Best Short Anime Series

Best Short Anime Series
In today’s fast paced life, if you are an anime fan, then sparring time to watch one could be taxing, specially, if the anime has too many episodes.  This is where short anime with l3 or less episodes can be entertaining as well as time saving. To save you time and effort, presented below is a selection of best short anime series worthy of your precious time

1. Another (2012)

another best short anime series

Episodes: 12
Genre: Ghost Story/Horror Mystery
Avg. Episode Runtime: 26 minutes
Time to watch 12 episodes:5 hrs 12 min
Another is a thrilling horror drama, full of suspense that will keep you glued to your screen. It is the true definition of what is the best anime series.
The story is set in 1998, when a transfer student, Koichi Sakakibara, at a Junior High School sees a girl in the class he had seen before.
He finds it strange that neither his class mates nor the teacher seem to notice the girl
The girl is Mei Misaki, a popular student of class 3-3 who died in 1972 midway through the year.
Since 1972, each year there have been deaths of students and their relatives.
In spite of the warnings from his class mates, Koici starts to get closer to Mei.
Oblivious to the difficulties ahead, Koichi aims to find the dark truth about the girl and the mystery behind the deaths

2. The Promised Neverland

Episodes: 12
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Thriller/Science Fiction
Avg. Episode Runtime: 14 minutes
Time to watch 12 episodes:2 hrs 50 min
A brilliant horror anime. First season is slow horror while the second season is fast action. It is the best  short anime to watch in a day.
The story is set in the year 2045, with humans and the demons living together in peace.
Humans free from the fear of demons and demons with their human breeding farms to provide them with human flesh as food.
In the demon world orphan children are bred in human farms under the supervision of a human mother.
Without any knowledge of the outside world the children are bred in the best possible environment to become ultimately, the food for the demons.
One night when Emma and Ray come to know that in the name of adoption their fellow mates are taken away only to be fed to the demons
Now Emma and Ray must find a way to get all the children in the Orphanage, free from the grisly environment

3. Violet Evergarden (2018)

Episodes: 13
Genre: Anime/Drama
Avg. Episode Runtime: 25 minutes
Time to watch 13 episodes:25 hrs 41 min
Standout, heart-wrenching story plot combined with colorful animation,    awesome background music and deep emotions make this anime a treat to watch.
The story follows a young girl who was trained to decimate enemy lines in the just ended 4-year long war.
 With no memory of herself and her past, the girl is given a chance to start her life all over when she is brought back by a Navy commander from a remote Island.
Recovering from the wounds of the war, she first gets a job at the post Office, where a Professor hires her as memory doll to write for his bed ridden wife as tells her life story.
This opens up new career of memory doll for the young girl, who now puts to word the feelings and emotions of numerous people who cannot do so.

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4. Devil is a part timer (2013)

Episodes: 13
Genre: Fantasy/Comedy
Avg. Episode Runtime: 24 minutes
Time to watch 13 episodes:5 hrs 12 min
An anime with light-hearted comedy and some action in between. Very different anime for a change. Best short anime for beginners.
This anime is about the demon Lord Satan who after his failure to conquer the world of Ante Esla through a doorway escapes with one of his generals and lands in modern-day Tokyo.
His nemesis from Ante Esla, Emilia also follows the Satan
The Satan, his general and Emilia take human form for survival in human world.
The story unfolds into clash between these three characters and other characters that keep coming from Ante Esla, exposing their personalities and values.

5. No game No life

Episodes: 12
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Avg. Episode Runtime: 25 minutes
Time to watch 12 episodes:5 hrs
Amazing artwork, hilarious and action packed. All the ingredients of an exciting anime. Great to watch.
The story is about two hikikomori step sisters known as the Blank, the undefeated champion group.
One day after defeating the god of game in a game of chess, the sisters are invited by the god to the world of dish board.
In the world of dish board every matter in the lives of the sixteen species, including humans, is decided not by war, but only games
The sisters win the throne of the human species by winning a game to decide the new ruler.
The sister now after winning the kingdoms of the other fifteen species

6. Baccano(2007)

Episodes: 16
Genre: Mystery/Adventure Fiction
Avg. Episode Runtime: 25 minutes
Time to watch 16 episodes:6 hrs 40
A great anime with sensible plot, great dialogs, memorable characters, superb animation and awesome music. A must-watch anime.
A collection of seemingly unrelated stories that converge in the end to a thrilling finish to a complex set of events.
One greedy alchemist seeking Elixir of immortality in spite the opposition of his fellow alchemists, which would involve devouring each other. .
The greedy alchemist obtains the Elixir by devouring his fellow alchemist. But the alchemist losses the Elixir as well as his life while saving it.
Seemingly unconnected gang war ensues which would later focus mainly on getting the Elixir.

