Whether you’re rich or poor, busy or idle, human, or another living being, everybody needs good relaxation once in a while. But what do you do for relaxation?
If you want to relieve your stress or tension, you might have a few ways like talking to someone who really cares for you or listening to your favorite music, etc. But we’ve got the best way to make you feel alive even after your stressful work or exhausting day.
Here we brought an ultimate list of the best Slice of Life anime which spices your life even more. These anime are like tension relief pills but without any side effects.
Best Slice of Life Anime!
11. Sakura Quest
Sakura Quest is an anime that tells you that life isn’t something you can give up. It follows the story of Sakura, who goes on a quest to finding a job that suits her.
But even after many attempts, she fails to find a good job. One lucky day, she receives a job offer from a travel agency, and she gets a job in a rural village “Manoyama.”
The purpose of her career is to bring Manoyama back to life by attracting tourists to the village. In the beginning, she finds it very hard, but when her friends stay alongside her, she will be able to do her job correctly.
This slice of life anime is about how a dream becomes achievable if you have a strong will, and that dream shouldn’t be small.
Just like in the anime, where girls face many obstacles, and their dream of bringing Manoyama back to life seems almost impossible. But they didn’t give up; instead, they made it possible with everything they’ve got.
10. 5 Centimetres Per Second
5 Centimetres Per Second often regarded as one of the masterpieces of Makoto Shinkai and is well-known for its emotional attachment and heart whelming story.
The story follows Takaki and Akari, who become close friends from regular classmates. But they face hardship when Akari moves to another town because of her parents’ job.
Both of them try to maintain their relationship as it was, but time keeps them apart. But soon Takaki is about to move to a faraway city, so he decides to meet her one last time. Will they reunite again?
The story gets pretty emotional and heartbreaking in the end. Before you watch this slice of anime, make sure to grab some tissues because you’ll eventually end up in tears.
9. Himouto! Umaru chan
Himouto! Umaru chan is about a cute and annoying little sister who leads a double life. Despite being an over-achieving student, she has an entirely different personality at home.
Whenever she turns into a little girl, she becomes lazy, leaving all the household work to his brother Taihei. But when she is normal, her life is just like normal students but fills with passion.
The plot is good, and the characters are well developed, and more than anything it gives you a warm feeling while watching.
What more do you want from a slice of life anime? We would recommend you to watch it if you don’t believe in only strong plots.
Orange is one of the most emotional rollercoasters for sure. It follows the story of Naho Takamiya, who receives a strange letter from her future self. At first, she never believes the message, but after several events, she realizes that it’s true.
The future Naho implies that she shouldn’t repeat the same mistakes that she did and keep a close eye on her classmate Kakeru who plays a crucial role in her life.
If you have seen a slice of life anime like Toradora, they usually highlight romance, but anime like Orange highlights romance, guilt, depression, and bullying. While these aspects are common in some anime series, but it stays unique in the pace and presentation.
Kakeru’s depression due to her mother’s death turns to regret later. This series is deep, and with every episode, it makes you uncomfortable and lets you experience some beautiful scenes as well.
The story follows the life of a 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki. When he quits his first job, he tries to find a fitting job for him, but he fails. But one day, he meets Ryou, a girl who offers him an opportunity to change his life by taking a mysterious pill.
With nothing left to lose, he prefers to give it a chance. And the next morning he wakes up and finds that he is 17 years old. Now he must attend school for a year to make the experiment successful by ReLife Research Institute.
This slice of life anime shows us how tough it is to adjust to a new life and not repeat past mistakes. And we can see that in Arata’s life and how he struggles with his new life. But yet it proves that ReLife is a blessing where you don’t leave any regrets behind.
This chance to do over life isn’t something that you can even in your whole life, but if it is possible, almost everyone would like to have it. ReLife also shows how better one’s life can become if he makes use of this chance in the right way.
6. Poco’s Udon World
Poco’s Udon World follows Souta Tawara, who returns to his hometown, after being away for some time. Although his parents are no longer with him, his home and his family’s beloved restaurant keeps him going on with his life. One day, Souta visits the udon restaurant and finds a young boy resting in the restaurant.
Souta offers him food and clothing, but suddenly the boy sprouts a pair of ears and a tail who is a shape-shifting tanuki. He names him Poco, and eventually, the two of them become best friends, and Souta’s life becomes more meaningful.
