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The 5 Best Comedy Anime of 2018
Laughter is indeed the best medicine! And luckily for us, this medicine called laughter can be easily sourced from comedy anime shows.
There was a stream of hilarious anime shows in 2018. As expected, many of them lived up to their hype. As such, I picked five titles to share based on how laugh-inducing and entertaining they are.
Let’s wait no longer. Here are the five best comedy anime of 2018! Prepare your tummy because there’s a huge chance that your abs will develop from all the laughing. Good luck!
- Gintama: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen (Silver Soul Arc)
- Grand Blue
- Hataraku Saibou (Cells at Work!)
- Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san (Skilled Teaser Takagi-san)
- Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2 (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2)
1. Gintama: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen (Silver Soul Arc)
If you’re really into funny anime shows, then by now, you should already know that Gintama is one of the most popular, if not the best, comedy anime in existence!
Gintama: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen is purportedly the final arc of the series. And as expected, it doesn’t disappoint. Just like its past seasons, this arc delivers humor that’s extremely difficult to resist. There’s really no helping it once you start indulging a couple of Gintama episodes.
I believe that there’s no need for me to explain further. Gintama is, and will always be, an unsurpassable and peerless leader in the comedy genre in anime. If you’re already a fan, then you should know what to do—watch and laugh until your jaw drops! If not, then I suggest that you first visit the earlier episodes of this anime. Despite being episodic in nature, Gintama has already gone too far, so it’s best for you to watch its preceding episodes to fully appreciate it.
Nevertheless, Gintama is a hilarious anime that is certain to make you laugh no matter who you are, where you are, or whatever circumstance you’re in.
2. Grand Blue
When I watched the first few episodes of Grand Blue, I was thrown into a state of combined bewilderment and perplexity. And so, I questioned the show: “Is this a big joke?!” Well, of course, it is a comedy anime. So indeed, it is a big joke!
Grand Blue is a gag show depicting the exorbitant life of uninhibited college students. Present here are ostentatious amounts of drunk moments, green jokes, adult humor, and silly acts. Mind you, the things I’ve just mentioned are the reasons why this show appears to be unorthodox and unconventional. Yet, they are also the reasons why this show is inexplicably hilarious and uproarious.
As I witnessed more and more crazy stuff in Grand Blue, I slowly came to appreciate and love it. While it did appear as big joke to me in the beginning, I didn’t expect that it would be a bigger joke than I initially imagined—in a good way, of course! After all, this show is a comedy anime. It’s a show that has the unparalleled ability to drown anyone in an ocean of laughter and humor.
3. Hataraku Saibou (Cells at Work!)
Hooray, the anime industry pulled off an unimaginable feat again! Who would have thought that there would ever be an anime exhibiting the personification of cells working inside the human body?
Hataraku Saibou is undeniably one of the most entertaining anime shows of 2018! It’s funny, creative, and highly engaging. Moreover, Hataraku Saibou isn’t just demonstrably enjoyable, it’s also inarguably educational.
Not many anime shows have the same caliber and distinction as Hataraku Saibou. This show is truly a unique work of art—one that is perpetually relevant, supremely promising, and thoroughly engaging. I’m quite certain that very few people have thought that cells would ever steal the limelight in the anime world. Well, Hataraku Saibou is the result—and it’s definitely living up to all the hype!
4. Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san (Skilled Teaser Takagi-san)
There’s something that I must tell everyone no matter what. Out of all the comedy anime series that aired in 2018, there is one title that is so refreshing and happy-go-lucky that it doesn’t even need to exert effort just to make people laugh and put a smile on their faces. The anime that I’m talking about is none other than—Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san!
Despite being more of a slice-of-life/school anime, Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san doesn’t skimp on the comedy and romance. I can’t really put it into words, but this show has the capacity to evoke smiles and laughs out of the blue. Its setting and plot are mundane and ordinary, yet for some reason, none of its episodes failed to make me smile and laugh. Boy, I felt really good watching this series!
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san is a charming creation that’s remarkably simple yet oh so sweet. It doesn’t joke around nor does it fling romantically-charged innuendos everywhere. But, it manages to qualify not just as one of the best slice-of-life anime, but also as one of the best comedy and romance anime of 2018.
5. Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2 (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2)
Come on, everyone! Saiki’s only wish is to live an ordinary high school life! He never wanted to be a powerful psychic anyway, so why push that on him? But then, unfortunately for Saiki, everyone got what they wished for—a second season of Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan! Oh, poor Saiki. Now, he, along with everyone else in the show, has to make everyone laugh more than ever before!
There’s no need for Saiki to use his psychic powers to manipulate you into thinking that Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan is a funny show. I assure you that this show is superbly and legitimately hilarious. After all, it wouldn’t have a second season if its humor wasn't on point.
All of the jokes in this show are fast-paced and quick-jabbing. Every second of it is laugh-inducing. You don’t even have to wait for anything just for you to release your hearty laughs. They’ll come at light speed whether you like it or not. There’s no moment of rest in this anime—just pure, unadulterated fun!
Again, Saiki may have overflowing psychic powers but he doesn’t manipulate people’s thoughts just to force them to think that this show is funny. He is not controlling me, I promise! Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan is the real deal! I sincerely believe that it’s not just one of the best comedy of 2018, but also one of the best comedy anime of all time!
Ced Yong from Asia on January 09, 2019:
Saiki 2 was my favorite from last year. I loved the songs too. I was looping them non-stop during my recent trip to JP.