41 Anime Like Azumanga Daioh That You Should Know

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If you enjoy watching Slice of life anime, you must check out Azumanga Daioh by J.C.Staff studios. The studio has previously worked on various slice-of-life anime that is enormously popular worldwide. If you check out the list of anime produced by the studio, you might find some of your favorite anime.

Azumanga Daioh is quite underrated, but it has a dedicated fan base that won’t hesitate to put you in place if you have anything wrong to say about their favorite anime. Azumanga Daioh is a slice-of-life school anime released on April 9, 2002. Azumanga Daioh follows the story of a group of high school girls, mainly one of the girls, Chiyo Mihama, who is relatively short compared to other girls in her class.

At first glance, the girls may seem very ordinary, but each has a different personality that you won’t see coming. The series focuses on how these girls spend their high school life from the beginning of the school year till they graduate, with various ups and downs as they explore and learn new things.

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1. Nichijou – My Ordinary Life

Nichijou focuses on the life of a few high school girls and the people around their town. The characters are so weird and unpredictable that you would never be to guess what they might end up doing within the next second.

three cute girls

The girls are very random and chaotic, like Yuuko Aioi, who spends most of her time roaming around the corridors, and Mio Naganohara, who is fascinated with drawing hentai manga. not-so-social Nano Shinonome; Mai Minakami, the scientist girl Hakase Shinonome; Sakamoto, the talking cat.

  • Release Date: April 3, 2011
  • Episode: 26
  • Streaming Platform: Funimation
  • Score: 8.46

2. Minami-Ke

Minami-Ke depicts the daily life of three sisters, the elder and motherly Haruka, the casual and quirky Kana, and the intelligent and disrespectful Chiaki. It is a very entertaining and funny anime that shows the sisters dealing with different situations in their life and how they stick by each other through thick and thin.

Even the supporting characters are fascinating with their approach, and we are sure anyone fond of a slice-of-life anime would enjoy watching this anime.

a girl pinching cheeks of another girl and one girl standing beside them
  • Release Date: October 8, 2007
  • Episode: 13
  • Streaming Platform: Funimation
  • Score: 7.66

3. K-On!

K-On! is a music-theme anime that begins with four high school girls who are not so eager to join clubs of their choice; however, Ritsu Tainaka wants her Mio Akiyama friend to join the same club as her, but Mio has something else in her mind.

Nonetheless, they enter the same music club, followed by Tsumugi Kotobuki and Yui Hirasawa. But none of the girls has any passion for music, so how will they keep up with club-related activities?

4 high school girls posing with their hand
  • Release Date: April 3, 2009
  • Episode: 13
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.85

4. The Squid Girl

Ika Musume, a squid girl, gets fed up with humans who litter the ocean. After being so done with humans, she decides it is now time for her to move to the land of the living so she can teach them a lesson and take her revenge. However, her plan does not work as she thought it would as she ends up making a mess and being a part-time waitress.

a girl smiling and other with bloated belly
The Squid Girl
  • Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.42

5. Ouran High School Host Club

A scholarship student named Haruhi Fujioka joined the elite school Ouran Academy. One day while looking for a room to study, she entered the music room where the select students operated a host club.

Haruhi accidentally breaks an expensive vase that belongs to the club, and to pay her debt; she has to act as the dog of the host club. As Haruhi does not look much like a girl because of her haircut and physique, the entire school does not know about her real gender identity.

6 scjool boys posing for a picture
Ouran High School Host Club
  • Release Date: April 5, 2006
  • Episode: 26
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 8.16

6. Daily Lives of High School Boys

The series focuses on three high school boys who go to Sanada North High School. Tadakuni, and his two friends, Hidenori Tabata and Yoshitake Tanaka, go through many phases in his life. Even though the series focuses mainly on the comic part, it still has all the other elements that make you understand how crazy the average high school boy’s life can be. 

three boys eating outside
Daily Lives of High School Boys
  • Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 8.24

7. Strawberry Marshmallow

Strawberry Marshmallow deals with the life of four teenage girls named Itou Chika, Miu, Matsuri, and Ana. The series is a heartwarming tale of these four girls as they approach different things in their life, and it is fun to see them in different situations and how well they handle them. The characters are hilarious, and so is their approach toward life this anime is wholesome and fun to watch.

