We all know the eternal dilemma of the average adult, and that is that we do not have time to do anything. But, if you have 20 minutes a day free to take advantage of watching some Japanese animation, these short animes are made so as not to make you invest too much in a story that begins and ends in 26 chapters or less.
Best short anime series
We also want to focus on the best short anime series that do not have a second season or continuation, except for an OVA or movie. We take our reader’s time very seriously here. Let’s get started!
1. Another (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, School
Kouichi Sakakibara is the school’s new student, and upon arrival, he discovers a dark and gloomy atmosphere surrounding the class. He is also attracted to the student Mei Misaki, who is treated by her classmates as if she does not exist.
2. Erased (2016)
Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Seinen
Satoru Fujinuma has a special power that allows him to turn back time before a tragedy occurs. However, this does not prevent something terrible from happening to someone important to him. When trying to turn back time, instead of going back 10, 20 minutes, he finds himself 18 years ago, trying to prevent a tragedy that happened in the past to save its future.
3. Violet Evergarden (2018)
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Violet, a young woman who was raised to end her enemies in a war, recovers from her injuries by starting a new life in postal service, fondly remembering the last words spoken to her by the person who mattered most to her in life, without fully understanding them.
4. Zankyou No Terror (2014)
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Zankyou no Terror tells the story of Nine and Twelve, the two young men behind a terrorist organization called Sphinx who have just launched an attack on a nuclear plant in Japan. The government and police are powerless because of their inability to act until Detective Kenjiro Shibazaki gets to the heart of the matter.
5. Paranoia Agent (2004)
Genres: Thriller, Police, Supernatural, Drama, Mystery
From the acclaimed Satoshi Kon comes Paranoia Agent, a series that follows the violent attacks of Shounen Bat, a criminal who haunts Musashino City. The criminal appears to be impossible to catch, let alone understand, and detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa begin to investigate the attacker’s identity. Paranoia begins to ensnare the city dwellers as rumors about children and adults spread like fire in a fire.
6. Made in Abyss (2017)
Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
The story centers on Riko, a young orphan who lives in Orth, on an island in the Beoluska Sea. The city surrounds a strange giant hole whose bottom goes deep into the earth. This hole is known as the Abyss. Within the Abyss are mysterious abandoned artifacts and remains of an advanced civilization that disappeared millennia ago and is, therefore, a site explored by bounty hunter excavators called Cave Raiders, who undertake arduous and dangerous descents to obtain all the relics they can find.
7. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun (2014)
Genres: Shoujo, Comedy, Romance
Chiyo Sakura, a high school student, is in love with her classmate Umetaro Nozaki. When she plucks up her courage and confesses her love to him, he mistakes her for a fan and gives her an autograph. Wanting to fix the confusion, she tells him that she means that she always wants to be with him, so he invites her to his house and has her help him with some manuscripts. Chiyo discovers that Nozaki is a renowned shōjo mangaka named Sakiko Yumeno, so Chiyo agrees to be his assistant to be closer to him.
8. Devilman Crybaby (2018)
Genres: Action, Horror, Supernatural
From the legendary Go Nagai comes this modern adaptation of a classic. Devilman tells the story of Akira Fudou, a soft-hearted boy, who when asked by a childhood friend for help discovering demons, he accepts without hesitation. In this mission, Akira is possessed by the demon Amon and transforms into the Devilman, gaining the power to destroy the remaining demons.
9. Ping Pong the Animation (2014)
Genres: Drama, Seinen, Sports
Despite having very different personalities, high school youth Yutaka Hoshino named Peco and Makoto Tsukimoto nicknamed Smile, have been friends since childhood. They are both talented athletes and members of the Katase High School table tennis club. Peco is defeated by an exchange student from China, causing him such devastation that he stops practicing. On the other hand, Smile’s personality prevents him from winning against Peco; but Coach Jō is aware of the young man’s potential and tries to motivate him to overcome all his obstacles.
10. No Game No Life (2014)
Genres: Video Games, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi, Fantasy
Brothers Sora and Shiro are the scariest pro-gaming team, called The Blank. When they manage to beat God himself in a chess game, they are sent to a universe where all disputes are settled with one game.
Have you already seen any of these best short anime series? What do you think of our list?