Do you ever just want to sit down and watch an anime that makes you smile? A show that helps you laugh and push the world back to arm’s length — or farther? Previously, I brought you 5 Funny And Light-Hearted Anime Series. Then, I published 5 More Funny And Light-Hearted Anime Series. Now, please let me present Another 5 funny and/or light-hearted series that I hope will refresh you through humor and/or big-heartedness!
Another 5 Funny and Light-Hearted Anime Series
Even the fight scenes are funny. Capture from the Funimation stream.
This series is actually based on a video game where the objective is to rip the clothes off your enemies, because exposing their skin to sunlight vanquishes them. Now, based on that description alone, it kinda sounds like a hentai title, doesn’t it? But not only is it completely not hentai, it’s not even all that ecchi! It’s not challenging Shakespeare to be sure, but it’s lighter on fanservice than I expected and it has great physical and situational comedy.
The main character is Matome Mayonaka, the resident tsundere, who’s bound and determined to protect Akiba from the “Bugged Ones.” She’s super serious and completely determined. She’s rescues Tamotsu Denkigai from the “Bugged Ones,” but not before he’s morally wounded. The only way she can save him is to make him like her — an immortal anti-Bugged One warrior. There’s a serious catch, though. They can never leave Akiba!
There are worse places to be trapped!
The supporting cast is a lot of fun. My favorite is Arisa Ahokainen. She’s drop dead gorgeous, a humble super genius, and an astoundingly good fighter. Her flashbacks are some of the funniest parts of the show.
The action scenes are pretty good, and there’s actually some light-hearted drama. Nothing as powerful as Made in Abyss — which is a good thing if you’re looking for light-hearted entertainment! The plot’s fun, the characters are fun, and the drama’s even fun. It’s a great way to spend some uplifting time with anime!
You can buy it and related stuff from Amazon:
You can also watch it streaming on Funimation.
Comic Girls is a Cute Girls Doing Cute Things (CGDCT) series. I don’t usually go for those shows. I don’t have anything at all against them — they can be really relaxing! But generally speaking, I’m looking for something with more than just cute. What surprised me about Comic Girls is that it was a lot more than “just” CGDCT. It had a really high number of laughs per episode!
The premise is that Kaoruko Moeta is an aspiring manga artist, but disaster followed her everywhere. Oh, and her storyboards are like really, really boring. So, she moves into a dorm for creative girls who are older than her. Most of the humor in this series comes either from the interactions of the characters or the situations that Moeta gets herself into.
For example, one of the dorm residents is Tsubasa Katsuki. She’s a successful manga artist with a solid following — but who has rich parents who aren’t particularly happy about her choice of vocation. There’s an episode where the dorm girls (including Ruki Irokawa, who writes erotic fiction, and Koyume Koizuka, who draws shōjo manga) visit Katsuki’s house. Well, it’s less a house and more a castle. The running gag is that every establishing castle shot has this wildly dramatic music — and an increasing number of flags on the walls and towers. But the end of the episode, the castle is covered flags whipped by the wind!
The characters were a lot of fun. They each had their phobias and quirks, and each had a chance to shine. The show never ridiculed any of their traits, though it did from time to time gently poke fun at them. My favorite character was Suzu Fuura, who seemed to be the show’s answer to Stephen King — in manga form. The over the top sound effects when she appeared made me laugh every time.
You can also watch it streaming on Crunchyroll.
Aqua thought Kazuma’s method of dying was hilarious. The joke was on her, though — in Konosuba, karma has a wicked sense of humor. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The drawback to picking Konosuba, and that’s so many writers has sung its praises that it’s going to be hard for me to add anything interesting! But on the off chance that you haven’t seen this absurd masterpiece, let’s see if I can convince you to give it a shot.
It’s an isekai comedy. It follows the adventures of Kazuma Satou. He died trying to save a girl from being hit by a tractor that would not have hit her anyway. And he didn’t even die from the impact; he died of fright at the thought of being hit. Also, he died with wet sweat pants.
There was no water in the vicinity.
That’s pretty much all you need to know to get a handle on the kind of person Kazuma is! He meets the useless goddess Aqua, who gives him some options in terms of where he’s reincarnated. One of the conditions he imposes (and it’s a comment on Aqua’s intelligence that she absent-mindedly agreed) was that she accompany him.
He’s not kidding when he says she’s a useless goddess, though there are times when she comes through — and it’s those times that tend to be the most hilarious because of the consequences.
In the fantasy world where they have to defeat the Demon Lord (of course!), they meet the awesomely powerful Megumin. Her explosion magic is majestic and powerful and overwhelming. It’s too bad she can use it precisely once before she collapses in exhaustion.
Do you see a pattern?
They meet a paladin, Lalatina Dustiness Ford — Darkness for short — who can take ungodly amounts of damage. But who likes to take ungodly amounts of damage. Likes it a lot.
