Recommendations: Gag Shows

“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.

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This category somewhat makes me feel awkward… After all,  I am an avid fan of strong storyline and good character developments, so this category is kind of… Um… Outside those boundaries…

Not that it matters, really. Every single show on that list is something I have watched at least in part, and they all made me laugh more than enough that I just had to praise them. Sometimes, it just feels nice to have some cutesy and stupid show there to entertain us fully for a bit, without really having to think or try to find another specific meaning to things. Gag shows serve their purpose well in that sense. The only problem with them is their shaky humour… Gag shows tend to easily become the worst anime of the season if done badly. Therefore, here is a safe list for people looking for something interesting to watch in one evening or two. Enjoy!

 

Spotlight

51619lWatamote

Episodes: 12

SynopsisKuroki Tomoko is a super popular high school girl who has had 50 years of dating experience and 100 boys… in the Otome game world. In the real world, she is a 15-year-old shut-in who has all of the qualities of a “mojo” (a gloomy or unpopular woman).

However, when school isn’t going as she expected, and she isn’t as popular as she had thought she would be, she takes a look at herself in the mirror for the first time in a few years, and has some shocking revelations…

Here comes a sad, sad anime… And yet at the same time, get ready to watch a really funny comedy show. Watamote‘s story revolves around one socially awkward high school girl who wishes to be just like everyone else… Except that she’s socially awkward, and doesn’t know how to act properly around people. The interesting part of this show revolves around being able to see from a third person point of view the story of someone who tries her hardest to communicate in the wrong ways. So, while we can point and laugh at the stupid things Tomoko does in the anime, in a way it is also quite sad to see her go, just because we all wish she could simply do things properly like a normal person… And the lack of improvement in the main character can be somewhat frustrating.

Once we realize this, however, and take this show for what it actually is (a comedy gag show without a real purpose), that is when the show gets the most enjoyable. Watamote is a very original otaku comedy show, and portrays the sad life of a girl in a very funny way, rendering the anime quite filled with dark humour and sad turnabouts. And yet, that is exactly why this show is on the top of my list, since it has made me laugh more than enough times while I watched it.

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46489lAcchi Kocchi

Episodes: 12

SynopsisEveryone has a circle of friends they hang out with. But even within a small group there are smaller groups of friends, best friends and, here’s where it gets complicated, boyfriends and girlfriends. Sometimes relationships just develop in a way where you’re not exactly sure what you are to the other person. Which is the problem Tsumiki has when it comes to Io. Io’s as tall and easygoing as Tsumiki is short in both temper and stature, but he also seems to be totally clueless about how she’s starting to feel. Yet, at times, he’s almost too affectionate. It’s just confusing and irritating. And their prankster friends Mayoi and Sakaki aren’t much help. Especially Mayoi, as it gives her one more thing to tease Tsumiki over. Hime, the fifth member of their usual gang of five isn’t much better, because she’s not really well connected to reality anyway. Which leaves Tsumiki stuck in a quandary. Are she and Io just best friends? And is it worth risking that for what Tsumiki wants?

Honestly, this summary gives Acchi Kocchi so much more worth than what it actually is. All you need to know about the show, really, is that it is really, really cute, and if the cuteness isn’t enough for you then add to that some awesome comedy, and you’ve got the show. Do not expect any character development, any concrete storyline or any true romance between any of the characters. Just sit back, watch the show and enjoy the laughs and the cuteness. Acchi Kocchi is a show which I love the minute I watched the first episode, and this love still hasn’t left me to this day.

The show differentiates itself strongly from other gag shows, mostly because it integrates the theme of romance extremely well without a need for any development to occur. Moe Slice of Life shows like this usually tend to be girls only, which limits the amount of cute that can possibly happen, but Acchi Kocchi takes this convention and breaks it apart by making its episodes reach the limits of possible “kya!” moments. Moreover, the show’s actual comedy is absolutely hilarious, full of slapstick and finds a way to refresh its jokes every few episodes in order to give us some novelty. Honestly, unless you hate cuteness, go watch Acchi Kocchi. Now.

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Other Recommendations

1. Sabagebu!
2. Nichijou
3. Hetalia Series
4. Recorder to Randoseru (Do, Re, Mi)
5. Seitokai Yakuindomo

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

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