If you’re looking for a light-hearted alternative to serious anime, you’ve come to the right place!
First, we have the classic “fish out of water” scenario, where an extraordinary being is forced to deal with a mundane world full of “normal” people making “normal” decisions. Second, we have the “stupid human” scenario, where an extraordinary being is forced to deal with a mundane world full of “normal” people making “normal” decisions. It’s no surprise that the second category, “out of this world,” has a sci-fi bent. It’s common in this genre for the first episode’s jokes to turn out to be foreshadowing harrowing story twists in the real world. It’s also a lot of pleasure to watch anime like this due of the cosmic and glittering color scheme.
When it comes to realistic comedy anime, however, actual historical events are twisted to make for hysterical farce. These tend to be the easiest to watch because they intentionally aim to tie the punchlines to the viewer’s experience and actual knowledge rather than depending on bizarre humor for the slice of life and history fans alike. They’re also a great source of warmth and familiarity. The meta-romantic comedy, on the other hand, might be quite ambitious and spoof an entire genre, including all of its subgenres, or it can be more limited and ironic and focus solely on one particular industry, as is the case here. Only the best anime parodies are included in this list of the best anime parodies. Enjoy!
Richard Keller updated this page on May 20th, 2020.
Japanese animation is more than big robots, Ninjutsu, and giant robot ninjas. There’s a lot of levity in there, too. Netflix, for example, has a dedicated section for anime comedies. As a result, it’s easy to narrow down your options. A few more comedic anime to check out right now, as per this list.
1. Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
For more than fifty years, Lupin has been a household brand name. From a manga in 1965, the gentleman thief and his associates have appeared in numerous animated programs and films.
Lupin and his crew are forced to travel to the small country of Cagliostro after they learn the money they took from a casino was counterfeit in this 1979 adventure, which quickly became the most famous of the group. Lupin tries to gain help from the police while rescuing Clarisse, a runaway. The Castle of Cagliostro has influenced Japanese and American filmmakers alike, even if some people object to Lupin being presented as a hero.
ConsiderZoey’s Extraordinary Playlist as an example of this topic.
Replace Zoey with a red panda in her twenties. Next, swap her typical Top 40 sound for a death metal sound.. Aggretsuko is the result of this collaboration.
The 25-year-old Retusko sings death metal at a karaoke club to get rid of her daily frustrations at work. Her life begins to improve after five years of daily toil, culminating in her decision to get married. When she’s stuck in a world where people claim there isn’t tea in their tea, Retsuko has nice pals who let her express herself.
3. Cells At Work
Anime creators never seem to get tired of coming up with new ideas for manga. Take a look at the adventure-comedyCells. As a workplace comedy, it could be referred to as “The Human Body.”
Erythrocytes are oxygen- and nutrient-carrying red blood cells. Neutrophil, a docile white blood cell that annihilates infections, is her new best friend. For varied adventures, this not-so-unusual pair team up to eradicate the cells that could kill their host and leave them jobless.
It’s not uncommon for anime to have a romantic plotline.
Misaki and Takumi, two high school students in a previously all-boys school that recently became coed, are the focus of this rom-com for teens.
It’s safe to say that Misaki is one of the best pupils at the school. As a side gig, she helps out at a maid cafe where her mother is receiving care. When Takumi learns of this, he keeps it to himself and does not tell anybody else. As a result, he keeps his feelings for Misaki to himself and begins to frequent her cafe. Takumi’s royal lineage comes into play when the two fall in love. It’s safe to say that it goes well beyond the typical rom-com fare seen in the United States.
5. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Suppose you had superhuman abilities that could turn you into an unstoppable super-hero, but all you wanted was an average high school education? You’d be Kusuo Saiki, the protagonist of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Kusuo, despite his exceptional intellect and powers, has simply ever wished to lead a normal life. Most likely due to the fact that his biological parents and grandparents had no idea he possessed such incredible abilities. Then there was no sound of excitement when he utilized his talents to fetch some rice wine for his mother when he was one-year-old. He may be the most normal of all the students he encounters on a daily basis, however.
6. The Devil is a Part-Timer (Hataraku Maou-Sama)
Working at McDonald’s is widely accepted as the best method to bring any high notions of good and evil into the here and now. McRonald’s was the restaurant I was referring to, sorry. That’s what happens to Satan as he falls through a black hole connecting modern Tokyo with the general of his army and his major enemy. Following several failed attempts to exploit their powers, they are finally apprehended and come to realize that the only way to attain power in this world is via hard work and a solid financial foundation. Satan decides to do this from behind the counter of a fast food restaurant for comic effect.
An important aspect of this anime is how regular yet endearing folks transform the demonic hunter who was trying to slay him as well as the devil himself. As the novel progresses, even she realizes that she sounds like a parody of a Demon Hunter and must adapt to a world devoid of demons. She needs to keep reminding herself that this guy is horrible, that he has done terrible things. If you enjoyed the Valjean and Javert plot in Les Misérables, you’ll enjoy this one because there isn’t any misery and everyone is youthful, healthy, and well-fed.
7. Arakawa Under the Bridge
Arakawa Under the Bridge drops a punctual young man under a bridge in contrast to the preceding entry. In exchange for saving his life, he grants the young woman’s one and only wish: to experience love. One of the most interesting plot twists involves Kou, the heir apparent to a huge Japanese conglomerate, who discovers that she and all of her pals are in fact yokai, a type of Japanese folk fairy creature. This is a must-watch for fans of Japanese folk and surreal humor who appreciate high-quality animation, vibrant colors, and a compelling plot.
