Short series has always been some of the funniest and most popular fan content. Here are the top five shortened animated series.
Ridiculous accents, catchy pop tunes, wreckage of the fourth wall, and ruthless jokes even in the most tragic moments: the characteristics of a great short series can be hard to achieve, but when done successfully, it can be fan content. the funniest one there.
Short series tend to be filled with crass – and sometimes questionable – humor and poke fun at ridiculous premises by exaggerating situations and character traits. While there are hundreds of short series out there today, here are the five that really stand out from the crowd.
5. Nullmetal Alchemist
Ed is British and a huge jerk. That’s about all there is to this series, which ran from October 2011 to September 2013. This series abridged from the original Fullmetal Alchemist Creator Faulerro’s anime revolves around the absurd character of British Ed, accompanied by an Alphonse who seems truly trapped in a tin can. Gags like Ed insisting that chemistry is actually magical and a commitment to jokes that will perform in exactly the same way multiple times in a row turns everything on the show into a farce filled with dry, scorching humor, as if Monty Python suddenly entered the world of Amestris.
The fact that Fullmetal Alchemist is so well known gives the series a lot of room for joking, because sticking to a cohesive plot isn’t important. Sadly, Faulerro never finished covering the entire series for personal health reasons, and Nullmetal Alchemist was ultimately removed from YouTube for copyright infringement.
4. Dragon Ball Z abbreviated
This series is the first on the list of TeamFourStar, the creators responsible for many favorite short series. This abridged version of Dragon ball z Also features absurd voices, but the humor is more about making fun of the characters and their exaggerated negative traits. From Piccolo mournfully staring at his lonely Myspace account to an active tally of when Krillin becomes the owner, the series spares no character with his sharp humor, while keeping them and the plot essentially true to the original. Dragon Ball Z Abridged started airing in November 2008, with the last of its 60 episodes airing in December 2018. TeamFourStar has since announced the show’s end, but it remains iconic for its ruthless yet loving take on a beloved series.
3. Ghost Stories (English Dub)
Ghost stories is the only official abridged series still in existence. Produced by ADV Studios in 2005, it is considered by some to be the inspiration for all of the fan-made abridged series that will follow. The original Ghost stories was intended to teach folklore to young Japanese children through anime. However, Greg Ayres, one of the production’s voice actors, says they were told to do whatever they wanted as long as it sold the series.
The basic story and the names of the characters as well as the way the ghosts were exorcised had to remain the same, but otherwise there were no limits. The original script was almost completely skipped and instead became a show about some very objectionable characters making jokes about the quality of the animation, anime tropes, Christian Slater, and Christianity. The show is an ode to offensive humor, and the backlash against the dubbing has only proven its success.
2. Attack on Titan abridged
The second short series of this list from TeamFourStar, Attack on Titan Short takes the first bloody episodes of The attack of the Titans and sort of produces a great comedy. Like with Dragon Ball Z Abridged, the plot of The attack of the Titans remains largely intact while the characters are oversized, making it easy to laugh at the absurdity of the story. The use of long-lasting jokes interspersed with quick bursts of humor keeps the show from getting boring, and the elevator music at the appropriate time as the titans attack the city or the catchy pop song abruptly ending as ‘Eren Gets His Leg Bitten makes perfect use of popular culture to add humor to grim situations. The only glaring problem with this series is that there is only one episode, and it doesn’t look like that will change.
1. YGOTAS (Yu-Gi-Oh !: the short series)
This iconic abridged series almost eclipsed the original Yu Gi Oh ! anime, or at least contains quotes that are sometimes mistaken for canon. YGOTAS was created for the simple reason that Youtuber LittleKuriboh thought the premise of the show was ridiculous anyway, so it would be easy to laugh at. He was right — YGOTAS is overkill fun, constantly breaking the fourth wall and coming back over and over to poke fun at the show’s all about a card game. The exaggerated Texan and Brooklyn accents make some characters impossible to listen to without a laugh, and the use of these constant elements with fresh material maintains YGOTAS to become repetitive.
The characters do everything from wondering why everyone’s faces are so ugly to jump from moving cruise ships because they naturally have to risk their lives for cards, sometimes to the music accompaniment of Celine Dion. YGOTAS started in 2006 as the first abridged fan-made series and shows no signs of stopping even today with 83 episodes and spinoffs. YGOTAS made it to the top of this list to continue to create hilarious content that reaches both die-hard fans and those who have never seen a single episode of the original show, as well as being the pioneer who set the standard for the abbreviated series as a set.
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