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"Nothing really happens, but in a really good way."
Sayaka Ohara, voice of Alicia in ARIA

Iyashikei (癒し系) is Japanese for "healing", a term used for anime and manga created with the specific purpose of having a healing or soothing effect on the audience. Works of this kind often involve alternative realities with little to no conflict, emphasizing nature, the mundane and the little delights in life. If anybody talks about a "Moe" genre about Cute Girls Doing Cute Things, it may very likely also be in this genre.

Even though many iyashikei creations seem to have a strong escapist basis, the goal is not only to offer a means of getting away from daily worries, but to let the audience embrace a calming state of mind by using familiarity and simplicity, and appealing to fundamentally positive emotions. As these works tend to involve normal people in normal situations, this trope often overlaps with Slice of Life. Other tropes often associated with iyashikei are Arcadia, Ghibli Hills and Scenery Porn.

Iyashikei often involves the subtler kind of Heartwarming Moment and sometimes has Romance overtones. Compare and contrast Warm and Fuzzy Feeling, Sweet Dreams Fuel, and Happiness Tropes. Contrast Utsuge (the closest genre to its diametric opposite in Japanese media), Glurge, Nightmare Fuel and Paranoia Fuel. Works adhering to this trope might function as Real Life Brain Bleach. See also Escapism for a very similar concept. A similar term used for video games is cozy games.

See Slow Life Fantasy for a similar genre, the main difference being that the hero has to actively reject adventure.

Works in this genre:

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  • ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.: The series is ostensibly a story of political intrigue, conspiracy, and espionage, though in reality an equal amount of time is spent eating cake and sliced bread, and admiring the scenery. The fate of an entire nation may hang in the balance, but that doesn't mean there isn't time to visit the bakery.
  • Afterschool Dice Club: An introverted high schooler who wants to know what "fun" really is starts playing various board games after school, along with the friends and acquaintances she makes from her newfound pleasure.
  • Ah! My Goddess: A downtrodden college freshman living in a dorm is suddenly visited by a Norse goddess who comes to grant him a wish, as he was deemed worthy. He wishes for a girl like her to be at his side forever, unwittingly binding her in divine contract to stay with him. The story details their life together as they make ends meet, slowly but surely falling in love with each other.
  • Aiura: Short snippets of the school lives of three girls.
  • Akebi's Sailor Uniform is a laid-back story about growing up and learning to adjust to middle school, with the school itself being located in the idyllic countryside.
  • Amanchu! is a story of a high school girl who befriends a scuba diving enthusiast girl and joins the school diving club. It's a story of their friendship while learning how to scuba dive, accompanied with beautiful visuals.
  • ARIA: A woman practices to be a gondolier in a futuristic Venice. Gorgeous visuals and an easygoing storyline makes it ideal for those who just want to relax.
  • Ayakashi Ko: A shut-in high school girl resides in a house where she lives with four spirits known as Ayakashi/youkai (a Yuki Onna, a Kitsune, a Zashiki-warashi and a Cat Girl Nekomata), who are her best friends, as she ventures towards making human friends in high school.
  • Bananya: A strange yet highly adorable Slice of Life anime dealing with miniature cats living inside banana peels and only come out when humans aren't around or watching.
  • Barakamon: A troubled and impulsive calligraphy protege is sent to live with a quiet island community, where he finds inspiration in the quirky hijinks of the townspeople, who are customarily intrusive. The problem? He's a city boy, combined with Mama's Boy and Manchild.
  • Bartender: A genius bartender uses his talents to ease the worries and soothe the souls of troubled customers.
  • Beauty and the Feast: A widower woman in her late 20s finds out that her living-alone neighbor, a high school baseball ace, doesn't eat properly, so she tasks herself with cooking for him daily so that he thrives in his sport.
  • Bijin Onna Joushi Takizawa-san: An office drone finds himself working under a profoundly beautiful and voluptuous woman with a fearsome reputation, but finds out that she's a sweet and friendly, but assertive Office Lady that just earned that reputation because of the reactions her presence provokes on the callous male coworkers that leer on her and are rejected by her. The manga mainly shows their increasing (and surprisingly innocent) attraction towards each other, but behind its fuzzy tone, the manga also deals with the serious issues of prejudice, both positive and negative stereotyping, isolation and casual sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Binbou Shimai Monogatari: Two sisters who love each other very much despite suffering Perpetual Poverty.
  • Binchou-tan: An orphan in grinding, soul-destroying poverty becomes rich in friends, ultimately exclaiming how much she loves life.
  • Blooming Love is a chill, low stakes romantic comedy where the main draw is to see the Twice Shy but sweet romance between the protagonists.
  • Boku No Kanojo Wa Saikoudesu! (or My Girlfriend Is The Best!): The comedic daily lives of a cohabiting young couple in their early/mid 20s.
  • Bonnouji: A young Office Lady breaks up with her boyfriend of 5 years, and drunk and heartbroken, returns to her apartment building to notice she doesn't have a key and she has a bathroom emergency, choosing to knock on her downstairs neighbor's apartment. He, a shut-in programmer, lives in an apartment lavishly furbished with his older brother's globetrotting knickknacks, making her curious and playful about it, quickly establishing a mutual and loving friendship together, and visiting him almost daily.
  • Call of the Night: The story of a boy with insomnia who aspires to become a vampire after meeting Nazuna Nanakusa, a playful vampire who shows him the wonders of "night-walking". The first half of the manga and anime adaptation largely consists of them spending time and appreciating the wonders that the night grants. However, the series' tone becomes a good deal more serious with the introduction of Anko Uguisu, and the revelation that being a vampire isn't so great as it sounds.
  • Cells at Work: Platelets!: A Lighter and Softer spin-off of Cells at Work! focusing on the Token Mini-Moe characters from the original.
