8 Anime to Watch if You Like Horimiya

Horimiya is one of the hottest anime of 2021. If you’re into cute and cheerful anime like Horimiya, the shows below are a must-watch.

This piece of work has an interesting backstory. Before Horimiya was created, there was only a Japanese shounen web manga Hori-san to Miyamura-kun, written and illustrated by Hero.

In 2011, Daisuke Hagiwara adapted the manga under Hero’s supervision under the title Horimiya. An anime adaptation of Horimiya premiered in early January and is still airing.

Hori and Miyamura are two high school students who conceal their actual identities from their friends. When the two of them unexpectedly run into one other outside of school, they unintentionally reveal their real selves. After this encounter, a peculiar relationship grows.

All of the anime I chose are school romance anime series with no fantasy elements.

Here are 8 anime similar to Horimiya!

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8. Kimi ni Todoke

Buy/Watch on: Amazon, Crunchyroll

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo
  • Episodes: 25


Horimiya & Kimi ni Todoke both show how young love can blossom.

The story is set mainly at school and the protagonists fall in love despite having vastly different personalities (and popularity ranking!).


Kuronuma Sawako, also known as Sadako (the ghost girl from “The Ring”) by her classmates, just wants friends and a normal school experience. Unfortunately, her peers think she’s frightful and interpret her shy, kind manner as malicious.

Sawako is automatically drawn to Kazehaya-kun, the most popular student in the class, because of his upbeat personality. When Kazehaya-kun approaches her, she becomes optimistic that she will find the friendship she has been looking for—and maybe even more.

7. Nisekoi

Buy/Watch on: Amazon, Crunchyroll

  • Genres: Harem, Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen
  • Episodes: 20


Nisekoi is another rom-com anime set in high school like Horimiya.

The main characters are both keeping a mutual secret and bond over it.


Much to their displeasure, the Yakuza family’s heir is compelled to date the daughter of a gangster family in order to keep the peace between the gangs.

6. Lovely Complex

Buy/Watch on: Amazon

  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Shoujo
  • Episodes: 24


These two are both sweet & glamorous anime.

Male and female protagonists are both very different from one another (or at least perceived as such by their classmates). Since they both have something they are conscious about (height in Lovely Complex and secret personality in Horimiya), they have a really excellent understanding for each other.


Two high schoolers who are massively different in height become great friends, and one of them falls in love quite soon.

5. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Buy/Watch on: Amazon, Crunchyroll

  • Genres: Romance, Comedy, School, Shoujo
  • Episodes: 26


If you enjoy a good heartwarming high-school romcom, look no further!

The female protagonists are both hiding something embarrassing about themselves behind their classmates’ backs, and the male main character finds out by accident.

The understanding between the main characters in both anime is beyond kawaii.


When a high schooler Misaki Ayuzawa doesn’t study or scold the boys in the recently co-ed high school, she works part-time as a maid at a maid café. This is her little secret that she keeps hidden from everyone at school. All they think when they see her is that she is an overly ambitious and strict female student council president.

However, peace doesn’t last for too long. During one of her working days, a bunch of her classmates arrives at the maid café where Misaki is serving customers!

Recommended: 7 Cute Anime Like Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

4. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Buy/Watch on: Amazon, Crunchyroll

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo
  • Episodes: 13


Apart from both being school romcoms, they both center around an unlikely friendship of two seemingly different high schoolers. The female protagonists are both smart & introverted girls, while the male protagonists are (or can be) badass.


Shizuku Mizutani is an unsociable high school girl who only cares about her grades. This pathetic view of life changes after meeting Haru Yoshida, a real troublemaker who confesses his love for Shizuku the first they meet and drags her into a world full of feelings and colors.

3. Toradora

Buy/Watch on: Amazon, Crunchyroll

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School
  • Episodes: 25


Both are high school rom-coms.

They showcase characters in their everyday lives and the main characters are viewed as something they are not just based on their looks & behavior at school.

After the two become friends, they reveal their real selves to each other.


Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student with a love for housework; but in contrast to his kind nature, he has an intimidating face that often gets him labeled as a delinquent. On the other hand is Taiga Aisaka, a small, doll-like student, who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Equipped with a wooden katana and feisty personality, Taiga is known throughout the school as the “Palmtop Tiger.”

One day, an embarrassing mistake causes the two students to cross paths. Ryuuji discovers that Taiga actually has a sweet side: she has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who happens to be his best friend. But things only get crazier when Ryuuji reveals that he has a crush on Minori Kushieda—Taiga’s best friend!

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2. Kanojo, Okarishimasu

Buy/Watch on: Crunchyroll

  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen
  • Episodes: 12


Both are about young individuals who form an unlikely friendship after keeping a mutual secret.


A college student who has been dumped by his girlfriend uses a dating service to “rent” a girlfriend who, unbeknownst to him, is also his neighbor and a fellow student.

Related: 7 Must-See Anime Similar To Kanojo, Okarishimasu

1. Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou

Buy/Watch on: N/A

  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo, Slice of Life
  • Episodes: 26


My favorite pick of them all and the most similar anime to Horimiya is Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou.

This adorable school romantic comedy features a girl who is completely different at home vs at school & a boy who has his own secrets too.

After the boy discovers the girl’s secret, the two start to spend more time together, and eventually, love blossoms.


Yukino Miyazawa seems to have it all: top grades, looks, and popularity despite being a freshman at her high school.

The reality is that she works vigorously to maintain her athletic figure and top grades only to end up as the second-best compared to her biggest rival and classmate, Soichiro Arima. On top of that, she is not the person she is portrayed to be in school at all. In fact, it’s all an act.

The life of Yukino is about to turn upside down – Soichiro will coincidentally find out her secret.

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Hey, I'm Mia, the creator of 9 Tailed Kitsune. 🦊 Big fan of anime, games, and esports – it all started with Phantom Thief Jeanne when I was just 7. Fast forward, I've binged over 200 anime! At 9 Tailed Kitsune, I'm turning my love for this world into an awesome journey. ✨

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    • Yep, Horimiya is very unique! I personally love Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou, but the animation is quite old & outdated. Man, I wish it got a remake.

  1. Hi! Love your site! I’ll add Special A 🙂 Kareshi is one of my fav too! A remake will be the best news ever. I suffered a lot with Kimi ni Todoke, so much understandings and lack of communication haha. Horimiya is more mature and exciting! Hugs from Barcelona!

    • Thank you, Pons, it means a lot to me 💖.

      I agree with you but I somehow completely forgot about Special A!
      Horimiya is my new fav high school romcom, loving it! ( And Miyamura is hot 😀 )

      • Hi! Thanks for the recommendations🤗. I think “wolf girl and black prince” would also be a good choice.
        I wonder if there is a good romance anime that has a NORMAL male lead. Unlike so many otakus, i can’t put up with moody, sadist and oberly conceited characters😅. Miyamura kun isn’t like that

        • You are welcome! 💖

          That’s true, it’s also a very similar rom-com in a school setting that many might enjoy. 🙂

          Normal male leads in romantic anime are for example: Usui from Kaichou wa Maid sama!, Yoshida from Higehiro, Zen from Snow White with the Red Hair, Kou from Blue Spring Ride, Chiaki from Phantom Thief Jeanne, Ryouta from Btooom!, Kaname from Dawin’s Game, Banri from Golden Time, and also Edgar from Earl and Fairy. There are probably more these are just the ones that came to mind naturally.

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