"The Future Century is drawing near
Where is our place in it?"
Watching anime, playing video games, living the provisional life. Hopeless retrograde. Reminiscing about Shockwave Flash days of the Internet on a daily basis. Mass surveillance has left me in despair!
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What separates slice of life as a genre from the literal meaning of the phrase (which would encompass nearly all fiction) is the emphasis on the very moment, with the intent of focusing the audience on that moment rather than using that moment as part of a narrative. For example, a story about hilarious roommate hi-jinx may depict the mundane life of roommates, but these mundane events are usually the set-ups and punchlines of jokes or part of the conflict between the characters, which takes away their slice-of-life-ness and cements them firmly in the realm of comedy or drama.
Slice of Life series don't usually have much of a plot or, if taken to extreme, even the omnipresent Conflict, but they don't really need one, and many Slice of Life stories use a lack of conflict to serve peaceful escapism rather than realism. An example of this would be how in many slice of life school stories, parents are nearly non-existent. Most American newspaper comics that aren't simply gag a day strips are stories like this due to the simple fact that most people do not read newspapers every day and archives of comic strips are rare, so they need to be able to jump into the comic's world at any time and be able to appreciate it.
MY FAVOURITE SYMPHOGEAR SHIPS:
"Hey, for what reason were we born? Hey, for what reason did our lives cross? I don't know and I'm scared, so please hold my hand tightly in return..."