Comedy is often associated with different brands of humor such as slapstick, dark humor, running jokes, etc. So naturally, it should be good so that one can’t help but laugh at or at least chuckle. However, just like the themes and settings of manga and anime are endless, humor in the Japanese entertainment medium is much more vast and diverse than one could presume.
Humor is defined differently across different cultures. One could infer that humor in Japanese culture is more than just a bunch of obscure laughs that wear away. Anime and manga utilize this element of the genre to their best, with the focus mainly on extreme, bizarre jokes or even something that may seem inappropriate but are still funny.
Japan deals with the portrayal of comedy intriguingly, where humor often comes from slapsticks or the jokes related to the character’s psychological misdirect. If you appreciate anime with good humor, then we’ve got a list of the best comedy anime that you should watch right now.
Best Comedy Anime
1. Gugure! Kokkuri-san
Kohina Ichimatsu is an average elementary school student who lives alone and leads an unhealthy lifestyle. One day, by playing the Kokkuri game with only herself, she summons Kokkuri, a fox-spirit, to ask questions as part of a divination game.
But as she ignores the rules by playing it alone, Kokkuri shows up to haunt her instead. However, upon seeing Kohina’s solitary living, he takes it upon himself to become her guardian and raise her properly. Thus starts Kohina’s new life with a spirit as a caretaker.
Yoshifumi Nitta is a yakuza member of the Ashikawa gang who loves to collect valuable vases. One day, a portal opens and drops a girl in a pod on his head. The girl doesn’t remember anything other than her name, Hina. Yoshifumi then frees her from the capsule pod.
Hina reveals that she possesses superhuman psychic abilities. She then coerces Yoshifumi into letting her stay with him by threatening to destroy his entire vase collection. These events lead to Yoshifumi becoming her fake father to use her in the yakuza business. But her arrival has invited other girls with supernatural powers in the city to capture Hina.
3. Arakawa Under the Bridge
Kou Ichinomiya is a 22-year-old university student and the heir of a wealthy family who lives by his ideal “never be indebted to anyone.” But one day, his pants get stolen by some mischievous kids near Arakawa Bridge.
While trying to retrieve his pant back, he accidentally fell into the Arakawa River and was saved by a homeless girl named Nino. Kou asks to pay her back, to which she asked him to be her boyfriend, and thus begins his new life under the Arakawa bridge.
4. My Bride is a Mermaid
Buy/Stream On: Funimation
One summer, during his vacation at Seto Inland, Nagasumi Michishio was saved by a mermaid named Sun Seto when he drowned in the ocean while swimming. However, under Yakuza mermaid laws, whoever sees the mermaid must be punished by execution.
Now the only option Nagasumi is left with is he either dies or takes responsibility by marrying Sun. Leaving Nagasumi no choice, he agrees to marry Sun. Now undersea gangsters invade his house and school life as he tries to adjust to his new life as a groom to a mermaid.
5. Love Lab
Fujisaki Girls Academy is known for its reputable, very prim, and polite students. Among the student body, Maki Natsuo is one of the model students at the school and also the student council president. Due to her polite nature and charm, she is admired by everyone at school.
However, she has a secret despite her good student appearance: she wants to learn about romance and practice “romantic situations” alone. One day, while practicing kissing a body pillow, she is seen by Riko Kurahashi. Sympathizing Maki’s helplessness with romance, Riko decides to help her.
6. SKET Dance
Three students run a club named Sket-dan at the Kaimei High School, with the sole purpose of helping anyone at school in need. The Sket-dan club accepts any request free of charge, whether it’d be teacher or student.
However, due to its strange club members, the student body often looked down upon the club. But regardless, the trio, no matter what kind of request is thrown at them, always manages to get the job done.
7. GJ Club
Shinomiya Kyoya is a high school student, who shortly after attending his new school, gets kidnapped by the GJ-bu or GJ club members and was forced to join the club.
At the GJ club, he meets four girls: the club president Mao and other three club members Megumi, Shion, and Kirara. The series follows the everyday antics of GJ Club members.
Souta Takanashi is a 16-year-old high school student who loves anything small and cute. One day, he meets short stature Popura Taneshima, who works at Wagnaria, a family restaurant. Upon seeing Souta’s weakness for cute things, she recruits him to work for Wagnaria.
Enamored by Popura’s cute appearance and unable to turn her down, Souta ends up working at the Wagnaria. Soon after joining the Wagnaria, he quickly learns and adapts to his new workplace. Wagnaria is full of eccentric coworkers that work hard but also play hard.
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9. Azumanga Daioh: The Animation
Chiyo Mihama, a 10-years-old girl and a prodigy, begins her new year as a high school student. But due to the age difference from other school students, she struggles to fit in.
The story follows the daily life of Chiyo and five other strange girls and their teachers with eccentric personalities and their antics in day-to-day life.
10. Good Luck Girl!
Buy/Stream On: Funimation
Ichiko Sakura is a 16-year-old high school girl who possesses a high amount of Fortune energy since her birth. Due to this, she gets everything she desires: beauty, intelligence, wealth, and health.
Unfortunately, her high Fortune involuntary absorbs luck from others, causing them to be less fortunate and causes imbalance on earth. So Momiji, a goddess of misfortune, has been tasked to stop her by stealing Ichiko’s Fortune.