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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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  1. 1Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name

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    How would you feel if you woke up in a different body? Can you live your life normally? This is Kimi No Na Wa, or Your Name, in a nutshell. Because of some unnatural events, Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu found themselves trapped in each others' bodies. They race against time to resolve this phenomenon as a massive meteor approaches Mitsuha's town.

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  1. 2Clannad

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    Clannad is the anime adaptation of the visual novel developed by KEY for PC in 2004. It follows a high school student whose life is changed when he meets a lonely girl who had to repeat a year while all her friends finished high school. 

  2. 3Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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    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.

  1. 4Your Lie in April

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    Your Lie in April (Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso) is a drama 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.

  2. 5Toradora!

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    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. It tells the story of Taiga Aisaka and Ryuji Takasu.

  3. 6ReLife

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    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.

  4. 75 Centimeters per Second

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    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. 




  5. 8K-On!

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    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.

  6. 9The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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    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.

  7. 10Lucky Star

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    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.

  8. 115 Centimeters per Second

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    5 Centimeters per Second is a 2007 Japanese anime film by Makoto Shinkai that t won the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film. The first part of the movie was streamed to the premium members of Yahoo Japan.

  9. 12Asobi Asobase

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    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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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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    Anonymous
    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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    Asobi Asobase
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    Anonymous
    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."
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    Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name
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    Anonymous
    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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    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
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    Anonymous
    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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    Toradora!
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    Anonymous
    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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    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
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    Anonymous
    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."
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    ReLife
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    Anonymous
    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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    5 Centimeters per Second
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    Anonymous
    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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    5 Centimeters per Second
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    Anonymous
    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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    K-On!
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    Anonymous
    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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    Your Lie in April
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    Anonymous
    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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    Lucky Star
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    Anonymous
    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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    Clannad
This list is about What are the best slice of life anime
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Kimi no Na Wa: Your NameMovies 14 Paid
2ClannadTV Shows 13 Paid
3Anohana: The Flower We Saw That DayTV Shows 11 Paid
4Your Lie in AprilTV Shows 9 Paid
5Toradora!TV Shows 8 Paid
6ReLifeTV Shows 4 Free
75 Centimeters per SecondBooks 3 Paid
8K-On!TV Shows 1 Paid
9The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaTV Shows 1 Paid
10Lucky StarTV Shows 0 Paid
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