Let the Stress Melt Away with Our Top 5 Iyashikei Anime [Updated]

Iyashikei (translated as “healing”) anime are shows that you can put on after a hard day to relax and unwind, feeling the troubles of real life melt away as you enter a world where conflicts are solved with love and understanding rather than violence, and everyone is a good person if you dig down deep enough. Even though they may not be enough to make you forget about this dumpster fire of a year we’re living in, at least iyashikei anime is wholesome enough to take the edge off for a little while. So let’s check out five of our recent favorites, shall we?

5. Kamitachi ni Hirowareta Otoko (By the Grace of the Gods)

This Fall 2020 anime is still ongoing, but it’s looking great so far, so we couldn’t help but recommend it! After working himself to literal death as a salaryman, Ryouma Takebayashi reincarnates into a fantasy world as a little boy with nigh-unlimited magical powers and a single mission from the gods who sent him there – enjoy his new life! He spends his time researching and raising a wide variety of slimes, getting to know the local duke and his family in town, and just generally having a much better time than he was in his previous existence. Now this is the kind of isekai we’d be delighted to be reincarnated into!

4. Itoshi no Muco (Lovely Muuuuuuuco!)

Lovely Muco is a very simple anime - an excitable shiba inu named Muco lives with her glassblower owner Komatsu at his studio out in the country, and we get to hear her scatterbrained thoughts about her everyday life. The voice acting really captures Muco’s happy-go-lucky dog personality, along with the shaky kanji-less captions that appear alongside her whenever she speaks. The animation is deliberately amateurish to match, and the other characters play well off of Muco to create an atmosphere where things like chewing towels and putting on stylish raincoats feel exciting and meaningful. And, to top it all off, Muco is actually based on a real dog at a real glass studio in Japan!

3. Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. (BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense.)

Bofuri is an anime all about how online games bring people closer together... and how putting all of your stat points into defense can create a hilariously busted character if the game designers aren’t careful. Kaede is a first-time gamer who joins a new MMORPG so she can play with her best friend, and her character Maple quickly becomes a legend among other players because her high defense build and unorthodox playing style (such as eating a poison dragon and making her turtle pet into a gigantic flying mount) have turned her into an unstoppable tank who cheeses every obstacle in her path.

She spends every day having fun with her friend Sally and her modest guild of misfits (fittingly called Maple Tree), completely oblivious to the fact that she’s giving the game designers aneurisms every step of the way. If you’ve been spending most of your quarantine chatting with online friends, give this anime a watch!

2. Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta... (My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!)

Harem anime can be exhausting sometimes, especially when they lean on tired ecchi jokes, bitter rivalry between the love interests, and protagonists with all the depth and likability of a dead cockroach. But My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom proves that harem anime can be just as complex and wholesome as any other genre by telling the story of a bumbling, but sweet girl who reincarnates into her favorite otome game as the villain character Katarina Claes.

She tries to use her knowledge of the game to avoid the bad endings her character is doomed to face, but in the process ends up accidentally making every other character fall in love with her! It’s a bit like a bisexual Fruits Basket, but with most of the trauma replaced with hilarious Bakarina antics. If you’re burned out on standard anime romances and need a new adorkable queen to simp over, check this one out!

1. Somali to Mori no Kamisama (Somali and the Forest Spirit)

Somali is a young human girl in a fantasy world where humans are at the bottom of the food chain and close to extinction, but luckily she has a 6’4” forest golem (who she has decided is her father) to protect her from anyone who would even think of harming such a precious child. Golem himself, while claiming that he lacks emotions, slowly grows to love Somali as his own daughter over the course of their long journey to find her real family.

There’s certainly some peril along the way, but Somali and Golem’s interactions with each other and the colorful cast of characters they meet along the way (including an oni doctor and his long-suffering assistant/house husband, a family of bunny-like creatures who run a restaurant, and a coven of witch librarians) are so heart-warming that you’ll cry tears of happiness more than sorrow.

Final Thoughts

We also love the Animal Crossing movie (called Doubutsu no Mori in Japanese) for its calming atmosphere, as well as The Ancient Magus’ Bride for its rich and delightful world (although it does lose some of its charm later on). But what are your favorite iyashikei anime? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!

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Author: Mary Lee Sauder

After the hard-hitting East Coast lifestyle hit me a bit too hard, I started pursuing my passion as a writer in my cozy home state of Ohio. Aside from that, I spend my time cooking, cosplaying, collecting anime merch, and being an improv comedy actor. I also love sneaking alliterations and stupid puns into my writing, so be on the lookout for them! 😉

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Throughout 2018, there were tons of fantastic anime that gave off relaxing atmospheres and helped heal our souls. These iyashikei anime were some of the best shows of the year. Today we are going to look at the best iyashikei 2018 had to offer. We will be looking at the characters, art styles, stories, and anything else that help give the series their soothing nature. Now join us as we take a look at the top ten iyashikei anime of 2018.

