There’s a lot of epic anime out there. There’s anime that will have you bawling your eyes out or have your heart banging in your chest. But sometimes you just want to watch something sweet and happy that makes you feel good. For that purpose, I have whipped up this list of feel-good fantasy anime to bring a person up when they’re feeling down. These anime have a cheerful atmosphere and despite having fantasy elements, can be a pretty relaxing watch. So let’s buckle up and look through it!
Flying Witch is a short slice-of-life anime about a witch-in-training. A young witch named Makoto and her black cat moves in with her relatives and they’re introduced to all the weirdness that comes with her profession. It’s a really chill watch, just showing the main character navigate the day-to-day difficulties of being a witch. All of the characters are very relaxed and sweet, so there’s little drama. But the show keeps itself entertaining by introducing a lot of fun and funny new events and elements. The show contains mandrakes, ghosts, dog-people and, of course, all kinds of magic.
The anime is around 12 episodes long and can be seen on Crunchyroll.
Natsume’s Book of Friends (also known as Natsume Yujin-cho) is first and foremost an anime about healing. It follows a young man named Takashi Natsume, who can see spirits. He inherited a “Book of Friends” from his grandmother, which contains the contracts of many spirits she has enslaved. Rather than continue this cruel practice, Natsume chooses to work to free these spirits from their contracts and befriend them instead. Natsume is also accompanied by a spirit shaped like a cat, who he nicknames “Nyanko-sensei”.
The anime goes into the tragic pasts of the spirits Natsume meets, but there’s always a message of hope and recovery at the end. Natsume has a pretty rough past himself, so he comes to understand the spirits he meets and they heal together in a heartwarming fashion. Even what appear to be nothing but evil spirits are shown to have good in them. This is an anime about finding the goodness of the world in unexpected places and an anime about understanding and empathy. As such, while it does cover some sad stuff, it’s ultimately a feel-good anime that might have you crying happy tears. And if you’re interested in Japanese mythology, you’ll find lots of cool stuff in this anime as well.
Natsume has 5 seasons out so far. Each season is 13 episodes long and the fifth season is currently airing. You can find it on Crunchyroll.