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Best Slice of Life Manga

Slice of life, or "nichijou" in Japanese, refers to events that occur on a daily basis such as getting ready for the day, light chores, enjoying a hobby, or preparing meals. These events differ depending on setting, but above all else are considered to be ordinary, everyday actions that don’t always follow a central plot. The related tags School Life and Work Life focus on ordinary events that take place in a school or work setting, respectively.

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ホリミヤ 1
Hero - 2012-03-27
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This popular manga tells the story of Kyouko Hori, a smart and popular high school student who is secretly a homebody, and Izumi Miyamura, a gloomy outcast who is covered in piercings and tattoos. When Miyamura unexpectedly appears at Hori's doorstep, the two discover that there is more to each other than meets the eye. This sweet and heartwarming tale explores the multiple sides of every person and the complexities of high school life.
Yotsuba&!, Vol. 1 book cover
Yotsuba&!, Vol. 1
Kiyohiko Azuma - 2005-06-21 (first published in 2003)
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This manga follows the charmingly clueless Yotsuba, a green-haired girl who is new to town and has an irrational fear of air conditioners. Written by the creator of Azumanga Daioh, this book is sure to delight with its endearing characters and humor.
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Nana 2
Al Yazawa Ai Yazawa - 2005-12-06 (first published in 2000)
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Two young women named Nana meet on a train to Tokyo and quickly become best friends. Nana Komatsu is seeking a new start in the city to escape her messy love life, while Nana Osaki is determined to become Japan's No.1 rock'n'roll superstar. The story follows their adventures in a world of sex, music, fashion, gossip, and all-night parties.
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Love Is War, Vol. 1 (1)
Aka Akasaka - 2018-03-06 (first published in 2016)
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When two prideful geniuses fall for each other, it becomes a battle of wits to see who will confess their love first. Set in a prestigious academy’s student council, the book follows the daily schemes of Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane as they try to outsmart each other in this game of love. Will they overcome their pride to find happiness together?
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Barakamon, Vol. 1
Satsuki Yoshino - 2014-10-28 (first published in 2009)
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A city calligrapher named Sensei uproots his life to move to a rural island on the westernmost edge of Japan. With the help of a plucky first-grader named Naru, Sensei learns to navigate the ins and outs of rural life in a heartfelt island comedy that explores the relationships between a gruff but soft-hearted teacher and his kind island neighbors.
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March Comes in Like a Lion, Volume 1
Chica Umino - 2008-02-22
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"March Comes in Like a Lion" follows the struggles of Rei Kiriyama, a young shogi prodigy who lives alone in an empty apartment with no family or friends. Despite his success in the game, Rei's life is incomplete until he meets some life-long friends who give him a chance to start anew. This emotional and introspective story is perfect for anyone looking for a coming-of-age tale with a unique twist.
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The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1
Kousuke Oono - 2018-08-09
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In "The Way of the Househusband," a notorious yakuza member known as "the Immortal Dragon" leaves the criminal underworld behind and takes on the unexpected role of a househusband. This cozy yakuza comedy follows his daily struggles in performing housework without losing his honor or humanity.
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Yotsuba&!, Vol. 2
Kiyohiko Azuma - 2005-08-02 (first published in 2004)
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Join Yotsuba as she navigates the joys and challenges of childhood in this charming and delightful manga. In volume 2, Yotsuba explores her artistic side by attempting to draw her daddy's giant friend, Jumbo. But when a friend criticizes her skills, Yotsuba must learn to believe in herself and her abilities. Don't miss out on the heartwarming adventures of Yotsuba!
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Komi Can’t Communicate
Vol. 1
Tomohito Oda - 2019-06-11 (first published in 2016)
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This manga follows Tadano, a shy high schooler who befriends the legendary Komi, a girl who wants to make 100 friends. Together, they navigate the challenges of communication and social interactions.
A Bride's Story, Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori
Bakuman 01 by Tsugumi Ohba
Nichijou, Vol. 1 by Keiichi Arawi