Let’s Explore the 9 Calmest Anime of Winter 2018 (So Far)

Winter 2018 has been heaven for slice of life fans! Nearly every day has something cute and calming to watch. There are different styles as well, from young love to raising an adorable pet – there is a slice of life for everyone.

Here are the best of the crop so far:


1Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san

What’s it about: Nishikata and Takagi are desk neighbors in class with a simple game: “the blusher loses.” The two constantly tease each other, but Nishikata always ends up blushing! Will Nishikata ever get the reaction out of Takagi he craves?

Who’s it for: Fans of young love and playful teasing. The anime’s pair clearly has feelings for each other, but they don’t know how to properly express themselves outside of teasing, which is pretty adorable.


What’s it about: Rin loves camping near the base of Mt. Fuji, especially during the cold off-season. One night, she meets Nadeshiko, a flaky girl who just moved into town. After sharing a quick meal of cup ramen, Nadeshiko finds herself thrilled at the prospect of camping with Rin…despite Rin’s reluctance to have company.

Who’s it for: People who love camping or the idea of camping. You can enjoy (or relive) fun while appreciating nature from the comfort of your warm home.


3School Babysitters (Gakuen Babysitters)

What’s it about: After a tragic accident, brothers Ryuuichi and Kotarou find themselves in Youko’s care. During their first meeting, Youko shares the conditions for her care; Ryuuichi must spend his free time volunteering at the School’s faculty daycare. Graduate Yoshihito decides to restart the school’s Babysitting Club after he learns of Ryuuichi’s arrival.

Who’s it for: Do you love adorable toddlers stumbling around and causing mischief? Whether you have experience babysitting or not, you can’t deny that the toddlers are adorable and the story is heartwarming.


4Slow Start

What’s it about: Hana is beginning her first year at Hoshio Private Academy, but is afraid things won’t go well since she’s a year older than her classmates. Self-conscious of this fact, Hana tries her best to catch up with everyone.

Who’s it for: Fans of pure, unadulterated moe. There isn’t much of a plot, and the focus is squarely on the character’s growing relationships.


5Hakumei and Mikochi

What’s it about: Hakumei and Mikochi are tiny, 9-centimeter tall girls living in a forest. Their tiny life is filled with adventure that includes riding insects, eating delicious food, and enjoying the pleasures of the world.

Who’s it for: Fans of iyashikei stories, classic children’s’ storybooks, and the quieter scenes of The Secret World of Arrietty.



What’s it about: Michiru moved to Tokyo from the countryside, and opts to stay at a shared home with three other women. While they are of different ages and jobs, they bond over beer and food.

Who’s it for: Do you like hanging out with friends while drinking and eating? It’s like that, but with cute anime characters.


7How to Keep a Mummy (Miira no Kaikata)

What’s it about: Sora receives a package from his adventurer father, which contains a tiny mummy! The mummy, who is named Mii-chan, is completely helpless and Sora doesn’t know where to begin when caring for his new gift.

Who’s it for: Fans of cute, tiny animals. Maybe you’ve raised a puppy or a kitten in the past? How to Keep a Mummy has managed to turn mummies into adorable pets.


8Mitsuboshi Colors

What’s it about: Yui, Kotoha, and Sat-chan are concerned about their town’s safety, so they create COLORS to help keep everyone safe. Except, the girls are just having fun letting their imaginations run wild.

Who’s it for: This is pure childhood bliss in anime form. Warm memories of your childhood will come rushing back as you get lost in the trio’s beautiful adventures!


9Sanrio Boys

What’s it about: Kouta is a typical high school boy who hides his love for Pompompurin, which is a cute dog character created by Sanrio (creators of Hello Kitty). One day, a male classmate learns of Kouta’s secret love and later reassures Kouta that there is nothing wrong with liking cute characters.

Who’s it for: It’s an animated marketing campaign for Sanrio’s cute character line, but it does have a relatable message: never be ashamed of your hobbies, even if it goes against the norm.

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