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Snickering at some scathing sarcasm, lol-ing at on-the-nose lampoons, guffawing to gut-busting gags, there’s no one recipe to get giggling. From silly, slice-of-life sitcoms to offbeat parodies; anime, rather than an inch, takes a mile and runs a marathon, pushing the campiness of comedy to OTT levels. The vast scope of comedic anime has something for everyone, no matter how idiosyncratic, outlandish, dry or slapstick your sense of humour is.
But every silver lining also has a cloud. Large scope for content equals large amounts of content to sift through, meaning the genre is also saturated with stuff that misses punchlines by miles or induces back-breaking cringes. But worry not! Luckily, we at Honey’s Anime have updated our Top 10 list so you don’t have to suffer (more than usual) as you split your sides.
10. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
Tanaka’s natural state is being listless. His aim is to be free of responsibilities, expectations, productivity and even basic human functions in favour of laying around. Tanaka’s dedication to being listless runs so deep that he would prefer to be a dialogue-less, faceless side-character in his own anime because catering to plot and audience is a pain.
While ridiculous on its own, Tanaka’s commitment to listlessness is made all the more amusing through other characters’ views on his way of life: from his best friend Oota’s stoic supportive commitment to picking up his slack, to Miyano’s admiration of his zen-like coolness (read: lack of interest), to Shiraishi’s wonderment at him looking past her appearance (read: again, lack of interest).
With no real plot other than Tanaka’s dedication to the easy life, the majority of this anime’s chill brand of humour stems from its character-driven narrative, slow-paced comedy and laidback jokes. The underwhelming nature of this sitcom is what makes it hilarious, a far cry from the over-the-top extreme gags most comedy anime indulge in. If deadpan MCs, relaxing comedy and dynamic characters are more your speed then try lazing around with Tanaka-kun.
9. Isekai Quartet
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2019 – June 2019
Isekai protagonists have it hard. From respawning in high fantasy worlds with absolutely no abilities to getting trapped in MMORPGs to being saddled with deadweight sidekicks to being left stranded penniless in war-torn AUs, these guys really can’t catch a break. So, that begs the very meta question; what if these isekai characters found themselves isekai’d once again?
Isekai Quartet does just that by whisking away all our favourite isekai characters from Youjo Senki, Overlord, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku Wo! and Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu into yet another new world. The 203rd Air Mage Battalion, Albedo and the Floor Guardians, Aqua, Megumin and Darkness, and Emilia and the rest of Margrave Mathers’ household find themselves woefully unprepared for this mysterious new world where they have to be, wait for it, school students. While the natives of the isekai worlds struggle with tests, group projects and homework, Tanya, Momonga, Kazuma and Subaru find themselves going full circle from normal life to the unfathomably fantastical and now back to school.
Isekai Quartet creates an AU almost as good as canon, and we get to see the ultimate crossover done right with hilarious hijinks and comical chibi characters to boot. A real treat for fans of the shows referenced, it packs a punch with fast-paced jokes, crazy situational comedy and zesty gags in its short 12 minute run time. We suggest you quickly catch up on the isekai so you can enjoy this hidden gem, inside jokes and all!
8. Asobi Asobase (Asobi Asobase: Workshop of Fun)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2018 – September 2018
Does rock-paper-scissors seem like a fun game? What about thumb-wars? Do shoe-throwing contests tickle your fancy? If your answer is a resounding no, then get ready to eat your words after giving Asobi Asobase a try. Introducing the Pastimer’s Club, made up of neurotic and popularity obsessed Hanako, airheaded and impulsive fake-foreigner Olivia and stern, secretly BL-loving Kasumi; this unlikely trio formed after a spirited game of rock-paper-scissors which resulted in some bodily injury, a deal for English tutoring from a fake foreigner and the world’s most stupidly thought out prank.
Without any real plot, this anime makes use of hilarious gags, intense facial expressions and some forays into questionably unhygienic situations. From bizarre activities (did we already mention the shoe-throwing contest?) to wacky jokes to situations that unexpectedly escalate out of nowhere (again, shoe-throwing contest), Asobi Asobase makes mundane school life downright entertaining. This wholesome slice-of-life comedy will have your sides splitting as you reminisce on your own school days.
7. Grand Blue (Grand Blue Dreaming)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2018 – September 2018
Raunchy gags, slapstick punchlines, wisecracking one-liners, and ecchi comedy, Grand Blue does not really require higher brain function to tickle your funny bone. College freshman Iori finds himself strong-armed into joining the scuba-diving club and there begins his extremely strange (and somewhat regrettable) dude-bro university life. The scuba-diving team’s activities include swimming, diving, training new members, and also drinking copious amounts of alcohol, partaking in drunken nudity, partying and getting up to all sorts of shenanigans to fund said activities while ‘coincidentally’ disrupting campus peace.
Grand Blue is great for those who just want to laugh without having to concentrate. From watching male egos clash between new recruits Iori and closet otaku (who’s really not in the closet at all) Kouhei to the physical humour of someone getting pantsed and Chisa’s icy disdain for the depraved frat-boy lifestyle, you’ll find yourself cracking up and then immediately questioning why. But don’t think too much about it, just settle in and live a vicarious college experience no real individual would survive without getting alcohol poisoning!
6. Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2016 – December 2016
A beautiful but oblivious heroine. A gaggle of suitors vying for her affections. Overnight trips, misunderstandings, long walks on the beach. It’s the perfect recipe for romance. Just one small problem, though: our female lead is busy shipping all of her suitors with each other. Yes, you read that right, before Kae Serinuma blossomed into a swan, she was an overweight fujoshi otaku who preferred her BL fantasies to any real life romance involving herself. In her own words, boys didn’t even have to interact with one another for the shipping to begin. However, when her favourite anime character dies, Kae gets so depressed that she doesn’t eat for weeks and emerges from her yaoi lady cave, a new woman.
Unable to fathom her new hotness and resulting popularity at school, Kae remains oblivious to her suitors, leaving them in the friend zone as she secretly ships them with one another. The reverse harem humour, misunderstandings and sheer desperation on the boys ’part (they resort to leaning into the BL vibes for Kae’s attention) makes this a refreshingly funny parody of fujoshi, otaku and rom-com culture even though it indulges in tried and tested tropes.
Kiss Him, Not Me! is sure to make you laugh whether or not you’re a fujoshi. If you like laughing at shoujo foibles, find humour in satirising rom-coms and enjoy the knitty-gritty of otaku culture, then buckle up for the wild ride that is pursuing Kae Serinuma!
5. Uramichi Oniisan (Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2021 – Ongoing
Meet Omota Uramichi: a 30-something retired gymnast who hosts a children’s programme called Together With Mama. Presumably, a child-friendly show host would be fun and bouncy. Well, guess again! Jaded, depressed, disconnected and beaten down, Uramichi’s cynicism would be fine if it didn’t rear its head in front of the children. Unfortunately, amidst the life lessons, Uramichi goes from Jekyll to Hyde and starts talking about dead dreams, workplace burnout and devolving mental health. He even employs his special brand of sadism to torture annoying kouhais with petty antics to make their daily lives worse (and tbh, who hasn’t dreamt of torturing a frustrating co-worker ?) To his credit though, this flies right over the children’s heads, making the anime all the more sardonic and all the more amusing.
While we have plenty of anime that highlight the woes of adolescence, this deadpan tongue-in-cheek satire on work culture and adulthood is painfully relatable for those with workplace blues; especially since the MC and supporting cast both sport positive work faces behind which they lament over their love lives, increasing work demand and having to reconcile dreams with reality.
If you’re a little melancholy and a lot burned out, jump into the dark comedy that is Uramichi-Oniisan. Enjoy the petty gags and sharp dialogue, and let this hilariously depressing take on adulthood bring a smile to your face!
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: January 2021 – April 2021
In school, Kyoko Hori is a popular high-achieving student. In contrast, Izumi Miyamura is a gloomy outcast. However, they both share a secret; outside of school they transform into completely different personas. Popular girl Hori is a homebody who takes care of her little brother and household chores, while Miyamura is a tatted-out, piercing-wearing pseudo-bad boy. And in quintessential rom-com fashion, these two bond over their ‘secret identities’ and slowly begin to fall in love.
From petty jealousies and unpredictable love rivals to miscommunication and insecurities, Horimiya treats the delicacy of young love with a healthy helping of humour. With witty quips, overblown emotional outbursts and deadpan anti-climax, the show never gets too serious and stays light-hearted. Characterisation like Hori’s secret masochism, her father and brother's obsessive bromantic adoration for Miyamura, to name a few, add a humorous overtone to the trials of budding relationships and school-life.
If you want some sweet, wholesome love with a relaxing side of laughs well-built into the story then Horimiya is worth a shot. This highly-anticipated and well-rated anime definitely lives up to the hype!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2020 – June 2020
An anime about an ecchi manga artist, that’s *gasp* not ecchi? Then what is it ? A surprisingly wholesome comedy about a single parent trying to do right by his beloved daughter. Don’t believe us ? Check out Kakushigoto!
Kakushi is a doting parent who takes cooking lessons, art lessons, and works out all to be a good dad. The only drawback? He’s far from the ideal role model (in his own mind) given his not so child-friendly occupation. Kakushi is desperate to preserve his good dad image, and thus spends most of his time obsessing over how to prevent Hime from learning his secret. From having his staff perform drills in the event of her finding his studio, to leaving his house every day in the guise of a salaryman, Kakushi’s attempts to keep Hime in dark often lead to comical results.
However, unlike most comedy anime that begin and end with the punchline, Kakushigoto aims for something very different. The over-the-top gags, ridiculous paranoia and miscommunication (Kakushi obliviously has three women thinking he’s in love with them) are great to get laughs but the heartfelt father-daughter relationship is what really drives the story. If you want your comedy with a little something extra, then try this beautifully drawn anime that defies expectations as it delves into an exploration of family with true poignancy, leaving you shaking with laughter and shedding a few tears.
2. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2019 – March 2019
As the saying goes, all’s fair in love and war. But what if love is war? Well, Kaguya-sama answers precisely that! At the top of the illustrious Shuchiin Academy’s social hierarchy we have Student Council President and Vice President Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, respectively. These two highly capable students excel at everything they do, except, unfortunately, navigating love.
Equally infatuated and equally oblivious to the other’s feelings, Shinomiya and Shirogane have made confessing the ultimate challenge, and he who caves first loses. Thus begins a battle of the sexes where everything goes, from quick witted wordplay to psychological warfare. This ruthless OTT scheming, hilariously juxtaposed with our MCs’ emotional internal monologues replete with first love jitters and teenage vulnerability, has us in splits. We can’t help but cackle over the continued failure (and never-ending perseverance) of these self-sabotaging lovebirds as they struggle to navigate first love while trying (read: failing) to maintain some modicum of dignity with absolutely zero chill.
If you like over-the-top gags, hilarious punchlines and fast-paced, (arguably) high-stakes melodramatic comedy which redefines the term emotionally-stunted, try out Kaguya-sama: Love is War, it won’t disappoint!
1. Mob Psycho 100
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2016 – September 2016
Psychic showdowns. Shadowy villains. OTT battles. An MC whose sheer average-ness is so background character-like that he’s called Mob (as in mob/background character). Yep, that’s right, unimpressive, physically-weak, and easily-duped Shigeo (Mob), is an overpowered esper with an underwhelming, intentionally emotionally-repressed personality. When he loses control of his feelings he loses control of his powers which often has larger-than-life consequences. Thus, he finds himself under the tutelage (read: exploitation) of confidence man and psychic zero Reigen, so that he can learn to control and use his powers for the greater good (that is, Reigen’s profit).
The perfect balance of action, plot and comedy, Mob Psycho 100 makes use of a funky art style for great physical comedy (who can forget Teruki’s fabulous new hair), hilariously anticlimactic fights given our established OP MC’s guaranteed win, and the sheer ridiculousness of the fact that in the face of threatening villains and god-like abilities, Mob is more concerned with bulking up, making friends and working up the nerve to talk to his crush. This epic battle against Mob’s own average-ness (because OP final bosses are no biggies) as he keeps his powers on the downlow makes Mob Psycho 100 the perfect parody of the shounen genre.
If you like the deadpan nature of a stoic MC, the human foibles of a character so overpowered that he doesn’t need to worry about the inherent danger of the same, and the sheer ridiculousness this premise invites, then Mob Psycho 100 is the perfect pick for you!
There’s no limit on laughs so whether you prefer chuckles or chortles, witty wise-cracks or rib-tickling gags, deadpan characters or absurd parodies, our list has you covered! So sit back, relax and get ready to tickle your funny bone!
If any of our shows hit the spot for you, if you have recommendations you think we missed, do let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!
Humor is the best medicine and, in that regard, anime is fully stocked with the latest name-brand painkillers and antibiotics. While animation might not always allow for the same level of nuance as live-action projects, the creators are provided a higher sense of freedom to exaggerate certain expressions and interactions. As a result, the medium is perfectly suited for comedy.
Similarly to horror, comedy works by presenting a situation that is expected to progress in a specific way but ends up taking an unexpected turn. Cathartic by nature, laughter releases any tension built up by the story. The most hilarious anime develop endearing characters, subvert expectations, and make full use of the medium's unique traits!
10. Hoozuki no Reitetsu (Hozuki's Coolheadedness)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: January 2014 – April 2014
Hell is not for the faint of heart; no, someone would need to show some true dedication and spirit to move up the corporate ladder in this cutthroat business. Serving as Lord Enma's chief deputy, Hoozuki is a soft-spoken bureaucrat who, more or less, runs Japan's entire underworld. Even though the civil servant rarely loses his cool and tends to approach most issues with a level head, Hoozuki is a demon that nobody should consider annoying!
Surrounded by incompetent stooges and working for a King that prefers to moan rather than do his duty, Hoozuki micromanages this entire sector and negotiates with other Hells to maintain order within his domain. With an abundance of references to Japanese mythologies, Hoozuki no Reitetsu is a hilarious romp through the various circles of Hell.
With his name in the title, Hoozuki sells Wit Studio's anime. Brandishing a massive club and an imagination that is best described as sadistic, Lord Enma's stoic right-hand man turns the underworld into a place worth visiting.
9. Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.)
- Episodes: 120
- Aired: July 2016 – December 2016
In theory, being psychic might sound like the absolute bomb; alas, reality can always find a way to disappoint. Okay, in this case, we are talking about an anime, but the point still stands! Possessing a variety of powerful supernatural abilities, including telepathy and memory alteration, Kusuo Saiki wishes to lead a normal life as a carefree teenager. Unfortunately, that is pretty much impossible.
In order to maintain his secret, Kusuo presents an emotionless facade and tries to avoid interacting with his peers. The teenager largely keeps his powers in check, but strange people seem to naturally gravitate towards him. From the dumb-as-a-rock Riki Nendou to the unhinged Shun Kaidou, Kusuo inadvertently finds himself surrounded by some of the weirdest teenagers on the planet.