7. Dead-man Wonderland

Episodes: 12
Genre: Action/Fiction
Avg. Episode Runtime: 26 minutes
Time to watch 12 episodes:5 hrs 12
Action packed with gore and abusive language. Certainly not the kid stuff, but fun for action lovers. The anime is fast paced and doesn’t have a boring moment.
The story revolves around School kid Ganta, who being the only witness to the murder of his entire class by the Red Man, is wrongly accused and convicted for the murders.
He is sent to a prison which looks more like a theme park for the outsiders but in reality it is a very brutal place.
All the prisoners are on death row with a collar around their neck which injects lethal poison in their bodies.
To neutralize the venom, each prisoner must consume a special candy after every three days. To get the candies they must have the cast points which they have to earn by winning brutal fights with other inmates.
Now Ganta must survive and trace the Red Man to prove his innocence and get out of the hell called Dead-man Wonderland

8. Bunny Drop

Episodes: 11
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Avg. Episode Runtime: 25 minutes
Time to watch 11 episodes:4 hrs 32
A mild, emotionally realistic, easy-paced anime that is soothing to the senses.
The anime follows a young single man who, at his grandfather’s funeral, adopts a little girl who is the illegitimate child of his grandfather from an un-known women.
The man raises the little girl with care and love. He also finds the girl’s real mother but after getting an indifferent response from the women he decides to keep the girl
The emotions of the little girl have been artistically portrayed.
 While growing up she develops a liking for his childhood school friend, but the end is very surprising.

9. The flower we saw that day(2011)

Episodes: 11
Genre: Slice of life/Drama/Adventure
Avg. Episode Runtime: 21 minutes
Time to watch 11 episodes:4 hrs
The anime is inspirational, simplistic, humorous, emotional and a great portrayal of interpersonal relationships. Seeing is believing.
The anime is about a group of five sixth grade students which breaks up after the accidental death of one of its member, Meiko.
The leader of the group Jinta, having an unadmitted crush on Meiko becomes reclusive after her death.
Initially he discards it as imagination, when one day he is confronted by Meiko’s ghost.
But when confronted by the ghost again he shares the incident with his other friends
Meiko asks her friends to fulfill her unknown wish, so that she can move on to the hereafter.
This leads to some exciting chain of events as Jinta and his friend embark on a mission to fulfill Meiko’s wish.

10. Made in Abyss(2017)

Episodes: 13
Genre: Adventure/Science Fiction
Avg. Episode Runtime: 30 minutes
Time to watch 13 episodes:6 hrs 30 min
This anime has a touching story line full of emotions and adventure. A bit dark and gory sometime, but overall an entertaining short anime series
It is about a town located around a big deep hole that goes deep into the earth and is called The Abyss.
The Abyss which contains relics from lost civilization and many wonders attracts many enthusiasts who dive deep in the abyss to explore it, but few have lived to tell their tale.
Some legendary enthusiasts are called White whistlers, Lyza, mother of a young girl Rikko’s was one of them.
Rikko along with her friends descends into the abyss to follow the footsteps of her mother.
In the abyss Rikko finds messages written by her mother about her discoveries. One such message reveals that Lyza is at the bottom of the abyss.
Now Rikko is on a mission to find and rescue her mother.

11. Kaiba(2008)

Episodes: 12
Genre: Science Fiction
Avg. Episode Runtime: 30 minutes
Time to watch 12 episodes:6 hrs
The plot of the anime is unique. The story line is very creative and fascinating. Great to watch.
Kaiba, the main character of the story awakens one day in a universe where a person/s memory can be stolen and transferred to another body.
Kaiba has no memory, nothing but some weird objects pierced into his chest and stomach and a pendant with an unknown girls picture in it.
 Memory can be transferred on a memory chip which can be produced, stolen and traded by those who can afford it.
Kaiba is on a mission to find his memory and identity.

12. A place farther than the Universe (2018)

Episodes: 13
Genre: Adventure
Avg. Episode Runtime: 24 minutes
Time to watch 13 episodes:5hrs 12 min
The anime is un-inhibiting, inspiring, wholesome, captivating and heartwarming adventure. A must watch
The story follows a high school girl who wishes to live life to its fullest but she is inhibited by unknown fears following her mother’s death in Antarctica.
Now when there is an opportunity to go to a Antarctica expedition, she jumps on it along with four other girls.
Besides the adventure, she is seeking to find about the resting place of her mother.

