Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
Who wants to laugh their hearts out? You! Hahaha, that’s why you’re here right? You’re here to search for funny anime shows that will make you LOL! Comedy, humor, comicality, absurdity, hilarity—all of these are right here embodied within this assortment of series.
So don’t hold back now. The top 10 best comedy anime are here, ready to tickle your funny bone! Whether you’re happy, sad, angry, bored, or confused—watch these and you’ll forget everything else! After all, laughter is said to be the best medicine! Sit back, watch, enjoy, and laugh till you drop!
Top 10 Comedy Anime
- Sakamoto desu ga? (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto)
- Nichijou (My Ordinary Life)
- Daily Lives of High School Boys
- Galaxy Angel
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
- Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil Is a Part-Timer!)
- Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
- Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
- Arakawa Under the Bridge
10. Arakawa Under the Bridge
Jokes, weirdos, unusual settings, gag moments—Arakawa Under the Bridge has all of these! Now mix all of that and add two main characters whose ideals are quite extreme—then poof, you’ve got an anime that is so oddly fun that you’ll surely be inescapably enthralled as you watch it.
Kou Ichinomiya truly believes that he is a winner in life. Why? Because of his philosophy in life which goes like this: “Never be indebted to anyone, ever!" That’s the main rule that guides his life into perfection!
Unexpectedly though, humorous circumstances have led him to fall off the Arakawa Bridge! Then a strange woman named Nino saves his life! Oh no, now he’s in debt for the first time ever! Nino only wants one thing in return though, to fall in love! And so it begins—Kou’s uncanny but comedic life under the Arakawa Bridge!
9. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
So what’s it like to have a school that’s so unique that you’ll never want to be called absent in class? Adding more to that, what’s it like to be at either the top or bottom of the rankings of this special school? I’m talking about Fumizuki Academy! At this school, idiots, tests, and summoned beasts are the main attractions. They run rampantly as they’re the primary cause of all the hilarity and amusement!
Akihisa Yoshii is the biggest idiot of the school! He’s low in practically every subject and has no motivation at all, which explains why he is at the lowest class of Fumizuki Academy—Class F! But when an extraordinarily beautiful, kind, and genius girl named Mizuki Himeji unluckily gets enlisted into Class F, Yoshii and the other students of Class F find unparalleled motivation.
Using wits to turn their overwhelming disadvantages into their very own advantages, Class F, led by the president Yuuji Sakamoto, takes the whole school by surprise! Idiots, tests, and summoned beasts—commence the student wars!
8. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Whenever a love confession goes astray, more often than not—a comical mishap follows! And just so you know, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (a.k.a. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun!) is all about that! A love confession gone wrong, a dense oddball of a guy, a gullible girl in love, and several wacky personalities—this is what a life out of a shoujo anime/manga is like! Or is it actually not?!
Basically, it all started out when Chiyo Sakura tried to confess her love to the unmindful Nozaki. Instead of seeing through Chiyo’s love confession, he thought that she was asking for his autograph! After all, he is actually a secret shoujo manga artist!
And so, with the wacky situation left as it is, things have led to Chiyo becoming his assistant! Nozaki sure is a prominent manga artist under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno, but will he, Chiyo, and their friends’ lives be more like a shoujo manga?
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7. Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil Is a Part-Timer!)
What could be more funny than a demon lord (the baddest villain of all) working part-time in a fast-food joint? Talk about tables turning, waves whirling back, and destiny going totally upside down! What’s worse—the demon lord is from another world, and Earth is a new place to him! With an out-of-this-world scenario such as this, moments of laughter are drizzled with awkwardness and randomness!
Ente Isla is the home base of the demon lord Satan and his loyal generals of darkness. On his path to supremacy as a conqueror, he is unexpectedly driven to a corner by the great hero Emilia in his very own land. Due to the dire circumstances, he and his right-hand man, Alsiel, finally escape to a portal—one that surprisingly leads to modern day Tokyo! Woah, what?!
Now, Satan and Alsiel are called Maou Sadao and Ashiya Shirou respectively. Living in a humble abode and working with part-time jobs, both are forced to live the normal life. With limited powers, an inadequate amount of money, and a new environment, will they cope and survive? As things have turned out, the most powerful demon lord is now a part-timer!
If you think this anime is hilarious, you can check out this article for similar shows.
6. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
Pessimism and depression? Doesn’t sound like a great combination, but Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei bags it! Suicidal as it may sound, this show actually kills—with laughter that is! With its arsenal of smart jokes and cast of characters with various extreme issues, this show blatantly screams that it's depressingly good!