Poco’s Udon World lets you feel the essence of a real slice of life anime. “There is no place like Home“- one of the most meaningful and lovely phrases you can recur.
While presenting the heartwarming relationship between Poko and Souta, this slice of life anime lets you know how one’s life can change from being bitter to lovely.
5. TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You
Nasa Yuzaki is all set to achieve his dream of ranking first in the national mock exam and aiming for the best high school. He is pretty confident that he can make it possible, but life can get manipulative sometimes.
One usual day, he encounters a beautiful girl and tries to approach her. However, he gets saved by the same girl when he was about to get hit by a truck. Still, he can’t stop looking at her and asks her out. To his surprise, the girl agrees, but only if he marries her.
If you’re sick of all the romance dramas with the routine love story stuff, then Tonikaku Kawaii is definitely for you. It is so light-hearted and feels so relaxing. Just from the synopsis, you can pretty much tell the uniqueness in the story.
So, if you’re looking for a slice of life anime with a little romance theme in it, then suit yourself to experience this delightful story that takes you on a beautiful journey.
The slice of life anime gem is about Ryuji and Taiga who possess quite opposite personalities. Since they both have respective crushes, they form an alliance to make it possible.
Instead of helping each other, their attempts always backfire on them, and they find themselves in awkward romantic situations. Are they destined to be together?
Toradora is very popular among the slice of life romance anime because of its well-written story and masterfully developed characters. In the beginning, you find Taiga repeatedly abusing Ryuji.
As you go through the episodes, you learn more about characters and their backstories. Unlike any other slice of life anime series, it gets intense with every episode.
3. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is an 11-episode anime that you’ll regard as a masterpiece, right after watching it.
The story follows Jinta Yadomi, who lives his everyday life by skipping school and playing video games at home. One day a ghost appears in front of him, and she is none other than his childhood friend Menma who died five years ago in an accident.
She asks him to fulfill a wish of her and willing to accept it, he agrees. Soon he is reunited with his childhood friends while solving the mysteries, and they confront each other’s feelings in the meantime.
Being a slice of life anime, it gets straight to the point in terms of story. With pure fun and warm moments along with some intense mysteries, it entertains you a lot.
If you’re here for the slice of life anime, this would be our best recommendation for you. Make sure you watch it at least once.
2. March Comes in Like a Lion
March Comes in Like a Lion is a rare slice of life anime you can ever find. The story follows Rei Kiriyama, who is a professional Shogi player. As situations demand, he moves into a new apartment in Tokyo. But even though he couldn’t let go of his loneliness and depression.
However, after Rei meets his sisters, who live with their grandfather, helps him with his traditional wagashi shop. Along the journey, the sisters help Rei seeking friendship and better habits to make his life better.
Presenting the story with the professional player of Shogi isn’t just about some strategic game. It shows the complexities of life and how hardships occur in real life if you feel low.
Like how Rei faces loneliness in his life, most of you have already experienced it. But even in hard times, there always lies hope beneath it.
The characters in this slice of life anime make it look more alive. This emotional rollercoaster not only leaves you speechless but also presents you with unusual events that make it more unique than the other ones.
1. Fruits Basket
Fruits Basket is a sweet and warm story that gets you to keep moving along with your life, even if you want to give up on it.
The story follows Tohru Honda, who loses her mother and decides to stand on her own. But as some incidents take place, she ends up living alongside Somas in their house. As she gets more closer to them, Yuki and Kyo find happiness in their life and they treat her like a family.
But little did she know, Somas are different from ordinary people, and there is something unpleasant waiting for Yuki. If you want something to make you feel good, then you must watch this slice of life anime.
The pace isn’t something you should be concerned about because once you roll up into the story, you will just stare at the beautiful moments of the anime.
Fruits Basket came out in 2001, but in 2019, a reboot for the 2001 anime has aired and became a huge success. So, if you are thinking to watch it, we would recommend you go with the reboot.
While most people prefer to watch action/adventure anime, Slice of Life is an exceptional genre where you get to watch some meaningful anime that lets you feel alive for a moment.
No wonder, some people prefer a slice of life anime over any other genre. If you’re here to start your first anime from this genre, trust me, this is one of the best things you did in your life.
Well, what do you think of our list? Do you have any other anime on your mind? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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