Sunday Funday: Anime Series You Should Watch If You Need A Little Pick-Me-Up

Hey pandas!

Sorry for not posting yesterday or the day before or the day before that. After the news of Chester Bennington from Linkin Park dying, I’ve kind of been in a weird funk. As a fan who grew up with Linkin Park I took the news pretty hard. I cried most of the day after I found out the tragic news. Linkin Park’s music got me through a lot of tough times (and I’m sure a lot of you guys feel this way as well). Chester was a rock icon, a musician who spoke to millions, and most of all…human. It is crazy to think that no matter how much you have in this world it WILL NEVER equivalate to happiness. Happiness comes from within.

I would like share a quote from Helen Keller with you all: “What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.”

If you or someone you know is having a hard time dealing with your/their depression please please please reach out to someone. If you feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to then call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Someone is ALWAYS there to listen to you. Even if you do not know this person they are still willing to listen to you.

Okay! Enough with the heavy. Today is Sunday Funday after all. You guys came here for some fun anime recs and I am here to provide them to you! These are some of my favorite lighthearted comedy anime that I think pretty much everyone can enjoy (but you don’t necessarily have to take my word for it). You guys are adults and I am sure you can make your own decisions…or can I? Tehehe. 😉

Lets get this party started!

(P.S. Some of these anime series do have darker themed elements in some of their episodes)

1. Barakamon

Anime synopsis:

“Seishuu Handa is an up-and-coming calligrapher: young, handsome, talented, and unfortunately, a narcissist to boot. When a veteran labels his award-winning piece as “unoriginal,” Seishuu quickly loses his cool with severe repercussions.

As punishment, and also in order to aid him in self-reflection, Seishuu’s father exiles him to the Goto Islands, far from the comfortable Tokyo lifestyle the temperamental artist is used to. Now thrown into a rural setting, Seishuu must attempt to find new inspiration and develop his own unique art style—that is, if boisterous children (headed by the frisky Naru Kotoishi), fujoshi middle schoolers, and energetic old men stop barging into his house! The newest addition to the intimate and quirky Goto community only wants to get some work done, but the islands are far from the peaceful countryside he signed up for. Thanks to his wacky neighbors who are entirely incapable of minding their own business, the arrogant calligrapher learns so much more than he ever hoped to.”

2. Fukigen na Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean)


Anime synopsis:

“The start of Hanae Ashiya’s high school career has not been easy—he has spent all of the first week in the infirmary, and his inexplicable condition is only getting worse. The cause of his torment is the mysterious fuzzy creature that has attached itself to him ever since he stumbled upon it the day before school began.

As his health continues to decline and the creature grows in size, Hanae comes across a flyer advertising an exorcist who expels youkai. Desperate and with nothing left to lose, he calls the number and is led to the Mononokean, a tea room which suddenly appears next to the infirmary. A morose-sounding man, Haruitsuki Abeno, reluctantly helps Hanae but demands payment afterward. Much to Hanae’s dismay, he cannot afford the fee and must become an employee at the Mononokean to work off his debt. And to make things worse, his new boss is actually one of his classmates. If Hanae ever hopes to settle his debt, he must work together with Abeno to guide a variety of dangerous, strange, and interesting youkai back to the Underworld.”

3. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun)

Nozaki-kun and Sakura

Anime synopsis:

“Chiyo Sakura is a cheerful high school girl who has fallen head over heels for the oblivious Umetarou Nozaki. Much to Chiyo’s confusion, when she confesses to her beloved Nozaki, he hands her an unfamiliar autograph. As it turns out, the stoic teenage boy is actually a respected shoujo mangaka, publishing under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno! A series of misunderstandings leads to Chiyo becoming one of Nozaki’s manga assistants.

Throughout the hilarious events that ensue, she befriends many of her quirky schoolmates, including her seemingly shameless fellow assistant, Mikoto Mikoshiba, and the “Prince of the School,” Yuu Kashima. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun follows Chiyo as she strives to help Nozaki with his manga and hopes that he will eventually notice her feelings.”

4. Musaigen no Phantom World (Myriad Colors Phantom World)

Anime synopsis:

“Phantoms: supernatural entities such as ghosts or youkai that, until recently, were thought to be superstition. However, when a virus that infects the brain spreads throughout society, people’s perception of the world changes as the mythical beings are revealed to have been living alongside humanity the entire time. This virus has also affected those of the next generation significantly, allowing them to develop special abilities that they can use to fight against dangerous phantoms.

Haruhiko Ichijou and Mai Kawakami are two of those that were granted such power as Haruhiko wields the ability to summon and seal phantoms through drawings while Mai imbues the power of the elements into martial arts. Together, along with the friendly phantom Ruru, they form Team E of Hosea Academy which is dedicated to dealing with these often mischievous beings. In a world where the real and surreal intertwine, Musaigen no Phantom World follows the adventures of a group of friends as they handle the everyday troubles caused by phantoms.”

5. Tamako Market

Tamako Market

Anime synopsis:

“Inside the Usagiyama Shopping District lies an eccentric but close-knit community of business owners. Tamako Kitashirakawa, a clumsy though adorable teenage girl, belongs to a family of mochi bakers who own a quaint shop called Tama-ya. One day, Tamako stumbles upon a talking bird that presents himself as royalty from a distant land. Dera Mochimazzi, as he calls himself, states that he’s seeking a bride for his country’s prince. Intent on his mission, Dera follows Tamako home and develops an addiction to mochi, becoming painfully overweight and subsequently unable to fly back to his homeland; thus, he takes up residence with Tamako’s family and becomes the community’s beloved mascot.

Meanwhile, Tamako’s friend, Mochizou Ooji, continues to hide his true feelings for her. Their fathers are fierce mochi rivals, but will it be enough to drive a wedge between Tamako and Mochizou? And just what will happen to Dera’s task of finding his prince’s destined bride?”

Of course the last two I have on this list would be from Kyoto Animation. Probably because I love their studio work so so much! The animation is just brilliantly done! Have you seen any of the shows I listed above? If not which ones will you be adding to your watch list? If you have which ones are your favorite? Let me know in the comments section below!

And as always thank you for being here my pandas! You rock! ❤

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them

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