Comedy is a subjective genre, especially when it comes to anime and manga. There are many forms of comedy in Japanese entertainment, ranging from four-panel manga to gag anime. Examples of four-panel anime adaptions are As Miss Beezlebub Likes and AHO-GIRL.
Ten years ago, there was a flood of comedy anime that made it on to the anime scene and popularized the four-panel and gag anime format. If a fan happened to be a comedy lover, this was perhaps the best year for the genre. Here are ten of the best comedy anime of the 2010s that will have you laughing until you spring tears.
10 Arakawa Under the Bridge
Arakawa Under The Bridge is for those with a unique taste, as the type of comedy that stems from this anime is surreal. With two seasons of illogical comedy to keep fans entertained, this anime follows Kou Ichinomiya, who was raised by his father never to be indebted to another person.
However, after he falls into the Arakawa River and is saved by a girl named Nino, he tries to find a way to repay her without being indebted to her. He then begins a relationship with her to repay her, with odd happenings occurring frequently.
9 Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts
Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts, which literally translates to Idiots, Tests, and Summoned Beasts is a classic comedy anime. The protagonist, Akihisa Yoshii, is an idiot who attends Fumizuki Academy where the students are ranked based on their academic scores.
He is in Class F, the lowest-graded class on the list, where they can only summon weak beings. The plot centers on how the students no longer wish to be graded by grades and begin Summoner Wars against multiple highly-ranked classes.
8 One-Punch Man
If an audience has become tired of watching the hero train and then defeat the enemy, then what if the hero is so strong he can kill any villain with one punch? That is the plot for the action and comedy anime, One-Punch Man, that is a pun on the long-running children’s anime Anpanman.
Although Saitama has trained and become the strongest hero out there, with a villain’s demise coming from one punch, he wishes to fight a strong opponent. The plot follows Saitama as well as how he protects the city.
7 Daily Lives Of High School Boys
Daily Lives Of High School Boys does just that: follow the daily lives of a group of high school boys. They attend Sanada North Boys High School and deal with problems any teenage boy would have, as well as the interactions with their other classmates.
What makes it so great is the slice-of-life and everyday comedy, which garnered it moderate success when it aired in Japan and was eventually brought overseas.
6 Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun follows a girl named Chiyo Sakura who is in love with the titular character Umetarou Nozaki, who is a manga artist for shoujo manga. However, as usual, he is oblivious to her feelings, and instead, they frequently get into odd situations.
As he is oblivious to her feelings, he treats her as a good friend. It follows the group of characters as they create shoujo manga and the hijinks they get into at school.
5 The Devil Is A Part-Timer!
What happens when the Demon King of the Underworld falls down to Earth and begins working at a clear parody of McDonald’s? The Devil is a Part-Timer is the exact culmination of wacky humor.
After Sadao Maou is driven away by the hero Emilia, he must regain his powers by first making enough money to return to conquer the world. But first, he must conquer his job and climb up the corporate ladder.
4 Nichijou: My Ordinary Life
Nichijou: My Ordinary Life is a famous staple in comedy manga as well as wacky humor, as it is still referenced to this day. The surreal comedy it uses makes for perfect jokes and gags, as it follows the everyday lives of the people of Tokisadame.
With a high school setting, a town, and the odd use of a deer for comedy, this series has everything to make one laugh.
3 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is a stylish and flashy manga that became even flashier once it was given anime adaption. Although fans were never given his first name, the series follows him and his life as he does everything perfectly, with a comedic twist. He even sits in an imaginary chair perfectly.
Because he is so well-liked and popular, some jealous students try and pull pranks on him, which always results in him stumping their efforts. He also has a gaggle of secret skills he can use to get the job done.
2 The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K.
All Saiki Kusou wishes to do is live a normal and boring life, but because of his powers as an esper and those surrounding him, he cannot. He often gets involved in things although he does not wish and must deal with idiots as well as other’s problems, all with an expressionless face.
The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K follows Saiki and his classmates, as well as other characters who become involved with him, and how he overcomes these difficulties with the power of an esper.
Gintama is one of the longest-running Weekly Shounen Jump manga as well as comedies in Japan. It is so long that it stopped running in Weekly Shounen Jump and is now on its own Gintama App to read. With 77 volumes and a bunch of entertainment to watch it on, such as anime and live-action movies, it is a great comedy to get invested in for how long it has become.
Although it features wacky comedy, it does become serious at times and explains the backstories behind the main character, Gintoki Sakata, and others. While the main bread and butter of the series is the amazing comedy, it pays off well to get to know the deeper part of the story.
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