What are the best slice of life mangas?

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    #1Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

    Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

    Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms is a historical fiction manga written and illustrated by Fumiyo Kono. This manga tells the story of Minami Hirano who survived the Hiroshima bomb attack and her life in a quiet, old town.

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    Julie Wells
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "In this slim but powerful work, Kouno accomplishes for manga what "Grave of the Fireflies" did for anime: it offers a sobering portrayal of the horrible effects of war on ordinary people. This is not the "view from 30,000 feet": there is no analysis of the reasons for the bombing, there is no blame assigned, there is no big picture summary. Instead, there is a very vivid, very real account of the short term and long lasting effects of the bombing on three generations of the "everyman" Hirano/Ishikawa family."
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    #2Yotsuba&! (Vol. 1)

    Yotsuba&! (Vol. 1)

    Yotsuba&! (Vol.1) is a humorous fiction manga created by Kiyohiko Azuma. This young adult sequential art manga is about Yotsuba and her neighbors. It is first published in 2003. 

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    Thomas Perkins
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Yotsuba&! (Vol.1) is quality manga. It's much better than American slice-of-life stories. The price is very low as well. It's a low risk purchase."
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    #3MeruPuri (Vol. 1)

    MeruPuri (Vol. 1)
    MeruPuri is a comedy manga series illustrated and written by Matsuri Hino. This manga follows the story of Airi Hoshina and her search for love. MeruPuri was published in four volumes.
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    Harold Jacobs
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #4Gold Pollen and Other Stories

    Gold Pollen and Other Stories

    Gold Pollen and Other Stories is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Seiichi Hayashi. This gekiga manga celebrates Seiichi's avant-garde visual representations. The author is known for this art style in the 1960s and 1970s.

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    Adam Elliott
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Gold Pollen and Other Stories is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Seiichi Hayashi. It is a very interesting read."
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    #5Fallen Words

    Fallen Words

    Fallen Words is a historical fiction gekiga manga written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel was originally published in 2009. Fallen Words explores the oral tradition of rakugo through visual art.

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    Diana Hughes
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Great addition to my collection. Artwork is beautiful. The stories are entertaining and compelling. "
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    #6Backstage Prince (Vol. 1)

    Backstage Prince (Vol. 1)

    Backstage Prince is a romance manga written and illustrated by Kanoko Sakurakoji. This manga tells the story of a high school girl named Akari and her chance encounter with Ryusei, a famous kabuki actor. Backstage Prince has 2 volumes.

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    Craig Barnes
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The best slice of life manga is the Backstage Prince (Vol. 1). It is a coming-of-age story of two teenagers, one a normal high school student and the other a famous kabuki actor. Wonderfully illustrated and written with flair for the dramatic."
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    #7Abandon the Old in Tokyo

    Abandon the Old in Tokyo
    Abandon the Old in Tokyo is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel is the second in Yoshihiro's three-volume series of his compiled works. It was originally published in 2006.
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    Huang Shen
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a sequel to an amazing graphic novel. It fills in a lot of gaps left by the first book. After reading it I went out and bought the third volume."
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    #8Good-Bye

    Good-Bye

    Good-Bye is a collection of gekiga stories written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel contains all the nine works produced by Yoshihiro in 1971 to 1972.

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    Michael Newman
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Tatsumi's world is a world quite humane. The words "dark", "intense" are thrown around these days too often. This book is a collection of short stories very much like "The push-Man and other stories" and "Abandon the old in Tokyo". It is dark, intense and at the same time very real glimpses of middle class life in a not so inconceivable place. I, for one, would personally recommend any of Tatsumi's books."
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    #9A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by the legendary Japanese mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This slice of life and drama graphic novel was originally published in 2008. It has a 2011 film adaptation entitled Tatsumi.

