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Don't forget to tune in to our Shorts Marathon Livestream TODAY at 5pm PST! Tune in at www.crunchyroll.com/live!

In the meantime, if you're still stumped on which shorts to watch, or want something bite-sized to pass the time with, check out our recommendations below:

Crunchyroll’s Best “Short and Sweet” Anime


I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying
I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying is a fun, slice of life story about Kaoru, a woman who marries a hopeless otaku. Each episode is filled with explorations of otaku culture as experienced by someone seeing it for the first time, and some sentimental goodness to keep you going through the day.



Senyu
If you love classic role playing games, Senyu is the show for you. Warriors from all over have come to seal away the evil being that has ruled over the world. This silly show is filled to the brim with slapstick comedy and fantasy tropes that will keep you laughing long after it ends.



Anime De Training! Ex
When your schedule is busy, it’s good to combine activities to maximize how well you’re using your time. Anime De Training! Ex combines anime with fitness, teaching you effective exercise as you follow five girls on their way to becoming idols.



Wooser’s Hand-to-Mouth Life
Wooser’s Hand-to-Mouth Life is a wacky 3D animated show with a keen sense of wit. It follows the life of a strange yellow creature named Wooser, and his friends. This strange little show is really something that must be seen to be appreciated.



gdgd Fairies
gdgd Fairies will remind you of sitting around the lunch table with your friends. The fun anecdotes and stories that pkpk, shrshr, and krkr share are sure to leave you smiling.



Inferno Cop
Some police fight for family, some fight for their city, but this unholy officer’s flame burns for justice! The first animation by the famous studio TRIGGER, Inferno Cop is a take no prisoners show that keeps the comedy high and the intensity higher!



Please tell me! Galko-chan
Please tell me! Galko-chan follows Galko and her friends as they ask the questions that you were too shy to ask. This hilarious show is sure to make you blush as the girls discuss their “girl problems.”



Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
Based on the famous paper-storytelling method, Yamishibai is a show you will not want to watch alone in the dark. Each episode shares the story of a chilling Japanese urban legend that is sure to have your hair standing on end!



Orenchi no Furo Jijo
Orenchi no Furo Jijo is a great example of how shorts can get away with much wackier premises than longer anime. A teenage boy, Tatsumi finds that a freeloading mer-man has taken over his bathtub, and each episode shows how they try to get by!



Ojisan and Marshmallow
If you’re tired of the average anime romance, watch Ojisan and Marshmallow, a cute, funny show about an overweight office worker and the woman who has a crush on him. This office lady tries to win his love armed with only her affection, and a bag full of marshmallows.

Editor’s Note: Ojisan and Marshmallow is the greatest anime of all time. (According to _samtaro)


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Hey everyone,

The Winter 2016 season is in full swing now, and it seems like more than ever, anime shorts are on the rise, especially with the rise of new programming blocks such as Ultra Super Anime Time, bringing us shows such as Sekko Boys, Please tell me! Galko-chan, and Tabimachi Lateshow! This season alone, we have 11 shorts simulcasting right now!

Don't have a lot of time or want to commit to a full-length series? Shorts are perfect for when you need a quick burst of anime, and this season they're ranging from Teekyu 7's 2 minutes to Lovely Muuuuuuuco!'s more substantial 12 minutes.

No matter if you're into cute animals, creepy urban legends, or just want some silly comedy to tide you over, there's a short for everyone!

Check out all of our anime shorts we're simulcasting this season, and let us know which ones are your favorites! Plus don't miss our Livestream this Friday at 5pm Pacific Time as we watch episode 1 of each of the titles below!

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Lovely Muuuuuuuco! - Fridays at 6:30pm PST
Based on the manga Itoshi no Muco by Takayuki Mizushina, Lovely Muuuuuuuco! tells the story of the Akita dog Muco, and its glassblower owner Komatsu-san. The manga launched in Kodansha’s Evening magazine in 2011, and ranked #6 on the 2013 list of “Top 15 Recommended Manga by Bookstores.”



JK-MESHI! - Mondays at 10:35am PST
In Japanese, “JK” is an abbreviation for “joshi kousei”, or high school girl, and “meshi” means “cooked rice” or “meal”, so it is only suitable that the anime focuses on 3 high school girls, Reina, Ryoka, and Ruriko, who have mastered the art of cooking simple, B-class dishes called JK meshi.



Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note - Wednesdays at 4:00am PST
Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note centers on sixth grader Aya Tachibana who worries about friends, family, grades, and more. One day, she joins the Detective Team KZ with four very unique boys that she met in cram school: Kazuomi Wakatake, Takakazu Kuroki, Kazunori Uesagi, and Kazuhiko Kozuka.



Ooya-san wa Shishunki! - Sundays at 7:30am PST
Ooya-san wa Shishunki! follows the antics of Chie Satonaka, a middle schooler who is a landlord. Though she appears a little girl, at times, she behaves more like a grandmother, doing all the cleaning, cooking and housework around the apartment. Despite her responsibilities, she still enjoys a normal middle school life with her friends.



Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 3 - Sundays at 12:35pm PST
Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.



Tabimachi Lateshow - Fridays at 8:50am PST
Comix Wave Films is producing four episodes with the theme of “goodbyes and journeys,” entitled “Recipe,” “Transistor Smartphone,” “Summer Festival,” and “Clover”, as part of the Ultra Super Anime Time programming block broadcast in Japan.



