The slice of life anime, that great favourite of Type B fans, has been subjected to ranking by its many fans – with KyoAni’s showing as strong as ever in a genre it dominates rather strongly…
The term “slice-of-life” actually has no direct equivalent in Japanese – the (very) close equivalent being “kuuki-kei” (空気系 – loosely, “atmosphere type”), describing works which centre developing a distinct “atmosphere” rather than a follow a storyline.
The almost synonymous “nichijou-kei” – “everyday life type” – shares practically the same definition.
These terms describe a loose genre centred on the interactions of moe characters, (frequently unrealistic) everyday settings, and a lack of overarching story, most often being derived from 4 panel manga.
Having only taken shape in the last decade, defining examples are likely to be familiar – Azumanga Daioh!, Lucky Star, K-ON! and Nichijou being some of the most representative.
3. Danshikousei no Nichijou
4. Acchi Kocchi
5. Lucky Star
9. Hidamari Sketch
10. Ore no Imouto