Down and out? Need something to cheer you up. How about a dose of comedy courtesy of your favourite Japanese anime? We’ve compiled a list of anime (in no particular order) that’ll get your funny bone all tickled, and we’ve focused on notable ones being so funny that even newbies to anime are bound to at least crack a smile when they watch them. So, get ready to be entertained with our list of 10 must watch comedy anime!
1. Detroit Metal City
What happens when a cheesy pop song loving singer becomes the lead singer of a hugely popular Death Metal band? That’s the premise of Detroit Metal City. Protagonist Soichi Negishi is down on his luck but dreams of becoming a famous musician. But as we mentioned before, his choice in music is a bit suspect and would never elevate him beyond the level of a street performer.
Things change, however, when he finds himself roped to be the front man of Detroit Metal City, a Death Metal band who soon rises to fame thanks to Negishi’s talent. However, this isn’t something he too happy about, considering his taste in music.
The hilarity of Negishi’s situation where he is caught between two musical worlds and at the same time desperately falling in love is something that many of you will be constantly laughing at throughout this anime. Do take note though, some of the jokes are going to be a bit vulgar and a bit NSFW. You’ve been warned
Do we really need to say anything when it comes to Gintama? In case you’re not familiar with the anime, it focuses on a former samurai completing any and all odd jobs in Edo period Japan, which coincidentally has already been conquered by aliens.
This anime can be a ball of randomness and funny. There’s the lunacy of the freelance work that Gin and his friends have to undertake, their brilliant characterisations and the absolutely absurd scenarios they’re always involved in. But for an anime series quite focused on the funny, you’ll find the occasional action scene that actually stands above most other anime.
And with a live-action movie slated for release this year, it’ll be a great time to catch-up with the five seasons this anime has if you’ve yet to experience the weirdness and joy that is Gintama.
3. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! aka Watamote
If you love cringy humour, then be prepared for the ultimate queen of awkwardness that is Kuroki Tomoko. The main character which this long-assed titled anime follows, she is a reclusive shut in and an avid fan of erotic video games who somehow believes she’ll easily become popular when she enters high school.
If only it were that easy. Instead, once she does enter, disaster seems to follow her everywhere she goes. Tomoko certainly doesn’t do herself any favours. However, while she isn’t much help to herself, you’ll find throughout the series that you’re always rooting for her even though you’ll be laughing hysterically at her as things inevitably take a turn for the worst.
4. One Punch Man
Wouldn’t it be great if you had absolute strength? Apparently not. Say hello to Saitama, the only hero strong enough to take every villain he comes across with literally a single punch. However, instead of revelling in his power and following what every cliched, overpowered character would do, Saitama is instead…. bored.
The problem is that Saitama is so strong that life becomes so monotonous for him. He isn’t your typical hero that’s for sure, with his deadpan attitude to life. Couple his attitude with the more out of this world heroes and villains in the anime, make for some interesting and humorous action.
5. Osomatsu-san (Mr Osomatsu)
What happens when your childhood TV characters grow up? This is exactly what Osomatsu-san‘s premise is. The Osomatsu sextuplets are from an actual 1960s anime/manga that followed their antics while they were kids but in this particular series, they have… aged horribly.
However, as much as they’ve grown-up their antics are far from it. With each of the sextuplets different personalities constantly leading them into all sorts of trouble and often to irredeemable lows, you’re in for a laughing treat.
It’s not always gags and games for these brothers though as in between all the telekinetic cats, murder mystery and crassness, you’ll find that there are a few tender moments of legitimate brotherly bonding.
6. Hataraku Maō-sama! (The Devil’s a Part timer)
There are some expectations if one is a demon-king. Scary, all-powerful, vicious and evil seems to come to mind. But what if, he’s just a lowly part-timer in a fast food restaurant? That’s the the situation that demon-king Sadou Maou finds himself in.
After he and his forces are bested, Sadou Maou finds himself banished to modern day Japan, where in order to survive, he must take human form and get a part-time job. You got to admit there is quite a bit of hilarity involved when an all powerful demon has to serve customers in a fast-food chain.
And despite himself getting into all sorts of trouble, the series also has a surprisingly amount of heart to it. Instead of thriving on the despair of others, Maou actually uses his hellish powers for good, often to his own detriment as well.
7. Sakamoto desu ga? (Haven’t’ you heard I’m Sakamoto)
Ever had that one classmate which was too damn perfect? That’s exactly who Sakamoto is. In terms of schoolwork, appearance and handling any kind of situation imaginable, Sakamoto always stands at the pinnacle.
USUALLY, anyone would find this sort of protagonist but due to the fact that he handles EVERYTHING that comes his way with such elegance, poise and a good dose of melodrama, you just can’t bring yourself to. you’ll find yourself really anticipating how he flawlessly overcomes each new obstacle.
Instead, you’ll find yourself really anticipating just how flawlessly Sakamoto will try to overcome each new obstacle. For sure, none of us may ever live up to the magnificence that is Sakamoto but we’re sure to have a good laugh while watching him be perfect.
8. School Rumble
Ah high school, a place where there’s an awkward romance around every corner. School Rumble is of course about one of these awkward romantic triangles. In it, the cute and friendly Tenma Tsukamoto is constantly trying to get the attention of the eccentric but uninterested Oji Karasuma. Of course like in all love triangles, there’s got to be someone else that’s head over heels for her and that’s the macho rebel Kenji Harima.
Unfortunately for Harima though, Tsukamoto is just plain oblivious and he is constantly failing, in humorous ways, trying to express his love for her. You’re pretty much guaranteed to spend half your time laughing yourself stupid and the other half just begging for them to confess their love for each other already.
Nichijou focuses on the daily activities of a group of high-school students, just don’t expect to be faced with many real world issues in this anime. That’s because you’ll be too buys dealing with the most bizzare aspects of these students lives.
There’s everything from a child scientist, a talking cat and a principal versus deer fight in this outlandish anime that you can’t help but laugh at some of the visual gags that will pop-up in it. Despite the outlandish comedy however, there’s also a few time that it’ll hits surprisingly close to home, especially with some of its gags. That being said, if this is what you call an ordinary life of a student in Japan, then we shudder to think what isn’t. Speaking of which….
10. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (Daily Lives of High School Boys)
While Nichijou is just plain ridiculous about the everyday life of a student, Daily Lives of High School Boys takes a slightly more realistic look at high school life. Well maybe not TOO realisitc.
This coming of age story centres on three high school boys, Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake and is divided into a series of rapid fire shorts. The three boy’s antics may be brief, but they will have you in stitches before you know it.
From dealing with violent siblings, going against rival high-school as well a trying to figure out the girls, the high school years of these three will leave you in stitches and you won’t be forgetting them any time soon.
So there you have it, our top 10 picks for comedic anime to watch. Did this make your list? If not do tell us which anime you find totally hilarious.