My Short List of Must Watch Comedies

I will be having a nice little block of time in a couple of weeks and I want to relax and just have some fun. And since I have this draw to comedy I thought I would make it a comedy vacation. Here is my showerlist:

  1. Golden Boy
  2. Seitokai no Ichizon
  3. Mayo Chiki!
  4. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
  5. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
  6. Morita-san ha Mukuchi
  7. Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi
  8. Detroit Metal City
  9. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
  10. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
  11. Kore ha Zombie Desuka
  12. Natsu no Arashi
  13. Hayate no Gotoku
  14. Seitokai no Ichizon
  15. Magical Witch Punie-chan
  16. Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
  17. Ouran High School Host Club
  18. Wagnaria (I want to finish with Working! It's good but a bit silly from time to time)

Some of them I have watched a couple of times, while others will be new to me.


Fun for the Whole Family

Humor is key so I picked out a couple of comedies that may make a good point of introduction for anime noobs.

Lucky Star

First we have Lucky Star which is a natural fit for this.

It's very family friendly, no bad language, no real fanservice, and is really funny. The problem is that most of the humor comes from the references to other anime, especially Haruhi and other 80s-early 00s anime.

It's still funny even without that, but many of the jokes are a lot funnier if the context is known.

Cromartie High School

Cromartie High School is very funny and has no nudity, very little violence, and a moderately low amount of swearing if I suggest you watch it first to see if it's something that would be okay for your family though.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is often overlooked as a comedy.

It has a fairly small amount of fanservice and is a great introduction to the rest of the world of anime.

I can only really think of a few problematic scenes that may make this an uncomfortable anime to watch. However, I will say that they are all extremely short and don't really show much.

My Bride is a Mermaid

My Bride is a Mermaid is a great rom-com with very light fanservice (again, just a couple of scenes that aren't very long at all) and has compelling characters and a decent dub.

I know that some people say that My Bride is a Mermaid's dub is bad, but I think that it is wonderful if not fantastic.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is a fantastic fit for this, but it isn't dubbed yet. The dub was announced not too long ago. It might be worth picking up once it does get dubbed.

And to conclude our list, anything staring Crispin Freeman. He has just enough snark to make anything really a fun, humorous option that is really well dubed. Yay, Crispin!


Baka and Test

Baka and Test is one of my favorite comedy anime, and I know that this will not be popular with some of the fans. Only in the dub. The english dub is so good, if not for only the sole reason that is the English narrator who actually has a bigger role in the anime. The narrator gag is well, awesome, the placement was spot on and it adds that little extra to the show that you might not expect from a show like this.

One thing that makes Baka and Test more appealing is that they smash the fourth wall frequently and this doesn't even take you out of the show. Acttually much the opposite, it draws you further in.

This show I honestly one of the most hilarious anime I have ever seen.

It plays with the dead horse jokes that any fan has seen and makes them fresh and letting you laugh at them from a different perspective. But as I said, if you watch this, I would definitely watch the dub. I know why people like watching it subbed, for one, the voice acting is fantastic and you can tell they really had fun recording the episodes. I read that they added some of their own great jokes and that is a good sign that they got into the roles and were able to have some great take aways from working on it.


Hataraku Maou-sama!

Translated it actually means "The Devil is a Part-Timer" which makes sense when you learn about the shows gag:

The Demon Lord Satan Jacob seeks to conquer the world of Ente Isla by annexing its four continents with the help of his demon generals Alciel, Lucifer, Malacoda, and Adramelech.

After being confronted by the hero Emilia Justina and her companions after they killed Malacoda and Adramelech, Satan Jacob and Alciel escape the world of Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern contemporary world, both Satan Jacob and Alciel change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, Satan Jacob takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald while Alciel serves as his houseman.

One day, Satan Jacob, who now goes by Sadao Maō, meets a girl who is actually Emilia in the form of Emi Yusa. The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters and their moral values. More characters show up from Ente Isla and they too face the new world dilemmas, often comically.

When you actually sit down and watch the show you will see that it tends to read more like a sitcom – great play on fantasy-meets-real-world cliche, and such dry, situational humor.


A Nice Mix

Nagi no Asukara

MAL score: 8.7!

So for Comedy/Drama/Romance with reasonable amount of each I would go with Nagi no Asukara. And honestly the scenery/backgrounds are simply gorgeous so you have plenty of visual aspects to look at as well. But unlike some anime they do not expect that to carry the film.

The series main focus in around two middle school friends. One of them is the indecisive crybaby Manaka Mukaido and Hikari Sakishima, who has looked after her since they were children.

Hikari and his friends' lives change when they are forced to deal with the deep-seated hatred and discrimination the people of sea have against the surface. By the end of the anime their personal lives, as well as an impending tempest which may spell doom for all who dwell on the surface comes fully alive.


If you've watched and liked Clannad, I highly recommend you check out Kanon which was released in 2006.

I personally strongly preferred it over Clannad's first season, though if you have watched Clannad: After Story I think that you will agree that it is much better than Kanon.

I found pretty much all of the other studio Key adaptations:

Ef – A Tale of Memories

Ef is really my favorite drama show – anime or other – of all time. The reason is simple, Ef – A Tale of Memories is an amazingly heartfelt story which brings forth lots of tears and the reuired happy moments to smooth them out.

The series also tells the story of Renji Asou which is a really heartwarming tale as well.

Before I skip out for today I would liketo suggest one more show. If you liked Ef, or want to watch it, you will probably like Rumbling Hearts since it is an incredibly well made drama.

It's not a tearjerking drama like Ef but it will leave you feeling depressed throughout the entire series. I personally like to think of it as the 'grandfather' of anime drama since that is pretty much all the show does (there is hardly any secondary genre to speak of).