What are the best slice of life anime?

Nothing beats seeing realistic representations of our daily lives in the comic industry. We can cry, laugh, and grow with such relatable characters. Want to read more from the slice-of-life genre? Well, it's your lucky day because we've listed down the best manga recommendations below!

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    #1Clannad

    Clannad

    Clannad is the anime adaptation of the visual novel developed by KEY for PC in 2004. A high school student who cares little about school or others meets a lonely girl who had to repeat a year while all her friends finished high school. 

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    John Burke
    Written on August 10, 2018
    "My manly heart just shed a river of tears with this anime. This is timeless classic of all dramatic tear-jerker animes out there. A slice of life indeed"
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    #2Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai) is a coming-of-age slice of life anime TV series which tells the story of Menma, Jintan, Anaru, Yukiatsu, Tsukuro, and Poppo.

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    Joseph Gonzales
    Written on August 10, 2018
    "Menmaaaa whyyyy!! This anime is very beautiful!! Very nostalgic! This anime has touched me in so many ways. The animation is really serene. I like the story it’s so brilliant! The chemistry between characters is excellent.The characters are relatable and I can actually empathize with them. 5 stars!"
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    #3Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name

    Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name

    Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name is a Japanese drama animated movie directed by Makoto Shinkai. It was released in 2016. It starred Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryunosuke Kamiki for the Japanese voice and Michael Sinterniklaas, Stephanie Sheh for the English voice.

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    Huang Wan
    Written on January 18, 2019
    "From a technical standpoint, this is truly a beautiful film. From the animation to the musical score, to the camera work, it is wonderfully presented. The story is also told beautifully in such a way that it tackles every single emotion from both perspectives. Another masterpiece by Makoto Shinkai and deserving of all the praise that it is receiving."

DID YOU KNOW?

A popular anime genre referred to as slice of life was once thought of to be a stigma in the industry? Many believed this to be one of the reasons why the anime industry become stagnant a few years back. What exactly makes a slice of life anime the way that it is? The typical slice of life anime derives from 4-koma manga. These are a series of 4 small comic panels that leads into a quick gag. The scene is set, foundations build, then comes the delivery of the punchline. The outcome, finally, closes everything out. It is a simple but effective method for this type of anime that are usually lighthearted in tone.

Slice of life anime will never be as popular as the more action-focused and wide appeal of shounen anime. Even romance anime, which also has a limited audience and fan base is more popular than it. Slice of life anime is more than cute, silly girls acting out. After all, everyday life is more complicated than that despite its plain mundanity. There are plenty of good slice of life anime that covers other parts of life. The trivial mysteries of Hyouka. The ordinary adult struggles presented in Shirobako. Even the philosophical and existential questions posed in ReLife. These anime show plenty of depth for something as simple as a slice of life anime. The best slice of life anime can sometimes be one of the best anime in general.

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    #4Toradora!

    Toradora!

    Toradora! is a comedy slice of life anime TV series based on a light novel written by Yuyuko Takemiya. Released from 2008-2011, this anime was written by Mari Okada and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai. This tells the story of Taiga Aisaka and Ryuji Takasu.

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    Christian Munoz
    Written on August 10, 2018
    "It’s very rare to find characters who fit the tsundere role. That’s what Taiga is! She’s an adorable palm top tiger. I really like the Japanese voice dubbing compared to English because the Japanese pretty much captured Taiga’s character. I like how this anime ended. Not really the most satisfying but it’s really justified and I appreciated that."
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    #5Your Lie in April

    Your Lie in April

    Your Lie in April (Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso) is a dramatic musical anime TV series based on a manga written by Naoshi Arakawa. Released in 2014, this anime tells the story of Kousei Arima and Kaori Miyazono.

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    Jordan Fields
    Written on January 18, 2019
    "A story of acceptance and recovery through the medium of music. This is one of the more serious and darker shows relating to music. It's very emotional, almost painful to watch sometimes but hold on and you'll be in for quite a journey."
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    #65 Centimeters per Second

    5 Centimeters per Second
    As they were sharing lots of interests and attitudes, it was a matter of time that Takaki Tohno and Akari Shinohara became friends. Akari will eventualli move to another town, due to her parents' jobs, so they will have no other choice than to keep in touch by letter, a situation that will slowly and painfully end their relationship. 




