Top 5 Short Anime from Irina

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When you have the attention span of a drunken gerbil. What a weird way of stating it. Can gerbils even get drunk? I’m gonna look it up. Back. I don’t know the answer but do you guys think I should get a gerbil? They’re really cute. Not as cute as baby porcupines OR baby sloths. Man those things are the cutest.

baby sloth
bam! cute attack!

What was I saying? Oh yeah… paying attention for an entire season of anime is really tough. You have to sit there for tens of minutes at the time and read stuff (or listen). It’s o.k once in a while but there’s no way you can keep it up always. And for those times when you’re not up to the task, there are short programs. In fact, here are five that I liked:

kitaro yokai diary
there’s a lot of surprisingly epic scenes

5) Kitaro Yokai Diary

Admittedly I don’t have that much to say about this show. I really like Yokai and this was a light-hearted comedy adventure (with a little bit of harem thrown in) full of cute yokai. It had some Natsume elements and some Interviews with Monster Girl elements, both of which are excellent things.

Sure it doesn’t come close to either of those shows but if you want to kill a few minutes and L me the general mood of mister girls or Yokai, then it’s a decent option.

I keep forgetting how expensive this show looks

4) Space Battleship Tiramisu

The elusive science fiction comedy is one of my favourite genres and I don’t exactly get to enjoy it often. Sure Tiramisu was often very childish and low brow but it gave me something I simply couldn’t find elsewhere. Not to mention that it could also be surprisingly earnest. I did laugh at some of those jokes and I’m not even embarrassed about it…much?

Space Battleship Tiramisu also looks surprisingly good for a short series with highly detailed character models and fluid animation. It’s one of the best productions I’ve seen in the short program category.

not even close to the weirdest thing in this show

3) Space Patrol Luluco

Few anime studios have the same emotional impact on fans as Gainax//Trigger, and Luluco is a surreal, science fictionny romp through the studio’s history and works. I did not enough about this history at the time I watched Space Patrol Luluco to truly appreciate the nuances and Easter eggs it contained.

As this is a highly referential series, I know a lot went over my head and I plan to go back and rewatch it armed with my new knowledge. When I watched the fantastic Gurrenn Lagann, scenes from Luluco kept coming back to me and made so much more sense. And since each episode is only 5 minutes long, rewatching it shouldn’t take much effort at all!

understand husband
been there

2) I can’t understand what my husband is saying

I think the great majority of shorts tend to be comedies. The format works a bit like a stand-up act. You tell a joke or a funny little anecdote, deliver the punchline and move onto something else. That’s pretty much how I can’t understand what my husband is saying is arranged, only with a surprisingly sweet love story intertwined.

Like most stand up acts some of the material is a bit questionable and will not land with all audiences but the series has heart. You never get the impression that it’s mean spirited when it pokes fun at some of the less respectful sides of Otaku culture.

I skipped a few of the episodes as some running gags were really not my cup of tea but I know many fans who love this show. So if you’re looking for a short romantic series, this may be the one for you.

Special Mention The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

I don’t know how this show aired originally but when I saw it, they were short skirts bundled together in roughly half-hour episodes so not technically a short program. Nevertheless, the vignette structure of the narrative means you can watch roughly 5 minutes of anime and move onto something else without feeling like you’ve left things unfinished… So although it may not be a short in definition, it remains one in spirit.

the screencaps are both misleading and perfect

1) Orenchi no furo Jijou

I don’t care that this short is super weird with lots of BL overtones. I don’t care that the plot is nonsensical and the narrative fairly threadbare. Fact is, I enjoyed the heck out of this little show and I can’t explain why. I’m assuming *magic*.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know if you would like Orenchi no Furo Jijo. It’s one of these shows that’s really difficult to compare to anything else. It’s even hard to simply describe. But no matter the risk to my credibility, I will never stop recommending it. Cause it’s magic.

And at 3 minutes per episode what do you have to lose?

