The 7 Best Anime Like Higehiro

Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took In a High School Runaway (Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou.) is a Japanese romantic comedy TV series based on the light novel series written by Shimesaba and illustrated by booota. Fans of Higehiro may want to find more anime like it while we wait for the next season.

The series follows a 26-year-old office worker named Yoshida, who one night finds a high school girl named Sayu sitting outside his apartment. He decides to take her in, and they begin living together. As they live together, Yoshida begins to learn about Sayu’s past and the reasons behind her running away from home.

The anime boasts a unique premise, which explores the relationship between a young runaway girl and a man who takes her in, and deals with the themes of love, family, and growing up.

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Here are 7 anime similar to Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took In a High School Runaway (I Shaved. Then I Brought a High School Girl Home.)

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7. Blend S

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

Similarities

Both of them depict the relationship between a teenage girl and a male in his early twenties.

Synopsis

In order to afford to study overseas, 16-year-old Maika Sakuranomiya is in severe need of part-time employment. The challenge of finding part-time work should be manageable, but Maika has one very big disadvantage: every time she smiles, she unwittingly makes a menacing face.

After being turned down so many times, it appears that Maika won’t succeed in any job interviews and will only keep getting rejected. At that point, luck favors Maika as she discovers Café Stile, a peculiar roleplaying coffee shop.

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6. Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

  • Genres: Romance, Seinen
  • Episodes: 12

Similarities

This one is a no-brainer since they share similar themes of age-gap romance and the complexities of human emotions.

Like Higehiro, this anime features a relationship between an older man and a younger girl and explores the dynamics of their relationship as they navigate their feelings and the societal judgment they face.

Synopsis

A reserved high school student develops a crush on a 45-year-old manager of the coffeehouse where she works part-time.

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5. Rec

  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Seinen
  • Episodes: 9

Similarities

In both a single late-20s salaryman picks up a teenage girl who is a stranger and they start living together.

Synopsis

After the young, aspiring voice actress’s home gets destroyed by a fire, she moves in with a 26-year-old marketing employee that she met earlier that evening.


4. Koi Kaze

  • Genres: Drama, Psychological, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life
  • Episodes: 13

Similarities

Higehiro & Koi Kaze have a similar premise: a 20-something years old office worker is dumped by his love interest, meets a high school girl, and takes her home to live with him.

However, in Koi Kaze, the high schooler is actually the younger sister of the male protagonist, and the anime explores the taboo romance between siblings.

Synopsis

Koi Kaze follows the lives of 27-year-old Koshiro and 15-year-old Nanoka, who fall in love despite the taboo nature of their relationship as a brother and sister. The series explores themes of family, love, morality, and the consequences of one’s actions. It also deals with the taboo topic of incest, and the challenges the couple faces as they try to navigate their feelings and the societal judgment they face.

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3. Kuzu no Honkai 

  • Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Seinen
  • Episodes: 12

Similarities

A story that initially seems to be dealing with less serious themes eventually addresses subjects like unrequited love (Kuzu no Honkai), coping with rejection, feelings of sadness, etc. There are moral lessons to be learned in both.

Synopsis

Kuzu no Honkai, also known as Scum’s Wish, follows the lives of high school students Hanabi Yasuraoka and Mugi Awaya, who are in love with their respective best friends but begin a secret relationship with each other as a substitute for their unrequited love.

The series explores themes of love, relationships, and the complexities of human emotions.

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2. Yesterday wo Utatte

  • Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Seinen
  • Episodes: 12

Similarities

Both are stories about a teenage girl developing feelings for a 20-something employee who got rejected by a woman who is their age.

Synopsis

After graduating from college, Rikuo Uozumi decides to accept a job at a convenience store. Days appear to be boring until two girls start showing up: eccentric Haru, who keeps a raven as a pet, and Shinako, his former classmate and a crush.


1. Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui 

  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Episodes: 12

Similarities

Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui is the most similar anime to Higehiro and you will get the same fresh vibes from it as it came out in 2021.

First of all, they have brown-haired high school girls as their heroines who usually wear cute school outfits. Second, there is a 20-something male office worker who gets involved with this high-school girl.

While the male protagonist in Higehiro appears to uphold his principles despite the female protagonist’s charms, the male protagonist in Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui gives up and starts making advances toward her.

Synopsis

A handsome high-spec businessman falls in love with his high school sister’s best friend despite their age gap.

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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. Kuzu no Honkai : I watched this anime when it first came out bc of how beautiful the story and art is and to top it off they put beautiful music I almost go into tears at times it’s so good

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