While slice-of-life anime are everywhere you look, finding the ones that truly excel at what they do may seem like a daunting task. Since Non Non Biyori was released back in 2013, it has quickly become the gold standard on how to make a great slice-of-life anime. While incorporating comedy and “iyashikei” elements, Non Non Biyori created a world that was both fresh and exciting but still brought in the familiar elements that make slice-of-life anime great. With strong characters, like the new girl in town Hotaru Ichijo, and the "nyanpasu~" master herself Renge Miyauchi, Non Non Biyori's episodic story is carried through their daily lives and interactions. Join us as we talk about 6 anime that are like Non Non Biyori.
Similar Anime to Non Non Biyori
1. Yuru Camp△ (Laid-Back Camp)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2018
On her first night after moving to Yamanashi, Nadeshiko Kagamihara decides to bike up to Motosu to see Mount Fuji. After seeing it was too cloudy to see Mount Fuji, Nadeshiko rests on a nearby bench but accidentally falls asleep. When she wakes up, it is already night time and she is scared and alone until she runs into the camping enthusiast Rin Shinma. Rin invites Nadeshiko down to her camp where she has a fire and some food for her. After talking to Rin, the clouds finally pass over Mount Fuji and she is able to see the sights she came for. Nadeshiko finally remembers her sister's phone number and uses Rin's phone to call her sister and is able to be picked up, but not before giving Rin her phone number and promises to go camping with her for real sometime. When Nadeshiko starts her new school, she finds out that Rin goes to the school as well and decides to join the Outdoor Activities Circle with her.
Similar to Non Non Biyori, Yuru Camp's premise is simple and well executed. Both shows are set in places with a lot of amazing nature scenes. While Non Non Biyori does it a bit more subtly with the setting, it's much more prevalent in Yuru Camp due to the essence of camping being to go out into the wild and enjoy nature. They also feature characters that are more experienced that guide the new girl in town, showing her how to enjoy nature. The shows also share the way in which they execute their comedy, never going full-blown comedy, but just enough to mix it up for the situations where you wouldn't expect much to be happening.
Laid-Back Camp - Official Preview
2. Sakura Quest
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 6, 2017 to Sep 21, 2017
After growing up in a small town, Yoshino Koharu couldn't wait to move to Tokyo and attend college. After graduating and struggling to find a job, she receives a job offer for one day from the small town of Manoyama. When she arrives, Yoshino learns that she is to be the queen of Manoyama and focus on bringing in more tourists to the town. Yoshino also quickly learns that the job wasn't for a full day, but it was for a whole year. With her disdain for the small town lifestyle, Yoshino tries to run away, but she eventually decides to stay and give it her best. After forming a special group with Shiori Shinomiya, Maki Midorikawa, Ririko Oribe, and Sanae Kōzuki, they focus on modernizing the tourist activities started by the head of the tourism board and Yoshino's boss Ushimatsu Kadota.
Like many shows on this list, Sakura Quest features the main protagonist moving from Tokyo to a small city. However in Sakura Quest, they mix it up by having Sakura be originally from a small town. This provides a nice change of pace and sets the tone for the first few episodes. The characters in Sakura Quest are all older than the ones from Non Non Biyori, but the overall setting and the deepening of the friendships of the characters throughout the series are very similar.
Sakura Quest PV
3. Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka? (Is the Order a Rabbit?)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 10, 2014 to Jun 26, 2014
Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka? starts off with Cocoa Hoto, a bubbly and energetic girl, moving in with the Kafuu family, so that she can attend the local school. Once she arrives, she learns that her new home is also a cafe known as the Rabbit House. In exchange for living there, Cocoa starts working part-time at the cafe alongside Chino Kafuu, who Cocoa views as her little sister. Cocoa quickly becomes friends with her co-worker Rize Tedeza, her classmate Chiya Ujimatsu, and Sharo Kirima. Together, the five girls go about their school and work lives in a flurry of equal parts silliness and cuteness.
