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Kamisama Hajimemashita is one of the most light-hearted, soft reverse harem anime that will make you feel warm and fuzzy without cringing.
I recommend this lighthearted anime show for anyone who likes supernatural/ fantasy stories mixed with romance.
In this series, a high schooler Nanami Momozono has a rather problematic family background—her father gambled her house away and vanished. Dispirited and homeless sitting outside on the bench, she spots a man in distress who is being harassed by a dog. Nanami helps him without hesitation and explains to him her situation. Surprisingly, the man offers her his home for free as a form of gratitude.
Since she does not have many options, she goes to see the house only to find out that it’s a rundown shrine. She then tries to leave but stops after she runs into two shrine spirits and a beautiful fox familiar, Tomoe, who are taking care of the shrine. Nanami finds out that the previous land god of the shrine was Mikage, and he transferred this role to Nanami.
Unfortunately, Tomoe refuses to accept Nanami because she is a human and leaves abruptly, stating that he won’t serve a human. Nanami doesn’t give up though and tries to do her best in fulfilling her duties as a land god of the Mikage Shrine. She realizes that to do things effectively, she needs to get Tomoe back, and risks her life to force Tomoe into the contract. After Tomoe becomes her familiar, they have to learn how 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 and 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 who 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 who ends up meeting boys who are more than willing to protect her.
4. Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
A young Japanese 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 but she can transform into the reincarnation of Jeanne d’ Arc. Nanami, on the other hand, also looks ordinary but is a human deity. Both of them 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 that ends up being “lost”—due to losing her home—and also surrounded by attractive males who want to protect her.
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.
They are both wholesome high school romantic comedies
Read also: 7 Cute Anime Like Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
1. Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime
The best match for Kamisama Kiss 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.
Hi, my name is Mia, and I am the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. I am a big fan of esports, games, and anime. When I was around 7 years old, Phantom Thief Jeanne sparked my fascination for anime, and it has never faded!