Split into short sketches, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan is a quick and easy sit that focuses on the psychic's everyday misadventures. The entire cast is hilarious and likable, while Kusuo is a fantastic protagonist and serves as a prime example of deadpan comedy done right!
8. Space☆Dandy (Space Dandy)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: January 2014 – March 2014
Tired of limiting yourself to one solitary planet? If the answer is yes, then hitch a ride to your nearest shuttle to enjoy the endless possibilities offered by the vast universe! Living up to its name, Space Dandy is about the most stereotypical sci-fi anime in the medium. We are talking about weird alien creatures that sort of look like animals but not really, while the eponymous main character goes on wild adventures that threaten to change everything.
A love letter to old-school space operas and musicals, Space Dandy is an ambitious comedy that plays it fast and loose with continuity. At the end of one episode, the central cast could end up turning into zombies and dying; however, the very next week, Dandy will be back to doing his thing.
While this means very few actions lead to any significant consequences, the storylines benefit from being absolutely unpredictable. Space Dandy can literally go down any road imaginable and the conclusions are often shocking. Reuniting staff members who worked on Cowboy Bebop, Bones' anime is jam-packed with references and should be tried by any sci-fi fans.
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2014 – September 2014
All the talent in the world does not justify punching a critic in the face for describing an artist's work as "unoriginal." Frankly, a bit of self-control goes a long way. Destined for greatness, Seishuu Handa possesses all the required tools to sit among Japan's greatest calligraphers. The only thing standing in his way is a lack of maturity and a willingness to fly off the handle at any given moment. Desperate to instill some self-awareness, Seishuu's father exiles the up-and-coming artist to the Goto Islands.
Initially, Seishuu sees this as an opportunity to distance himself from the insanity of Tokyo and discover some peace. Sounds like a decent plan that might have worked, but the residents of Goto Islands refuse to leave Seishuu alone! Whether dealing with rambunctious children or intrusive old men, the calligrapher is the talk of the town!
Bolstered by crisp animation and an enjoyable soundtrack, Barakamon flip-flops from gut-wrenching humor to sincere moments of reflection. While there is a fair amount of slapstick, Kinema Citrus' comedy is character driven and puts the protagonist through the wringer!
6. Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon)
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: July 2013 – September 2013
Expectations can lift someone up or tear them to shreds. When it comes to Yuugo Hachiken, the latter seems to be the case. Intelligent and hardworking, Yuugo hates being compared to his big brother and yearns to break free from his parents' glares of disapproval. Lost in life, the teenager enrolls in an Agricultural school, despite knowing nothing about farming. In hindsight, rebelling against being overworked by his parents by joining a school built on manual labor might not have been the smartest move.
Crafted by A-1 Pictures, Gin no Saji delivers the goods in terms of the animation. While the setting might be slightly out of the ordinary, the anime opts for a relatively grounded account of life on a farm. It does not sugarcoat the hard work required to maintain a business and tackles the lack of security that defines the market.
Fish out of water storylines are an excellent recipe for comedy, so the vast majority of the humor lies in Yuugo's failure to do even the basic things right. The protagonist experiences a ton of development and, by the end of the series, transforms into practically a different person. The comedy never misses the mark, but A-1 Pictures refuses to shy away from the growing pains that arise when a child leaves the nest for the first time.
5. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (Daily Lives of High School Boys)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2012 – March 2012
High school and anime go together like butter and bread, but few other series distill this formula down to its essence quite like Sunrise's Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou. Centering on the antics of three friends attending Sanada North High School, the anime celebrates adolescence by playing around with the nothingness that tends to pervade a teenager's life.
With the exception of a couple of surreal moments, Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou's cast talk and walk like real students. These are not highly sophisticated or self-aware adults masquerading as teenagers; no, these are the type of people who pick up a stick to reenact an intense RPG battle or try on their sister's underwear for no real reason. While the title suggests the focus is on the boys, Sunrise's anime boasts an extensive cast and is more of an ensemble comedy.
Divided into small skits, Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou benefits from great pacing and knows when to move to the next joke. More importantly, Sunrise's anime is relatable and charming!
4. Hinamatsuri (Hina Festival)
- Episodes: 11+
- Aired: April 2018 – ongoing
One random night, a yakuza member named Nitta is suddenly struck in the head by a metal object with the face of a girl on it. After opening the box, a psychic called Hina comes out and decides to start living with Nitta. While the two have their ups and downs, things take a turn for the worse when other psychics start to show up to capture Hina.
Hinamatsuri subverts expectations by presenting a yakuza member that dresses like a typical gangster but acts more like a father. Stoic and unable to comprehend human emotions, Hina's deadpan delivery juxtapositions perfectly with Nitta's passionate reactions. Even though she has her name on the title, Hina barely appears during certain episodes, with the focus switching to the misadventures of other young girls.
With a middle-school student always serving as the focal point, it is hilarious to see the different ways they handle certain situations. While not a psychic, Hitomi Mishima's journey from unassuming middle-school student to businesswoman might just be the funniest thing in the whole series!
