A 10-year-old academic genius with a penchant for plush dolls and home cooking, Chiyo Mihama is an outlier in her freshman class as she embarks on her high school career. “Strange” is a relative term, because her homeroom teacher, Yukari Tanizaki, is the kind of person who would steal a student’s bike to escape being late.
Yukari-homeroom sensei’s class has no shortage of outlandish females. Tomo Takino, an exuberant tomboy with more energy than intelligence; Koyomi Mizuhara, Tomo’s best friend; and Sakaki, a tall, athletic beauty with threatening features who hides a sweet disposition and a painful cat fetish, all accompany Chiyo. This year’s transfer student Ayumu Kasuga, who’s got her head stuck in the clouds, blends in in with the other females. She has some interesting theories about Chiyo’s hair, too.
With their continual laughter, strange silliness and occasionally even poignant reflection on the bittersweet and temporal nature of high school in mind, this lovely group of girls experience all that high school has to offer.
Popura Taneshima, a childlike recruiter at Wagnaria, a Hokkaido family restaurant, can’t turn Souta Takanashi down because of his fondness for small, cute things. Takanashi delights in showering attention on Popura, who has a growing self-consciousness about how young she appears. Also, he quickly learns that his colleagues are a formidable group, including the katana-wielding floor chief Yachiyo Todoroki; Jun Satou, the intimidating head chef; Hiroomi Souma, the dangerous and subtly sadistic sous chef; Kyouko Shirafuji, the adamantly lazy manager; and Mahiru Inami, who has a “painful” aversion to men.
As Takanashi and his coworkers’ wacky personalities collide, Working!! is a unique workplace comedy that follows the never-ending antics, shenanigans, and laughter that take place inside Wagnaria.
9. School Rumble
“I love you” is all it takes to transform a high school romance into a sad roller coaster ride. Tsukamoto Tenma’s objective is to tell the boy she likes that she loves him. Kenji Harima, a notorious delinquent, finds himself in a similar predicament, unable to adequately express his affections for the woman he loves. When it comes to dating in high school, it’s hard enough to keep up with the demands of a busy schedule, let alone juggle a romance with all of the other obligations. A high-octane romantic comedy, School Rumble features familiar circumstances as Tenma and Kenji each struggle to win the hearts of those they adore.
There are four adorable high school girls in Lucky Star: Konata Izumi, the indolent otaku; Tsukasa and Kagami, the identical twin Hiiragi sisters; and Miyuki Takara, a brilliant and well-behaved member of the student body.
Throughout high school and beyond, they continue to cultivate their unique and energetic friendship, making witty observations about the society they live in. Whether it’s Japanese culture, otaku culture, academia, or the proper technique to prepare and eat various meals, no subject is immune from their musings.
When Hirasawa Yui, a carefree teen entering high school, sees a poster promoting the “Light Music Club,” her curiosity is immediately piqued. In keeping with her nature, Yui promptly signs up; however, she has a problem: she cannot play an instrument.
In the clubroom, Ritsu, Mio, and Tsumugi meet Yui when she goes to explain the situation there. Despite their disappointment at Yui’s lack of musical ability, they continue their efforts to persuade her to stay in order to prevent the dissolution of the group. Playing her a piece that reignites her creative juices, they manage to keep Yui on board.
Meanwhile, Yui, with support from her bandmates and despite numerous setbacks, begins to learn how to play guitar. What if, as the school festival approaches, Yui becomes stuck in her practice and the Light Music Club struggles to keep up?
6. Ouran High School Host Club
It’s rare to find a scholarship candidate at Ouran High School who doesn’t have a rank or title to speak of, which makes Haruhi Fujioka a standout. Haruhi is looking for a quiet spot to study when she opens the door to Music Room #3 and discovers the Host Club. Club Tamaki is where gorgeous boys with too much time on their hands may go to entertain the academy’s female students. Other members of the club include the “Shadow King,” Kyouya, and the cheeky Hitachiin twins, as well as the childish Haninozuka “Honey” and his muscular defender, Mori.
To get away from her hosts, Haruhi breaks an eight million yen vase in a desperate bid for freedom. She is then compelled to work as an errand boy for the eccentric group in order to pay back her large debt. As a result, she is quickly promoted to full-time male host and thrust headlong into a glamorous tornado of elaborate cosplays, opulent meals, and exciting pranks that can only be pulled off by the enormously wealthy Ouran Host Club, where she works.
There are three childhood friends, Mio Naganohara, Yuuko Aioi and Mai Minakami, whose stories soon intersect with the lives of Hakase Shinonome, her robot guardian Nano, and their talking cat Sakamoto in Nichijou, which centers on their everyday antics. The lives of these six people, as well as the many others in their immediate vicinity, alternate between the tranquility of everyday existence and the madness of the ludicrous with each passing hour. People in Nichijou enjoy extraordinary everyday lives, including walking to and from school, getting bitten by a talking crow, spending time with friends, and watching the principal suplex a deer.
4. Ichigo Mashimaro
Making friends, going to school, attempting to generate money, or enjoying a holiday are all part of life’s daily routine. Anime series Ichigo Mashimaro chronicles the daily lives of Itou Chika, her sister Nobue, as well as her friends Miu, Matsuri, and Ana.
Haruka, Kana, and Chiaki are the three Minami sisters who have a normal life. Each of the girls relies solely on the other for support and encouragement, from love confessions to cooking.
2. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
Hidenori, Yoshitake, and Tadakuni are three close friends at the all-boys Sanada North High School, where they spend their days joking around and having fun. In their vivid fantasies, their lives are filled with enormous robots, real love, and great drama. When it comes down to it, they’re simply a normal group of guys who happen to be in the same place at the same time. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is full of absurd yet wonderfully relatable events that are anything but routine, whether it’s an elaborate RPG reenactment or an unexpected romantic rendezvous on a riverbank at twilight.
1. Squid Girl
Ika Musume, a monstrous sea monster, comes from the depths of the ocean with the sole purpose of destroying humanity. She has no mercy. She carries herself with aplomb. What can I say? She’s a cute, non-threatening little kid who cooks killer squid-ink spaghetti.
Ika Musume has emerged from the depths of the ocean, determined to get revenge on the creatures who have polluted her habitat. It’ll be easy for Ika Musume to invade Earth with her squid tentacles for hair and her penchant for spouting ink. Aizawa sisters Eiko and Chizuru bullied her into working as a server at their seafood restaurant on the beach. She didn’t expect that.
She takes this opportunity to learn more about the human world, having ridiculous adventures, meeting weird personalities, and never letting world domination go out of her mind once. Does the human race have a chance of getting back at Ika Musume? Or will she learn to love the company of these naive air-breathers and put the past behind her and go on?