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Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for the drunk anime fans binging their favourite shows! Christmas is a great excuse for a lot of people to enjoy one of life’s finer pleasures - alcohol. And when you’re also an otaku, it’s a great chance to pair two of your favourite hobbies together! Of course, we mean watching anime while you’re drunk. And when Christmas means you don’t have to work, you can really have a good time; even more-so if you’re with friends or family you don’t get to spend as much time as you want to with. But there’s just so much anime out there to pick from, and everyone is always so busy at this hectic time of the year...
So even if you don’t have time to plan your Christmas party or your night of solo drinking, don’t worry! Honey's Anime has done it for you. Thus our gift to you this Christmas is a list of the Top 10 Anime to Watch While Drunk this Christmas. We have done our best to choose a variety of different ones while keeping them all exciting, hilarious, or just downright ridiculous. So depending on what you like to watch drunk, we have something ready for you! So get ready to have a good night, because while these anime are good on their own... we think you’re going to have even more fun watching them drunk this holiday season.
10. Ping Pong the Animation
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: Apr. 2014 – Jun. 2014
Makoto Tsukimoto and his childhood best friend Yukata Hoshino, better known as Smile and Peco, are the stars of Ping Pong the Animation. The two have been playing ping pong together since they were kids, and keep playing together now. Peco takes the sport more seriously than Smile, but they both love the game. And now they’re ready to face the inter-high table tennis completion to reach for stardom both in Japan and even, internationally! Not everyone may see ping pong as a serious and exciting sport, but Smile and Peco feel otherwise. It’s time to get real with table tennis!
Ping Pong the Animation is surprisingly intense to watch. Maybe watching table tennis is real life isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, but this anime is different. The animation style is raw and edgy, and isn’t trying at all to be beautiful - it’s making a statement all its own. And the table tennis matches themselves are portrayed as exciting and keep you on the edge of your seat. Ping Pong the Animation may become a surprise favourite of yours even if you don’t normally watch sports anime. Have a few drinks and enjoy cheering on these aspiring athletes in their fun-filled matches and unique animation. It’s also a great story to watch alongside a bit of beer pong too of course!
9. Detroit Metal City
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Aug. 2008 – Oct. 2008
Detroit Metal City follows a popular death metal band of the same name whose lead singer has a secret. Known as Johannes Krauser II, he is publicised as having risen from the pits of hell itself to dominate over all mortals through his heavy metal music. That couldn’t be further from the truth, though! In reality, the leading man is a college graduate named Souichi Negishi who is actually quite mild-mannered and loves Swedish pop music. To make ends meet, he has to keep up the charade of being Johannes. And he has to balance that double life around a budding romance, and dealing with his insane fans.
Detroit Metal City is really fun to watch. It’s a bit older but don’t let that put you off! Its concept is already amusing, and the anime delivers the comedy really well. You’ll be laughing at Souichi’s strange double life as a metal singer from hell and a peaceful member of Japanese society, watching his struggles with trying to just live a normal life. It’s relaxing and fun to watch with friends, and especially drunk because everything will just be that much funnier! You can even headbang along with the music if you’re a metalhead yourself - though after some drinks, you might find yourself enjoying the music regardless. So let loose and have fun alone or with friends, drinks, and Detroit Metal City. The ridiculous animation alone makes it worth a watch.
8. No Game No Life
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2014 – Jun. 2014
No Game No Life follows two NEET siblings named Sora and Shiro who spend all of their time playing games, and see even the outside world as nothing but another game. And that isn’t one they want to play. But when the duo accepts a challenge that takes them away from their reality and into an alternate world where everything is decided by high stakes games, their lives are forcibly changed. In this strange world, there are sixteen different races. And Sora and Shiro have to unite them all by playing these games to defeat Tet, the God of Games. Then Sora and Shiro can become gods themselves of a world that may have been made for them!
The first thing you’ll notice about No Game No Life is the extreme use of colour and contrasting lights, and they will look only more beautiful if you’re a bit drunk. No Game No Life is also a comedy, and with writing that is based on strategy and games rather than traditional action. It makes it more interesting to watch and feels fresh and new, even to long-term anime fans. But don’t worry everyone’s favourite tropes are still there from big boobs to cute animal girls and loli-girls, and even a bit of implied sexual tension between siblings. No Game No Life is a fun anime that is easy to blitz through while you’re tipping back drinks, enjoying the art, laughing at the tropes and jokes, and still being intrigued by the surprises.
7. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Gurren Lagann)
- Episodes: 27
- Aired: Apr. 2007 – Sep. 2007
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann features some of the most iconic anime characters of the 2000s. It’s set in the future, where humanity is living mostly underground, unaware of the world that exists above them on the dangerous surface. When the two leading males, Simon and Kamina, find an ignition key to an ancient weapon of war one day when excavating, their lives are changed forever. Luckily, they are able to use this weapon that they name Lagann against a surprise attack from the surface alongside a sniper named Yoko, who begrudgingly helps them. Now that they have seen the sky, Kamina and Simon refuse to return to their old lives. Instead, they join Yoko and the other humans on the surface as they try to reclaim the wasteland for humanity from the humanoid beastmen, who terrorise it in giant machines like Lagann.
Gurren Lagann is a famous anime and many people’s favourite for a reason. It’s incredibly fun to watch! Not only is it hilarious and full of ridiculous wisecracks and funny moments, it’s also packed with over-the-top anime action. The fight scenes are primarily between huge robots, and that anime trope is done very well. The colours are bright and fun, Yoko’s proportions are something only anime can bring us, and Kamina is a true hero and role model for everyone. After a few drinks, you’ll be screaming “combine!”, “yours is the drill that will pierce the heavens!”, and “believe in the me that believes in you” right along with the characters. You can laugh and cry alone or with your drunk friends, and enjoy the crazy ride Gurren Lagann takes you on.
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: Aug. 2009
Redline is the story of an intense car race for a huge prize between a hodgepodge of different contestants - a bit like Wacky Racers, but in space, and a lot more gritty. The only rule in this race is that there are no rules, so literally, anything goes, and the racers will do whatever they can to win. This time, the race is being held on Roboworld, a military planet that is not willing to give the racers permission to be there. But that just adds to the thrill and excitement! The story follows one human racer named JP as he and his fellow racers are pushed to the limit preparing for and driving in the race. And Roboworld still has a few surprises up its sleeve, too.
Redline has some of the most imaginative and artistic characters, backgrounds, action, and animation of recent times. It’s full of heavy black lines, extreme close-ups, wild fashion, and ugly aliens. The action is in-your-face and intense, and Redline captures the feeling of a fiery, gritty sci-fi like no other. And the pace never slows down! It’s just one thing after another in this roller coaster ride of a film. So now imagine watching it drunk! The colours and animation are all the more intense, the action even more stimulating, and the twists and turns more shocking as your brain tries to keep up with them. Plus Redline is a movie, so the perfect length for kicking back at a Christmas party. It’s a fun ride from start to finish and will keep you cheering and laughing the entire film while having your senses bombarded by Redline’s artistic style.
5. Osomatsu-san (Mr. Osomatsu)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct. 2015 – Mar. 2015
Osomatsu-san follows the daily lives of six identical brothers named Osomatsu, Karamatsu, Choromatsu, Ichimatsu, Juushimatsu, and Todomatsu Matsuno. They’re all in their early twenties, yet have chosen to live as NEETs, and spend their time being lazy at home. Each has an extreme personality as well, which causes them to always get rejected from jobs if they ever do try to apply for them. From job hunting to trying to get girlfriends, the sextuplets are always wanting to improve their social standing. But when you’re lazy and just want to stay home all the time, that task is even harder than it is for average people!
Osomatsu-san is an anime that is easy to watch casually, only half-paying attention if you want to. It’s one huge satire full of crude humour and witty jokes. And it will definitely have you laughing! Add a few drinks in there and you’ll be crying with laughter, we are willing to guarantee it. Plus rude humour is always a little funnier when you’re drunk, adding to the appeal of Osomatsu-san. Even the animation style is taking a dig at itself with mostly chibi-style, simple character designs for the brothers. The only way to tell them apart is the colour of their shirt! Osomatsu-san doesn’t require a huge commitment to thinking or trying to follow a complex plot, so when you’re drunk, it’s easy to just watch and enjoy laughing alone or with your friends.
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr. 2007 – Sep. 2007
Lucky☆Star is the story of four girls: Tsukasa and Kagami who are twins, an otaku named Konata, and the good girl Miyuki. The anime follows their daily lives and thoughts about the world around them. They attend high school, observe Japanese traditions and culture, experience the otaku lifestyle, and interact with the various people they encounter. And all the while, Lucky☆Star is showing their inner musings and thoughts on all of these things, without much of a filter. The result is a hilarious satire of Japanese life and otaku culture!
