Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
Nanbaka tells the story of four exceptional inmates who have escaped from all the prisons they’ve been in so far. But now they are in a prison with the highest security of them all—Nanba Prison. Though weird and unique in their own special ways, the four inmates—Juugo, Uno, Nico, and Rock—all have their own stories to tell. So now that they’re all in Nanba Prison, all hell is about to break loose! Or will it? Well, not with Supervisor Hajime Sugoroku around. We’re talking about Nanba Prison after all—it's the most inescapable prison in the world.
So, I see you’re here! Well, that just means you loved Nanbaka so much with all its spontaneity and comedy. But hey, it sure is a good series, and there’s more coming your way. Here are the anime like Nanbaka that feature random and spontaneous humor.
10 Anime Similar to Nanbaka
- Blood Lad
- Ixion Saga DT
- Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
- Prison School
- Cuticle Tantei Inaba
- Cheating Craft
- One-Punch Man
- Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
- Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
1. Blood Lad
Staz Charlie Blood is anything but an ordinary vampire. Yes, he’s powerful and peerless, but he has one peculiar obsession: Japanese culture. Staz is an otaku! So when a human girl from Japan named Fuyumi travels through a portal and into his domain, a bright opportunity rises for him.
There’s only one itty-bitty teensy bit of a problem for Staz though—Fuyumi dies while wandering around the unfamiliar world. Caught in a conflict, her life was snuffed out and she eventually turned into a ghost. But hey, who said the mighty opportunity is lost? Now Staz wants to resurrect Fuyumi if it’s the last thing he does. He'll do anything to quell his otaku instincts and finally visit his dream destination—Japan!
2. Ixion Saga DT
Finding an exit from the game-like world of Mira became Kon’s mission the moment he suddenly stepped into the unknown world. But despite the fact that he’s suddenly experiencing something totally novel, Kon begins to realize that his one-of-a-kind situation can turn into something that he will never forget. After all, he’s in a game-like world and the people he has met so far are totally striking and memorable.
The people in Kon’s party include a buff man who’s honorable and loyal, a cross-dressing man who’s good with guns, and a seemingly adult-like child princess who’s currently on the run. With all their personal goals converging together, the party will try to move forward as they go on a dangerous yet wacky voyage to get to their final destinations.
3. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
Class is in session! But this time, the class will be under the watch of an out-of-this-world teacher. The teacher is none other than the octopus-like creature Koro-sensei!
Class 3-E of Kunigigaoka must be in shock to have a teacher such as Koro-sensei. Not only does he have a totally different appearance, but he’s also a powerful being who just destroyed a chunk of the moon. Now he has come to teach with a mission. He will teach the students of Class 3-E academics, values, and the art of assassination. The end goal is for the students to successfully assassinate him before graduation. If they fail, then Koro-sensei will destroy the world!
If this anime cracks you up, here are 10 more series that are similar to it.
4. Prison School
Through the years, Hachimitsu Private School has always been a prestigious all-girls boarding school. But this year, policies have drastically shifted. This year is the first time that boys will finally be accepted into the school. Only a few will be chosen though. And as of enrollment time, only five boys have managed to enter!
Meet Kiyoshi, Gakuto, Shingo, Andre, and Jo. They’re the very first male students of Hachimitsu Private School. They may seem lucky to be able to enroll in this school and be flocked by girls. But with a school that just abruptly transitioned from all-girls to co-ed, can they really be considered lucky? After their failed attempt at voyeurism and their clash with the notorious Underground Student Council, their luck seems to have run out already. The only thing that awaits them now is Prison School!
5. Cuticle Tantei Inaba
Inaba Hiroshi is a half-human, half-animal chimera who excels as a detective. He hunts down half-human, half-animal chimeras like himself. He’s got an awesome ability to boot—the power to extract critical information from the hair strands he gets to taste. With his ability, it’s a piece of cake for him to sniff out criminals and put an end to their crimes. However, there’s one villain who always seems to fool around and has a lot of silly encounters with him—Don Valentino!
