Recommendations: Comedy

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“What should I watch now?” Thus is the question we, as anime fans, will ever wonder, for ever and ever. With an endless list of shows available for us to watch, it is sometimes complicated to filter out which ones are good and which ones would be better off disappearing into a deep abyss. This column serves exactly this purpose; in whichever category appears from one week to the next, the best shows will be picked out, leaving you with a good amount – enough to watch anime for entire days without pondering over the incessant question that attacks all anime fans.

This week, we explore the most overused genre in all of anime: comedy. Often used as a sub-genre for almost every single anime show that comes out, comedy is a great way to attract new viewers and to keep the show entertaining throughout. Some producers, however, view comedy as a full genre, creating anime solely to entertain its spectators; those are the shows on which I intend to bring the focus this week. Lovers of laughter, prepare to enjoy the vast selection of anime especially picked out just for you.



Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu

Episodes: 12
Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: It’s back-to-school mayhem with Kaname Chidori and her war-freak classmate Sousuke Sagara as they encounter more misadventures in and out of Jindai High School. But when Kaname gets into some serious trouble, Sousuke takes the guise of Bonta-kun—the gun-wielding, butt-kicking mascot. And while he struggles to continue living as a normal teenager, Sousuke also has to deal with protecting his superior officer Teletha Testarossa, who has decided to take a vacation from Mithril and spend a couple of weeks as his and Kaname’s classmate.

In all honesty, this is probably one of the few times a show will appear in Spotlight without a personal opinion attached to it. Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu is a show which I personally have not seen yet; however, it deserves its place hands down, with zero competition to beat the show to it. Good critiques on this show are endless, and the amount of laughter engendered from it is apparently enormous. The only inconvenience to the show (and the reason why it is not on my Watched list already), is that it is greatly recommended to have watched the first season of Full Metal Panic! to truly understand many jokes of this parallel series. This masterpiece of a comedy requires an extra 26 episodes to go through, and for non-mecha lovers this can be quite a turn-off. All who have watched it, however, will tell you that it is 100% worth it to watch Full Metal Panic just to watch the Fumoffu sequel, which makes its spectators laugh like they never have before, from beginning to end.



Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

Episodes: 25
Rating: PG-13
Synopsis: Takano Kyohei, Oda Takenaga, Toyama Yukinojo, and Morii Ranmaru are going to rent a house to go to school for free on the condition that they make the girl of the house a “lady”. However, Nakahara Sunako, the girl living there, is gloomy, weird, and horror movie maniac. She has a trauma of when she was told she was ugly by the boy whom she loved when she was in junior high school. She doesn’t like beautiful things and gets a nosebleed when she looks at something beautiful.

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (a.k.a. Wallflower) has a synopsis which sounds just as weird as the show actually is. Aimed at adepts of reverse harems, the original premise gives the show a huge romantic feeling which persists throughout the whole show; eventually, however, one notices a slow breakdown of the story, leaving an enormous amount of room for ridiculous comedy targeted at a primarily female audience. Although the actual rating for the show can only be so high due to its flawed plot, the entertainment with which one can watch this show gives it a truly high re-watching value; anyone determined to watch a show solely to entertain themselves will be able to feast on Wallflower and to enjoy its ridiculous comedy to the fullest.



Other Recommendations

1. Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?
2. Seitokai Yakuindomo
3. Ouran High School Host Club
4. WataMote
5. Acchi Kocchi

**Thanks to MAL for the summaries and info!**

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