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Life, observed and examined. A cast of characters go about their daily lives
, making observations
and being themselves. School
is perhaps the most common setting for these kinds of series, especially in animation. Coming of age
is often a major part of their stories. They may have Death by Newbery Medal
What separates slice of life as a genre from the literal meaning of the phrase (which would encompass nearly all fiction) is the emphasis on the very moment, with the intent of focusing the audience on that moment rather than using that moment as part of a narrative. For example, a story about hilarious roommate hi-jinx may depict the mundane life of roommates, but these mundane events are usually the set-ups and punchlines of jokes or part of the conflict between the characters, which takes away their slice-of-life-ness and cements them firmly in the realm of comedy or drama.
Slice of Life series don't usually have much of a plot or, if taken to extreme, even the omnipresent Conflict
, but they don't really need one, and many Slice of Life
stories use a lack of conflict to serve peaceful escapism
rather than realism. An example of this would be how in many slice of life school stories, parents are nearly non-existent. Most American newspaper comics that aren't simply gag a day strips are stories like this due to the simple fact that most people do not read newspapers every day and archives of comic strips are rare, so they need to be able to jump into the comic's world at any time and be able to appreciate it.
Slice of life also doesn't have to be set in the world as we know it. Several Webcomics
are Slice of Life, while the ones labeled "Real Life
" are usually not real life at all, but tend to fall into some brand of Speculative Fiction
, or at the least Life Embellished
. Not to be confused with the Journal Comic
, although they may overlap. For a complete index, see Slice-of-Life Webcomics
Surprisingly popular in Japan, so a lot of Anime
fills this category. In longer-running action-based shows it is also becoming fairly common to incorporate Slice of Life
episodes to flesh out the characters by placing them in a more mundane setting. This often gets combined with a Mood Whiplash
when the pace of the action picks up. See Schoolgirl Series
for a specific type of Slice of Life
. See also Iyashikei
, which often overlaps with this trope. Compare and contrast with Soap Opera
. Since the casts of such shows tend to be mostly if not entirely female
, English-speaking fans sometimes refer to them as "cute girls doing cute things".
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Anime and Manga
- Sangatsu no Lion: Slice of Life as a teenage professional shogi player.
- A Channel: Slice of high school girl life. Best summed up by the end credits.
- Ai Shite Night: Love Triangle slice of life with Rock 'n' Roll occasionally thrown in.
- Ai-Ren: Slice of life After the End.
- Amaama To Inazuma: Slice of cooking life.
- Amanchu: Slice of scuba diving life.
- Aoi Hana: Slice of Girls Love life with a Love Dodecahedron.
- Ano Ko ni Kisu to Shirayuri wo: Slice of Girls Love life n°2, following two genius girls and a few others.
- ARIA: Slice of Venetian terraformed Mars life. With Scenery Porn. Lots and lots of Scenery Porn.
- Azumanga Daioh: Slices of the lives of several girls in the same school, in the same English class together.
- Baby and Me: Slice of big brother life.
- BECK: Slice of high school (on the first part of the manga, and almost all of the anime) and rock band life (which makes up most of the manga from the halfway part, and became an Aborted Arc from the anime).
- Bamboo Blade: Slice of shinai-wielding life.
- Binbou Shimai Monogatari: Slice of life with lots of Cherry Blossoms.
- The Borrower Arrietty: Slice of life about a tiny daughter as she befriends a human and fight for her family's safety.
- Bunny Drop: Slice of parental life
- Cafe Kichijouji De: Slice of life about five Bishōnen waiters working in the titular cafe.
- Cahe Detective Club: Similar to above, but gender-flipped and it's a detective cafe.
- Candy Boy: Slice of life with hints of lesbian twincest.
- Chibi Maruko-chan: The everyday life of a 9-year old girl, her family and her classmates in pre-Internet era Japan.
- Chibisan Date: A slice of peaceful life on an island.
- Chis Sweet Home: Adorable kitty does adorable kitty things. Basically a kitty version of K-On!.
- Crayon Shin-chan: Arguably, a slice of a 5-year old boy's life, as he makes everyone's lives impossible. Hilarity Ensues!
- Daily Lives of High School Boys: Slice of all-boys' high schooler life.