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    Benjamin Flores
    Written on April 16, 2018
    " A Drifting Life will keep you glued to the book.The book is very interesting and well written in a simple way which is cool.This is one of the manga's that interests me most because of the drama in it."
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    #10Nana (Vol. 1)

    Nana (Vol. 1)
    This is the story of two 20-years old girls, who have the same name but very different stories: while Nana Komatsu just got to the city looking for love, whereas Nana Osaki is a cool girl who is focused in becoming the next rock and roll superstar. 




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    David Watkins
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "one of the best mangas out there sadly it'll probably never be finished "
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    #11Kiss/Hug (Vol. 1)

    Kiss/Hug (Vol. 1)

    Kiss/Hug is a romantic comedy manga written and illustrated by Mitsuki Kako. This manga tells the story of a transfer student from England named Ryuu and his encounter with an attractive lady on the night of the Tanabata festival.

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    #12Stray Love Hearts

    Stray Love Hearts

    Stray Love Hearts is a romantic comedy shojo manga written and illustrated by Aya Shouoto. This manga was serialized in Sylph magazine in 2008. Stray Love Hearts or S.L.H has 5 published volumes.

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    Johnny Davis
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #13Fall In Love Like a Comic (Vol. 1)

    Fall In Love Like a Comic (Vol. 1)

    Fall In Love Like a Comic is a romantic comedy manga written and illustrated by Chitose Yagami. This manga was serialized in the Ciao magazine. It was originally published in 2002.

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    Paul Scott
    Written on April 11, 2018
    ""Fall in Love Like a Comic" represents one of the best entries into the "Slice of Life" genre. It does well in imitating the real life situations that it talks about. I am sure many people will relate to the high school experiences of Rena Sakura. The art is great and the dialogue is well-written. I would recommend this series to anyone interested in manga. "
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    #14Red Colored Elegy

    Red Colored Elegy
    Red Colored Elegy is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Seiichi Hayashi. This one-volume gekiga manga was published between 1970 and 1971. In 2007, Toei Animation adapted the manga into an animated version.
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    Ralph Munoz
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a great classic slice of life manga. It's a little unusual for a manga, so it could help you get started in this genre, or give you something a little different if you're already a fan."
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    #15Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)

    Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)

    Paradise Kiss is a romantic drama manga written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. This manga tells the story of Yukari Hayasaka and her struggle to balance modeling and school. Paradise Kiss has 5 published volumes.

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    Gilberto Luna
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Paradise Kiss is a lot different than other mangas that you may know before. If you are interested in fashion and anime, you should definitely get this one. You can get the whole 5 volume with a small amount of money."
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    #16Nodame Cantabile, (Nodame Cantabile Series)

    Nodame Cantabile, (Nodame Cantabile Series)
    Shinichi Chiaki has always wanted to become a conductor, but being afraid of planes and flying will make it really hard for him to succeed. One day, he meets Megumi Noda, a girl who cannot do the most basic things but has an innate talent when it comes to playing the piano, specially Cantabile style. 



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    Jerry McDonald
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Most people who have read this book have given it three or more stars. However the book has been out for more than 10 years and has had only 12 reviews. The book Max popularity, but seems to be enjoyed by those who actually read it. "
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    #17A Bride's Story (Vol. 1)

    A Bride's Story (Vol. 1)

    A Bride's Story Vol. 1 is a historical manga written by Kaoru Mori and translated by William Flanagan. Originally published in 2009, it focuses on Amir Halgal as she struggles to cope with the cultural differences with her husband.

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    Michael Moore
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I really hate when books are so predictable. That is exactly what I got when I read this book"

Summary

Best What are the best slice of life mangas
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry BlossomsBooks 46 Paid
2Yotsuba&! (Vol. 1)Books 42 Paid
3MeruPuri (Vol. 1)Books 41 Paid
4Gold Pollen and Other StoriesBooks 39 Paid
5Fallen WordsBooks 38 Paid
6Backstage Prince (Vol. 1)Books 36 Paid
7Abandon the Old in TokyoBooks 35 Paid
8Good-ByeBooks 35 Paid
9A Drifting LifeBooks 32 Paid
10Nana (Vol. 1)Books 32 Paid
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