
Is this one of the best?
see more on Tonari no Seki kun
K-On! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Completely Normal Anime About Everyday Life
Photo:  Section 23 Films

This anime focuses on the lighter aspects of music in Japanese high schools. The Sakuragaoka girls' high school light music club is in danger of being disbanded until four girls (Yui, Mio, Ritsu, and Tsumugi) team up in an effort to save it. The girls practice, improve, and hang out together. They even add new band members as the series goes on. Blending themes of music, friendship, and the everyday life of high school girls, K-On! is all about finding joy in the little things.  

Also Ranked

#14 on The Best Anime To Have On In The Background

180 28
Is this one of the best?
see more on K-On!