Good "slice-of-life"/"realistic" anime?

Discussion in 'Books, Music, TV & Movies' started by Saturosias, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. Saturosias
    OP

    Saturosias Sakura-sō Resident

    Member
    594
    290
    Dec 27, 2010
    United States
    First off, I know there's this thread:
    http://gbatemp.net/threads/anime-3.292163/
    And I'm tired of seeing the same anime/cartoons circlejerking it to the top of so many lists simply because they were dubbed for American television. Pokémon, in my experience, is the only anime that has ever been "better" with a dub. I'd consider Game of Thrones (though not an anime) to be "realistic" in a sense, as the plot doesn't rely on miracles or incredible coincidences to advance -- many things are inherently related.

    I also use the term "realistic" loosely for lack of a better word -- I just meant that in a character way, as in the anime doesn't just stick to cliches and tweak them a little bit (i.e. Kanon -- male protagonist, wants to help everyone, has amnesia and his memories are the "key to everything", all the girls are helpless and have tragic stories, bla bla bla).

    My favorite anime is, without a doubt, Clannad + After Story. It's the only one that got me (call me a little girl, I guess) emotionally involved enough to actually cry at multiple plot apexes. ef - A Tale of (Memories/Melodies) was also pretty damn good. I was told "Toradora!" was considered similar in tone, but I found that everything it dealt with was... relatively trivial. There was (idk if spoiler? just incase)
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    I'm not necessarily looking for an anime with a happy ending (Grave of the Fireflies was excellent, as was Elfen Lied), but rather one that at least develops its characters significantly and branches out over multiple themes as opposed to just linear "comedy" (FLCL, not bashing it, it's great, just not what I'm looking for right now) or "romance" (Zero no Tsukaima was awful, I don't know why people recommend it so frequently, #flatIsJustice I guess).
     


  2. Cortador

    Cortador GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    409
    64
    Nov 27, 2008
    United States
    Space brothers. Definitely check it out. Shed some tears watching that.
     
    eosia likes this.
  3. Saturosias
    OP

    Saturosias Sakura-sō Resident

    Member
    594
    290
    Dec 27, 2010
    United States
    I see it's on-going (I think), do I go by the Themes in this Wiki article if I wanted to break it into "seasons"?
     
  4. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Member
    27,883
    8,107
    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
  5. Cortador

    Cortador GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    409
    64
    Nov 27, 2008
    United States
    I am still episode 20, so I don't really know much about breaking into seasons. From what i have seen so far, it has some stop points throughout the plot, but it's very minimal.
     
  6. Jax

    Jax Pip Pip Cheerioink!

    Member
    4,118
    264
    Jul 31, 2006
    Portugal
    L.A.V.
    My Ordinary Life (Nichijou)

    Just kidding, it's not ordinary AT ALL!
    But it's one of the funniest animes I've ever seen!
     
  7. mysticwaterfall

    mysticwaterfall Streamforce Supreme Commander

    Member
    1,868
    294
    Aug 11, 2008
    United States
    Right behind you
    For comedy, Azumanga Daioh and Genshiken are both good slice of life.
     
  8. WatchGintama

    WatchGintama GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,034
    376
    Feb 22, 2009
    United States
    Anohana
    Steins;gate
     
  9. Geren

    Geren GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    234
    87
    Aug 15, 2011
    Spain
    Welcome to NHK! gives a fresh perspective about many real life issues. Highly recommend you to look into it.
     
  10. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Member
    1,805
    314
    Nov 8, 2008
    United States
    Vana'diel
    Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! (a great currently airing anime comedy/slice of life)
    I will also +1 welcome to the nhk.

    Also might I recommend you download a eroge(erotic but great visual novel (not really a novel it is a anime where you make decisions like a vn tho)) named School Days HQ, if you are into that sort of thing.
     
  11. Saturosias
    OP

    Saturosias Sakura-sō Resident

    Member
    594
    290
    Dec 27, 2010
    United States
    Might you know if it's similar to Muv-Luv? I don't mind if there's eroge, while I don't pursue it either, but if the story aside is good I might try it.
     
  12. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Member
    1,805
    314
    Nov 8, 2008
    United States
    Vana'diel
    It is pretty much the greatest eroge ever(slice of life anyway). Just download it, if you are ok with eroges then you are missing out. jast usa version is the official sub/uncensored (also only one that prob isnt dead)
     
  13. Hells Malice

    Hells Malice Are you a bully?

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    Hells Malice is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    6,051
    4,667
    Apr 9, 2009
    Canada
    I am damn surprised to see someone who has actually watched Ef.
    I thought I was the only one. (have both on bluray...so gorgeous)

    I'll second both of those.
    Both utterly fantastic in their own way.


    As for my suggestions...
    Heaven's Memopad (Kamisama no Memochou)
    Kobato (? maybe. I'd call it slice of life, but anything Kobato does is hardly normal...)
    Usagi Drop


    Other than that, off the top of my head, I can't think of any slice of life with strong stories that you haven't already mentioned.
     
  14. Saturosias
    OP

    Saturosias Sakura-sō Resident

    Member
    594
    290
    Dec 27, 2010
    United States
    Ahh, thanks for the suggestions, I guess I'll have my hands full for a while checking those out :3

    Side note, are there any anime review sites that aren't, well... either run by 12-year-olds or heavily biased reviewers? Like, there's this one guy I stumbled across on YouTube (he's admittedly not the most entertaining, but very direct imo) that actually goes in-depth in his reviews and explains exactly why he [dis]likes a particular area of an anime. [below is relevant but rant-ish, just explaining why I "don't just Google a site"]
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
  15. Pong20302000

    Pong20302000 making notes on everything

    Member
    8,076
    1,931
    Sep 8, 2009
    One's inner self
    watching that series as it goes myself with the other half and we both enjoy it

    others ive watched recently and enjoyed with the other half:
    The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat. (dont judge it on the name, its really good)
    The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
     
  16. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Member
    1,805
    314
    Nov 8, 2008
    United States
    Vana'diel
    I also liked liked the hentai prince and the stony cat (its not a hentai btw) but I didnt recommend it cause he said he is looking for something realistic.
     
  17. Pong20302000

    Pong20302000 making notes on everything

    Member
    8,076
    1,931
    Sep 8, 2009
    One's inner self
    was it me of was the ending sad at points

    have you seen "The Pet Girl of Sakurasou" or "Sankarea" both very good

    its hard to hold everything in when the emotions run high
    its like GOD DAM IT MAN HOLD IT IN
    other half sitting there like a rock
     
  18. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Member
    1,805
    314
    Nov 8, 2008
    United States
    Vana'diel
    I've heard of sankarea, ill look into them ty.
     
  19. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolfdog™ I drool on my knife

    Member
    19,361
    19,686
    Sep 13, 2009
    Antarctica
    Between insane and insecure
    Squid Girl, one of my personal favorite anime.
     
  20. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Member
    11,533
    2,729
    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    NYC
    ep 23 broke me...
     
    Pong20302000 likes this.