Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
A wise man once said, "Follow your heart!"
You did exactly that, and where did your heart take you? It took you here.
After getting your heart all fluttery and mushy by watching Horimiya, it led you to seek this place where kindred shows exist.
Now that you're here, you can rest easy as you calmly go through this selection of shows. There are five anime listed here that are, in one way or another, similar to Horimiya.
So take a deep breathe in, then take a deep breathe out. It's time to get your heart all fluttery and mushy again with the passion-loaded shows that you're about to discover.
Anime Similar to 'Horimiya'
- Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun (Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki)
- Kaguya-sama: Love is War
- ToniKawa: Over the Moon for You
- Tsurezure Children
- Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
1. ‘Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun’ (‘Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki’)
This is an anime that I found coincidentally whilst I was checking the new shows that were coming out alongside Horimiya. I didn’t want to believe it at first, but after watching the pilot episode, I was convinced that Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun is somewhat like a poor man’s version of Horimiya! So I dove right in without hesitation.
In Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun, we have a high school student who’s a maven in snatching victory in video games no matter what the odds. His name is Fumiya Tomozaki, and he’s one of the best “Tackfam” players in Japan.
Despite his success as a high-tier character when it comes to playing video games, Fumiya Tomozaki’s reality is far from awe-inspiring. In real life, he is actually a bottom-tier character who always blames life for its convoluted mechanics and unfair rules. But then, he meets a fellow high-tier “Tackfam” player who happens to be his attractive, popular, and charismatic classmate, Aoi Hinami.
Somehow, the encounter slightly shifts the gears of fate, and before he knows it, Fumiya Tomozaki is persuaded by Aoi Hinami into seriously leveling up and playing the real game—the game of life.
2. ‘Kaguya-sama: Love is War’
Come on, I know you all love romantic comedy anime shows. But beyond all reasonable doubt, when it comes to actually putting “comedy” in “romantic comedy,” Kaguya-sama: Love is War takes the cake!
How can this show not be hilarious when it's main characters—Kaguya and Miyuki—are at each other's throats trying to squeeze out a love confession. Whoever confesses first is a loser and is looked down upon by the other. And since both of them are on top of the student body possessing renown, fame, and intellect, it’s really interesting to witness their crazy antics in trying to best the other.
It's hard to imagine how anyone could possibly hold their laughter while watching Kaguya-sama: Love is War. I’d actually consider it a full-blown comedy show if not for its romantic direction as well as its usage of many “romcom” tropes.
Anyway, you absolutely must watch Kaguya-sama: Love is War because I believe that it’s the most representative of “comedy” amongst all “romance comedy” anime!
3. ‘ToniKawa: Over the Moon for You’
"Over the moon for you?" More like: "I'm over the moon for this anime!"
ToniKawa: Over the Moon for You exhibits the kind of romance that completely skips all the tedious pre-relationship proceedings and jumps the gun on the get-go. That's right, our main couple here—Nasa and Tsukasa—marries on the very first episode! It’s totally whack, I know, but at least it gets right into action and focuses on the meaty parts of the relationship itself.
A few episodes in and we’re shown how life as a married couple isn’t really that different from any other kind of romantic relationship. Well, considering that Nasa and Tsukasa marries right off the bat, I might be wrong. Still, I’m confident to say that their wholesome interactions as a married couple are enough to melt even the most frozen of hearts.
With Tonikawa: Over the Moon for You, there's no unnecessary drama, no cheesy antics, and no overused tropes—it’s all pure sweetness and romance.
4. ‘Tsurezure Children’
Here’s a romance anime that most likely flew off your radar in 2017! Let’s give it up for Tsurezure Children—a heart-tickling show about juvenile love told through episodic stories with varying degrees of sweetness and tenderness.
What I love about Tsurezure Children is that it proves that truly captivating love stories don’t have to take a lot of time to tell. Each story in this anime takes only about an episode or two. This anime doesn’t rely on overarching story lines nor does it complicate scenarios to the point of unnecessity. And that is why it works!
Every story in Tsurezure Children is enthralling and fulfilling, which leaves you satisfied yet inexplicably yearning for more. So, in order for the yearning to be sated, you’re given another episode of the same caliber and goodness but with different characters and circumstances.
If you’re not following what I’m saying, then by all means, just give it a chance and try it out for yourself. Sooner or later, you’ll find out that you already cherish this anime just as much as its characters cherish one another.
5. ‘Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku’
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku is an underrated romance/slice-of-life anime about “otaku” office workers hitting it off with one another in the most wholesome and saccharine way.
"Eek, who'd want to see office workers going lovey-dovey and whatnot in broad daylight?!"
Well, cringe not, because Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku is not what you’re thinking it is. Open your mind a bit and don't let yourself fall victim to superficial biases. After all, this show is just like most "quality" romance/slice-of-life anime, if not better.
Love knows no age, no boundaries, and no limit. Let's not make love any harder than it already is. We should all be "otaku" when it comes to love.