Gintama’s eccentricity, strong humour, and numerous humorous references to other anime are immediately engaging. Join Gintama on his wild and unpredictable adventures as he travels across feudal Japan. This isn’t your typical feudal Japan, though; Gintoki has some very bizarre encounters that serve to spice up an already delicious story. Gintoki isn’t as interested in finding work as the average person, so he goes on this never-ending trip to grab at every employment he can find while fighting bizarre monsters and an odd Yakuza gang.
Like I said before, Gintama’s sense of humour is all over the place. The range of humour is astonishing, from the crass to the just-over-the-top, and it is expertly packaged. No matter how many times Gintama encounters antagonists, they never feel like true opponents because they always do something so stupid that you end up laughing till you cry. Naked characters will be seen strolling around in no particular hurry, and one character will be beaten to a bloody pulp while another character shoots them. The constant chaos is what gives the play its unique character and fits in perfectly with the absurdist humour of Prison School.
2. Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san
You’d think you were watching an HBO show because of all the crass humour on display. Akutabe and Azazel’s fight is wonderful to see because Azazel is constantly being murdered. But it’s with his pals that the humour really takes off; Beelzebub, for example, is a bird that gets turned on by the sight of faecal stuff and shamelessly devours it on screen. This show is hilarious because of its offbeat kind of comedy, which will either disgust or amuse you depending on your mood at the time.
Akutabe’s duty is to call upon demons to aid his troubled customers, yet even his customers themselves are not of this world. Akutabe solves one problem, only to have an even more ridiculous one appear as he beats Azazel to a bloody pulp for ignoring orders and viewing ecchi. This hilarious cartoon features poop cakes, eyes flying out of their sockets, and plenty of other laugh-out-loud moments. If you aren’t convinced by the trailer (which is humorous enough on its own) and still end up seeing the film, you’ll be trapped in a world of ridiculously entertaining excess.
3. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!
Rather than having a central plot or theme, comedy anime will often just throw a bunch of random shenanigans at you and hope you’ll stay tuned in. Much like the first book, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni! follows protagonist Yoshii as he wanders the halls of his school in pursuit of answers he will never discover. The complexity of his character may have you scratching your head at first, but upon more investigation, you’ll see that he’s a total pervert. From the very first episode to the very last, the show delivers on its promise to be a hilarious good time.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But what about the story?” Surely there’s some backstory here, but there isn’t; instead, the show consists mostly of random comedic hijinks. No matter how hard you try to hold it together during the ecchi scenes, you’ll end up with a bloody nose. The romance element of the programme is overshadowed by the constant crazy that Yoshii goes through. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu is for you if you’re in the mood for a good chuckle and a healthy dose of moe, tsundere, yandere, lolicon, and perverts.
4. Detroit Metal City
So here we are in Detroit Metal City, setting out once again in search of comedy. Nothing that happens in the programme actually takes place in Detroit, which makes you question why on earth they chose that name. The protagonist, Negishi, is a country bumpkin who decides to make a fresh start in Tokyo. He imagines himself as the lead singer of a death metal band called Krauser II, yet all he really wants to do is drink tea in his pyjamas at home. Irregular, right? That is one thing you can forget to remind us of.
With rapid and unrelenting humour, the programme hits you square in the gut and keeps you coming back for more. The pelvic thrusting, severe profanity, and general silliness of it all will have you laughing out loud like a fool. Each episode is brief, but the payoff from the characters’ interactions is always high. At every turn, Negishi was quick to embarrass himself by interrupting others and making crass comments reminiscent of British slapstick comedy. These jokes are so unbelievably hilarious that you won’t be able to get enough of them, despite the fact that they will make you blush and make you cry at the same time.
5. Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
Imagine instead a world where all sex and lewdness are strictly forbidden, and where even the mention of such topics might get you into serious trouble. In fact, that’s what happens in the show; the government has imposed stringent regulations on the depiction of sexually explicit acts, and Okuma needs to crack that code before it’s too late. When the terrorist organisation Blue Snow gets engaged in the fight against censorship laws, he must deal with both Anna, the girl he has a massive love on, and the larger problem of the law’s enforcement.
Then, you may be wondering, “When does the humour start?” This show makes a big deal out of the fact that it wants to get rid of sexuality, but it’s in every single episode. Blue Snow, also known as Ayame, parades around in the newest white cloak, exposing only a skimpy pair of obscene underwear over her head. Lewd deeds, accompanied by nasty and coarse comedy, occur every time Okuma tries to resist temptation and escape being imprisoned. It’s possible that this show may have been responsible for the invention of obscene humour, such is the abundance of crude humour you’ll be subjected to. If you don’t feel moved to tears by the end of this series, you should watch it again and again until you grasp the shocking reality at its heart.
6. Seitokai no Yakuindomo
There isn’t much of a storyline in Seitokai no Yakuindomo, but the movie makes up for it with a tonne of mature humour. Tsuda, a first-year at Ousai Academy, has no idea what to anticipate, until one day he finds himself surrounded by a bunch of gorgeous women. The plot thickens as he unexpectedly rises to the position of vice president of the student government and finds himself back in the company of female classmates. In this humorous tale, we watch as Tsuda tries to adjust to his new life while staying out of trouble with the girls who seem determined to hate him.
Okay, let’s begin with some sex jokes. Check. What’s with all the rude and heartless female characters? Check. Superb use of words and really witty observations? Check. Although Seitokai no Yakuindomo may not be to everyone’s taste, it does provide a lot of sex-related information. There are a ridiculous number of scatological references and crude humour that will leave your head spinning, but not so much that you’ll want to avoid the show altogether. Looking back at the extremely crude humour that went down in Prison School, you can’t help but feel a little embarrassed by how easily it can make you lose track of what’s going on. The show isn’t trying to win your affection with a sentimental story of fantastical pleasures; rather, it’s full of blatantly offensive jokes that will have you clutching at your ribs with laughter.