7 Short Anime That You Can Complete in Less than 1 Hour!

You just ate dinner and have time before bed. You are waiting for someone to come and pick you up, but it’s gunna be a bit. You want to put something on your completed list, but you are not sure what? Sometimes you want to watch a lot of anime at once, but also leave yourself with time to do other things. Whatever the case may be, this is why short anime exist. For us to enjoy and get a nice fix, and also allow us to hopefully not be interrupted so that we can do it all in one sweep. Some are action packed. Some are jokes. Some are just plain weird. Whatever the case may be, they are fantastic! Check out some short anime this summer. You never know, you may have missed a few over the years. The only order these shows are in is length. Nothing else.


7. Koroshiya-san

  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Seinen, Thriller
  • Episodes: 10
  • Total Running Time: 30 minutes

At three minutes an episode, you can put away the whole series of Koroshiya-san: The Hired Gun in just a half hour! The story follows Ryuuichi Sasaki who is considered at the top of his game. He is an assassin and has no problem taking anyone or anything out. In fact, his motto is “If I have an assignment, I will kill anything”. So, he takes jobs in order to keep his life going. The problem is though, is that he starts getting requests not to kill someone, but rather to kill something. That something being mundane things like chores, homework, and errands. Suddenly this killer has to adapt his skillset. Since he has to do every job, he does it to the best of his ability.


6. Ojisan to Marshmallow

  • Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life
  • Episodes: 12
  • Total Running Time: 36 minutes

Habahiro Hige is a middle-aged man who works in an office. His favorite thing in the world is marshmallows. Iori Wakabayashi also works at the office with Hige. She knows that Hige loves marshmallows. She loves Hige. So, she tries to get him to go on a date with her, whenever she can, using marshmallows as a trap. Wakabayashi also puts them in her mouth and tells Hige to come get them. Her only problem is that he seems a bit dense about it all. She also has a love rival in MIO5 (Degasu) who also likes Hige quite well. Kobayashi is going to have to work extra hard to not only get a kiss out of Hige, but the peace and quiet to go on a date with him and confess her feelings! Maybe even landing a kiss too~!


5. Oneechan ga Kita

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
  • Episodes: 12 + 1(Special)
  • Total Running Time: 36 minutes

Oneechan follows the story of Ichika Mizuhara who loves her new step-brother, Tomoya. She likes to think that fate brought them together, but it is really her mother remarrying Tomoya’s father. So, she just wants to crush Tomoya with her feelings and make it hilariously known that she cares for him. Tomoya is going to get 0 breaks cut for him as Ichika, which her slightly-scary amount of love, has equally scary or tempting friends. Ruri sit the ultimate sadist and just wants to inflict pain, Marina has the biggest boobs Tomoya has ever seen, and Mina is actually a massive narcissist. Can Tomoya survive?


4. Inugami to Nekoyama-san

  • Genres: Comedy, Shoujo-ai
  • Episodes: 12 + 1 (Special)
  • Total Running Time: 36 minutes

Inugami loves dogs. Nekoyama loves cats. Yet somehow, one day, these two girls fall for each other despite the fact that just like their preferences, they are complete opposites. After an awkward match—up, the two slowly start to like and open up to each other. Representing other animals, there is Nezu, the mousy classmate and Ukiji, the passive senpai who represents a cow. Their relationship gets even more interesting with the addition of these two classmates as they form the biology club. There, the relationship between Inugami and Nekoyama deepens hilariously.


3. Sparrows Hotel

  • Genres: Comedy
  • Episodes: 12
  • Total Running Time: 36 minutes

Sayuri Satou is very good at her job. In fact, she is so good, that she is able to take out anyone with her assassin skills. When that does not work, she has her ample chest that she can fall back on as well. She is not a killer by trade though. She actually is a front desk worker at a business hotel known as Sparrows Hotel. She is known to be able to handle just about anything possible when it comes to working at the hotel. There is just one thing that she is not able to do: she cannot stand up to her male manager. In fact, she often falls silent in front of him.


2. Makura Danshi

  • Genres: Shoujo
  • Episodes: 12
  • Total Running Time: 48 minutes

Makura Danshi is a shoujo anime that revolves around the story of boys who are inviting you to do unspeakable, horrific acts of share the bed with them, but at the same time, are listening to your day for you. Everything shot from the perspective of the main character as you are the girl that these boys are talking to as they invite you to bed. All of the boys are different each night and you listen to their day and then they listen to yours. Discover the boy that suits your personality and needs the best! This will definitely be something different.


1. Shibainuko-san

  • Genres: Comedy
  • Episodes: 26
  • Total Running Time: 52 minutes

The final entry on this list is Shibainuko-san. Probably some sort of predecessor to Aggressive Retsuko. Chako is your everyday, normal student. The anime is not about her, it is about her classmate, Shibainuko-san. You see, her classmate is an anthropomorphic Shiba Inu. Well-mannered, friendly, sometimes human and sometimes dog in behavior, she is well-liked by everyone. There is one thing though, how does no one, other than Chako, notice that Shibainuko-san is… well… a dog?! This is the story of two girls who are friends, but one could possibly be a dog, but… maybe she isn’t at the same time?! What is going on?


With that our list comes to a close, here are seven anime, some or all of which, you may have never heard of. So be sure to check them out when you get a chance this summer as you can watch something quickly and then either move on to the next series, or, take pride in the fact that you have watched a series in one day and move on to something else in your life. Enjoy!

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