Thursday morning, I got a notification that I was nominated for this tag! And it was perfect timing. Since Wednesday, I’d felt pretty stressed out and like complete garbage. Monday, I finally handed in my ten page paper for English, so I’m feeling better now. When I reach the end of a semester now, I fall into a depression, so it’s harder than normal for me to eat, get out of bed, take a shower, do homework, and pretty much everything else I do in my life. Deadlines give me stress, and I don’t do much about it to get rid of that lingering feeling.
But that’s over now! I wrote most of this during that time to relieve myself of stress, but wasn’t able to post it until now.
I loved making my last list so I knew I wanted to make another! And of course I’ve found even more adorable comics that focus on the LGBT+ community. I know I didn’t say this before, but all of the comics I’ll recommend in any of these posts will be PG-13 rating or lower, since I’m not so fond of sexual content. Yeah, I’m old enough to handle it, but it just makes me immensely uncomfortable.
So, into the comics! I think I’ll do three recommendations for each post, since it’s a nice number to work with. But, in this one, I have something extra to share at the end.
I’ve done a list of LGBT+ comics on Webtoons mainly, but there are plenty of comics I love that don’t necessarily fall into that spectrum. So, here’s just a few of the mass of webcomics I read. I’ll almost definitely do another one of these.
Ever since I watched the insane phenomenon that is Yuri!!! On Ice, I’ve been interested in learning about the LGBT+ community. And to do this, I’ve been scouring the internet for webcomics. And of course, the internet delivers to me the sweetest, most heart-wrenching comics to me. What I have listed below are only ones that I am caught up with or finished with. I have others that are on my “to-read” list, and maybe I’ll talk about those in a future post.
I did a top 10 of female characters a while back with the full intention of doing this post immediately after, but I guess I forgot about it. Well, here it is now. I’ll have to say this list was much easier to compile than Top 10 Female Anime Characters, for reasons I’m somewhat ashamed of. I’ve realized that when I become attached to a male character, they tend to have one or more of the following traits: short stature, short temper, and blond hair. Which almost every character on this list falls into.
Ah, the wonderful, mystical, world of Studio Ghibli. Though most watch these movies for nostalgic purposes, I only began watching these last year, and I quickly realized how amazing they are. I’ve even watched enough to give a top five list!
*Sorry this one was late, I was super busy yesterday and didn’t have the time to write this*
Comedy! One of my favorite genres. Almost everyone can appreciate a comedy show, since there are just so many of them, there’s one for everybody.
Personally, when watching a serious anime, I like to watch a comedy anime as well, to balance things out. I can guess that I’m not the only one.
As the last list went, I’ll present my list, then write a bit about each. Enjoy!
I’m not going to put these in a specific order this time, I’m unbiased to these for the most part.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Assassination Classroom (Season 1 mainly)
For the most part, these are romance as well as comedy, since most of the time, they pair well together.
(Also notice Ouran is not on this list. I don’t want to talk about it too much, and I have a special post coming up about it. You’ll see why when it comes out.)
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
This show follows Kyon, as he enters his first year of high school. On his first day, he’s introduced to Haruhi Suzumiya, a strange girl who is only interested in the supernatural. He tries talking to her, and ends up involved in the SOS Brigade, a club designed to find supernatural beings. They recruit Itzuki Koizumi, Yuki Nagato, and Mikuru Asahina to have a total of five members of the SOS Brigade.
Through the show, Haruhi gets he club into multiple situations of trouble, and they must get themselves out of it. All of the members beside Kyon and Haruhi possess some sort of power, but Haruhi is oblivious to it.
The personalities among the club makes for quite an interesting experience. Haruhi is bossy, outgoing, and independent. Kyon is passive and pessimistic. Yuki is soft-spoken, a bibliophile, and intellectual. Itzuki is polite and friendly. Mikuru is shy and reserved. Clearly, their personalities are very different, making them clash often. There’s no real hatred in the group, but Kyon and Haruhi tend to bicker often.
2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun
The only way I can describe this as is an anti-shoujo. Any time I tell anyone about it, that’s what I tell them.
Sakura has a crush on Nozaki, she confesses to him, but to her surprise, she receives an autograph instead of an answer. Why? She finds out the serious, reserved guy she has a crush on writes shoujo manga as a hobby. She ends up helping him out by inking the sketches he does. Through this, she tries to get closer to him.
Though that is the main concept, it’s not really focused on. This show has no plot, is what I’m getting at. But I laughed so hard my stomach hurt during every single episode.
As for the other characters: Hori is in the drama club, making backgrounds for their plays. He’s insecure about his short stature, and deals with Kashima clinging to him when she has the time. He acts annoyed by her bothering him, but he still is fond of her. Kashima is the main star in the drama, popular with the girls for playing princely characters. Though they are all aware she is a girl, they still act as though she is a prince.
