5 Favorite Slice-of-Life Series

Hyakko

As some of you may know or noticed, I’m a huge fan of slice-of-life series. Nothing makes me happier than to unwind with some lighthearted, fun series that usually are slice-of-life. Slice-of-life in anime refers to series with little plot and character development. More often than not, the series are filled with comedic moments.

You probably already know that, don’t you?

Anyway, the list below is my favorite slice-of-life series, not arranged in any particular order.

Hyakko

Hyakko introduced me to slice-of-life. It showed me that anime doesn’t have to long and whiny (okay, maybe not whiny) like One Piece and Naruto. And that I have the option for some short, pointless but fun series. Fine, I’m exaggerating but I think you know how I felt about the discovery. It’s super fun! I remember thinking that “hey, this anime is fun & so easy to watch”.

That really is the beginning of my “obsession” with slice-of-life.

Lucky Star

Lucky Star

Are you guys even surprised I listed this? With most of my random posts filled with images of Konata and with Lucky Star being constantly mentioned, my guess is that you’re not surprised. It’s hard not to like Lucky Star. There were a lot of aha! moments, the “yes, I feel the same way” moments, the “I did that too” moments. It did bring back some childhood memories like how Konata and Tsukasa went “ahhhh” in front of the fan during hot summer. I got scolded by adults back then. The most memorable scene is perhaps when Kuroi-sensei got the “This page cannot be displayed” error messages when she finally had some downtime and decided to go online. Don’t we get that a lot? Or is it really only me?

School Rumble

School Rumble

I first watched School Rumble on national television channel irregularly. If I remember correctly, it was dubbed in Malay. I’m not a fan of anything dubbed, but I remember finding this series to be exceptionally interesting compared to the other magical girls-related series that were also on TV. Before I know it, I was watching two seasons of School Rumble subbed.

The funniest thing about School Rumble is the antics of Harima & Sawachika. Their interactions often result in extreme circumstances, bringing many laughters. The good news is – they aren’t the only ones who are funny! Even the side characters never fail to make audience laugh. It’s really a great series to laugh with. Never let you down on that one.

Hidamari Sketch

Hidamari Sketch

I remember reading good reviews about Hidamari Sketch on various anime blogs before I finally gave in and watched. At first, I wasn’t quite sure how I feel about the arrangement of the episode sequence. It took me a while to get used to it. I marathon-ed the first two seasons over a week-long holiday (Hari Raya I think?) and fell in love with the serenity of the series. I mean, the noisiest of the bunch is genki-girl Miyako and really, it’s considered mild compared to the likes of Ritsu from K-ON!, in my opinion.

What sets Hidamari Sketch apart from other slice-of-life series mentioned here is that the girls work towards a common goal. It’s like there’s something at the end of the tunnel. A goal waiting to be achieved by the characters. In recent seasons, it showed that the seniors, Hiro and Sae, were struggling with the decisions regarding their future. I don’t know if I’ll feel the same way about Hidamari Sketch should Hiro and Sae no longer be a regular part of the series upon graduating. I hope that doesn’t happen…

Tamayura

Tamayura

Having an astounding artwork is one of the many things I like about Tamayura. But the most important factor is its healing effect. Out of the five titles listed, Tamayura has the best healing/soothing effect. It’s not that I’m escaping anything from my daily worries/obligations/responsibilities, but Tamayura does bring the calming effect. It could be the tranquil sceneries, the places Potte would go to or do, the appreciation the girls show for almost anything their doing, etc. I don’t really know for sure, but it makes me a tad relaxed watching this series. I’m so looking forward to the new season when it airs this coming July! Erm…it’s still happening right? I’m kinda out of touch with anime news (for the time being >.<)

Sooo…that’s my five favorite slice-of-life series. What’s yours?

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14 thoughts on “5 Favorite Slice-of-Life Series

  1. I think slice of life is marvelous, I like it when random activities are involved. following cute characters doing funny things is nice. Yeah Hyakko is just an awesome show, I loved it. surprisingly I don’t care about reading the manga, though.

    Lucky Star was a funny show as well, but I had liked some more activities aside from school.
    I love Tamayura it was funny heartwarjming, cute and yeah quite calming. It also had the perfect atmosphere.

    My Top 5 favorites.(Hyakko and Tamayura aside)

    Aria the Animation – I loved that they portrayed the job of a a trainee in the beautiful wold of Neo Venecia, that was a lovely created world with so much heart and positive way of slow plot, the last seasons end hurt quite a bit after all the time. The soothing character of this animeis very promient overall.

    Magical Pokaan – Well, a little fantasy was involved, but it was slice of life overall.
    That is one of my fav all time animes anyway. It follows the daily life adventures of four neverworld princesses in the human world. The characters are super cute and I loved their daily life adventures. It’s hilariously enchanting, but a little fanservice is also involved.

    K-On!! – The second season was longer and I preferred it over the first one, it was more interesting and funny.

    Aria and K-on have a little tearjerking in the last season, but they were totally worth the little pain in my mainly heart. The last two fav shows

    Minami Ke – an anime following the three Minami sister and their boring daily life, thankfully the comedy is mainly on a high level and the characters are really funny, there was one not so good season, but the rest is really cool.

    Acchi Kocchi – This a quite slow and cozy show, but it’s very cute and easy to watch. It provides hilarious character comedy and a bit of romance.

    I could sname a few other interesting ones like Kamichu or Bartender, but top 5 is top 5.

    • I didn’t watch a lot of the titles mentioned in your list >.<. Though I agree that if I have more to make it to a Top 10, Bartender will be in it. It's such a unique piece of work and totally differentiate itself from the usual slice of life series. There's an air of mystery as well.

  2. (I don’t visit sites often enough, so I’m often late to the party.)

    My favorite slice-of-life series are:
    1. Hidamari Sketch
    2. Azumanga Daioh
    3. Aria the Animation
    4. Acchi Kocchi
    5. Lucky Star

    Soooo… it’s a mix of your list and Wieselhead’s. (^_^)

    I actually did not like School Rumble very much – and I have the series on DVD. And though I like KyoAni, I’ve (oddly) never watched K-On! And I missed out watching some Minami Ke at our local anime convention; I really wanted to sample the series.

    • I have always wanted to watch Minami Ke as well, but I’m so many seasons behind which is why I’m having second thoughts. I have to first find all the seasons and then time to watch them all.

      • I forgot to mention that I like Tamayura as well – especially since I’m a photographer – but it didn’t make my top 5.

        As far as I know, the second season is still on schedule for this summer.

        • I actually like the fact that Potte uses a retro, film-based camera (I think that’s what it’s called?) to take photos.

          Yay! I’ll be eagerly waiting for the summer season to come. =)

  3. I love Lucky Star and School Rumble too. My favourite in recent years has to be Seitokai no Ichizon though. A lot of people dismissed it, but I thought it was absolutely hilarious and cute at the same time.

    • Ah…I remember you liking Seitokai no Ichizon. For me, I just don’t quite understand the jokes >.<. I know people who love it to bits though.

  4. School Rumble’s mainly a rom-com with SoL elements but you already know that. Good list. I’ve seen and enjoyed all 5 shows. Yakumo rules the world, Nene is a rockstar, Konata is an inspiration to otakus everywhere, the whistler made whistling adorable and Yoshinoya-sensei is an omnipotent goddess of greatness, unlimited beauty and squeaky slippers

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