Buckeye's Top 10 in 2010: Best Laughs
Posted 10-01-2010 at 11:44 PM by Buckeye
Every month, I do a Top 10 based on a category of interest that deals with anime. Hence, I write this blog every month called my Top 10 in 2010 (and every three months, Not Top 10 in 2010, with the final version coming in November).
This month's top 10 revolve around comedies. That's right. There are certain kinds of laughter I respond to and others that I don't. This is a list of all the anime series that I laughed the hardest while watching, and not necessarily the best comedies. So without further ado, here are my top 10 series that gave me fits in the laugh department.
10. Fruits Basket
To start things off, I am going with a classic anime that brings out all of the funny moments while telling a serious story at the same time. That is what is done well in Fruits Basket. Get drawn in with a heavy dose of comedy, and eventually it takes a lesser role to the story that is being told.
I have not watched much of Hetalia, but from the episodes that I did watch, I laughed really hard, and the goofy accents in the English dub really helped matters.
8. Ghost Stories
This applies to the dubbed version only that has been heavily Americanized. A routine dub would have meant translating a bland story. But the decision to Americanize it to throw in jokes that would only make sense in America paid off. These jokes made a dull series worth watching. Steven Foster is well-known for his liberal scripts and here, he puts it to great use for this anime. So funny it should be illegal.
7. Azumanga Daioh
The jokes in this anime never get old. Funny moment after funny moment, AZD delivers. Lot of off-the-wall jokes and great characters combine to deliver a funny anime.
6. Ranma 1/2
I remember having the time of my life when I watched this, the first ever anime series that I watched in its unedited form. There were lots of great moments that stuck in my head and I would act out the next day. It was so funny and some episodes were over-the-top, especially the episode with Copycat Ken in it, an episode I would watch over and over again.
5. Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu
With all those great funny moments that take place in civilian life, it all comes to full circle in this spinoff series. The military invades a high school. Now normally those two things don't go together as Sousuke would be thrown in jail if he tried to do that in real life. But in a world where anything goes, everything does indeed go. The last episode of the series is especially funny when the virus that was unleashed was not fatal as first believed. It was the Full Monty virus that only shreds clothing for a full fan service effect. Great stuff all-around.
4. Excel Saga
This is anime on crack. Simply put, the way Excel talks just cracks me up every time, save for the gagless episode. Koshi Rikdo has really outdone himself with this experimental project.
When I watched this for the first time, it was so funny that I nearly passed out. I just couldn't get enough of it. The characters were doing their best at looking silly and it was so hilarious.
2. Ouran High School Host Club
The slapstick comedy in this series is very hilarious. Ouran has so many great things going for it, but its comedy is off the charts. Sure, it's all about the bishounen and the type of anime fangirls are oogling about. But what makes Ouran so great is the comedy, and this is one of the best comedies out there.
1. Nerima Daikon Brothers
This is the undisputed champion in anime that made me laugh the hardest. I have had a long history of listening to songs that are meant for laughs such as Vic Mignogna's Soldier A and Weird Al Yankovic. With a great dub by ADV, this anime had it all down. Every time you hear the Bros singing, you just can't hold it back.