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Although it is still cold outside, February is approaching us, and with it, that festival of red and pink for couples. Yes otakus, it will soon be Valentine’s day! But what happens when you are single or you have just broken up? Fear not! Honey’s Anime has you covered!
We have collected some of the best anime for those times when you are not in lovey dovey mood. Or perhaps you are naturally not inclined to have relationships! Or maybe you are more into friendships. Anyway, above all, it is important to value ourselves before pursuing any other important relationship. So let’s see which anime are for singles.
Warning: there is some sensitive content here, specially if you lean towards depression. Read with caution or you can choose another article to read instead.
10. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan 7 to Apr 1, 2010
Akihisa Yoshii has a hard time when he fails his test in school and is sent to the F class, with the worst classroom and facilities ever. Meanwhile, the other classes have more comforts according to how intelligent they are considered. But when the pupils start to summon fantastic creatures, Yoshii decides it is time to get the F class together to raise their rank. Prepare for a wild ride of intelligence, hard work, and magic!
You can imagine that this anime is all about the laughs, but it also has a background founded on reality. People who are considered losers in Japan are not treated kindly. The message here is clear: make an effort, organize and succeed with your friends. Oh, and have lots of school adventures on the way. That’s the best part.
9. No Game, No Life
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 9 to Jun 25, 2014
If you hang together with your brother and your sister for everything, this anime is for you. Sora and Shiro are two siblings who are not particularly interested in the real world, so they live shut up in their room. However, they are very good at playing games. That is why Tet, the almighty god of games invites them to Disboard, a world where all conflicts are solved through complex games. Here, the siblings will have the mission to unify the nations and become the rulers of the virtual world.
Sora and Shiro are quite contrasting, as Sora is outgoing and manipulative, while Shiro is mostly expressionless and coldly logical. The world of Disboard reminds us strongly of the movies Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The eerie and fantastic locations for the games will make you want to visit Disboard by yourself. In short, if you love games and siblings, this anime might be what you have been looking for.
8. Nijiiro Hotaru: Eien no Natsuyasumi
- Episodes: 1 movie
- Released: May 19, 2012
Sometimes, life can change in a moment and leave us devastated. That is what happened to Yuuta when he lost his father in a car accident. To try to coupe with the loss, he travels to a dam where they passed some time together… and ends up travelling 30 years before, before the dam existed where there was a lively little town there. Yuuta will meet the people in the village and spend an unforgettable summer with them.
Although the animation of this movie is unusual, the freshness and natural reactions of the characters will keep your interest. You will get immersed in the simple and joyous life that one as a child can have. The lush surroundings transport the viewers into a world not so different from ours, as humans are the same everywhere. A truly heart warming film 🙂
7. Accel World
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr 7 to Sep 22, 2012
Let’s face it. Some of us are laughed at and not taken seriously because of any imaginable cause. In the case of Haruyuki Arita, the cause is his weight and apparently untalented self. Haruyuki only has one sweet thing in his life: virtual video games, where he becomes a skillful, cute pink pig. An encounter with the popular vice president of his school’s council will lead him to a new amazing virtual world. The vice president (Kuroyukihime) wants to find the creator of the world and the reason why he created it, thus recruited Haruyuki to help her.
And so, a new video game journey begins… Accel World has it all for us fans of RPG and virtual reality. Haruyuki is amiable and courageous when it is required, making of him a charismatic protagonist that grows in self confidence. Also, the balance between the battles and the moments of interaction between Haruyuki and his allies will warm you up, getting you ready for the adventures of daily life.
6. Welcome to the NHK
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul 10 to Dec 18, 2006
Tatsuhiro Satou has been enclosed in his home for four years. It has been so long, that he is thinking he is the object of a conspiracy by the NHK. But then, Tatsuhiro meets Misaki, who vows to help him become a normal person. Expect the most hilarious situations from these two socially unskilled people!