  • Chatting at the Amber Teahouse: A heartwarming story that focuses on the proprietor of a teahouse and the high school student who works there part-time.
  • Cheerful Amnesia: A young lesbian couple's life is disrupted by one of them suffering memory loss, erasing the memories of their life together, but not erasing her love for her partner. The manga henceforth deals with their efforts to become close again to the point they were and for her to regain her memories.
  • Dad, the Beard Gorilla and I: A towering freelance web designer moves in with his recently widowed older brother and his adorable young niece in order to help him raise the girl. Mainly deals with the mechanisms to cope with the loss of a loved one, and to defy the definition of a Nuclear Family.
  • The Dangers in My Heart: A sweet middle school romance between a shy, gloomy Chuunibyou and a cheery and outgoing but somewhat odd part-time model, who gradually become inseperable as they spend their lunch breaks together in the school library.
  • Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater (AKA Houkago Teibo Nisshi, literally "Afterschool Embankment Journal"): A city girl moves to a coastal town and intends to join the handicrafts club at school, but is unwittingly roped into joining the breakwater club. There, she reluctantly learns all there is to learn about breakwater fishing, learning to enjoy it along the way.
  • Dignified Asleep Saeki (AKA Saeki-san wa Nemutteru): A middle school boy starts noticing that his beautiful next-seat neighbor, the class rep, comes up with surprisingly clever ways to sleep in class, becoming interested in both her methods and in her.
  • The Duke of Death and His Black Maid: The oldest son of a wealthy family is forced into isolation by his mother after he is afflicted with a curse that kills everything and everyone he touches; banished to his family's country estate, he cohabits with his maid, a beautiful, loving, flirty and teasing young woman, and an elderly family butler in retirement age. While unable to touch her, they fall in love with each other, seize their days alone together, and research the way to break the curse. Noted for its Fantastic Noir Victorian-esque period setting and its use of high black and white contrast.
  • Engaged to the Unidentified: A motherly and doting teenager finds out on the day of her 16th birthday that she's engaged, and her fiance and his little sister will be living together with her from now on.
  • A Fine and Bright Day focuses on the lives of Rui Tenhara and Chiharu Koda, who later become stepsisters after their respective widowed families married to each other overseas.
  • Flying Witch: A young witch entering high school moves away from home to live with non-magical relatives in a calm, small town, starting her "witch adulthood" while adapting to everyday life with her cousins.
  • Futari Ashitamo Sorenarini (AKA The Two Gets by Tomorrow Too, More or Less): A couple of young professionals have recently started living together. They work, play, and navigate the little difficulties and disagreements of a relationship in a committed, adult way.
  • Gabriel Dropout: An Affectionate Parody of the genre (especially the "cute girls doing cute things" side of it), following the misadventures of four girls (two angels and two demons) who travel to the human world to attend high school, becoming more affected by worldly delights than what they initially thought.
  • Giant Spider & Me: a post apocalyptic manga about a small girl and her gigantic spider friend, who bond over cooking and living a nice life together.
  • Girls' Last Tour: The end of the world has never been so relaxing. After all, as long as Chito and Yuuri have each other, nice things still happen.
  • Gohan no Otomo: An anthology series about various people living out their day-to-day lives, and how their love for a good meal draw them together, either at Nobu's cafe or Kuma's diner.
  • Gourmet Girl Graffiti: A girl whose grandma died recently finds herself lonely and joyless in her living-alone situation, until her countryside cousin starts attending art school and coming every other weekend, and together they share the former's cooking and become inseparable.
  • Haibane Renmei: A young Haibane — a being with a halo and small gray wings — awakens without memories of her past, and soon becomes accustomed to life in the strange town she awoke in.
  • Hai Basu Ni Sumu(AKA Living in Abandoned Bus): An easygoing story about an eccentric female high school teacher who, after having had her apartment ruined by a flood, decides to live in an abandoned bus as she waits for the apartment to be repaired. We follow her daily life as she teaches, cooks her meal, and interacts with the people around her. Later on, we're introduced to the second main character, a male student from the teacher's school who had actually knew about and used the Bus before even the teacher. From then on, they both started hanging out with one another outside of school.
  • Hakumei & Mikochi: The adventures of two Lilliputian girls and their daily lives.
  • Hana To Sakazuki: A single tankobon manga about a young Office Lady who tries to adjust to life with her mother's new husband and his teenage son, all while barhopping looking for the cozy pub where her late dad used to take her when she was little.
  • Hanayamata - An Ordinary High-School Student who loves fairy tale heroines sees a transfer student dancing in the moonlight and becomes inspired to learn Yosakoi dancing.
  • Handsome Girl and Crossdressing Boy: A Wholesome Crossdresser and a Bifauxnen start a relationship, while exploring and defying gender roles.
  • Happy Birthday: Inochi Kagayaku Toki (AKA Re-Birthday) is an anime about a child who has low self-esteem from being verbally abused by her mom and bullies at school. However, when she takes a vacation to her grandparents at a serene farm, she comes to develop more self-esteem and see her self-worth. Everything also works out in the end with people changing for the better.
  • The Helpful Fox Senko-san: A stressed office worker finds himself blessed with the company of a fox demigod girl, who tasked herself with alleviating his daily woes.
  • Heterogenia Linguistico: A young anthropologist and linguist has to take up the mantle of his mentor and venture into a land of fantastical creatures in order to decipher their languages.
  • Himeno-chan ni Koi Ha Mada Hayai (AKA Love is Still Too Early for Himeno-chan): A Puppy Love story about a precocious 4th grader girl who is infatuated with her classmate, a boy still too childish and runty to recognize her advances, being intimidated by her aggressiveness.
