Sometimes manga gives you a bit a of a chuckle. Sometimes it is a full blown laugh. This is the latter. If you are looking for some comedy where you won’t be able to hold back the laughter, look no further. I promise you humor. Brilliant humor.
5. 斉木楠雄のψ難 (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan)
Japanese Level: ☆☆
Being a high school student isn’t easy. Being a high school student who has every super power imaginable and is as powerful as a god also isn’t easy.
Kusuo is just a simple guy. He likes coffee jelly. He likes watching his favorite TV shows. He doesn’t like to be bothered by annoying people. He doesn’t like to stand out. So being born with some superpowers can’t be that much of a curse, can it?
Watch as Kusuo must use all of his infinite powers to avoid being confessed to by a female classmate, standing out too much in school sports, and getting too high grades.
Every character is done incredibly well in this gag manga, and you can’t help but smile at the thought of an unstoppable high school student who cares most about not having the ending of a movie spoiled that he wants to see because he accidentally might read someone else’s mind.
Official Voice Comic of the series on YouTube:
4. 最強伝説黒沢 (The Legend of a Strongest Man – Kurosawa)
Japanese Level: ☆
After working as a construction worker for most of his life, 46 year old Kurosawa doesn’t come to expect much. Beer, snacks, and a few laughs made him happy.
But now he wants more. This can’t be all there is to life. He wants to beloved by his co-workers, be appreciated by his friends, and be remembered for something other then taking too many bathroom breaks.
Kurosawa is weird, socially awkward, and manages to mess up every situation. But he’s up for a new challenge. He will be accepted! He will be loved! Even if every attempt seems to have the opposite effect. He will become the legend of the strongest.
While this all sounds somewhat serious, this is a major comedy, and one that will have you cheering on Kurosawa as he somehow manages to botch everything. The ending is absolutely beautiful though, and will have you in tears.
Fun fan-made music video of the series:
3. テルマエロマエ (Thermae Romae)
Japanese Level: ☆☆☆☆
Building bathhouses isn’t easy when you are in Ancient Rome. Dying for some new change, some new inspiration that he can introduce to the Roman world, architect Lucius finds an answer. That answer is in modern Japan, where he accidentally time travels to, and starts copying the simple bathing related ideas that Japan has to offer.
Upon returning to Ancient Rome, Japan’s bathing innovation is a success. Who knew? So he goes back for more. But the more he brings back, the more his troubles begin.
2. 戦勇 (Senyu)
Japanese Level: ☆☆
Alba is a chosen hero. Maybe. He has to stop the demon king. Maybe. So why is the demon king joining up with him? Why are other heroes targeting him? What is he trying to accomplish again?
A major parody on the “hero must defeat the demon king” story found in many old manga and video games. This story knows its source material well, and turns all the old standards and cliches on their head.
This is RPG humor at it’s best.
1. デトロイト・メタル・シティ (Detroit Metal City)
Japanese Level: ☆☆
What’s the fastest way of achieving your dreams of becoming an acoustic folk pop singer? Who knows, but being the lead singer of a death metal band can’t possibly be it.
Soichi never imagined this is where he’d end up. How did his pop dreams turn into metal nightmares? Why does everyone hate his pop singing but worship his metal persona. Why does he try so hard to quit the metal world yet his every action gives him even more legendary metal status.
Funny, vulgar, and strange. Watch Soichi accidentally conquer the death metal world as he is pulled away from his other fashionable fantasies.
Warning: this manga is not for the faint of heart!
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