20 Best Comedy Anime To Watch Right Now (2023)

There are four main categories of comedy anime. Firstly, there are series with extraordinary heroes who are forced to deal with humanity after getting isekai'd. The second is out of this world with a healthy dose of sci-fi. Funny gags in the first episode foreshadow horrifically hilarious plot twists later.

RELATED: The 20 Best Slice-Of-Life Anime, RankedIn realistic comedies, normal or historical events are put through the wringer. It's perfect for slice-of-life and historical anime fans alike. These may be the easiest to watch since they relate punchlines to the viewer's experience. Of course, there are also romantic comedies. These series range from constant gags and dirty jokes to well-thought-out campiness. No matter what someone's preference is, there's a comedy anime for everyone.

Updated on October 25th, 2022 by Sarah Martin: In times like these, everybody needs a good laugh every now and then. Compared to other entertainment mediums, anime has successfully made people laugh with the characters' exaggerated facial expressions, memorable one-liners that become viral memes, and diversity of content from genre to genre. Since comedy anime's stronghold in the community won't be letting up any time soon, we've added a few more great comedy anime that every fan should watch.

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20/20 Spy X Family

25 Episodes

Spy X Family stars Loid Forger, otherwise called "Twilight." He's a professional spy who abandoned everything for the sake of protecting his country. On his biggest mission yet, Loid must develop a makeshift family, enroll his adopted kid at one of the most elite schools in the country, get close to a high-ranking official, and prevent war from breaking out between the east and west.

Loid ends up adopting Anya, a young telepath with hilarious facial expressions and a dangerously wild imagination. He also marries Yor, a professional assassin who works at City Hall as a cover. All three of them keep their identities secret from each other.

19/20 Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War

37 Episodes

Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War combines the best elements of chaotic romantic comedies with the intense psychological warfare of Death Note. Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are the president and vice president of the Shuuichin High student council. They're in love with each other, but instead of confessing, they turn it into a series of mind games and romantic warfare. Whoever confesses first in this arbitrary war loses.

Unlike other high school romantic comedies, Kaguya-Sama has a mature sense of humor and an endless roster of running gags that make the audience scream with laughter. It's hard to predict the next punchline, and it's why Kaguya-Sama is a top-tier romantic comedy.

18/20 Isekai Quartet

25 Episodes

Isekai Quartet is a giant crossover between some of the genre's juggernauts. Isekai Quartet brings characters together from KonoSuba, Re:Zero, Overlord, Saga Of Tanya The Evil, and The Rising Of The Shield Hero. They all attend the same school in this isekai-ception of a series. Viewers wouldn't even necessarily need to watch any of them to understand the series' jokes, but it feels like a nice gift for avid fans.

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Isekai Quartet is campiness done correctly. It's an amalgamation of anime's stereotypical quirks and exaggerations in the best way possible. It satirizes isekai's predictability and overdone tropes, unafraid to make fun of itself and prove that not everything needs to be serious.

17/20 The Way Of The Househusband

10 Episodes

The Way Of The Househusband is a hilarious slice-of-life comedy about a former yakuza boss named Tatsu. Tastu abandoned his old life of crime in favor of becoming the best househusband he can be for his wife Miku, a successful designer.

The Way Of The Househusband celebrates the joys of adulthood. However, unlike similarly-themed comedy anime series, The Way Of The Househusband is far from poignant. Viewers are along for a hilarious ride as Tatsu adjusts to the mundane life of household chores and cooking, while still blending in old habits from his time in the yakuza.

16/20 Kamisama Kiss

25 Episodes

Kamisama Kiss describes itself as a divine comedy on the back covers of its manga. Kamisama Kiss follows Nanami Momozono, an average high school girl whose father's reckless spending forces her to live on the streets after losing everything. Her life takes a turn for the mystical after she suddenly becomes the new land god. After arriving at the shrine, she meets Tomoe.

Tomoe is a stubborn fox yokai who became the shrine's familiar after the former god tamed him. Tomoe initially refused to recognize a random human girl as a god, but this drives Nanami to prove herself worthy of the position.