  • Hirayasumi: A young freeter, having befriended a lonely elder lady, is awarded the inheritance of her house when she passes away. His female cousin, an aspiring mangaka who is starting art school at Tokyo, moves in with him and learns that a significant part of life is meant to be passed relaxing.
  • Hitomi-chan Is Shy with Strangers: A second year high school boy meets an intimidating Statuesque Stunner tomboy freshman who is actually profoundly kind and shy, becoming her source for security and her most trusted friend.
  • Hitoribocchi no OO Seikatsu: An overwhelmingly shy girl is forced by her best friend to become friends with her whole middle school class, as they're attending different schools, lest they won't be friends anymore.
  • Hokuou Kizoku to Moukinzuma no Yukiguni Karigurashi (The Snow Country Hunting Life of the Northern Nobleman and the Raptor Wife): Set in a rural Finland stand-in, a young lord in his late 20s who governs a fief in stand-in Lapland comes to the capital to seek for a wife, but even though he's considerably handsome, the ladies turn him down due to the remoteness of the region he governs. Upon seeing a striking redheaded woman wearing a military uniform, he falls in Love at First Sight with her and convenes a trial marriage with her for a year. Herself having a low prospect for marriage since she's tomboyish, a Military Brat and past her 30s, she readily accepts and they move to his fief, learning the challenging but rewarding way of life of the local people.
  • Honobono Log: A Slice of Life series about happy couples told in 2-minute episodes.
  • How to Keep a Mummy: The Slice of Life adventures of a boy and his little mummy.
  • Hyakunichikan!!: A high school boy finds himself left behind at home having taking care of a grade school girl who is the daughter of his parents' friend for a period of 100 days, as both parents and their friend all work overseas.
  • I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying: A 4-koma manga by the author of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid in which a young office lady marries a hard-line otaku man who works from home, detailing their surprisingly loving married life in spite of how different they are from each other.
  • The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague: The story follows a simple Office Romance story about a guy with ice powers who often loses control over them when his real personality as a romantic dork bubbles to the surface thanks to his crush on a cool co-worker and his love of cats.
  • Inko Colors: A short anime about a group of parakeets who periodically have reunions to help their neighborhood animals.
  • Insomniacs After School: Two high-school students with insomnia meet and begin spending their sleepless nights together, finding comfort in each other.
  • Interviews with Monster Girls: A science teacher with boundless curiosity finds out that three girl students (a vampire, a snow-maiden and a Dullahan) and a teacher (a succubus) at his school are demi-human. The story deals with his interactions with them as he helps them to adjust to their daily lives by scientifically exploring and clearing the misconceptions regarding their unusual traits, becoming a source of support for them.
  • Is the Order a Rabbit? embraces the "cute girls doing cute things" idea, as it is about five girls and their friends/relatives living in a beautiful European-style city with Bunnies for Cuteness everywhere and the focus is their friendship and working in various cafés.
  • I Want Your Mother To Be With Me!: A freeter in his twenties asks out a single mother and is rejected because he's a self-centered jerkass. He resolves to become a better person and help her with raising her son, not out of expecting her to love him, but because it's the right thing to do. She slowly lets him into her life, and they start falling in love for real. At the same time, he's taking care of his niece, who becomes best friends with his love interest's son. A sweet romance story about learning to rely on others and be someone they can rely on too. More plot-driven than most works here.
  • Joshi Kausei: A silent slice of life manga about three high school girls having fun.
  • K-On! is, on paper, about a group of girls and their activities in the Light Music Club where they practice as a rock band. In practice, it's more about the girls spending most of their time drinking tea, eating cake and having fun, to the point where they rarely ever practice their music or play in concerts. They're still pretty good musicians, though, and the series has an overall relaxing and fun atmosphere.
  • Kase-san: A delicate and dutiful high school girl with an interest in horticulture establishes a profoundly loving relationship with the ace of her school's track-and-field team, a girl who is one of the school's idols. Its sequel takes place during their college years.
  • Kawa No Hikari is a lot like Pom Poko and more idyllic and poetic.
  • Kemono Friends: Animal girls caring for each other. They're even called "Friends".
  • Kimi ni Todoke: A creepy but kind and socially awkward girl falls in love with the cute popular boy who helps her come out of her shell.
  • Kiniro Mosaic: A Slice of Life series about cute girls in school.
  • Kitsune Spirit (AKA The Mountain Climber and the Sealed Evil Fox): A terrifying and powerful trickster fox spirit sealed in a mountain convinces an errant man to remove her seal, but is left aghast at the fact that the man does not want a reward from her because he's suicidal, choosing to return his will to live by marrying him. The series details their challenging and unusual married life.
  • Komi Can't Communicate: One of the foremost slice-of-life manga currently being published. An ostensibly average high school freshman boy befriends his next-seat classmate, an overwhelmingly beautiful girl who has a communication disorder, and tasks himself to help her overcome it and gain 100 friends as she has always wished.
  • Konohana Kitan: A young Kitsune girl starts working at a HotSprings Inn for supernatural beings. All guests are treated like gods, partly because half of them really are gods.
  • Kotaro Lives Alone: A four-year-old-boy with a strange manner of speaking and no apparent parents moves in to an apartment and makes friends with his neighbors. However, it's more of a downplayed example; while there are light-hearted and cathartic moments, the tone is more serious than most iyashikei series since it's gradually revealed that Kotaro comes from a broken home with Abusive Parents.
  • Kumika No Mikaku (AKA Kumika's Sense of Taste): In a time where the Earth has contact, open trade and cultural exchange with other planets, an office worker becomes infatuated with his coworker Kumika, a cute alien girl from a planet where the inhabitants don't have to eat, resolving to show her the wonders of Earth's food and earn her affections Through Her Stomach.
  • Laid-Back Camp (also known as Yurucamp): Cute girls go camping. Competes with Non Non Biyori for maximum feelings of warm, cozy comfort.
