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5 Anime Like 'Somali to Mori no Kamisama' ('Somali and the Forest Spirit')

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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.

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What is it about Somali to Mori no Kamisama that you really cherish? Is it the ambiguity of its solemn adventure? Is it the heartwarming childlike nature of Somali? Is it her peculiar relationship with the Golem? Or is it the grandeur of the world where they live? Let’s put it in simpler terms: you love everything about this show!

Since we’ve already established the fact that you love this show, I’m sure you’re now ready for more. Having said that, let’s take a look at five anime recommendations that are wondrously similar to Somali to Mori no Kamisama.

There’s no need for you to hold back. Dig right in and good luck on your adventure!

Anime Similar to 'Somali to Mori no Kamisama' ('Somali and the Forest Spirit')

  1. Barakamon
  2. Kino’s Journey: The Beautiful World
  3. Made in Abyss
  4. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou (Girls’ Last Tour)
  5. UchiMusume: If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord
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1. Barakamon

Every so often, it takes serendipity to discover hidden gems like Somali to Mori no Kamisama. If you’re lucky enough to have unearthed Barakamon before, then good for you. It’s certain that you’re already aware of its calming magnificence as an illustrious slice-of-life anime. But if this is the first time you’re hearing about it, then by all means, watch it. It’s one of the best slice-of-life anime in recent anime history.

In Barakamon, calligrapher Sei Handa is exiled to the Goto Islands after a bout of fury in an art exhibition. Being the young, handsome, talented, city dweller that he is, he has troubles adjusting to the rural setting. Luckily, he has goofy neighbors who can’t seem to mind their own business. One of them is Naru, an energetic and bouncy child who’s mischievous shenanigans never fail in bringing color to rural life.

Many people think that slice-of-life anime are boring. That simply isn’t the case with Barakamon. Just like how Sei is going to discover the beauty, serenity, and lushness of rural life, you’re bound to experience a good time with the pleasant memories, relaxing vibes, and heartwarming scenes that Barakamon has to offer.

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2. Kino’s Journey: The Beautiful World

Like a bolting magic vehicle, Kino’s Journey: The Beautiful World effortlessly crossed my mind the same time I was watching Somali to Mori no Kamisama. It was an inevitable occurrence; there’s just a lot of resemblance between the two shows. It’s really fascinating how the adventuring pairs Kino and the talking motorcycle Hermes, and Somali and the Golem, mirrors one another.

Kino and Hermes travels the world for the sake of adventure. They wander from one place to another immersing themselves in as much beauty, marvel, and cultural diversity. “To travel is to live” is Kino’s credo. In this grandiose, holistic adventure, Kino takes only one rule to heart: “Never stay in one country for more than three days.”

Kino’s Journey: The Beautiful World is one of the most breathtaking adventure anime I’ve ever caught sight of. Kino’s wanderlust is impeccable; it attests that a journey of a thousand miles truly begins with just a single step. All it takes is courage. If there’s one thing that this show picturesquely establishes, it’s that “the world is cruel and unforgiving, but yet so beautiful.”

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3. Made in Abyss

Somewhere, there’s a bottomless chasm that extends indefinitely under the ground. It’s simply called the Abyss, and it’s an eldritch world on its own.

In Made in Abyss, a young girl sets out in the hopes of finding her mother. She dives into the Abyss unaware of the enigmatic horrors that lie within. Fortuitously, she has Reg—a mysterious robot donning the form of a young human boy—to accompany her. What dangers lurk in the Abyss? Is it possible to reach its deepest parts? Where lies the truth about its existence? One thing is certain: “A journey to the Abyss yields an overflow of blessings and curses.”

No matter how compelling and enthralling the abyss is, it’s a dark place that’s cruel beyond belief. You might get the impression that this anime is all cute and innocent. Well, you’re horribly mistaken. All is but a facade. Just like how the Abyss fools people into exploring it despite the grave risks, Made in Abyss does the same but in a more subtle way. Oh well, who’s going to stop you from digging in? No one.

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4. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou (Girls’ Last Tour)

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is not your usual adventure anime. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is on the brink of extinction. It follows two unassuming girls who are traveling across ruined cities, scavenging food for sustenance and tools for survival.

The reason why I think Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is like Somali to Mori no Kamisama is that it makes one feel uneasy yet strangely calm. The atmosphere it presents is dreary, but not without a minuscule glimmer of hope. There’s this feeling that you know what’s going to happen, but you try to cling on whatever optimism you can muster nonetheless.

The one-of-a-kind tour that Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou offers is akin to a final wish. You might get lost in the process, but that’s part of the thrill. What matters is the journey itself. Everything has a beginning and an end, so you might as well enjoy the trip.

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5. UchiMusume: If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord

If Somali to Mori no Kamisama has Somali and the Golem, then UchiMusume: If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord has Latina and Dale!

UchiMusume: If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord follows the story of Latina, a young demon girl who gets adopted by Dale, a highly-renowned adventurer, after finding her alone and abandoned in the forest. Latina may be a demon, but she’s definitely a good girl. She has an air of unsettling mystery surrounding her, but life has never been better for her, especially now that she has Dale raising and supporting her like his very own child. What could ever go wrong? Well, raising a child let alone a demon child surely isn’t going to be just a walk in the park for Dale.

If you judge this anime solely by its title or promotional art, there’s a big chance you’re going to overlook it. I’m telling you now: you might want to reconsider. After all, UchiMusume: If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord is surprisingly one of the most wholesome anime I’ve laid my eyes on. It’s adorable, cuddly, and invigorating. It must be Latina! Yes, she’s such a good girl that she can soothe the heart and soul of anyone who gazes upon her. Now that the secret is out, you absolutely must try it. At the end of the day, a little happiness never hurt anyone.

Comments

LJ Milan from Novi Sad, Serbia on April 11, 2020:

I love your hubs. You gave me lots of ideas what to watch, anime related. And I thank you for that. Can't wait for more.