The great thing about Slice of Life Anime is that we can relate to the struggles and moments of the protagonist shown in particular anime. In this genre, we often see the characters similar to us, in situations similar to ours, facing the same struggles in life and going about their daily business. The flexible plot and light action soothes our mind and relive us from unnecessary tension.
The slow and soft plot is what make this genre quite irreplaceable. So if you’re looking for some “Slice of Life Anime” then you have arrived at the right article. So without further ado, let’s start the list :
9. Silver Spoon
Silver Spoon aired in 2013 with 11 episodes. If you’re into comedy and shounen genre then you should give this anime a shot.
The plot follows Yugo Hachiken who flunked in his paper and decided to take admission in an agriculture school, living his dream life, away from his family. The anime focuses on the struggle of the protagonist as he is forced to uncover the harsh truth about agricultural life, as he tries to cope up with his fellow farmers who are already accustomed to this harsh environment. The story of a tear, sweat, and mud-stained youth begins!
Shirobako aired in 2014, produced by Studio P.A works. This drama-comedy-based anime won the hearts of many audiences and is known for the timed humor. It contains 24 episodes which fulfill its purpose.
The story follows the five best friends and their collective love for all anime related things and formed an animation club. The anime shows the struggle of these five girls to get their dream job with many diversions on their way, but one’s dreams can be achieved through perseverance with a touch of creativity.
The first season was aired in the fall, 2010, produced by J.C. Staff Studio. The characters are the best asset to this anime, with laughing humor. If you want to relieve the stress, give this anime a shot.
Bakuman, follows the story of a child, Moritaka Mashiro who dreamt of becoming a mangaka. Later, he quits his dream when a tragedy strikes. But one day, his classmate Akito Takagi, proposed him to become the mangaka together. Thus the pair begins their journey to create a manga under the name Muto Ashirogi, hoping to become the greatest manga writer in Japan.
This short anime Barakamon is produced by one of the leading industries of animation Kinema Citrus Studio. It really rules the animation in and the funny moments get you rolling. This anime was aired in 2014. This contains 12 episodes.
This anime focus on the life of Seishuu Handa who is an upcoming calligrapher: broot, handsome and talented, but unfortunately short-tempered. On such an event, he lost his cool when his award-winning piece was labeled as “unoriginal”. As punishment, he was exiled to Goto Island, far from the comfortable Tokyo lifestyle by his father to self reflect. Now he must find new inspiration and deal to live with the troublesome neighbors.
Nana is a treat to watch, with a ton of drama and music. This anime is produced by Madhouse in the year 2006. Though it is a slice of life anime, we can see the pinch of romance in between. If you’re more than a little interested in romance, it is worth the time. It has 47 episodes.
The story is about the fateful encounter between the two girls who share the same name ‘Nana’ and their attempt to support each other through thick and thin. This anime emphasizes friendship, romance, challenges, and music with heartbreaks between Komatsu and Osaki.
4. March Comes In Like A Lion
This is another short anime contain merely 22 episodes in First Season. March Comes In Like A Lion is one of the notable works of Shaft Studio, aired in Fall 2006. This drama, game, seinen anime won the hearts of many weebs.
The story is focused on Rei Kiriyama, one of the few elites in the world of shogi. He is 17 years old and struggles to maintain himself physically and mentally through his shogi career. But he must learn how to interact with others and understand his own complex emotions.
You must have heard about this anime from a friend or from a fellow weeb. This anime really hit the platform when it makes its first impression in Spring, 2012. No wonder it was a huge success. It contains 22 episodes.
The story is based on the award-winning light novel series Koten-bu. A high school student Houtarou Oreki has to figure out all the mysteries with his couple of friends. Hyouka refers that normal life is full of a variety of mysteries, we just need the right mindset to solve it.
2. Usagi Drop
This is one of the underrated anime I have seen. It doesn’t get as much credit as it needs to get. The animation was just ‘Wow’ and the plot did play its parts to keep the audience in check. Aired in 2011, a production by ‘Production I.G. Studio’.
Usagi Drop is the story of Daikichi’s journey through fatherhood. Meanwhile, he is raising Rin with his gentle and affectionate nature with the hint of warmth and interdependence that are at the heart of a happy, nuclear family.
1. Kids On The Slope
At the top of the list, we have Kids On The Slope. This is a must-watch anime and certainly, it is worth the time. Aired in Spring, 2012, a heartwarming anime produced by Studio -Tezuka Productions. This short anime contains 12 episodes, an ideal number to binge-watch.
The story revolves around the friendship between Kaoru Nishimi, a loner who abandons all hope of fitting in with this classmates until he encounters the notorious delinquent Sentarou Kawabuchi. Kaoru’s discovers immense joy after meeting Sentarou and using his musical talents. Sakamichi no Apollon is a heartwarming story of friendship, music, and love that follows three unique individuals brought together by their mutual appreciation for jazz.
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