  • Little Ken and a Cat. Sometimes a Duck: Little stories in the life of a young boy and his family in the mid-1970s.
  • Machida-kun no Sekai: The story of a good boy and how he makes everyone's life better.
  • Mado Kara Madoka Chan (AKA Madoka from the Window): A beleaguered office drone commutes daily between home and his work, stopping at the window of an eccentric, attractive, mysterious and versatile young woman who changes her apartment to various food stands and themes to keep him entertained, fed and comfortable.
  • Madoromi-chan ga Iku: The playful and bratty adventures of a little horned girl and her caretaker.
  • Magical Emi, the Magic Star does not build towards a dramatic climax but revolves around the daily troubles of the characters, and nostalgic, somewhat mysterious stories.
  • Mahoraba is a relaxing harem-esque series where any drama is very light-hearted or played for laughs, and all girls in the "harem" are really all the same girl.
  • The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious: The day-to-day life of an orphaned rich boy being taken care of by his enigmatic maid.
  • Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san: A teen girl fails to become a Maiko (a Geisha in training), but finds a place in the boarding house both cooking for and morally supporting the Maiko girls in the house, among them, her childhood friend who is The Ace at being a Maiko.
  • A Man and His Cat: An ugly, pudgy cat finds himself adopted by a kind old man.
  • Marry Me!: A public servant enters a government initiative where young, single people are married, only to find out that his new wife was signed into the program by her late grandma without her consent, has no other family to speak of, and wants nothing to do with him. The manga details their efforts to live together and try to make their marriage work.
  • Miageru To Kimi Wa (AKA Looking Up To You): A teenage boy with a girly appearance is rejected and emasculated by the girl he likes, but gets consolation from a towering, cool and beautiful girl musician, later finding out that they attend the same school. Mainly dealing with issues of self-worth, the manga deals with their budding relationship, slowly but surely falling in love with each other.
  • Minami-ke: The daily lives of the Minami sisters, who are respectively in high school, middle school and elementary school, and their interactions with each other and with their classmates.
  • Misoshiru De Kanpai!: A middle school girl tasks herself with helping her childhood friend and neighbor to overcome his loneliness due to his dad's overseas work, and cope for the death of his mom years prior, by cooking miso-based breakfast for him daily and thus providing a "motherly" environment for him.
  • Mitsuboshi Colors: The imagination-filled adventures of three young girls in their quest to defend their town from "evil".
  • Momokuri: Cute, fluffy high school romance.
  • Momo Sora: By the same author of Silver Nina, a diminutive woman loses her astronomer husband and starts living with his kids, a junior-high school aged girl and an elementary school boy, in the remote countryside where her late husband used to conduct his research. The story mainly deals with her efforts to become a mother figure for them in spite of her kiddy appearance.
  • Mono: A story about the group's heartwarming adventures and their friendship while travelling across Japan's famous real-life tourist spots, creating a pleasant experience for the readers. It bears similarities to the author's predecessor manga Laid-Back Camp.
  • Mr. Villain's Day Off (AKA Kyuujitsu no Warumono-san): An evil "General" of an invading alien force targeting Earth constantly postpones his nefarious plans to visit pandas at the zoo. Yes, seriously.
  • Mushishi is a strange example. Despite having a fair share of bittersweet endings, tear jerkers, and even horrors, the overall tranquility makes it soothing to watch.
  • My Clueless First Friend (AKA Jijyou wo Shiranai Tenkousei ga Guigui Kuru): An elementary school girl is bullied at school and nicknamed "Grim Reaper" due to her appearance, as she is gloomy and shy. However, a transfer student from the countryside is fascinated by her "darkness", finding it cool. Through the unbridled and fundamental joy he finds in being her friend, she starts realizing that being herself is not as bad as she thinks.
  • My Lovely Ghost Kana is about an Unlucky Everydude who's so down on his luck that he's thinking about suicide, until, on the verge of homelessness, he moves into a haunted apartment and meets the ghost of a girl who actually killed herself many years ago. The girl convinces the boy that life is still worth living, and the boy befriends the girl and helps her get over her tragic death and subsequent years of solitude. Despite the dark premise, it quickly turns into a mostly-happy Slice of Life about the growing relationship between two nice people, one of whom happens to be undead. Be warned, this series is NSFW as it contains explicit scenes of tender lovemaking (with incomplete censoring) due to the aforementioned growing relationship.
  • My Roommate is a Cat: An introverted writer whose parents recently died, leaving him with no family and almost no friends adopts a stray cat. This ends up changing his life for the better by forcing him out of his shell. We also get to see things from the cat's point of view and what their thought processes behind their cute behaviors are. While the show has a number of sad moments it also is very relaxing to watch.
  • Natsume's Book of Friends: The Feels never end!
  • New Game!: A young high school graduate gets hired into her dream job of designing characters for video games, and works directly under her idol. While work-related conflict such as the stress of meeting deadlines does sometimes come up, it's largely a light-hearted series with an Improbably Female Cast of cute girls.
  • Nichijou: Specifically the Like Love segments, which are there to break the pace of the rest of the show with sequences that are there just to be cute and heartwarming.
  • Non Non Biyori: Arguably the king of feel-good anime. Quoted by Anime News Network as, "... the animated equivalent of a security blanket." A 10-year-old girl moves to a small, quiet and sparsely populated country village where she's the fifth out of five students in their branch school.
  • Onizuka-chan And Sawarida-kun: Yomogi Onizuka and Rokuro Sawarida are childhood friends who've been together since almost the time they could walk. Yomogi is pretty sure she's fallen in love with Rokuro, except for the fact that Rokuro loves touching the various different species that live in their world, like the fluffy wings of their harpy classmate or the floppy ears of their dog classmate. All except the oni girl Yomogi herself, which annoys her as she tries to figure out her feelings and his.
