Top 10 Feel-Good Anime Series

Written by Ashley Bowman Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up. Welcome to Watchmojo.com where today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Feel-good anime. Anime’s not always about blood, guts and bosoms, and these shows prove it. For this list, we’re not necessarily looking for heartwarming moments, just show that over-all have a soothing atmosphere. Special thanks to our user Ashjbow for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Feel+Good+Anime
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Written by Ashley Bowman

Top 10 Feel-Good Anime Series


Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up. Welcome to Watchmojo.com where today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Feel-good anime.

Anime’s not always about blood, guts and bosoms, and these shows prove it. For this list, we’re not necessarily looking for heartwarming moments, just show that over-all have a soothing atmosphere.

#10: "Princess Jellyfish" (2010)

Think your hobby is weird? This young lady’s enamored with jellyfish. Tsukimi is a rare breed of nerdy-female-anime-protagonist who lives with the tenants Amamizukan - A rag tag group of female nerds who obsess over anything from Trains to old men. Sure, she may feel at home but, regardless of finding solace in this environment, she still deals with the crippling fear of ‘normies’ when she steps foot outside. Fortunately for her, a certain cross-dresser has popped up in her life with the goal of taking her out of her shell.

#9: "Natsume’s Book of Friends" (2007-)

Takashi Natsume’s day-to-day happenings prove that being able to communicate with youkai isn’t quite as creepy as it sounds – especially when you have a portly-kitten by your side. Holding the “book of friends”, a compendium containing all the spirits his grandmother took under her command, our hero opts to release them from their shackles one-by-one. Some are raring for a fight, some are harmless, but things usually turn out in such a way that you might just find yourself choked up at the end of every episode.

#8: "AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day" (2011)

Dealing with loss is always difficult, and it certainly doesn’t help when you’re being haunted by the ghost of your former squeeze. This series follows a group of friends who have now disbanded following the death of their beloved Menma. Protagonist Jinta’s reunion with her ghost convinces him to take action and soon the gang is united again, with the aim to figure out her last wish. Though there are a few conflicts and tears along the way, Anohana is a nostalgic series that lets you live out some of your most precious childhood memories - be it hanging out in secret hide-outs or just catching pokemon.

#7: "My Hero Academia" (2016-)

It’s not easy being the odd one out, especially if it means you’re one of only 20% of people in the world that hasn’t got super-powers. This story centers around Midoriya, a boy who is just unlucky enough to find himself in that situation. As his dream was to join U.A Academy and become a great hero, his situation is looking bleak. We’re initially met with nothing but heartbreak, but as his heroic spirit touches the soul of his idol, a glimmer of hope appears. What follows next is Midoriya’s guts and determination paying off, as he works towards being a hero worthy of his newfound powers.

#6: "Working!!" (a.k.a Wagnaria) (2010-15)

This show manages to make one of the dullest jobs seem like a riot. As you’d expect of any comedy anime, there’s never a dull moment in this series - But Working has a little something special. We see the antics of the staff at Wagnaria, a small sit-in diner with a particularly eccentric set of employees. A young man obsessed with all things cute, an androphobic girl that’s in love with him, a katana wielding airhead and a…whatever the hell Yamada is. Though they may not all be well-equipped for the job, their team-spirit may give you that fuzzy feeling you’ve got a hankering for.

#5: "Kimi ni Todoke" (2009-11)

We’ve all felt the woes of miscommunication, but none quite-so-much as Sawako, a timid student who is constantly compared to the sinister “Sadako” from the Ring. Finding difficulty in making friends, or simply fitting in, it seems Sawako is destined for a life of loneliness. That is, until she is approached by Kazehaya, one of the more popular students in the class that has an incomparably soothing spirit. Pretty soon it becomes obvious that these two were destined to be together and, despite there being some speed bumps along the way, this anime is jam-packed with moments that’ll make your heart melt.

#4: "Barakamon" (2014)

Nothing says heartwarming like a little country-spirit. Main character, Sei Handa, is in a bit of a rut lately after his calligraphy works were condemned by a respected critic – whom he promptly punched in the face. The only cure for his grumpiness? A sea-side village on the Goto Islands. At first he seems apprehensive of his new environment but leave it to the so-called village imp, Naru to kick him into shape. Handa grows to love his new home and the kooky villagers that come with it, whose warmth and community spirit prove to be just what he needs to inspire his new works.

#3: "My Love Story" (a.k.a Ore Monogatari) (2015)

Sometimes the most unlikely of relationships are the most endearing. Meet Takeo Gouda, an oaf of a man who soon finds himself in a blossoming relationship with a fellow student after valiantly saving her from a molester. Used to playing second-fiddle to his effortlessly handsome best friend, Sunakawa, Takeo isn’t so well accustomed to the whole love thing and there are some adorable mishaps along the way. Ore Monogatari is one series that reminds us that there’s someone for everyone out there. Aw.

#2: "Haikyuu" (2014-)

This one may come as a surprise to anyone not familiar with the series, but this is easily one of the most heartwarming anime to date – despite revolving around volleyball. Shoyo Hinata joins Karasuno High’s volleyball team to become like his idol, the “little giant”… It just so happens that the guy who crushed his dreams has done the same. The two rivals soon throw their differences as they team-up to bring Karasuno back to its former glory. Sure, the crows have enough heart to stand amongst the best, but their skills on the court are still lacking – making this the perfect underdog story. Through victory and defeat, Haikyuu has a comforting atmosphere that you won’t find elsewhere.

#1: "Usagi Drop" (2011)

After the passing of his grandfather, Daikichi is introduced to Rin, who is said to be the illegitimate daughter of the old coot …and technically Daikichi’s great aunt. In what seems to be a spur of the moment decision, he decides to adopt the shunned child, and what follows next is uplifting to say the least. From changing diapers to treating sickness, it’s pretty hard to not have a smile on your face, as we learn alongside Daikichi both the joys and struggles of parenthood. Despite its short length, Usagi Drop is one feel-good anime that you won’t soon forget.

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