Together with his assistants, Kei and Yuuta, Inaba has to live his mundane life whilst doing some detective work for the world. When the pesky Don Valentino is at large, Inaba has no time for rest. Or does he actually have a lot of time to rest? Well, just leave everything to fate and everything will find its rightful way. With Detective Inaba and his crew around, baddies better beware!
6. Cheating Craft
Cheating is an act that is totally frowned upon. But if you’re in a world where academic success is the only highlight of success, then anyone would cheat given the opportunity. If you graduate from school, you win at life. If you don’t make it into school or get expelled, then you'll suffer from a miserable life!
Given the circumstances, doing everything possible to get a quality education and graduate are the highest priorities for everyone. As a result, schools and examination halls have become brutal battlefields. There exist two kinds of students: the scholarly Learning Type (L-Type) and the sneaky Cheating Type (C-Type). Whether the scenario calls for conflict, cooperation, or neutrality, the L-Types and C-Types are in it to claim the grandeur of success for themselves!
7. One-Punch Man
Saitama is not just your ordinary hero. He’s a hero for fun! In addition, he has an overwhelming power that no other hero or even villain possesses. He has the power to knock anyone dead with just one punch. Yep, just one punch! That is why he is—the One Punch Man!
Saitama has a problem though. He’s bored! Well, if all it takes for him to defeat any villain is one punch, then he’s bound to suffer from boredom and even develop some kind of complex. But it so happens that the world can still surprise him in endless ways. First of all, things are not looking well for him because he’s bald. Then he has to pay rent and still do mundane tasks in his life. Lastly, he’s not even an official hero despite beating tons of baddies. He may be super powerful as the Caped Baldy and One Punch Man, but life will still go on for him in ways he will never expect.
If you enjoy this comedy anime with superheroes, you can check out this list of similar anime.
8. Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
The demon lord is now a part-timer in a fast-food restaurant! Yes, you heard that right! The all-powerful demon Satan now serves in McRonald’s to bring smiles to customers everywhere! As to why this happened in the first place, the hero Emilia is to blame!
If the demon lord Satan wasn't beaten and forced to retreat to the human world by the hero Emilia, he would still be laughing on his throne right now. But things did not go as planned for him. So now Satan is under the name “Sadao Maou” and is trying to make a living on Earth in order to survive without his powers. And he’s not even complaining! His new mission is to climb the corporate ladder from the bottom until he is able to conquer the whole world.
It’s feudal Japan and swords have been prohibited by the Amanto alien race. Wait, what? If swords have been prohibited, then what will happen to the samurai? And aliens?! What in the world is happening?!
Then there’s Sakata Gintoki—a man who is a true samurai! Swords have been prohibited, but that doesn’t mean his life as a samurai has ended. In order to make ends meet, he works as a freelancer getting all sorts of odd jobs and whatnot. But the thing is, everything’s just crazy! There are aliens, monsters, ninja, people in costumes, pirates, nerds, and geeks. Everything is chaotic! But who cares? Gintoki doesn’t! He’ll live his life the way he wants despite all the madness.
10. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
At Fumizuki Academy, things are a bit different from other schools. This school divides students categorically depending on grades, but with a twist! Based on their grades, students get the class facilities they deserve—with Class A receiving the most and Class F getting the least. This ranking system, along with a unique summoned beast battle system, makes Fumizuki Academy a school like no other!
Enter Akihisa Yoshii—the most idiotic student of Fumizuki Academy! He is an idiot and he knows it, but he will never give up no matter what. Especially when a girl by the name of Mizuki Himeji accidentally ends up in Class F. Akihisa becomes determined to help her get out and go to the class she deserves. Unexpectedly, this leads to Class F’s earth-shattering comeback! It’s time to show everyone that grades aren’t everything!