  • Only Yesterday: A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo.
  • Orenchi ni Kita Onna Kishi to: Inakagurashi suru Koto ni Natta Ken: An office worker inherits a farm from his deceased parents and retires from his life at the city to run it. One day a beautiful woman wearing full body armor comes to his door begging to stay the night, claiming to be royalty from another world and is unable to return there. She ends up living with him and helping out the local agriculture situation.
  • Our Wonderful Days: A girl who left her small town when she was younger returns to attend an all-girl's high school and finds that her Childhood Friend, a girl whom she has missed dearly since the day she departed, is gonna be her classmate. Mainly dealing with a fundamental and profoundly tender form of love, the manga deals with their everyday life as they slowly rekindle the love they have for one another.
  • Place to Place: A cute little Slice of Life series about the adventures of a group of first-year friends, packed with plenty of moments guaranteed to give anyone a Warm and Fuzzy Feeling.
  • Play It Cool Guys: A short, chill comedy about a variety of men who try to portray themselves as being cool and laid-back, but their cool personas are often betrayed by their clumsiness, instead enhancing both their cuteness and coolness, which even people in-universe acknowledge as essentially Iyashikei for them.
  • Pseudo Harem: A high school girl who is uniquely talented at acting starts inching her way closer to the boy she likes by role-playing into the scenarios and characters he comes up with for her to act, building a "harem" of girls she portrays.
  • Real Mo Tamaniwa Uso Wo Tsuku: Kaoru Terazaki and Nanami Ousaka befriend each other over an online game and agree to meet offline. The only problem is Kaoru plays a female character (under the handle name "Kaori"), and fears that Nanami will be disappointed that Kaori will turn out to be a boy. As it turns out, Nanami (who plays a male character in game) is a girl. From there, Kaoru and Nanami spend their time together, as Nanami (a shut-in) slowly readjusts to society thanks to her interactions with Kaoru.
  • Rinjin-chan ga Shinpai (AKA I'm worried about Rinjin-chan): An overworked graphic designer finds out that she's the next-door neighbor of a child deity (Rin-chan), whose form is one of a sweet and adorable little girl, and of her father the Dragon King Nanda (Chichi-sama), a diminutive but formerly mighty being who surrendered his powers to make his daughter thrive. Together, they make their neighbor lady the happiest she can possibly be.
  • Rojiura Kurashi (AKA Living in the Back Alley): A fantasy manga set in a fictional fairy-tale like city. The story focuses on a guy who is only known by his nickname "Akame" (Red Eyes), due to his unusual eye color and Mashiro, a little girl with Cat Ears, who through some complicated circumstances, started to live together with Akame in the titular back alley. Despite his gruff attitude and violent tendencies, Akame find himself taking care of Mashiro and eventually comes to care deeply for her just as much as she cares about him. While there are some dark elements in the series, in general the series is a very heartwarming tale between Akame and Mashiro and their interaction with the other inhabitants of the city. The beautiful watercolor-like artwork also enhances the dreamy, fairy-tale like quality of the series.
  • Saint Cecilia & Pastor Lawrence: A fantasy manga set in a quasi-catholic parish, it details the everyday life of a sweet, doting, handsome and love-deaf pastor who takes care of his city's Saint, a beautiful and hallowed young woman who is increasingly in love with him.
  • Sasaki and Miyano: The budding love story of two high school boys that first met when one prevented another student from being bullied. One of them, a fudanshi, starts lending BL manga to the other when he expressed interest and it goes on from there. One knows they're in love, the other is conflicted on whether he is or not. The relationship that ensues is grounded in reality and the two communicate to defuse conflicts or misunderstandings that may occure. The side-character stories and the art also add to the charm of the series.
  • Senryu Girl: A quiet girl who only communicates through Senryu poetry (an informal form of haiku), and her ex-delinquent best friend enjoy their daily lives at the Literature club.
  • Shachiku Succubus No Hanashi (AKA Tales of the Corporate Slave Succubus): An ecchi manga about a succubus that intends to drain the vitality of a beleaguered office worker by offering him his wildest dreams, but is surprised by his simple wish for her to be his friend and to bring him companionship.
  • Shachiku-san wa Youjo Yuurei ni Iyasaretai (AKA Miss Shachiku and the Little Baby Ghost): An Office Lady becomes haunted by a small and cutesy ghost who wants her to not work so much and rest.
  • Shiawase Tori-mingu: A gentle, relaxing, pastoral Slice of Life that does for birdwatching what Laidback Camp did for outdoor camping.
  • Shinmai Shimai No Futari Gohan: A couple of girls who recently became sisters (as their widowed parents married) try to break the ice and get close to each other through cooking, as their parents work overseas.
  • Shirokuma Cafe: A relaxing Slice of Life anime with anthropomorphic animals.
  • The Shocking Reality Of A Loan Shark Collecting Money: A short manga about a loan shark who works for the Yakuza and who is tasked with collecting money from a debtor woman, only to find her painfully neglected daughter left behind in her apartment. The loan shark decides to spend time with the little girl, bonding with her.
  • Shouan Days. is a story about a former ammonium nitrate dynamite at an abandoned coal mine transforming into a little human girl. She later plans her ventures beyond her known world within the abandoned island.
  • Shounen, Chotto Sabotteko?: A lazy and procrastinating Office Lady distracts and plays with a beleaguered high school boy when en-route from school to home and vice-versa.
  • Silver Nina: A recently unemployed office worker in his mid-twenties returns to his farming hometown to crash at his parents' house, where he meets his unusual niece, a boundlessly curious Fenno-Japanese young girl with silver hair who makes his life a little bit sweeter where he sorely needs it.