girl with tissue in nose
Strawberry Marshmallow
  • Release Date: July 15, 2005
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: HIDIVE
  • Score: 7.63

8.Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

Nozomu Itoshiki is a high school teacher who could be more positive, unlike other high school teachers. He is a very gloomy person during every class. Nozomu teaches his students different aspects of Japanese culture, and how much he hates it, he finds it quite depressing. Nozomu students are even more bizarre than him; they also have very different personalities, and each has quite an unconventional approach to life.

a boy with a hanging loop around his neck and people standing behind him looking backward
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
  • Release Date: July 8, 2007
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.87

9. Wagnaria!!

Wagnaria!! is a slice-of-life anime. It depicts the story of a few employees who works in a restaurant named Wagnaria. Souta Takanashi recruits a high schooler Popura Taneshima who looks relatively younger than her actual age, as his new part-timer.

Then we are introduced to other restaurant staff, such as the manager, the chef, and various other characters. Every character is so weird and funny you won’t even realize when you’ll end up loving each one of them.

resturant staffs posing
  • Release Date: April 4, 2010
  • Episode: 13
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.65

10. Toradora!

Ryuuji Takasu is a high school student who is hardworking and considerate; however, due to his father’s bad reputation, people often avoid him. Only his mother and friends are aware of Ryuuji’s true personality. He has a massive crush on his friend Kitamura Yuusaku but can never express his true feelings.

Ryuuji meets his classmate Taiga Aisaka one day. In the beginning, the two of them do not get along, but later on, they become pretty good friends.

a boy walking behind a girl
  • Release Date: October 2, 2008
  • Episode: 25
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 8.09

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11. Asobi Asobase – workshop of fun

Three high school girls named Hanako Honda, Olivia and Nomura, and Kasumi create a club to kill some time. Every day they spend some time in their club; there are many interesting characters, such as Maeda, Hanako’s butler. Some of the girls are against this club, so they keep planning things to close their club. Hanako’s teacher Chisato Higuchi sometimes comes around the club as a part-time member.

three school girls playing cards
Asobi Asobase – workshop of fun
  • Release Date: July 8, 2018
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Netflix
  • Score: 8.19

12. Tonari no Seki-Kun: The Master of Killing Time

Rumi Yokoi is a very diligent student; however, she can hardly concentrate during class because of her classmate Toshinari Seki, who does everything except pay attention in class. Seki does many creative things to keep himself occupied during lessons, like cleaning his desk or playing board games. Rumi finds herself focusing on Seki’s absurd activities rather than taking notes during her classes.

a boy playing with domino and a girl reading a book
Tonari no Seki-Kun
  • Release Date: January 6, 2014 
  • Episode: 21
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.54

13. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Kyon is a very ordinary high school student who was interested in time travel, aliens, and espers as a child. As he grows up, he stops believing in all these theories; however, his classmate Haruhi Suzumiya, believes in all these absurd theories.

Haruhi does not even communicate with most of her classmates, but for some reason, she talks with Kyon. She drags Kyon on all her missions and makes a pointless club with him about supernatural theories.

a girl holding a tie of a boy
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Release Date: April 3, 2006
  • Episode: 14
  • Streaming Platform: Netflix
  • Score: 7.83

14. Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts

Fumizuki Academy places students in each class from a-f according to their grading system. At the end of the year, they conduct an exam based on their rank; they are assigned to different classes with different facilities. The best facilities are provided to the students from the A class, whereas the F class gets minor facilities. Each student can change their class by competing in the battle system.

two girls holding the hand of a boy
Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts
  • Release Date: January 7, 2010
  • Episode: 13
  • Streaming Platform: Funimation
  • Score: 7.53

15. Haibane Renmei

Haibane is reborn from large eggs with memories from their previous life in a small town. They are named after the dreams they have during their incubation period. Reki is one of the oldest Haibane. She then meets one of the newest Rakka and immediately connects with her.

Raka and others have to follow specific rules like Haibane, even though they barely know anything about their new life. As they begin to question their existence and what comes after this?

a girl with wings and halo on her head looking at her reflection
Haibane Renmei
  • Release Date: October 10, 2002 
  • Episode: 13
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.97

16.YuruYuri: Happy Go Lily

Akari Akaza is a middle school student who is just beginning to enjoy “Amusement Club” activities with her childhood friends Kyouko and Yui. Soon after Chinatsu Yoshikawa also joins the club, the three girls do most of the things they enjoy, and watching them do funny things is fun. Apart from the comedy, it’s a girl’s love anime, so you’ll also get to see their relationship as the three girls crush each other.

two school girls
YuruYuri Happy Go Lily
  • Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.57

17. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Kusuo Saiki is anything but an average high school student because, unlike other students of his age, he has psychic abilities. Saiki is very different from other kids.