3. Detroit Metal City (Detroit Metal City: The Animated Series)
- Episodes: 39
- Aired: Apr. 2016 – Dec. 2016
Appearances can be deceiving, a mantra that is pretty much the entire crux of Detroit Metal City's style of humor. DMC refers to a hugely popular death metal band recognized for their outlandish shows and songs dealing with grim subjects, as the band's deranged lead singer, Johannes Krauser II stands in the middle of this demonic tornado and tends to grab most of the spotlight.
After the music fades and everyone returns home, Krauser II sheds his makeup to reveal an ordinary college graduate named Souichi Negishi. Despite spending most of his time signing lyrics capable of making the devil flinch, Souichi is a gentle soul who prefers to listen to pop music rather than death metal. Due to a rather overzealous records manager and the fact that bills need to be paid, Souichi joined Detroit Metal City but dreams of the day when he can abandon this world.
Detroit Metal City is insanity in anime form. The songs tackle some truly wicked topics, but the series struck comedy gold by contrasting Souichi's timid personality with Krauser II's fiery screaming.
2. Osomatsu-san (Mr. Osomatsu)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2015 – March 2016
Animation opens up unique avenues that cannot be traveled by live-action series, so a comedy should try its hardest to create something that cannot be experienced anywhere else. When it comes to embracing the medium, Osomatsu-san stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of the list. As a tribute to and a parody of the older Osomatsu cartoons, Studio Pierrot's comedy cares little about logic and prefers to offer an irreverent experience that oscillates between hilarious and disgusting.
Incorporating different animation styles and playing around with narrative structures, Osomatsu-san is an acid trip of an anime centering around the deranged adventures of the infamous sextuplets. Rather than attempting to forge well-meaning characters, Studio Pierrot's series throws caution to the wind by presenting the brothers as absolute monsters capable of ruining anyone's day. The risk paid off!
Osomatsu-san's sketches can be hit-or-miss, but magic happens whenever the anime gets it right! While the first season is stronger than the second, both deliver a ton of memorable scenes and quotable lines.
1. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!)
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: January 2016 – March 2016
Partially triggered by Sword Art Online becoming a huge crossover hit, isekai anime are a dime-a-dozen. While most of them are happy to go down the harem route while offering precious little to differentiate them from their peers, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! turned the genre on its head by mocking most of these tropes.
After one of the funniest death scenes in anime history, the self-centered goddess Aqua offers Kazuma Satou the chance to restart life in a world similar to an RPG. Allowed to take a single item with him and angered over being mocked by the obnoxious deity, Kazuma picks Aqua as his companion. In hindsight, he should have gone with something more useful.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! surrounds the protagonist with waifus who are not worth the trouble. Sarcastic and far from a pushover, Kazuma is an absolute delight and the cast bounce of each other like seasoned pros! When it comes to isekai anime, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! set the standard!
After a long day at school or work, nothing beats a hearty laugh! Whether set in space or an alternate reality akin to an RPG, these anime deliver jokes by the minute and regularly hit home runs. Prepare your funny bone for a thorough tickling, as these series reside amidst comedy royalty!
What is your favorite comedy anime? Please let us know in the comment section below.
There’s funny, and there’s comedy funny. How often are you looking for an anime that’s pretty lax with the sole intention of winding down for the day with a few laughs? We all need them sometimes, don’t we? You could listen to the masses and go with whatever anime they deem funny, but how about comedy anime that are created with the sole intention of being funny?
There are plenty of comedy anime out there, but we’re here to help you weed through the crap in favor of something that will actually make you laugh. This is our list of top 10 comedy anime, but wait! It’s an updated list of comedy recommendations. If you also want to see what used to be on the old list, please continue down below!
10. Golden Boy
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: October 1995 - June 1996
Oe Kintarou is a brilliant young mind who was on the brink of graduating university when he decided to quit despite completing all of his courses. Now, Kintarou is a student who wanders around the country learning new things about life---and women. Kintarou has no qualms about doing any job so long as he can prove himself and learn new skills. While wandering, Kintarou will come across new women and many great opportunities.
Golden Boy is a classic comedy anime that fans will enjoy worldwide. Based on a sex comedy manga, Golden Boy brings to viewers a combination of comedy, ecchi, and stupidity. Kintarou takes on any task, no matter how small, and somehow, despite being a disgusting pervert who initially repulses all, wins the heart of every woman he comes across. Except, Kintarou never sticks around long enough to enjoy his popularity. Kintarou is always moving onto the next lesson!
9. SKET Dance
- Episodes: 77
- Aired: April 2011 - September 2012
Three unusual students joined together at Kaimei High School to establish the Living Assistance Club (also known as the Sket Brigade). As part of their club activities, they help with any problem no matter what, although the requests are not as frequent as you can imagine. These three usually lay around the clubroom bored, but they never deplete their vigor for a new case.
SKET Dance has everything you need for a quality comedy: a light, an inconsequential plot, goofy characters, and stupidity all around! Whacky things are always going on in SKET Dance and our main characters always manage regardless of the situation. Really, SKET Dance is a modern day Gintama without aliens. You’ll understand when you watch!
