Got fired from your job? Got an F on a test? Got dumped by your someone? There are a lot of reasons to feel down. Sometimes you don’t even need a reason, it just sort of happens. However, while you can stay in bed all day, you mind as well do something while lying there, right? Watch some anime. You never know, it might help.
Maybe you turn on a series and suddenly you find yourself laying there, holding your gut because those deep, satisfying belly laughs really hurt your side. Perhaps you find yourself watching a series that really resonated within you, offering up a much needed solution to your problems. Perhaps the series just gives you that much-needed kick in the butt so that you can lift yourself up by your own bootstraps and go fight another day.
Sometimes we just need a little help to get out of bed. These anime series will help cheer you up when you can’t quite muster it yourself.
Great Teacher Onizuka
Great Teacher Onizuka is literally all about an ex-thug-gone-teacher helping kids deal with their problems. While the animation may be showing its age, it is still a fun watch. Not only do you watch this seemingly invincible guy put himself through anything to help these kids, but he keeps the comedy going while doing it through quick little jokes and some of the best facial expressions to ever grace the screen.
You may come out of it wishing you had your own personal Onizuka, but more likely, you realize that if he can fall on a car and not die, you can too. Just kidding! Don’t fall on a car. You will die, but you get what I’m trying to say, right?
Love is a fickle thing. Sometimes you think you want one thing, but what you really want is right there in front of you. That is essentially what Toradora is about. It is about love, but it is also about being you even when everyone else thinks you are something else. Taiga looks like a doll, but has a fiery temper. Ryuuji looks like a thug, but it is as polite, responsible, and clean as they come. While trying to overcome what people have pegged them as and attract the people they have crushes on, they become friends and realize the people they want to love them might not actually be who they actually love. It is a pretty touching and, at times, funny, story that even those who don’t enjoy romance anime will enjoy.
The Flying Witch
Although new to Summer 2016, The Flying Witch has proven to be a tiny treasure that is vastly overshadowed by Re:Zero. Watching it has been equated to being wrapped in a big, fluffy blanket on a chilly day, and there could be no more accurate way to describe it. Without a complex plot, in The Flying Witch, you follow the simple and vaguely magical daily activities of a young witch that has moved to a rural farming community to practice her craft. Not only do you meet hardworking normal farm folk, but you meet a small array of magical individuals including demi-gods and other witches.
It is a series that you don’t have to try too hard to like, you just sit back and watch some magic happen.
Non Non Biyori
If The Flying Witch is a big fuzzy blanket, then Non Non Biyori is like the essential steaming cup of hot chocolate. Simple, warm, and so calming – that’s hot chocolate and Non Non Biyori. There are no aliens, explosions, drama, or a plot full of complex turns, but there’s magic. No, not literal magic. The kind of magic that lets you sit back after a stressful, anxious, or downright sad day and get transported to a life better than your own. Non Non Biyori follows the daily lives of four girls as they go to school and get into trouble. The situations are believable and the comedy translates well.