The 18 Most Ridiculous Anime Set Ups Ever

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!

1. Ben-To

High schoolers beat the shit out of each other for discounted bento boxes.


2. Hataraku Maou-sama (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
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.


3. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!)Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!

Nyarlathotep and the rest of The Great Ones from the Cthulhu mythos are moe otaku girls.


4. Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)Valvrave the Liberator

Space vampires fight space Nazis using giant robots made by space wizards…in space.


5. Outbreak CompanyOutbreak Company

An otaku is transported to a fantasy world and he decides to spread otaku culture among the elves and dragons.


6. Yuri Kuma ArashiYuri Kuma Arashi

Two bears turn into human girls and form a lesbian relationship with a human girl who hates bears.


7. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Is This a Zombie?)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.


8. Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)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.


9. NisekoiNisekoi

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.


10. Tengen Toppa Gurren LagannTengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Drills have the power to rip throw space.


11. Akikan!Akikan!

A guy fights a war with moe girls (who are actually soda cans) to determine the best soda can material.


12. Midori no Hibi (Midori Days)Midori Days

A lonely boy wants a girlfriend and wakes up one morning to find out his right hand is a girl.


13. Bobobo-bo Bo-boboBobobo-bo Bo-bobo

You tell me.



14. Saint Young MenSaint Young Men

Jesus Christ and Buddha become roommates in Japan and enjoy the internet.


15. JoJo’s Bizarre AdventureJoJo'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.


16. Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? (And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?)Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?

An insecure gamer is shocked to learn that all of his online friends are female classmates and that one of them is yandere.


17. Kill la KillKill la Kill

A delinquent wages war on clothes.


18. GintamaGintama



What are your favorite ridiculous setups in anime?

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