Updated: Sep 27
Do want to share your love for anime with your friends and family but don’t know where to start? Do you want anime that has characters with charisma and charm to make an entire series into a glorious package of fun and cuteness? If you do, oh boy, do I have anime for you.
10. Himouto! Umaru-chan
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, School, Seinen
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes, 1 OVA
People are not always who they appear to be, as is the case with Umaru Doma, the perfect high school girl—that is, until she gets home! Once the front door closes, the real fun begins. When she dons her hamster hoodie, she transforms from a refined, over-achieving student into a lazy, junk food-eating otaku.
Do you want to watch something that will put a smile on your face regardless of what mood you are in? Then this anime is for you. The plot of the story isn’t exciting or extravagant, but it is entertaining. If you have ever had an annoying sibling, especially a younger sibling then you will find the relationship between Umaru-chan and Taihei comedic and relatable. In all honesty the sibling love they share is touching. Having two younger siblings and older siblings, I can relate to both Umaru-chan and Taihei. This is a fun anime to watch with friends and family.
9. Interviews with Monster Girls
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Fantasy, School Life, Seinen, Episodic
1 Season, 12 Episodes, 1 ONA
Takahashi is a teacher at Shibasaki High School with a strong fascination for the "Ajin," or half-demons. So, when Takahashi learns three Ajin’s will be enrolling into the school, alongside a Succubus teacher. Will Takahashi be able to keep his curiosity in check?
This is a heartwarming anime. Every character in this series has a personality and charm leading you to feel invested about them. While the series isn’t heavy in storytelling, there is charm in how the characters interact with each other in their daily lives. The light humor in the anime makes it even more enjoyable to watch. Let’s just say that I’ve enjoyed this more than I had expected.
8. Holmes of Kyoto
Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Mystery, Romance
1 Season, 12 Episodes
There is an antique shop in Kyoto's Teramachi Sanjou shopping district. High school girl Mashiro Aoi unexpectedly runs into Yagashira Kiyotaka, the son of the shop's owner, and ends up working part-time at the shop. Kiyotaka is called the "Holmes at Teramachi Sanjou," and he and Aoi solve odd cases brought to them by various clients.
This is a sweet and heartwarming mystery drama. This is not a hard crime solving anime but an anime version of the game Clue. The story is good and easy to follow, perfect for a beginner anime watcher. This is a great anime to watch if you want half hour of relaxing TV.
7. Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World
Genres: Slice of Life, Action, Adventure, Psychological, Episodic
1 Season, 13 Episodes, 2 Movies, 1 Special
Kino, a 15-year-old traveler, forms a bond with Hermes, a talking motorcycle. Together, they wander the lands and venture through various countries and places, despite having no clear idea of what to expect. After all, life is a journey filled with the unknown.
This is a beautiful anime that challenges major themes of society, such as violence, censorship, etc. Kino’s Journey takes us across the land into new countries telling us about travels over a world. While some of them are forgettable, some of them also stay in your mind. Kino's Journey fills you with the drive to travel and see the world. This is a gorgeous anime to watch with family and friends to give them a taste of exquisite animation without a complex storyline.
6. Poco’s Udon World
Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Seinen
1 Season, 12 Episodes
Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Souta Tawara returns to his hometown in Kagawa. Although, his parents are no longer with him, Souta reminisces about his childhood. Enters his old family business and discovers a young boy sleeping. Creating a beautiful relationship.
This is a heartwarming and heartfelt anime. With a strong theme of love and familial bonds making the storyline simple but pleasant. The characters are emotionally packed having a deeper story to tell with lingering thoughts of regret. The animation is charming and bring a sense of nostalgia as we watch the gorgeous countryside. Overall, this is a wonderful series to watch. I laugh, I smiled, and I enjoyed myself. This is excellent anime to put on from the family or friends.
5. Flying Witch
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural, Magic, Shounen
1 Season, 12 Episodes, 1 ONA, 1 Special
In the witches' tradition, when a practitioner turns 15, they must become independent and leave their home to study witchcraft. Makoto Kowata is one such apprentice witch who leaves her parents' home in Yokohama in pursuit of knowledge and training. Along with her companion Chito, a black cat familiar, they embark on a journey to Aomori, a region favored by witches due to its abundance of nature and affinity with magic.
I choose this anime because I love witches, magic and it reminded me so much of Kiki’s Delivery Service. Little did I know, how much I was going to enjoy this show. The characters are enchanting and alluring with their down to earth personalities. The setting of Aomori is absolutely stunning from the lush landscapes to the aerial shots of the town and surrounding environment. The beautiful scenery with down to earth atmosphere makes this anime a relaxing and refreshing show to watch. This anime makes you forget your worries. So, sit back and enjoy.
4. A Place Further Than the Universe
Genres: Slice of Life, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
1 Season, 12 Episodes, 1 ONA
When four unlikely girls befriend each other and work together to embark on a journey to Antarctica. Despite facing doubt and ridicule from virtually everyone, together they set sail toward the frozen south.
This an amazing story of friendship and perseverance. The beauty of working together to achieve a goal and support one another. This anime brings the adventurer in you and motivation in you that would linger for months after watching this. As much as I would love to continue praising the story, I cannot bring myself to do it. It is something that must be experienced and not spoiled.
3.Sweetness and Lightning
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Seinen
1 Season, 12 Episodes
Kouhei Inuzuka is a single father raising his young daughter, Tsumugi, after the death of his wife. A story of a caring father trying his hardest to make his adorable little daughter happy.
This is a heartwarming and wholesome anime to watch. A wonderful combination of cooking and family. If you are parent or caregiver to a child, then this anime will pull at the heartstrings. Watch a father try is best to raise his daughter already makes you aaww. The cuteness overload from his daughter makes you melt. Although, this anime is very cute it does have a melodramatic atmosphere. Being a single dad isn’t easy especially when you have no idea how to raise a child. Overall, this anime is fantastic slice of life to watch.
2.Little Witch Academia
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, School
1 Season, 25 Episodes, 2 Movies
Atsuko "Akko" Kagari and her friends embark to discover and learn the true meaning of being a witch.
This is a fantastic anime. Little Witch Academia is a beautifully crafted show that brings magic to a new level. The animation isn’t spectacular as Demon Slayer or the magic remarkable as other shows. However, it has a charismatic cast of characters, and memorable moments enticing you into their storytelling and imaginative world. This is an anime you will get lost into craving for more.
1.Love-Live School Idol Project
Genres: Slice of Life, Music, School Life
2 Seasons, 13 Episodes
Otonokizaka High School is in a crisis! With the number of enrolling students dropping lower and lower every year, the school is set to shut down after its current first year’s graduate. However, second year Honoka Kousaka refuses to let it go without a fight. Creating a pop idol group μ's (pronounced "muse") alongside her childhood friends, Umi Sonoda and Kotori Minami; they hope to save their school.
Now this an anime I started on a whim; little did I know how much I was going to love this show. I enjoyed this show so much after I finished it, I didn’t know what to do with myself. The characters are stupendous and well designed. The different personalities make the show come together in a wonderful way. The songs they sing are catchy and fun to listen to. Overall, this underrated series is worth some time to invest into.