If you’re a frequent anime watcher you might be familiar with the genre ’slice-of-life’. If not, Slice-of-life is just as it says, an anime genre that takes normal daily subjects and focuses on them, thus a slice of life. Slice-of-life themes usually range from teen coming-of-age, interpersonal relationships, family, romance, to fantasy and science fiction. It might sound pretty boring. But actually sometimes all I just wanna watch is something lighthearted that brings me joy. Slice-of-life anime is what does that for me.

Over the past couple of years I’ve occasionally watched some slice-of-life anime’s just to have a break from well… pretty much everything.

So I’ve listed 5 anime’s that I’ve enjoyed watching and written a small intro to what they’re about.

  • Barakamon
  • Hanasaku Iroha
  • Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
  • Flying Witch
  • Natsume Yuujinchou

Hanasaku Iroha

A young girl named Ohana Matsumae, from the big city of Tokyo, is sent to live with her estranged grandmother who owns a traditional hot spring inn. But her grandmother only allows her to stay there Ohana has to work as an attendant in the inn. With no experience of hard work whatsoever, Ohana will have a tough time fitting in and getting adjusted to this small time life.

Genre: slice of life, comedy, drama
Seasons: 1 season / 26 episodes

Flying Witch

To become a real witch, a teenage witch and her cat Chito decide to move in with distant relatives. From there on her training starts. Learning to ride a broom, do potions and spells and so much more… Together with her nephew and little niece she starts to discover the beautiful secrets of the world of magic.

Genre: slice of life, comedy, magic
Seasons: 1 season / 12 episodes

Barakamon

A brilliant calligrapher from the big city named Seishu Handa loses his temper and punches one of his elders. As punishment he’s being cast away to a small island far from home. The locals welcome him with open arms though and even provide him with a home. A small house, which served as the local kids their clubhouse, on which they have no intention of giving it up any time soon. It will be very hard for this calligrapher to concentrate on his work with all those kids barging in.

Genre: slice of life, comedy
Seasons: 1 season / 12 episodes

Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

A young webdesigner who left home to build his career in Tokyo, is called back upon his father’s funeral. Together with his sister they decided to sell their parental home and so he takes some time-off to clean the place up. Their father used to be a udon chef and restaurant owner. So in search for food he goes up to the old kitchen only to discover a small child being hidden in one of the cupboards. Where did it come from?

Genre: slice of life, fantasy
Seasons: 1 season / 12 episodes

Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume, a high school boy who lost his parents, is used to moving around and living with very distant relatives. Until he moves to the area his grandmother used to live, there he comes to learn all about the strange powers he inherited and everything that’s connected to them. After only a month of living there he runs into a Japanese good luck cat (neko), who isn’t at all what it seems. The cat named Madara threatens Natsume until they both seem to come to terms. From here on Madara earns the nickname Nyanko sensei and becomes Natsume’s bodyguard until his last breath.

Nyanko sensei is a bit of a rude but funny glutton that would do anything for food. But what looks like a chubby cat, might not actually be a chubby cat.

Genre: slice of life, comedy, magic
Seasons: 6 season / 11 - 13 episodes



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