- Episodes: 60
- Aired: January 2011 - March 2012
Oga Tatsumi is the most ferocious fighter of Ishiyama High, a school of delinquents where there is endless violence. One day, Oga rescues a man from the river who splits open allowing a baby to crawl out and attach itself to Oga. The baby is the son of the Demon Lord, Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV, also known as Baby Beel. Oga is now tasked with teacher Baby Beel how to be a proper Demon Lord, even though he wants nothing to do with Baby Beel. Except, Baby Beel’s nursemaid Hildegard will make sure Oga will get the task done!
Beelzebub is going go to be one of those classic anime comedies one day. The craziest things are constantly going on. With Baby Beel, nothing ever turns out normal. From rivers of urine to electrical tears, you can’t say that you were ever bored watching Beelzebub. Let’s not forget Alaindelon, shall we? Beelzebub just has a great cast of characters that never fail to crack you up. You’ll have to watch and find out how!
7. Sakamoto Desu Ga
- Episodes: Unknown
- Aired: April 2016 - ?
Sakamoto is the epitome of perfection: he’s elegant, sophisticated, graceful, patient, and handsome. Sakamoto has managed to win the hearts of all the girls in school and the anger of all the boys, and Sakamoto is only a first year! Now, Sakamoto’s classmates plot his demise, but can they succeed? They can try, but Sakamoto’s sangfroid cannot be broken!
A favorite from this spring season, Sakamoto Desu Ga is just a hodge podge of goofiness. You might think that Sakamoto is too perfect, but he combats hate so perfectly that you just can’t hate him! Combine that with the odd side characters and you’ve got yourself an amazing comedy anime! You can’t get enough of the Sakamoto obsession that drives every character over the edge. Are they in love? Are they jealous? Are they angry? Who knows? Everyone has a Sakamoto complex!
6. Great Teacher Onizuka
- Episodes: 43
- Aired: June 1999 - September 2000
Onizuka is pursuing his dream to be the world’s greatest teacher---but only so he can meet high school girls. That is the goal that caused him to leave his bike gang ways, however, his new class really puts him to the test. They are actually delinquents who try to cause as much trouble for Onizuka as possible to drive him away. But, you can’t let your guard down because the Great Teacher Onizuka is not your average teacher and he won’t stand for your troublesome ways.
GTO is another classic comedy anime that never fails! Combine an ecchi teacher, delinquent students, a hot mom, a hot coworker, and trouble, and you’ve got yourself GTO! Onizuka is not your conventional teacher, and you don’t want him to be one. Great Teacher Onizuka explores how Onizuka solves the problem of having delinquent students. Oh, let’s not forget that Onizuka is a bum who doesn’t even have a home! Oh, how can he be a great teacher? Well, you’ll just have to see!
5. Hataraku Maou-sama
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2013 - June 2013
The Demon Lord Satan was in the midst of conquering the continent when the hero Emilia thwarts him, sending him through a dimensional portal which lands Satan and his general Alsiel in present day Tokyo. Without any power in Tokyo, Satan feigns being human as Maou Sadao and becomes employed at MgRonald’s to help pay the bills. Maou’s lust for power has not disappeared like his powers, however, and Maou soon devises a plan to rule the world through his work at MgRonald’s!
This little comedy anime takes the job of being a fast food worker up a notch as Maou contemplates ruling the world from his burger flipping job! Who knew you could have so much power prepping fries? Along the way, you get to meet some pretty fun characters like Lucifer and Emilia who are also just trying to survive in Tokyo, although some try harder than others. You may think this is going to be some epic battle between good versus evil, but watch and see just how wrong you are.
4. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2014 - September 2014
Sakura Chiyo has fallen for the overly oblivious Nozaki Umetarou. Chiyo has attempted to confess to Nozaki, but Nozaki believed her to be his fan and hands her an autograph. Apparently, Nozaki is the popular shoujo mangaka Yumeno Sakiko. In an effort to get closer to Nozaki, Chiyo is somehow pulled in as one of Nozaki’s assistants. Now, Chiyo gets to learn just what goes into making a manga and all the inspirations that go with it.
Do you like shoujo manga? Whatever your answer is, you’ll love Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, a series that completely mocks shoujo tropes that we are all too familiar with. And while most people hate oblivious characters (i.e. Hikari from Special A or Ichika from Infinite Stratos), it’s hard to hate Nozaki who makes half of the comedy! Oh, Nozaki, your obliviousness, and pettiness shan’t be forgotten easily. Of course, there are many other characters that help make Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun one of the top comedy anime on our list! Did we mention that this is actually a shounen anime?
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2011 - September 2011
Nichijou is the story of three childhood friends who are now in high school, a genius, a robot, and a talking cat. Everything seems normal, but there’s plenty of the absurd. These six characters experience life as they are bitten by a talking crow, hang out together, watch their principal suplex a deer, and walk to school. No day is a dull one in Nichijou.
If you’re looking for ridiculously stupid, you’ve got Nichijou. Nichijou takes everyday events and cranks up the craziness of these events ten fold! From falling octodogs to a trolling loli professor, it’s hard not to find a character to like in Nichijou. Nichijou is one of the top slice of life comedies, but is it truly a slice of life?! You know how Lucky Star is so ordinary it’s extraordinary? Well, Nichijou is so crazy it’s insane! Insanely good, though. And don’t you forget it!