However, he tries to avoid being noticed; everyone pays him attention and makes him use his powers to tackle different situations. The plot follows his story and how his classmates, family, and daily encounters make his everyday life adventurous or, you can say, disastrous for him.

a pink haired boy wearing green glasses is getting scolded
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
  • Release Date: July 4, 2016
  • Episode: 120
  • Streaming Platform: Netflix
  • Score: 8.42

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18. Arakawa Under the Bridge

Kou Ichinomiya belongs to a very wealthy family in Japan, and he does not like to be in debt and pays back the person he owes. Nino is a homeless girl who lives near the bridge in Arakawa.

One day Kou accidentally ends up falling under the bridge, and Nino saves his life. Kou appreciates her help and asks her what he can do in return to pay her back for saving his life. Unlike any other girl, Nino asks for something that puts Kou in a dilemma.

a high school boy with two girls and a priest and 3 people wearing masks
Arakawa Under the Bridge
  • Release Date: April 5, 2010
  • Episode: 13
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.57

19. Chronicles of the Going Home Club

Natsuki attends her high school opening ceremony, and she is attending one of the advertised clubs; one of her friends asks her what club she will join; to her friend’s surprise, Natsuki decides to join the “going home club.”

When Natsuki said that, she did not realize that a club by that name existed in the school. Natsuki later joins the club and learns that the club activities are doing some weird things for fun and ends up making some crazy friends in the club.

5 high school girls standing in a room
Chronicles of the Going Home Club
  • Release Date: July 5, 2013
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 6.78

20. Kimi to Boku.

Kimi to Boku is about four high school boys who are childhood friends and study at Homare High School; soon after, a new boy named Chizuru Tachibana, a transfer student, joins their group. It primarily deals with the high school life of boys and what goes inside their minds; the group of friends hang out and do things that most high school students do; it’s fun to watch their adventure.

5 highschool boys enjoying cherry blossom
Kimi to Boku.
  • Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Episode: 13
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.67

21. Wasteful Days of High School Girls

Three high school students, Akane Kikuchi, Shiori Saginomiya, and Nozomu Tanaka, study at an all-female high school. But the girls keep themself entertained by doing absurd things; in their daily life, they make jokes about basically anything, just like any other high school student. They are cute and fun to watch, so you definitely can’t miss out on this observational comedy anime.

school girls playing cards in a classroom
Wasteful Days of High School Girls
  • Release Date: July 5, 2019
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: HIDIVE 
  • Score: 7.7

22. Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Two intelligent high school students, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, are both afraid to confess their feeling and play mind games to make the other person confess their feelings. Kaguya Shinomiya is the student council president of the school; she has everything that a person can ask for beauty, wealth, and intelligence.

Kaguya never likes to defeat; she makes Shirogane’s life challenging by putting him in different situations that will make him eventually confess his feelings for Kaguya.

a girl with red eyes blushing
Kaguya-sama Love is War
  • Release Date: January 12, 2019
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 8.41

23. Non-Non Biyori

Asahigaoka village is a tranquil place located in the countryside of Japan. The story is about four girls who go to the Asahigaoka branch school, which comprises these four girls. Later, a transferred student from Tokyo named Hotaru Ichijou joins the school, but Hotaru soon realizes that this school is different from her old school.

Their only teacher, 24-year-old Kazuho Miyauchi, spends most of her time sleeping because the students are of varying age groups, so they self-study during school hours.

a girl with purple hair
Non-Non Biyori
  • Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: HIDIVE
  • Score: 7.94

24. Shin Chan

Shin Chan follows the story of a 5-year-old preschool student named Shinnosuke Nohara. He is quite a troublemaker for his age and does age-inappropriate things. He often gets late for school and fools around with his friends who study at the Futaba Kindergarten. Shinnosuke and his four friends have formed a defense force called Kasukabe Defense Force, and the kids work to make society a better place.

