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What are some good short-form episodic anime series? (Usually less than 10 minutes per episode)

Short episodes can be great because they pack a lot of content into a short amount of time. Good for when you're in a hurry or have a short attention span.

The ones that come to mind for me are:

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    1. spctrvl Link Parent
      Gonna second that, space patrol luluco is a favorite of mine. Inferno Cop might be worth mentioning too, but it's less anime, more YouTube poop done by an anime studio.

      Gonna second that, space patrol luluco is a favorite of mine. Inferno Cop might be worth mentioning too, but it's less anime, more YouTube poop done by an anime studio.

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    2. talklittle Link Parent
      Think I've heard some good things about that one, namely how it references other shows, thanks for mentioning it.

      Think I've heard some good things about that one, namely how it references other shows, thanks for mentioning it.

    3. Tau_Zero Link Parent
      I think this is a polarizing one. Personally, Space Patrol Luluco is one of my least favorite series despite otherwise being a big Trigger fan. Couldn't even make it through the whole thing.

      I think this is a polarizing one. Personally, Space Patrol Luluco is one of my least favorite series despite otherwise being a big Trigger fan. Couldn't even make it through the whole thing.

  2. rotflolx Link
    Nichijou has 25 20 minute long episodes, but they're broken into sections between 5-15 minutes. You could watch half an episode at a time if you wanted. It's a slice of life comedy by Kyoani, with...

    Nichijou has 25 20 minute long episodes, but they're broken into sections between 5-15 minutes. You could watch half an episode at a time if you wanted.

    It's a slice of life comedy by Kyoani, with some incredibly high production quality. Highly recommend you try watching the first episode to see if you like it.

    6 votes
  3. Torgine Link
    Episodic Anime shows that are short in length? Why, Hetalia of course! Hetalia is an anime where it basically parodies countries and geopolitics alike. Plus, it’s one of those shows where the...

    Episodic Anime shows that are short in length?

    Why, Hetalia of course!

    Hetalia is an anime where it basically parodies countries and geopolitics alike. Plus, it’s one of those shows where the English dub prevails.

    5 votes
  4. Makkiux Link
    Wakako Zake if you're into food/slice-of-life. I think each episode is 2 min 30 seconds with 12 episodes total. So you could watch the entire run in the amount of time it'd take to watch a full...

    Wakako Zake if you're into food/slice-of-life. I think each episode is 2 min 30 seconds with 12 episodes total. So you could watch the entire run in the amount of time it'd take to watch a full episode of something else.

    5 votes
  5. what (edited ) Link
    Senyuu - incredibly funny, and episode is only ~3 or 4 minutes. I guess I’d describe it as a parody of adventure anime. Edit: I guess I'll add Pop Team Epic... sorta. The episodes are ~20 minutes...

    Senyuu - incredibly funny, and episode is only ~3 or 4 minutes. I guess I’d describe it as a parody of adventure anime.

    Edit: I guess I'll add Pop Team Epic... sorta. The episodes are ~20 minutes long, but it's partly split into sections (like Nichijou). The reason I only "sorta" recommend it is that you probably want to watch the episodes in full. I don't wanna spoil anything (this is the kinda show where you want to go in knowing absolutely nothing), so that's all I'll say.

    4 votes
  6. Velvetique Link
    Tonari no Seki-Kun is a really fun shortform series. Centers around a kid named Seki who goofs off during class in increasingly elaborate and ridiculous ways and how he distracts the girl next to...

    Tonari no Seki-Kun is a really fun shortform series. Centers around a kid named Seki who goofs off during class in increasingly elaborate and ridiculous ways and how he distracts the girl next to him who tries her darndest to focus on class, but gets almost as caught up in it as him. Each episode lasts about 15 minutes and they're pretty fun to watch!

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    Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou (10 min each) It's about this boy who aspires to be a DJ and through pursuing that goal he finds parallels with his father's work making tonkatsu. Lots of fun, has really good...

    Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou (10 min each)

    It's about this boy who aspires to be a DJ and through pursuing that goal he finds parallels with his father's work making tonkatsu. Lots of fun, has really good music, and is pretty sweet on top of that.

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    1. talklittle Link Parent
      Oh yeah, I remember watching a few episodes of that. It's weird in a good way.

      Oh yeah, I remember watching a few episodes of that. It's weird in a good way.

  8. talklittle Link
    Forgot to mention the 1999 classic Oruchuban Ebichu (8 min per episode) which is a raunchy adult comedy about a hamster.

    Forgot to mention the 1999 classic Oruchuban Ebichu (8 min per episode) which is a raunchy adult comedy about a hamster.

    1 vote
  9. Zeph Link
    I liked Karen Senki but it seems to have really low ratings haha. ~11 minutes per episode

    I liked Karen Senki but it seems to have really low ratings haha. ~11 minutes per episode

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  10. Vadsamoht Link
    For simple time-fillers, I really liked Robo to Shoujo (Kari) for something with a semblance of a plot, Yurumates for your typical yonkoma adaptaion and AIURA for something a bit more relaxed. If...

    For simple time-fillers, I really liked Robo to Shoujo (Kari) for something with a semblance of a plot, Yurumates for your typical yonkoma adaptaion and AIURA for something a bit more relaxed.

    If you want some political humor (dareisay from a simpler time) and have at least a passing familiarity with mahjong, then the three shorts released for The Legend of Koizumi are also a pretty fun ride.

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  11. zptc (edited ) Link
    Bananya. It's about cats who live in bananas. It's mostly for kids, but it's super cute and has the VA for Eren from AOT voicing most of the cast.

    Bananya. It's about cats who live in bananas. It's mostly for kids, but it's super cute and has the VA for Eren from AOT voicing most of the cast.

    1 vote
  12. moocow1452 Link
    Aggretsuko on Netflix, a show from the makers of Hello Kitty about when one of their mascot characters takes an office job and gets her soul ground down to a fine powder, and her only escape is...

    Aggretsuko on Netflix, a show from the makers of Hello Kitty about when one of their mascot characters takes an office job and gets her soul ground down to a fine powder, and her only escape is death metal karoke. There were original one minute shorts that you can find floating around on YouTube, but they struck a deal with Netflix to make ten 10 minute episodes that are far more serialized.

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    alexandria Link
    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Space Patrol Luluco, which is done by one of the lead animators who also did Little Witch Academia :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Patrol_Luluco Someone...

    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Space Patrol Luluco, which is done by one of the lead animators who also did Little Witch Academia :)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Patrol_Luluco

    Someone else also mentioned Nichijou, which I think would be a good fit. Each episode is about 25m long, but it's composed of a number of shorts, so it's not too hard to stop after a couple and do something else, and then return.

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      talklittle Link Parent
      Thanks for the recommendations. Someone did mention Space Patrol Luluco up above though. :)

      Thanks for the recommendations. Someone did mention Space Patrol Luluco up above though. :)

      1. alexandria Link Parent
        Huh. I read the thread rather meticulously and didn't see a reference to it >.>

        Huh. I read the thread rather meticulously and didn't see a reference to it >.>