2. One Punch Man
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2015 - December 2015
Saitama is an unassuming man who quit his day job to pursue his dream of being a hero. Through intensive training for three years, Saitama has lost his hair in exchange for great power. Now, Saitama is able to defeat even the greatest enemy with just one punch! But where’s the thrill in that? Saitama is seeking an adversary who will put his power to the test. Along the way, Saitama gains a word named Genos who is a model-like cyborg who recruits Saitama into joining the Hero Association so they can gain recognition as heroes.
Ah, one of the top anime from Winter 2016 has made it on our list! One Punch Man is a superhero anime that completely and utterly makes fun of superheroes. First off, Saitama’s sidekick is more likable among civilians, and you can’t forget his model-like good looks. Saitama is utterly plain and dull looking, but when he wants to be, he can actually look like a superhero---until he goes back to being dull looking. And we can’t ignore the fact that Saitama wears that ridiculous yellow jumpsuit that actually make other shounen jumpsuits better looking.
- Episodes: 201
- Aired: April 2006 - March 2010
The Amanto reign supreme over feudal Japan and have outlawed swords, putting an end to the samurai way. However, Sakata Gintoki refuses to relinquish the way of the samurai. Gintoki works with Shimura Shinpachi, a meganekko with passion, and Kagura, a bottomless pit for a stomach, and together, they do odd jobs to make ends meet. Barely. Along the way, they run into the Shinsengumi, terrorists, and amanto.
Gintama is an anime unlike any other. The most ridiculous things happen and most of the jokes will catch you completely off guard! Some episodes may make you question Gintama’s placement on our list, but when the comedic moments happen, you will literally be on the floor laughing hysterically. Every single one of the characters makes Gintama to be the supreme comedy anime king. Gintama makes fun of every aspect of society in the strangest setting possible. From bazookas indoors to giant bird-like creatures that have man-ish legs, you should love Gintama, buttfro and all!
Ah, there are so many great comedy anime out there, how do you even stop and pick 10? Well, we definitely tried, twice, but let’s check out some honorable mentions: Prison School, Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, Lucky Star, School Rumble, Full Metal Panic, Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou, Baka to Test, Osomatsu-san, and Seto no Hanayome. Man, you could easily fill a top 50 for comedy anime!
For all you comedy anime fans out there, how do you like the list? Is there anything that you want to change? Any comedy anime you want to add? Share your thoughts, guys!
There are a lot of anime series out there that have tons of comedy in them, a lot of times, they're embarrassing moments or interesting and awkward situations involving the characters.
There are no limitations to what can happen in anime that may have you bursting out in laughter, making you spit your milk out through your nose or peeing in your pants. Hopefully none of those events took place for you (at least not in front of others), and you were able to enjoy the anime. I know there have been some times that had me almost dieing of laughter.
Seriously, I'm talking about not being to catch my breath which almost made me pass out. Funny, but scary. So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Comedy Anime every can enjoy, or relate to.
10. Kore wa Zombie desu ka? (Is This a Zombie?)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 11, 2011 - Mar 30, 2011
This anime is full of ... unimaginable situations and outrageous/exaggerated scenes of awkwardness and ....yeah. But, it's pretty damn funny and made me laugh a bunch.
Aside from the situations brought to the viewers attention, nothing really made complete sense, and the events taking place did a very good job distracting me from what was really happening to how it happened. The series is about a high school boy named Aikawa Ayuma who one day is killed by a serial killer and then suddenly revived as a zombie.
A necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe is the one who brings him back and has Ayuma serving as a personal guard for her. At the same time, he prevents Eu from her masou-shoujo magic power, which leaves her with no choice but to have Ayuma fighting against the anti-masou-shoujo system in her stay.
- Episodes: 60
- Aired: Jan 9, 2011 - Mar 25, 2012
Beelzebub is a unique comedy anime that will either have you wondering what the heck is going on or make you laugh until it hurts and it's not funny anymore. The main focus about the comedy in this anime revolves around the demon baby and how a teenager must raise it.
Because of the demon baby, a lot of the characters in the series go through interesting situations that will make you cry while laughing. The series is about a juvenile delinquent, Tatsumi Oga, who is a first year high school student at a school for delinquents.
He falls asleep by a river one day and notices a man floating downstream. Tatsumi rescues the man who suddenly splits in half and reveals a baby boy. The baby turns out to be the child of the demon king and Tatsumi has been chosen to raise the baby along with the babies demon maid, Hilda.
This begins lifes challenges for Tatsumi while raising the demon baby.
8. Azumanga Daioh
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr 9, 2002 - Oct 1, 2002
Azumanga Daioh is a classic comedy series that is filled with everyday life experiences and challenges in some of the funniest ways possible.
The series is about the lives of a group of girls who become friends from the beginning of high school. All of the girls have unique and unusual personalities that defines them and separates them from the rest. You have a 10 year old prodigy, the resident airhead, the shy cat lover who is great at sports, a loose canon, a short tempered one, and a jock.