15/20 Lupin The Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

100 Minutes

The Lupin franchise has been around for over fifty years. First debuting in a 1965 manga, the gentleman thief and his partners have been in various animated series and movies. This particular adventure originally premiered in 1979 and became the most popular in the group.

Lupin and his crew travel to the small country of Cagliostro after discovering the money they stole from a casino was counterfeit. Along the way, Lupin tries to get the police to help out while also rescuing a runaway named Clarisse. Even though some don't like this version of Lupin because he's portrayed as the hero, The Castle of Cagliostro has influenced the industry.

14/20 Aggretsuko

100 Episodes

Consider the concept behind Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. Now, substitute Zoey for an anthropomorphic red panda in her 20s, and switch out her classic Top 40 sound for death metal. The result is Sanrio's comedy anime, Aggretsuko.

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25-year-old Retsuko releases her daily frustrations from work by signing death metal at a karaoke bar. After five years of plodding through each day, she goes through a series of changes to improve her life, including a move to get married. Like similar live-action comedies, Retsuko has good friends who allow her to express her feelings in a crazy world where people tell her there's no tea in their tea.

13/20 Cells At Work

13 Episodes

Manga turned into anime never runs out of original concepts. The adventure-comedy anime Cells at Work could also be called a workplace comedy, except the job location is within the human body.

Cells at Work stars Erythrocyte, a red blood cell who provides oxygen and nutrients to the body. She meets and teams up with Neutrophil, a soft-spoken white blood cell who kills pathogens. This not-so-odd duo pairs up for various adventures which involve destroying the cells that have the potential of killing their host and causing them to be unemployed.

12/20 Maid-Sama!

26 Episodes

Romance and comedy are two genres that commonly go hand in hand, with Maid-Sama! as a prime example. This teen-based romantic comedy anime focuses on two characters, Misaki and Takumi, at a former all-boys school that recently went co-ed.

Ambitious and strict, Misaki excels as one of the top students at her school. However, she also works at a maid cafe to help care for her ill mother. Takumi doesn't reveal her secret to their classmates when he finds out. Instead, he keeps it to himself and frequently visits Misaki's cafe- though, he still holds it over her head and threatens to reveal it to the entire school unless she's nicer to the male students. Eventually, the two fall in love and deal with Takumi's royal heritage.

11/20 The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

120 Episodes

Gifted with incredible powers on par with an invincible superhero, Kusuo Saiki, the protagonist of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K wants to get through high school with average grades. Even though he's incredibly smart and blessed with psychic abilities, Kusuo only wants to live a normal life.

Kusuo's family didn't see his abilities as very special. As a toddler, Kusuo used his powers to buy his mom some rice wine, but there was nary a yelp of excitement. Then again, with the group of students he dealt with daily, Kusuo may be the most normal of all of them.

10/20 The Devil Is A Part-Timer!

25 Episodes

In The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, Satan, his army general, and his mortal enemy fall through a black hole connecting to modern-day Tokyo. After trying and failing to use their powers, the three get arrested and learn that the only way to gain power in this world is to earn money and rebuild a power base.

For comedic purposes, Satan decides to do that from behind the counter of a fast-food restaurant. One of the anime's biggest charms is how ordinary but endearing humans change not only the devil himself but also the goody-two-shoes hunter trying to kill him.

9/20 Arakawa Under the Bridge

26 Episodes

Arakawa Under the Bridge drops a very punctilious young man under a bridge. To Kou's chagrin, a beautiful young woman saves him. In exchange for saving his life, he grants her only wish, which is to experience love.

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The main conflict and source of humor in Arakawa Under the Bridge come from the fact that the young woman and her friends are a yokai, — mythical creatures — and that Kou is the heir to a major Japanese company. The animation, colors, and storyline are top-notch, and for those interested in Japanese folk and surreal humor, it will be a perfect watch.

8/20 Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

12 Episodes

Imagine having to live with a person who's absolutely perfect and cool-headed, no matter what they do. That’s what Sakamoto's classmates have to deal with every day, as he manages to perform the most mundane and the most impossible activities with ease.

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto's character design is amazing, the punchlines are incredibly surprising, and every single episode is a winner — just like Sakamoto himself. He captures everyone's attention, and his origins are a mystery everyone's desperate to uncover.

