19 of the Best Short Episode Anime Series Worth Watching

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To many, short episode anime, when the episodes are less than 15 minutes, seem like a waste of time. After all, what sort of story can a series tell in five minutes or less? 

Well, if you get your short episode anime information from shows like Pupa, then they clearly don’t tell any good stories at all, but you if you get your information from actual good series, then you might know better. 

Short episode anime can be a good way to watch some anime without investing a lot of time into it. Typically they are the realm of fast-paced comedy, but you can find a little bit of every genre if you look hard enough.

1. Hetalia Axis Powers

The most famous short episode anime of all! You probably already know what it is about, but if you don’t, it is about different countries around the world personified by an anime character. 

If you hate stereotypes, you might… Well, you will still probably enjoy this anyway.


2. The Master of Killing Time

This is the story of Toshinari Seki and Rumi Yokoi, the girl who sits next to him.

In order to pass the time in class, Seki crafts all sorts of odd inventions, and although he doesn’t notice her, Rumi is endlessly intrigued by the weird things he creates.

3. I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying

It seems like an impossible match, but somehow a casual smoking, social drinking office lady fell in love with a hardcore otaku and got married. This is their life together. 

It is a story about normies trying to understand our ways and how love can conquer all.

4. Yamishibai

Every night at a sunset a mysterious man comes to town to tell stories to the children that gather round. 

However, these are not happy tales, they are tales of curses and ghosts, murder and mayhem. Yamishibai tells a new tale of horror each episode.

5. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Kusuo Saiki has a wide range of psychic abilities from telepathy to x-ray vision. However, instead of being a blessing, to him, they are a curse. 

All he wants is to live an ordinary life, so he tries to keep his powers a secret, but when you have so many powers, things aren’t that simple.

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