13. No. 6(2011)

Episodes: 11
Genre: Mystry/Science Fiction
Avg. Episode Runtime: 30 minutes
Time to watch 11 episodes:4 hrs 13 min
Great short anime to watch. Good story line and fast paced. However, the end leaves much to be desired.
The story revolves around a high society sixteen- year old boy Shion and another sixteen-year old Nezumi.
One night Nezumi while running away from the police in the city of No. 6 takes refuge in Shion’s house
Wounded and dripping wet, Nezumi is well looked after by Shion.
While Nezumi runs away, Shion is captured by the police and sent to a correction facility, for hiding a fugitive.
Nezumi now has to free Schion from the correction facility and confess his love for Shion.

14. Charlotte(2015)

Episodes: 13
Genre; Comedy/Supernatural Fiction
Avg. Episode Runtime: 24 minutes
Time to watch 13 episodes:5 hrs 12 min
This is a wonderful, but highly underrated anime. The story has lots of twists and turns and attracts attention till the end.
The anime is about a group of children who possess various special abilities as a result of being showered with a comet, Charlotte’s dust.
One of the member of the group possesses the ability to control anyone for five seconds.
Another girl of the group can make herself invisible
The girl asks all the ability users to transfer to Hoshinoumi Academy and join its student council of which she is the president.
The student council’s main objective is to protect all the ability user falling prey to rough organizations.
The boy and the girl are at the forefront in this cause.

15. Wandering Witch- The journey of Eliana (2020)

Episodes: 13
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy/Fiction
Average runtime per Episode:24 min
Time to watch 13 episodes:5 hrs 12 min
It is dynamic anime whereby the story is changing in each episode. One of the best anime coming out in recent times
This anime is the story of a girl who inspired by a famous witch, trains herself to be a witch, travelling around the world.
With each travel she makes new friends and has stories to tell about various countries and people.

16. Hinamatsuri (2018)

Episodes: 12
Genre: Comedy/Slice of life
Average runtime per Episode:24 min
Time to watch 12 episodes:4hrs 50 min
It is a hilarious and entertaining anime. The plot is unique and the character development is strong.
It is the story of a little girl from the future who ends up in the house of a man who accepts her as a daughter.
The man knows nothing about the girl, except that her name is Hina and she has special psychokinetic powers.
Hina’s arrival set in motion a chain of events which affects everyone in the city.
More girls arrive from the future to take Hina back.

17. How heavy are the dumbbells you lift”

Episodes: 12
Genre: Comedy/Slice of life
Average runtime per Episode:24 min
Time to watch 12 episodes:4hrs 50 min
It is a very informative anime with a bit of humor related to gym exercises.
When told by her friend that she has gained weight, and also the fact that her school uniforms were getting tighter by the day, a high school student decides to join a gym.
Soon her teacher and other friends from her academy join the gym and the atmosphere becomes very friendly.
From warming up to doing exercise each episode is very informative for gym goers.

18. Talentless Nana

Episodes: 13
Genre: Psychological thriller
Average runtime per Episode:24 min
Time to watch 13 episodes:4hrs 50 min
It is psychological thriller in which the killer only uses his observation and experience to determine who will be killed
Children with special abilities are sent to a remote school to train them for the fight against mysterious monsters
The children are forbidden to communicate with the outside world until they graduate.
The Government suspects that some of the children are the enemies of Humanity.
The Government sends a talentless assassin Nana in the academy to kill the enemies. Since she is talentless therefore she has to use her wits to kill the enemies

19.Tatami Galaxy

Episodes: 11Tatami Galaxy

Look no further if you’re a fan of the romance/college slice-of-life/existential time-loop nightmare genre: Tatami Galaxy has it all. Tatami Galaxy’s unique aesthetics, funky tone, and memorable structure make it beloved among anime fans the world over (and will teach those who haven’t already learned how to read subtitles quickly).

20.Haibane Renmei Haibane Renmei 

Episodes: 13

Haibane Renmei is one of the most innovative anime works ever made, telling the narrative of a young girl with no memory of her past who is born as a being known as a “Haibane” in an alien world.

The program follows Rakka, the main character, as she discovers more about her fellow Haibane and the secrets that appear to pervade this strange new planet.

Because Haibane Renmei focuses on nuance, describing what makes the program so excellent without giving too much away may be tricky. Be assured, though, that the show’s focus on the internal issues of its cast results in some extremely detailed characters, even if it is a long burn. Haibane Renmei becomes a must-see when you add in an engaging and unusual location.

21.Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica


It’s better not to say anything about Madoka while suggesting it other than to watch at least till episode

Madoka defies the genre in a lot of really fascinating ways, but they don’t become apparent until the audience has become used to the program.

Madoka Magica is a self-contained twelve-episode anime series with a number of sequels and side storylines in the form of movies and other adaptations. Some of these entries are considered mandatory watching by fans, so those who are left wanting more can continue contentedly after finishing the original series.



Episodes: 12 

Those who have seen Katanagatari will realize that this is probably cheating because each episode lasts roughly 45 minutes, despite the fact that the anime is only 12 episodes long. But that’s only a small quibble.