- Danna Ga Nani O Itteiru Ka Wakaranai Ken: Slice of life of a married couple where one of them is an Otaku.
- Dennou Coil: Slice of tech-savvy, junior high-schooler life.
- Diamond Daydreams: Slice of Hokkaido life. Likely Piano's closest contender in terms of purity.
- Digimon Tamers: This is a reason why this was a unusual series; Consider that this is a Mon series, meant for kids, without "slapstick comedy" due to being as realistic as possible. Digimon Adventure also had bits of this, but mainly when it was directly affected. Tamers lets us get to know the cast and their lives as it eases us into the story, which goes on to become very exciting and epic. However, the introductory arc has a slower pace and more, well, slice of life tone. Some fans of Adventure and 02 had to be told It Gets Better.
- Dobutso no Mori, a.k.a Animal Crossing: The Movie, details a girl moving into a village. No villain, only minor conflicts, and no general plot.
- Doki Doki School Hours, excluding the out-of-place genre spoof episodes.
- Eureka Seven starts out as a very mellow Slice of Giant Robot life anime. Around Episode 13 it starts picking up in action and darkness, and by Episode 25 it's turned into a nearly full-blown action series. This was intentional on the part of the creators, as they wanted to focus on what happens to characters before, during, and at the end of a war.
- Free: Slice of bishonen swim club life.
- Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Slice of high school life.
- Gakuen Babysitters: Slice of daycare life.
- Genshiken: Slice of otaku life.
- Gingitsune: Slice of life at a Shinto shrine.
- Gokinjo Monogatari: Slice of eccentric art school life.
- Haibane Renmei: Slice of after-life (according to the most common interpretation of the series).
- Hana The Fox Girl: Slice of life with a little fox girl.
- Hidamari Sketch: Slice of art school life, high school edition.
- High School Ninja Girl, Otonashi-san: Slice of high school life with ninjas.
- Hitohira: Slice of high school drama club life.
- Honey and Clover: Slice of art school life, college edition.
- Hyakko: Slice of Elaborate University High life.
- Hyakuen: Slice of money-saving high school girls' life, with a dash of comedy and hint of ecchi.
- Hyouka: Slice of mystery-solving, high school life. Notably, the protagonist prefers his slice of life to be a little more bland than other people's. Part of his Character Development is him realizing that having an interesting life isn't so bad.
- Ichigo Mashimaro: Slice of four cute kids and their Cool Big Sis's life.
- THE iDOLM@STER - Slice of life with an Idol twist.
- Ikoku Meiro no Croisée: Slice of Parisian life
- Inside Mari: Slice of life combined with a terrifying take on "Freaky Friday" Flip.
- Kamichu!: Slice of divine life. Shinto-flavored, of course.
- Kaasan Mom's Life (Mainichi Kaasan): Follows the life of a manga author raising two young children.
- Kikis Delivery Service compresses this trope into a movie, and quite successfully so.
- Kimi ni Todoke: A heartwarming, tear-jerking slice of high school life.
- Kimi To Boku: A slice of boys' life, about a group of boys who've known one another since kindergarten living out their high school days in relative peace (and hijinks).
- Kirby of the Stars: Half Kirby kicking ass, half slice of the townspeople's life under an illegitimate monarchy. Contains a lot of subtle satire and social commentary.
- Kokoro Library: Slice of library-managing life.
- K-On!: Slice of all-girl high-school rock band life.
- Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service: Slice of dead people's lives and of the people who talk to them.
- Lamune: Slice of seaside summer life.
- Love Is In The Bag: Slice of high school life involving a girl who turns into a bag.
- Lucky Star: Parody of slice of eccentric schoolgirl life.
- Mahoraba: A slice of cute, romantic life.
- Mahou Tsukai Ni Taisetsu Na Koto: Slice of magical life.
- Mahou Tsukai Ni Taisetsu Na Koto Natsu No Sora: Slice of magical life, but with more drama still.
- Manabi Straight: Slice of high school student council life Twenty Minutes In The Future.
- Minami-ke: Slice of three sisters' lives in an apartment.
- Mokke: Slice of ghost-haunted life.
- Moyashimon: Slice of college life with a guy who can see microbes.
