Have you ever felt that crippling sadness and loneliness that paralyses you for weeks on end? Do you wish there was some way for you to snap out of it and get on with your daily life? If you answered yes to either of those questions, I know exactly what you need, drugs and a therapist. Those are expensive though, so instead I’ve made a list of 10 anime that will make you forget all about the crushing weight of depression with wholesome anime goodness.
Starting the list with the personification of wholesome, K-ON! The show follows a group of high school girls as they join the light music club and try and keep it alive. Spanning two seasons and a movie there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. The carefree vibe of the show along with the amazing animation and music that gets stuck in your head is guaranteed to beat that depression.
Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Now for a less wholesome show, Konosuba. This show follows the protagonist Kazuma when he is reincarnated into another world with the goddess Aqua, who turns out to be completely useless. With what appears to be zero luck, Kazuma and his party stumble their way through every obstacle thrown at them. Another show with two seasons and a movie that will provide endless laughter, even on a re-watch.
Kaguya-Sama: Love is War
Time for some ‘romance’, but I use that lightly. Sure, the main selling point of Love is War is the budding relationship between main characters Kaguya and Shirogane, however both of them want the other to make the first move. Both characters overthink everything whilst everyone around them assumes they’re together. These situations are sure to make you both laugh and cringe at their stubbornness and stupidity.
Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt so I’ll Max Out My Defence
Back to wholesome is one of my personal favourites, Bofuri. The show revolves around Maple, a new player to the game New World Online. Knowing absolutely nothing about the game, Maple finds different ways to interact with the game and ends up becoming one of the most broken players ever. She doesn’t realise this and is just happy to be playing a game with her friends which is just god damn adorable. Season 2 can’t get here soon enough.
Cells at Work!
Another comedy series next and it’s Cells at Work. This show will not only cure your depression, but it’ll also teach you fun facts about the human body. The show uses the daily functions of the body as a way to create fun stories that’ll brighten anyone’s day. The highlights though are definitely the platelets. Those little guys are just adorable and pure and innocent!
My Senpai is Annoying
A more recent show that is just filled with good vibes is My Senpai is Annoying. Join Futaba Igarashi at her job as she navigates the adult working world. With so many fun characters and a side romance plot that honestly could have its own series, this show is a must watch. On a side note, if you end up liking it enough to check out the manga, it’s in full colour, so that’s neat.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Kyoto animation strikes again with Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. This wholesome slice of life about dragons living in the human world is one of the better shows I’ve seen. With laughs from dragons dealing with day-to-day life and surprisingly good fight scenes, this show has something for everyone. There is a bit of fan-service in the series but if you can get past that, it’s sure to brighten your day.
The third entry from Kyoto animation on this list is Nichijou. Another slice of life series, but this time with no overarching plot, just kids being kids. The show focuses on two groups of people, a group of three high schoolers and a scientist and her android. The number of weird events these characters get into from a talking cat to a principal fighting a deer, this is one show that’ll either make you burst out laughing or leave you confused. Good time either way.
This is the last romance anime on the list I swear. Horimiya is just a wholesome coming of age romance that will keep you hooked every episode. The chemistry between the main cast of characters, as well story will just leave you feeling happy. Sure, there are some laughs in here, but this show overall just leaves a nice happy feeling once that final episode ends.
Laid Back Camp
Capping of this list is the chilliest anime I’ve seen, Laid Back Camp. Join a group of friends as they travel into the wilderness for a fun camping trip and all that entails. From putting up a tent to collecting firewood, this show showcases all of it whilst presenting it in an adorable art style. Chuck in some funny moments and you have a show that you can watch whatever mood you’re in.
And there you go, 10 anime that’ll 100% cure your depression. Now you don’t need to go through all the medical stuff, and you can instead just sit down and watch one of these. It’s a whole cheaper as well.
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