Welcome to another part of the Beginner’s Guide to Anime or BGA. This time around I will be recommending anime that excel in the comedy genre. Let’s go, then.
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NOTE: This list only contains my preference and your preference might defer. If you have a recommendation that did not make the list, please add it in the comments for other to know about.
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou or Daily Lives of High School Boys is exactly what it sounds like. It is a comedy based on high school boys, three high school boys to be precise. These guys are namely, Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake who study in all-boys high school and the anime follows certain parts of their weird day to day lives.
Each episode is divided into various mini-episodes and the mini-episodes contain their own storyline.
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is a romance comedy. Though not as funny as your conventional comedy anime, it does have its moments where it gets you laughing. It has a very well written storyline and with characters that actually add to the comic of the story.
Amagi Brilliant Park
Amagi Brilliant Park is an anime based around a theme park and the members of the park. These characters are actually magical beings residing in the human world. Probably one of the most absurd anime out there, it has very precise comic timings and does a good job at that too. Though the character development felt a little weak it does manage to keep itself fresh throughout its run.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Gekkan Shoujo-Nozaki Kun! is again a Rom-Com like Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou but this anime gets its gag from the various misunderstandings the characters end up having with each other. The anime has various characters that are really unique and this adds to the fun factor of the anime.
Hataraku Maou-sama! or The Devil is a Part-Timer! is one of those rare anime that use a well-established setting and turns it on its head. The lead here is the Devil King Sadao who escapes his world after being nearly defeated and enters modern-day Tokyo. This is where the fun begins, despite being centered around the Demon King the show manages to have a light-hearted setting and a storyline riddled with brilliant comic scenes.
Seitokai Yakuindomo is an anime that has no plot line whatsoever and is basically made of sexual innuendos . Seitokai takes its sex jokes down the path of wordplay and humorous misunderstandings, the anime manages to set itself apart from the rest.More importantly, this makes the gags actually funny.
Tonari no Seki-kun
Tonari no Seki-kun is my absolute favorite. It has a silent male protagonist who does everything but pay attention to the teacher teaching much to the irk of his classmate who sits beside him and who ends up being involved in his shenanigans.
As the episodes are just a few minutes long, the anime manages to stay fresh and funny throughout its run.
This is undoubtedly the best comedy anime I know. Nothing even comes close to what this anime achieves. The main problem for this anime that it is not particularly beginner friendly as it contains funny references to a lot of other anime and often has a whole episode dedicated on a parody of it. So, unless you are well versed with at least a few dozen of the popular anime might not get some of the puns this anime throws at times. But, it also has sufficient amount of episodes that are not parodies of anything and are absolutely fun to watch.
This ends the Comedy Edition of my BGA series and I do hope you liked it. Please feel free to provide any kind of feedback in the comments!