Every story needs a set up to hook the viewer! Sometimes, writers have to get really creative to capture the attention of people. These anime have some ridiculous and bizarre set ups, but they all somehow work in the end!
High schoolers beat the shit out of each other for discounted bento boxes.
2Hataraku Maou-sama (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
The Demon Lord Satan gets a part time-job at a fast food joint since his magic game is weak.
3Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!)
Nyarlathotep and the rest of The Great Ones from the Cthulhu mythos are moe otaku girls.
4Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)
Space vampires fight space Nazis using giant robots made by space wizards…in space.
An otaku is transported to a fantasy world and he decides to spread otaku culture among the elves and dragons.
6Yuri Kuma Arashi
Two bears turn into human girls and form a lesbian relationship with a human girl who hates bears.
7Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Is This a Zombie?)
A high school boy is turned into a zombie by a loli necromancer and he becomes a part-time magical girl to help a loli magical girl pass her classes, all the while having vampire ninjas fight over him.
8Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)
A ditz joins a group with a werewolf knight, lesbian techno-witches, a ninja, a curry chef, a cross-dressing politician, a writer, and a robot dragon Inquisitor so he can save his robot girlfriend from the Pope.
The son of a gangster has a one-of-a-kind pendant that houses the name of his childhood sweetheart…and somehow every high school girl has a replica of the one-of-a-kind key.
10Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Drills have the power to rip throw space.
A guy fights a war with moe girls (who are actually soda cans) to determine the best soda can material.
12Midori no Hibi (Midori Days)
A lonely boy wants a girlfriend and wakes up one morning to find out his right hand is a girl.
You tell me.
14Saint Young Men
Jesus Christ and Buddha become roommates in Japan and enjoy the internet.
15JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
A bloodline of buff men combats vampires, Nazis, gods, and criminals using a combination of deep breathing and ghosts that are invisible to normal people.
16Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? (And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?)
An insecure gamer is shocked to learn that all of his online friends are female classmates and that one of them is yandere.
17Kill la Kill
A delinquent wages war on clothes.
What are your favorite ridiculous set ups in anime?