At Cromartie High, it’s tough being a delinquent -- a fact that do-gooder Takashi Kamiyama intimately understands. When he’s not engaging in contests of strength and rival gang wars, Kamiyama can also be found submitting punny jokes and planning his own rise to fame within the delinquents’ ranks, and that’s just the beginning! With friends like robotic Mechazawa, a giant gorilla, a hairy man from the 80s named Freddie and a clan of delinquents with mohawks that flow in the wind, how can anyone not enjoy high school?
There's a new teacher in town – Spelunker! This unusual man is anything but a typical instructor, giving speeches about traffic safety to the students, reacting strangely to a humidifier, and enjoying lunch – albeit with ample condiment mishaps. With such a bizarre new role model to learn from, Spelunker's students will never be the same!
While Vamp continues to pose very little threat to the world, Sunred is able to maintain his carefree life of beating the living daylights out of Florsheim and freeloading off of his girlfriend, Kayoko. In the meantime, with the animal soldiers failing to fight off the local bullies and Khamenman finally dragging himself into the 21st century by buying himself a car, Vamp’s comrades carry on with their mundane day-to-day lives. With more monsters joining the Florsheim family, including the amphibious ramen restaurant hobbyist Goolgege and a Peeled Shrimp with tempura issues; Vamp expecting an inspection from the mysterious Philip; and the Pudding Empire planning an invasion on Earth, it seems that Sunred will never be able to live a quiet life!
Yes, I almost submitted my recommendation for these two animes with that single phrase. I am a huge fan of dead-pan, non-sequitur parody. Shows mixing visual humor with serious dialog really get me laughing. You'll find plenty of these elements in Astro Fighter Sunred and Cromartie.
I hearken back to Zucker-Abrahms-Zucker productions of the 80s to provide comparison for the wonderfully dry quality of the humor in these animes. These guys don't need gross-out humor to entertain. Throw the first season of Astro Fight Sunred on your "want to watch" list, too; while you're at it!
The short length of the episodes also make it a great watch when you're taking a break at work.
Dimwitted Azuma Kazuma is a young man with a dream -- to create a bread worthy of the name "Japan", made by the Japanese people, for the Japanese people! With hefty bread-making skills, hands that have an uncanny warmth to help dough ferment, and will power like no other, Kazuma must put his delicious creations to the test as he struggles to become employed at the prestigious Pantasia bakery, for fame and glory! Yeast, beware... Kazuma is in the kitchen!
When normal life turns... weird. That's the best way to describe Yakitate and Cromartie. Normal subjects like school and bread get put way past the horizon (nevermind over the top). Uber random funny moments can be found in both anime.
Nozomu Itoshiki is in despair… again! Condemned a traitor to a religious cult he'd never joined, Nozomu finds himself pursued far-and-wide by its mutated, fanatical worshippers. In his final escape-turned-suicide-attempt, he plunges headlong into the oceanic depths. Sometime later he is discovered - beached, naked, and unconscious -by the unbearably cheery Fuura Kafuka, who drags him to her all-girl high school for care. To his dismay, he is instantly appointed teacher to Kafuka, and her class of extraordinary misfits. What ensues is an unending series of schizophrenic absurdities, beginning with the re-introduction of Nozomu's troubled students; and their problems - tail fetishes, stalking, closet-hiding – quickly become his problems. Thus the grand question arises: will Nozomu finally succeed in ending his life, or will his students beat him to it?
Cromartie High School and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei have similar kind of humour. Although Zetsubou sensei is in many ways more realistic and has more satire(there's some in cromartie too), they both share the variety of interesting and funny charachters.