The world of anime and manga is bigger and better than ever. With an impressive variety of literary genres, subjects and settings, there really is something for everyone. While shonen action/adventure stories dominate, anime fans can also try other genres, from macabre horror to slapstick comedy.
Some of the most popular nonviolent anime are set in high school, an environment that is very relevant to their target audience. These series are often romance, drama, or a comedy series, or even a combination of the three. Anyone who enjoys light-hearted high school series is encouraged to try these recommendations, some of which are rom-coms in particular – and they all make watching easier.
Azumanga Daioh is a good funny comedy
Azumanga Daioh is an older but popular anime series set in an ordinary high school with students who aren’t so ordinary. There is little to no supernatural or fantastical elements in this series, with the narrative focusing on the shenanigans and hilarious downfalls of everyday life.
The story follows a core of female students who prank each other, get angry and with their equally immature teacher Mrs. Tanizaki who often allows them to go on adventures all over Japan. Azumanga Daioh has many running gags, from kuudere Sakaki, who secretly loves cute things and cats, to the tireless spoilsports of Tomo and Chiyo, a child genius who’s a bit too naive for his own good.
Azumanga Daioh is available to stream on HIDIVE.
Nichijou continues what Azumanga Daioh started
In the same sense as Azumanga Daioh before her the hit comedy series Nichijou takes place in an ordinary high school that’s home to some truly extraordinary students — and some of them aren’t even human. At this school, students like Yuuko, aspiring manga artist Mio, and robot girl Nano seem to get into trouble every day, and it’s always a riot to watch.
Some of these characters are to attempt to have a normal and productive high school career, but the wild escapades catch up with them in the most unexpected way. When a young teacher and a talking black cat are dropped, any sense of normality fades. Class is always and sometimes an adventure here NichijouThe gags of are downright psychedelic in nature.
Nichijou is available to stream on Crunchyroll.
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a potential shojo anime
Monthly Nozaki-kun for girls is a short but colorful anime based on the ongoing manga of the same name. He shares the Azumanga Daioh The manga’s four-part layout is somewhat similar to western comics. Protagonist Sakura Chiyo is a happy and kind high school girl who has a massive but one-sided crush on her classmate Nozaki, who is currently titled drawing her own shojo manga series let’s fall in love.
Chiyo couldn’t win Nozaki’s heart, but she gets a job as a new assistant at his manga studio. The two develop a warm friendship based on using the wild antics around them as inspiration for the next chapter of let’s fall in love. With so many goofy characters around her, Sakura has no shortage of material to work with.
Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is available to stream on Netflix and Crunchyroll.
Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War mixes wit, romance and great comedy
Some high school anime comedy mixes compatible genres – often romance – and the result is a story that can appeal to a remarkable number of fans. The enchanting Seinen anime Kaguya-sama: Love is war can call death threat fans with its “battle of the jokes” storyline, but it should also appeal to shojo fans and high school anime fans in general. Kaguya Sama has its fair share of drama, but overall this romantic intellectual battle is a goofy, light-hearted affair filled with endless jokes, bizarre dialogue, and more than a little mayhem.
Kaguya-sama is available to stream on Crucnchyroll and Hulu.
Komi Can’t Communicate is a sweet comedy with romantic undertones
Komi can’t communicate Based on the ongoing manga series by author Tomohito Oda, is an inspirational story about charming dandere heroine Komi Shoko and her quest to make 100 friends in high school. She’s always struggled with a communication disorder, but this year will be different – and she has her new best friend Tadano Hitohito to help her out.
The story has a subtle romantic undertone between Komi and Tadano, but is mostly a feel-good comedy that, like Azumanga Daiohtakes place in an ordinary Japanese high school with the most bizarre yet loveable students imaginable.
Komi Can’t Communicate is available to stream on Netflix.
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