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

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Iyashikei often involves the subtler kind of Heartwarming Moment and sometimes has Romance overtones. Compare and contrast Warm and Fuzzy Feeling, Tastes Like Diabetes, 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.


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Works in this genre:

  • 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.
  • Acchi Kocchi: 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.
  • A Channel
  • Afterschool Dice Club
  • 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.
  • Aharen-san wa Hakarenai (AKA Aharen-san is Unfathomable): An intimidating, deadpan and and towering middle school boy with a vivid imagination befriends his next-seat classmate, an expressionless, diminutive, painfully quiet and surprisingly cuddle-happy girl.
  • Aiura: Short snippets of the school lives of three girls.
  • 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.
  • Ame-iro Kouchakan Kandan: A heartwarming story that focuses on the proprietor of a teahouse and the high school student who works there part-time.
  • Animal Crossing is essentially this trope in video game form.
  • Annoying Alice: A manwha about a young Office Lady who has an innocent mutual attraction towards her coworker, who is ~10 years older than her, resolving to pester him playfully.
  • 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.
  • Azumanga Daioh: Slice of Life story of a group of high school students and some of their teachers. Full of gags and cuteness.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bunny Drop: A man in his 30s without much purpose in life impulsively adopts his late grandpa's illegitimate child, a grade school girl. This is a story of how they interact and become a family.
  • 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.
  • Burly Men At Sea is a Western example.
  • Chitchai Senpai ga Kawaisugiru (AKA My Short Senpai is Way Too Cute): A young office worker is hired by a real estate company where he works under the tutelage of a tiny, cutesy and doting Office Lady.
  • The Clueless Transfer Student Is Assertive (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.
  • 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.
  • Danchigai: A high school boy spends his days interacting with his four sisters, a motherly and overachieving Cool Big Sis, his younger tsundere middle school sister, and his twin elementary school cutie sisters.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gakuen Babysitters
  • Getsuyoubi no Tawawa
  • 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.
  • Golden Sky Stories is a Tabletop RPG that tries to emulate this.
  • Gourmet Girl Graffiti A girl whose grandma died recently finds herself lonely and joyless by 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.
  • 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 moonlit and becomes inspired to learn Yosakoi dancing.
  • Happy Birthday: Inochi Kagayaku Toki (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.
  • Heterogeneous Linguistics: A young anthropologist and linguist has to take the mantle of his mentor and venture into a land of fantastical beasts in order to decipher their languages.
  • Hidamari Sketch
  • High School Inari Tamamo-chan!: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Am A Child Of This House: A Korean Manhwa dealing with a young woman who gets revived into a fantasy world as a battered and abused young girl, who is sold by her mother to her father, an affluent, feared and powerful (but doting) nobleman, slowly learning her place in the household and how precious she actually is.
  • 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 that works from home, detailing their surprisingly loving married life in spite of how different they are from each other.
  • Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
  • Inko Colors: A short anime about a group of parakeets periodically have reunions to help their neighborhood animals.
  • 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.
  • Isekai Shokudou: 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.
  • 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.
  • K-On! is in essence a Moe-fied, Gender Flip version of The Beatles set in school. The main characters, however, spend a lot of time drinking tea, eating cake and having fun, to the point where they pretty much never practice music or play in concerts. They're pretty good musicians, though.
  • Kamichu!
  • 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
  • Kimi to Boku is a Slice of Life about 5 high school boys in a rare Gender Flip version.
  • 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 an inn for supernatural beings.
  • 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.
  • Kunoichi Tsubaki no Mune no Uchi: By the same author of Teasing Master Takagi-san, the manga shows the playful adventures of a trio of ninja girls who live in an isolationist women-only ninja village.
  • 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-1970's.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Makura no Danshi
  • 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.
  • March Comes in Like a Lion: An orphaned and clinically depressed professional Shogi player and teen prodigy finds respite in a house across the river from where he lives in, with a family of confectioners consisting of a grandpa and his three doting granddaughters.
  • 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.
  • Mikakunin de Shinkoukei: 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.
  • 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.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid fits this trope as well. While there is a worldbuilding process in place and almost every chapter advances an overarching plot somewhat, a sizable portion of both anime and manga version consists of life together as an unorthodox family and within a community.
  • Mitsuboshi Colors: The imagination-filled adventures of three young girls in their quest to defend their town from "evil".
  • Mokke
  • 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.
  • Morita-san Wa Mukuchi
  • The Morose Mononokean
  • 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 Love Story!! (AKA Ore Monogatari!!) A towering, beefy and gonky Gentle Giant finds out that after numerous tries with other girls, a girl he likes actually reciprocates his feelings, plunging into the adventure of love with everything he has.
  • 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 Neighbor Seki: A gag manga about a girl who finds herself distracted by her next seat classmate, a wildly imaginative boy, who manages to perform outlandish distractions instead of paying attention in class.
  • 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 games, and works directly under her idol.
  • 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.
  • Ojisama to Neko: An ugly, pudgy cat finds himself adopted by a kind old man.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • RWBY Chibi is another Western example. It's especially healing if one comes from watching the original show and all the stuff that happens in it. Sure, it has one or two creepy moments and some dark humor, but in general is a harmless and cute show with chibi versions of RWBY's characters.
  • 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.
  • Senpai Ga Uzai Kouhai No Hanashi: A short-format manga about a diminutive and cranky young Office Lady who becomes increasingly attracted to her mentor at her company, a towering, boisterous and doting man.
  • 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 Ms. Corporate Slave Wants to be Healed by a Loli Spirit): An Office Lady becomes haunted by a small and cutesy ghost who wants her to not work so much and rest.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru (AKA Shogi Senpai): 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.
  • 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.
  • Sukinako ga Megane wo Wasureta (AKA The girl I like forgot her glasses): Exactly What It Says on the Tin. A tender story about a middle school boy who finds himself constantly helping his next seat classmate, the girl he likes, whenever she forgets her glasses, which happens way too often because she hasn't gotten used to carrying them.
  • 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.
  • Taishou Otome Otogibanashi: 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.
  • Tale of a Girl and a Delinquent Who's 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.
  • Tamayura
  • 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.
  • That Girl Is Not Just Cute: A boy who is sweet and kind, but has awful luck, has a hyper-competent and gorgeous girlfriend who loves him to no end.
  • 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.
  • Tonikaku Cawaii (AKA Tonikaku Kawaii or Fly Me to the Moon): A Child Prodigy middle school boy is saved from a nigh-fatal traffic accident by a mysterious and profoundly beautiful girl, immediately falling in love with her and asking to become a couple, which she agrees to only on the condition that he marries her. Some years after promising to meet again, the girl shows up at his doorstep precisely to marry him (as she has reached the marriageable age of 16), which they do in the very same night. The story henceforth deals with the loving adventure of a marriage between two young people who fell in love at first sight, but don't know each other that well.
  • 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.
  • Tsurezure Biyori: 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.
  • Tsuritama
  • 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.
  • We Bare Bears is yet another western animation example.
  • Wife and Wife is a story about a lesbian couple moving in together and how they adjust to their new lives, eventually marrying.
  • Windy Tales
  • 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.
  • Wonder Cat Kyuu-chan: The daily cuteness-filled lives of an office worker and the hyper-competent cat he picked up from the street.
  • Yama no Susume
  • Yakumo-san wa Edzuke ga Shitai: A widower woman in her late 20's 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Healing Anime, Healing Manga

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