7 Anime Like Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)

Anime like Kamisama Hajimemashita are hard to come across. This is because it’s one of the most light-hearted, soft reverse harem anime that will make you feel warm and fuzzy without cringing. There are not many that can pull that off.

I recommend this lighthearted anime show for anyone who likes supernatural/ fantasy stories mixed with romance.

The series follows Nanami Momozono, a high schooler with a troubled family background. After her father gambles away their home, Nanami finds herself homeless. While sitting outside, she helps a man in distress and he offers her his rundown shrine as thanks.

At the shrine, she meets two spirits and a fox familiar named Tomoe. Nanami learns she’s the new land god of the shrine, but Tomoe refuses to serve a human. Determined to prove herself, Nanami risks her life to make Tomoe her familiar. Now, they must learn to work together despite their differences.

The following list is the best I could come up with a good conscience.

Here are the top 7 Anime Like Kamisama Hajimemashita!

7. Inu X Boku SS

A rich, unsociable young girl moves into a high-security secluded mansion for half-youkai beings.

Both shows share the setting where the female lead is a high school girl that ends up living in the building with her servant⁠—a fox youkai⁠—and other youkai. The youkai become close friends with the female main character. The female lead falls in love with the male lead (the fox youkai).

6. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji

Erika Shinohara gets caught in a web of lies after taking a pic of a pretty stranger when asked to show a picture of her boyfriend to her “friends” at high school. Too bad that the handsome stranger is no one else than popular Kyouya Sata who is also attending the same school as her.

The rollercoaster of pretending to be a couple, discovering each other’s personalities, and falling in love begins.

Both stories revolve around a happy-go-lucky high school girl falling in love with a bad boy. The boy teases her a lot despite the obvious attraction/love.

5. Fruits Basket

A hard-working, orphaned high schooler ends up living in a house filled with handsome boys who are possessed by zodiac animals.

Both anime series focus on a troubled female protagonist with a sad past. She ends up meeting boys who are more than willing to protect her.

4. Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne

A young girl called Jeanne discovers that she is the reincarnation of Jeanne d’ Arc and takes on the task of destroying the evil possessing valuable art with the help of an angel.

The female lead of Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne is very similar to Nanami. She is a high schooler who might strike you as an ordinary girl. In reality, she can transform into the reincarnation of Jeanne d’ Arc. Nanami, on the other hand, also looks ordinary but is a human deity. Both girls are abandoned/neglected by their parents and can use their powers to interact with supernatural beings.

The male lead in both shows is a strong handsome boy who will fall in love with the heroine.

3. Akatsuki No Yona

The series revolves around Princess Yona facing the harsh realities of the kingdom Kouka.

After the sudden murder of her father, the king of Kouka, she has no other choice than to escape with her childhood friend. The reality is rough⁠—if Yona wants to get her kingdom back, she has to learn how to fight and outsmart the forces of the new King of Kouka.

Both have a concept of a hard-working heroine who ends up being “lost”—due to losing her home. Both girls are also surrounded by attractive males who want to protect them.

2. Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!

A high school girl’s life is turned upside down after a few of her classmates visit the maid café where she secretly works part-time.

A hard-working, independent, cute female lead? Check.

A handsome, relaxed, and smart guy? Check.

Most importantly, Kaichou Wa Maid-sama! is another wholesome rom-com anime like Kamisama Hajimemashita.

1. Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime

The most similar anime to Kamisama Hajimemashita would be Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime.

Shirayuki is a cheerful red-haired teen herbalist from the kingdom of Tanbarun. Her life suddenly turns upside down when she attracts unwanted attention from the Tanbarun prince who orders her to become his concubine. She refuses to do so, cuts her hair, and flees to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines.

Whilst hiding, Shirayuki stumbles upon a prince Zed who got poisoned by an apple that was meant for her. She quickly aids the prince because of her herbal knowledge. She then ends up joining the prince on his journey back to his Kingdom and strives to become a court herbalist without Zen’s help.

But is there a chance that the two can become more than friends with such a vast difference in their social status?

Both anime have an independent, ambitious heroine who meets their love interest under peculiar circumstances, moves into a close area where he lives, and eventually, their friendship blossoms into love.

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Mia Milanová
Mia Milanová

For years, I've been writing about anime & digital marketing, fusing my academic background (psychology) with my love for writing and anime (200+ shows devoured!). At 9 Tailed Kitsune, I share my love for anime and create a space for fans to connect. ✨

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  1. Great list! I’ve watched 3 animes from this list now and I think I’m just gonna trust your opinion and watch all of them xD

  2. You failed to mention “Natsume’s Book of Friends”. (Japanese: 夏目友人帳, Hepburn: Natsume Yūjin-chō).

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