Life is stressful. I could rant about that but I’d rather not be sad today. Instead, allow me to present my Top 5 Feel-Good Anime. These are shows I’ve already seen before and enjoyed so much that I will watch them again. Sometimes I watch anime to distract myself from my problems. When I do get into one of those moods, I hardly ever watch new shows. I want to relax with something I know I like rather than chance a new anime. These are the top five I go to when I’m in a mental “ugggggghhhhh… I don’t want to anything” state.
5. One-Punch Man (season 1)
One-Punch Man is basically a shonen parody or satire. One-Punch Man Saitama is so overpowered no enemy is a challenge for him. Hence his title, because one punch is all it takes to defeat his opponents. He’s so overpowered that the show’s plot and conflicts are mainly driven by all of the other characters surrounding Saitama. It works well. The show has a ton of humorous moments. It doesn’t take itself too seriously by poking fun at tropes through Saitama, while still telling an engaging story with the other characters and the world.
I saw the second season of the anime but I don’t like it as much as the first. The second season was good anime, but the first season was outstanding.
Epic action scenes, funny moments, ridiculous characters (in the best way).
I dare you to not scream “ONE PUNCH!!!” with the intro.
4. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
If you think of a psychic when you hear the name Saiki, then you’re correct! Saiki, the main character, is psychic. In fact, he has soooooo many psychic powers he could have beaten Thanos easily. Funny enough, he doesn’t care about them much. He just wants to go to school and have a relatively normal life. Which is hard to do when all of his classmates and parents are ridiculous versions of various anime tropes. This anime is an episodic, slice-of-life comedy. What makes this anime so good is the deadpan internal monologue of Saiki. It is a surprisingly good form of exposition and humor.
Characters so exaggerated they can only occur in anime, sarcasm, a guy who just wants to be left alone in peace, a new take on psychic abilities.
Where can I get some coffee jelly? I want to try it!
3. Ouran Highschool Host Club
I don’t often watch romantic comedies, but when I do it’s anime. Ouran Highschool Host Club is a classic romantic comedy anime. What makes this one so good is a combination of wacky slice-of-life humor, culture class between social statuses, and the main character Haruhi. She got a scholarship to a prestigious school of the ludicrously wealthy. Haruhi only wants to study and work towards her goal of becoming a lawyer. She’s very honest, genuine, and completely dense when it comes to romance. (I feel that) Shenanigans happen once she accidentally becomes indebted to the Host Club and is forced to join. As the show progresses you better understand the characters and their relationships progress naturally.
Shojo tropes (and parodies of them) done right, expressive characters, humor, drama.
I would absolutely go to the Host Club.
2. Persona 4: The Animation
If you took anime and combined it with Scooby-Doo, Persona 4: The Animation would be the result. It’s based on the video game, but it is a good enough anime to stand alone without playing the game. Yu Narukami moves out to live with his relatives for a year while his parents are working overseas. He is hot stuff as the new kid, coming from Tokyo to the tiny town of Inaba. Yu makes new friends, accidentally discovers another world by falling into a big flatscreen tv, and tries to solve the case of a local serial killer committing mysterious murders. Clearly, just a typical Japanese high school life according to anime. What makes this anime fun is how it focuses on the character interactions. The best part of this anime is watching the friendships develop.
Lovable characters, the cliche power of protagonist and friendship, hilarious dialog.
♫Every day’s great at your Junes!♫ Please help me, I can’t get that catchy jingle out of my head.
1. Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense
Here it is. This is my number one. I’ve watched the entire anime at least four times. Bofuri is my ultimate happy place anime.
Bofuri stars Kaede as she decides to try an online virtual reality game called New World Online. Now, going by the username Maple, she begins exploring the new video game world and figuring out how to play. Maple doesn’t know the first thing about video games, so she comes across as naive and friendly. As she plays the game, Maple unintentionally becomes an overpowered character due to her whimsically chaotic energy. Maple is so lovable! Most of the other characters think so too. As Maple plays the game and competes in various competitions she meets several new friends. This is the only anime that I would describe as wholesome. The whole show is about the characters having fun and engaging in healthy rivalries with competitors. I love this show.
Adorable, pseudo-fantasy setting, funny dialog, reactions to Maple.
I volunteer to join Maple Tree!!
There you have it. My definitive Top 5 list of Feel-Good anime. Do you agree with me? Disagree? Tell me about the anime that should have been included. Feel free to voice your opinions in the comments!
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