Itoshiki Nozomu is a teacher—but he’s unlike any other teacher! He’s always depressed, in despair, and always in an attempt to take the easy way out! Oh, what an eccentric teacher to have!
But wait! Nozomu has students who possess emotional and psychological baggage far more complex than what he has! Talk about despair, talk about wackiness! Such is the extremely weird class of Zetsubou-Sensei!
If you're still uncertain on this series, you can check out this short review.
5. Galaxy Angel
Springing on to the top five, the Angel Brigade of Galaxy Angel brings in the giggles and snickers while hopping on all sorts of intergalactic, planetary, and space adventures! As if space adventures aren’t imaginative enough, this show has wackiness and hilarity at every turn!
In a certain colony in space far, far away, a brigade only known as the Angel Brigade is tasked with an extremely important job—to search for the scattered pieces of Lost Technology. With five quirky members, the Angel Brigade goes through space adventures with smiles on their faces. Well, why not? Every adventure is a wacky one!
The Lost Technology they’re dealing with possesses some unique and comical qualities. The Angel Brigade is often forced into troublesome and humorous situations!
Action Comedy Anime Recommendations
Perhaps you are in the mood for some thrilling action to go along with your laughter. Here are some anime series that combine action and comedy to create explosive laughter.
- Gurren Lagann
- Angel Beats!
- My Hero Academia
- Mob Psycho 100
- One-Punch Man
4. Daily Lives of High School Boys
High School? That’s like one of the drollest parts of life! And high school boys? Now it all sounds a hundred times more crazy and whack! Putting it simply, Daily Lives of High School Boys is about the fun and foolish moments of high school—especially high school life for boys! Silly scenarios coming ahead!
Follow the daily high school lives of Tadakuni, Hidenori, Yoshitake, and the other boys as they try to keep day-to-day living as awesome as it can be! No dull moment is allowed at Sanada North High School. The student body fires a blast of interest and fun at every opportunity they could get.
From giddy topics to plain weird conversations, Daily Lives of High School Boys offers a wonderful high school life for everyone—an ultra-amusing and ultra-funny one!
3. Nichijou (My Ordinary Life)
Mundane life—just hearing this term sounds boring already! But in actuality, it’s in life’s everyday moments that amusement and enjoyment breaks free. And so, the comedic series Nichijou cracks up jokes in day-to-day life in order to show that life is actually funny the way it is. No need to take life too seriously, just find the jokes in it and you’re all set for a world of glee!
Nichijou primarily means My Ordinary Life—and it’s the not-so-ordinary story of high school girls Mio Naganohara, Yuuko Aioi, and Mai Minakami. Starting off with the three girls, they shall bump into the genius girl Hakase Shinonome. Now that’s four! Add Nano and Sakamoto and we’ve got six! And these six essentially make up Nichijou!
Walking through ordinary life has never been so amusing! From treading the path of normalcy to dashing towards the ludicrous, the six main characters, as well as some others, shall live everyday with high spirits and positivity!
2. Sakamoto desu ga? (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto)
Hogging the spotlight of the number two spot, Sakamoto desu ga? (a.k.a. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto) demonstrates to all its shine of being cool, cooler, and coolest! Sakamoto is cool, and so is his show! It’s so cool, it’s also hilarious! Well-deserving of the spotlight, prepare to drop your jaw by means of endless laugher!
From the first day of school, a new student has taken the spotlight all to himself. Everything he does is cool, cooler, and coolest! He’s so stylish in everything—studying, cleaning, eating, doing jobs, the list goes on—that he’s totally the coolest! Who is he? Well, Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto!
If you enjoy this series, you can check out this list of similar anime.
Mother of all comedy and parody anime! That’s right—it’s Gintama! With over 350 episodes and counting, Gintama dazzles audiences of all kinds with its funny viewpoints and hilarious moments! Comedy, parody, weirdoes, laughable moments, outrageous jokes, slapstick entertainment, and humorous wits—everything’s in it! No wonder it took the prestigious number one spot here! Now laugh all you want and giggle silly with Gintama!
Meet oddballs Gintoki Sakata, Shinpachi Shimura, Kagura, and their pet dog Sadaharu! It’s feudal Japan and swords have been banned! Wait, what?! Not if Gintoki doesn’t have anything to say!
The Amanto aliens are the cause of it all! But as Gintoki still has his samurai heart, he and his friends shall continue living to their fullest! Aliens, pirates, magicians, odd beings, and practically everything you can imagine—nobody can get in the way of the fun of Gintoki and the rest!
