Demons invade humanity after being frozen in ice for millions of years. Akira, a timid boy, is tasked by his friend Ryo to merge with one of these demons in order to be able to fight back against them for the sake of humanity.
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FLCL is a short 6-episode anime series. A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.
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#3Aggressive Retsuko (Aggretsuko)
Aggressive Retsuko or more commonly known as Aggretsuko is a shot anime series. In this series of shorts, a polite accountant deals with her annoying co-workers by chugging beer and singing death metal.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Your Name, the highest grossing anime movie of all time, had a runtime of 106 minutes. Ironically enough, the film’s writer and director, Makoto Shinkai, has also made one of the shortest Japanese anime films to be sold: She and Her Cat, released in 1999. The short black-and-white-film runs for five minutes and follows the story of a cat and his female owner over the span of one year, all told through the cat’s perspective. Shinkai had originally made the film for a romantic interest at the time, and it was meant to help them through a difficult time of their life. Shinkai used his experience of living in an apartment surrounded by electrical wires in order to portray the “vague loneliness of living”, “slight pain”, and “modest warmth”. The film is animated by Shinkai himself using hand-drawn animations, with 3D scenes being rendered with Adobe After Effects and additional effects added using Shade 3D, Adobe Illustrator, and Lightwave 3D. Shinkai explained that he left the film in black and white to minimize complex procedures and to save space on his computer, letting the simplicity speak for itself. She and Her Cat was the film that earned Makoto Shinkai his fame and led to him working for CoMix Wave Films, and eventually, to his later films, including Your Name.
She and Her Cat isn’t the only short film that Makoto Shinkai made, but it is one you can watch on a quick break. The same goes for the best short anime series on this list. Try out Aggretsuko or Tonari no Seki-kun if you want something of similar length, or you can go for FLCL if you want full-length episodes. Eitherway, your break won’t have a SHORTage on anime to watch!
#4Tonari no Seki-kun (The Master of Killing Time)
In the middle of a class at a certain school, a diligent student has her in-class life turned upside-down when her next-door desk mate "Seki" creates intricate activities to play at his desk during class.
Castlevania is the anime adaptation of the famous video game of Nintendo. A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself.
#6Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation (The Comic Artist and His Assistants)
Manga author Yuuki Aito is an incredibly perverted man whose main loves and desires is to love everyone close to him and draw panties. His assistant, Ashisu, is constantly put into awkward situations and is forced to cope with Aito's shenanigans.
Asobi Asobase is an anime adaptation of the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rin Suzukawa. It began serialization on Hakusensha's Young Animal Densi website in June 2015 and has been compiled into 6 tankōbon volumes as of June 2018.
#8Poputepipikku (Pop Team Epic)
Pop Team Epic, also known as Poputepipikku turns absurdist comedy up to eleven with its pop culture references and surreal hilarity. With two bonafide high school girl protagonists, they throw genres against the wall and don't wait to see what sticks.