It’s always a good idea to start your day with booming laugh, a giggle, or even cracking up a small grin, right? There is always material for everybody to pique their interest or get a few hearty laughs out of them whether it’s an old joke, a dirty joke, or just simply someone face-planting the floor. Anime provides an endless stream of hilarious moments, shenanigans, pranks and everything to your heart’s delight. Let’s start reviewing the top comedy anime list of all time that will leave you breathing heavily and make non-human noises while you laugh your head off, shall we?
10. Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou
Episodes: 26 | Aired: Oct 3, 2003 to Mar 26, 2004 | Duration: 12 min. per ep.
Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou or in English Cromartie High School follows the everyday life of Takashi Kamiyama and his classmates, who are as odd as an alien. Takashi Kamiyama is just another typical teenage; high school student. He is mild-mannered, polite, pacifistic, but rather distant or unsociable, yet he has an above-average IQ. But why would a student of such apply to Sakigake Cromartie Koukou, which is known for harboring delinquents—the toughest, the hardest out there?
Guess he was in it to win it, as in he was longing for such things. Little did he know what he signed up for, poor little Takashi. He’d never have to battle boredom whenever he has nothing to do. Certainly why would anyone have a dull day. Especially when you’re surrounded by mohwaked punks that have the absolute bizarre hair colors, robots, or Gorillas! Yes, Gorillas and robots. Stay tuned with Takashi, who wants a better life for that poor high school that is grilled with bad boys that lust for havoc.
9. School rumble
Episodes: 52 | Aired: Oct 5, 2004 to Mar 29, 2005 | Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Love tough, but confessing is hundreds times tougher. Confessing has always been a troublesome matter for Tenma Tsukamoto and Kenji Harima, who happen to shy away, or foolishly swallow up those three little words whenever they wanted to convey their feelings to those they’ve been crushing on since ever. In this concept, a series of insane events appear out of nowhere in School Rumble, which is mainly caused by a bunch of classmates and their rivalry against the other classes. Havoc, mingling, and another obstacle to shooting those cupid arrows, another failure.
We see, in each anime, that sometimes other character hold the spotlight, but it’s definitely shinning all the way through the stage for Tenma and Kenji. Tenma’s air sometimes bobs up like it has its own wings, and she can be such an airhead, but you’d totally fall for that innocent girl. Don’t we all giggle at those airheads? They make the show even better. Kenji, who looks like a badass delinquent, has a soft heart and an undeniable chemistry for Eri, who, in return, happens to be such hot-headed girl. At some point, she shaves all his facial hair, and when she tries to apologize, she’d just shave his head off instead. Such a klutz!
8. Seto No Hanayome
Episodes: 26 | Aired: Apr 2, 2007 to Oct 1, 2007 | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
One day on a hot summer vacation with his parents, a junior high student Nagasumi Michishio nearly drowns while swimming in deep water, alone. To his luck, death is not knocking just yet at his door; he is saved by a cute mermaid—Seto Sun. however, death seemed quite near him, as Sun is from a Yakuza mermaid family and they have such weird a law. If a mermaid were to encounter a human or make any contact with them, one of those two—either the mermaid or the human—is sentenced to die.
The only option for poor Nagasumi is to marry Sun in an attempt to save both their lives. Nagasumi summer turned from dull to pretty fun as he now protects Sun from others finding out her identity. Adding a lot of insane, hilarious pack of funny you’d find yourself gripping your stomach tightly with the laughter that’d come rumbling through.
7. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
Episodes: 12 | Aired: Jan 10, 2012 to Mar 27, 2012 | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou or Daily Lives of High School Boys. The title may be a turn off for some and it certainly says a lot about the series, but does it really? In an all boys school roam a trio of very close comrades—Hidenori, Yoshitake, and Tadakuni. Their lives are pretty fun if you delve into their world; they have giant robots, intense soap-operas, dramatic love stories and much more… well, in their own worlds—imagination. These three boys cannot contain their large imaginations they unleash each day. In fact, their lives are as normal as it could be.
Might be a shocker, but with their wild imaginations they reincarnate any scenario their minds come in contact with. Who said life can be so mundane? You’d get a different scenario of hilarious moments, situations, dialogue in each episode. If you’re looking for a few or plenty of good laughs, Danshi Koukousei No Nichijou is your next anime. It is anything but ordinary.
Episodes: 12 | Aired: Aug 8, 2008 to Oct 28, 2008 | Duration: 13 min. per ep.
Souichi Negishi is a timid young man who has a passion for music and aspires to use his musical talents to build a career as a pop artist, but life doesn’t always go your way. His only choice to pay his rent, to build a career out of something is to join a heavy metal band known as Detroit Metal City.
