Comedies are universally loved. Sure, just like music, everyone has a taste in what kind of humor they like. But what is undeniable is that everyone wants humor in their lives. Some may like silly, toilet jokes, whereas others laugh at more sophisticated humor. Irrespective of what we laugh at, we all need laughter to lead a good life.
That’s why we thought why not bring to you a list of funniest anime ever made. Now, just like any other entertainment medium, there can several different type of comedy anime like romantic comedy anime, black comedy anime or action comedy anime. We have tried to cover all kinds of anime movies and shows So, sit back, relax and enjoy some lighthearted anime without having to follow serious plot points. Here’s the list of top funny anime ever. You can watch several of these best comedy anime on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, YoutTube or Amazon Prime.
15. Minami-Ke (2007)
The series ‘Minami-Ke’ is a short one and is a funny slice of life genre anime. The series follows the daily life of three girls namely Haruka, Chana, and Chiaki. Haruka is the eldest while Chiaki is the youngest of the sisters. What is funny about this, you ask? Well, the show does a very good job in portraying the life of sisters which often dwells in the region of funny. The sisters live together in the Minami residence under adult supervision. They do their own chores, hang out with friends and at certain times are party to romantic endeavors.
14. Seitokai no Ichizon (2009)
Harem genre anime are often funny. ‘Seitokai no Ichizon’ is no different. The protagonist of the anime is Ken Sugisaki who dreams of being able to own a harem of girls. He wishes to achieve this by becoming the vice president of the school’s Student Council. But once he gets the post things are much different than he had imagined. The girls are continuously rejecting his advances but what’s worse is that they are more interested in managing school events and doing other boring things. But come on, it’s no fun if you can easily get a harem, right?
13. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (2012)
‘Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou’ literally translates to ‘Daily Lives of High School Boys’. After including an anime which showcases the daily lives of girls it is only fair to include an anime that showcases the daily lives of their gender counterpart. But this anime is also on this list due to its funny nature. There is not much to the plot other than the fact it follows the daily activities of three high school boys namely Hidenori, Yoshitake, and Tadakuni as they carry on with try to get through the day and make it as less boring as possible. It is a short anime, so you won’t have to be invested in it for more than two days.
12. Ouran Koukou Hosutobu (2006)
Up next is a popular anime. ‘Ouran Koukou Hosutobu’ is a funny harem, high school genre anime. The main protagonist of the series is a girl named Haruhi Fujioka. She is very bright and good at her studies. This lands her a scholarship at one of the most prestigious academies, Ouran High School. This is a place where only the elite goes to. Haruhi is quite out of place in this school and one day was searching for a place to study when she accidentally gets into the host club, a place where handsome boys entertain the girls of the school. Haruhi by mistake ends up breaking a costly vase and now is forced to work for the Host club. There is one problem though, she has to crossdress and entertain the girls?
11. Detroit Metal City (2008)
This is a funny anime and has a different and fresh concept. The show focuses on a band named ‘Detroit Metal City’ who are quite popular in the death metal musical genre. They have an insane fan following and are infamous for their dark characteristics, especially their lead singer Johannes Krauser II, who is publicized to be a demon who has come from hell to rule over the world. But the truth about him is known to very few. Johannes is actually a college graduate, Souichi Negishi, with an average life. He is soft-spoken and calm but to earn his livelihood he works as a singer or the DMC. The show beautifully encases Negishi’s adventures as he tries to juggle both his lives.
10. Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou (2003)
Only a tough rabbit will lie in a den filled with lions is a logic which has been applied on Takashi Kamiyama who has currently enrolled in Cromartie High School a place which breeds delinquents. Everyone thinks that he is tough because of the logic mentioned earlier but the truth is not so. Takashi is a wannabe comedian who occasionally sends jokes to radio stations under the pen name Honey Boy. The show is a parody of tough guys which is evident as the delinquents are introduced in the series. There is even a gorilla on the campus. Did I mention that Freddie Mercury is also in it?
9. Samurai Champloo (2004)
This is a samurai themed anime as is obvious from the title. Well, most such anime tend to be serious and more about the honor of men and warrior but this one is kinda different. It is a really funny series which features two samurais who are completely opposite. One is Mugen who is eccentric and has an unorthodox fighting style which resembles breakdancing and another is Rin, who is a textbook samurai with precise and skilled fighting style. After a series of unfortunate events, they both need to work together to help a girl named Fuu find the samurai who smells of sunflower (you can’t make this stuff up).
