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Binge-worthy Anime That’s Short and Sweet

By Rachel Moulden for Fandom Spotlite

Are you constantly busy? Do you need a break from your daily work grind? Is it difficult to find time to watch anime? When my schedule gets a bit hectic and I need a break, I love to binge-watch shorter anime. These can be shows with short episode run-times or ones that run for a small number of limited episodes. If you’re looking for some interesting anime to give you a break from your schedule, check out these shows.

Tonari no Seki Kun

The series follows a girl named Rumi Yokoi who is constantly distracted by her neighboring classmate, Toshinari Seki, as he indulges in elaborate hobbies and somehow never gets caught in the process.

Though each episode had a somewhat predictable structure and a short format it manages to always keep the viewers entertained. As the series starts out, you’re shocked by Seki’s outlandish behavior, but as it moves along, the viewer and Rumi are delighted to see just what he’ll do next. This anime had me laughing constantly and the episodes I enjoyed the most are with the robot family that Seki brings to school. Plus the ending theme song is a jazzy tune that will have you dancing along with the music.

Watch on Crunchyroll

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is based on a real-life experience of the author Honda during his days as a bookstore employee. The story follows the life of the staff while telling how a bookstore works.

I love books about books, and in this case, it’s anime about books. I like that this show is heartwarming, humorous, and showcases the heart of a true bibliophile. Honda-san is a delightful character and I like that he never mocks his customers for their sometimes-unusual book requests. It takes a deeper look at the world of Japanese publishing and each character brings a vibrancy to the overall show.

Watch on crunchyroll

I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying

This anime follows Hajime Tsunashi, a hardcore otaku who shuts himself in at home while making a living off his blog, and his wife Kaoru—a hard-working office lady who, in contrast, is fairly ordinary. Through their relationship, they discover that love comes with many challenges.

This is a very funny anime about a married couple that are very polar opposites. Even though they are so different from each other they still make a good couple. The show is a bit chaotic and outrageous sometimes because the characters get into crazy antics, but that’s what makes this so enjoyable to watch. It’s easily bingeable because each episode is 3 minutes long and each season (there are two in total) has about 10 episodes.

Watch on Crunchyroll

Chi’s Sweet Home

A kid-friendly anime that is great for all audiences, Chi’s Sweet Home is a heart-warming story of a kitten’s daily adventures and its owner’s family.

It’s incredibly sweet and a great pick-me-up anime for when you’re having a bad day. Each episode takes Chi on a new adventure to discover new sights, sounds, and places in her new home. It’s entertaining to see her childlike wonder in the smallest of simple things and get out of tricky situations. Chi reminds me to enjoy the simple things in life every time I watch this anime.

Watch on crunchyroll

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