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What are the best short anime?

As much fun as it is to watch and experience a sprawling anime epic, there's a case to be made for short and sweet anime shows. Not only are they great for quick bursts of otaku enjoyment, but they also feature stories that you can finish in a couple of watch sessions. We've actually watched and finished a few shows ourselves during our commutes. If you've been meaning to try these kinds of shows yourself or you're in need of a break from that long story arc that you just finished, let us help you out a little with our recommendations of some of the best short anime that you can start bingeing right now. Check it out below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section as well.

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  1. 1Devilman: Crybaby

    16

    Devilman Crybaby is a re-imagining of a classic anime masterpiece and it was done to perfection. If you're a fan of the original Devilman series, this is a short anime series that you wouldn't want to miss out.

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  1. 2FLCL

    13

    Given FCLC's short episode count, it managed to provide a compelling coming-of-age story that you should definitely watch. At just 6 episodes, it's also the shortest anime series on this list but is by no means lesser in quality.

  2. 3Aggressive Retsuko (Aggretsuko)

    5

    We've all felt frustrated and helpless at one point in our lives when it came to our jobs and that's normal. It's so normal in fact, that Aggressive Retsuko becomes such a funny short anime about the struggles of corporate servitude that we can all relate to.

  1. 4Tonari no Seki-kun (The Master of Killing Time)

    4

    Tonari no Seki-kun has such a mindlessly simple premise that it becomes rather genius. It's a boy who comes up with unique ways to entertain himself during class. It's a silly, relatable, and a fun short anime to watch. It's as simple as that.

  2. 5Castlevania

    2

    As fans of the classic Castlevania series of games, we can't help but feel nostalgic about its anime adaptation, Castlevania. It's a short anime that you can watch in one sitting for each of its seasons. Fan or not, you have to watch this anime. It's a modern masterpiece.

  3. 6Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation (The Comic Artist and His Assistants)

    2

    Ever wondered what's it like in the life of a manga artist? Well, wonder no more with Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation, a short anime series about the hilarious and challenging daily lives of manga artists and their assistants.

  4. 7Asobi Asobase

    0

    Asobi Asobase has one been a delightful and hilarious short anime series. The three main girls are adorable and the shenanigans they get themselves in to have us laughing out loud. If you're looking for a light and fun anime to watch, this definitely one to consider.

  5. 8Poputepipikku (Pop Team Epic)

    -1

    Poputepipikku is a short anime that won't be for everyone. For those who can appreciate its absurdity and meta humor though, it will be a weird but good show to watch in your spare time.

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    Anonymous
    March 5, 2019
    "This is another one of those short animes that has been gaining popularity recently. For this particular show, it works great to its favor making for some really hilarious comedic skits that fit perfectly with each episode's time constraint. Funny all the way through and it never felt forced or dragged along."
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    Tonari no Seki-kun (The Master of Killing Time)
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    Anonymous
    March 5, 2019
    "This show isn't afraid of making fun of the very genre that it is part of and it results in some really hilarious short comedic skits. There will be plenty of pop culture reference both from other anime and others as well. This won't be for everyone but I personally enjoyed my time watching it."
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    Poputepipikku (Pop Team Epic)
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    Anonymous
    March 5, 2019
    "We have all experienced it before during high school. Classes can be boring and we need something to pass the time until the bell rings. This show reminds me so much of that time with a lot of humor and comedy added in. Funny from start to finish."
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    Asobi Asobase
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    Anonymous
    March 5, 2019
    "This show has a lot of ecchi elements in it and that alone won't be to everyone's tastes. Give it a chance and you'll see that it goes beyond all the pervertedness to show a lot of passion and of course, plenty of humor to go along with it."
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    Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation (The Comic Artist and His Assistants)
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    Anonymous
    March 5, 2019
    "One of the best short anime series and one of the best anime productions to have come out of Netflix, bar none. They did an amazing job of translating the beloved game franchise on to the small screen. Definite recommendation."
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    Castlevania
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    Anonymous
    March 5, 2019
    "One of the best shot anime with just 13 episodes in the season. This is also one of the first anime series production by Netflix that got a great reception from audiences all over the world. A must watch for any anime fan."
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    Devilman: Crybaby
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    Anonymous
    March 5, 2019
    "I can relate so much to this show, it's painfully funny. It portrays so much of the mundane, often chaotic office life for use desk workers in such a short time per episode. Brilliant. Just brilliantly funny."
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    Aggressive Retsuko (Aggretsuko)
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    Anonymous
    March 5, 2019
    "This 6-episode anime series is a gem of a shot that explores the ups and downs of adolescence and somehow manages to do so with the very limited longevity that it had to work with."
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    FLCL
This list is about What are the best short anime
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Devilman: CrybabyTV Shows 16 Paid
2FLCLTV Shows 13 Paid
3Aggressive Retsuko (Aggretsuko)TV Shows 5 Paid
4Tonari no Seki-kun (The Master of Killing Time)TV Shows 4 Paid
5CastlevaniaTV Shows 2 Paid
6Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation (The Comic Artist and His Assistants)TV Shows 2 Paid
7Asobi AsobaseTV Shows 0 Free
8Poputepipikku (Pop Team Epic)TV Shows -1 Paid
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