Iyashikei is a genre of anime and manga considered to have a calming, therapeutic effect on the audience. Also simply known as “healing anime”, there’s frequent overlap with the slice-of-life genre, and it tends to focus on pleasant, heart-warming daily activities happening in a safe, conflict-free setting.
Theories of its origin vary, but some say that iyashikei sprang from viewers’ need to heal from the harsh reality of Japan’s economic troubles in the mid-to-late 90s. Given the real life troubles the world is facing in 2021, there’s a good chance a lot of people are due to revisit the genre.
Genre boundaries are always a bit subjective and fuzzy, but we’ve compiled a list of 40 titles to choose from which are often associated with the healing genre. Vote for your favorite below:
Once there’s been some time to compile the results, they’ll be revealed in a future article, so stay tuned to Otaku USA!