10. Slow Start

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2018 - March 2018

Thanks to an untimely illness, Hana Ichinose missed out on her high school exams. Afraid of what everyone would think of her, Hana moves to a new city and starts living in her cousin's apartment building. Now starting high school a year later than everyone, Hana worries about being alone at a new school with no friends to rely on. Despite her shyness, Hana is able to quickly befriend a group of girls. Now alongside her new friends, Eiko Tokura, Kamuri Sengoku, and Tamate Momochi, Hana strives to work hard and catch up to her peers.

Slow Start captures the essence of iyashikei with its moe elements. The story is simple and there isn't much going on, but the simplicity creates a nice relaxing experience and allows for the characters to carry the series. The best part of Slow Start are the different characters and their interactions with one another. The characters all have cute designs and always have interactions that are either funny or heartwarming. Slow Start also gives you a nice colorful art style and some soft music to add to the relaxing atmosphere of the series.

9. Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2018 - June 2018

Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori follows the story of our men working at the Rokuhoudou tea shop. Each of the four guys has their own specialty that helps make Rokuhoundou run. The owner Sui makes the tea, Gre creates the latte art, Tokitaka cooks the food, and Tsubaki makes all kinds of sweet treats. Together, the four guys are able to help their customers relax while creating one o the best dining experiences around.

The anime brings together some of the best elements of the other anime on this list. Like with other anime set in a cafe, there is some delicious looking food that are best-looking parts of the series and combines it with some of the light-hearted character moments of a story driven anime. What we get is an anime with a relaxing atmosphere and some great slice-of-life elements. The four main guys are all great and compliment each other's personalities and make for some interesting character dynamics.

8. Isekai Izakaya: Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu (Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 2018 - September 2018

Somewhere in Kyoto, there is a bar called Izakaya Nobu. Inside of Izakaya Nobu lies a secret door that connects to a whole new world. The door allows the people of this new to the world to come in and take a load off as they experience some of the best food Japan has to offer. Chef Nobuyuki Yazawa and his server Shinobu Senke are able to provide a unique experience for every customer that comes through the door.

Much like the characters in the anime, whenever we get to visit Izakaya Nobu we are treated to a laid back atmosphere and some delicious looking food. We get to watch as the characters that come into Izakaya Nobu experience these new foods for the first time. Seeing the characters experience pure bliss from the food they are eating in a laid back bar creates a light-hearted viewing experience. The anime also has a segment at the end of each episode showing you how to make one of the delicious looking dishes featured in the anime.

7. Comic Girls

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2018 - June 2018

Moeta Kaoruko is not your average high school student. Kaoruko is a manga creator, who uses the pen name Chaos. Unfortunately, her manga came in at the bottom of the read survey ranking. In hopes of motivating her, Kaoruko's editor recommends that she move into Bunhousha Dormitory, a dormitory that only houses female manga creators. Along with her new roommates Koizuka Koyume, Irokawa Ruki, and Katsuki Tsubasa, Kaoruko strives to make her manga better than it ever was before.

Another one of the year’s best moe iyashikei anime, Comic Girls has a simple plot and cute and funny characters that make it a great anime to unwind with. The girls all have hilarious personality quirks that help add variety to the comedic elements of the series. The whole cast is very expressive and energetic, and there are plenty of moments where their different personalities get to shine. Comic Girls also has a colorful art style that really helps bring the whole thing together.

6. Yama no Susume: Third Season (Encouragement of Climb Season 3)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2018 - September 2018

Ever since falling and breaking her arm as a kid, Aoi Yukimura has preferred to stay indoors and is deathly afraid of heights. Aoi's childhood friend Hinata Kuraue loves being outside and is often found climbing mountains. Now that the girls have started high school, Hinata invites Aoi to climb a mountain together like they did when they were kids. After reluctantly agreeing, Aoi gains a newfound appreciation for mountaineering.

Season 3 of Yama no Susume brings you all of the light-hearted mountain climbing you love and so much more. This season focuses more heavily on the relationship between Aoi and Hinata and less on hiking through the mountains. Some of the more dramatic moments take away from the light hearted tone of the series, there are still plenty of heartwarming scenes of the group spending time together to help it achieve the relaxing nature found in previous seasons. The anime is at its best when the girls are out enjoying nature, create that familiar and relaxing atmosphere.