Did I mention that one of Kazuma’s skills is Steal — particularly women’s panties?
Yes, there’s a lot of fanservice. Yes, it’s a solid ecchi comedy. And yes, it’s exactly the sort of thing you need to forget reality for a while. You can always delight in the idea that you’re not Kazuma or Aqua! Or Megumin or Darkness…
Tooru is just a bundle of joy. In dragon form she’s a four story tall bundle of joy, but she’s a bundle of joy nonetheless. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Have you ever had a hangover so bad that after barely being able to roll out of bed, you open your front door and see a dragon staring back at you? Not a metaphorical dragon. A real dragon. A “staring you in the face on the fourth floor as it stands on the ground with a head three times the size of your whole body” dragon. That’s how Kobayashi’s day started at the beginning of the first episode.
It went sideways from there.
Because just as her heart was about to say, “That’s it; I’m outta here. Good luck on your own!”, the dragon used magic to turn into a human-form. Well, human form with a dragon tail. Both dragon mode and human were named Tooru. Who’s a maid. Yep — she’s a dragon maid.
Her idea of cleaning the house is to vaporize everything — dirt included — and magically reconstitute the stuff that wasn’t dirt. Her idea of washing Kobayashi’s clothes is swishing them around in her mouth. The show packs more hilarity into the first episode than most series do in an entire season. Kyoto Animation was the studio behind this series, and the animation has all of the beauty and grace and emotion you’d expect from their work. Though to be honest, I didn’t expect them to come up with this dragon maid — a lesbian dragon maid, to be precise.
She proudly tells Kobayashi that she’s a D-Cup. D is for dragon.
The two main characters are wonderful together. They’re wonderful apart, too. I think I have a lot of sympathy for Kobayashi because I used to develop software, and I remember facing some of the issues she faced. The supporting cast was likewise a joy to watch. I’m sure you’ve seen memes of Kanna Kamui. She’s this adorable child who wants to go to school to meet new friends and who conducts aerial combat against Tooru with such ferocity that the very ground erupts. Ah, the joys of youth…
This show is the perfect antidote if you’re feeling down. I can’t see Tooru’s smile without feeling life’s burden on my heart ease a little. It has great re-watch value, too!
Ever see an ecchi series with mostly implied fanservice? You’re about to (well, if you decide to watch this series, that is). The humor in this show is leans towards the adult side, and you know what? It works in context! That’s primarily because of the solid and enjoyable cast.
The show starts with our hapless hero, Takatoshi Tsuda, heading to Ousai Academy, which had, until just recently, been an all girl’s school. Unheard of, right? You notice several things right off the bat. First, the girls’ skirts are shorter than usual. And by that I mean shorter than the usual shorter than usual. If that makes sense. Second, the camera angles are overly dramatic to the point of making me laugh out loud. Not the little LOL chuckle, but a surprised actual laugh out loud. Third, the banter is quick and the speed is part of the humor. The conversations veer and dance even more than the camera angles. When we first meet the student council president, Shino Amakusa, she begins to read Tsuda the riot act because his tie is loose and crooked. She points out that her tie is nice and tight.
“I don’t want people to think of me as a loose woman, after all!” she says. The background switches to cute little baby chicks as she says that. That’s another thing you’ll notice. The background gives you a clear clue when a joke is under way. It’s not that you need it, it’s just a part of the stylistic humor.
The third character we meet has her own set of issues — starting with her height. Suzu Hagimura is a legitimate prodigy, but seems about five foot minus 6 inches tall, and boy does she hate it. The camera, though, loves her height, because from time to time, it’ll show a normal shot of the other main characters, and all you can see of Hagimura is the top of her blonde head. A caption follows her around in case you lose track of her. She’s not a loli; she’s just petite. She’s also a member of the student council. When she tries to also berate Tsuda for his loose tie, he asks Amakusa who this small child is. Infuriated, she tries to kick him, but she can’t reach him. So she kicks off her shoe so it strikes his face.
The last main character we meet (we’re still in the first 10 minutes of the first episode) is Aria Shichijou. She gives off Earth mother goddess vibes — emphasis on the goddess. She’s overtly the most pleasant and gentle and kind of the bunch. But I think that secretly, she’s probably the most dirty-minded, and that’s saying a lot with Amakusa around.
The three young woman rope Tsuda into joining the student council, and the rest of the series is basically their hijinks. With tons and tons and tons of innuendo. Whoever provided the sub for the versions I’ve seen deserve a lot of praise, because I understand translating Japanese word play isn’t easy. Yet, it always seemed to flow.
For this show, I’m going to suspend the “Three Episode Rule.” If you don’t like what you see in the first 15 minutes of the first episode, you probably won’t like it at all. But if it makes you laugh even once? It’ll make you laugh a lot of times. Probably in the first episode alone!