- Muteki Kanban Musume: Being a deconstruction of the Fighting Series Played for Laughs, it's a Slice of a group of Burger Fools in a Shopping District that practice Mundane Made Awesome life.
- My Lovely Ghost Kana: Slice of life and life after death.
- Natsume Yuujinchou: Slice of life about a boy who can see spirits, some obligations left to him by his grandmother, and his Snarky Nonhuman Sidekick.
- Need a Girl!: About four young men in their last year on High School, each trying to score a girlfriend.
- Nichijou: Slice of ordinary life. Except it's anything but ordinary.
- My Neighbor Totoro: Two girls move to a new place as they deal with the reality of their mother's sickness
- Nodame Cantabile: Slice of music school life.
- Only Yesterday: Slice of nostalgic life.
- Otasuke Miko Miko-chan: Slice of life of a gender-confused teenager who is also a Magical Girl.
- Pani Poni Dash!: A slice of life depicting a class of high schoolers, but taken to ridiculous extremes and exaggerations.
- Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai!: A 19-years-old college freshman finds himself as the legal guardian of his three nieces.
- Paradise Kiss: Slice of average teenager life meets slice of oddball fashion design student life.
- Patlabor: Slice of Humongous Mecha pilot life.
- Persona 4 Golden: The Animation: 8 of 12 episodes have high school friends hanging out in their small rural town.
- Piano: Slice of Slice of Life life. Perhaps the purest anime-example of this trope one can find.
- Planetes: Slice of astronaut life.
- Plica: Slice of Japanese lesbian life.
- Private Actress: Slice of life centered on an highschool-aged actress who works on helping others keep up with their own lives.
- Real Drive: Slice of cyborg life set on a tropical island in the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex universe.
- Saint Young Men: Daily life in Japan as experienced by Jesus and Buddha.
- Sand Chronicles: A dramatic slice of life that follows Broken Bird Ann's life from her adolescence to adulthood.
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Slice of suicidally depressed, socially satirical life pumped with crack and LSD.
- Sazae-san: Slice of life of a typical Japanese housewife at home with her parents, her very young siblings, her husband, and her child.
- School Rumble: Slice of romantic (often surreal) high school life.
- School Of Water Business: Slice of high school life... in a school teaching adult entertainment.
- Seishun Kouryakuhon: Slice of high school life, focusing on the impending graduation of a group of teenage boys.
- Shakugan no Shana: Slice of life interweaved with Demonic Invaders, though drops the slice of life towards its final season.
- Shirogane No Nina: Slice of life of a NEET and his niece in the japanese countryside.
- Shirokuma Cafe: Slice of life with FunnyAnimals at a cafe run by a polar bear.
- Silver Spoon: Slice of life in an agricultural school.
- Sketchbook: Like Honey and Clover and Hidamari Sketch, but with a Funny Foreigner and lots of cats.
- Spotted Flower: Chronicling the life of a newlywed couple: an Otaku Husband and a fiery pregnant wife, and their love life.
- Sora No Wo To: Slice of 5 cute teen soldier girls garrisoned in a peaceful town life except for the last 2 episodes.
- Super Sonico: Slice of the daily life of a college student who also works part time as a gravure model and plays rock music as a hobby. Granted, said college student happens to also be the mascot character of Nitro Plus, but this little detail is never mentioned in-universe.
- Suzumiya Haruhi features this, as it does with most genres. The best example is the chronological last episode, that was so Slice of Life that it was boring (which was fully intentional).
- Season 2 has a "slice of Groundhog Day life", or rather, eight of the same slice.
- Tamayura: slice of photographing life.
- The Tatami Galaxy is a slice of quirky College life, albeit with time rewinds.
- Trider G 7: Slice of a Super Robot-piloting Kid Hero's life.
- Tsuribaka Nisshi: Slice of life fishing manga.
- Virgin Night: Specifically life's sexual slices. Of the sort most people actually have.
- Wandering Son: Slice of transchildren life.
- Wife and Wife: The life of a young lesbian couple who have just moved in together.
- Windy Tales: Slice of wind manipulation life.
- With The Light: Slice of life raising an autistic child.
- Wolf Children Ame and Yuki Slice of werewolf life, and their human mother.
- Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru: Slice of life of a cynical pessimist in High School.
- Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Slice of post-apocalypse life.
- Yotsuba&!: slice of summer-vacation-with-new-kid-in-town life.
- Strangers in Paradise was largely Slice of Life, but had a rather incongruous thriller subplot involving a conspiracy to take over the government.
- Love And Rockets by Los Bros Hernandez started off as grab-bag of surrealism, Slice of Life and Magical Realism. With time, the Slice of Life elements predominate.
- Omaha the Cat Dancer combines the Slice of Life and Furries. Oh yeah, and explicit sex scenes.
- Shanda the Panda, the Spiritual Successor to Omaha, has a similar tone, but confines the sex scenes to their own title.
- Most issues of Astro City were actually Slice of Life pieces, with the heroes and villains taking a back seat to the ordinary citizens just trying to keep their lives together in a world where superpowered beings attempt to save-and/or-destroy the world on a regular basis.
- American Splendor.
- In Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane superheroics become a background detail to Mary Jane's crush on the popular superhero Spider-Man.
- Some of Robert Crumb's autobiographical works, like Self Loathing Comics which was an autobiographical collaboration with him and his wife Aline.
- Roberta Gregory's Naughty Bits, for the most part.
- Archie Comics follows a group of fifties-esque teenagers about their daily lives.
- Impulse was intended to be this by Mark Waid, the character's creator (ie. primarily Slice of Life with a dash of superhero). It worked, at first - some very memorable moments include Bart not-so-indirectly starting a massive schoolfight in #3, and this story from #6 - but along the way it somehow mutated into primarily superhero with a dash of life.
- Swedish indie comic writer Coco Moodysson's autobiographic comic book Coco Platina Titan Total: several slices of teenage and early-20s life.
- Ghost World
- It can be argued that Scott Pilgrim both subverts and plays this straight. While the world they live in is clearly a weird video gamed based society where everyone at the least has the potential for super powers, in their world, that is considered the norm. The main plot is essentially the lives and dynamic between all of the characters. When they aren't fighting, everything is actually quite normal, and is almost like a Canadian hipster version of Friends.
- One issue was called "Jenny's Day", and was just that: it showed Jenny get up in the morning, go to school, and showed an ordinary day in her life. It was made interesting by seeing her thoughts and how much she hated her life and would rather be living on Zot's world.
- Later issues of Zot!, titled "The Earth Stories" did this, focusing on just one minor character and showing a sample of their life.
- The Justice League International series by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis had plots that dealt with these situations in a comedic way, such as Guy Gardner and Ice having a date at an ice show or the team going to a French language school.
- The Alcoholic
- Sunnyville Stories is basically about the daily adventures of its two protagonists, Rusty and Sam. They have many daily adventures in their Close-Knit Community that usually are quite mundane and related to everyday life.
- Anything directed by Yasujiro Ozu can fit into this category quite well, like Good Morning, a gentle satire of life in a sububan neighborhood where things like getting a television and collecting dues for the women's club are Serious Business. Tokyo Story, considered by most critics to be his masterpiece, is a slow, low-key consideration of the distance that grows between elderly parents and their children, as shown when an old couple take the train to Tokyo to visit their grown-up kids.
- Linda Linda Linda
- Napoleon Dynamite
- A Christmas Story
- The Cameron Crowe film Singles
- Yi Yi
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- My Blue Heaven
- One Foot in Heaven is about the life and struggles of a rural Protestant minister raising a family and tending to his flock in early 20th-century Iowa. There is no central plot or story arc, just an episodic portrait of the preacher, his family, and the townspeople as the years pass.
- Roundhay Garden Scene
- Happy-Go-Lucky: slice of always cheerful bubbly Cloudcuckoolander Cool Teacher taking Driving Lessons life.
- Otoko wa Tsurai yo film series (literally, It's Tough Being a Man). From 1969 to 1995, it had 48 different installments and held the title of "Longest Running Film Series". All of them are slice of life romantic comedies with nearly identical plots.
- Splendor in the Grass is a character story about two teenage lovers in Kansas in The Twenties, how they desperately want to consummate their relationship, how the rules of society won't let them (Sex Is Evil!), and the damage that their inability to have sex causes.