Welcome to the NHK has become famous for a reason. It was one of the first anime to depict honestly how people with personality disorders suffer from their symptoms and the consequences of such symptoms. Whenever we have felt that we only want to shut down the world behind us, we can relax by watching this anime. Together with Tatsuhiro and Misaki, maybe we can realize that it is worth to give the world one more chance.
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 4 to Sep 26, 2016
Sometimes, it is fun to imagine how you will be within ten years. Perhaps you have written to your future self, but have you ever thought of the reverse situation? It would be great to receive a letter from the future, advising us about the most important things we should do or avoid. Well, that is just what happens to Naho Takamiya, who is advised by her future self to be close to the new transfer student, Kakeru.
This anime is all about friendship and the happiness of our youth days. The six main characters have well defined personalities and background stories. The animation quality is also good, and the overall tone of the story is calm and easy going. If you have ever felt a regret from the past or have good memories with your friends, don’t miss Orange.
4. Summer Wars
- Episodes: 1 movie
- Released: Aug 1, 2009
Let’s go back to games, shall we? Kenji Koiso is such a genius that he is in charge of OZ, a virtual world that exists parallel to ours. One fine day, he is invited by his crush Natsuki to a family party on her hometown. That is just the beginning to several comical and dramatic family situations that escalate to become concerning at the national level. Welcome to the Summer Wars!
This movie has the perfect dose of virtual reality and countryside style anime. What at first looks like a romantic comedy becomes a moral tale on doing what is right in the face of adversity. Moreover, the value of keeping family and community ties strong is the forefront of the movie. Together with Kenji and Natsuki, we can understand how important every person is in order for everyone to succeed.
3. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 8, 2008 to Dec 21, 2016
Natsume Takashi has a little problem: he has been pestered by youkai since he can remember. It turns out that he has inherited a book from his mother, which keeps the youkai names in it. Thus, when Natsume meets a mysterious cat spirit called Madara, he decides to give back the youkai their names. Madara has his own reasons to stick to the plan, but that does not mean that they won’t have an adventure
This is the perfect anime for anyone who feels like they don’t belong and are pestered with bad luck. Natsume will meet all sorts of spirits and will find the truth about them, usually ending with more friendships than enemies. Natsume Yuujinchou is such a heartwarming anime that it has spanned five seasons! You definitely don’t want to miss it out if you are a fan of youkai.
2. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 8 to Mar 25, 2016
Satoru Fujinuma is your regular manga artist who has a stressful life in the city. He has a secret, though: a useful ability called “Revival” that lets him go back in time. Satoru has used his ability in order to save people, but there is a mystery behind it. When he finds out that everything is connected to the murder of a girl when he was very small, Satoru decides to go back to the past to correct it once and for all.
If you liked The Girl who Leaped Through Time or Orange, you will love this anime. It has all the sweetness of the childhood life combined with the dullness of an apparently common adult life. Plus, the mystery only makes the story more attractive. Satoru shows us that there are some things that are difficult to revive, and that with great power comes great responsibility. But that is precisely why we have to grow up and value ourselves, in order to be up to the test.
- Episodes: 1 movie
- Released: Aug 21, 2010
A certain person has died. This person encounters an angel who gives them a chance to remake their life. Thus, they are reincarnated in Makoto, a student that committed suicide recently. Now they have the chance to correct their errors, but will also have to deal with the reality of Makoto’s painful life.
This movie is about life, and is one of the most masterful with its usage of color. The close ups to the natural scenery combined with good, classical animation are an interesting approach to this psychological tale. In the end, the existentialist conflicts of the character are well balanced enough to convey their anguish but also the beauty of existence. Not for nothing this movie won several prizes.
And there you have them! Ten anime that are the best at rescuing the value of the individuals. We should not forget we all make our neighborhoods and the world. That is why there is much more out there than romantic love. But tell us, which is your favorite anime for singles and why? Let’s comment away! See you soon 🙂