Seo is a basketball star, and also has an angelic singing voice. Though violent by nature, she is part of the choir club and is loved by the whole school. Wakamatsu is drawn to her voice, but has no idea it’s her. She still hangs around him, and he’s terrified of her.
Mikoto, well, he’s a bit weird to explain. He’s very suave and good and flirting with girls, but once he’s realized what he’s said, he breaks down. And he is the influence to the main female character in Nozaki’s manga.
Through the show, there are many references to cliche shoujo themes, and they never work for any of the characters.
3. School Rumble
Another somewhat romance comedy. Kind of. Again, nothing really works for any of them.
Tenma Tsukamoto has a crush on Oji Karasuma, and plans to confess to him. (yes it’s another one of these, just hear me out) She has a hard time figuring this out but finally writes a letter (a quite lengthy one at that). He reads it, but completely disregards it. He has no interest in her, only his curry. (Also he likes to wear turtle costumes so yeah he’s kinda weird)
Kenji Harima is a delinquent who’s repeated some grades a couple times. (He’s like 20 something) He likes Tenma, making an unfortunate love triangle. He tries to separate Tenma and Oji, and confess his love to her but, it fails every time.
Kenji is also a manga artist, and Tenma’s sister, Yakumo, ends up helping him out with it. He ends up having some romantic problems with her and one of Tenma’s friends, Eri. I’ll leave it to that, since it’s a bit more complicated, and I’d like to prevent spoilers.
Also, I’d like to point out that the dubbing for this show is amazing. Tenma is played by Luci Christian, Oji played by Eric Vale, Yakumo played by Caitlin Glass, and Kenji played by Brandon Potter. If you’re into dubbed anime, I highly recommend watching it that way. Also, season 2’s ending is a duet sung by Luci Christian and Caitlin Glass.
If you aren’t into dubbed shows, then none of that made sense to you, and that’s fine.
4. Assassination Classroom
Yes, I’ve already talked about this show. But don’t expect me to stop talking about it for months. I’m in love with this show right now. If you don’t know what this show is about go read my summary in My Top 5 Animes.
You’ve read it? Alright, we can continue, I have a little more to say about the comedy in this show.
Looking at the title alone, you’d never think “comedy.” You’d think it’s about a bunch of hardcore, violent, scary people learning to kill other people. Wrong. This show is bright and colorful, with a wide variety of characters, and only gets dark in the end of the first season and second half of the second season. It’s hilarious. I’ve had to pause the show just to laugh so I didn’t miss anything.
Even knowing that they have to kill their teacher, you’d never think of comedy being associated with this show. The class likes to come up with creative ways they plan to kill their teacher, and some of them are quite out-there. And some of the things they do together are entertaining.
Basically, I don’t care who you are, watch this show. It has comedy, action, school life, sad backstories, a tiny bit of romance (seriously, it’s almost nothing), it’s perfect. I went in the show not knowing a whole lot, and concerned that a main character was a giant yellow octopus employed as a teacher. But, as I began watching it, I began liking it more and more. By the end of the first season, I loved it.
Though I’m talking about a lot of non-comedy things, trust me, there’s plenty of it. The second season is much more serious, but it stays light-hearted as much as it can.
5. Lovely Complex
Alright, here’s the last one. This is definitely romantic-comedy, though not until about half-way through the show.
This show is about Risa Koizumi and Atsushi Otani (I’ll refer to him as Otani). Risa is tall-172 centimeters (about 5ft 8in), much taller than the average Japanese girl. Otani is short-156 centimeters (about 5ft 1in), much shorter than the average Japanese guy.
Because of their height complexes, they are given the nickname “All Hanshin Kyojin” after a popular comedy duo. Though they argue often, they quickly become friends after bonding over a favorite band.
Though I’ve watched many different romantic-comedy shows, this one stands out to me. I loved it the moment I finished the first episode. This is another one where I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. I had to silence my laughter since I watched this at 1 am while everyone else was asleep.
For anyone not fond of the romance genre, don’t be too worried. It isn’t so heavy on romance, and comedy is its main focus.
Alright, that’s my list. I hope you enjoyed it. This is based on the animes that I’ve seen, so if there are any comedy shows that didn’t make it on the list, comment and tell me. I may or may not have watched it. I’d say I’ve watched about 10 comedy shows, that’s just a rough estimate. Clearly not all made it here.
Thank you for reading and I’m very sorry I was late. I might not post until Tuesday, to give me time to plan and write up the next, but I’ll try to post as soon as I can. And Friday’s won’t be up until about 11 pm (I live in the Eastern Time Zone in the United States).
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: thesouthbankreview.co.uk