List of Best Short Anime to Watch (One Season or Less)

List of Best Short Anime to Watch (One Season or Less)

It’s not news that there’s an overwhelming number of television shows and movies to watch in one lifetime; the same holds true for anime. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to decide what to watch, what with Crunchyroll and Funimation making it simpler than ever to keep up with seasonals, Netflix releasing more originals, and so many old series now available to watch without hunting out illegally downloaded DVDs on eBay. It’s true that if you decide to binge-watch an entire series of an ongoing anime like One Piece, which hit the 1038-episode mark recently, you won’t have to make another streaming decision for a very long time. Though you’ll have less time to watch the many excellent anime that are available.

This is the appeal of short anime which last for only a season or less.  You may watch them from beginning to end in one weekend, and they will fulfill you thoroughly. Some of the best anime ever made, including Gurren Lagann, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Death Note, only lasted for one season. Although it is noteworthy that the list does not stop there.

The Best Short Anime List

If you’re having trouble deciding what to watch next, try one of these anime series that only lasts for a single season. We have made a list of such anime along with small descriptions to make it easier for you:


Vi and Jinx, two sisters, find themselves on opposite sides of a struggle over the arcane and unbreakable convictions as tensions rise between the wealthy, utopian city of Piltover and its corrupt, oppressed underbelly of Zaun.

Cyberpunk Edgerunners

This show follows the story of David Martinez, a Street Kid who is trying to survive in the dodgy streets of Night City. David realizes soon that the only choice he has to live is to join the Edgerunners, a group of mercenaries and netrunners who are also known as Cyberpunks.

Steins; Gate

A university student and his friends invent time travel and must utilize it to thwart the evil plans of an unknown organization. The show boasts extremely likable characters and is loved among its fans for its complicated and mind-blowing story.

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop | Official Trailer | Netflix

The show follows a laid-back bounty hunter and his crew on misadventures in a western, noir, and futuristic setting that set this anime ahead of its time. The fact that it still holds the spot in many ‘top anime of all time’ lists is proof enough of its timelessness. 

Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai Trailer

In a dystopian feudal Japan, a Black samurai sets out on a quest for revenge for the death of his father. The show is known for its grim, well-written plot, beautifully choreographed fights, amazing soundtracks as well as dark theme.

The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy – Trailer [Subtitled]

The story follows “I”, a third-year student at Kyoto University, as he reminisces on the misadventures of his colorless college life and wonders what he could have done differently to live the rose-colored campus life that everyone dreams of.

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo Trailer

To aid her in her search for the “samurai who smells of sunflowers,” teahouse waitress Fuu saves the lives of two skilled swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from the gallows. This anime is well known for its stylish swordfights filled with smooth animation and humor.

Devilman Crybaby

DEVILMAN crybaby | Trailer [HD] | Netflix

The story of Devilman Crybaby follows Akira Fudo and his pal Ryo Asuka fighting an ancient race of demons that are bent on destroying humanity. Ryo suggests that Akira combine with a demon since he thinks that’s the only way to destroy the demons; as a result, Akira becomes the Devilman, obtaining the powers of a demon while keeping his human soul.

Parasyte: The Maxim

Parasyte -the maxim- [Kiseijuu] Trailer (2015) – AMV

Parasytes are creatures who butcher and eat humans, and one of them tried to infect 17-year-old Shinichi Izumi. To make it through his dual existence as a Parasyte and a human, he will need to figure out how to live peacefully with the monster inside him.


Trigun Trailer

There is a 60 billion $$ (double-dollar) bounty on the head of Vash the Stampede, making him the most wanted bandit on the planet No Man’s Land. Vash’s past unfolds as the story progresses. 

That was all for this list of the best short anime to watch which has one season or less. Please mention in the comments if you want us to make a list of any other category. We will make sure to publish it asap. Thank you for reading this article.

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