I want to redo my kitchen like this

Also 1) Time of Eve

With each episode clocking in at 15 minutes, Time of Eve is on the longer side of shorts. Not sure if there’s a cutoff to qualify. But since the entire series is only 6 episodes I think it’s perfectly reasonable. It’s roughly the equivalent of 3 regular episodes so if you ascribe to the 3 episode rule, you’d be done before you even have to decide whether you want to watch it or not.

Whether Time of Eve is an actual short program or not, it is a thoughtful and at times stirring work of speculative fiction in the style of the golden age science fiction masters. A tight nest of moral dilemmas and an examination of human nature against a backdrop of near future technology. I loved this anime.

If I recommend Oorenchi to everyone because I’m not sure who would enjoy it, I recommend Time of Eve to everyone because I think a lot of people would.

There you go 5..I’m 7ish short animes you can binge through in a day or take in one little bite at the time whenever the mood strikes you. Do you have any short program recommendations?

Hinata is short…

Contributed by Irina
from I Drink And Watch Anime!

23 thoughts on “Top 5 Short Anime from Irina

  1. I think you already know about Honda-san, so I’ll skip that for some more obscure ones…

    Nobunaga no Shinobi. Not for everyone in that it’s both historical and comedy (two genres which collectively have a lot of stinkers, but also some of my favourite anime of all time), but it has a fabulous s2 OP which got me to watch 3 seasons(!!!) of it.

    Kenka Bancho Otome. It could’ve done with full episodes, but its manga is a fun way to waste time and the fights are decent for an 8-minute-episode affair. Not to mention the girl can hold her own against opponents, which is saying a lot for something adapted from an otome game…

    1. What is Attack on Titan Junior High like? I’ve been tempted to try it but just never get to actually watching it. Should I bump it up my watch list or should I just leave it for a bit?

      1. It’s a comedy so you probably won’t like it. They’ve basically chibified the AOT cast and the Titans and set them in a school! Personally I thought it was hilarious and very inventive. 🙂

          1. It’s not canon so it doesn’t infringe on the story of the main series, so if you approach as just a bit of fun and don’t take it so seriously, it shouldn’t do you any harm. 🙂

  2. Two I particularly liked in the “under ten minutes per episode” category.

    She and Her Cat: Everything Flows. Just a heartwarming slice of pet ownership life, and at four 7-minute episodes it’s only slightly longer than a single regular anime episode.

    Hacka Doll: Made in 2015 to promote a personal services app that isn’t even around anymore, this was a comedy series about three AIs who were summoned through the app to help various clients with their problems, and naturally they always ended up causing all kinds of chaos along the way. In just 13 episodes it managed to satirize almost every aspect of otaku life, from popular anime and video game genres to many of the various subcultures (fujoshi, doujin artists, idol fans, etc.), with references and callbacks to popular anime from Dragon Ball Z to Shirobako liberally thrown in along the way. Not for everyone, but it was very much my style of comedy.

  3. I *love* “I Can’t Understand My Husband”. Another good comedy short is “Tonari no Seki-kun: Master of Killing Time”.

    1. I enjoy Seki-Kun but only in small doses. I can’t binge watch it because all the episodes start feeling a little too much the same. But as a filler or a mind break, each episode is quite entertaining.

  4. So many anibloggers have been recommending “I can’t understand…” to me.

    As far as short anime series, I would recommend Kurogane Communication and the first season of Neo Ranga.

      1. Kurogane Communication is one series that if it came out 15 years later, it would’ve been more popular. It’s the happiest post-apocalyptic series I’ve ever seen with a surprisingly positive message and doesn’t get morbid in the tragedy. Also, the main character Haruka is a photo negative parody of Asuka from Evangelion. Haha!

  5. Funny enough, I love “I can’t understand what my husband is saying” for the non-otaku stuff. Specifically, the focus on married life, meeting your opposite, dealing with stagnancy and depression, and the possibility of raising a child.

    I mean, what can I say, I’m a sucker for good family drama.

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