Anime has covered a lot of different genres like action, fantasy, and adventure. Anime has also introduced genres of its own such as mecha and moe. One of the best genres that anime has really brought to life, however is the genre known as slice of life. A lot of people aren’t familiar with the genre, despite what the genre covers. So what exactly is slice of life?
Slice of life is one of those genres that usually overlaps with other genres. Since it’s about the everyday lives of the main characters, it can overlap with genres like fantasy or drama as long as the main focus of the story is the daily lives of the characters, rather than just elements that focus only on the exciting elements or on points of action or tension. With that in mind, here are some of the best examples of the genre:
In Gabriel Dropout, we learn that angels and devils have to go to school. After going through grade school, they’re sent to earth to learn more about humans and to spread good (or evil) in the world before becoming full fledged angels and demons. The story revolves around the former top student, Gabriel, and her friends: a devious angel, an incompetent demon, and a demon that’s more angelic than the angels.
Gabriel, or Gab-chan, isn’t very angelic anymore though. Having discovered the world of videogames, Gab would rather play video games than go to school or do her chores. The series covers their misadventures at school and at home as they try to cope with how the human world is bringing out the best (or worst) in them, often with hilarious results. A great casual watch for people who want something light.
If you haven’t seen this anime yet, you’re missing out on one of the best drama slice of life anime ever made. Originally a visual novel style game, it was adapted into an anime. Unlike most slice of life anime which covers a year or so in the life of the main characters per season, Clannad spans years of the characters lives, with the first season covering their school lives, and the second covering their adult lives.
Be warned, however, that despite how light the first season feels, with a lot of humor and light fun throughout the episodes with only a few major hits to the feels, the second season is an emotional rollercoaster that affects most people who have seen the series, no matter how many times they’ve seen it. A hallmark of a great slice of life series!
Daily Lives Of High School Boys
One of the shows that’s most true to the concept of slice of life anime while remaining entertaining, Daily Lives Of High School Boys features no supernatural or fantasy elements other than for a joke in the first episode. Rather, the show is very true to the sort of scenarios one would expect from teenage boys in high school. There’s a bit of romance, but for the most part, it’s a comedic look at the lives of teen boys.