There isn’t much good to be said for Robert A. Heinlein’s Number of the Beast beyond one oberservation made by one of the characters (I forget which): Visiting worlds from other stories is interesting but you generally wouldn’t want to live in them. And it seemed to me that a favourite slice of life anime should be for a world that I’d like to live in.

In several cases even the ones you might want to visit (like, oh, say El-Hazard or Cephiro) can be risky to your health (What was that earth shattering kaboom over there?). Others can be limited in other ways (eg The city of Glie in Haibane Renmei has this problem involving a wall).

So which slice of life anime depicts a world that I adore so much that I would live there? Quite simply: ARIA. 52 episodes of scenery porn (TV Tropes link!) where…nothing happens very beautifully.

Even a visit to Aqua for a gondola tour with any one of the main characters would be fabulous.

ARIA is oh so pretty to watch, and surprisingly capable of being a tear-jerker over relatively minor things, including the happy endings sometimes. This will be one of my favourites for many years to come I think.

Day 1 – Very first anime: Robotech, Gall Force, Vampire Princess Miyu
Day 2 – Favourite TV series: Card Captor Sakura
Day 3 – Your anime crush: Oh grow UP already.
Day 4 – Favourite Film: My Neighbour Totoro
Day 5 – Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were): Kinoshita (Rocket Girls)
Day 6 – Most annoying anime character: Lynn Minmei
Day 7 – Character you’d most like to slap: Hiyama Hikaru
Day 8 – Most epic scene ever: Launch day – Wings of Honneamise
Day 9 – Saddest anime scene: The passing of the Fortune Twins – Nariya and Eriya
Day 10 – Favorite slice of life anime: ARIA 
Day 11 – Favorite mech series
Day 12 – Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like
Day 13 – Worst instalment of a franchise you do like.
Day 14 – Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 – A reality check for a genre you like
Day 16 – An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you.
Day 17 – Best Background Music
Day 18 – Best Five-team (?)
Day 19 – Change you’d like to make to any one anime
Day 20 – Most ambiguous anime character
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series
Day 22 – Animation studio you’d most like to slap.
Day 23 – Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art
Day 24 – Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 – Best anime villain
Day 26 – Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 – Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 – Favorite anime companion/summoned creature
Day 29 – Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 – Favorite anime ending theme