- Annie Hall
- Wild Tigers I Have Known
- Boyhood chronicles an entire 12 years of this.
- The Sundance Film Festival movie, Life In A Day. The day? July 24th. The life? Hundreds of people across the world, recording their day.
- Another Year looks at the year of a Happily Married older couple living and working in North London and the people around them.
- Dogtooth could be considered this. It's slice of isolated-from-the-world-and-living-in-a-walled-in-estate life, really.
- Frances Ha is largely Slice of Life. While there is definitely a story arc (primarily a character arc for the titular protagonist), much of the film consists of individual snippets of her life.
- The Long Voyage Home, about a merchant ship in World War II, has some plot elements, like the ship's dangerous voyage through the U-boat infested Atlantic and Smitty the sailor's dark past, but there's no overarching story, just a portrait of a bunch of sailors trying to survive.
- Five Easy Pieces is about a restless Anti-Hero trying to live up to his responsibilities to his family and his pregnant girlfriend, and failing. It simply follows along with the protagonist for a while, before the film ends.
- The plot of My Dinner With Andre revolves around a conversation between two guys who haven't talked in a while. They go to a fancy restaurant, order their meals and talk. That's it. For 2 hours. Not even flashbacks to the things they're talking about. Just talking.
- The Book Thief is surprisingly slice of life, considering where it takes place.
- Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Not so much the Sequel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- Ulysses: A slice of life cooked so rare the blood is still pumping.
- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of books and also the Scotland Street series, both by Alexander McCall Smith, use this.
- A lot of children's books are like this. They may have titles like The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks or Ten Ways To Make Your Sister Disappear, but in the end, they're mostly stories about everyday life happenings, with whatever the title is about in the background as a recurring element, but not necessarily the dominant one.
- For example, Ten Ways To Make Your Sister Disappear is really about the everyday life of a girl who happens to have a bratty older sister. Some chapters don't mention the older sister at all, though she's still the main conflict in the story, just not the only one.
- Operation: Dump the Chump is about a boy who wants to get rid of his younger brother by pulling schemes like trying to convince a neighbor to adopt him, and things like that. Most of the story is really just about his life and plays out like a series of anecdotes that happen to involve him and his brother.
- Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade has the underlying plot of a morbidly obese girl who wants to be accepted, and the main character, who gradually comes to accept her, and tries to get others to do the same. But the book is just as much about everyday fifth-grade life portrayed realistically and in a fun way, with the totally random hitchhiking scene out of nowhere.
- Paula Danziger's fiction.
- Adrian Mole: slice of British early-teen-to-forties life.
- Nilda by Nicholasa Mohr is about a Puerto Rican preteen, the eponymous Nilda, living in Manhattan during World War II.
- Bridge to Terabithia stars two children and their made-of-imagination kingdom and the trials and tribulations of daily schoolkid life.
- The Anne of Green Gables series is a classical example: a slice of the life of a woman with writing ambitions (and, in later books, also those of her children and acquaintances) in the late 19th and early 20th century.
- Ramona Quimby is slice of elementary school life. The books take place in different years in grade school, from kindergarten to fourth, but all capture that year of life excellently while being very light-hearted.
- Despite the horrific murder that kicks of the plot, Boy's Life is mainly about Cory's life in his hometown of Zephyr.
- Naive Super is a pretty purebred example.
- Subverted in P. G. Wodehouse short story A Slice of Life. The narrator tells a story about his brother's experiences (an adventure including a Damsel in Distress, a Dastardly Whiplash, and a dash of Mad Science) to show that such tropes occur a lot more commonly in daily life than people think.
- Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small quartet. Despite the fact that it's about a girl becoming a knight in a fantasy medieval world, there's essentially no overarching plot except for in the final book of the series.
- Stuck juxtaposes this together with the oddities rampant within Tre's life in Greyson City, which provides a lot of the humor in the first and second episodes.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
- This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn
- Saturday by Ian McEwan.
- The Babysitters Club: Slice of babysitters' life.
- Enid Blyton's The Children Of Cherry Tree Farm.
- R.H. Barlow's The Night Ocean is a slice-of-life story set in HP Lovecraft's uncaring cosmos.
- The Milly Molly Mandy stories.
