Parodies are a type of comedies that imitate other works or other genres with exaggeration for comedic effect. They are rarely mean-spirited, so fans of what is being parodied often laugh along with the jokes.
Anime is home to some funny anime parody series, and often times they can be considered the best work of the genre they are parodying!
Here are some of the best funny anime parody examples. You’ll need some otaku knowledge to understand these funny anime parody !
18. Nyaruko: Crawling with Love
Do you love otaku culture and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos? It’s one of the most fun takes on the harem genre with shoutouts to literature fans!
17. Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
A cute boy parody of the magical girl genre, like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura. Instead of visual gags, it pokes fun at the basic storylines and character arcs.
16. Gakuen Handsom
15. Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei
Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei is known for satire, but it does have plenty of visual gags and call-outs to pop culture and anime.
14. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
This short-format anime is filled with tons of background parodies of famous of other anime – try not to blink!
13. Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation
The anime isn’t as rich as the game franchise, but it’s still worth a watch!
12. Good Luck Girl!
Good Luck Girl! is a wild, fast-paced parody about a girl who inadvertently absorbs good luck from her surroundings.
You find loads of parodies, mainly of school anime. It also takes the time to play with your emotions between the jokes.
11. The World God Only Knows
While most modern harem anime are comedies, they tend to play their stories fairly straightforward.
The World God Only Knows essentially mocks harem setups, but later entries (especially in the manga) enter deconstruction territory.
10. School Rumble
The series is a hilarious take on romantic series that take place in high schools. Most anime try to show high schoolers as being super serious about their relationships, but School Rumble shows the crazy and absurd side of things.
9. Carnival Phantasm
It’s a Type-Moon universe parody! Characters from Fate/stay Night and Tsukihime team up for a comedy that is filled with in-jokes for Type-Moon fans.
The team that worked on the Gintama anime also worked on Osomatsu-san. If you love fast-paced humor and loads of parodies, then you’ll love Osomatsu-san!
Slayers is a parody of the adventure genre. It basically takes the ragtag group of strangers trying to save the world and points how absurd the setup is.
6. Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club is an oddball. The anime both parodies and deconstructs the reverse harem genre, which can lead to clashing views on how to classify it.
Ouran‘ s parody sections are really funny, while the deconstruction bits will leave you thinking.
4. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
Ever watched a rom-com and started joking about the situations that were presented?
That’s basically Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. Don’t worry though, because it does have a lot of cute moments to go with the jokes.
3. Cromartie High School
What if a mild-mannered kid when to a school for hardened delinquents?
A lot of craziness! Not only does Cromartie High School parody delinquent culture, but it also pokes fun at high school anime in general.
2. One Punch Man
The series also has emotional moments and great fights, so it has something for everyone.