Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Handa-kun. This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Handa-kun

10. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (Daily Lives of High School Boys)
9. Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time
8. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!
7. Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun (Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun)
6. Sakamoto desu ga? (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto)
5. Gintama
4. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
3. Barakamon
2. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless)
1. Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K)

 

10. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (Daily Lives of High School Boys)

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Synopsis – Roaming the halls of the all-boys Sanada North High School are three close comrades: the eccentric ringleader with a hyperactive imagination Hidenori, the passionate Yoshitake, and the rational and prudent Tadakuni. Their lives are filled with giant robots, true love, and intense drama… in their colorful imaginations, at least. In reality, they are just an everyday trio of ordinary guys trying to pass the time, but who said everyday life couldn’t be interesting? Whether it’s an intricate RPG reenactment or an unexpected romantic encounter on the riverbank at sunset, Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is rife with bizarre yet hilariously relatable situations that are anything but mundane.

9. Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

Synopsis – The anime revolves around a girl named Yokoi who sits next to a boy only known as Seki-kun. During class, Seki-kun continues to not pay attention and instead creates amazing little distractions, such as a detailed golf course with the course’s hole being a dent in his desk, or an entire dramatic war being played out by paper shogi pieces. Yokoi often finds herself getting reluctantly interested in his games, even though they always seem to end up getting HER in trouble with the teacher!

Anime like Handa kun
Similarity – In both animes the main characters are “described”, they are seen through the other eyes not for what they really are. The other characters have more scenes than the main characters themselves.
In Tonari no Seki-kun, Seki is always watched by Rumi Yokoi who is her classmate; in Handa-kun, Handa is always watched by the “Handa-force” ( his four classmates).

8. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

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Synopsis – After living 50 simulated high school lives and dating over 100 virtual boys, Tomoko Kuroki believes that she is ready to conquer her first year of high school. Little does she know that she is much less prepared than she would like to think. In reality, Tomoko is an introverted and awkward young girl, and she herself is the only one who doesn’t realize it! With the help of her best friend, Yuu Naruse, and the support and love of her brother Tomoki, Tomoko attempts to brave the new world of high school life.

Similarity – Both shows portray issues related to social anxiety with a comedic approach.

7. Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun (Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun)

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Synopsis – He is charming, cool, athletic, a good cook, but more importantly, he’s a clean freak. Aoyama is idolized and respected by everyone, but they can only admire him from afar due to his mysophobia. Despite that, he plays soccer—a rather dirty sport!

As the playmaker for Fujimi High School’s soccer club, Aoyama avoids physical contact at all cost and cleanly dribbles toward victory. However, the path to Nationals will not be easy for Fujimi’s underdog team. But alongside striker Kaoru Zaizen, Aoyama will show everyone that even as a clean freak, there are things he’s willing to get dirty for.

Anime like Handa kun
Similarity – These two comedies follow main characters who are popular almost to the point of worship. However, while Aoyama faces external problems such as competition from others, Handa faces internal problems within himself.

6. Sakamoto desu ga? (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto)

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Synopsis – Sophisticated, suave, sublime; all words which describe the exceedingly handsome and patently perfect Sakamoto. Though it is only his first day in high school, his attractiveness, intelligence, and charm already have the girls swooning and the guys fuming with jealousy. No one seems able to derail him, as all attempts at tripping him up are quickly foiled. His sangfroid is indomitable, his wits peerless. Will any of Sakamoto’s classmates, or even teachers, be able to reach his level of excellence? Probably not, but they just might learn a thing or two trying…

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Similarity – Both anime deal with a student who stands out. Sakamoto desu ga has a protagonist who is famous because he does crazy things, while Handa kun has a protagonist who has a huge reputation built on a series of misunderstandings. Both series have a similar type of humor.

 

5. Gintama

Anime like Handa kun
Synopsis – The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.

However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although, from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.

Anime like Handa kun

Similarity – I agree! Can’t believe Gintama only has 1 rec. I have seen the first 3 recommendations above this one, but while watching the anime, I actually thought about how much it really reminded me of Gintama. Handa-kun and Gintama are my types of humor. Both have hilarious situations, but the cast, which slowly expands, brings it to that LOL level. If you’re looking for similar characters, not here. But, if you’re looking for that same type of comedy, THIS is it.