  • Sketchbook: A group of friends in an art club sketch what they see and make observations on life.
  • Slow Start: A high school freshman girl enters school a year late due to her falling sick during the entrance tests, determined to make friends while hiding the facts that, she was a ronin student before entering, and that she's a year older than her classmates.
  • Someday's Dreamers: A girl who can use magic goes to Tokyo to be an apprentice mage to a professional mage. She learns about magic, helping people, and various other things on her way to being a mage.
  • Sound of the Sky. In its most Slice of Life, K-On! meets War Is Hell. A cadet trumpeter girl joins a frontier regiment at the border of The Neutral Zone just miles away from a hostile country. Mainly serves as a reminder of the sheer beauty and moving power of music as a true bringer of peace, and how it has the might to move mountains.
  • Space Family Carlvinson: 1988 OVA about a sole survivor orphaned human infant girl rescued from a crashed space ship by a troupe of alien travelling actors who decide to raise her until humans return to the crash site.
  • Spirited Away By The Rain Woman Youkai (AKA Youkai Ame Onna ni yoru Kamigakushi): A rainmaker spirit woman comes upon a crying little boy, intending to haunt him, but she's left in tears after seeing him grievously battered by his parents and begging her to adopt him. She then decides to spirit him and adopt him to bring him happiness for the first time in his short life.
  • Squid Girl: This anime follows Ika Musume, a squid girl who is angry at humanity for polluting the oceans and seeks a way to invade humanity. She is however unsuccessful in her attempts to subdue humanity and ends up being a useful waitress at a local beach restaurant. Its summery atmosphere throughout the episodes, light-hearted humour and overall lack of conflict make this anime ideal to dream of hot summer days at the beach.
  • Stretch: A university graduate young woman moves in with her school underclassman girl friend, who is two years her junior and is currently attending med school, spending their time together performing stretches. Mainly dealing with their solitary interactions, and showing how their cohabitation slowly but surely rekindles their friendship.
  • Super Sonico is a Slice of Life story where any potential drama only turns out to have warm and fuzzy endings, and with a fair amount of Fanservice.
  • Sweetness & Lightning: A bewildered and recently widowed dad learns to cook for his young daughter together with the help of one of his high school students, who herself is the daughter of a famed TV chef, at said chef's empty restaurant.
  • Taisho Otome Fairy Tale: The eldest son of a wealthy family survives the traffic accident that killed his mother, but is left with a crippled right arm. Deemed useless as an heir by his father, he is banished to the family's estate in Chiba and becomes suicidal until a bride "bought" by his father shows up at his front door, a countryside girl whose family is in debt to his. In her, he slowly finds reasons to live and persevere.
  • Takunomi: A Country Mouse young woman moves to a women’s boarding house in Tokyo, and makes friends with the other residents there over various alcoholic beverages.
  • Tale Of A Girl And A Delinquent Whos Bad With Women (AKA Yankee & Little Girl): A young and friendless delinquent-looking high school kid who has problems talking with girls befriends a diminutive and cute classmate, as they start to gradually enjoy their time together and craving each other's company.
  • Tamaishi to Akuma-chan (AKA Exorcist and Demon-chan): A young, shy and crying-prone demon girl meets an exorcist man who showers her with love and kindness.
  • Tamamo-chan’s a Fox!: A demigod fox miko from the local temple starts attending high school, not noticing that her human cloaking only works on adults, and she appears as a fox humanoid to her classmates, to their delight and fortune, as she unwittingly showers them with blessings.
  • Tanaka-kun is Always Listless: A sleepyhead high school boy tries to get through his day at school as unimpeded as possible.
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san: A middle school boy (unsuccessfully) tries to one-up his next-seat neighbor, an unusually perceptive and coy girl, not quite recognizing his budding attraction to her. Its spinoffs (Moto) Takagi-san and Ashita wa Doyoubi are also part of the genre.
  • Todekase! Mizore-chan (AKA Melt Away! Mizore-chan) A small girl vacationing on her aunt's countryside house meets a Yuki Onna who wants to wage war against the sun itself, somehow making friends along the way.
  • Tsuki ga Kirei (AKA As The Moon, So Beautiful): A Puppy Love story about a middle school boy who wants to become a writer meets a girl classmate of his, a competitive runner, finding that they like each other a lot, but being at a loss as to how to proceed. The anime serves as an exploration of the tenderness of a First Love, building a relationship from minute gestures, from two young people who are improvising little by little.
  • Twilight Star Sui and Neri is a heart-warming story between the teenage girl Sui and her talking sloth companion Neri across the declining Earth in the future.
  • Udon no Kuni no Kin'iro Kemari (AKA Poco's Udon World): A young man returns to his hometown following the death of his father. Inside his family's closed down restaurant he discovers a blonde haired little boy wearing rags sleeping inside a cooking pot, actually a shape shifting tanuki. In trying to care for the boy, he works through feelings of regret and memories of his father.
  • Umi Monogatari is about accepting your inner darkness. Marin, Kanon, and Urin have to go through a lot while fighting Sedna, including facing their own fears and sorrow. In the end they don't destroy Sedna, but accept her and their sorrow back into their hearts.
  • Umiiro March: A young, carefree and somewhat obnoxious girl moves to Okinawa to attend middle school, where she meets and befriends her next-door neighbor, a local girl her age who is unbendingly cranky and tomboyish, spending their afternoons fishing and getting on each other's hair.
  • Urara Meirochou: A beautiful and playful girl who has lived her life in isolation in the mountains is compelled to go to the city where her mother lives, a place where witches are systematically trained, joining a boarding tea house where she's trained alongside three other girls who want to become witches.
  • Usagi-moku Shachiku-ka (AKA Department of Corporate Slave Rabbits): An affectionate parody of the genre. An office drone finds himself pestered by a bunny girl being who came from the moon, who has a Happiness in Slavery way of life from a lifetime of pounding mochi.
