While most of us start off with the mainstream genres of anime such as Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, or Attack on Titan, the slice-of-life genre has its own fanbase. That’s why you should add these best slice-of-life anime to your list.
Anime has many genres to choose from. Slice of life focuses on the life story of the character and everything about them. It also depicts the day-to-day activities of the characters. This genre gives a warm feeling, like a hug, or could sometimes make you cry, and is one of those things that help you relax after a long day.
1. Your Lie in April
Your Lie in April was released in 2015. It follows Kosei Arima, who is a young pianist who loses the ability to hear the piano again after his mother’s death. He sees the world in monochrome, without any color. His life changes when he encounters Kaori Miyazono, a free-spirited violinist.
2. A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice is an animated movie and is rated one of the best animated movies of 2016. The theme of this story focuses on the acceptance of guilt and teenage behavior in society. The story revolves around a deaf girl, Shoko Nishimiya, who joins the elementary school and gets bullied by Shoya Ishida and her other classmates. A beautiful, bittersweet story that can get us bawling by the end of the movie.
Clannad’s story revolves around high school students Nagisa Furukawa, Tomoya Okazaki, and their friends. It is a simple slice of life-themed story, where the plot focuses on the daily lives of the main characters along with supernatural elements.
It also has a sequel- Clannad: After Story. This is also another heart-warming anime and might get you teary-eyed by the end of it.
4. Kono Oto Tomare
Kono Oto Tomare has a musical theme as well as a slice of life. The story follows Chika Kudo, Satowa Hozuki, and the members of the koto club in Tokise High. The theme focuses on the struggle of passionate koto lovers who struggle to learn the koto and get noticed by their peers.
A fairly emotional story with a captivating plot. Not only does it have visual brilliance, but the music is also phenomenal and can get you interested in learning it.
5. Violet Evergarden
This is undoubtedly one of the best slices of life anime in that genre. This anime is good for beginner watchers of this genre. The story is unique and takes place in a post-war world. The story follows Violet Evergarden, an ex-female soldier who has difficulty understanding emotions. And so, she joins a writing agency that writes letters for others which helps her to connect with people.
An emotional and refreshing story that one needs to watch regardless of their interest.
6. 5 Centimeters Per Second
5 Centimeters Per Second is one of the most famous anime in the anime world. Especially in the slice of life/drama genre. The story is about Takaki Tono and his relationship with Akari Shinohara. This anime is segregated into 3 segments.
Left with a bittersweet feeling, this anime will get you wanting to watch more.
7. Fruits Basket
A story set in a high school focused around Tohru Honda and her classmates Yuki Soma and Kyo. Her unfortunate situation forced her to live with them in their house. After learning Soma’s secrets, she promises to keep them to herself and help them.
The characters are endearing and have unique characteristics. This show has an interesting plot that revolves around Honda and the Somas.