Lucky☆Star is an anime that makes fun of anime and has a crack at otaku in a way that only otaku themselves can really appreciate. It’s breaking the fourth wall for viewers and doing it beautifully. Doesn’t that just sound amazing to watch drunk? You and your friends can laugh at both the girls in the anime as well as yourselves for spending your Christmas Eve drinking and watching old anime. Lucky☆Star is super cute and bright and has all the vibes of a 2000s anime. Plus it’s considered a must-watch for a lot of anime fans. So why not enjoy it drunk, while being able to laugh at yourself too?
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: Apr. 2000 – Mar. 2001
FLCL, read aloud as roughly “fools cooly,” is an anime unlike any other, to say the least. The main character is Naota Nandaba, a boy stuck in a boring town living a mundane existence. The only thing he can do is “take care of” all of the things his brother left behind when he left for America to play baseball, including his old girlfriend. But when a pink-haired girl riding a scooter and wielding a bass guitar falls into his life, thighs become anything BUT mundane. This girl, named Haruko, moves into Naota’s parents’ house with him and drags him into a huge battle for global domination. And the centre of the battle is right in his little town!
FLCL may sound like it has a pretty normal plot for an anime, but trust us when we tell you the delivery is anything but normal. Everything goes from 0 to 60 incredibly fast; one moment the anime is calm and the next it’s completely insane. A lot of the stuff that happens doesn’t even make sense, and none of it is realistic. Naota gets run over by Haruko’s speeder and it just leaves tire tracks on his back, but he’s okay. The entire town gets flattened by something like a giant iron. But that’s also okay. The animation is all exaggerated and the action is ridiculous. But maybe drunken FLCL would make a bit more sense! At the very least it will be fun to watch and try to understand through the rosy glasses of a bit of alcohol. FLCL was written to be enjoyed while not in a perfectly sound state.
2. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct. 2010 – Dec. 2010
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is the story of two angel sisters named Panty and Stocking who have been kicked out of heaven for bad behaviour. If the two of them want to go back, they have to get rid of ghosts in Daten City. They use their magical lingerie as weapons to defeat the monsters! Too bad neither of them are taking the task very seriously. Panty spends her time trying to sleep with everyone, and Stocking just wants to eat sweets. It’s a good thing they have a priest named Garterbelt to try to help them, but it’ll take a real miracle to get these girls back into heaven.
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is a ridiculous anime not afraid to cross whatever line it wants to. It does it well though, and the result is hilarious. It’s just meant to be a fun anime, never taking anything very seriously. Even the animation is whimsical, and looks closer to American cartoons than Japanese animation. And when you’re drunk, usually people don’t want to watch something too serious! Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt doesn’t take much thinking to follow the story, so it’s easy to just sit and enjoy. Even if you’re too drunk to really pay a lot of attention or remember exactly what you watched, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is easy to enjoy.
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr. 2011 – Sep. 2011
Space☆Dandy is set in a colourful and diverse universe full of fantastic people and so many different kinds of aliens. Dandy’s job is to hunt down unregistered aliens, and forcibly register them for money. It’s never an easy job, especially with all of the strange encounters and obstacles that Dandy faces along the way. Plus every planet he travels to is so different! Luckily, he has his somewhat-effective team of a cat-girl humanoid named Meow and a robot called QT to try to help him along the way. But from crazy ramen chefs to zombies and everything in between, nothing is ever going glad make Dandy’s job easy.
Space☆Dandy feels familiar but is also a very unique anime. It’s made by a lot of the same team who created Cowboy Bebop, but has a very fresh new feel. Space☆Dandy is never taking itself seriously, which is exactly the sort of story you need when you’re drunk and being festive. It’s full of bright colours and fast-paced action, and everything is wisecracks and slapstick humour. You’re likely to find Space☆Dandy funny anyway, but watching it after a few drinks will make it hilarious! Everything is pretty over-the-top, and its setting and story allow for super crazy and creative aliens and settings. The makers of Space☆Dandy were obviously having a good time, and you’re going to as well when you’re watching it drunk.
So are you already ready to get the glasses out and get watching? We hope our list of the Top 10 Anime to Watch While Drunk this Christmas has you excited to start partying! Whether you want to laugh until your stomach hurts, have your senses over-stimulated, or just go for a completely wild ride we’ve got you covered. So get out the drinks, turn on the anime, and get ready to celebrate Christmas in nerdy holiday fashion this season! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a very good, drunk-Anime filled night!
Do you have any suggestions for other anime to watch drunk this Christmas? Are you planning to watch any of these? Do you have any recommended drinks to pair with these anime to suggest to other fans? What are your anime drinking plans this year? We would love to hear all of your comments below!