10 Anime Like "Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun" ("My Little Monster")

Updated on April 30, 2020
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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster!)
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster!) | Source

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster) tells the story of two friendless individuals as they explore their budding feelings and emotions. They are high school students Shizuku Mizutani and Haru Yoshida.

Despite meeting each other under peculiar circumstances, their encounter has led to them opening up in ways that they could have never imagined. Shizuku and Haru are both socially awkward and inept, so they are not sure what to make of the new emotions they are feeling. What they are feeling is something that will soon change their lives—love!

This anime is romantic, comical, and will easily tug at your heart. That is why this series has been a hit with audiences. If you are looking for more series like Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, here are some recommendations. These anime series will make you laugh while they tug at your heartstrings.

Anime Similar to Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
1. Toradora!
2. Golden Time
3. Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)
4. Sukitte Ii na yo (Say "I Love You")
5. Kaichou wa Maid-sama
6. Kimi ni Todoke
7. Special A
8. Lovely Complex
9. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince)
10. Sakurasou no Pet no Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)
Toradora! | Source

1. Toradora!

This anime introduces us to the Palmtop Tiger and the Delinquent. The small but terrible Taiga Aisaka is the “Palmtop Tiger” while the gentle yet intimidating Ryuuji Takasu is the “Delinquent.” Both are high school students with their own unique issues who’ll fatefully pair-up in order to tackle the bittersweet moments of high school life.

At first, Taiga and Ryuuji were total strangers. However, their secret desires led them to making a mistake that would tie both of them together. Now they have to help each other achieve their personal goals. But as they work towards their goals, complex feelings begin to sprout between them. This is the story of an unexpected pairing that defies all odds.

Golden Time
Golden Time | Source

2. Golden Time

Tada Banri knows nothing of his past. He got into an accident that caused memory loss—he has even forgotten his personality. Banri is now starting his new life as a college student in Tokyo. Little does he know that his past is going to catch up to him and his future will have a lot of things in store for him.

The beautiful and elegant Kaga Kouko becomes newest person in Banri’s life. She will be to one to turn his life upside down. Banri’s complicated life is just beginning to reach a new emotional climax!

Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)
Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) | Source

3. Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)

Futaba Yoshioka and Tanaka Kou are going through a lot of changes. When they were in middle school, they’ve always had each other as fate seemed to work in their favor. Yoshioka was the cute, girly type while Kou was the innocent, quiet type. But then something happened! Kou left without warning, and a misunderstanding put Yoshioka in an awkward and difficult situation with everyone.

Now in high school, Yoshioka is a totally different person. She has shed her past personality to don a more tomboyish attitude. However, Kou has suddenly come back into her life. Kou has gone through some changes as well; he now has a different name, Mabuchi Kou. And the changes do not stop there! What awaits these two now that everything has turned upside down?

This series is great adaptation of the original manga. If you've read the series, here are some similar manga that is worth checking out.

Sukitte Ii na yo (Say “I Love You”)
Sukitte Ii na yo (Say “I Love You”) | Source

4. Sukitte Ii na yo (Say “I Love You”)

Tachibana Mei has had it rough in her school life. As such, she transformed herself into a girl who is as plain as can be, as well as aloof and gloomy. This was all done to avoid attention and prevent more traumatic school experiences. All is well and fine for her until she meets a popular guy named Kurosawa Yamato.

A plain, gloomy, and aloof girl being noticed by a super popular, good-looking guy? What’s with the sudden twist in her life? Mei starts to doubt her current lifestyle. What seems like a strange, coincidental experience shall soon turn out to be one of the most defining moments of her school life. In the most unexpected of ways, love seems to be just around the corner!

Kaichou wa Maid-sama
Kaichou wa Maid-sama | Source

5. Kaichou wa Maid-sama

Seika High School has transitioned from being an all-boys school to a co-ed school. There have been plenty of problems from the transition—especially regarding the boy-girl ratio, with boys outnumbering the girls. Fortunately, the school has the “Demon President” of the student council—Misaki Ayuzawa. She’s strong, charismatic, and strict. She’ll do everything to protect the girls of the school. As a result, she is admired by the girls and detested by the boys.

