The slice-of-life genre continues to dominate the anime scene with the release of Bocchi The Rock! in the late fall, featuring the struggles of a very introverted high school girl who found her passion in becoming a guitarist.
A very popular part of the humiliating category is a slice-of-life anime focusing on clubs, such as The Yuru camp and the competitive swimming of Available! Although they are drastically different in countless ways, they each concentrate on finding the right group of friends (or even rivals) and enjoying mutual interests alongside them. From classics like Ouran High School Host Club to the completely revolutionary Keep your hands off Eizouken!these anime bring a fantastic vibrancy to the common slice-of-life genre.
Love Live! School Idol project
When Honoke Kousaka learns that her beloved Otonokizaka High School’s enrollment is declining and that the institution plans to shut down after the current freshman exam, she devises a plan to save the school by forming an idol group. However, Honoka soon learns that gathering an idol group and achieving fame is not as easy as it seems.
With her childhood friends Kotori and Umi by her side, Honoka creates the group and sets a goal to participate in the Love Live School Idol Festival to attract students to Otonokizaka. Tackling obstacles as the stubborn student council president and finding other members for the club, Honoka must act quickly and with tenacity as her idol group trains to win the Love Live! Filled with both light-hearted, motivational songs, Love Live! School Idol project is perfect for lovers of slice-of-life anime and music.
The Yuru camp
Experience solo camper Rin Shima finds nothing more relaxing than spending a few days out in the wilderness at Japan’s many campsites. One day after camping near Mt.Fuji, Rin runs into foodie Nadeshiko Kagamihara, who accidentally missed the last train of the night and must seek refuge with the other girl. There, the two become fast friends and coax the introverted girl out of her shell.
As one of the best cooking anime, The Yuru camp teaches its viewers about everything from cooking a healthy meal while camping, to gathering wood and pitching tents. While overlooking tranquil vistas, Rin, Nadeshiko, and the rest of the camping club begin to bond over their love of getting away for a while. The anime shows wonderful places that easily fill the viewer with a longing to relax by the fire with a good meal.
After watching a match of volleyball and admiring the interesting dynamics of the sport, Hinata Shouyou longs to become a professional volleyball player. His team’s crushing defeat in middle school by prodigy Tobio Kageyama lights a fire inside Hinata, prompting him to enroll at Karasuno High, his favorite pro volleyball player’s alma mater.
In an attempt to prove himself and his abilities despite his short height, Hinata joins Karasuno’s volleyball club, where he learns that his rival Tobio has also signed up. Now on the same team, the mismatched pair must put aside their differences in pursuit of their shared dreams to make a mark on the world of volleyball and bring glory to their school’s name. As the members of the club learn to work as a machine alongside each other, they bring an inspiring level of determination to the pitch and to the hearts of the viewers.
Slightly overlooked protagonist Akari Akaza, as well as her childhood friends Kyoko and Yui, start their middle school experience by forming their own club.
The girls of the glee club never fail to find new and exciting ways to entertain themselves, often with the members of the student council, who always end up getting sucked into their shenanigans. With no plot or seriousness in sight, the eccentric comedy is unpredictable to the point of pure hilarity and even has some lovable LGBTQ+ characters that bring a wholesome feel to the otherwise chaotic anime.
Enrolling at Kitauji High in hopes of leaving behind her musical memories, Kumiko Oumae somehow ends up being tricked by her new friends into joining the school’s band club and once again playing the euphonium.
Aiming to participate in the local Sunfest festival and make it to nationals, the band club practices the absolute hardest to achieve success together. Meanwhile, Kumiko tries to prove herself despite being distracted by Reina Kousaka, an old bandmate she butted heads with. The instrumental symphonies and twisted history of Hibike! Euphonium showcase the struggle to balance school life with a desire for musical supremacy.
Known for having some of the best animation in anime, Available! follows passionate swimmer Haruka Nanase and his friends as they form the Iwatobi High School swim club, with an unquenchable thirst to win.
As competition time approaches and the gang recruits more members, including Haruka’s former rival Rin, the team shoots to prove themselves by coming out on top in the tournament. Developing a close bond between the five of them, the members overcome difficulties in finding their purpose and encourage each other every step of the way. Seeing a team that loves what they do and each other so pure is a rare sight and it is perfectly encapsulated in this anime.
While freshman Yui Hirasawa is wondering about Sakuragaoka High School for a club to join, the girl stumbles upon the light music club, unaware that she should know how to play an instrument already. When Yui finds this out, he almost leaves the club until the members’ amazing games convince her to stay.
No longer threatened with dissolution due to lack of members, K-on! presents the light music club as they overcome hardships such as stage fright and strive for instrumental proficiency. Centering around a group of girls who love to make music together while navigating their high school lives, the acclaimed series is filled with unique friendship dynamics and sweet comedy that can make any anime fan smile.
Keep your hands off Eizouken!
With her eyes constantly glued to her sketchbook, Midori Asakusa has dedicated her life to drawing soulful backgrounds and vivid landscapes from her imagination as well as the world around her.
After Midori and her money-hungry but logical best friend, Kanamori, stumble upon a popular model with a love for portraying the human form, the three form the film club. Keep your hands off Eizouken!‘s unique creativity and interesting approach to explaining the tedious yet amazing process of animation makes it unlike any other anime out there. As one of the few anime that accurately portrays the awkwardness of youth and mixes it with an undeniably self-accepting environment, Eizoken differs brilliantly from other slice-of-life titles.
Kuroko No Basket
Taking the sport of basketball and turning it into something of an intense combat sport, Kuroko no Basket is arguably the best sports anime series focusing on Seirin High’s extremely talented basketball club.
When Kuroko and his team vow to become the mid-level champions, they must battle his former middle school teammates and show how much his game has improved. The team’s many dynamic partnerships and fantastic ways to dominate the field are used as a narrative to highlight the anime’s nail-biting gameplay.
Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club centers on the studious Haruhi Fujioka as she has a chance to meet with the host club, rounded out by the school’s most attractive boys who want to impress girls. When she is startled, the girl accidentally breaks an expensive vase, for which she must find a way to compensate.
Mistaken for a boy herself, Haruhi is asked to join and entertain the girls at school alongside her flamboyant and attention-seeking co-host. The wildly entertaining and hilarious anime gives each character their time to shine to the brightest of their abilities with unique character developments that counter the many stereotypes present. The lovable show is considered a classic by a majority of Western fans, one that will have viewers rooting for specific characters to meet in no time.
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