Comedy anime don’t always get the attention they deserve and the genre itself is quite diverse, which was definitely evident last season with its variety of genre combinations. Seeing as how many anime are being delayed, we have some time to catch up on series we may have missed during the Winter 2020 season. Today, we’ll be quickly going through some of these series, recommending their strong points for different types of anime watchers out there in a short and sweet format that we hope you enjoy. We’re also not including continuing series from Fall 2019, as much as we think you should check out Mairimashita! Iruma-kun.
Anyway, let’s get started~!
Slice of Life
Koisuru Asteroid (Asteroid in Love) + Heya Camp△ (Room Camp)
Kicking things off we have two comedies that fall very much in the chill microgenre commonly called Cute Girls Doing Cute Things. Moe is still very much with us as both Koisuru Asteroid and Heya Camp△ prove and they themselves are also similar in many ways, both covering somewhat unusual school clubs with the Earth Sciences Club (Astronomy + Geology) and Outdoor Activities Club respectively and have a loveable cast of characters going on trips together. Koisuru Asteroid focuses a lot more on the school aspect and is more developed overall, somewhat of a given since Heya Camp△’s 3-minute episodes, but both are fairly solid and relaxing experiences.
FYI, we imagine this audience has likely already seen Yuru Camp△, but if you haven’t, do so before checking out Heya Camp△ as it is somewhat reliant on you knowing the characters already.
Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. (BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense.)
For those looking for something a bit more actiony, but still definitely a comedy, check out this latest mouthfull of a light novel-based title following the adventures of two friends playing a new VRMMORPG (uff da). While probably not a masterpiece in anyone’s mind, BOFURI is a fun series chronicling the rising of the shield hero Maple (wait a minute…) and her friend Sally, both on and offline.
BOFURI balances plenty of jokes and cute scenes with surprisingly decent battle scenes and uses its setting quite well with its core concept based around getting power leveled by accidentally breaking the game and other funny moments like NPC dialog being off for what actually is happening and so on. It also has a second season announced already so now’s a great time to get caught up!
Murenase! Seton Gakuen (Seton Academy: Join the Pack!)
As we find ourselves in the midst of a furry anime boom for whatever reason, Murenase! Seton Gakuen, err, “joins the pack” with its own take on wacky animal comedy that will probably not be everyone’s cup of tea but has its strong points in its irreverent and spastic randomness, we’ll just say that this show has poop eating and animal genitalia jokes.
Truth be told, this show is pretty stupid but it does actually get a lot of its material from real animal facts and behaviors (educational?) and has a little social commentary about diversity with the multi-species cooking club members joining Ranka’s pack. Like it or not, there’s also a lot—though not an overwhelming amount—of fanservice of its female characters which, perhaps unsurprisingly, are all cute kemonomimi humanoids despite the male animal characters having realistic animal heads/bodies. Other highlights include a Magic the Gathering parody literally called Magic: the Donkeys and the boppin’ opening "Gakuen Soukan Zoo" by Ryouri-bu. It might be a junk-food anime, but sometimes a slightly ecchi, over-the-top dose of randomness is exactly what you want!
Altogether, Winter 2020’s comedy offerings might not have been the strongest or most memorable ever, but still offered a nice amount of variety, particularly, if you include continuing series and more genre hybrids like Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!, which we didn’t include here since it’s not really that comedy-focused and has already gotten a lot of attention. In any case, we hope you enjoy these series if you try them out based on this article. Let us know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stick around Honey’s for more of all things awesome, anime and otherwise! See ya~