7 Anime Like Somali to Mori no Kamisama

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Somali to Mori no Kamisama (Somali and the Forest Spirit) is one of the newest anime on the 2020 table. I was amazed by the quality of the animation, art, and also the story, which is kind of untraditional in the world where action-fueled anime dominates the market.

Somali to Mori no Kamisama is a slice of life oriented anime with fantasy and adventure elements, taking us into the dangerous world ruled by creatures like spirits, goblins, and others, meanwhile, humans are hunted down and on the brink of extinction.

It centers around a peculiar story of an untraditional duo of a golem and a lone human girl with a bond of father and daughter who travel together after they coincidentally met.

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These 7 anime are similar to Somali to Mori no Kamisama.

7. Barakamon

Buy/Watch on: Amazon

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
  • Episodes: 12

Why it’s similar

Barakamon resembles Somali to Mori Kamisama mainly in the premise of an adult taking care of a small, sweet child. The male protagonist is trying his best to take good care of them, fulfilling the child’s needs and wishes. Both of them are very fluffy, heart-warming and cute slice of life anime.


Seishu Handa is a young talented calligrapher with a huge ego. After creating a lot of ruckus during an exhibition, he gets sent off for a retreat to a small island by his father.

Handa is by no means a country boy – he lived comfortably in the city for the whole life after all! And therefore he has to adapt to new wacky villagers, a new way of living, and also to Kotoishu Naru, a hyperactive cheerful child who keeps following him.

6. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)

Buy/Watch on: Amazon

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen
  • Episodes: 24

Why it’s similar

They are both about a relationship between a non-human being (displaying human-like behavior) and a normal human girl set in a fantasy world.


Chise Hatori reaches the point of desperation which one has problems understanding – she decides to sell herself at an auction to acquire a new place to call home.

She is sold for five million pounds to Elias Ainsworth, a magus with the appearance of humanoid with an animal skull for a head who takes her into Britain, her new home to become his apprentice and eventually bride.

Will Chise find her happiness there?

5. Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World)

Buy/Watch on: Amazon

  • Genres: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Seinen
  • Episodes: 12

Why it’s similar

Udon no Kuni gives similar fluffy vibes that Somali provides. The main protagonists represent a fatherly figure to a young child who unexpectedly entered their lives.


The series revolves around the complicated but normal life of Souta Tawara, a young web designer from Tokyo who decides to return to his hometown in Kagawa following the death of his father and to take a break from the city. Upon his return, he sadly learns that the family restaurant had gone out of business during his absence; while reminiscing about his childhood, Souta walks inside the closed down restaurant and discovers a blonde-haired little boy wearing rags sleeping inside a cooking pot. Then, Souta realizes that this child is a shapeshifting tanuki that has been inhabiting Kagawa for many years. Thinking that the boy has been living a lonely life, he decides to adopt him and name him Poco.

Each episode follows the heartwarming relationship between Souta and Poco, and through the time they spend together, Souta recalls his own past, the place he left behind for the city, and the relationship he had with his father.

(Source: Wikipedia)

4. Amaama to Inazuma (Sweetness & Lightning)

Buy/Watch on: Amazon

  • Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinen
  • Episodes: 12

Why it’s similar

Both shows are exhilarating and focused on parenting, precisely about taking care of a lively, fluffy child.


Amaama to Inazuma centers around Kouhei Inuzuka, a widowed father trying his best to make his cute little daughter, Tsumugi, content. Due to a busy schedule as a teacher, he serves ready-made meals for her, but upon encounter with one of his students, Kotori Iida, takes up cooking seriously.

3. Made in Abyss

Buy/Watch on: Amazon

  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 13

Why it’s similar

If you like the beautiful, mythical world of Somali to Mori no Kamisama, you are going to like the mystic world of Made in Abyss as well. Both anime include various creatures, a touch of mystery, a wandering child, and an adventurous journey.


Made in Abyss follows a story of Riko, an adventurous girl determined to find her mother who had descended to the depth of the Abyss to explore ancient relics/ creatures and never came back to the surface.

One fateful day when Riko works in the upper layer of the Abyss she meets a robot boy, names him Reg and the two quickly become an inseparable duo. Reg seems to be equipped with a very powerful technology but has no memory of why he ascended from the depth of the Abyss to the top.

Riko makes up her mind quite quickly and decides to descend to the deepest layer of the abyss with the help Reg whilst risking her own life and experiencing horrific discoveries about the Abyss.

2. Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop)

Buy/Watch on: Amazon

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Josei
  • Episodes: 11

Why it’s similar

Usagi Drop and Somali follow a similar premise – a man adopts an adorable little girl under unfortunate circumstances. The situations in these anime are heartwarming, funny, and enjoyable to watch.


The story follows Daikichi Kawachi, a 30-year-old bachelor with a respectable job who hasn’t figured the meaning of his life yet. Soon after his grandfather passes away he is shocked by the discovery of the grandfather’s illegitimate daughter, Rin.

Rin is treated poorly by the remaining family members and Daikichi, disgusted by their behavior, decides to take care of her even though he has no experience with raising children.

1. Uchi no Ko no Tame naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru kamo Shirenai. (If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord)

Buy/Watch on: Crunchyroll

  • Genres: Fantasy, Slice of Life
  • Episodes: 12

Why it’s similar

Both of these anime have a similar story (the male lead finds a little girl who is a part of a hated minority and decides to adopt her) and include fantasy elements as well. Their relationship is not based on romance, but on father-daughter bound.


Eighteen-year-old Dale Reki is a skilled, kind, and respected traveler acknowledged as one of the leading adventurers in the city of Kreuz. One day while on the hunt for magical beasts, he comes across a sweet devil girl named Latina. She is alone, dressed in rags, and bears the devils’ symbol of a criminal: a broken horn. Concerned for her wellbeing, Dale decides to ensure Latina’s safety by bringing her to his home, eventually leading to him adopting her.

Latina is sweet, innocent and compassionate, charming Dale beyond his expectations. He begins to enjoy the life of parenthood— experiencing the trials that come with raising a child and coping with the heartache he feels whenever his busy lifestyle as an adventurer parts him from her.

Although work and life as a new parent become reassuring constants for Dale, the mysteries surrounding the girl remain. Why was Latina alone in the forest, and why does she harbor the symbol of a criminal? At the same time, Latina also begins to learn about the world and herself as she adjusts to her new life with Dale.

(Source: MAL)

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Hi, my name is Mia and I'm the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. I love anime, games, and esports (I am also a bit weird). My passion for anime sparked when I was about 7 (Phantom Thief Jeanne, hello!) and has never stopped.

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