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5 Anime Like "Kaguya-sama: Love Is War"

Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.


Anime Similar to ‘Kaguya-sama: Love is War’

After watching Kaguya-sama: Love is War, have you realized how love is actually a battlefield? It can get chaotic and messy, but love will eventually find a way and save the day!

Since you’re here, let me recommend five anime shows that closely resembles Kaguya-sama: Love is War. They’re all romantic, humorous, and heartwarming. You should ready your heart because you’re about to experience a lovely sensation like no other.

Without further ado, let’s start watching these five sweet and heartfelt anime shows! Here they are:

  1. High Score Girl (2018)
  2. Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san (Teasing Master Takagi-san)
  3. Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet (Boarding School Juliet)
  4. Special A (2008)
  5. Tsurezure Children (2017)

1. "High Score Girl" (2018)

I see you love romantic rivalries. Now, let me ask you something: "Do you love video games?" If you do, then you're a match! You should watch High Score Girl next.

High Score Girl talks about a bittersweet love story that's built on the foundation of childhood video games. Which video games? Well, we have Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Virtua Fighter, and Tekken just to name a few. But more than these, this show offers an innocent and cute relationship between a boy and a girl whose lives are entwined by their love for gaming.

Since we're on the topic of 1990s classic video games, High Score Girl is a full-blown nostalgia trip. Coupled with the usual sweet and tangy formula of many successful rom-com anime, this show digs deep into the heart, leaving a long-lasting impression. This anime sure has a high score in my book.


2. "Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san" ("Teasing Master Takagi-san")

“The more you hate, the more you love.”

Nishikita seems to hate being teased by Takagi at school. But does he really hate it? He obviously has a crush on Takagi, and he’ll do everything just to get back at her. However, Nishikata fails every time because Takagi can read him like an open book. When will he be able toexact his revenge? Will the teasing ever stop? Well, one thing’s for sure—Nishikata’s determined to tease her back and make her blush out of embarrassment one day.

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san is the kind of show that makes you blush irresistibly. It’s not exactly a full-pledged romance anime, but it inspires a saccharine vibe close to what puppy love feels like. If I were to describe this show in just there words, I’d say it’s cute, wholesome, and heart-tickling.


3. "Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet" ("Boarding School Juliet")

As you can assume from the title, Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. While the setting of this show entails tragedy, it’s shown in a less tragic and more passionate way. After all, this show is a romantic comedy. And in Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet, love is literally war!

Enter Romio Inuzuka and Juliet Persia. Both are top students and dormitory faction representatives at Dahlia Academy. Romio is the leader of the Black Dogs while Juliet is the leader of the White Cats. These two factions are rivals, sworn to compete with one another. But, the current leaders are in love with each other, and no one must know about their secret. Thus, an anarchic yet zany love story begins!

Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet is charming the same way an underrated classical love story is. It doesn’t stand out much, but it feels sentimental and memorable. This show actually grew on me rather quickly. In my opinion, all of its strong points outweigh its flaws. And if you fancy mellow tales about star-crossed lovers, you definitely shouldn’t miss this one.


4. "Special A" (2008)

If there’s one anime that closely resembles Kaguya-sama: Love is War, but more or less a decade older, it’s definitely Special A!

In Special A, Hikari competes with Kei, the only person who has ever managed to beat her in everything. However, she’s not one to give up easily. Now in high school, she enrolls in a prestigious school for rich people despite being poor herself. She’s back with a vengeance. She’s going to prove once and for all that she’s better than Kei. This is the rosy school life story of Hikaru, Kei, and the rest of the Special A class. It’s a story of friendship, rivalry, and romance.

I have a very vivid memory of Special A. I consider it one of the most unforgettable shoujo romcom anime of the early millennium. It’s pleasing to the eyes, delightful to the ears, and endearing to the heart. It’s like going to school not necessarily to study, but to have fun with friends and enjoy youth in general. Special A may be a little bit dated, but I guarantee you that it’s a timeless classic.


5. "Tsurezure Children" (2017)

Are you looking forward to watching your next romantic comedy anime but you’re quite not sure which one to pick up? Well, Tsurezure Children is the answer!

Tsurezure Children is a collection of romantic school tales involving young love and all its nuances. Each story runs for an episode or two, making this show an easy watch. If you’re concerned about the quality of each story, I assure you that every single one of them is like a full-scale romantic comedy series, but in a concise and concentrated form. Every story is relatable, cute, and full of affection. There’s no way you’re going to regret picking this show up.

Despite having no central plot at all, Tsurezure Children makes you yearn for the next episode in an amorous rush. It’s that romantically good. It flew under mostly everyone’s radar during its time, but now that the cat’s out of the bag, you can enjoy watching it till you’re satisfied.

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