I finally got to follow-up on the first post. Yey! I am so ashamed it took me so long. But it’s funny what noise pollution can do to one’s mind. So in order to keep myself from losing my sanity, I finally finished my slice of life list.
After this, the only other category that I am sure to do will be mecha. As for the others, it depends on my mood whether I continue or not. Right now I’m not exactly highly motivated to blog, especially with my RL issues. But if you haven’t seen any of the shows and decide to take an interest (or even like it after watching), I will be happy.
Note: If there is an asterisk (*), it means that the show has multiple seasons. For shows with reviews, I have provided links so that I don’t repeat myself.
10 Hataraki Man
A story about a female writer working for a magazine. It is not overly dramatic, hence very watchable. Although sometimes it doesn’t work in the show’s favor, because then rewatch is not really that appealing.
09 Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~ [Best Animation]
Gorgeous visuals are the first thing that comes to mind regarding this show. Next are the OP and ED, I really like the songs. And the story? The magic can’t be called realism but the ending was moving. I can’t say anymore without spoiling it though.
08 Ristorante Paradiso
All things considered, this show should be on a par with Mahou Tsukai. But it has an edge, in that it gives off this relaxing feeling. With Mahou Tsukai, there were times when I get bored in some scenes (when I was busy trying to understand the dialogue as I finished the latter half in raw).
A series about otaku college students and their club. I actually categorized this under comedy, but oh well, it really was funny.
06 Nodame Cantabile*
Mukyaaaaaa! I almost forgot about this one. Though I view this show as more of a romance/comedy/music type of show. This show opened the way for my appreciation of classical music. If you thought the anime was funny, you shouldn’t miss the live-action version!
Beck was the one of the first slice-of-life series that I saw (I can’t remember if Honey and Clover came first). Boy meets guitarist, becomes a guitarist himself, and joins the band eventually named Beck. The story’s not that simple though–that’s why I’ve rewatched this show several times. For the real ending, it’s better to read the manga.
Like Beck another show about music, though this time the experience is doubled with 2 bands. It’s actually about 2 girls named Nana, and their experiences when they go to live in Tokyo. It’s actually a little depressing at times, and I can safely say that this show has the most drama of all shows named in this list. It has an awesome collection of OPs and EDs too. Unlike Beck, the manga is not yet finished (and who knows if it will ever be). For more of my thoughts click here.
Come to think of it, I have never done a review on Aria. So in a few phrases, what’s good about Aria (not necessarily in that order):
– Awesome, cute cat
– Most relaxing show ever
– Characters you can care for
– Alicia! Ara-ara!
Marimite. Where do I start? What do I say that I have not said about this show?
To rephrase, my earlier description:
Marimite is set in a Catholic school run by nuns. The unique trait to this school is the soeur system, where a freshman is taken under the wing of a second year or third year student. They are then considered as soeurs or sisters. It is a captivating story about friendship and love.
And I really love it. Most rewatched series ever (probably in a tie with GITS SAC). More here.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who’ve been reading this blog from way back then (if they’re still readers here). Honey and Clover means a lot to me. I remember the feeling when I first watched it. At lunch time, in a darkened office, I saw Takemoto (and Morita?) fall in love for the first time. The OP felt so weird, and back then, I never really cared about OPs and EDs and other musical stuff in between. But the insert songs really caught my attention, the way they played at the right time, and my appreciation of anime music probably started from there. And to quote:
Lastly, the show makes me think about life in general.
Now there are other excellent shows that can be considered slice of life–namely, Mushishi, Haibane Renmei, and Kino no Tabi. But they don’t easily come to my mind when slice of life gets mentioned. However, these are very good shows that deserves to be watched by any slice of life fan. What about K-On??!! Well, the post title says All-time Faves, and my cut-off is at 10 shows. K-On really doesn’t make the cut. Same thing goes for the other shows not mentioned here. =p
If there’s a really good show not mentioned (or I probably haven’t seen yet), please feel free to recommend in the comments. Thanks! 😀