However, Misaki has one big secret she doesn’t want to be revealed. She works as a maid in a maid café! Everything’s going well with her role until Takumi Uasui—the most popular boy in the school—discovers her secret! Is this the end of Misaki’s reign, or will the encounter just lead to a new, memorable experience in her school life?

Kimi ni Todoke
Kimi ni Todoke | Source

6. Kimi ni Todoke

Sawako Kuronuma shares a striking resemblance with Sadako from The Ring. Despite her spooky appearance, she’s actually timid and sweet. Sawako unwittingly scares anyone that crosses her path. That is until a boy named Kazehaya Shouta walks into her life.

Shouta is one of the most popular guys in class. His presence in Sawako's life causes sparks to fly. Is this the start of something new? Will lasting friendship finally knock on Sawako’s door? Or is this something even greater than friendship?

Special A
Special A | Source

7. Special A

Since they were small children, Hikari Hanazono and Kei Takishima have always been rivals. Unfortunately for Hikari, Kei has always been number one, leaving her at the number two spot. As a result, Hikari always tries to be as competitive as she can be, whether it's in sports, school, or any other kind of activity. All of this leads to Hikari eventually going to the same school as Kei, the super elite Hakusenkan!

Despite their fierce competitiveness, Kei looks after Hikari with all his heart. Hikari doesn’t know this herself, but she does the same thing unwittingly. Are the two fated for an eternal rivalry or is there something more? Watch as love finds its way in-between Hikari and Kei’s intense yet amusing feud.

If you end up enjoying this anime, here are some similar shows you should consider.

Lovely Complex
Lovely Complex | Source

8. Lovely Complex

Small guy meets tall gal—that is the basic plot of this series. Who could have guessed that two individuals with a height complex could make for a riveting love story? Risa Koizumi is the tall girl while Atsushi Ootani is the small guy. With their loves lives not being as successful as they would like, they form a bond that creates a weird attraction between one another.

Will Atsushi and Risa form a love story like no other? Or will both of them end up being laughing stocks for everyone? Atsushi and Risa will now have to experience love with all of its complexities.

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince)
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince) | Source

9. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince)

A lie—this was all it took for Erika Shinohara to land in a very awkward and precarious situation. What was her lie all about? Well, mostly about her presumed love interest—a good-looking stranger named Sata Kyouya. Unbeknownst to her though, the love interest she’s talking about is also a student in her school. And he knows everything!

It’s too late for Erika now. The only way to get out of her lie is to ask Kyouya to actually pretend to be her boyfriend. But everything has a price and Kyouya is not really who he seems to be. Kyouya has a personality that is dubbed the “Black Prince.” Things have become even more complicated for Erika. Her lie will soon lead to many humorous events.

Sakurasou no Pet no Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)
Sakurasou no Pet no Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou) | Source

10. Sakurasou no Pet no Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)

Sorata Kanda is a kind-hearted individual. His good deed of saving some kittens has landed him in a peculiar dormitory—the Sakura Hall. Sakura Hall is a place where brilliant yet hard-to-handle students are placed. Sorata doesn’t like the place but he has no choice. He now has to deal with the most problematic student of them all—Shiina Mashiro!

Mashiro is a savant who doesn’t know anything except for her art. Sorata is left with no choice but to take care of her. Everyone at Sakura Hall calls this responsibility “Mashiro Duty!” Sorata now has his hands full with everything and everyone. However, this is actually the start of a memorable romance.

What are you going to watch next?

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      Yuki Watanabe 

      9 months ago

      Ao haru ride is my favorite one here

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      11 months ago from Somewhere down the road

      Tnx for the list good sir!

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      Cecilia Linares 

      14 months ago from El Salvador

      I was always interested in watching Lovely Complex, now I´ll give a chance and go watch it!

    • kotobukijake profile image


      2 years ago

      Interesting list, especially in terms of timing--I only JUST got a copy of My Little Monster about two weeks ago. It also intrigues me that you started your list of similar shows with Toradora, which I recently commented in a video struck me as a likely similar series. I have actually only seen that one out of all of these, but have already pegged nearly all of those shows to watch; I also own Golden Time, Maid-Sama and Special A and intend to watch them (I hope) sooner than later. Anyway, a fun list as always, and I really look forward to seeing more of these.


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