The Laughter of Youth

 

There is no shortage of comedy when it comes to anime. Even the most serious of stories manage to sneak in a bit to instill a smile or chuckle. Often comedy is blended into the slice of life and school life genres. The following are 2 of such series that have become popular anime favorites among many.

 

Azumanga Daioh is an early comedy anime from 2002. It centers around a large cast of female high school girls and follows them on their day to day lives. The chemistry between the cast is the heart of the comedy. There is one classic scene featuring a school sports festival. The diminutive Chiyo Mihama is participating in a scavenger hunt. She is tasked to find someone or something stupid according to her paper slip. She then goes off to grab her friend Tomo Takino. When Tomo asks what Chiyo had to obtain, she rips up the piece of paper frantically.

 

The 2012 Daily Lives of High School Boys (Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou) is another comedy, which as the title suggests, centers around boys. Episodes are split up into various situations. One recurring scenario features Hidenori Tabata musing on a riverbed. Yassan, a girl from another high school, becomes interested in him as he resembles a boy from her novel. During one encounter, a series of increasingly disastrous events from Yassan’s papers flying to slipping and uttering a horrible cry, Hidenori finds himself in a pinch as he accidentally headbutts her into unconsciousness.

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