There is a long history of comedy anime! The genre has become one of the most recognized forms of the medium and has gained legions of fans over the decades.
15. KonoSuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! – 100 votes
Studio: J.C. Staff
Episodes: 20 + 1 OVA
Quick Pitch: Following an untimely and pathetic death, Kazuma meets a goddess named Aqua, who offers to reincarnate him in a parallel world. Kazuma is allowed to bring one item or power with him, but he decides to bring Aqua out of spite.
Tasked with defeating a Demon King, Kazuma finds himself stuck with the absent-minded Aqua, the masochistic knight Darkness, and an explosion obsessed mage named Megumin.
The party attempts to combat Demon King while living a luxurious life, but they must overcome their troublesome quirks first.
14. Gag Manga Biyori – 103 votes
Studio: Artland (seasons 1 & 2) / Studio Deen (seasons 3 & 4)
Quick Pitch: A collection of shorts about the hyperactive, nonsensical lives of various characters.
13. Kochikame – 115 votes
Studio: Studio Gallop
Episodes: 373 + 9 Specials
Quick Pitch: Ryoutsu is an underpaid police officer who is always looking to make a quick buck. His schemes always rely on cashing in on fads, but Ryoutsu’s lack of knowledge always backfires and lands him into trouble with the police chief.
12. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun) – 117 votes
Studio: Doga Kobo
Episodes: 12 + 6 OVAs
Quick Pitch: Chiyo harbors a crush for the oblivious Nozaki-kun. While Chiyo tries her best to confess to Nozaki one day, he mistakes her for a fan of his shoujo manga series. A series of misunderstandings leads to Chiyo becoming Nozaki’s assistant.
11. Super Radical Gag Family (Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku) – 119 votes
Studio: Studio Deen
Quick Pitch: The Osawagi family’s Kotetsu is notorious for being an energetic boy who leads his quirky friends in mischief.
10. Nichijou – 120 votes
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Quick Pitch: Mio, Yuuko, and Mai live normal, yet absurd every day lives. Their insanity includes a talking crow, a principal who suplexes a deer, a young genius named Hakase, her robot caretaker Nano, and a talking cat named Sakamoto.
9. Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san – 125 votes
Studio: Magic Bus
Quick Pitch: Masaru has lived a bizarre high school life. As a transfer student, he joined and defeated all the members of various martial arts club, which led to an unfulfilling feeling.
He embarked on a three-month exodus and returned to create the “Sexy Commando Club.” The club teaches combats to distract their opponent to the point that they can’t fight, which includes unzipping one’s pants.
8. Crayon Shin-chan – 128 votes
Studio: Shin-Ei Animation
Quick Pitch: Shin-chan is a kindergarten aged boy with a crude understanding of language and an active imagination. His eccentric parents and prima donna sister are always encouraging (and becoming victims of) Shin-chan’s crude antics and adventures.
7. Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo – 138 votes
Studio: Toei Animation
Quick Pitch: In the year 300X, the Maruhage Empire and their Hair Hunt troops steal everyone’s hair and freedom. Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, a man with a golden afro and nose hairs of steel, stands up to the tyranny and hopes to save all the hairs of the world.
6. Dr. Slump – 147 votes
Studio: Toei Animation
Episodes: 243 (series 1) / 74 (series 2)
Quick Pitch: Senbei is an inventor with the dream of creating the perfect robot girl. His efforts lead to the creation of Arale, but she is not exactly perfect.
She has bad eyesight and lacks common sense, but possesses super strength. While Senbei tries to seduce Arale’s teacher, the young robot is often left to cause all types of mischief.
5. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan) – 149 votes
Studio: J.C. Staff / EGG FIRM
Quick Pitch: Kusuo Saiki was born with all types of psychic abilities. While the average person would think that would be a blessing, Kusou finds his powers to be a curse. As a result, Kusou tries to avoid attention from others, he inadvertently attracts weird people to his inner circle.
4. High School! Kimengumi – 190 votes
Studio: Studio Gallop / Studio Comet
Episodes: 86 + 1 Movie
Quick Pitch: A group of five misfit boys forms a club known as “The Funny Face Club” and cause mischief at school. Despite their bizarre personalities, the group attracts the attention of two girls.
3. Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) – 294 votes
Studio: Studio Pierrot
Episodes: 25 + 4 Specials
Quick Pitch: The Matsuno household is made up of six identical siblings. While their personalities are different, they share a NEET lifestyle. From trying to pick up girls to finding jobs, the brothers always find themselves in unique situations.
2. Hozuki’s Coolheadedness (Hoozuki no Reitetsu) – 298 votes
Studio: Wit Studio
Episodes: 13 + 4 OVAs
Quick Pitch: Hozuki is the chief deputy to Lord Enma, and it’s his job to make sure that Naraka (Japanese hell) is running smoothly. However, the serious-minded demon is always micromanaging hell’s middle-managers, which causes Hozuki’s sadistic nature to surface.
1. Gintama – 685 votes
Studio: Sunrise (seasons 1 – 6) / Bandai Namco Pictures (season 7 – 8)
Episodes: 328 + 6 OVAs + 2 Movies
Quick Pitch: The Amanto have invaded Earth during the Edo-period and have ruined the timeline. They have put a ban on swords, which cripple the power of the samurai. As a result, the Shogun has allied with the Amanto.
Gintoki Sakata still possesses the heart of a samurai and dedicates his time to running an odd-jobs agency. Shinpachi and Kagura tag-along with Gintoki’s misadventures that include run-ins with the police, assassins, and copyright laws.