Questions & Answers
Question: I heard that Gintama also has tragic moments. Is it true ?
Answer: That is true. But ultimately, the tragic moments are mostly parodies and often lead to hilarious endings. Gintama is, after all, a comedy anime. While the "tragic" moments in this anime have serious potential, their fundamental essence is still pure comedy.
Sylva on August 14, 2020:
Thank you for suggesting Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, it's really good!
ZXÑÂW on August 05, 2020:
Was expecting Grandblue Dreaming in top 5.....
Gark on May 31, 2020:
Yousef on April 28, 2020:
I’m here to say that this list is the real deal from someone who watched these. They have achieved c o m e d y
Peanut Chan on April 23, 2020:
What about Asobi Asobase!?
Gin-san on February 17, 2020:
#1 Gintama and #2 Saiki K. The rest is not really that important.
xadz on December 20, 2019:
where is saiki kusuoooooo...pretty sad it isnt there
kuro on November 27, 2019:
I'm sorry for everyone who says sakamoto is over rated. They don't understand humour. Its literally the one that got myself and my friends into anime. It's funny in a different kind of way than normal comedy animes, plus its actually heartwarming sometimes. Wish I could clear my memories so I could watch it again on a clean slate.
everyday anime fan on November 04, 2019:
SAKAMOTO is OVER RATED its dosent deserve to be even in top 10 instead there are better gag animes than that like grand blue, Asobi Asobase, sket dace if u r n gintama fan its fun but not much as gintama , saiki k deserve to be at top 3 if its not #1 cuz of gintama n for Beelzebub i should say they ruined the anime manga was much better even comparable to gintama.
Zeron87 on September 24, 2019:
Nichijou not #1 on an anime comedy list?! Blasphemy! And you need add Aho Girl to this, if you do an update. Other than that, pretty solid list.
Damien Black on September 21, 2019:
Those who don't find gintama funny are lazy ass morons who do not want to use their head to understand the humour. It is not always rainbows and fairy tale's. I believe gintama to be a brilliant and a masterpiece in the comedy genre. Whats so funny about some op character or rom com shit and you talk about lack of anime direction ? Just what do u want kawai love hate drama all the time how much of a boor can you be..?
Kintoki on September 03, 2019:
You have Gintama as #1. Ah, I See You're a Man of Culture As Well.
robloxprisonlife23 on August 28, 2019:
Saitama vs Gintama anyone who will win
OrcMaster69 on July 31, 2019:
Where is Konosuba? That is one of the funniest anime series, I've ever seen in my life.
MastaWoo on July 16, 2019:
genericperson#7 on June 08, 2019:
Does Gintama have an English Dub for any of the seasons?
Lexi on March 23, 2019:
This list looks great and I will definitely watch some of these but I have one thing to say - be warned people: My hero academia is NOT funny at all. It has made me cry one too many times and this is the sad reason why I need to watch some funny anime. It's a great show though! But I highly recommend watching it when you are in a good mood.
Scripter on March 06, 2019:
Where is Gabriel Dropout? WTF
AnimeLover2043 on February 24, 2019:
Gotta say, I was pretty surprised Saikii Kusuo no Psi Nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) wasn't on here. It stars a boy named Saiki Kusuo with powers who tells you that life with powers isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's honestly hilarious, with so many different character types and so many parodies, I swear, I'll have to stop watching some episodes out of laughter and of fear I'll stop breathing. I think it deserves at least an honorary mention
FOX on February 15, 2019:
People are saying that they didn't like Gintama, that's like my dog is giving a bad review of a novel thathe read. I hope you get the sarcasm. Gintama is so awesome, I'm kind of happy that idiots just give up on and miss out on it greatness, you're simply not worthy.
Ku0 on February 04, 2019:
What about Grand Blue and Hinamatsuri?! The first is just too funny, especially for college/uni students. As for Hinamatsuri it's incredibly well done, and it throws in a little bit of feels somewhere midway. Both can be truly appreciated if you're old enough (out of high school that is), and you'll definitely cry (laughing that is). Easily among the best of 2018!
Soraya Tufte on February 02, 2019:
I don’t even know where to begin
cherryboy69 on January 21, 2019:
I am extremely disappointed that asobi asobase is not here. Instead, you included Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei which is utter garbage, you hardly can call it a comedy
SilverBalls on January 19, 2019:
Gintama isn't an anime that you should try to comprehend some sort of plot point. The show highlights this many times, they do not have a solid plot point. They do not conform to the regular rules of anime, in fact a lot of times they make fun of it. They are just there in their silly universe living their silly lives. The show is also braver and more daring than other shows, making satire out of political scandals and racial issues. That's Western comedy territory.
