We all know that the cooking anime series that involve a touch of romance are kinda rare – but the Meng Qi Shi Shen managed to use this to its advantage and targetted female audience which proved to be fruitful.
The problem we face after finishing the series is finding a similar anime and that’s where I have your back – I took my time and found 7 similar anime to Meng Qi Shi Shen so let’s dig into it.
7. Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Action, Shoujo, Adventure, Comedy | Episodes: 24 | Airdate: 2014
✔️ Both anime are shoujo with a medieval setting; the plot does not revolve only around romance but rather about achieving the ultimate goals of the female protagonists,
✔️ Both female protagonists are determined to fulfill their dreams and trying to be independent,
✔️ The male lead is willing to protect the female main character at all costs.
The story revolves around princess Yona facing the harsh realities of the kingdom Kouka. After the sudden murder of her father and the king preceded by the betrayal of her beloved cousin, she is forced to escape with her childhood friend Son Hak. The reality is rough – if Yona wants to get her kingdom back, she has to learn to fight and outsmart the forces of the new King of Kouka.
6. Skip Beat!
Genres: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo | Episodes: 25 | Airdate: 2008-2009
✔️ Both anime are shoujo and considered amusing, comedic, and energetic with romance themes,
✔️ The female protagonist is diligent and fiery, working hard towards her goals whilst overcoming obstacles.
The main heroine, Kyoko Mogami is betrayed by her childhood friend and love interest, the famous singer, Sho Fuwa. One day she accidentally finds out that he only keeps her around because she is useful for doing all the household chores not because he likes her. Hearing this, Kyoko swears on revenge.
She decides to take revenge by successfully beating him at his own game. Because Kyoko can’t sing, she chooses acting and sets a goal to become more famous than Sho.
5. Kaichou wa Maid Sama!
Genres: Romance, Comedy, School, Shoujo | Episodes: 26 | Airdate: 2010
✔️ Both series are shoujo with funny and romantic situations,
✔️ The male protagonists are similar – they tease the female main character, but at the same time protects her and are rather skilled in fighting and figuring things out,
✔️ The female lead is in both series a hard-working, independent girl who acts disinterested towards the male lead despite being attracted to him.
Misaki Ayuzawa doesn’t have it easy – she is the first female student council president after her school just transitioned from an all-boys high school to a co-ed one. She might appeal ambitious and well-disciplined at school but also has another side – Misaki works part-time as a maid at a maid café to help her family financially.
Everything seems to be well hidden until one day her whole life turns upside down when some of the school’s students visit the maid café where she works.
4. Sheng Shi Zhuang Niang (The Beauty Blogger)
Genres: Romance, Historical, Drama, Game, Shoujo | Episodes: 20 | Aired: 2018
✔️ Both anime are shoujo with a similar setting (Ancient China) and similar art,
✔️ The male lead looks and acts similar – long-haired dazzling boy who can seem like a jerk sometimes,
✔️ The female heroines have some similarities too – delicate looking girls, both good in something (makeup – artists/ cooking), they will both get romantically involved with the male lead over time but are first cautious.
After suffering a car accident and becoming “a vegetable” in real life, the consciousness of a beauty blogger is trapped in a VR game where she has to complete tasks related to make up.
3. Saiunkoku Monogatari
Genres: Romance, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Historical, Drama | Episodes: 39 | Airdate: 2006-2007
✔️ Both anime are set in ancient times with an independent and smart female lead surrounded by fine-looking young boys who are skilled with swords,
✔️ We can find comedy and romance elements in both series.
Despite being born to a noble family, Shuurei Kou is barely managing to get enough money to support her family due to the generally low income of her father.
One day, she gets an offer to become a concubine for a lazy emperor and teach him how to become a great ruler. Shuurei accepts immediately, thinking that her virtue will be safe because the emperor prefers only males. As Shuurei spends a lot of time in a palace, her dream to become a court official awakens again.
But how can she become one if women are not allowed to hold that position?
2. Xie Wang Zhui Qi
Genres: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Action, Martial arts, Fantasy | Episodes: 13 | Aired: 2019
✔️ Both anime are Chinese with historical romance,
✔️ There are multiple similarities between the female protagonists– they are pretty young girls with long brown hair & slim figure; both of them die and get reincarnated in a medieval China with high status and their personality is similar too – independent and determined,
✔️ The male lead has similar looks and attitude.
Su Luo’s story is everything but ordinary – she gets reincarnated in the right moment into medieval China. The good old useless Su Luo of medieval China becomes a powerful fighter with amazing magic whilst the demonic king accompanies her.
1. Tong Ling Fei
Genres: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Action, Martial arts, Fantasy | Episodes: 16 | Aired: 2019
✔️ Both anime are Chinese romance historical anime with many cute romantic/comedic moments,
✔️ The female protagonists look and act similar – lovely young girls with long brown hair with bangs who draws attention from the male lead thanks to their unique personalities and behavior; both are forced into marriage,
✔️ The male lead in both anime is a typical shoujo cold prototype turning warm as he grows closer to the girl.
Qian Yunxi, the main heroine of the story has always been considered abnormal due to her special powers. After turning 16, she took her younger’s sister place to marry into the royal family of Ye. If the forced marriage wasn’t bad enough, rumors say that Ye Youming is a cruel and cold man.