Shinchan holding a cellphone and standing beside his dog Shiro.
Shin Chan
  • Release Date: April 13, 1992 
  • Episode: Unknown
  • Streaming Platform: Disney+ Hotstar
  • Score: 7.76

25. Aiura

Aiura is the story of three groups of high school girls who meets through an accidental encounter at a cafe. The three of them later find out that their encounter was fated because soon after, they become perfect friends and do adorable things in their daily lives. Even though the three girls have distinct personalities, they get along quite well.

A girl holding a diary and a pen and a pen cap in her mouth.
  • Release Date: April 13, 1992 
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 6.66

26. His and Her Circumstances

Yukino Miyazawa is the perfect girl everyone looks up to in her class, but she is just an ordinary girl who tries hard to be her ideal self. Everything changes when Souichirou Arima joins her class, and everyone who used to admire Yukino before suddenly switches to Souichirou, and he begins to get all the attention from his classmates. 

A girl and a boy in a romantic pose.
His and Her Circumstances
  • Release Date: October 2, 1998
  • Episode: 26
  • Streaming Platform: Amazon prime videos
  • Score: 7.59

27. Yuyushiki

Three high school girls, Uzuki, Yukari, and Yui, spend most of their time in the data processing club or finding out about random things on the internet. They think about weird stuff and begin their quest for self-exploration. The girls are charming, so it’s hard to ignore them. Whether you find them annoying or endearing depends on you.

Two girls making heart sign and one making peace sign with their hand.
  • Release Date: April 10, 2013
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: HIDIVE
  • Score: 7.36

28. Please tell me! Galko-chan

The story follows the lives of three high school students, Galko, Otako, and Ojou, who are curious about the female body as they learn new things every day. The girls have very different personalities, but irrespective of that, they are very fond of each other.

Galko is relatively straightforward and does not shy away from sharing her thoughts. She is pretty obsessed with her appearance. Otako looks like a nerd at first glance and does not seem like someone who would be friends with Galko, but the two of them get along quite well, and Ojou is just a naive rich girl who happens to be their friend. 

beautiful girl in high school uniform.
Please tell me! Galko-chan
  • Release Date: January 8, 2016
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.04

29. Mitsuboshi Colors

Mitsuboshi Colors is the story of three elementary school girls who live in the Ueno district. The three girls, Yui Akamatsu, Saki Kise, and Kotoha Aoyama, have their secret base where they hang out after school. They have no worries in the world.

They are just living the life of any ordinary child, and it is basically about embracing your childhood. The girls have formed a group called “colors, ” and they take up the responsibility for their district.

three girls holding a RPG.
Mitsuboshi Colors
  • Release Date: January 7, 2018
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: HIDIVE
  • Score: 7.42

30. Hidamari Sketch x 365

Hidamari Sketch x 365 is a story of four high schoolers passionate about art. The girls, Miyako, Yuno, Sae, and Hiro, share an apartment with time, and they become close. The series mainly focuses on their day-to-day life as first-year students and how their relationships and dynamics change with time.

two adorable girls.
Hidamari Sketch x 365
  • Release Date: January 7, 2018
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: HIDIVE
  • Score: 7.42

31. Himouto! Umaru-chan

Umaru Doma is the most beautiful and well-mannered girl anyone can come across. But inside her house, she is the opposite of the perfect girl appearance she shows outside. Umaru likes to spend her free time eating junk food and watching anime, lying around her house doing nothing being her lazy self. To make it even weirder, she wears a hamster hoodie and turns into a total cute.

a girl holding a bottle of cola and a packet of chips.
Himouto! Umaru-chan
  • Release Date: July 9, 2015
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: HIDIVE
  • Score: 7.12

32. Teekyu

Teekyu revolves around the life of four girls who are high school students, but their school is taken down due to a lack of funds. But the girls want to stay in their school. They plan to save it by competing in an inter-school tennis competition. However, there is one problem none of them knows anything about tennis, so how will they keep their school?

four girls playing tennis.
  • Release Date: October 7, 2012 
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 6.56

33. Castle Town Dandelion

Castle Town Dandelion follows the story of the Sakurada family, a very ordinary Japanese family. But their family is anything but ordinary, as they have nine siblings who live under the same roof as their parents. To make matters even worse, each of these siblings possesses a superpower.

