- Test out a series without wasting time
- Watch a full series without watching too many episodes
- Or fully committing to a big series (like
And they allow you to plan how much of and when you’ll watch an
Let’s get into some of the best short series just like that.
It’s about Madoka Kaname, a normal pinked haired high school student. And a bit of a klutz.
She becomes interested in becoming a magical girl after Kyuubey, a deceptive creature puts the idea in her head. And brings her into its world.
A girl called Homura Akemi swears to protect and prevent this from happening. Homura is a magical girl and a window into the dark side of this life and responsibility.
Few 12-13 episode
Characters are well written.
Charlotte is a superpower series, which are a little different to the usual supernatural or magic series.
It’s about teenagers with powers, but these powers have limits. For example, invisibility in this world only works on one person at a time.
There’s a sense of realism and logic to it.
Also, when these teenagers reach a certain ag they lose their powers. So there’s that twist to the plot.
The main characters like Nao Tomori go around the city preventing other people with powers from misusing them, but it evolves into something more than that.
3. The Journey Of Elaina
The Journey Of Elaina, released in late 2020, is an
Elaina, inspired by the adventures of an author called Nike, sets out on her own journey. And is trained in magic by a mentor called Fran.
It has one of the best jam packed first episodes. Somehow it manages to fit a lot in without feeling rushed or too overwhelming.
One stand out feature, apart from the adventures and life lessons, is the gorgeous visuals and art of the characters.
Almost every episode is a little different, so things stay dynamic and change throughout.
4. If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat A Demon Lord
If It’s For My Daughter is about a little demon girl called Latina. She’s alone in a forest after her parents are killed.
Dale, the other MC, see’s her in the forest and rescues her. And later decides to adopt and raise this little girl.
I’d recommend it to parents for the emotional story telling, the interactions, and the wholesomeness of having a family bond.
There’s nothing like it in this way.
5. Bloom Into You
Bloom Into You is a Yuri series and one of the Yuri I’ve been into. There’s not too many of them.
It’s about Touko Nanami, a student council president. The so called “perfect girl” cliché you see in many romance series.
The difference here is Touko is secretly into girls, a girl in particular called Yu. But it goes further than that.
Touko’s friend Saya is also into Touko, secretly. And the
There’s relatable aspects to it for everyone.
6. Violet Evergarden
Violet Evergarden is by Kyoto Animation, a studio known for its different visuals and innovative art style.
Violet, a blonde teenage girl from Europe is used as a tool for war. The
Psychologically she’s been affected by the past, and the most important factor is her major who saved her life and seemingly died. His last words were “I love you”.
She’s desperate to know, understand, and find out what these words really mean since she’s never had that type of love in her life.
Each episode feels like a movie and is emotional and well written.
7. Happy Sugar Life
Happy Sugar Life comes down to Satou Matsuzaka who’s secretly raising a kid who’s abandoned by their mother.
The kid’s name is Shio.
The dark twist is Satou Matsuzaka has a disturbed, almost paedophilic relationship with Shio. More in the sense that she in love with Shio, but it’s mostly platonic.
If you never thought an
It’s become one of my best Horror
8. Kino’s Travels: The Beautiful World
Kino’s Travels is the inspiration behind shows like The Journey Of Elaina. It aired back in the early 2000’s.
The story is about Kino, a girl who travels the world on a motorbike that can talk. They have deep, and even comical conversations with each other.
Kino never stays in a town, city, country or otherwise for more than 3 days to avoid being too comfortable.
The ending is sad, and each episode gives you something different with the many perspectives from each story being told.
Hinamatsuri is about Hina, an Alien girl who ends up in the apartment of a Yakuza member called Niita.
Long and short of it, they end up living together in a daughter-father sort of situation. Hina has powers which she threatens Niita with though.
There’s also Anzu, the kid who ends up homeless. This “arc” is emotional and accurately highlights the problems with homelessness and how day to day life is.
The last relevant character is Hitomi. She’s a bit shady and disingenuous, and looks down on others. But she does have her role in the series.
It’s a good mix of action, humor, wholesome episodes and it seems to do it all to a high standard.
10. How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift?
How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift? is all in the name.
It’s fitness on steroids.
Fan service is used in a comical style to illustrate points.
Hibiki starts going to gym in fear of gaining weight, and she’s joined by her friend and meets another girl called Akemi.
All 3 start going gym together and that’s where the practical life lessons begin.
Just like Cells At Work, the information in this series is accurate and on point. So it’s definitely legit as far as educational value.
11. The Grimoire Of Zero
The Grimoire Of Zero, adapted from a
She’s joined by what they call “beast fallen”. A type of person who’s a human in animal skin. They’re judged and looked down on.
Both characters work together to accomplish their goals as a unit and are eventually joined by another character who’s a TRAP.
It’s only a short series and more could be accomplished when and if extended, but it’s a decent series.
12. Inari Kon Kon
Inari Kon Kon is about Inari Fushimi, a girl who’s always visited a shrine since being a kid.
One day she visits the same shrine and makes a wish, not realizing that it’s about to become true.
After meeting Uka, the shrine maiden and goddess, the
Aside from Inari’s friends, a third important character is Inari’s older brother who builds a romantic relationship with Uka.
For a Seinen series its unusual, wholesome, more emotional than you’ll expect going into it.
13. Talentless Nana
Talentless NANA is an
She’s cute, seemingly innocent, easy to talk to and is the kind of person people open up to. Which plays a cunning role later.
