Comedy - The Best Medicine?
When you're feeling down or stressed out, sometimes your favourite anime, no matter how philosophical or meaningful, becomes the last thing you want to watch. At times like this, why not try some… comedy anime?
That's right. It's a common misconception that comedies have to be childish and immature; they actually encompass a wide range of subject matters, from romance and slice-of-life, to sci-fi and fantasy. So if you're looking for something light-hearted, read on for some great recommendations!
GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class
Ever wondered what goes on within the walls of art academies? That's what GA is all about - the daily antics of art students.
The topic may seem a little niche, but for those new to the world of art, GA's approach is never too heavy-handed, and is actually surprisingly educational.
Full of humour that artists can relate to, this cutesy title may be the first of many new shows that venture off the beaten track. Anyone fancy some "paint pudding"?
Monkey D. Luffy is a 17-year-old boy who sets sail to fulfil his dreams of becoming the Pirate King. Together with his oddball crew, he travels the seas in search of friendship, adventure, and the greatest treasure in the world - the One Piece.
Before I offend any One Piece fans, let me make it clear that I love this series for what it is - a shonen fantasy adventure. But in terms of comedy, One Piece has gone above and beyond the average cringe-worthy shonen fare, honing its sense of fun and novelty into something huge and contagious.
Perhaps it's the strong storyline and characterisation that keep the jokes fresh, even after over 500 episodes. Perhaps it's the spectacular voice acting. Whatever it is, One Piece gives the feeling of something lovingly put together, as much for the creators' enjoyment as for the fans.
Arakawa Under the Bridge
Say "romantic comedy" and most people will imagine a stereotypical campus or city-life drama. In fact, many titles aimed at more mature audiences often have much more to offer, but miss the spotlight - titles like Arakawa Under the Bridge.
Living by his family motto, "Never be indebted to anyone", Ichinomiya Kou is a rich young man standing at the top of society. But after losing his pants and falling into the Arakawa River, he becomes indebted to his saviour, the eccentric girl-from-Venus, Nino.
So begins his unlikely adventures with the riverside residents. Expect some absurd sequences and expertly-timed one-liners, alongside more sober moments of deep irony.
The cast has no shortage of wacky characters, but the craziest of them all may still be the neurotic company heir, Kou. Food for thought for city-dwellers like us, perhaps?