Top Ten Slice of Life Anime
The Best "Slice of Life" Anime
"Slice of life" is a genre of anime that deals with fairly everyday issues. Slice of life is character-driven, not plot-driven. You are more likely to see a character studying for a math test than saving the world.
The following series are the best examples of slice of life anime, in my opinion.
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Nichijou literary means "regular life". For the characters in this series, regular everyday life is crazy and zany. There is no real plot, except for the premise that a life that is crazy and silly is still normal.
9. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (so long Mr. Despair) is about high school students and their teacher and is quite dark in its humor.
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is also a parody of Japanese culture. The high school teacher, Zetsubou, is a complete pessimist about life and sees everything in a negative light. His students, on the other hand, are absurdly optimistic. In the first episode, Zetsubou tries to hang himself from a tree. A student saves him, arguing that the teacher couldn't possibly kill himself on such a beautiful, sunny day. The series is a satire of Japanese society and it's a great, crazy anime.
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei anime isn't available on DVD in the U.S., but the manga is, so if you get a chance, check it out.
Toradora is a romantic comedy about two high school students who work together to win over the people they like. In the process, they start to like each other. All of the characters are likable and unique, with quirks and funny motives. Toradora is a great comedy, but as the story progresses it gives way to more serious issues.
7. K On!
K-On! has a simple premise: Four high school girls start a club where they play music and hang out. The best parts of the show are the girls’ personalities and interactions with each other.
6. School Rumble
School Rumble is a zany romantic comedy about high schools students. The basic plot: Tough guy Harima likes sweet (yet dense) Tenma. Tenma likes quiet Kurasuma, who in turn likes to eat curry.
The series follows the characters as they get into situations. For example, Harima tries to get Tenma to write her name on a test as they are taking it. This series is filled with lots of great, interesting characters. All in all, it's fun anime.
Clannad is a romantic slice of life series that also focuses on high school students. The basic plot centers around Tomoya, a delinquent who is has had a rough life, and Nagisa, a sickly girl who wants to make friends. They two of them try to form a theater club at their school. The series is sweet and has great characters. It's not all fun and sweet, though. There are some very moving moments too.
Note: This anime was adapted from a simulation dating game!
Maison Ikkoku tells the tale of Godai, a poor student down on his luck living in a broading house with crazy and diverse characters. The series is a romance at its core, but is made memorable by the crazy, everyday exploits of the characters surrounding Godai.
3. Azumanga Daioh
There are not many titles that define slice of life anime better than Azumanga Daioh. Azumanga Daioh doesn't really have an plot or premise. It's more of a comedic mood piece. It follows characters in high school, not all of them students. All the characters in this show have weird over-the-top personalities, and yet they are still endearing and easy to relate to.
2. Usagi Drop
Usagi Drop tells the story of Daikichi. After his grandfather dies he decides to look after his six-year-old orphan aunt, Rin. It is a sweet story about being a single parent and raising a child.
Aria is about girls learning to be gondoliers on the Planet Aqua (formerly Mars). The stories focus on Akari, a girl learning her job. The characters learn little lessons that relate to real life relationships and social interactions. The series has a slow, melodic feeling that is very relaxing to watch.