Not only that, but they also come from the royal family. Now that their father is getting old, one of the siblings will take his father’s throne, but which one? 

shy highschool girl.
Castle Town Dandelion
  • Release Date: July 3, 2015
  • Episode: 12
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.17

34. Love Hina 

Keitaro Urashima, now a young boy, promised his childhood sweetheart that he would get into Tokyo university. However, now that he is an adult, he can’t even pass the entrance exam, and sadly he has flunked the exam twice in a row.

To make matters even worse, he does not even remember the name of his childhood sweetheart. Keitaro then fulfills the request of his grandma and becomes the manager of an all-girls dormitory.

A group of friends on a Cherry blossom picnic day.
Love Hina
  • Release Date: April 19, 2000
  • Episode: 24
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.10

35. Seitokai Yakuindomo

The all-girls Ousai Private Academy has recently become a Co-educational school. On his first day, Takatoshi Tsuda is offered to join the student council solely because they have a vacant position and require a male on their board. When the shy Takatoshi joins the student council, he finds out the girls are eccentric, and he begins to question why he joined the committee in the first place.

Three girls in school uniform.
Seitokai Yakuindomo
  • Release Date: July 4, 2010
  • Episode: 13
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.56

36. Soul Eater

Soul Eater is based inside a fictional city called Death City, where a group of people from the Death Weapon Meister Academy are trained to become soul eaters. They are assigned to collect the soul of ghosts, witches, and other supernatural creatures. The series comprises how the academy’s students save the town and fight these evils.

A group of notorious kids.
Soul Eater
  • Release Date: April 7, 2008
  • Episode: 51
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.84

37. Clannad

Tomoya Okazaki is a high school student; his mother died when he was young; after the death of his mother, Tomoyo does not have a perfect relationship with his father either, and they barely communicate with each other.

He was a depressed kid in high school third year until he met Nagisa Furukawa. Nagisa was repeating a year because of her illness, and her friends had already graduated. After meeting Nagisa, Tomoyo makes new friends, and his life ultimately changes.

Boy holding an umbrella for the girl in a snowy day.
  • Release Date: October 5, 2007
  • Episode: 23
  • Streaming Platform: Funimation
  • Score: 8.00

38. Aishiteruze Baby

Katakura Kippei is a high school student whose life revolves mostly around girls. He is good-looking and famous, and every girl around him wants a chance to hang out with him. Katakura’s carefree life stops when he suddenly has to look after his 5-year-old cousin Yuzuyu. Katakura unwillingly takes care of his cousin until his aunt returns to get Yuzuya.

A boy holding a child.
Aishiteruze Baby
  • Release Date: April 3, 2004
  • Episode: 26
  • Streaming Platform: Roku
  • Score: 7.45

39. Super GALS!

Ran Kotobuki is a high school student who likes to look good every time; everything should look perfect, whether it’s her hair, makeup, or outfit. She cares a lot about her appearance. Irrespective of that, she has a good personality as her family members are cops. So just like her family, she wants to serve her city and gets her friends to protect the town from all kinds of crime.

Three girls wearing their swim wears posing for the camera.
Super GALS!
  • Release Date: April 1, 2001
  • Episode: 52
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.39

40. Fruits Basket

Tooru Honda is an average high school student, but after her mother’s passing, she gets lonely. She moves out of her family’s house to not burden them, but she has no place to live, and accidentally she begins to live with the Souma family. One thing leads to another, and Tooru eventually learns the secret of the Souma family. Now, what will happen to her?

Two boys and a girl having a picnic
Fruits Basket
  • Release Date: July 5, 2001
  • Episode: 26
  • Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
  • Score: 7.68

41. Amagami SS

Junichi Tachibana ends up being stood up on Christmas eve by his date, and this incident changes his views about love. Later on, Junichi decides to give his love life one more chance and eventually begins to look for a girl he can spend Christmas eve with, and he happens to find not one but six compatible girls he can date.

Three girls in school uniform posing on a grass field.
Amagami SS
  • Release Date: July 2, 2010
  • Episode: 25
  • Streaming Platform: HIDIVE
  • Score: 7.30

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By Banita Mohanty

Banita Mohanty is a journalism and mass communication graduate. She lives in Dehradun, India. She enjoys watching shoujo and slice-of-life anime during her free time, and reading manga of the same genre brightens her mood. She specializes in writing about anime and manga. You can reach her at banitam226@gmail.com.

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