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Real Life Anime

Take a break from fantasy and check out these slice of life anime titles!

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Real Life Anime
One of these characters could be the 2D version of yourself. Original screencap from 'Shirobako'.
Between the layers of flashy animation, though, lies anime that are set in a normal everyday universe, and also filled with relatable characters and a great story. 

Take a look at some of our recommendations below. Who knows, you might find yourself blazing through all of it in one night!

Shirobako (2014/24 episodes) 

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Want to know the process of producing anime, but don’t want to read lengthy articles about it? Then Shirobako will satisfy your curiosity. The show revolves around five young women in their early 20s trying to break into the anime industry with their skills in animation, character design, producing, scriptwriting, and voice acting.

Why we love it: It’s an anime about making anime. The workplace setting also gets the more adult viewers to easily identify with the characters.


Barakamon (2014/12 episodes) 

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A high-strung professional calligrapher, Handa Seishuu, gets criticised by a curator at an exhibition for being too unoriginal, then loses his temper at the curator by punching him. Ashamed, he takes himself away from Tokyo to live on the island of Goto. His perspective changes as he interacts with the colourful villages, tries to deal with his new rural life and searching for his own style. 

Why we love it: The depiction of Goto Island is so beautiful that you’d feel like taking a vacation there. Not to be left out is the hilarious interactions between the villagers (especially the noisy seven-year-old Naru) and the socially awkward Seishuu.


Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (2016/13 episodes)

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A young man, recently released from prison, decides to be a Rakugo (a 400-year-old Japanese art of storytelling) performer—but it’s not going to be easy, especially when he is under the tutelage of a famous performer who has never taken in an apprentice before. 

Why we love it: The plot deals with a subject that is culturally new to us, and the anime has excellent direction, as well as voice acting that complement the compelling characters.


Chihayafuru (2011/25 episodes) 

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Chihaya Ayase becomes fascinated by the world of competitive karuta (a card game based on Japanese poetry), when she is introduced to the game by a quiet classmate of hers, Arata Wataya. Along with their friend, Taichi Mashima, they begin to play as a team until they were separated to enrol in different schools. They meet again in high school, only to find out that they’ve all changed. 

Why we love it: An awesome female lead? Check! An obscure sport that doesn’t involve sweaty men being boisterous on the field? Check! A lovable ensemble of characters? Check! Literature buffs may also appreciate that the anime doesn’t forget to explain the meaning and history behind the classical poems in a way that is easily understand—and entertaining, of course.


5 Centimeters Per Second (2007/movie) 

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Directed by Makoto Shinkai (also known as the next Hayao Miyazaki), the animated movie revolves around two close friends, Toono Takaki and Shinohara Akari, who are torn apart when Akari’s family moves to another region. The movie follows their different lives as years pass by and how the distance between them begins to sever their relationship. 

Why we love it: It’s. So. Pretty. The lush landscapes are beautifully painted into the anime and they weave in with the soft soundtrack and storyline seamlessly. But there’s a reason fans think Shinkai’s a liferuiner—beware of extreme feels and multiple heartbreaks. If you have time, check out the director’s other works such as Garden of Words.

 
 
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