5. Gakuen Babysitters (School Babysitters)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2018 - March 2018

After losing his parents, Ryuuichi Kashima and his younger brother Kotarou had nowhere to go. During his parents funeral, Ryuuichi meets a woman named Youko Morinomiya who offers them a place at the academy she runs. In exchange for a place to stay, Ryuuichi must work as the academy's babysitter. Ryuuichi agrees in order to have a better life for him and his brother. Ryuichi begins his new life taking care of his brother and all o the other eccentric kids at Morinomiya Academy.

Despite the gloomy and depressing setup to the series, Gakuen Babysitters is a really light-hearted and funny series. The large cast of wonderful characters alone makes the anime worth watching. While all of the characters are great, the toddler characters are what make the series really shine, bringing a whole new level of comedy and feel good moments. The colors used in the anime’s are are soft and helps set the relaxing mood, making it a perfect anime to watch whenever you need to feel at peace.

4. Mitsuboshi Colors

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2018 - March 2018

Ueno is home to a group that protects the peace in the city. The group is called the Colors, and they meet in the corner of one of Ueno's parks. Colors is made of three elementary school girls. Mitsuboshi Colors follows the lives of Yui, Sacchan, and Kotoha has they hang out, play games, and solve various problems for the people of Ueno.

Mitsuboshi Colors captures the essence of childhood. The story follows the fun and imaginative adventures that make up the girls lives. Watching the girls going around defending the city from "evil" made for some of the most heartwarming moments of the year. Outside of the story, Mitsuboshi Colors also has a cute art style and a solid soundtrack that help add to the lightheartedness of the series.

3. Sora yori mo Tooi Basho (A Place Further Than The Universe)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: January 2018 - March 2018

Mari Tamaki has always wanted to do something bigger with her life. No matter how hard Mari tries to do something, her fears always stop her from moving forward. That all changes when she meets Shirase Kobuchizawa, a girl who is in search of her lost mother. Seeing Shirase focused on saving money for an expedition to Antarctica, Mari decides to chase her dream and join the Shirase. Together with Hinata Miyake and Yuzuki Shiraishi, the girls are able to set out on their journey to Antarctica.

Sora yori mo Tooi Basho is filled with many fantastic elements that make it one of the best anime of the year. Mari and the other girls share a genuine and pure friendship that gets built up over the course of the series. These bonding moments and the setting help give the anime its iyashikei moments. The story of Sora yori mo Tooi Basho is bit deeper than some of the other anime on the list and has serious moments that really make it interesting. While the story has a variety of different emotions and themes, it never loses the iyashikei feeling to it.

2. Hakumei to Mikochi

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2018 - March 2018

Hakumei and Mikochi are two tiny girls that live in the forest full of wondrous things. Thanks to their small size they are able to do things like ride insects across the skies. The two girls share a tiny house made inside of a tree and spend their days exploring the forest. With tiny human-like creatures like Hakumei and Mikochi, talking animals, and so much more there is always something going on in the forest.

One of the more unique anime of the year, Hakumei and Mikochi has a perfect style and setting to make it one of the best iyashikei anime of the season. The anime has everything you want from a great iyashikei anime, with cute characters, a simple and relaxing story, and a beautiful world. There is a wide variety of characters from the human characters to the talking animal characters, every character brings a new and interesting dynamic to the series. While the story and characters are great, the anime's strongest aspect are the visuals. Every aspect of the visuals is on point, with great character designs and brightly colored and beautiful backgrounds.

1. Yuru Camp△ (Laid-back Camp)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2018 - March 2018

High schooler Rin Shima is unlike other girls her age, as she has taken up the unusual hobby of solo camping. One day while camping at the base of Mount Fuji, Rin runs into a girl named Nadeshiko Kagamihara who accidentally fell asleep after riding her bike up the see the mountain. Rin invites Nadeshiko to her camp and feeds her dinner. Despite their drastically different personalities, Rin enjoys her time with Nadeshiko and starts to think that camping with others may not be so bad. Nadeshiko also enjoyed her new experience and decides to join the Outdoor Activities Club at her new school.

Yuru Camp captures the essence of iyashikei in many different ways that makes it the best iyashikei anime from 2018. The story of is lighthearted and relaxing. Watching the girls travel around and camping in all kinds of different places makes it a great anime you can watch and unwind with after a long day. Yuru Camp is also incredibly visually soothing with the soft art style, beautiful backgrounds, and some fantastic character designs.

Final Thoughts

That's it for our list of the top 10 iyashikei anime of 2018. Hopefully, reading about all of these fantastic relaxing anime made you want to sit back relax and watch some anime. What did you think of our list? What was your favorite iyashikei anime from 2018? Let us know in the comments.

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Author: Robby

I’m a lover of anime and manga and I spend most of my time working hard to accomplish my goals in life. Outside of anime and manga, I’m an avid Heroes of the Storm player and I love some good food.

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