Top 5 Anime Miniseries

Editorial, Lists

There’s a ton of entertaining anime out there, but sometimes we start a new series that’s way too long only to feel let down by it’s ending. Here are a few anime miniseries that are not only great watches, but also easy to get into.

Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal

Running Time: 4 episodes, totaled at 120 min

Whether or not you are a fan of Rurouni Kenshin, this short series is a must. Fans of the manga and anime will find out about Kenshin’s past as well as why he swore never to kill again. People new to the series will find a moving story of love and tragedy. Rurouni Kenshin has always been great at mixing factual Japanese history with fiction and this short series is no exception.

Detroit Metal Citydmc

Running Time: 12 episodes, about 13 minutes each

Detroit Metal City follows Negishi who after graduating college wants nothing more than to start his own pop band. Instead, he becomes the front man for a death metal band. Negishi tries his hardest to keep his death metal persona a secret from everyone, but it always comes out in the most awkward of situations. You definitely do not have to enjoy death metal in order to enjoy this miniseries.

Denpa Teki na Kanojo

Running Time: 2 episodes, about 45 minutes each

This is a psychological thriller that explores the insanity of human beings. The story and pacing is great. The twists and turns in this anime are placed in precisely the right moments. You will be shocked as answers are revealed. While this is a great show, it can be off-putting for those with weak stomachs.

Pet Shop of Horrors

Run Time: 4 regular length episodes

This is a classic as far as anime horror goes. It’s episodic and each one is very satisfying. If you like anime that focuses on the folly of human nature, this is the perfect anime for you.


Run Time: 6 regular length episodes

Many have already seen this Sci-Fi anime, but it still belongs on this list. This is one of those anime that gives you something new each time you see it, and since it’s so short, it’s easy to watch multiple times.

Written by: Alex Hunter


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