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Cure the Expresso Depresso

Updated: Nov 12, 2021

Does quarantine life have you depressed and bored? Feeling stressed? Are you running out of anime to watch? Need a little something to make you smile? Want some anime to watch with family? Then these animes are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!

*If you liked this anime list then check out my family friendly animes!

Nijiiro Days (Rainbow Days)

  • 1 season, 24 episodes

  • Genre: Slice of Life, Romance, School Life, comedy

Nijiiro Days follows the colorful lives and romantic relationships of four high school boys—Natsuki Hashiba, a dreamer with delusions of love; Tomoya Matsunaga, a narcissistic playboy who has multiple girlfriends; Keiichi Katakura, a kinky sadist who always carries a whip; and Tsuyoshi Naoe, an otaku who has a cosplaying girlfriend.

This isn't your traditional romance anime. Instead of your traditional female and male couple and following their love story; we have an all male group of friends finding love. Not in BL (boy love) kind of way but instead in a healthy heterosexual way. We get the male perspectives and interactions to dating. Don't get me wrong this anime isn't intellectually challenging, or awe-inspiring. It also has the stereotypical plots, alongside some typical tropes. However, the easygoing story with a group of characters with different personalities solidify this series as a true friendship and romance anime. So if you are interested in watching a fun and easygoing anime then knock yourself out and have some fun fawning over cute characters.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy

  • 1 Season, 12 Episodes

For high school student Tanaka, the act of being listless is a way of life. Known for his inattentiveness and ability to fall asleep anywhere. Tanaka prays that each day will be as uneventful as the last, seeking to preserve his lazy lifestyle however he can by avoiding situations that require him to exert himself.

This is an underrated anime. Part of the reason the anime is under represented is because it has a dull and boring presents. Although, the animation is refreshing and simple. The anime has such a carefree and easygoing ambiance, it makes it hard for you not to like it. This series does a good job of blending the slice of life moments with comedic relief. This is anime you could watch in a day curled up in bed feeling totally pleased.

Sanrio Boys

  • 1 season, 12 episodes

  • Genre: Slice of Life, Shojo

Hasegawa Kouta, 17 years old, is a second-year high school student. His days are unremarkable and average when Kouta meets Mizuno Yuu, Yoshino Shunsuke, Nishimiya Ryo, and Minamoto Seiichiro, who are fellow students attending Hijirikawa High School. In an instant, Kouta's average life begins to be awash with sparkling light.

First off and foremost, this anime surrounds young high school men who love Sanrio products (Hello Kitty, etc.). This is a hit or miss anime. For many people this isn't an anime but more like an infomercial of Sanrio products. They aren't wrong but it's well done in my opinion. I appreciated the character development, however it leaves wanting more. The premise is simple and direct and alot of teenagers, boys and girls can relate to - the importance of friendships. I do enjoy how they weave in the Sanrio characters into the story line, and attached it to the main characters. Overall, this is a fun slice of life anime.

How to Keep a Mummy

  • 1 season, 12 Episodes

  • Genre: Slice of Life, Shojo

When high school student Sora Kashiwagi finds himself staring down a mysterious oversized package sent to him by his self-proclaimed "adventurer" father his life is turned upside down.

This was a really enjoyable anime! The little mummy and other cute mystical creatures just make my heart melt. This being an episodic anime we are met with whimsical and adorable troubles our characters get into. There is an interesting dynamic of having humans live with mystical creatures is entertaining and we see how they grow as individuals. Overall, this is a very simple yet pleasing slice of life anime. You won't be disappointed in watching it!

Gakuen Babysitters (School Babysitters)

  • 1season, 13 episodes

  • Genre: Slice of Life, Drama, Shojo

Brothers Ryuichi and Kotaro lost their parents in a plane crash. They're taken in by the chairman of Morinomiya Academy, who lost her son and daughter-in-law in the same crash, on one condition: Ryuichi must babysit the kids at the daycare room in the school!

This is one of the most wholesome anime you will ever see. Ryuichi is the best big brother ever, as he raises his little brother Kotaro after the passing of their parents with the help of the chairman. This hits a little close to home for me because my older sister had a huge impact in raising me and my younger siblings. My sister became another parent. For some anime watchers this anime will be a bit relatable but over all this is a series that will make you smile. This anime is so adorably fun to watch! So check it out and get your daily dose of serotonin.

My Roommate is a Cat

  • 1season, 12 episodes

  • Genre: Slice of Life, Drama, Comedy

Mikazuki Subaru, a novelist who struggles in relationships with other people finds a cat (Haru) on the streets. Through a twist of fate, the two of them end up living together becoming a family and find happiness in their life together.

This is a really sweet anime! We have our main characters Mikazuki and his new cat. Mikazuki is still processing a major loss in his life and Haru is fighting for her life on the streets as a stray. We see how they depend on each other, help each grow and how they become a family. Even if you are not a big fan of cats, you will see their immense bond and come to enjoy this anime. Although, this anime has its very cute moments there is hidden melancholy and how each character responds to that. This is truly a re heartfelt and sweet anime. You will be pleased and relaxed as you watch this anime. So check it out!

Sweetness and Lightning

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Seinen

  • 1 Season, 12 Episodes

Kouhei Inuzuka is a single father raising his young daughter, Tsumugi, after the death of his wife. A story of a caring father trying his hardest to make his adorable little daughter happy.

This is a heartwarming and wholesome anime to watch. A wonderful combination of cooking and family. If you are parent or caregiver to a child, then this anime will pull at the heartstrings. We watch a single father try is best to raise his daughter. The cuteness overload from his daughter makes you melt. Although, this anime is very cute it does have a melodramatic atmosphere. As we see Kouhei struggle to raise his daughter, mourn/miss his wife and be at a complete loss when raising a child. Being a parent/ care giver isn't easy especially when you are a single household with no clue what to do or how to raise a child. Overall, this anime is fantastic slice of life to watch! 10 out of 10 in my book!

If it’s for My Daughter, I’d even Defeat a Demon Lord

  • Genre: Fantasy, Slice of Life

  • 1 Season, 12 Episodes

Dale Reki is a skilled, kind, and respected traveler, and one day while on the hunt for magical beasts, he comes across a sweet devil girl named Latina. She is alone, dressed in rags, and bears the devils' symbol of a criminal: a broken horn. Concerned for her wellbeing, Dale decides to ensure Latina's safety by bringing her to his home, eventually leading to him adopting her.

Here we have another family oriented anime with a fantasy twist. We have Dale who rescued Latina and decided to raise her as his own. He does the best he can for even though she is from the demon race. We watch Latina grow and understand the differences between her and the human race. For all its lighthearted and fluffy storytelling, there’s also moments in the show that can get violent and dark. We see this when Latina experiences some discriminatory behavior from some people because she is from the demon race. However, we also see the beauty of friendship, family and community bonds. Overall, a cute and warm anime to watch!


  • Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

  • 1 Season, 12 Episodes

Kakushi Gotou is a somewhat popular manga artist whose works are known for inappropriate content. Because of this raunchiness, when his daughter Hime was born, he vowed to keep his profession hidden from her, believing that she will be disillusioned if she finds out.

This is an other anime where we have a single father trying to raise his daughter to the best of his ability. As well all know their is no guidebook in raise children, be it your own, siblings or as child care provider/guardian. This anime does a great job of capturing the feeling of being a kid to a single parent whose doing everything they can on their own. We watch this family support and love one another. One great aspect about this anime is it doesn’t sugarcoat the life of a full time mangaka or the responsibilities of a father. How hard he tries to provide and have his daughter be proud of him is wonderful to see. Overall, this is a really sweet to watch.

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