Much like Non Non Biyori, Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka? features copious amounts of moe slice-of-life aspects. Another major thing both shows have in common is the characters, mainly the younger characters. Despite being the youngest of the main characters, both Chino Kafuu and Renge Miyauchi have perspective and intellect, yet at times, they act their age. making for a realistic feel to their characters. While many people grow tired of "cute girls doing cute thing,s" when it's done right like in Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka?, it's hard to pass up.
Any Anime Like Non Non Biyori ?
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 6, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014
At only 23-years-old, Seishu Handa lived as a pro calligrapher in Tokyo. After entering his piece into an art exhibit, Seishu Handa attacked an elderly curator after he referred to his style as being “like a textbook." Due to the incident, Handa was sent to Goto island by his father. There, Handa meets the local villagers, who are far from anything he knew in Tokyo. When being shown his new home by Village Chief Yujiro Kido, Handa meets a young girl named Naru, who has been using his new home as a secret base. Naru and the other children of the village take a liking to Handa and refer to him as Sensei. After going on adventures with Naru and the other children Handa eventually learns to love his new life on the island.
Non Non Biyori shares many similarities with Barakamon. With Hotaru Ichijo and Seishu, both move from Tokyo to a remote location Also, the adventures the characters go on are often comedic and show the difference between people who grow up in the city, and those who grow up smaller towns. Both shows feature great backgrounds you wouldn't find in your average anime set in a big city. Barakamon stands out by featuring a relatable main character who has grown to resent aspects of his life, but along the way we are able to join Handa's journey, watching as he slowly learns what it is like to enjoy every moment of his life. With enough comedy to keep you laughing and a plethora of heart-warming moments, Barakamon is one of the best slice-of-life anime around.
5. Flying Witch
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 10, 2016 to Jun 26, 2016
As per witches' tradition, when a young witch turns 15-years-old, she must leave home to get a better understanding of both the world and magic. Now that Makoto Kowata has come of age, she has left home with her familiar Chito to stay with her second cousins in Aomori. Due to the vast nature surrounding Amori, it is the perfect location for Makoto to study magic. Through her studies, Makato introduces her cousins Kei and Chinatsu to the world of magic and together, they explore the world of magic. Along the way, they meet other witches, the Harbinger of Spring, ghosts, and myriad of magical beings.
Flying Witch features a similar soothing and peaceful atmosphere to Non Non Biyori. Both take place in towns surrounded by vast nature scenes that impact the pacing of the show in a positive way, taking it nice and slow allowing the viewer to enjoy the world and become invested in the characters. Another great thing the show provides the viewers with is a character they can live vicariously through. Just like Hotaru from Non Non Biyori learns all about her new home and does things she would never have thought of doing in a big city, Chinatsu is experiencing the world of magic for the first time, allowing the viewer to learn right along with her.
Flying Witch PV
6. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge(Tanaka-kun is Always Listless)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 9, 2016 to Jun 25, 2016
Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge follows Tanaka, a high school student whose listlessness knows no bounds. Tanaka prefers to put in as little effort possible to complete his daily tasks, often electing to sleep instead of participating in regular school activities. Tanaka's best-friend Ohta is often tasked with caring for Tanka while he is at school, by doing things such as carrying him when he falls asleep. Tanaka also manages to befriend the rambunctious Miyano and the model student Shiraishi. Although Tanaka would rather spend his time sleeping, he is dragged into all sorts of different activities with his friends.
While Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge doesn't share the "moving to a new town" theme that most of the other shows on this list have, it manages to incorporate a few of Non Non Biyori's other major aspects. The two shows share peaceful and healing themes, while Non Non Biyori does it through its setting, Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge does it through its characters. Non Non Biyori, the characters get to experience things in a quiet town, Tanaka brings that same calmness and peacefulness into a highschool setting. They also share a comedic style, having the main characters experiencing the comedy with the viewer more than actually participating in the comedy.
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless - Official Trailer
Encapsulating the joy and wonderment of being a child, Non Non Biyori excels at many things that make a great anime. Featuring great characters that are both funny and relatable, backgrounds and music that put you at ease, and a plot that although has no real development and is mostly episodic is always enjoyable. While the other shows don't feature every one of the aspects featured in Non Non Biyori, they all take the ones they do have and create something great with them. What is your favorite show that is like Non Non Biyori? Let us know in the comments below.