Comedy Anime Winter 2017 - LOL With Angels, Dragons, Detectives and Monster Girls! [Recommendations]

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Have we got some interesting anime ringing in the New Year! This winter heralds in a ton of mythical themes ranging from dragons to vampires! We’re seeing a slight departure from the traditional spirits common in anime and seeing more Western influences on creatures and magic. Some shows have also chosen to delve into different relationship dynamics and character types which can be a breath of fresh air to those looking for something new!

Below is our list of the best comedy anime this season. Don’t let the cold get you down. Let these cute angels (both metaphorical and literal) warm your heart!

9. Chou Shounen Tanteidan NEO

  • Episodes: Unknown
  • Aired: Jan. 2017 - Currently airing

Chou Shounen Tanteidan NEO follows the activities of the Boy Detectives Club as they attempt to stave off evil cockroaches and strict landladies. Kobayashi, the young leader, follows the advice of ace detective Akechi to thwart the attempts of the Fiend with Twenty Faces. As their arch-nemesis, the Fiend with Twenty Faces has nefarious plans for our heroes. Will the Boy Detectives Club be able to reveal his identity(ties?) and save the day?

Much like Teekyuu, the dialogue in this show is hastily spoken, as if the voice actors are hoping to get as much nonsense out as possible before you turn off the show. It’s chock-full of exaggerated reactions and far-fetched explanations and ridiculously silly antagonists. There are a lot of visual gags as well such as Kobayashi coming to some sort of realization and becoming hyper-realistic in contrast to his normal, overly-simple character design. There’s no pretense of some grand hidden plot, but the eye-catching colors and rapid-fire discourse will keep your attention.

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Chou Shounen Tantei-dan NEO


8. ClassicaLoid

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Oct. 2016 – April 2017

Kanae has her hands full with freeloaders in her grandmother’s old house. One being her childhood friend Sousuke and the other two being none other than Beethoven and Mozart! Without a clear memory of their purpose or reason for being in this time and place, they devote themselves to their whims. Yet they have a special power, their music that remains just out of their conscious minds. Only when emotionally volatile are they able to release their musical magic!

Immediately, the design of our main characters should draw you in, particularly Beethoven’s fierce face and Mozart’s wildly eccentric style. The colors really pop in this show, especially during the music scenes. It’s a crazy, unbelievable story with a hint of historical accuracy that makes it almost acceptable that classical musicians from the past with fantastical powers would be in Japan under the care of an overworked high school girl. Waltzing robots are not the craziest thing you will see! Very lighthearted and touching at times, the mystery of just who the ClassicaLoids are and what their reason for being is, makes for funny yet intriguing anime!

ClassicaLoid – Official Trailer

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ClassicaLoid


7. Nanbaka (2017) (Nanbaka: Season 2)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan. 2017 – Currently airing

Nanba Prison is the world’s most secure prison. There is no one alive who has managed to escape its high walls to freedom. Enter Juugo, Nico, Rock, and Uno; four hardened criminals that have never been in a prison they couldn’t escape from! For legendary escape artists, they sure are leisurely. Escaping from prison is more of a game than a necessity to them, and the superintendent Hajime is an unwilling participant. More annoying to him than their incessant attempts at a prison-break is their clingy, attention-seeking attitudes towards him! Faced with inadequate staff and goofy inmates, Hajime might be the only one taking his role seriously.

There's a lot to love with this show, what with the striking colors and hilarious characters. The four criminals' appearances seem to help reinforce their separation from normal people. While our… heroes? Villains? …find themselves in life-threatening circumstances, their hilarious exchanges make each time exciting rather than dramatic. They never seem to take the severity of their situation to heart, and instead find comfort in each other, which is both cute and oftentimes funny.

Nanbaka Trailer

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6. Urara Meirochou

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan. 2017 – March 2017

Chiya has waited patiently for the day she turns 15 and can make the journey from her home in the mountains to Meirochou, a town where young girls train to become divine fortune-tellers. However, when she gets there, she realizes she has no idea what to do, or what common decency is! Despite her lack of social graces, she manages to befriend Kon, Koume, and Nono; each with their own unique method of fortune telling. Gods willing, she’ll be able to achieve her purpose for coming to this city, and become a great fortune-teller along the way!

Chiya is probably the funniest character in the show, not only because of her ignorance, but her conviction that her way is the correct way and everyone else is wrong. A lot of the humor stems from Chiya being too affectionate with others or not understanding their reservations about being bare in public. The story has a slower pace and doesn’t throw funny lines at you as often as others on this list, but the adorable characters will appeal to viewers who enjoy both comedy and mythical settings.

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Urara Meirochou


5. Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Interviews with Monster Girls)

  • Episodes: Unknown
  • Aired: Jan. 2017 - Currently airing

Dullahans, vampires, yukionna (snow women), and succubi are known to most humans as Ajin. But cute girls need a cute name! The self-proclaimed Demi may be different than humans, but each of these unique students at Shizaki High School has the heart of a maiden. Thanks to their kind biology teacher who wants nothing more than to interview and understand Demi better, the girls can open up about their everyday life. While there are different hardships the girls must overcome, they share a lot more with human girls their age than people realize.

Demi-chan is a great comedy which manages to evoke a lot of empathy from the audience. In spite of, or perhaps because of, tender moments where an understanding between man and Demi is reached, sudden hilarious scenes take you by surprise. While a common theme has been to use older monster girls for ecchi-based comedy, Demi-chan takes a more sensitive approach to seeing life through the eyes of another and utilizing humor more commonly found in slice-of-life anime. Touching, and very sweet, Demi-chan is an anime to look forward to this season.

