Top Anime Series To Watch When You’re Depressed Or Have Anxiety

Jun 13, 2018

We collected some of the top anime series that tackle depression and anxiety well and some that are able to help you feel better when you’re sad by giving you a good laugh and comfort when it’s most needed. If you’re new to anime this list can be also useful because we have here some of the most successful and beloved anime series.

Maybe you don’t know this but most people who love and watch a fair amount of anime would probably tell you how incredibly helpful these shows can be when it comes to mental health. A great anime show can come pretty handy when the going gets though.

It’s hard not to fell in love and get sucked into the world of anime just after a few episodes. The characters are extremely well built and the best anime series’ creators try to shape their creations personality in a way that their viewers can more easily relate to and learn and grow with them.

It does matter which anime you watch, well, pretty much all the time but especially when you’re feeling down because your choice should be influenced by more than just your taste in anime.

First an foremost you should find an anime show and more importantly a character that resonates with you and excites you because this way it will probably be able to take your mind off things at least for a little while.

Keep in mind that the thing that worked for someone else doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you. One thing is for sure. These amazing anime series will give you comfort, some good laughs, and will provoke some thoughts on your situation and how to fix it.

1| Soul Eater

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Soul Eater is one of my all-time favorite shows! I turn to this show when I’m feeling down and need some cheering up or when I’m bored and need some quality entertainment. I love the story, the characters, and the art of the show is just amazing. It’s humorous but deep and has many characters that are dealing with some serious mental health issues.

One of my favorite characters in Soul Eater is Crona. They call Crona a boy because in English they don’t have a neutral gender like they have in Japanese. Although, I love that Crona is originally gender neutral because this helps us concentrate even more on the important personality and mental issues this character deals with.

The Soul Eater is a short anime series. It has one season with 51 episodes but I think it’s a series that both boys and girls will enjoy and bing-watch.

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2| My Ordinary Life

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This is the perfect anime series to watch if you’re bored because it will make you appreciate more life’s everyday moments and will help you find the magic in them. It teaches you with its easygoing humor that you shouldn’t take life too seriously. Find a way to laugh at yourself and your mistakes because everyone makes them.

My Ordinary life has six main high-energy characters that will inspire you to live every day with positive thinking and laugh about things that you may have found frustrating or felt embarrassed about. This is a fun, sweet, and short ride with 1 season and 26 episodes.

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3| Tokyo Ghoul

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Many people find this series a mentally traumatizing one so make sure you’re ready to get yourself into something this dark and real. It’s one of the darkest psychological anime series out there and I think it’s a good anime to watch if you have depression or anxiety and want to understand it a little more deeply.

Tokyo Ghoul is a brooding one season with twelve episodes but make no mistake. This show will stay with you for a lot longer.

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4| Naruto 

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With 220 episodes this show requires some commitment. It’s one of the longest-running and most beloved anime series. It’s packed with action and good storylines. The characters are well crafted and often deal with their own demons. Naruto is an incredibly entertaining anime that teaches us that we should never give up and to fight for our dreams.

Naruto is also the most watched anime after Dragon Ball Z and it’s loved both by men and women.

Other than action and many soul-touching moments Naruto also has the kind of anime music that will make your heart pound stronger.

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5| The Seven Deadly Sins

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This is an ongoing (3rd season is running now) action, comedy and adventure packed anime show. If you like European Middle Ages, knights, wizards, and all things magical you’re going to fall in love with this show. The main character is Elizabeth a kick-ass princess and you will go on amazing adventures while looking for the Seven Deadly Sins so she can seek justice and take back her kingdom.

This show is not just fun but will take your mind off things and boost your energy so you can fight the injustice in your own life as well. 

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6| Violet Evergarden

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This Show is one of the newest on the list. And while I admit that the story is far from perfect it is still pretty empowering and more importantly a visual feast! The artwork is just glorious. If you’re an anime lover or just someone who enjoys animated arts you should check this show out because it’ll blow your mind. 

The story revolves around Violet Evergarden and how she’s trying to reintegrate back into society after the war where she served… well pretty much as a super-soldier. She starts working for a family as a writer and helps Mollie a blind novelist by putting her words onto paper for her. Violet is not a perfect character, sometimes even annoying but I think that what’s makes her real.

She’s still a young girl/woman who spent most of her life fighting and following orders. It’s interesting to see her finding her own self and purpose in a new life.  It’s also only 1 season 13 episodes so you don’t have to clear out your scedule to watch this show.