You can think of it like
In that sense it resembles
14. The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna
The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna is a historical series. It retells the story of Nobunaga, a war lord in Japan who reunited the country.
He’s a legend and all his men and soldiers for the most needs a ost part are referenced in this series. Except they’re now female characters.
It needs a 2nd season because the 1st season does a good job of telling the story so well.
15. Blend S
Blend S is a comedy/slice of life series about girls who work in a café. And their male manager called Dino. He means well, but can get a little overly excited.
Maika, the main female character, is known for seeming to be sadistic when she’s really just trying to smile.
Dino takes advantage of this when hiring her as it helps bring in business and a constant stream of customers who get pleasure out of it.
Don’t let the theme turn you away, the
16. Denpa Onna
Denpa Onna is about a girl who claims to be an Alien, but is really just a sad excuse for a shut-in Otaku.
She avoids school because of these reasons, and isn’t the most conventional when it comes to social skills.
There’s also Maekawa, a girl who loves dressing up in costumes and is a bit eccentric.
Then there’s Ryuushi, a girl who’s overly energetic and sometimes tries a bit too hard. And of course, MeMe. An Auntie.
The male MC who;s view we see these crazy characters from is Makoto. The most normal of the series.
17. Helpful Fox Senko San
Senko San is about a fox Loli who’s 100’s of years old. A depressed main character starts living with her.
As a Fox diety, it’s her duty to help those who are depressed so they can become happy and at peace again.
This is the crux of the series and why it leans towards a wholesome approach. It can literally make anyone feel better.
It’s also good to watch when you wanna just relax and kick back.
18. Hyperdimension Neptunia
Hyperdimension Neptunia is one of those
It’s about CPU’S, who are goddesses in their world. Well, the main set of characters are goddesses. They each run their own country.
There’s a thing called “shares”. Just like in the real world, shares represent how people feel collectively. And if a country’s shares drops, a Goddess is at a disadvantage.
Aside from the seriousness of how this
It’s all comedy and the MC Neptune is the highlight for me.
19. Black Bullet
Black Bullet is about Rentaro Satome, a guy who’s almost killed by a monster called Gastrea in Tokyo.
He’s saved by the power of technology, with the left side of his body rebuilt.
He has an initiator called Enju Aihara. Initiators are girls called “cursed children” who’ve inherited some power from the Gastrea.
They have the Gastrea virus. Humans fear the cursed children for this reason.
The ending to this series is one of the biggest plot twists I’ve ever seen. And it’s savagely executed.
20. A Place Further Than The Universe
A Place Further Than The Universe is about a group of girls who get together and go on a journey.
Shirase Kobuchizawa is a key reason as to why. She’s committed, doesn’t care for what people think, and wants to prove them wrong.
In just 4 hours this adventure series shows the average series how quality is done right.
The visuals, the characters chemistry, the life lessons that apply to both kids and adults… It’s inspirational.
Hanayamata is about a Japanese dance called Yosakoi. It originates in Japan also.
An extroverted European girl pesters an introvert called Naru to join her group, which ends up being 5 girls in total.
It’s similar to the approach of Love Live and shows like it (and is an accurate representation of Japanese culture).
Nice, short, sweet, and chilled. It’s made by Madhouse Studios!
22. Gabriel Dropout
Gabriel Dropout is like K-On but with a slightly more cheeky side to the comedy. And of course – the concept of angels and demons.
The main character Gabriel is an angel who once starts living on earth, becomes lazy and plays games all day.
Some demons who come to earth like Satania, act like demons but in reality are more like angels. This contradiction is common with other characters.
It’s too short of a series and needs more to expand the story, but as of now it’s one you can finish in no time at all.
23. Elfen Lied
Elfen Lied is a tragic horror series. The ending to this series is depressing and completely unfair.
The beginning of the series is ruthless, but expected and once you understand the story, you can’t have much sympathy.
The story is about Lucy, a girl who’s a Diclonius. A type of “created” life form by humans. After she escapes her lab, those same humans are to hunt her down and kill her off.
Profanity colorful words, child abuse, animal abuse…. This
It’s one of the shortest for these reasons as well.
24. Gakkou Gurashi
Gakkou Gurashi is about mental illness, PTSD, and a group of girls trying to survive in a world full of zombies.
Most people have been turned into zombies, and no one knows why. But one things for sure. Some schools have been equipped with rations and supplies, almost as if they were prepared for a zombie outbreak.
The main characters like Yuki Takeya are forced to live inside the school, which becomes their cage from the outside world.
25. Monthly Girls Nozaki Kun
Nozaki Kun is about Chiyo Sakura, a girl who loves the main character called Nozaki. He happens to be a
This is the type of rom com that deliberately uses misunderstandings to get a laugh out of you, and uses it well.
Don’t expect a story where the main character ends up with her love interest. This is not it.
That’s fine though. That’s part of the gag and breaking the 4th wall. It needs a new season.
Gamers is another rom com that focuses on romantic misunderstandings between characters. It’s more extreme than Nozaki Kun.
In this case it’s about characters who are mostly gamers and Otaku’s. The jokes and the comedy relate to the gaming world, making it a bit niche.
The plot starts with Karen Tendou, the blonde girl everyone likes. And Amano, the guy who ends up meeting and befriending her by accident while shopping for games.
The comedy is a bit on the extreme side at times, and can get wild, so keep that in mind.
It’s not for everyone.
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