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Top 13 Best Short Anime That Are Great For Binge Watching – 2020


Date: 25/06/2018

You know how there are those days you wish you stayed at home and only watched anime? Well, today I have compiled a list of anime I think would be great for that kind of days. Here are the top 13 anime that are great for a 1-day marathon. The list was based on my own personal preferences, however, I tried mixing in different genres so that you have an easier time finding an anime to watch. We will cover stuff from horror to comedy and shounen. So without further ado, let’s dig right into it.  The anime on the list are all worth watching in my opinion, regardless of their ranking.

Top 13 Best Short Anime

goblin slayer - best short anime 13. Goblin Slayer

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: White Fox
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy, Adventure, Acture, Gore

The story is about a young priestess who puts together her first adventuring party. Very soon they find themselves in trouble when a swarm of goblins start to attack them. A mysterious man in armor comes to their aid. Known as the Goblin Slayer – a man with a mission to exterminate all goblins, by any and every means necessary. Soon, this daring act makes rounds and now there is no telling who might show up next.

Grand Blue - slice of life anime

12. Grand Blue

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Zero-G
  • Source: Manga
  • Genre: Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life

Grand Blue just finished airing it’s first season. The animes main focus is on diving as a sport. However, it involves a lot of College Humor and Drinking. The anime also has some good comedy, and later you can see some romance starting to unfold when the characters get a bit of a development.

The anime is ongoing, however, it only has one season so far, which makes it a short watch.

kakegurui - best anime on netflix 11. Kakegurui

  • Episodes: 24
  • Studio: MAPPA
  • Source: Manga
  • Genre: Gambling, Game, Mystery, Psychological, School

Kakegurui second season is currently being released on Netflix. The first season was really good, so if you have not seen it already, I would definitely recommend watching it.

The anime follows Yumeko Jabami who enrolls into an elite gambling school. She is a compulsive gambler which brings her and her friends into a lot of risky situations. The gambles are a thrill to watch, and the visuals go really well with the soundtracks.

Currently it’s a short anime since there’s only 2 seasons.

10 . One Punch Man

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: First Season: Madhouse, Second Season: J.C. Staff
  • Source: Web Manga
  • Genre: Superheros, Action, Comedy, Slice of Life, Parody

One Punch Man is not first on the list? Wow, why? Well, you see, even though One Punch Man is a great anime packed with comedy and action and also followed by some great visuals from MadHouse. I don’t think it deserves a place higher than number 10, simply because of its popularity.

People that do not watch anime, have probably heard of, or seen this anime. Due to its wide popularity and worldwide acceptance, I do believe this anime deserves to hit the list. However, because it’s so popular, there’s a higher chance you have already heard of it, and hence it’s on number 10. If you have not seen it, then what are you waiting for?

Top 10 short anime - Tokyo Ghoul 09. Tokyo Ghoul

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • Source: Manga
  • Genre: Seinen, Action, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural, Drama, Thriller

On our 9th place is an anime that you might have already heard about, it has been popular lately, the name is Tokyo Ghoul.  Tokyo Ghoul is an action paced yet mysterious anime that brings forth elements of horror, psychology, and drama into play. The first season is a bit slow paced as compared to other seasons, but it is definitely worth it. The season has 12 episodes and you can easily marathon it in 1-day. However, after watching season 1 I would recommend reading the manga because season 2 and 3 were changed a lot from the original story and a lot of fans are hating on the fact.

Top 10 short anime - No Game No Life 08. No Game No Life

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Genre: Game, Adventury, Comedy, Supernatural, Fantasy

Ever heard of the Isekai genre? If not, to quickly explain it, I’d have to say that Isekai is “in a different world” genre. A great example of another anime like that would be either Log Horizon or SAO. Even though No Game No Life is based on a similar premise, the anime is not really the same as the other two. With only one season and one movie out, the anime left the fans wanting for more.  One day, Shiro and her brother Sora end up in a virtual world, they are suddenly moved there and have to find a way to survive. How will they manage in the new world?

Top 10 short anime - Kokkoku 07. Kokkoku

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Geno Studio
  • Source: Manga
  • Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Psychological, Time-travel, Seinen

Our 7th entry on the Top 10 short anime list is Kokkoku, unlike the above two which you might have heard of. This anime has a lot less chance to have already been on your watchlist. From what I have seen in the anime communities that I frequent, not many people knew about this anime. It’s quite underrated but really good. The story starts when one of the Yukawa family gets kidnapped. The rest of the Yukawa family, lead by their grandpa, decide to save them. To save them, they use a mysterious stone, and they enter the world of Stasis. In the world where time is frozen, will they manage to save their family?