Krauser is the lead singer and guitarist in DMC, who happens to be a demon from hell that raped and then murdered his parents. He is supported by their drummer Camus, who is just an otaku obsessing over porn and curry. Jagi, the bassist, who always dreamed of being in a rock band, is just stuck with DMC because he just couldn’t get rid of them. No kidding, he just couldn’t shake those demons off of him.
The story follows Negishi trying to break out from this abomination of a rock band while trying to date someone he likes. Some scenes will make you cry from laughter.
5. SKET dance
Episodes: 77 | Aired: Apr 7, 2011 to Sep 27, 2012 | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
It is mainly episodic. It is well-written and amazingly powerful that it might alter your thinking a bit.
Don’t let it fool you, though. It has plenty of comedy for sure, but there is also some drama there, one that will satisfy you. Who doesn’t like a good amount of drama?
On the other hand, as mentioned before, the story isn’t just for a hearty laugh, its plot being well-written helped a lot with the morals that happen to appear in every and each anime.
4. Ouran Koukou Host Club
Episodes: 26 | Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006 | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Haruhi Fujioka is a bright scholarship candidate no rank, title or anything at all—the rarest one out there in Ouran Koukou since they’re mostly rich folks there. Looking for quiet to study, Haruhi goes to music room 3, which seemingly, is supposed to be abandoned, but what she encounters there changes her life around, or makes it upside down. In that seemingly abandoned music room lay a whole mystery to Haruhi—a host club led by Tamaki and his members that include the mischevious Hitachiin twins, a childlike or a shouta Haninozuka “Honey” and his strong, handsome bodyguard Mori.
Haruhi in a failed attempt to free herself from all the attention given by the hosts, she accidents breaks a very expensive vase worth eight million. So, Haruhi is forced to join the host club, thinking at first that she was a boys, but when they find out, they try to hide her identity as she pretends to be a boy and hosts other girls to pay her huge dept. she then joins them in their adventures, cosplaying, shenanigans of any sort the club pulls off, earning a few good laughs from the audience.
Episodes: 26 | Aired: Apr 3, 2011 to Sep 25, 2011 | Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Nichijou holds the spotlight to the trio of high school girls and their shenanigans and antics—high school girls Mio Naganohara, Yuuko Aioi and Mai Minakami. After, their spotlight shines somewhere else and intertwines with the young genius Hakase Shinonome, her robot caretaker Nano, and their talking cat Sakamoto. You read it right, robot caretaker and a talking cat. Who wouldn’t love a talking cat?
Day by day, these six main characters, in addition to some other characters, shed light and experience both the normal and the insanely absurd situations. On the walk to school, getting bitten by a strangely talking crow, having a lovely time together as friend, and watching the principal suplex a deer, they all step in the extraordinary life in Nichijou.
2. Great Teacher Onizuka
Episodes: 43 | Aired: Jun 30, 1999 to Sep 17, 2000 | Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Here’s the second funniest anime ever GTO or Great Teacher Orizuka. When our minds wonder to Japan, we’d all think about their stereotypes and such, right? But how about delinquents instead of well-mannered and polite boys? Certainly a pretty interesting concept.
GTO is about Eikichi Onizuka, who is an ex-gang member, a huge pervert that likes young girls, and here’s the catch, he’s a virgin also! Magically, not literally, he pulls himself together and gets a teaching degree, where all misfortunes—funny moments to us—happen.
However, he wants to be a new man, turn a new white page and start over. His dream is short-lived as a student comes crashing to his house, crying, weeping and pleading to take her in since she couldn’t take it anymore. Being the nice guy he is, he does and what she does next surprises him immensely. She wants to thank him with her body, but there is a catch. There is always a catch. All the students came bombarding in and taking pictures as blackmail. The next day, Onizuka, hilariously takes the fight to them and starts his own kind of hilarious blackmail on them.
Episodes: 201 | Aired: Apr 4, 2006 to Mar 25, 2010 | Duration: 24 min. per ep.
The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence. But, there’s Gin’s odd jobs. Sakata Gintoki, who after a few episodes, meets Shinpachi and Kagura, who soon become like a big happy family. Well, not exactly. They are the most troublesome bunch that causes havoc across the country. The long list of episodes won’t be long at all. It may start off as boring, but once you get through episode four, the show will just explode into a new place called hilariousness and ridiculousness. You’ll fall in love with the characters and the voice actors themselves.
Now, you may think as well that Gintama is just a funny anime without any action pack. You’re wrong. Some arcs are full of that action, drama that will pump adrenaline like blood in your veins and pump so many feelings into you. You’ll witness a world combination of every genre you’re looking for. Insanely hilarious, insanely captivating.
Once you start getting into the juicy, funny stuff, just make sure you don’t have a full bladder
This is it! These are the top ten you should definitely watch. Start with Gintama to kick off your day with some mixture of genre and hilarious moments. Ones that will make your eyes tear up so much from the intense laughter, then move on the list.