Comedy is an integral part of Shonen anime and if done right makes the show all the more fun to watch.
10. Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! is a Japanese light novel, manga, and anime series. It follows the adventures of Kazuma, a young boy who dies and is reincarnated in a fantasy world with a quirky and dysfunctional party of adventurers.
The series has humorous characters, each with its own quirks and personalities that create hilarious interactions and situations. Kazuma, the protagonist, is lazy and selfish, while Aqua, the goddess who reincarnated him, is arrogant and clueless.
Additionally, the series uses parody and satire of the fantasy genre, often making fun of common tropes and clichés. Slapstick comedy, such as characters falling or getting hit, is also frequently used, along with exaggerated reactions for comedic effect.
Lastly, Konosuba employs meta-humour, with characters breaking the fourth wall and commenting on the absurdity of their situations, and acknowledging that they are in a fictional world.
9. Teasing Master Takagi-san
Teasing Master Takagi-san centres around the daily interaction of two classmates, Takagi and Nishikata.
It is a romantic comedy anime that revolves around the playful and lighthearted relationship between two middle school students, Takagi and Nishikata. There are several reasons why the series is considered funny.
Firstly, Takagi enjoys teasing and pulling pranks on Nishikata, which creates humorous situations and reactions from him. Secondly, the interactions between Takagi and Nishikata are filled with playful banter and witty dialogue.
Their conversations and reactions to each other are often the primary sources of comedy in the series. Thirdly, the series often focuses on everyday situations that many people can relate to, such as school, after-school activities, and social events.
The humour comes from how Takagi and Nishikata navigate these situations, and how their teasing and pranks affect each other. Lastly, the series has a romantic subtext, with Takagi often dropping hints and trying to get closer to Nishikata.
The tension between them, as well as Nishikata’s obliviousness to Takagi’s feelings, creates humorous and awkward situations that add to the show’s charm.
There’s one thing to know about this anime: nothing is normal, for us normal humans here.
Nichijou primarily focuses on the daily life of childhood friends, Mio Naganohara, Yuuko Aioi, and Mai Minakam. Their stories soon entwine with the young genius Hakase Shinonome, her robot caretaker Nano, and their talking cat Sakamoto.
With every passing day, the lives of these six and the many people around them experience both the calm of normal life and the insanity of the absurd.
Nichijou’s comedy is a gag, moe, slice-of-life, and slapstick mash-up. All the characters go through extremely funny events throughout the show, which is extremely entertaining to watch!
7. Assassination Classroom
Assassination Classroom is about class 3-E of Kunugigaoka which have a mission to kill their supernatural teacher Koro-sensei but don’t let this deceive you as it has more jokes than blood.
The show’s entertaining and diverse characters, comedic interactions, and balance between humour and action make it a joy to watch. While the series tackles heavy topics like bullying and self-doubt, it still manages to keep a lighthearted and comedic tone.
Additionally, the series’ lovable and quirky characters, as well as their interactions with each other, provide many humorous moments throughout the series.
6. The Disastrous Life of Saiki Ki
The disastrous life of Saiki K follows Kusuo Saiki, a high school student with all kinds of psychic abilities. Life can never be exciting or interesting for someone who has almost every superpower to exist.
While the anime is episodic in nature, it is chaotic and funny, especially because of Saiki’s reactions. It becomes even funnier when you realize that Saiki and Levi from Attack on Titan have the same VA!
The show humorously covers all the problems Saiki can have – from his inability to enjoy a book, thanks to his Psychometry, all the way to the city’s destruction because of his sneeze.
5. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is divided into different parts starring a new character each with an alias Jojo.
The anime is known for its offbeat humour and over-the-top characters. The show uses absurd situations and reactions to create humorous moments, such as characters posing dramatically or making exaggerated facial expressions. Additionally, the unique and bizarre powers of the characters add to the comedic factor.
The anime also has a self-awareness and willingness to poke fun at itself and the shonen genre in general. Overall, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’s humour is a blend of its eccentric characters, ridiculous situations, and self-awareness, which makes it entertaining for viewers.
4. SPY X FAMILY.
Spy X Family is a manga series that blends together elements of action, adventure, drama, and comedy to create a unique and entertaining story. One of the reasons that it is often considered funny is because of the way it plays with genre conventions and subverts expectations.
The series revolves around a spy named Twilight, who is tasked with infiltrating a prestigious school to get close to a target. In order to do this, he must create a fake family, so he adopts a telepathic girl named Anya and marries an assassin named Yor. The humour comes from the way the characters interact with each other and the situations they find themselves in.
For example, Anya’s telepathy often leads to hilarious misunderstandings, while Yor’s violent tendencies clash with Twilight’s more pacifistic nature. Additionally, the series often uses visual gags and comedic timing to punctuate its more serious moments, making for a dynamic and entertaining reading experience.
Overall, Spy X Family’s unique blend of action, drama, and comedy, as well as its charming and quirky characters, are what make it such a funny and enjoyable series.
3. Great Teacher Onizuka
Great Teacher Onizuka, aka GTO, revolves around a 22-year-old ex-biker gang leader, Eikichi Onizuka. Now, he has a new and reformed ambition to become a high school teacher. He lands the job of homeroom teacher of a hopeless class. However, he only chose this job in pursuit of pretty high-school girls! To his shock, this dream is soon shattered.
All of his talents are put to the test, as his class is particularly infamous. The students of this class use psychological warfare to mentally break any new homeroom teacher they get, forcing them to quit and leave school. It is now up to Onizuka to discipline such a horrendous classroom!
Everything that you want in a good comedy series is right here! The setup is perfect, and so is the execution of the Onizuka!
2. One Piece
One Piece is one of the most popular anime in the world. It has over thousand episodes released and is still ongoing.
The series features a cast of eccentric and lovable characters who often get into comical situations that provide a refreshing break from intense battles and serious themes.
What sets One Piece apart from other shonen anime and manga is its ability to balance humour and serious themes. Despite tackling heavy topics such as slavery, political corruption, and racism, the series still manages to keep a lighthearted tone that is both engaging and enjoyable. Overall, One Piece’s balance of humour and action, combined with its colourful characters, has made it a beloved series among fans worldwide.
Be it Zoro’s expert navigation skill or Brook’s meaty jokes. One Piece is peak fiction.
If you have not read/watched One Piece you have seen nothing!
Gintama is a science fiction and comedy anime. It aired on TV from April 4, 2006, to March 29, 2007, with a total of 49 episodes. The story revolves around an eccentric handyman named Gintoki, his apprentice, Shinpachi Shimura, and a teenage alien girl named Kagura.
To us, Gintama is one the quirkiest and weirdest animes we have ever watched, in a good way. The anime is fairly episodic in nature at times, with small funny stories in an episode. There are a lot of callbacks, references to other animes, and Gen-Z humour in this 2006 show! For example, in one of the episodes, Gintoki became the main character of One Piece!