Top 20 Best Short Anime (under 13 episodes) to Watch

Watching anime with 100+ episodes might become boring especially and animes like Naruto and Onepiece. Though it is easy to get carried away in a long list of 100+ episode anime. These short anime are the ones that get you hooked into anime watching with only under 13 episodes.

1. Aoi Bungaku

aoi bungaku

Aoi Bungaki is one of the most underrated series out there. This show is an adaptation of 6 traditional Japanese literature novels/stories. There are 12 episodes in total. Madhouse did justice to those epic stories.

The adapted stories are:

  • No longer Human
  • Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita
  • Kokoro
  • Run, Melos!
  • The Spider’s Thread
  • hell screen

Total number of episodes of Aoi Bungaku: 12

2. Daily Lives of High School Boys

Daily Lives of High School Boys

Daily Lives of high school boys is one of the best if not the best comedy show out there. You can say Gintama is the number one, but trust me, Daily lives of high school boys are no less of a comedy show. And if you are a fan of Gintoki Sakata, there is good news for you too. The voice actor of Gintoki acted as a voice actor in this show.

Total number of episodes of Daily Lives of High School Boys: 12



FLCL is the weirdest show I have ever seen. And I guess a lot of other people will agree with me. But, that does not mean it is not much of a good show. It is. It is very good for a show.

Total number of episodes of FLCL: 6

4. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

You want to be sad and emotional and probably cry, then watch Tokyo magnitude 8.0. This show portrays the helplessness of us against the natural calamities. This series tells us a story of 2 sibling who goes to Tokyo to visit a museum and caught in an earthquake.

Total number of episodes of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0: 11

5. Usagi Drop

Usagi Drop

Usagi Drop is one of the anime that will soothe your heart. This heart-warming anime tells a story of Daikichi and his little aunt Rin Kaga. This anime is also known as Bunny Drop.

Total number of episodes of Usagi Drop: 11

6. Another


Another is one of the most popular horrors you will find there. This short series contains a mysterious vibe. If you want to feel creepy while watching horror show, this exceptional show is definitely worth your time.

Total number of episodes of Another: 12

7. Death Parade

Death Parade

This show has a unique plot, which will seriously amaze you. This show is an episodic anime that takes place after death in a bar. There all the characters get decided if he or she will go to heaven or hell. Put this show on your watch list, if you haven’t watched it already.

Total number of episodes of Death Parade: 12

8. Erased


Boku Dake ga Inai Machi also known as Erased in English is one of the recently popular time travel anime series. This short series takes the hype train up pretty fast. The ending was quite enjoyable. You should try this one too if you are into Science fiction anime.

Total number of episodes of Erased: 12

9. No game no life

No Game No Life t is one of the Best Fantasy Anime For Newcomers to the Genre

No game no life is very popular among young anime watchers. And this show is one of those shows that the fans desperately want a second season. But to this day, there is no announcement of it.

Total number of episodes of No game no life: 12

10. Barakamon


Barakamon is one of those anime that makes your day good by watching. The smile of Naru and Hina is priceless, simply priceless. Especially the Opening Song of Erased is very pleasant to watch. Do watch the show if you are into Slice of life anime.

Total number of episodes of Barakamon: 12

11. Tatami Galaxy

Tatami Galaxy

Tatami Galaxy is one of a kind, unique anime series. To watch this amazing and epic anime series, you have to have the ability to read a lot faster. Because the subtitles are way too fast to read and understand sometimes. An average anime watcher might have to pause the video to understand the subtitles.

Total number of episodes of Tatami Galaxy: 11

12. 91 Days

91 Days

The opening song catches attention at first. Later the intriguing story follows up. The storytelling and the main story is about the mafia gang. Do watch the anime if you are into this sort.

Total number of episodes of 91 Days: 12

13. Royal Tutor

Royal Tutor

Royal Tutor is a very unique comedy show. The show tells us the story of 4 princes. Whoever comes to teach them, fails to do so and runs away. At last, our main character Heine comes as their tutor, who is often mistaken as a child due to his height.

Total number of episodes of Royal Tutor: 12

14. Handa Kun

Handa Kun

Handa Kun is another Comedy anime to watch. It is short, it is fun, and it is refreshing. Handa Kun is one of those shows that makes you laugh for no reason. Especially Handa’s attitude and other’s funny misinterpretation of it. If you have watched Barakamon already, you should watch it too. The story is about the main character Handa.

Total number of episodes of Handa Kun: 12

15. Prison School

Prison School

If you are still in the list to find some shorter anime under 13 episodes, you should already know that there are plenty of comedy anime. But this anime is for a mature audience. There is plenty of nudity all over the anime.

Total number of episodes of Prison School: 12

16. Ao Haru Ride

Ao Haru Ride

Ao Haru Ride is a Slice of life 12 episodes long, rom-com anime. This shoujo anime has a unique vibe in it. If you are into school anime and would like to watch a romantic comedy, you should try this out.

Total number of episodes of Ao Haru Ride: 12

17. Inuyashiki


This science fiction and seinen anime. The main character of this show is a 58 old aged man, named Ichirou Inuyashiki. This psychological Drama caught everyone’s attention from the very beginning of the show.

Total number of episodes of Inuyashiki: 11

18. Terror in Resonance

Terror in Resonance

Terror in resonance is a 12 episode long very underrated anime. There is violence in this anime. So watch it with caution.

Total number of episodes of Terror in Resonance: 11

19. Eden of the East

Eden of the East

This show is one of the finest works of Production IG. Eden of the east brought a totally unique taste to the anime fans. This mystery, drama series is a must-watch for sci-fi lovers.

Total number of episodes of Eden of the East: 11

20. Hellsing Ultimate


Hellsing ultimate is all about Alucard. There are 2 anime adaptations of it. The first one is a bit darker and gore version. Though this adaptation is also very dark, mature, and gore of an anime. But you will enjoy it nonetheless.

Total number of episodes of Hellsing Ultimate: 10

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