7/20 Level-E

13 Episodes

Level-E is divided into four story arcs; it starts as the usual sporty slice-of-life shonen series but quickly derails after the beautiful alien prince Baka invades the protagonist’s one-bedroom apartment. The spoiled prince claims to have amnesia… If only help was on the way.

The second, third, and fourth arcs of Level E follow Baka’s antics during his time on Earth and coalesce in one of the most hilariously satisfying endings to date. Men in Black fans, or fans of Ouran High School Host Club's Tamaki, will enjoy this classic comedy.

6/20 Space Dandy

26 Episodes

Space Dandy may seem underrated, but it's one of Shinichiro Watanabe's hidden gems. On top of being funny, this series is dripping in quality. Dandy is an alien space hunter who zooms around the galaxy in a Hawaiian-themed spaceship and whose favorite hobby is to go to Boobies — the Galaxy’s answer to Hooters — with his crew.

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In almost every single episode, the crew ends up like Kenny in South Park, which seems like a quirk until the plot explains it. This isn't a deep anime by any means, but the art direction, crazy scripts, and B Movie homages make up for it. It's perfect for fans of vintage Jim Carrey movies, Cowboy Bebop, South Park, and psychedelic visuals.

5/20 Gintama

201 Episodes

Gintama was based on a manga with many versions, seasons, and OVAs — each wilder than the previous one. The animation of the action scenes, the voice acting, and the inside jokes take the series to another level.

Taking place in feudal Japan, an alien race called Amantos invaded. The protagonist Gintoki was a for-hire laborer aiming to live his life respecting the samurai code, helping people, and avoiding as many fights as possible. Unfortunately for him, he was surrounded by ultra-strong aliens, anarchists, warrior clans, impossible landladies, and god dogs.

4/20 Workshop Of Fun

12 Episodes

Asobi Asobase takes the "cute girls doing cute things" subgenre and tosses the cuteness out the window, replacing the trope with a trio of overactive middle schoolers and unbridled chaos.

Hanako, Kasumi, and Olivia create the Pastimers Club to find cool things to do after school. They create a series of bizarre challenges and games to pass the time, with even weirder consequences. Their over-the-top facial expressions and dramatic reactions mimic classic slapstick comedy and will keep any comedy fan on the edge of their seats.

3/20 My Ordinary Life

26 Episodes

My Ordinary Life follows the day-to-day life of three girls but takes a cue from Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Each of these common events gets the Super Saiyan treatment. Sometimes, they get the chill Chi the Cat treatment as a palate cleanser.

Nichijou's designs are very relaxing to watch, with a color palette tending toward yellow pastels. It's also one of the gentlest, best-natured comedy anime series around. It's the perfect anime to watch after a particularly rough day when someone needs comfort.

2/20 Ouran High School Host Club

26 Episodes

Ouran High School Host Club tried to codify and parody every single trope and cliché present in shoujo manga. Ouran laughs at everyone and everything, including fangirls and French names. Every episode includes a plot twist that turns the chapter’s story on its head, and that will genuinely surprise viewers.

Ouran High School Host Club follows Haruhi, a scholarship student attending the ultra-rich, pretty-in-pink Versailles-esque Ouran Academy. On the first day, she accidentally breaks a priceless vase, and Haruhi ends up in debt to a group of spoiled male students pretending to be hosts catering to their female classmates' fantasies. Any shojo fan can vouch for it, and it's great for those who want to dip their toes into the genre.

1/20 Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun

12 Episodes

Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is a focused parody zooming into the shoujo manga industry and the life and tribulations of an everyday mangaka. The first protagonist is Umetaro Nozaki, an imposing and solemn high school student who's secretly a famous romance mangaka; the deuteragonist is Chiyo Sakura, a bubbly girl with a huge crush on him.

Unfortunately, Chiyo's strategy for seducing Nozaki by becoming his assistant is unsuccessful. This hilarious anime is a great window into the secrets of Japanese editorial management, the laws surrounding the kind of images that can be published, and the different ways comic book artists get inspired to work through tight deadlines.

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