This article is dedicated to all of the cute anime series.
Of course, “cute” can be subjective. But, expect to see a lot of children and animals. In addition, cute shows also tend to be heartwarming, wholesome, and/ or cozy.
Also, while even the toughest anime series will have a token cute character, this list will focus on the cute shows. You might also call these kawaii anime.
Without further ado, here are the nine cutest anime of all time:
List of Cute Anime
- Miss Shachiku and the Little Baby Ghost
- Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
- Is The Order A Rabbit?
- My Roommate is a Cat
- Non Non Biyori
- Kemono Friends
- Chi’s Sweet Home
- In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki
- Gabriel DropOut
Note: These shows are available at legal, licensed streaming sites. But you may need NordVPN or something similar to watch in some regions.
In Miss Shachiku and the Little Baby Ghost, ghost girl Yurei-chan is adorable, and the series knows it. Of course, Yurei-chan has a serious mission — to get overworked office lady Fushihara (a.k.a. Miss Shachiku or “Miss Corporate Slave”) to leave work and go home.
But the mission results in tons of ghostly cuteness. Catgirl Myako, ghost maid Lily, and fox demon Miko-chan are too cute for words as well.
Fushihara ends up as sort of an adoptive mother for Yurei-chan in this gentle and healing series.
Normally, stories about kidnapped princesses focus on the brave knight’s rescue attempt. But this clever and funny anime series shows what happens to the princess while she’s waiting to get rescued.
As it turns out, Princess Syalis suffers from insomnia. And she’s willing to go to great lengths to get a good night’s sleep. And she’s adorable when she goes in search of better sheets, a fluffy pillow, etc. All of this takes place in a creepy castle filled with monsters. But before long, she manages to tame all of the creatures with a mixture of cuteness and determination.
High school girls work for cafés in this sweet and fluffy slice-of-life series.
All of the café girls are cute in various ways, but the friendship between Cocoa and Chino is what you come back for. Energetic and bubbly Cocoa and quiet Chino make for a perfect contrast. Chino is also the youngest of the girls.
The series also has a cute bit of fantasy, as the round bunny Tippy is actually the reincarnation of Chino’s grandfather (who can talk in grandfather’s voice).
It also helps that the series takes place in a picturesque little French/ German town in Alsace-Lorraine, instead of a typical Japanese school.
Mystery writer Subaru adopts a stray cat in this heartwarming and creative series. Subaru is an awkward introvert. Haru has all of the wild survival instincts of a feral cat. Somehow these two manage to learn to live together.
We even get to see things from Haru’s unique, eccentric point of view.
This cozy and healing series takes place in a remote town out in the countryside. The town is so small that all of the students — all girls, except for one teen boy who’s about to graduate — attend the same classroom in school.
This unusual situation is the basis for a cute and fun slice-of-life series where life is a bit different. There are many schoolgirl series out there, but few are as imaginative. Renge’s adorable, oddball first-grade nonsense alone is worth watching.
Anime catgirls are always cute, and this series features a whole safari park full of them.
Exactly how Japari Park ended up as an abandoned theme park full of animal-eared girls is an unsolved mystery. All that matters is that there’s a human stuck in the park. And happy, fun-loving Serval is eager to help her new friend explore this mysterious place.
This kid-friendly anime features the playful, rambunctious, and curious kitten Chi. A typical short episode will introduce some strange new thing which Chi must learn to deal with. Naturally, Chi’s childish way of reacting to the universe is adorable.
The 2008 Chi’s Sweet Home series includes Chi’s origin story as a lost kitten who gets adopted by a family. Unfortunately, the Yamada family’s apartment doesn’t allow pets.
The family moves in the 2009 sequel series, subtitled Chi’s New Address.
I haven’t seen the 2016 CGI reboot, Chi’s Sweet Adventure, but it seems to follow the same concept.
In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki features young girls training to be ninjas in an all-female village. A lot of the plot involves adorable girls learning standard ninja techniques — traps, illusions, weapons, fighting, etc. But the girls have also grown up knowing virtually nothing about boys or men. (And what little they do know is propaganda promoted by the elders to keep them in line.)
Naturally, this leads to innocent curiosity and embarrassment about this forbidden topic — especially when a new girl arrives who has actually been to a male village.
Tsubaki has the skills to be a great ninja, but she must also deal with her confusing emotions.
In this silly schoolgirl comedy anime, an angel comes down to Earth with the intention of helping humanity. Unfortunately, Gabriel gets sidetracked by video games and other earthly delights, and soon becomes a lazy otaku.
The series has some similarities with Himouto! Umaru-chan, but it also plays like a reverse version of Dropkick on My Devil.
Although the primary protagonist is the sarcastic Gabriel, the cutest character is Satanichia, an adorably incompetent and over-the-top devil girl. Poor Satanichia tries to be evil, but she just doesn’t have the knack.
This was not an easy list to put together, because there are a LOT of cute anime shows out there. I considered The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated, Cells at Work, PoyoPoyo, Chobits, Aharen-san wa Hakarenai, Show By Rock, Alice and Zouroku, and many others.
I also looked at online lists, although some people have weird ideas of “cute.”
If you have a cute anime which you think should be here, let us know in the comments.