1/10: Ore Monogatari (My Love Story)
Ore Monogatari, titled My Love Story in English, is one of the most heartwarming anime you can watch. It’s about the adorable relationship between a gentle giant and the sweeter girl you’ll ever meet in anime.
Each episode delivers a touching portion of their story, whether it be going out on a date, family matters, or doing something with friends. This show’s perfect blend of sweet romance and comedy make it great for rewatching again and again, helping you lift your spirits and heal.
2/10: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun
This anime is both self aware and cute, while having constant gags throughout. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun isn’t a typical romance anime. Rather, it’s a comedy anime that leans into romantic tropes and often parodies them.
The story begins with a girl named Chiyo, who confesses to her crush, only for him to misunderstand and think she’s offering to help him make his manga. This further drags quirky characters into the plot, as the story pokes fun of romance clichés and character types to make an anime that will have you cry-laughing.
K-On is about a group of high school girls who form a band together. The anime showcases the pitfalls, antics, and experiences these girls go through with a marked sentimentality and appreciation for the little joys in life.
This anime features fun songs, great writing, and realistic characters. You’ll feel as though you’re right there with them, making music and making memories.
Nichijou is a short form anime about the mundane events of everyday life, exaggerated to an extreme. The episodes follow a group of three friends as they live through ordinary moments of life.
The incredible parts of this anime, which are in every episode, involve the animation style changes, sound effects, and music. Every ordinary thing you can dream of becomes hilariously dramatic, which can help take the edge off a long day.
5/10: Silver Spoon
In this anime, hardworking Yuugi decides to escape his stressful urban life by enrolling in an agricultural school in the Japanese countryside. He quickly learns that farming and other agricultural activities are a lot more challenging than he expected, and that there’s a lot more to it than raising a few chickens or growing some vegetables.
This anime follows Yuugi as he adapts and learns about agricultural life. It’s a very leisurely paced anime, with wonderful, quiet moments that feel like an escape from the stress of every day, while also offering regular comedic scenes as variety.
6/10: Daily Lives of High School Boys
Daily Lives of High School Boys offers a plot that’s loosely connected, following a trio of teenage boys and narrating various events in their lives. This anime mixes the concept of gag anime with slice of life, letting the audience feel right at home while you watch it.
While this anime is short, it serves well as an anime to rewatch again and again, as the jokes never get old. It’s always there when you need a pick-me-up.
The premise of Barakamon is an interesting one. A calligrapher moves out of the city and to an island, where he interacts with the locals. There, he meets a variety of people, including curious children and quirky adults.
Each episode of this heartwarming and relaxing anime lets you experience the protagonist’s discoveries in an intimate and enjoyable way. You feel as though you’re there, watching the comedic interactions and festivities take place in each episode.
8/10: Little Witch Academia
Little Witch Academia is an anime with beautiful visuals, following the aspiring witch Atsuko as she enrolls in a Magic Academy to follow in the footsteps of her idol.
This is an anime about friendship, dreams and adventure. Every day with Atsuko and her friends is full of ups and downs, while remaining heartwarming throughout, making it a very cozy show to watch.
Haikyuu is a sports anime that’s realistic while focusing on its cast of unique and very well written characters. When watching this show, you’re sure to find someone to root for, if not all the characters. Driven by their own ambitions and desires, you’ll find yourself cheering for these volleyball players as you watch.
There’s a lot of fun interactions in this anime, as well as plenty of exciting moments that will make you hold your breath as you wait for the action to unfold. Characters bond, quarrel, and grow, providing audiences with plenty of relationships to focus on.
10/10: Azumanga Daioh
Azumanga Daioh begins with child prodigy Chiyo as she zooms ahead into high school, years ahead of other children her age. There, along with the audience, she meets a cast of quirky high school girls and teachers. Each character has a distinct personality, and when they all come together, the interactions are comedy gold.
Azumanga Daioh is all about the bittersweet experience that high school is, but don’t let that deceive you. It’s loaded with friendly banter, endless gags, and plenty of adventures for our loveable cast of characters.