- Browns Pine Ridge Stories: In this particular case, a slice of life of a boy/young man growing up in rural southern Georgia during The Fifties and The Sixties.
- The Amber Brown books are the day-to-day adventures of a young girl who goes to school and has to deal with family, friend and general life problems, which include her parents' divorce, her best friend moving away, and having trouble with school standardized testing. (See the "Paula Danziger's fiction" example mentioned above - Amber Brown is probably what she was most well known for, but she also wrote a number of standalone titles.)
Live Action TV
- Most sitcoms tend to be this.
- Season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer dealt with the Scoobies day-to-day foray into grown up life.
- Season one of Community had alot of this.
- The Wonder Years (A slice of 1960's life)
- Friends, a Slice of Life in New York, as lived by a group of friends who became as tight as a family.
- Kamen Rider Hibiki is a tokusatsu superhero show with elements of Slice of Life. The heroes fight monsters, but they and their allies also go about their daily lives. Any drama (to the extent that it is present at all) is very ordinary and everyday-like, in contrast to the more fantastic and more contrived drama seen in many tokusatsu shows.
- The British version of The Office fits this model, being the mockumentary of an unexceptional office in a dreary little suburb. The American version continues with the basic premise but increasingly inserts more outlandish sitcom situations.
- Freaks and Geeks. Only Lindsay has a really pronounced character arc by the time the series ends.
- Seinfeld, which might as well be the Trope Maker for SitComs.
- The Dick Van Dyke Show is the trope maker for the Dom Com. All previous ones were of the I Love Lucy variety where the comedy revolves around an out of the ordinary circumstance, event, or scheme.
- How I Met Your Mother. Frequently an episode will be centered entirely around a conversation sprinkled with flashbacks to random events in the character's lives.
- Bear in the Big Blue House
- My Place is this for children's Historical Fiction. The series as a whole stretches from 2008 to past 1788. Some episodes are about big, life changing events, but many are basically about kids getting up to all sorts of fairly harmless shenanigans, and all focus on the kids' daily lives.
- Sesame Street.
- The Big Bang Theory is really about the minor adventures of how socially awkward geniuses go about in activities they are unfamiliar with. Especially in earlier seasons, you see them playing games or hobbies with no other plot than just to see them having fun (the World of Warcraft episode opener being a standout).
- That '70s Show.
- Happy Days.
- My So-Called Life.
- The Norwegian julekalender Jul I Skomakergata, which is about an old shoemaker who is visited by friends and townspeople that need their shoes repaired before Christmas.
- A large number of Country Music songs can fit under this trope. A good example is "Just Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Vassar.
- "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" is simply a collage of a roadie having breakfast and reminiscing.
- For Better or for Worse, although the slice got more and more overcooked as time went on.
- The Far Side loved this. Of course, the lives we see slices of are weird beyond belief. This is Gary Larson.
- One Big Happy is about the life of 6 year old Ruthie. Unlike in other comics, the kids in this comic mostly act and speak their age.
- Charles Schultz's Peanuts, in both comic and cartoon versions, was the story of a small group of friends walking around and dealing with each other's problems. Except with canine fighter pilots.
- Dykes To Watch Out For.
- Requested by Garfield in this strip:
Jon: I'll have the spaghetti, Irma
Irma: Do you want that on a plate?
Jon: Of course I do!
Irma: Well excuse me, mister picky!
Jon: Is it too much to be accorded the same amenities others get?! I'm a person too, you know!!
Garfield: I'll just have a small slice of life, thank you
- Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine is based around playing characters like sun goddesses, mad scientists, ghost-witches and the like in a slice-of-life setting.
- In Golden Sky Stories the player characters are magical animals in a quiet town, helping the residents solve their everyday problems.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is set up like this... until the horror elements begin showing up and it more or less drops the pretense by Kai.
- The first part of Kira-Kira with the second part dealing with the casts struggle as a band and the third part being a bit darker.
- Shizune's route of Katawa Shoujo has elements of this, which the route's detractors frequently cite as shortcomings. It makes sense, though, as Shizune is said to compartmentalize events of her life and live in the moment, thus not realizing the implications her rejecting Misha's Love Confession has on their relationship, or how her developing relationship with Hisao might exacerbate the problem.