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7| Galaxy Angel

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Galaxy Angel is an engaging 4 seasons 125 episodes comedy/sci-fi anime series.  While the characters have to deal with serious issues they do it with great humor and with creative ideas. The story revolves around a group of amazing chicks the ‘Angel Brigade’ who have to travel around the galaxy in search of some lost and powerful objects.

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8| Fairy Tail

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Fairy tail is definitely one of the best anime shows with magic although this was a long-running show. It has 7 seasons and 288 episodes of magic, action, and fantastic characters.

This story takes places in a world where magic and wizards not only exist but thrive and form wizard guilds. One of the most (in)famous guild is ‘Fairy Tail’ and these wizards are special and not only because they’re the strongest but also because they all have their own baggage, agendas, and amazing personality as well. Their adventures will entertain the heck out of you and will teach you some valuable life lessons for sure.

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9| One piece

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One piece is just perfect. It became such a beloved show. Their fans are crazy about it. It’s literary everywhere in Japan. I started watching this show after my visit to Tokyo because I really wanted to know what’s all the fuss is about… And? Thank you for asking. Well, it’s about pirates, adventures, and mysteries. What’s not to like?!

It does get going a little slow (for my taste) but once it does you’ll get hooked until the end. It is an ongoing show with an about 840 episodes; just so you know what you’re getting into. And while it’s action-packed and the storylines are just amazing what will steal your heart are the characters.

Monkey D. Luffy and his friends will become your new best friends to comfort you and to cheer you up on rainy days.

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10| Ouran High School Host Club

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Sweet, funny, and charming. I already talked about my never dying love for this show when I wrote my list on the best anime series that will get you hooked on anime.  It’s the perfect anime to watch when you’re feeling down or bored. The characters are fun and relatable even when they didn’t seem quite like it first.

The show revolves around Haruhi and her new friends at the Ouran High School Host Club. She has to start working for them (disguised as a boy) after she breaks an expensive vase and she isn’t able to pay for it herself. If this show teaches one thing it’s that never judge a book by its cover. It’s also a short, sweet ride with 1 season and 26 episodes.

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11| Gintama 

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Many consider Gintama the mother of all parody anime. This show pretty much has it all;  Aliens, pirates, magicians, and all kinds of weirdos and odd beings. If you feel like you’re different and can’t fit in this show is for you! It’s a witty show with sometimes pretty outrageous jokes but you’ll find yourself laughing in every moment.

This show is running since 2005, it has 10 seasons and currently about 261 episodes. The story is silly and action-packed and will keep you coming back for more. It revolves around Gintoki an unemployed Samurai who tries to find odd jobs in a world where aliens have invaded and taken over feudal Tokyo. Weird, disturbing, and hilarious.

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12| Sailor Moon

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I don’t think I have to introduce this magical classic to anyone. It was probably the first anime I’ve ever watched and it got me hooked (with the rest of the world) straight away. It’s a real feel-good anime that brings back sweet memories and makes me feel like a kid every time I turn it on.

I still think it has amazing characters, the storylines are engaging and the heartwarming nostalgic feeling that makes my cold, dead heart alive again is just a bonus. The original anime ran from 4 years from 1995 and it has 159 perfectly magical episodes.

Even if Sailor Moon is not your ‘magic crystal’ you should still think about your favorite anime from your childhood. You’ll be surprised how easily they can make you smile and feel better in a moment.

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13| | My Little Monster

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My little Monster is a sweet comedy/romance anime with lots of laughs. It’s one of the most charming anime shows with romance. It’s a 1 season show with only 13 episodes so it does not require a lot of your time. But get ready because Shizuku and Haru’s beautiful relationship will make you laugh and feel all sorts of things and your heart might even grow three sizes the same day.

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14| InuYasha

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InuYasha has a kick-ass time traveling warrior girl as a lead. It’s certainly an empowering and interesting series and is also a refreshing take on female characters in anime. It was also a long-running anime with 7 seasons and 168 episodes.

It’s a beautiful feudal fairy tale about a girl called Kagome. She accidentally fells into a well and gets transported back in time to the Feudal Japan where she meets a half-demon dog InuYasha. Together they go on amazing adventures to retrieve (and recover from its shreds) a magical jewel before another powerful and dark demon would. If you want some extra fierce, laughs, and epic adventures in your life you should go for InuYasha.

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