Interviews with Monster Girls PV

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai


4. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon)

  • Episodes: Unknown
  • Aired: Jan. 2017 - Currently airing

It’s understandable that sometimes excessive drinking leads to heightened emotions and promises made in the moment. What’s not understandable is how unremarkable office worker Miss Kobayashi ends up face to face with a dragon who claims she’s come to live with her! Able to transform into a girl and knowing of Miss Kobayashi’s affinity for maids, Tooru dons a maid outfit and declares she’ll become what Miss Kobayashi desires most. All Tooru wants is to build a closer relationship, but Miss Kobayashi finds it difficult to leave her normal life behind! Miss Kobayashi reluctantly allows Tooru to attempt to help her, but that’s easier said than done for a dragon with no understanding of what humans deem acceptable!

Kobayashi-san and Tooru make quite a humorous pair, with Kobayashi-san being the no-nonsense type and Tooru being the clueless, lovey-dovey type. This show employs some dark humor which is in great contrast to the cute and silly style of the show. You can’t help but laugh harder when you’re feeling both entertained and slightly horrified! Tooru’s devotion to Kobayashi’s happiness hides her more violent and hateful nature to all other humans and the clear divide is very funny to behold.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - PV 2

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Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon


3. Gintama.

  • Episodes: Unknown
  • Aired: Jan. 2017 - Currently airing

If you have a request to make, find your way to Yorokuza. Gintoki, a masterful swordsman and procrastinator; Kagura, super strong and easy-going to the point of putting herself in constant danger; and Shinpachi, the ignored and abused brains of the group will take on anything asked of them so long as they get paid! Using their unique talents, they will run away, eat all food in sight, and make pop-culture references. Hopefully, they’ll also complete their missions!

Gintama takes humor to a whole new level, being absolutely ridiculous and breaking the 4th wall again and again. The show is very self-aware, makes fun of itself a lot and uses gags from other shows as well as drawing silly parallels for certain scenes. While Shinpachi is usually the straight man, he has such ridiculous tendencies himself that it’s hard to classify him as such. Nothing is off limits with Gintama, and this season you’re in for another wild ride!

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Gintama (2017)


2. Gabriel Dropout

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan. 2017 – March 2017

Gabriel, the top-graduating angel of her class, is excited to begin her assignment on Earth to spread peace and happiness to all of humanity. When she hears the voices of humans crying out for healing in a popular MMO, her angel sensibilities won't allow her to ignore them! Fast-forward to present day… Gabriel is unrecognizable, a shallow, bitter shell of her former holy glory. Content to widdle her time away by playing video games, she's become entirely lazy and self-serving. Her demon friend Vignette tries to keep her on the right path, but Gabriel won't be swayed by heaven or hell!

Gabriel Dropout is reminiscent of Umaru-chan, but with the added comedic effect of characters acting exactly opposite of how you’d expect. Gabriel’s uncaring attitude towards the people and property around her put demons to shame. It’s so bad that the self-proclaimed ‘next ruler of hell’ Satanichi, has decided she can’t call herself a true demon until she surpasses Gabriel’s evil ways. Gabriel’s friend from Heaven, Raphiel, is no angel herself. Well, she is, but she’s extremely sadistic and manipulative! Your crueler side will find laughing at Satanichia’s failed attempts at being bad inevitable.

Gabriel Dropout PV

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Gabriel DropOut


1. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2)

  • Episodes: Unknown
  • Aired: Jan. 2017 - Currently airing

Kazuma was a boy with no grand expectations or dreams, content with spending his days with video games. When he dies suddenly, he’s offered the choice to live again in an RPG-like fantasy world! He eagerly gathers three beauties in his party only to be very disappointed. Aqua is a goddess who is more accustomed to party tricks than battle tactics. Megumin is a witch who can only use one very powerful, explosive spell that will take out foes and friends alike. Darkness has terrible offense and can really only be used as a shield (which is fine for a masochist like her). The only thing these 4 have going for them is their passion. But is that enough to stave off the demon king?!

If you like shows that offer you characters you expect greatness of and are found lacking, KonoSuba will leave you laughing! Kazuha isn't a bad guy, but he's so self-indulgent that you won't feel bad when things don't go his way. For a useless guy, he has quite the attitude expected of an adventure claiming to want to protect the town. Megumin’s dramatic flair for over-exaggeration coupled with Darkness' propensity to voice her masochistic thoughts to all usually gets quite the fed-up reaction from Kazuha. Aqua doesn’t act much like a goddess either, happy to take the easy way instead of the ‘right’ way. With KonoSuba 2 you can enjoy a fantasy world of characters with everyday failings.

KonoSuba 2 Trailer:

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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2nd Season


Final Thoughts

So ends our fantastical and funny list of comedy anime for winter! There’s a lot to look forward to this season with a few you can binge as soon as you’re done with this article. From slice of life to ecchi, whatever your preference, there will be something for you. Go forth and laugh!

May

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Author: May

Hey friends! I reside in Georgia and use my degree in Japanese primarily to (barely) read doujinshi that hasn’t been translated. Beyond deciding who is best girl in whatever I happen to be watching, I really enjoy ballroom dancing, reading, crying over dating sims, karaoke, and being surrounded by beautiful things~ (You know, scenery, décor, boys, stuff like that). I also love talking about passions with others!

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