Parodies are a type of comedies that imitate other works or other genres with exaggeration for comedic effect. They are rarely mean-spirited, so fans of what is being parodied often laugh along with the jokes.
Anime is home to some funny parody series, and often times they can be considered the best work of the genre they are parodying! Here are some of the best examples.
Gintama parodies everything! Popular manga, old school anime, their own production, and real-world events, nothing is safe from Gintama ‘s grasp. The series also has emotional moments and great fights, so it has something for everyone.
One Punch Man knocks it out of the park with parodying popular shounen manga and comic book tropes. It essentially asks if an overpowered hero would really be happy being able to beat foes with one punch.
What if a mild-mannered kid when to a school for hardened delinquents? A lot of craziness! Not only does Cromartie High School parody delinquent culture, but it also pokes fun at high school anime in general.
Ever watched a rom-com and started joking about the situations that were presented? That’s basically Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. Don’t worry though, because it does have a lot of cute moments to go with the jokes.
Isekai anime are really popular, so it was only a matter of time before a parody series should up. But, who would have thought that KonoSuba would end up being one of the best isekai series ever?
6Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club is an oddball. The anime both parodies and deconstructs the reverse harem genre, which can lead to clashing views on how to classify it. Ouran‘ s parody sections are really funny, while the deconstruction bits will leave you thinking.
Slayers is a parody of the adventure genre. It basically takes the ragtag group of strangers trying to save the world and points how absurd the setup is.
The team that worked on the Gintama anime also worked on Osomatsu-san. If you love fast-paced humor and loads of parodies, then you’ll love Osomatsu-san!
It’s a Type-Moon universe parody! Characters from Fate/stay Night and Tsukihime team up for a comedy that is filled with in-jokes for Type-Moon fans.
The series is a hilarious take on romantic series that take place in high schools. Most anime try to show high schoolers as being super serious about their relationships, but School Rumble shows the crazy and absurd side of things.
While most modern harem anime are comedies, they tend to play their stories fairly straightforward. The World God Only Knows essentially mocks harem setups, but later entries (especially in the manga) enter deconstruction territory.
12Good Luck Girl!
Good Luck Girl! is a wild, fast-paced parody about a girl who inadvertently absorbs good luck from her surroundings. You find loads of parodies, mainly of school anime. It also takes the time to play with your emotions between the jokes
13Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation
Love video games? Hyperdimension Neptunia parodies popular Japanese games while mocking the console warriors between corporate fans. The anime isn’t as rich as the game franchise, but it’s still worth a watch!
14The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
This short-format anime is filled with tons of background parodies of famous of other anime – try not to blink!
Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei is known for satire, but it does have plenty of visual gags and call-outs to pop culture and anime. Think of it as Gintama‘s dark-comedy cousin, but without the fight scenes.
A parody of yaoi visual novels! Not only does it nail the basic plotlines, but the faceless MC and pointy chins are present.
17Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
A cute boy parody of the magical girl genre, like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura. Instead of visual gags, it pokes fun at the basic storylines and character arcs.