15 Underrated Comedy Anime You Probably Haven’t Seen

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Vote up the comedy anime series that deserve more recognition.

Do you love comedy anime, but feel like you've seen everything out there? There are plenty of extremely funny shows out there that are popular for good reason. But whether you've seen everything you've heard of or are just looking for something that's a little bit off the beaten path, sometimes you need to watch underrated comedy anime. 

We're counting down a few hidden gems of the genre. Do you love Gintama? Then you should try out SKET Dance, a similarly absurd parody series created by an assistant who once worked on the Gintama manga. Want to laugh about the working world? Try Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san, a show about a skeleton who works at a bookstore. Want something a little more fantastical? Try Heaven's Design Team, a new series about the people who create the animals who populate the world. These shows may not get the attention they deserve, but they're some of the best comedy anime out there.

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    366 VOTES

    Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle

    After being kidnapped by the Demon King, Princess Aurora Suya Rhys Kaymin is a lot less anxious than one might expect. Instead, all she cares about is getting a decent night's sleep. She's willing to do anything, no matter how absurd, to get it.

    The story sounds simple, and it is, but that's part of what makes it such a delight. 

    366 votes
  • Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan is painfully funny - and we mean painful. If you like dark humor, this show is a great choice. 

    Uramichi is a depressed adult who works for a kids show. He has to balance his own gloomy outlook with the cheerful attitude he has to put on for the kids. Sometimes, it seeps through in creepy but still funny ways. His coworkers may not be living in the same existential nightmare that he is, but they aren't exactly as happy as their personas imply.

    277 votes
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    130 VOTES

    Hozuki's Coolheadedness

    Hozuki's Coolheadedness
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    Hozuki's Coolheadedness is proof that hell is a great time - at least if you're one of the demons or other beings that work there and you have a sense of humor. Hozuki, the assistant of King Enma, does not have a sense of humor. He's perpetually annoyed by his boss' shortcomings.

    His acerbic personality combined with all the wild things that happen in Japanese hell make for an extremely funny series. While the comedy is top-notch, it's also educational - you'll learn a lot about Japanese culture and religion. 

    130 votes
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    140 VOTES

    Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun

    Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun
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    If your favorite thing about Komi Can't Communicate is the fact that a protagonist with an obvious mental health issue is not just accepted in spite of it but adored because of it, you might also like Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun.

    Aoyama is a soccer player who needs everything to be flawlessly clean - think Levi from Attack on Titan but more intense. Despite his teacher acknowledging it as a mental health issue, his classmates think it's awesome. Most of the jokes center around the contrast between his obsession with cleanliness and the very unclean nature of soccer - either that or his classmates' over-the-top love for him. 

    140 votes
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    202 VOTES

    Aggretsuko

    Aggretsuko
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    Don't skip out on Aggretsuko because of the cutesy Sanrio design - it's both hilarious and thoughtful. While the series is filled with funny moments that will be relatable to any working person, it also does deep character work and has a lot to say about the realities of modern life. 

    Retsuko is an office employee who is thoroughly sick of her mundane job and of how poorly her boss treats her. She secretly gets her frustrations out by singing heavy metal karaoke. 

    202 votes
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    103 VOTES
    Senryu Girl
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    Nanako Yukishiro is a seemingly ordinary high school girl, with one unusual quirk - she can only speak in senryuu - 17-syllable-long poems.

    She forms an unexpected friendship with Eiji Busujima, a former teenage delinquent who decides to change his ways when he realizes how interested he is in senryuu - and in Nanako. 

    103 votes