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Top 10 Anime for Comedy Fans

VO: Dan Paradis

Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean

Ready those funny bones. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten anime for comedy fans.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the anime notable for being so laugh out loud that even newcomers to Japanese animation are bound to get a smile on their faces. So if you’re a fan of sitcoms and stand-up but not yet a fan of anime, these might tickle your fancy.

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Top 10 Anime for Comedy Fans


Ready those funny bones. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten anime for comedy fans.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the anime notable for being so laugh out loud that even newcomers to Japanese animation are bound to get a smile on their faces. So if you’re a fan of sitcoms and stand-up but not yet a fan of anime, these might tickle your fancy.

#10: “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto” (2016)


Well in case you haven’t heard, here’s the run down. He is perfect. In terms of his school work, appearance and handling of any kind of situation imaginable, Sakamoto always stands at the pinnacle. You’d think this might make for an unlikable protagonist, but due to the fact handles everything that comes his way with such elegance, poise and a heavy helping of melodrama, you’ll find yourself eagerly anticipating how he flawlessly overcomes each new obstacle. None of us may ever live up to the magnificence of Sakamoto, but we can have a good laugh watching.

#9: “Detroit Metal City” (2008)


Down on his luck Negishi dreams of one day becoming a famous musician, but alas his choice in cheesy pop songs ensure that he’s never elevated beyond performing on the streets. His luck takes a rather demonic turn however when he finds himself roped into becoming the frontman of Detroit Metal City; a death metal band whose fame soon surges thanks to his talents, something he is not too happy about. Caught between two warring musical worlds, and falling desperately in love, Negishi’s struggle is tragically hilarious.

#8: “The Devil’s a Part-Timer” (2013)


After he and his forces are bested, Satan finds himself banished to modern-day Japan, where in order to survive he must take on a human form…and get a part time job. Aside from the hilarity of having the devil himself get into all sorts of trouble, the series also has a surprising amount of heart to it, as instead of thriving on the despair of others, the demon lord actually uses his hellish powers for good. Huh, guess not everything that comes out of fast food is bad for you.

#7: “School Rumble” (2004-08)


Ah high school, where there’s an awkward romance around every corner. The cute and friendly Tenma is constantly trying to get the attention of the eccentric but uninterested Oji. All the while she’s unaware that the macho rebel, Harima, is head over heels for her, failing at every turn when trying to express his love. You’re pretty much guaranteed to be spending half your time laughing yourself stupid, and the other just begging for them to confess their love already. Don’t you dare give up on us Harima!

#6: “Mr. Osamatsu” (2015-16)


These sextuplets from a 1960s anime have…aged horribley. The antics of the Matsuno family are hardly ordinary, with each of their differing personalities constantly leading them all into trouble, often to irredeemable lows. Of course it’s not all fun and games with these bros, so don’t be surprised in-between all the telekinetic cats, murder mysteries and crassness, you’ll find yourself exposed to a few tender moments of legitimate brotherly bonding.

#5: “Nichijou” (2011)


If this is what you call an ordinary life then we shudder to think what isn’t. Focusing on the daily activities of a group of high school students, don’t expect to be faced with many real world issues, because you’ll be too busy dealing with the more bizarre aspects of their lives. Throw into the mix a child scientist and her android carer, a talking cat, and principal versus deer brawls, and you’ll find an outlandish comedy that also hits surprisingly close to home with some of its gags.

#4: “Watamote” (2013)


For those of you that like your humour with an extra layer of cringe, then behold the Babylon of awkwardness that is Tomoko. A reclusive shut in and avid fan of erotic video games, she believes that she’ll easily become popular when she enters high school, only to find that disaster seem to follow her everywhere she goes. While Tomoko certainly doesn’t do herself any favours, the series has you rooting for her, all the while finding yourself unable to stop laughing as things inevitably take a turn for the worse.

#3: “One Punch Man” (2015-)


Say hello to Saitama, the only hero strong enough to take out every villain he comes across with literally a single blow. Instead of turning this into a stale motif, the concept of being so strong that life becomes monotonous makes Saitama a thoroughly investing lead, whose deadpan attitude to life and unbelievable strength can not only smash the likes of meteors with his fist, but also make us fall on our asses laughing.

#2: “The Daily Life of High School Boys” (2012)


Just like real life, this coming of age story centred on three high school boys may not always a pretty picture, but it sure is funny. Divided into a series of rapid-fire shorts, the antics of Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake may be brief but the antics they get into will have you in stiches before you know it. From violent siblings, rival high schools, true friendship, as well as trying to figure out the ladies, the high school years of these three aren’t going to be ones that we wont be forgetting anytime soon.

Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.

“Inferno Cop” (2012-13)

“Senyu” (2013)

“The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.” (2016)

#1: “Gintama” series (2006-)


The White Demon steals the show yet again. You just can’t beat the series focused around a former samurai completing any and all odd jobs in Edo-period Japan that’s been conquered by aliens. From the lunacy of the freelance work that Gin and his friends have to undertake, the brilliant characterisation, the absolutely absurd scenarios as well as the occasion action scene that actually stands above most other shonen series, Gintama is literally out of this world in the laugh department.
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