Ojisan and Marshmallow - Thursdays at 11:30am PST
Ojisan and Marshmallow tells the story of Hige, an older man with an insatiable love of marshmallows, and Wakabayashi, a woman in his office who loves him. The show follows their budding relationship in their office.



Please tell me! Galko-chan - Fridays at 8:30am PST
Galko, Otako and Ojou are a trio of unlikely friends in high school with three very different perspectives. Each episode embarks on a day in the life of a trendy girl, an otaku, and a lady, as they discuss their “girl problems.”



Sekko Boys - Fridays at 8:40am PST
“Sekko Boys” is a four member boy band whose members are all idols, literally: the group leader Saint Giorgio, the original celebrity Medici, the multitalented Hermes and the lover Mars. However, the only catch is that they are all stone busts! The anime depicts their story of making it as a boy band with the support of their fresh-faced manager, Miki Ishimoto, who has only recently graduated from college.



Teekyu 7 - Mondays at 10:30am PST
The series follows the hilarious everyday routines of four girls in the Kameido High tennis club who, on occasion, actually play some tennis.



Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara - Mondays at 10:40am PST
Yuzuka Hanami is an average girl, with a few friends until one day she finds a strange creature named Miton digging through the garbage. Miton suspiciously tells Yuzuka that she has the makings of a magical girl. However, much to her dismay, when she transforms, Yuzuka is wearing a bathing suit.


Which one is your favorite?
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no no and more no

can i have full length seasonal anime instead
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I agree with Moodie48. I would be more interested in watching these series if they were full length. These shorts just don't give me enough content. Maybe I'm just greedy?
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I see the shorts as providing a proving ground for ideas, being something of a test market for concepts. Encouragement of Climb had a first season of shorts lasting roughly three minutes, then returned with a second season with episodes roughly four times as long. Wakakozake had a first season with animated episodes just 2 minutes long, but returned with full-length episodes in its second season (and also went from anime to live-action). I fully expect to see return seasons of some of these shows with expanded episode lengths.
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Prepare yourselves for all these whiny comments!
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moonhawk81 wrote:

I see the shorts as providing a proving ground for ideas, being something of a test market for concepts. Encouragement of Climb had a first season of shorts lasting roughly three minutes, then returned with a second season with episodes roughly four times as long. Wakakozake had a first season with animated episodes just 2 minutes long, but returned with full-length episodes in its second season (and also went from anime to live-action). I fully expect to see return seasons of some of these shows with expanded episode lengths.


Agreed. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is the best example I can think of for this. It had two seasons of miscellaneous shorts and then came back with two seasons of full episodes before finally concluding with an OVA.
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lugiamania wrote:Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 3
Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.


First they take out the creepy storyteller from the first two series' OP's, and now a rap ED theme instead of another Miku ED.
(And just as both were starting to get us interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyYN_FBiyRo )

Looks like it jumped the shark already.
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Unlike all the people complaining here, I love shorts Teekyu is still hilarious 7 seasons down the line, Yamishibai is still as mentally scarring as ever, and all the originals (i.e. I mean things that this is the first season of) are great too. I don't know why, but Oshiete! Galko-chan is great, I can't really explain what it is about it I like but it's so entertaining, I'm definitely gonna invest in the manga when it gets printed in english later this year (also Lovely Muuuuuuuco! is still as cute as it always has been, every time I watch it it reminds me of how much fun owning a dog was :') )
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Sekko Boys FTW

Oji-san and Marshmallow is good too.
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moonhawk81 wrote:

I see the shorts as providing a proving ground for ideas, being something of a test market for concepts. Encouragement of Climb had a first season of shorts lasting roughly three minutes, then returned with a second season with episodes roughly four times as long. Wakakozake had a first season with animated episodes just 2 minutes long, but returned with full-length episodes in its second season (and also went from anime to live-action). I fully expect to see return seasons of some of these shows with expanded episode lengths.


So true. I loved Yama no Susume!

I think the short episode durations really help some shows tell their stories, where there is less pandering around and filling air time. The time constraints result in some interesting storytelling tricks to pack as much action as possible into a short amount of time. In some sense I think some shows worked because of how short they were and would've probably not done so well in longer episodes.
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There are some series on here I wish were a full half hour, like Sekko Boys. Oji-san and Mashmallow would have been great as a full episode, but it might lose that bite size charm. Galko-chan and Lovely Muco seem like the kind of series that can work either as a short or full 30-minute series.

And imagine Tekkyu getting a full half hour. That would be murder on the brain!

But with all honesty, all the short series I've seen so far is fine the way they are.
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How do these shorts air on japanese tv? Are they in a block or do they fill space between longer shows that don't use a whole time slot or what?
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oellno wrote:

How do these shorts air on japanese tv? Are they in a block or do they fill space between longer shows that don't use a whole time slot or what?


If you look closely at airtimes, you can see that even "full-length" shows do not end exactly on the hour or half hour--so it's common to see something like "22:00~22:50". What goes in that 10 minute gap until the next show? Instead of filling it all with commercials, we get these shorts instead. I believe it's more of an Asian thing, as when I visited Taiwan they had the same thing (but they just show like children's 3D shorts instead of anime).
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Can we get a short tag?
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I like short shorts.
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