8. Beelzebub (2011)
Have you ever thought about babysitting the son of the Demon Lord? No, right? Then what would you do if you had to raise one? Tatsumi Oga is in the same predicament. Though he is the toughest fighter in his entire school which is filled with delinquents, he might have a really tough time trying to raise Beelzebub, the son of the demon lord. He is helped by Hildegard the demon maid of the baby. Join them in their daily life as they try to bring up the demon child.
7. Nichijou (2011)
‘Nichijou’ is another funny slice of life anime which can help you relax. The story follows the lives of six individuals, one of whom is a robot and another is a talking cat, who go about their daily routines. Mio, Yuuko, and Mai are three childhood friends who meet a genius named Hakase who lives with her caretaker robot Nano and a talking cat named Sakamoto. There are various funny and comic moments that happen in every episode of the series as they get on with their lives.
6. Kaichou wa Maid-Sama! (2010)
Misaki Ayuzawa is the first female student council president of her school. She is known as the Demon President given her strict demeanor and her use of Aikido techniques to discipline the misbehaving boys while protecting the girls. But she has a secret. One that she keeps hidden from all her schoolmates. She works as a part-time maid at a cafe. But when Takumi Usui the most popular boy of her school finds out her secret he has the option to destroy her or use it to get close to her. Which one will he choose?
5. Great Teacher Onizuka (1999)
‘Great Teacher Onizuka’ is a comedy classic. It had a unique concept which was executed pretty well, creating a really funny anime with a great plot. The main protagonist of the series is Onizuka. He used to a biker gang leader but his perverse attitude got the better of him. Did he molest someone? or Did he harass someone? Nope, he didn’t do any of it rather he perverseness made him pursue a much noble career. He is now a teacher and aspires to become one of the best there is. Why does a former gangster want to become a teacher? Well, he just wants to be surrounded by hot high school girls. But the path is not as easy as it sounds. There are delinquents who will create obstacles. But leave it to Onizuka who is more than familiar with such concepts.
4. Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple (2006)
When I first heard of the series, I thought it is a serious martial art genre anime which showcases how an underdog becomes one of the greatest fighters through sheer training and hard work. Well, ‘Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple’ is all that minus the serious part. It is one of the funniest martial art genre anime that I have come across. Especially the character of Niijima makes it much more fun. The plot follows the life of Kenichi who is bullied by a bunch of high school delinquents. Following the suggestion of a beautiful girl named Miu, Kenichi decides to join the Ryouzanpaku, a dojo where Miu lives. The place is the abode of six martial art masters each at the pinnacle of their own discipline. Will Kenichi survive the harsh training of Ryouzanpaku or will he crumble under the pressure?
3. Gintama (2006)
‘Gintama’ is one of the most popular anime that I have watched. It has got rave ratings and huge fan following. I used to think that the series might not be as good as the ratings but I was wrong. ‘Gintama’ is really entertaining and at certain points, you just don’t want to stop watching. The story is set in an alternate Earth where aliens named Amanto have invaded and now rule over Japan. Carrying weapons is prohibited, as a result, the samurais are banned from carrying their swords. Gintoki Sakata still believes in the old Samurai ways and carries a sword. He runs a business where he accepts odd jobs which often involve capturing criminals. The adventures are fun and the character work is great too.
2. One Punch Man (2015)
I loved ‘One Punch Man’. It is the best superhero genre anime I have ever seen. It is also one of the best parodies that I have come across in anime and it makes me angry that the second season has not been announced yet. What are they doing? The show has got the potential to be the most popular animated series but one season will not do it? Anyway, if you haven’t watched it then please do so. Saitama is a powerful hero. He is so powerful that he can defeat anyone with just one punch. This frustrates him since he can never fight to his heart’s content. He joins the Heros Association after his disciple Genos suggested it so that they can be recognized for their contributions. Thus, starts one of the funniest adventures you have ever witnessed.
1. Crayon Shin Chan (1992)
I know many of you might hate me for saying this but I love ‘Crayon Shin Chan’. You guys might say that it is filled with crude comedy and inappropriate humor but personally speaking at times that is all I want to get a laugh or two. The new episodes of Shin Chan are much cleaner and appropriate for children but it is the older ones that I find much more interesting. This is not because I love the crude comedy but because the plots were also great. I do understand why parents might not want their child watching Shin Chan but that does not make it any less funny. Sometimes non-subtle, shallow, and at times cheap humor is all you need to have fun.