Thursday, September 8, 2011

What a delicious Slice of Life

If you were to ask someone to name anime genres, I'm sure they could come up with a few staples right off the top of their head. You'd hear about sci-fi, action, supernatural and other genres that you commonly hear about with traditional movies and TV shows. Those shows are all very appreciated, but how many people do you think would comment on the 'Slice of Life' genre? Even knowing what it is, it's hard to describe!

It's interesting to see the Slice of Life genre coming into its own, or even existing at all! What's Slice of Life all about? Think of it as a snapshot into the life of an everyday person. You follow that person along with their family and friends to see what their life is all about. No super explosions or powered-up monsters. This is the kind of stuff you see in a normal, everyday life.

How can a genre like that end up being so entertaining? My guess is that it all has to do with being relate-able. People love to see shows that they can easily relate to, sometimes through the character or the situation they're in. When you watch a Slice of Life feature, you can pretty much relate to everything you see. Family and personal issues that fall into the normal routine of work and school. How can anyone not relate to that?!

How do you feel about the Slice of Life genre? Is it your cup of tea, or do you find it too mundane? I know some people don't enjoy the genre because it's just a look at everyday life, and that's what we all do every single day! Leave a comment and let us know what you think of the genre, and if it's here to stay.


  1. I actually love slice-of-life in an anime series. Some of my favorite ones would be School Rumble and Genshiken. I don't know why I am attracted to the slice-of-life genre except for the fact that it is relate-able.

  2. Actually a lot of slice of life animes come out every season in Japan. I like ones like K-on and I'm watching Lucky Star now. I'm waiting to hear if Nichijou is good when it ends. And yeah some of the things I can relate to (not everything since it's Japan :P).