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Is slice of life genre boring?

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Posted 3/15/19 , edited 3/15/19
Is not inherently good or bad, as almost every genre. You will find stories in all the broad spectra from utter trash to genuinely moving experiences.
But I think it's a genre that relies too much on generic, repeated tropes, as it needs to create engagement over rather mundane stuff. That's my main issue and ironically what moves the good series beyond, because they need to be way more polished than the regular fanfare-cool-looking-balls-to-the-wall-michael-bay-approved action an visuals in order to have a engaged audience
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Slice of Life is a wonderful genre, one of my favourites along with yuri, romance and comedy. YuruYuri is my favourite slice of life and anime in general.
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MeltingSky wrote:


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most of my fave shows would fall into this (rather broad) category...personally i get bored most easily with shonen and battle animes that can seem repetitive, formulaic and predictable to me...who cares how much "stuff" happens if it's all the same stuff that always happens? honestly, if i like the characters, the CD & the seiyuus and the dialogue is well written i'm about 90 percent on board already...i honestly dont care if anything at all ever happens plot-wise...seriously!

definitely try out Non Non Biyori...it's one of the best animes of the genre (and one of my personal top 10 animes of all time). Clannad (of course), Tora Dora, Hare+Guu, Usagi Drop, Barakamon, Your Lie in April, March Comes in Like a Lion, Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai!, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, K-On!, SKET Dance, Danshi Koukusei no Nichijou, Nichijou, Ichigo Mashimaro...ack i could go on forever...give some of these a try anyhows...


Thanks for the heads up on Ichigo Mashimaro. It was quite adorable. If you like iyashikei like Non Non Biyori and Barakamon you might like shows such as Girl's Last Tour, Encouragement of Climb, Yuru Camp and Flying Witch.



Girl's Last Tour is one of my all time faves, despite being relatively recent...a modern classic (i'm watching it for the third time right now)...Yuru Camp was nice (great character design & a nice easy pace) & Flying Witch was nice and chill too (if you like supernatural SOL maybe you would like Natsume Yuujinchou?)

I tried to watch Encouragement of Climb once but i dropped it and i dont remember why...i'm going to check it out again with your recommendation...thanks :)


Natsume Yuujinchou was a solid series that was well worth the watch. It seems we have similar tastes in anime. My guess is if you dropped Encouragement of Climb it may have been due to the very short form episodes in season 1. I actually almost gave up on it myself for that reason. Don't let that alone put you off since the later seasons remedy the issue with longer episodes.

If you liked Natsume you might want to check out Mushishi if you haven't already. It is a bit more serious and at times somber but it's a beautiful anime after you get past the first couple of episodes which are a bit wobbly. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou shares a lot of the same bittersweet end of the world themes that Girl's Last Tour does although the adaption of the award winning manga is unfortunately limited to just a handful of episodes. That manga along with Girl's Last Tour are my two favorite end of the world stories.

Amanchu! and Aria are another couple of solid iyashikie that have light fantasy or sci fi elements that might be worth checking out if you haven't run across them yet. Both are unique and soothing series.



yes we like all the same anime lol
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Posted 3/15/19 , edited 3/15/19
I've only watched two SoL shows (one this season) and tbh they're both incredibly funny.
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They are generally light, fluffy and easy to mentally digest... and sometimes deep and sweet.

With all the crap that fills up real life that can be awfully handy.

... I think I just described slice of life as a dessert...
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Posted 3/15/19 , edited 3/16/19
Is mushi-shi slice of life? It was pretty good.
March comes in like a lion is also a good watch.

The romance/dating stuff is boring though.
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Posted 3/15/19 , edited 3/16/19

iofhua wrote:

Is mushi-shi slice of life? It was pretty good.
March comes in like a lion is also a good watch.

The romance/dating stuff is boring though.


Mushishi is one of those oddball shows that I have seen pop up in discussions of like half a dozen different genres. It's really hard to categorize it. I have seen it described in the past as mystery, fantasy, drama, adventure, slice of life, iyashikei, supernatural, seinen and even historical. I think slice of life or more specifically iyashikei is as good a genre as any to place it in since its tranquil tone, rich immersive setting and lowkey approach to story telling is very iyashikei esque as is the lack of an overarching plot although there certainly is a bit of adventure, mystery and the supernatural involved due to how unusual the person's life is that the show follows.
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Posted 3/17/19 , edited 3/17/19

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The Slice of Life genre is absolute LOVE, and I truly don't know what I would do without it...As well as the Moe/CGDCT Shows; oh what a pit to fall in and become addicted to! But its SO WONDERFUL! There's nothing else like it! "Iyashikei" type Anime I would say sometimes also gets put under Slice of Life as well, and some of the titles among the "Iyashikei" genre can bring you a "Peace" from watching Anime, unlike which is possible to receive from any of the other genres/Titles.

SoL and "Iyashikei" are definitely not meant for everyone. But for those who HAVE found the wondrous experiences that come with becoming a Fan of the aforementioned genres...There's truly nothing else like it among the art of Anime and all of it's further extended features.

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Amen!
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Posted 3/19/19 , edited 3/19/19

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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

The Slice of Life genre is absolute LOVE, and I truly don't know what I would do without it...As well as the Moe/CGDCT Shows; oh what a pit to fall in and become addicted to! But its SO WONDERFUL! There's nothing else like it! "Iyashikei" type Anime I would say sometimes also gets put under Slice of Life as well, and some of the titles among the "Iyashikei" genre can bring you a "Peace" from watching Anime, unlike which is possible to receive from any of the other genres/Titles.

SoL and "Iyashikei" are definitely not meant for everyone. But for those who HAVE found the wondrous experiences that come with becoming a Fan of the aforementioned genres...There's truly nothing else like it among the art of Anime and all of it's further extended features.

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Amen!


Although there are examples of slice of life stories in other mediums including western television and film, iyashikei is a genre that is truly unique to anime. There is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world and I am very thankful for its existence. Even when everything else has failed, including heavy mind altering medications, a good iyashikei can sometimes banish the fire ants from my brain.

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Posted 3/21/19 , edited 3/21/19
I love me some Slice of Life anime once in a while. It's quite relaxing and change of pace from watching fantasy-type anime all the time.

Natsume Yujin-cho (the relaxing pace and no urgency to an end seems very SoL to me)
Usagi Drop
Working!
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Space Brothers (can this one be considered SoL too?)
Silver Spoon

Hell, I'll even throw in REC as short as it was in anime form. I still love watching it with all of its references to Audrey Hepburn. <3 Which reminds me, I need to catch up on the manga and see how far the translations have gotten now...
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