  • Wakako Zake is a series of vignettes about enjoying food, drink, and being alone with your thoughts.
  • The Walking Man is a series of short stories about a man's experiences walking around the neighborhood, which he enjoys.
  • When Will Ayumu Make His Move?: Another manga by the author of Teasing Master Takagi-san. A deadpan high school freshman spends his afternoons playing Shogi with his beautiful and dainty upperclassman, making an effort to win a game against her so that he has the courage to confess to her, on the mean time teasing her and flirting with her.
  • Where Are You Going Today? is a story about an office worker and his boss embarking on a road trip across Japan's major roads and famous landmarks.
  • Wife and Wife is a story about a lesbian couple moving in together and how they adjust to their new lives, eventually marrying.
  • Wonder Cat Kyuu-chan: The daily cuteness-filled lives of an office worker and the hyper-competent cat he picked up from the street.
  • Yankee-kun to Hakujou Gaaru (AKA Yankee-kun and the White Cane Girl): A hard-line delinquent falls deep in love with a legally-blind girl he meets, striving to better himself and get his act together to be with her.
  • Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: An After the End manga focused on a female android minding a cafe in the middle of nowhere. Despite the post-disaster world that has left humanity in decline, it's a soft and easygoing story about the android's life. Much of the story is told through pictures versus words.
  • Yotsuba&!: A Slice of Life comic about a preschool girl and her discovery of the world around her. Today is always the most enjoyable day!
  • You and Me is a Slice of Life about 5 high school boys in a rare Gender Flip version.
  • Yuki Yuna is a Hero could be this...or the complete opposite. On the one hand, the creator stated that this is a "new type" of this anime, and the ending is at least hopeful and nice. On the other hand, it's horribly dark and depressing once certain revelations come out, and how happy the ending was depends a lot on how you see it.

    Comic Books 
  • Owly could be considered a Western example.

    Fan Works 
  • Despite the abundance of scary moments and Fridge Horror as well as the overall series being a more mature take on Love Live!, Tokimeki Memorial and Twinbee and being much more plot driven, especially compared to the regular versions of the non-Pokémon franchises that are involved, this applies to the Slice of Life styled Main Stories of the fanfiction series Tokimeki PokéLive! and TwinBee (Which is a crossover between Pokémon (The first being a franchise which otherwise avoids cutesy Iyashikei like settings.), Love Live!, Tokimeki Memorial and Twinbee.) are lighthearted funfests not unlike anime like K-ON!, Lucky Star and regular!Love Live! where the girls (And in the "Boy's Side" stories, guys.) are School Idols and which have lots of fluffy/heartwarming moments scattered throughout in addition to lots of romantic moments to be seen. But, the Side Story arcs, Special Stories and major crossover arcs avert this however...

  • By the Grace of the Gods: An overworked and abused Salary Man is reincarnated after suffering an Undignified Death, and told by the gods who summoned him to simply enjoy his new life in the new world.
  • Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill: The bulk of the series focuses on Food Porn where a guy stuck in a fantasy world cooks for his familiars, which are all essentially cute pets, even the one that is a massive wolf. The story's tone is laid back and while the background hints at darker topics happening, they rarely take the forefront against the cozy cooking tone.
  • I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level: A woman overworks herself to death and is reincarnated into a fantasy world as an immortal witch. All she wants to do is sleep, eat, visit the nearby village and kill slimes. Doing that last part eventually causes her to max out her level and become the world's most powerful being. She spends the rest of her time doing her best to avoid any kind of adventure in a slice of life story where nothing really happens and any crises are solved easily and with little to no drama or violence. In fact, her new world is so laid back that Azusa herself commented on how chill and unflappable her new world is compared to her old one.
  • Restaurant to Another World: A master chef and restauranteur opens his shop on Saturdays to the inhabitants of a fantasy world, serving as a haven for both humans, monsters and supernatural beings alike.
  • Super Cub: A girl with no parents, hobbies, or friends goes on trips on a Honda Super Cub, eventually making friends along the way.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games and Visual Novels 
  • Animal Crossing is a calm life simulator about a human who moves to a small town filled with talking animals.
  • The Aquanaut's Holiday franchise are largely mood pieces set in the oceans without any real lose conditions. The title is referring to your character taking a holiday, after all.
  • Barbie Pet Rescue for the PC is all about saving cute animals and caring for them. A whole part of gameplay is simply petting the animals and playing cute games with them. The rescue and checkup parts are very low stakes; animals are always found healthy.
  • Boku no Natsuyasumi is a Japanese Adventure Game with some Life Simulator elements and a heavy focus on nostalgia. You play as a 9-year-old boy named Boku who spends 31 days of his summer vacation with his aunt and uncle. Throughout the game, you participate in simple activities like exploring, catching bugs, flying kites, fishing, and helping your aunt and uncle with various tasks. Despite never having a Western release, the game was so popular in their native country it spawned three sequels and a Spiritual Successor featuring Crayon Shin-chan, which was released in 2021.
  • Burly Men at Sea is a Western example, featuring a group of Nordic brothers going on non-threatening adventures and encountering mostly-friendly monsters and magical entities.
  • Calico takes place in a world of peaceful people, docile animals that are entirely tame, and has a relaxed, cozy atmosphere. There's no real conflict and nobody is mean or has a bad attitude.
  • Cozy Grove features slow-paced daily tasks and a relaxing atmosphere similar to Animal Crossing but with the added element of your neighbors taking the form of ghosts who need your help to complete their Unfinished Business.
  • The Endless Ocean series just wants you to swim around underwater and pet/feed various fish in lovely environments. You have goals to accomplish, but the characters stress that you're not under any kind of time limit for them.