Those that don't like Gintama most likely won't like similar animated comedies from the West such as Family Guy and South Park. Gintama is Japan's answer to those shows.
Ramme OG on December 30, 2018:
I have watched 100 episodes of gintama, i have never regret something in my life this much. The comedy is so bland and the anime has no sense of direction. The episodes always have some weird plot that makes no sense at all. I do not recommend it.
TheOmnipotentOtaku on December 23, 2018:
This is to whoever says watch 50 episodes of Gintama and you'll know... If you say that, then I'll also say-"Wait for Saiki Kusuo No Psi Nan to release 50 episodes and then YOU'LL know!"
Hwrb on December 03, 2018:
Where's aho girl??
zuzu 0.0 on November 21, 2018:
the disastorous life of saiki is a lot better than sakamoto
Archisman on November 17, 2018:
Gintama is the best. Continue to episode 50,and you will find out why
shinpachi on November 17, 2018:
to see the beauty of gin-san's anime you must watch atleast 50 episodes konoyaru
tayekii on November 15, 2018:
let me tell you, saiki k (it's on netflix) is the FUNNIEST anime i have ever watched!! it's so understanding of the stereotypes and uses them for comic relief. the main character's grandfather is a tsundere for god's sake. sometimes i have to force myself to stop watching it, it's that funny!
conan on November 01, 2018:
i think there should be
Real talk on November 01, 2018:
I must admit the FIRST episodes of Gintama isn't funny for everyone, but if you continue watching it, you will eventually reach the sweet pure nectar of comedy. It takes time but eventually you will understand why its on the number 1 spot.
LOL on October 16, 2018:
to the guy who said gintama is not funny, you're missing something dude. gintama is definitely one of the funniest anime out there. you watch 10 episodes and never laugh? eh? i rewatch the anime 3 times and it still manages to give me great laughs. i pity you, you're life must be boring.
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guibas on September 26, 2018:
grand blue definetly deserves a place in this
Lucas on September 25, 2018:
Why do people keep talking as if Gintama was the best comedy ever? Or as if it is fun at all. There is A LOT of comedies waaay better than Gintama out there, like so much better that you can't watch 2min without laughing I saw 10 epis of Gintama, never laughed once. It tries so hard to be fun that it just get boring.
bOI on September 15, 2018:
Koizku on August 03, 2018:
Kuro on July 14, 2018:
Where Himouto Umaru-chan ?
Nanao on June 11, 2018:
You forgot something . Sket dance .. you forgot Sket dance. Way better than gintama. But not much people watch this I know But after watching all the episodes it is the best.
Gin on June 10, 2018:
I think Gintama really deserve the first place. But I don't understand very much well about Sakamoto.
Waddda on June 10, 2018:
Detroit Metal City must be on the list
ann on May 26, 2018:
what about Mr.Osomatsu?
omari on April 08, 2018:
where is konosuba?
Yuuki on March 31, 2018:
Where is Konosuba???
sdhfu on February 15, 2018:
No saiki kusuo no psi nan in here Shame On You!
anima_girl on November 11, 2017:
if you want sort of a supernatural comedy you should watch soul eater.
ayy on August 23, 2017:
I enjoyed Nichijou bc I usually watch action anime. I started to take a break, so I watched lighthearted animes like K-ON and Nichijou
Mad hatter on March 26, 2017:
I really wanted to watch sayonara zetsubou sensei.. but is there an english dub? I have a very self-deprecating sense of humor so i feel like the show would be hysterical
yo on November 18, 2016:
Wheres Osomatsu-san lol
RianCranford on September 01, 2016:
I'm not being bitchy here...
But... personally... I didn't find Sakamoto to be very funny. I laughed, yes, but out of pity.
Gekkan Shoujo, on the other hand, was (and is, following the manga), so funny that there was never one episode that I didn't laugh out loud. If I finally finish Gintama, Gekkan Shoujo would be only my second most favourite in the Comedy section. (Gintama. It's fun. We all agree on that. To those who don't, oh.. I don't know...)
NekoLoko from Florida on June 01, 2016:
I'm going to look at these animes. They look interesting I love comedies
Ced Yong from Asia on May 26, 2016:
Trust your taste for you have Gintama in number 1. Think will give the Highschool Boys one a try, for a start.