5 Anime Like 'Fruits Basket'

Updated on June 17, 2019
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Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.


In its manga form, its 2001 anime version, and its 2019 anime version, Fruits Basket has always succeeded at being well-celebrated. It is loved as it is cherished. After all, this series is an exemplary work of art!

Fruits Basket is a shoujo series that combines the genres of romance, drama, and slice-of-life into one supernatural blend. It presents the story of kind and caring girl who finds her new home in the form of a strange zodiac-cursed family. Curses are no joke, and our main heroine’s life is all but tragic. Yet, this series is all about making the world sparkle and turning tragedies upside down. That’s why it’s brilliant. More than the destination, it talks about the perilous yet thrilling journey.

As many people in the world love this series—emphasis on Fruits Basket (2019)—I’m laying down five other anime shows that you can totally binge on after watching this one. In one way or another, they’re all kind of similar, which is the chief point why you’re here. So, without further ado, here are the five anime shows like Fruits Basket!

Anime Similar to Fruits Basket

  1. Ouran High School Host Club
  2. Kamisama Kiss
  3. Special A
  4. Orange
  5. Clannad


1. Ouran High School Host Club

One can’t possibly see Fruits Basket without thinking of Ouran High School Host Club, am I right? While it’s true that the former is heavier on drama and the latter is beefier on comedy, they both share quite a significant number of elements. Believe me when I say that the similitude between both anime is rather hard to miss.

First, we have the characters. Just like in Fruits Basket, most, if not all of the characters in Ouran High School Host Club are winsome and likable. Even the main damsel is big-eyed, sweet, kind, and endearing. Also, have you ever noticed how Honey is like the spitting image of Momiji? You’re not alone. Everyone is thinking the same!

Next, we have the “reverse harem” kind of atmosphere going on. Don’t get me wrong, neither of the anime mentioned are part of the said genre. It’s just that both of them have female mainstays who are tossed into situations where they have to stick around with a bunch of eligible bachelors.

Lastly, we have the story and the various themes. Ouran High School Host Club is hilarious as it can be serious and melodramatic at times. As I’ve previously mentioned, the only difference we’ll in this anime is that it is beefier on comedy. Ouran High School Host Club is actually what you get when you shift around the comedy-drama ratio of Fruits Basket. If prefer more comical mishaps and hilarious scenarios on your slice-of-life plate, then you shouldn’t miss this anime!


2. Kamisama Kiss

If you’re looking for an anime with quite the same setting as Fruits Basket, then look no further! Kamisama Kiss is the show to behold!

In Kamisama Kiss, we have a kind and sweet heroine who had lost her home and left to fend off for herself. Fortunately, she stumbles upon a new home, which is quite on the peculiar side of things. Her newfound home turns out to be a shrine. It’s strange—for all it’s worth—with all its supernatural secrets and enigmatic tenants.

Sounds similar? Well, I did tell you that the setting of Kamisama Kiss resembles that of Fruits Basket to a large extent.

Alas, I’m not done explaining! You see, Kamisama Kiss is also a darling of the shoujo genre. It’s lighthearted, warm, and fuzzy-wuzzy. While it does have its serious moments, it sure never strays away from its overall romantic-comedy motif. The romantic interaction presented is fantastical and cute.

If you so choose to pick this series up, I’m sure the gods will reward you greatly—and even make you blush irresistibly.


3. Special A

Special A will always have a special place in my heart. I know that it’s far from being a widely celebrated anime, but it’s certainly a charming jewel that deserves a spot in everyone’s heart.

Just like Fruits Basket, Special A is a shoujo anime that is fluffy and light. However, Special A is more of a denizen of the romantic comedy genre than the drama genre. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any serious moments though. Special A has the power to touch the heart with all sorts of emotions and feelings. It’s rather superbly entertaining to watch and just as heartfelt as any outstanding shoujo anime.

In Special A, we get to explore rivalries, troublesome histories, and love in its raw form. This show is plentiful when it comes to fun and romanticism. I really urge you to catch this show and hold it dear in your arms. Despite being an anime from more than a decade ago, Special A is still endearingly well worth it!


4. Orange

If you fancy the melodramatic elements of Fruits Basket but prefer less comical jiffies, then Orange is the anime for you!

Orange does what many drama-clad anime shows fail to do—be realistic and be able to effectively present sensitive subjects. This show is extraordinary in the aspect that it actually touches the soul. Life, after all, isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. There’s ugliness and cruelty in it. This is reality.

While Orange does have a tinge of supernatural element in it, it manages to stay anchored on realism.

Expect lots of drama, I dare say. And since this is a school/slice-of-life anime, romance is anticipatedly a mainstay. There’s little of it, but it’s actually satisfying enough to cause some heart flutters. But more than heart flutters, Orange is here to shatter your heart and rebuild it once again.


5. Clannad

Ah, Clannad, one of the best slice-of-life/drama/romance anime out there! I’d actually be surprised if by now you still haven’t heard of this gem. But, in case you really don’t know what Clannad is, then now’s your chance to witness its grandeur.

Clannad is an anime that can spur anyone into crying both tears of joy and tears of sadness. It sure is dense with lighthearted moments as it is with heavyhearted moments. Honestly, this anime is ineffable. One cannot just explain it with mere words. The only way to fully experience it is to feel it yourself!

More than a decade ago, this masterpiece called Clannad was born. And even now, it remains relevant as if it was just created yesterday. There’s always an after-story, as they say. And this one is a timeless one!

I do not wish to spoil the experience, so pardon me for my cryptic words. Clannad is one of the best anime you’ll ever watch in your life. Prepare your heart as it’s in for an unforgettable rollercoaster ride filled with melodrama and sentimentality.

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