Valentine’s Day is perceived in two ways. It is either the special day you spend time with your partner and celebrate your love, or it is the day where you bask in self-pity over the fact you are single.
Because of this, instead of listing anime series or episodes that focused on romance, I wanted to name some episodes that were cute and comical. Something you can watch with your lover, or something you can watch on your own that is Valentine’s Day related, but will make you laugh, instead of questioning yourself. These three anime do not rely on a story, so you do not have to worry about spoilers or not being familiar with the series.
The Melancholy of Haruhi-Chan Suzumiya- Episode 11 & 12
This short anime series is a spin-off of the notorious Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiiya. Instead of focusing on the main story that deals with espers, aliens, and time travelers, this series is just non-nonsensical, chibi chaos. And it is hilarious.
Episodes 11 and 12 are both about Valentine’s Day. In the first episode, Haruhi and the other girls decide to make Valentine’s Day chocolate by hand, which many people in Japan like to do. Of course, these chocolates are far from normal, and Haruhi decides she wants to make a life-sized Mikuru chocolate and other insane creations. In the second episode, the girls want to give their chocolate to Kyon and Koizumi, but the boys have to earn it first. Somehow, this results in a maid crashing through the school window, and Kyon and Koizumi wearing suits. Yeah, it’s crazy. Be prepared to laugh!
Yuru Yuri- Season 2, Episode 3
This episode of Yuru Yuri focuses on the strained relationship of Sakurako and Himawari. The two never seem to get along, and yet they rely on each other. One day at lunch, Sakurako mentions Valentine’s Day and Chinatsu decides she wants to make a scarf for Yui as a gift. Himawari offers to help her, and the two of them begin hanging out after school. Sakurako has trouble functioning without Himawari around and becomes grumpy. Meanwhile, all of the other girls are getting ready for Valentine’s Day and do their chocolate shopping. At the end of the episode, Chinatsu presents the scarf and chocolate to a shocked Yui- Chinatsu has a talent for making terrifying things.
Now that she isn’t spending as much time with Chinatsu, Himawari and Sakurako make up and exchange (?) chocolates. This episodes has the typical absurd, yuri-laced comedy that we usually see in Yuru Yuri, but also shows some deep insights into Sakurako and Himawari’s relationship. The episode is great for both laughs and some yuri.
Lucky Star- Episode 13
This episode has a lot less Valentine’s Day material than the previous two, but I still wanted to include it because Lucky Star is one of my favorite anime, and this episode also extremely funny. The first part of the episode shows Konata, Kagami, and the other girls discussing their usual traditions for the New Year. This part feels very relevant because at this point, many of us are still adjusting to the new year and still struggling to remember to write down the proper date. The show moves through their everyday lives as it usually does, until we reach Valentine’s Day and the girls exchange chocolate. My favorite part is when Konata explains how she is a male character in an online game and is going to give chocolate to her in-game wife who is a male in real life.
After the Valentine’s Day segment, the episode moves onto to what I considered the funniest part. Konata is known as a legendary otaku girl and when she visits a local anime store, the managers are desperate to sell her something. However, this part is portrayed in a very over-exaggerated, Dragonball Z-esque way. It is so ridiculous and over the top that it is hard to contain your laughter.
No matter how you are spending Valentine’s Day, I hope you enjoy it, check out some of these adorable episodes, and have some laughs. If there are any other funny and kawaii episodes I missed, leave a comment or make a recommendation!