Katanagatari follows the narrative of an ambitious woman and her somewhat dull-headed warrior guardian on a mission around Japan to gather 12 mythical swords, adapted from a light novel by Nisio Isin (of Bakemonogatari fame). As part of their journey, the duo will battle lifelike dolls and gun users, stretching the concept of “blade” a little. Katanagatari is not to be missed, with its beautiful character designs, excellent animation, and fascinating dialogue.

23.Prison School

Episodes: 12 

Prison School is a 12-episode animated series with one OVA. This anime may appear to be nothing more than fan service, yet it is so much more.

Actually, it’s so weird that you nearly can’t take it seriously, no matter how you look at it. You shouldn’t, either. The program isn’t even serious about itself. It’s a fantastic surreal comedy full of immature humor, half-naked ladies, and a central character that portrays what life would be like if hormones were people.

A word of caution: never watch this with someone who isn’t familiar with Prison School in the room. It’s amusing, but it’s not work-appropriate amusement.

24.House of Five Leaves

Episodes: 12

I like to suggest this show since it’s different from other animes in terms of visual style and overall atmosphere.

We follow a ronin who is both a good warrior and a lowkey dandere. Nonetheless, he gets himself connected with a criminal gang. However, a criminal is a harsh term, given the show’s morals are all over the place.


But, more importantly, it provides a really relaxing ambiance. When you combine that mood with the distinctive visual style and a great soundtrack, you get something completely different from your typical samurai anime. It is one of the best short anime series action.



Episodes: 24 

If you’ve been avoiding this anime because you’re afraid it’ll convert you into a furry, you’ve been losing out big time. It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite concerts of the year, and With only 12 episodes, it’s a quick watch.

The novel explores subjects such as managing one’s nature, feeling at ease in one’s own skin, what it means to be dangerous, and so on. You’ll quickly fall in love with each of the characters. And you’ll notice that the cast includes some of the most realistically written characters in recent years, which is ironic.

26.Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied


The first episode was the mother of all first episodes. Elfen Lied is one of those programs that you don’t want to watch while eating since it’s filled with gore and death.

At least in the first episode. It then fades away to allow you to recover from the trauma, only to resurface later in the 13-episode run.

Elfen Lied is, in my opinion, a must-see anime for anybody. It was published in 2004 but, in my opinion, it is still relevant today.

It also serves as a reminder of what programs were like before they were all restricted, but also before they all turned hentai.

27. Ping Pong the Animation

Ping Pong the Animation

Episodes: 11 

Remember how I claimed the art style of Five Leaves was refreshing? Well, Prepare to turn up the volume on that a notch or two. The sport, as in every other sports anime, serves as a tool to tell the tale rather than the major focus.

You don’t have to know how to play ping pong to enjoy the program, its message, or the characters. It’s a well-written show about desire, what it means to strive for the top place, and a coming-of-age narrative all rolled into one.

Because of the unconventional graphic style and animation, I highly suggest you not to dismiss the show. It doesn’t take long for you to become used to it.

28. Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

onari no Seki-kun

 Episodes: 24

I’m not sure how, but this show has a distinct Phineas and Ferb vibe to it.

It’s about a young man who finds school to be extremely dull. As a result, he seeks other methods to pass the time.

Instead of skipping class, he takes his good humor to the classroom, with each episode including a different game or activity.

He occasionally brings a pet with him. Sometimes he plays chess and shogi at the same time, and everything is fair game. It also has funny sequences, as the female who sits next to him is often blamed for his antics.

Although the sitcom contains 21 episodes, each episode is just 7 minutes long. As a result, binge-watching it in one sitting is still a possibility.

29. Senyuu


Episodes: 13 

Senyuu is capable of destroying any cliché. It’s a fast-paced, sarcastic as hell, “looks like isekai but isn’t” isekai comedy that’ll take you around 2 hours to finish.

It effectively flips the traditional “hero selected by the king to battle the monster” cliche on its head, kicks it in the mouth, and then says, “I love you.”

Every single one of the characters is as strange as they come. We have the pedophile knight, the inept protagonist, the cruel sidekick who is by far the most powerful character in the game, and so much more.

Even the show’s opener continuously changes and makes jokes as it proceeds. I swear, this show is out of this world.

30.Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

Episodes: 12

You have to agree, Deadman Wonderland is a really cool idea. It’s quite cool to be in a kind of prison where you have to complete obstacles in order to acquire candies that will let you live longer.

Furthermore, the people fight with their blood. Which is an intriguing fight decision.

The program is quite action-oriented, and there are some very terrifying situations, but it’s the music that I enjoy the most. Shiro’s song, in particular, is breathtaking.

It only has 12 episodes, so it may be your savior if you’re looking for an action program.


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