The situations in school life happen to bring these crazy characters together in the most comedic way. The series just so happens to depict what it really is like at high school in Japan.
7. School Rumble
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct 5, 2004 - Mar 29, 2005
School Rumble is a show that doesn't really follow a plot because its too busy throwing random situations of guys chasing girls, while providing some hilarious jokes and some that are just down right silly.
The series follows Tsukamoto Tenma who is a second year high school student and falls in love with a classmate. Shy to confess her feelings for him, Tsukamoto finds out he's transferring to another school at the end of the year.
At the same time, another classmate of Tenma's, Harima Kenji, is in love with her and he's too shy to confess his feelings. This begins the comedic love triangle in a high school full of kids.
6. Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO)
- Episodes: 43
- Aired: Jun 30, 1999 - Sep 24, 2000
Contrary to the beliefs of what it's really like at high schools in Japan, you have some areas that are like Azumanga Diaho, and others that are like Great Teacher Onizuka. GTO is a great anime that is complimented very well with the standards of the board of educations in Japan, while presenting a wonderful comedic essence to the viewer.
The series is about a former biker gang leader, Onizuka, beginning his new ambition of becoming the world’s greatest teacher. This was thought out at first by means of meeting young high school girls, but instead assertive administrators and trouble-making students come between him and his mission of meeting girls.
As the students attempt to drive Onizuka away, he uses his own methods of discipline to bring order amongst his students, and that's when it gets interesting and funny.
5. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (Daily Lives of High School Boys)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 10, 2012 - Mar 27, 2012
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is another great anime filled with tons of hilarious jokes and funny situations with wonderful common anime tropes. Tadakuni, Hidenori, and Yoshitake are all male students attending the same school at Sanada North High School.
They're all laid-back and unobtrusive, but that doesn't stop the series from finding a way to turn it around into a fantastic comedy. The boys are all friends and go through their lives like any teenager should, with each other. Sometime in life, we’ve all experienced the same situations and experiences these boys make.
The show presents what life is like being a teenaged boy in high school. The jokes and the persona each of these boys have bringing something more to the table with each episode.
4. Baka no Test to Shoukarijuu (Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan 7, 2010 - Apr 1, 2010
Baka no Test to Shoukarijuu is one of the funniest series I've seen, and it's filled with a lot of cliche characters in a stereotypical setting, who express their idiotic romances in the most hilarious way.
The series centers around the “baka” character of the title, Akihisa Yoshii. At Akihisa's academy, they divide the students into classes based on their test scores. You have the prodigies in A class, who have reclining seats with air conditioning?! Akihisa is in F class, the lowest class in the school with the lowest quality of supplies and equipment.
Not only that, the school has conducted experiments to summon weird creatures, with Akihisa rallying F class to take over the perks of the higher classes by using the summoned creatures in an all out battle.
3. Ouran High School Host Club
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr 5, 2006 - Sep 27, 2006
Ouran High School Host Club is a very loveable series and has that comedic romantic essence to it, which personally, has me laughing so much about the situations and character traits in the anime.
The series follows Fujioka Haruhi, who wins a scholarship to attend Ouran Academy, one of the most prestigious and most expensive academies ever. All Fujioka has to do is keep her grades up in order to stay, but that all changes when she accidentally breaks a vase worth 8 million yen (about $66,000 US).
Fujioka is forced to work it off in a host club for girls by becoming a male host.
2. Hataraka Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 4, 2013 - Jun 27, 2013
Hataraka Maou-sama! is definitely a treat to watch and will surprise anyone who hasn't seen it before. Packed with outstanding comedy and a little action, Hataraka Maou-sama! was probably one of the funniest series I've seen in a while, except for Gintama which is #1!
The series is about the Devil King Sadao who is just one step away from conquering the world. Until he was beaten by the hero Emilia and forced to move to another world that is modern day Tokyo. The only skills the Devil King possesses is to conquer the world, which is now a problem for him as he lives his life like a regular person in Tokyo.
Working to survive by paying for his living expenses, conquering the world now seems harder than ever, which comedy ensues.
- Episodes: 201
- Aired: Apr 4, 2006 - Mar 25, 2010
Now, Gintama has to be one of the most hilarious and comedic series, with some great action scenes as well, that I have seen in a long time. The characters in Gintama are all unique in their own way, and the series is filled with unexpected situations that will surely make you laugh.
The series is about life in feudal Japan taking a sudden turn in an unimaginable way, aliens have landed and taken over everything. Health care may be great, but there is a ban on swords due to a war with samurai, leaving them in defeat and difficult to survive with no future career path.
Gintoki is a prime example of this outcome, as he looks for work doing anything in order to survive while living in a brave new world with monsters, Yakuza, and E.T. entrepreneurs. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a great comedy anime!
That's it for this segment of the Top 10 Comedy Anime! I hope this list will help you find some great anime to watch while experiencing the best in comedy that anime has to offer. Just be warned, try not to drink or consume anything while watching these series, the unexpected can sometimes be upon you.
Is there an anime that you found to be really funny? Which scene was it that made you laugh beyond belief? Let us know in the comments below!