8. I am Sakamoto (Sakamoto Desu-Ka)
Take a different look at the situation from the other fish’s perspective. Imagine having to spend the rest of your life with someone who is flawless and cool no matter what they do. If they’re going upstairs, eating rice, or batting a bee out the window, they’re doing something banal and humanly flawed while you’re doing something extraordinary and extraordinary. What a hassle, huh? Those are the reactions of Sakamoto-students Kun’s when he manages to do the most routine and impossible tasks flawlessly every single day. Sakamoto, with his ambiguous finale, is a winner, as is every episode’s character design and the humor, all of which are top-notch.
At first, Level-E is a typical slice-of-life shonen/seinen manga, but when a beautiful alien prince invades the protagonist’s flat, the train is derailed. Assuming his claims of amnesia are true, this privileged troll would appreciate some assistance. A satirical conclusion to Baka’s shenanigans on Earth is the culmination of the second, third, and fourth arcs. The humor is reminiscent of Men in Black and/or Tamaki in Baka mode from Ouran High School Host Club, so check it out if you enjoyed those series.
10. Space Dandy
Shinichiro Watanabe, the man behind Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop, and Studio BONES, the team behind for Full Metal Alchemist, Spice & Wolf, and Ouran High School Host Club, collaborated on this gem of a space comedy. So, in addition to being hilarious, this show is also overflowing with excellence. An extraterrestrial bounty hunter named Dandi and his crew frequent Boobies, the galaxy’s version of Hooters, while zipping throughout the galaxy aboard a Hawaiian-themed starship.
Until the plot explains why, the crew always ends up looking like Kenny from South Park, which is a curious oddity. It’s not a deep anime, but the visual direction, writing, and B Movie homages make up for it. If you like old Jim Carrey movies, Cowboy Bebop, South Park, and trippy imagery, you’ll enjoy this one.
If you’re looking for a fantastic comedy anime, you can’t go wrong with Gintama. It’s based on a manga and has a slew of different adaptations, seasons, and OVAs, each one crazier than the last, but the action scenes are animated, the voice acting is excellent, and there are plenty of inside jokes for anime fans to enjoy.
In other words, let’s take a closer look at Edo-period Japan, the time of the samurai, which has recently been overrun by the Amantos, an alien race. Gintoki, the main character, is a general store owner who strives to live his life in accordance with the samurai code, aid others, and avoid getting into battles. Aliens, anarchists, warrior clans, weird landlady dogs, and gods are all around him, which isn’t good for him. If you liked Samurai Champloo, Inuyasha, or Dragon Ball, you’ll love Gintama. It’s a cross of those series.
Have a World War II test coming up and need some motivation from cute anime boys? This is the show for you. While the 20-minute episodes of Hetalia are often filled with more conversation, the 5-minute sketches are more densely populated with anthropomorphic global governments. The offbeat portrayal of France by voice actor J. Michael Tatum will appeal to fans of the performer. For those who appreciate the silliest Fruits Basket jokes, this is a must-see.
13. My Ordinary Life (Nichijou)
Every day life event is given the Super Saiyan treatment… or the Tron treatment in Nichijou, taking a page from Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Chi the Cat treatment may also be employed in specific circumstances (as a palate cleanser.)
Design-wise, the designs are soothing to look at, especially with their predominant use of yellow pastels. It’s also the kindest and most comforting series on this list, making it ideal for when you’re having a bad day and need some comfort anime to lift your spirits (since you watched Hetalia instead of studying for that exam).
14. Ouran High School Host Club
Weaving together every single trope and cliché in shoujo manga, Ouran High School Host Club has attempted to codify and parody every single one of them. This includes but is not limited to the Prince archtype, twincest and harems of the reverse and regular variety, Megane characters, samurai and yakuza pretty boys as well as yaoi aimed at women and the poor girl meets a group of ultra rich, god-like young men. Even fangirls and French names aren’t safe from Ouran’s wry grin. For the first time that you watch an episode, you will be genuinely surprised by a narrative twist that completely changes the chapter’s story.
Haruhi, a scholarship student at the Ouran Academy, is the focus of the story, which follows her as she adjusts to her new surroundings. First, a precious jar is smashed, and Haruhi ends up in debt to a group of spoiled male students pretending to be hosts catering to their female classmate’s appetitivities. Don’t worry, it’s largely PG-13 material here. You’ll enjoy it if you’ve ever watched shoujo, any shoujo, or if watching shoujo makes you uncomfortable but you’ve never been able to articulate that discomfort.
15. Monthly Girls Nozaki Kun (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun)
Monthly Girls Nozaki Kun, on the other hand, is a sharp parody that focuses on the shoujo manga industry and the trials and tribulations of the average mangaka. A somber and imposing high school student named Nozaki-Kun is revealed to be a well-known romance mangaka, and he has a tremendous crush on the show’s deuteragonist, a cute girl named Sakura, who reacts to the revelation with as much excitement and gambarimasu as Goku does when chasing down dragon balls.
Her attempt to seduce him by working as his assistant fails, but this amusing anime offers a glimpse into the inner workings of Japanese publishing, as well as how comic book creators find inspiration to meet tight deadlines despite the country’s strict restrictions over what can be published. If you’ve ever pondered a career in the entertainment industry, this is a must-see.