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Best Short Anime To Watch in 2022

If you’ve been watching Anime lately on platforms like Crunchyroll, HIDIVE, or Netflix, then you might be aware of some Animes which are short. Today we’ll be going over the best short Anime series to watch as these types of Anime are becoming quite popular on these platforms, with viewers being able to view 2-3-4 episodes in well under an hour. With these new titles now becoming more mainstream, it’s time to look at the best short Animes to watch. All links are provided below.

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

5. Mangirl (1 Season, 13 Episodes)

Mangirl Anime - good short animes to watch
Mangirl Anime – good short animes to watch

Mangirl is quite an interesting Anime about a group of girls who want to start a manga magazine. If you’ve seen Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun, then it kind of has slightly similar vibes. This Anime is certainly more exciting than the Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun, which I very much disliked. It’s one of the best short Animes series to watch on this list. The synopsis of the Anime goes as follows: “We’re going to launch a manga magazine! A team of girls with zero experience in manga editing are off and running toward their dream of creating the biggest manga magazine in Japan! They seem to do nothing but run into problems and failures… But still they’re working hard every day”

The Anime is very nicely illustrated and features a wide range of funny & attractive characters and it’s one of the best short Animes on Crunchyroll that I could find. The episodes average about 3 minutes each and there are currently 13 episodes for you to enjoy – watch the first episode here:

4. Military! (1 Season, 12 Episodes)


Military is a short Anime about a war between two factions. Once you get into it the story will make sense, with the episodes being quite short it’s very easy to get a feel of what’s going on as by the fourth episode it gets very interesting. On top of this, you’ll find this Anime is packed with tons of action & comedy scenes. The synopsis of the show is as follows:

The story takes place during a conflict between the Krakozhia Dukedom and the Grania Republic. In the midst of the fighting, a savior appears to the Krakozhia Dukedom, and it is a high school student named Yano Souhei.

We suggest you give this Anime a short if you’re looking for a more relaxed and comedic style Anime, complete with tons of Kawaii characters as well. Check out the first episode here:

3. Aggretsuko (4 Seasons, 10 Episodes)


This short anime is about a character called Retsuko, who works at a Japanese Trading firm. The Anime is about his day-to-day life at this firm and all of the funny situations they get into. Aggretusko may be one of the best short Anime series to watch on Netflix at the moment, and certainly in 2022.

The synopsis of Aggretsuko is as follows:

“Written and directed by Rarecho, the series centers around Retsuko’s day-to-day life as an accountant at a Japanese trading firm. Dealing with everything from sexist superiors to obnoxious co-workers, Retsuko vents her emotions through death metal at the local karaoke bar she frequents.”

The Anime features many different scenes and moments which are funny, the characters are very likable and of course, the animation is very eye-catching and well done. The episodes average around 15 mins each. If you’re interested in this Anine, then please check it out here:

2. Days of Urashimasakatasen 

Days of Urashimasakatasen
Days of Urashimasakatasen

Days of Urashimasakatasen is one of the best short Anime series on Crunchyroll, with the Anime nearly having a 5-star rating. The Anime is about members of the real-world four-member male vocal unit Urashimasakatasen. Uratanuki, Shima, Tonari no Sakata, and Senra appear in the shorts as high school students.

The Anime synopsis is as follows: “School life — it’s an experience that everyone should have, and no one should take for granted. Of course, everyone knows that the most enviable way to spend high school is as the most popular person in class. Transfer student Urata has decided that his high school debut will be brilliant, and as he reaches nervously for the door — it happens. In his way stand fellow high school students Shima, Sakata, and Senra! Are they enemies? Allies? Or something else entirely?! This heart-pounding transfer school youth story is about to begin!”

Check out the first episode of the Anime here:

1. KAGI-NADO (1 Season, 12 Episodes)

KAGI-NADO - best short anime series
KAGI-NADO – best short anime series

KAGI-NADO is a short Anime that has a similar appearance to Clannad, a very popular and much-loved Anime we’ve featured on this site before. KAGI-NADO is Simulcast which aires every Tuesday, at 4.30 pm. The synopsis of the shows goes as follows: “This is the story of a small miracle. Stars from different universes and different times that were never meant to cross paths. By irony of fate, these stars come together in “Kaginado Academy”. What awaits them there is a lively school life full of hope and dreams. The wonderful encounters provide the stars with new radiance. What awaits beyond that radiance…?”

The series is very cute and features many different Kawaii-style characters. For this reason, many people are drawn to show. I think you’ll like this Anime too, give episode 1 a try:

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