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    Lu Sun
    Written on August 10, 2018
    "It was not directly mentioned in the movie, but it was obvious that Takaki and Akari had distant relationship with one another. I know how is it to be sad thinking about, “Does he think about me, too? Does he remember me, or even know me at all?” 5 stars!"
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    #7The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a sci-fi comedy anime TV series based on a light novel written by Nagaru Tanigawa. Released from 2006-2008. This anime was directed by Tatsuya Ishihara. This tells the story of Haruhi, Kyon, etc.

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    Matthew Cook
    Written on August 10, 2018
    "Most people hated the endless eight which is indeed a bit extreme! Considering that the manga only had about 30 pages of the endless 8 arc but the production decided to convert this to 8 episodes! The time loop continues on and on and on… nothing really changed but not entirely exact because the animation was done in new angles each time. So weird."
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    #8Lucky Star

    Lucky Star

    Lucky Star is a comedic slice of life anime TV series based on a manga written by Kagami Yoshimizu. Released in 2007, this anime tells the story of Konata Izumi, Kagami Hiiragi, Tsukasa Hiiragi, Miyuki Takara, etc.

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    Hannah Curtis
    Written on August 10, 2018
    "I like how LS has many various references which impacted most of its humor. I like how these references have purpose. It’s like LS is embodying the otaku culture. Love it!"
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    #9K-On!

    K-On!

    K-On! is the anime adaptation of four-panel comic strip seinen manga written and illustrated by Kakifly. The first season comprised of 13 episodes and was released in Japan in 2009 followed by subsequent season the following years.

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    Annie Xu
    Written on January 18, 2019
    "Let's face it, at one point in time during our school days, we all thought about being in a band. That was one of the best ways to become popular and gain new friends. It's cute, it's silly, and it's full of charm and endearing moments. Give it a shot."
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    #105 Centimeters per second

    5 Centimeters per second

    5 Centimeters per Second is a 2007 Japanese animated film produced, written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The film won the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film. The 1st part of the movie was streamed to Yahoo Japan premium members first.

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    Zachary Russell
    Written on January 18, 2019
    "Works by Makoto Shinkai have their ways of tackling emotions in a way that it feels so real while also being very relatable. The separation, the longing for one another, and trying to keep everything together. A wonderful film and a story that while sad has its own sense of beauty in it."
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    #11Asobi Asobase

    Asobi Asobase

    Asobi Asobase is an anime adaptation of the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rin Suzukawa. It began serialization on Hakusensha's Young Animal Densi website in June 2015 and has been compiled into 6 tankōbon volumes as of June 2018.

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    Tammy Carr
    Written on January 18, 2019
    "This anime is probably one of the best examples of the normal, mundane slice of life that we have all experienced one way or another. The story is nothing that has not been done or told before but that is exactly what makes it special. It is so normal and so relatable, you can't help but like it. I had a blast watching this show and I got so many good laughs out of it. Definitely recommended."
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    #12ReLife

    ReLife

    ReLIFE is a Japanese webtoon series written and illustrated by So Yayoi. The individual chapters were released by NHN Japan on the Comico website from October 12, 2013, to March 16, 2018, for a total of nine compiled tankōbon volumes.

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    Samuel Hunt
    Written on January 18, 2019
    "If you would be given a chance to talk to your younger self, what would you say? If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? Shows that tackle the concept and possibility of time travel is nothing new but it presented a little differently here in my opinion and is worth a watch."

Summary

Best What are the best slice of life anime
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ClannadTV Shows 17 Paid
2Anohana: The Flower We Saw That DayTV Shows 12 Paid
3Kimi no Na Wa: Your NameMovies 9 Paid
4Toradora!TV Shows 9 Paid
5Your Lie in AprilTV Shows 7 Paid
65 Centimeters per SecondBooks 6 Paid
7The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaTV Shows 2 Paid
8Lucky StarTV Shows 2 Paid
9K-On!TV Shows 1 Paid
105 Centimeters per secondMovies 0 Paid
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