8 Anime Like My Ordinary Life [Nichijou] [Recommendations]

my ordinary life

Here are my favorite picks for anime like My Ordinary Life. Keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy the recommendations!

Daily Lives of High School Boys

Daily lives of high school boys

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou chronicles the daily lives of Tadakuni, Hidenori, and Yoshitake; students at Sanada North High School, an all-boys academy. While their lives are rather run-of-the-mill, their overactive imaginations ensure that it is anything but boring!

The boys will have arguments ranging from the effectiveness of wearing skirts (do you really need to shave your legs?) to the best way of getting a girlfriend (just grab her by the hand and run!). Nothing they discuss or do is immune from their out of control antics. Even something as simple as sitting by a riverbank at sunset can turn into a melodramatic moment befitting the best soap opera in Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou! (Source: MyAnimeList)

Azumanga Daioh: The Animation

azumanga daioh

Azumanga Daioh is about high school life through the eyes of six girls with unusual personalities: Chiyo (the 10-year-old genius), Osaka (the resident airhead), Sakaki (the shy one prone to cat bites), Tomo (the loose cannon), Yomi (the short-tempered one) and Kagura (the resident jock). (Source: ANN)


Lucky star

Lucky☆Star follows the daily lives of four cute high school girls—Konata Izumi, the lazy otaku; the Hiiragi twins, Tsukasa and Kagami (sugar and spice, respectively); and the smart and well-mannered Miyuki Takara.

As they go about their lives at school and beyond, they develop their eccentric and lively friendship and making humorous observations about the world around them. Be it Japanese tradition, the intricacies of otaku culture, academics, or the correct way of preparing and eating various foods—no subject is safe from their musings. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

tonari no seki-kun

The original manga revolves around a girl named Yokoi who sits next to a boy only known as Seki-kun. During class, Seki-kun continues to not pay attention and instead creates amazing little distractions, such as a detailed golf course with the course’s hole being a dent in his desk, or an entire dramatic war being played out by paper shogi pieces. Yokoi often finds herself getting reluctantly interested in his games, even though they always seem to end up getting HER in trouble with the teacher! (Source: ANN)

YuruYuri: Happy Go Lily

yuriyuri happy go lily

After a year in grade school without her childhood friends, first year student Akari Akaza is finally reunited with second years Yui Funami and Kyouko Toshinou at their all-girls’ middle school. During the duo’s first year, Yui and Kyouko formed the “Amusement Club” which occupies the now nonexistent Tea Club’s room. Shortly after Akari joins, one of her fellow classmates, Chinatsu Yoshikawa, pays the trio a visit under the impression that they are the Tea Club; it is only once the three girls explain that the Tea Club has been disbanded that they can convince Chinatsu to join the Amusement Club—a group with no purpose other than to provide entertainment for its members.

Based on the slice-of-life manga by Namori, Yuru Yuri is an eccentric comedy about a group of girls who spend their spare time drinking tea and fawning over each other, all while completely failing to even notice the supposed main character Akari amongst them. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Plastic Elder Sister

plastic elder sister

Based on Kurii Cha’s gag comedy manga, Plastic Nee-san is a very short anime that follows a third-year high school girl who likes building plastic models and the wacky conversations she has with her fellow club members. (Source: MyAnimeList)

Pani Poni Dash!

pani poni dash

The 11-year-old Miyamoto Rebecca becomes the new teacher of a classroom which is full of weirdos. Despite her cute looks she’s a little beast and can be pretty sarcastic and offensive. The school is not safe anymore now that she’s in charge of a class and her students, Himeko, Ichijou, Rei and a white rabbit who took a liking to Rebecca help her to rough up the school and the neighbor with its teacher “ojii-chan.” (Source: ANN)

Mr. Osomatsu

Mr. Osomatsu

The Matsuno sextuplets (leader Osomatsu, wannabe tough guy Karamatsu, straight man Choromatsu, cynical Ichimatsu, cheerfully stupid Juushimatsu and lovable spoiled Todomatsu) are now in their 20s, still living together in the same house as NEETs. Their neighbors still include such eccentric characters as fish market idol Totoko, loud bucktoothed troublemaker Iyami, tiny rival Chiba, wacky inventor Dekapan, and giant mouthed glutton Dayon.

Join the Matsuno siblings as they overcome mundane hurdles in their daily lives, such as finding employment, figure out who should pay the bar bill, and who should get the extra pastry! (Source: MyAnimeList)

References: MyAnimeList, Wiki, ANN


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