 

4. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

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Synopsis – Chiyo Sakura is a cheerful high school girl who has fallen head over heels for the oblivious Umetarou Nozaki. Much to Chiyo’s confusion, when she confesses to her beloved Nozaki, he hands her an unfamiliar autograph. As it turns out, the stoic teenage boy is actually a respected shoujo mangaka, publishing under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno! A series of misunderstandings leads to Chiyo becoming one of Nozaki’s manga assistants.

Throughout the hilarious events that ensue, she befriends many of her quirky schoolmates, including her seemingly shameless fellow assistant, Mikoto Mikoshiba, and the “Prince of the School,” Yuu Kashima. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun follows Chiyo as she strives to help Nozaki with his manga and hopes that he will eventually notice her feelings.

Anime like Handa kun
Similarity – I found these two similar mainly because of the several misunderstandings that occurred throughout each series; leading to multiple comedic scenarios. However, the misunderstandings are more extreme in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun as though it is a character itself, it also occurs more often compared to Handa-kun. Both series also focuses on a group of characters in a school setting throughout each series. The level of admiration shown by the Handa fan group/ followers is also similar to the way Chiyo ‘admires’ Nozaki.

3. Barakamon

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Synopsis – Seishuu Handa is an up-and-coming calligrapher: young, handsome, talented, and unfortunately, a narcissist to boot. When a veteran labels his award-winning piece as “unoriginal,” Seishuu quickly loses his cool with severe repercussions.

As punishment, and also in order to aid him in self-reflection, Seishuu’s father exiles him to the Goto Islands, far from the comfortable Tokyo lifestyle the temperamental artist is used to. Now thrown into a rural setting, Seishuu must attempt to find new inspiration and develop his own unique art style—that is, if boisterous children (headed by the frisky Naru Kotoishi), fujoshi middle schoolers, and energetic old men stop barging into his house! The newest addition to the intimate and quirky Goto community only wants to get some work done, but the islands are far from the peaceful countryside he signed up for. Thanks to his wacky neighbors who are entirely incapable of minding their own business, the arrogant calligrapher learns so much more than he ever hoped to.

Similarity – Handa-kun is an anime about Sensei’s high school life. The anime follows Handa, a calligrapher who thinks everyone at school hates him. In reality, everybody loves Handa, to the point he has a fan club full of boys devoted to Handa’s rising as a leader.

 

2. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless)

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Synopsis – For high school student Tanaka, the act of being listless is a way of life. Known for his inattentiveness and ability to fall asleep anywhere, Tanaka prays that each day will be as uneventful as the last, seeking to preserve his lazy lifestyle however he can by avoiding situations that require him to exert himself. Along with his dependable friend Oota who helps him with tasks he is unable to accomplish, the lethargic teenager constantly deals with events that prevent him from experiencing the quiet and peaceful days he longs for.

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Similarity – Both anime revolves around protagonists who become extremely popular through misunderstandings. Both protagonists have a blonde best friend that takes a similar approach to the situation. They both have a lazy, laid-back atmosphere

 

1. Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K)

Anime like Handa kun

Synopsis – To the average person, psychic abilities might seem a blessing; for Kusuo Saiki, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Gifted with a wide assortment of supernatural abilities ranging from telepathy to x-ray vision, he finds this so-called blessing to be nothing but a curse. As all the inconveniences his powers cause constantly pile up, all Kusuo aims for is an ordinary, hassle-free life—a life where ignorance is bliss.

Unfortunately, the life of a psychic is far from quiet. Though Kusuo tries to stay out of the spotlight by keeping his powers a secret from his classmates, he ends up inadvertently attracting the attention of many odd characters, such as the empty-headed Riki Nendou and the delusional Shun Kaidou. Forced to deal with the craziness of the people around him, Kusuo comes to learn that the ordinary life he has been striving for is a lot more difficult to achieve than expected.

Anime like Handa kun
Similarity – Both series follow a rather comedic and unique cast of characters in the daily high-school lives. Though they have different premises, they are two of the funniest anime I have seen. One deals with the main character, Handa, who is completely oblivious to the fact that the whole school loves him. The other is about a character, Saiki Kusuo, who tries to avoid the limelight and hide his psychic powers. Additionally, both series have great dub and sub voice acting. I strongly recommend both series.

Credits – MAL

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