Aoi's childhood dream of climbing the tallest mountains in the world was destroyed when the girl fell off a jungle gym, developing a crippling fear of heights in the process. Now in high school, the teen enjoys more mundane activities like knitting and sitting quietly, and has absolutely no interest in risking her life in the wilderness. But Aoi's sheltered life is shattered with the reappearance of Hinata, her boisterous childhood friend who's determined to pull the girl out of her shell and scale some mountains! Together, the two learn about climbing gear and try to face their fears, all while becoming the best of friends!
Another relaxing and adorable slice-of-life series. Both are about friends who had briefly fallen out of contact/friendship coming back together and having fun. Also, both deal with childhood dreams that the girls are trying to fulfill.
Ohana Matsumae is a sixteen-year-old girl with no purpose or direction in life. One day, however, she gets the chance to reinvent herself when her mother and her boyfriend do a moonlight flit to escape his debts. Left alone, Ohana goes to live with her estranged grandmother, but when she arrives she finds herself forced to work at the family’s hot spring resort, the Kissuiso Inn. With her grandmother considering her nothing more than an employee and a roommate who hates her, Ohana’s happy dream of a new life soon turns into a nightmare. Now the wide-eyed girl must learn the value of hard work as she attempts to make friends and familiarise herself with life at the resort.
Though the beginning episodes of both of these series make them seem like dramas, both eventually settle into a more episodic slice-of-life routine. As such, they feel much less fluffy and meaningless than most slice-of-life series. If you liked the feel-good atmosphere or hard-earned friendships in either of these series, you'd probably like the other.
On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
Two very heart-warming series featuring a group of charming young girls which happen to have some sort of power. Both series have a slight touch of fantasy in them, despite the fact that the characters are very human and down-to-earth. Kamichu and Natsuiro will please to any fan of slice-of-life who would like to see if the genre can have anything special to offer. Hint: it has! And those two series proves it.
At Yamaboshi High, joining a school club is required, so when Himeko, Iori, Taichi, Yoshifumi and Yui couldn't find a suitable choice, they decided to create their own: the School Culture Club! Together, they pass the days meeting and coming up with topics for the group's newspaper – that is, until one day, Yoshifumi and Yui proclaim that they switched bodies last night! Soon after, all five members of the gang find themselves inadvertently swapping at random, with no end in sight. What, or who, caused this supernatural phenomenon?
Both of these anime are about a series of strange events (bodyswitching, etc) that occur in a group of close friends. While Natsuiro Kiseki is lighter/more comedic and Kokoro Connect is darker/more dramatic, both amount to testing the strength of friendships through events that should be impossible.
In a moment of pure warmth and happiness, it is said that children of the light, known as Tamayura, will appear. Fuu Sawatari is a young girl who loves taking photographs the same way that her beloved father did while he was alive. Having recently moved to the town her family frequently visited when she was younger, Fuu enjoys her life to the fullest alongside her friends Kaoru, Norie and Maon. Whether the gang have a sleepover, chase a furry cat around town, or simply enjoy a delicious lunch, Fuu always has her camera in hand in the hopes of finally capturing the illusive Tamayura on film.
Slice of life at its best, both are coming of age stories about a group of teenage girls in a small village. Both are character driven, with each character having enough development to make them interesting. Family, anxiety for the future and just daily life in a tight knit society are all topics that draw these anime together. As a bonus, the two titles offer beautiful scenery with plenty of nature and represent the cultural identity of their respective towns in a very realistic manner.