Top 10 Short anime - Another 06. Another

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: P.A. Works
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Supernatural

Judging by the picture, you might be thinking, oh this is another high school anime. Well yeah, the main characters are high schoolers, but the anime is nothing like you would think it really is.  When I first started this anime I could not stop myself from marathoning it. I had to wake up early the next day, but I spent watching it until 3 am, because it really got me hooked on. The mystery and the chill the anime gives you are of a unique kind. It really has a spooky and dark vibe that no other anime can give you.  An anime that is definitely worth watching.

Top 10 Short anime - btoom 05. Btoom!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Source: Manga
  • Genre: Survival, Action, Seinen

Btoom! is one of the best survival anime I have ever seen. The main character Ryota is a no-lifer that all day only plays games, however, he is the number one player in the online game Btoom! If you’re thinking now, what does this have to do with survival? Well, you see, they don’t get trapped in a game like SAO in here. Ryota along with other characters is kidnapped and taken to an isolated island. All of the players that were kidnapped are given bombs and a radio chip. The rules are the same as in the game, although. it’s the real life. How will Ryota survive this dangerous predicament?

04. Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

  • Episodes: 13
  • Studio: J.C. Staff
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

My list of Top 10 short anime has been full of Seinen anime so far. So to break the ice from all the seriousness, I have decided to include this anime in my list. Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon, also known as DanMachi, is a Fantasy anime that I definitely enjoyed watching? The anime is packed with action and light comedy that keeps you wanting for me. The main character Bell starts off weak and slowly becomes stronger, and I do believe that the “from Zero to Hero” concept is definitely a hit amongst many viewers.

03. Mob Psycho 100

  • Episodes: 24 (2 seasons x 12 eps)
  • Studio: Bones
  • Source: Web Manga
  • Genre: Action, Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural, Seinen

Finally, we are in the top 3 of our Top 10 short anime list, and with that, we’re going to switch over the genre a bit. Mob Psycho is an anime with a unique art style, it’s an anime adaptation of the same name Manga created by ONE. ONE is also the creator of One Punch Man. Mob Psycho is nothing like One Punch man, even though it’s still built on a similar principle. The main character is Mob, a boy that has trouble with socializing, and is bad in sports. Well, he’s basically bad in everything in life. Although his life is below average, he possesses extreme god-like esper abilities. His life starts changing once he meets his sensei Reigen. Together they solve countless cases that require espers.

02. Boku no Hero Academia

  • Episodes: 63
  • Studio: Bones
  • Source: Manga
  • Genre: Shounen, Comedy, School, Super Powers

Boku no Hero Academia taking the number 2 spot on our list for Top 10 short anime. This anime has been on the popular chart ever since it’s the first season.  It’s definitely the next bix shounen, with the concept of Heros and the previously mentioned “from Zero to Hero” system.

This anime is being talked about a lot, and I do think most people have heard already about it.  However, I still decided to add it to number 2, because it again is not as popular as One Punch Man.  But it is still definitely worth watching, you will enjoy the animation, story and the setting overall. Plus. the opening songs are all really good.

Update: With 63 episodes we can’t really call this a short watch. However, the anime is quite good for a shounen. I think that if you pick it up, you might find yourself finishing it sooner than you expected.

01. Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Source: Manga
  • Genre: Drama, Psychological

Also known as “The Town Without Me” or the American version “Erased”, this anime was quite popular when it first came out. But not many people have continued to talk about it. The amount of anime that look good and have a good story is rising much faster than before. With that, I do think a lot of viewers forgot about this anime or perhaps missed a chance to see it. The anime is about time leaping, and how the main character suddenly leaps in time whenever an accident is about to happen. Although he can’t control his power, a certain event happens that leads to a complete change in his life.  With that we conclude our list of Top 10 short anime, before you go, we would like to mention 2 more anime we think you might enjoy watching.

Noteworthy mentions

There are two more anime I would like to mention, however, they are quite popular nowadays. One of them just finished airing and the other still has an episode left until it is completed.  One of them is Megalo Box, an anime about boxing and technology which was inspired by Ashita no Joe, you’ll definitely love it if you have not seen it already. Once it finishes airing it will have 13 episodes. The 2nd anime I wanted to mention is Hinamatsuri, a slice of life anime adaptation of the same name manga. I don’t really like the slice of life genre, but this one really hit my attention, and as such, I’d like to recommend it to you if you have not seen it already.

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