Pop Team Epic is weird, absurd, and difficult to explain. It basically involves two friends starring in skits, which range from parodies to anti-humor.
Fans may wonder, “is there any other anime as weird than Pop Team Epic?” While not completely on that level, these anime may satisfy your craving!
1Tono to Issho
Genre: Comedy / Historical
Quick Pitch: Various Japanese historical figures, like Oda Nobunaga and Date Masamune, go about their daily lives. Who knew ancient Japan was filled with otaku, pervs, and eccentrics that could barely form a coherent thought?
2Mori No Ando
Studio: Self-published by voice actor Takashi Taniguchi
Genre: Surreal Humor
Quick Pitch: Ando is a penguin dedicated to protecting the forest and its inhabitants from evil humans. However, some of the animals are convinced that Ando is a human. It’s probably the most out there but is packed with jokes.
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Genre: Comedy / Slice of Life
Quick Pitch: Yuuko Aioi, Mio Naganohara, and Mai Minakami are high school friends whose seemingly normal days are filled with comically absurd moments. Their bizarre lives intersect with the eight-year-old inventor Hakase, the talking cat Sakamoto, and the robot Nana Shinonome.
Studio: Madhouse / Gainax
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Supernatural
Quick Pitch: Childhood friends Arumi and Sasshi are taken to an alternate fantasy world after an accident. While trying to get back to reality, they travel across a series of other worlds that are manifestations of Sasshi’s otaku hobbies.
Studio: Genco / Palm Studio
Genre: Parody / Romantic Comedy
Quick Pitch: Originally a “show within a show” found in Genshiken, this short OVA series was created as a riff on anime tropes. Chihiro is an average (yet somehow very talented) orphan boy who instantly falls in love with Tokino after a chance meeting at the school’s library. They compete in a year-long competition to determine the student government members that cross paths with robots, aliens, terrorists, and spies.
6Kamen no Maid Guy
Episodes: 12 + 1 OVA
Quick Pitch: Fujiwara is an heiress to a billionaire tycoon, and she will inherit his fortune upon turning 18 in half-a-year. This causes unsavory characters to pursue Fujiwara, which needs the great Kogarashi to keep her safe.
Studio: Sunrise / Bandai Namco Pictures
Genre: Action / Comedy / Drama / Historical / Parody / Science Fiction
Episodes: 334 + 2 OVAs + 4 Specials + 2 Movies
Quick Pitch: The Amanto is an alien race that invades Japan during the Edo Period and prohibits the use of swords. Gintoki Sakata is a samurai that makes a living performing odd jobs for customers. Kagura and Shinpachi are his employees. Together, they face off against the Shinsengumi, rebels, assassins, and the looming threat of anime cancellation.
Genre: Action / Comedy / Science Fiction
Episodes: 6 OVAs
Quick Pitch: Naota Nandaba is a 12-year-old boy confused about life who meets an eccentric woman named Haruhara Haruko. After running down Naota with her Vespa scooter and beating him with a bass guitar, Haruka discovers that Naota’s head is a portal that can cause giant robots to appear. The discovery pulls Naota into the middle of a three-way battle for the portal in his head.
9Magical Witch Punie-chan (Dai Mahou Touge)
Studio: Studio Barcelona
Genre: Comedy / Magical Girl / Parody
Quick Pitch: Punie is next in line to become queen of Magical Land, but she must attend a Japanese high school for a year first. She’s usually a sweet girl…until someone pisses her off, then the wrestling submission techniques come out.
Studio: Toei Animation
Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy / Parody
Quick Pitch: The world is under the tyrannical rule of Tsuru Tsurulina IV and his Hair Hunt troops. Innocent people quickly find their heads shaved, which leads to Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo using his powerful nose hairs to battle the bald tyrant.
Studio: Barnum Studio / TYO Animations
Genre: Comedy / Slapstick
Quick Pitch: Despite being a short, third-year high school student Iroe Genma is viewed as an “elder sister” of the school’s Model Club – which only has two other members. While the trio tries to build plastic models, they find themselves distracted by life.
Studio: MAPPA (seasons 1 – 3) / Millepensee (seasons 4 – ongoing)
Genre: Comedy / Sports
Episodes: 108 + 6 OVAs
Quick Pitch: The Kameido High School tennis club is home to four members: Yuri, Kanae, Nasuno, and Marimo. Despite their love for the sport, they don’t spend much time playing tennis and instead find themselves befriending an alien, getting arrested, and finding the joy in insane situations.
13Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan (Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan)
Studio: Hal Film Maker
Genre: Comedy / Harem / Parody
Quick Pitch: Sakura was never able to recover from a rejection as a teenager, so he developed a technology to create a “Lolicon’s World.” This accidentally creates immortality, which offends God. To make sure this nightmare world never comes to pass, God sends Dokuro 20 years into the past to kill Sakura. Instead, Dokura tries to distract Sakura so he never develops this fetish…which leads to an endless cycle of death and rebirth for him.
Studio: Production I.G.
Genre: Comedy / Parody
Quick Pitch: Takashi Kamiyama is an average, mild-mannered student. However, he has decided to enroll at the infamous Cromartie High School, which is home to notorious delinquents. But are they really violent and bad for society?