- Many Moege's can feel like this during the common route when it usually is just the protagonist, potential love interests and other friends messing around with the plot only picking up during the character routes. Examples include My Girl Friend Is The President, the Da Capo series and Muv-Luv (Extra, obviously).
- With The Angels is mostly about the protagonist making observations about the people she meets during her stay in California.
- Tales Of MU is a very detailed and NSFW first-person story about college life in a DnD-like setting.
- The original Ratboy's Kingdom centered around the title character's fairly peaceful life.
- The web animation brewstew is a series of videos detailing Tyler's childhood life, but in comedic form.
This trope is commonly invoked when it's an educational book/TV series targeting little kids and is well loved among children book writers and children show producers alike. For example, take Jumbo Pictures'/Cartoon Pizza's show lineup:
All of them follow the Slice of Life
format almost to a T (and may make use of gratuitous amounts of Imagination Sequence scenes).
Other educational book/TV series that uses this format:
- Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps
- The Berenstain Bears
- Spot the Dog — Excluding Spot's Magical Christmas.
- Clifford the Big Red Dog and its Clifford's Puppy Days prequel series — Yes, there's a breakage in that there's a big red dog and Amazing Technicolor Wildlife, but even the dogs face human problems.
- Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
- Doc McStuffins - toys brought to life by a magic stethoscope notwithstanding.
- Dragon Tales — Dragons and magic notwithstanding.
- Franklin — Again excluding the Christmas Special, Franklin's Magic Christmas. And oh, the Very Special Episode, or Special Movie in this case, Franklin and The Turtle Lake Treasure.
- Holly Hobbie And Friends
- Madeline — Well, there are a a dozen or so episodes excluded.
- My Little Pony Tales
- My Little Pony G3
- Most episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat — The fact that they are cats in the 18th century notwithstanding.
- Pocoyo — Most of the time.
- Strawberry Shortcake — The 2003 and 2009 series, with certain episodes excluded.
- Care Bears— Most of the Adventures In Care-A-Lot episodes fits this trope and it's often true of the followup Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot as well.
- Bobby's World
- Stickin' Around — The series itself is built around the Imagine Spot.
- Thomas the Tank Engine
- The Centsables: As a Episodic Edutainment Show focusing on banking taking the time to explore the Animal Superheroes day to day jobs as clerks, financial advisors, guards, et cetera is much more important than establishing a central conflict.
And hundreds of other examples. Anime isn't the only medium to have this many examples.
Non-little-children-targeting examples include:
- Early Funny Animal cartoons like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Flip The Frog and Mickey Mouse often featured the characters in everyday situations.
- Beavis And Butthead, most of the time. An entire episode revolved around them waiting for a tv show to come on.
- The Weekenders
- As Told by Ginger
- Home Movies, especially the early episodes which contained lots of improvisation.
- Hey Arnold!
- Daria, save The Musical and its Bizarro Episode.
- King of the Hill
- Ed, Edd n Eddy
- Regular Show zig-zags the hell out of this trope, as it alternates between the ordinary and surreal at the drop of a hat.
- Teen Titans Go!
- Out There is like A slightly more risque and vulgar Regular Show without the fantasy elements.
- Birdz is a pretty straight example of a five-member bird family, focusing mainly on the middle child (a 10-year-old bird named Eddie) and his adventures both in school and out.
- Angry Birds Toons usually has this plot, even if it involves the Bad Piggies trying to steal the birds' eggs as usual.
- The Proud Family for the most part, especially prominent in the earlier episodes.
- Family Guy in the David Zuckerman era (1999-2002).
- American Dad! qualifies as this, despite a few surreal elements.
- Phineas and Ferb was this mostly in its first season. By the second season, it became this mixed with surreal concepts, and by the third season, became even less of this and more comedy focused.
- Clarence may very well be the most down-to-earth cartoon running right now, with most plots dealing with trivial things like going to the supermarket, school or hanging out with friends.
- Uncle Grandpa has a recurring segment called "Slice of Life with Pizza Steve", which involves the titular Pizza Steve in his everyday...which consists of annoyin Mr. Gus and making himself look good, such as saying he has "thick, luxurious hair", which is really his pet rabbit.
- Most days in most people's lives follow this pattern of storytelling.