  • Kind Words is a game about writing nice letters to real people to the chill lo-fi music.
  • Lil Gator Game is about a World of Funny Animals, most of them kids just playing. You explore, play, and the only "combat" in the game is hitting cardboard cutouts with toy swords and other playful "weapons." The mood is entirely light and cheerful.
  • The Manhole is about exploring a non-threatening storybook world, with no goal except to look around and see what silly things there are to find.
  • Neko Atsume, a game where all you do is feed and put out toys for cute cats.
  • Nintendogs is a game about taking care of dogs (as well as cats in the sequel). There's no major obstacles at all; all that's involved is feeding your pets, taking them on walks, training them for light-hearted competitions and finding little trinkets on your walks.
  • In Proteus, you explore a procedurally generated island. You can walk around and take in the beautiful natural scenery, and there's nothing disturbing the peaceful atmosphere.
  • Quilts & Cats of Calico: The original board game is cozy enough with the premise of attracting cute cats by making quilts, but Story Mode makes it cozier. Other than the Great Offscreen War being mentioned a few times, you go around sewing quilts for the residents of Scratchington to help them prepare for Tomkitty's Feline Festival. The game's use of Painted CGI and Studio Ghibli-style 2D visuals adds to its wholesomeness.
  • A Short Hike is a game about exploring a few islands, talking to the characters, and engaging in non-violent action such as climbing, flying, and racing other characters. The mood is very light, and the characters are almost all very chill and friendly.
  • The Sims is this per Word of God from original creator Will Wright. Of course, there's options you can take that can make it much less so (and it can become extremely angsty with specific Game Mods, some of which people use because they find the unmodded game boring), but it is more than possible to make your game file this way - if anything it's the canon game mode.
  • Stardew Valley has some angsty and sad themes, but the main point of those is helping those themes get resolved as everyone heals together and you develop your farm and social relationships.
  • The Story of Seasons franchise (formerly known as Harvest Moon) is one of the most classic examples, and one that would later inspire Stardew Valley. You move to a small farming town, start a farm and begin to socialize with/solve the problems of the local people, as you and they grow together.
  • Sticky Business is a lighthearted business Simulation Game where you run your own sticker shop. Many of the sticker components you use in making stickers are cute and wholesome, and your customers always leave compliments when they order from you.
  • Teddy Together is a lighthearted Raising Sim where you take care of a childlike teddy bear, who wants to know all about you and explore the world. There's also lots of relaxed mini-games, like bathing your teddy bear, cooking new meals and gardening.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Bee and Puppycat is a series about a dorky, friendly young woman who befriends a cat-dog-thing, whereupon they go accept temp-job contracts across a Sugar Bowl universe known as Fishbowl Space. Despite being adult animation, the entire show is appropriate for all ages and revels in being soft and adorable the same way South Park revels in the gross. There's very little in the way of unsympathetic villains or conflict and even the show's villains are of the chatty, non-threatening punch-clock type.
  • Bluey: This slice-of-life series features cute canine characters, along with several heartwarming friendship and family scenes. The creator stated that he made the show because he missed playing with his children.
  • ChalkZone is the cutest and sweetest of the Nicktoons lineup. Its' Puni Plush art style and imaginative plots make it a comforting watch after a bad day.
  • Elinor Wonders Why can best be described as "cute animals doing cute things." The series shows the beauty of nature while also having zero inter-character conflicts (the closest thing the show has to conflicts are Elinor's questions about the world around her).
  • Harvey Beaks focuses on telling laid-back stories that have heart and emotional connection with the audience.
  • Kipper exists for the express purpose of being a "refreshing pace for today's busy kids." It has a slow pace along with soothing dialogue and adorable characters.
  • Little Bear is about a cub and his daily life in the 1930s countryside, along with his family and friends. It has a gentle pace, a classical music soundtrack, and plenty of Scenery Porn.
  • Maggie and the Ferocious Beast is a joyful celebration of imagination and friendship. The Ferocious Beast is anything but.
  • Oswald has one of the kindest protagonists in all of fiction, plus a gentle pace and almost no conflict between characters.
  • Sarah & Duck is a gently-paced series that focuses on the simple joys of everyday life, backed with muted colors and a relaxing soundtrack.
  • Steven Universe, when it's not opting for a sci-fi space opera story or a delve into the psychological corruption of a character, often makes use of this trope by easing its audience into natural, real-life struggles that it calmly gives solutions for, whilst making it clear that not all problems can easily go away. Stand-out examples of iyashikei episodes include "Alone Together", "Sworn to the Sword", "When It Rains", "Same Old World", "Bubbled", "Mindful Education", "Back to the Kindergarten", "Pool Hopping", "Can't Go Back", "Snow Day", "Why So Blue?", "In Dreams", "Bismuth Casual", and "Mr. Universe".
  • The whole modus operandi of Summer Camp Island is "comfort." It achieves just that with its' soothing music, adorable character designs, pastel color scheme, and generally light-hearted tone.
  • We Bare Bears features a trio of bears - a grizzly bear, a polar bear, and a panda trying to live normal lives among humans. Hilarity usually ensues.

    Multiple Media 
  • Winnie the Pooh: There's a reason this series has been a family favorite for years. Sadly some more derivative entries have veered too far towards kiddie show territory to fit in the genre, but when there can easily be museum exhibits that attract people of all ages, you'd be hard-pressed to call Pooh simply a kid's series.
  • Kodoku no Gurume exists as both manga and a live-action series, but they depict the same thing: the search for a nice place to eat. The worst the setting has to offer is just comedically troublesome clients Goro Inogashira deals with for a few minutes. The rest of the episodes involve his complete satisfaction at restaurants filled with polite and friendly staff and patrons.

Alternative Title(s): Healing Anime, Healing Manga