Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride). 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 Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)

10. Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous)
9. Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle)
8. Gugure! Kokkuri-san
7. Death Parade
6. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
5. Hakushaku to Yousei (Earl and Fairy)
4. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)
3. Mushishi
2. Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)
1. Violet Evergarden

10. Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous)

Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous)
Synopsis – In a world inhabited by crystalline lifeforms called The Lustrous, every unique gem must fight for their way of life against the threat of Lunarians who would turn them into decorations. Phosphophyllite, the most fragile and brittle of gems, longs to join the battle. When Phos is instead assigned to complete a natural history of their world, it sounds like a dull and pointless task. But this new job brings Phos into contact with Cinnabar, a gem forced to live in isolation.

Similarity – Mahoutsukai no Yome and Houseki no Kuni both explore themes of guilt and existentialism. However, they explore them in different ways, which is ultimately why this recommendation is so consequential. If you enjoyed Houseki no Kuni, you likely won’t enjoy something that treads the same ground, but instead you’d probably enjoy something that approaches it in a new way.

9. Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle)

Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl's Moving Castle)Synopsis – A plain young hatter named Sophie has her life changed when an evil witch transforms her into an old woman. Unable to face her family in such a condition, Sophie runs away in search of a way to become young again. Along the way, Sophie helps a turnip-headed scarecrow, who repays her by leading her to the moving castle owned by the dreaded wizard Howl. There she befriends Howl’s apprentice Markl, Howl’s fire demon Calcifer, and eventually, Howl himself. Sophie then becomes the castle’s cleaning lady in an effort to not only find the solution to her problem but to save Howl from his own terrible secrets as well.

Similarity – Both have main characters of a young girl and an older male mage/wizard
• Both settings are in Europe or have strong European influences
• Both consist of magical acts taking place in an otherwise everyday setting (magical realism)

8. Gugure! Kokkuri-san

Gugure Kokkuri san

Synopsis – A little girl named Kohina ends up summoning a Kokkuri-san, a lower-ranking ghost in Japanese folklore. The Kokkuri-san she calls ends up being a white-haired handsome, young man. Although he had intended to merely haunt her at first, he becomes worried about her terrible eating habit of cup ramen for every meal, so he decides to haunt her in order to protect her.

Similarity – Lonely little girls find themselves under the guardianship of supernatural guardians who show them the supernatural side of the world and teach them to value their lives a little more.

7. Death Parade

Death ParadeSynopsis – After death, humans go to either the eternal void or are reincarnated. However, where there’s doubt as to were to place some occasional souls, these instead arrive at bar Quindecim, with no memories of having died. Decim, the bartender, challenges them to the Death Game, wherein they wager their “lives” and reveal they’re true natures. Decim himself is actually an arbiter in charge of deciding the fate of those that arrive at Quindecim – by pulling the darkness from deepest within them, he judges their ultimate fate.

Similarity – The main thread that ties Magus Bride and Death Parade together is the dynamic between the two leads of each series. For one, the male leads (Decim of Death Parade and Elias of Magus Bride) are both tall, stoic, imposing, otherworldly and otherwise well-dressed figures. Being immortal, neither of them can comprehend human emotion and show very little of it themselves (one has a bone-face so he can’t help it). However, they are rounded out by their respective female counterparts

6. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
Synopsis – Shirayuki is a beautiful girl working as a medicine woman with red hair, a color that is considered very rare. When she is proposed and chased after by the prince of her country, she cuts her hair and runs away, only to meet Zen, the prince of a neighboring country. Finding respect for the young man, she decides to serve at his side as his court doctor.

Similarity – Both are about red-haired girls finding their place in society, with one being a mage and the other being a court herbalist. While their personalities certainly differ, both girls eventually become driven by being the best of their kind. I enjoyed the fantasy setting and the development of romance equally, though Shirayuki-hime definitely is more romance-driven while Mahoutsukai focuses more on the lore and worldbuilding.

5. Hakushaku to Yousei (Earl and Fairy)

Hakushaku to Yousei (Earl and Fairy)
Synopsis – The story is set in 19th century England and centers on a “fairy doctor” named Lydia. Her life takes a 180-degrees turn when she meets a legendary blue knight count named Edgar and his crew. He hires her as an adviser during his quest to obtain a treasured sword that was supposed to be handed down to him by his family.

Similarity – Both female protagonists have rare abilities that connect them to fairies and are sought out and taken in by the male protagonist who has slight romantic inclinations towards the female protagonist. Both are centered in England and revolve around British folklore.

4. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)

Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)
Synopsis – Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. Containing the names of these spirits, a binding contract was formed between the spirits and the owner of the book. Now, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts. With the help of a spirit cat, his days are filled trying to return the names to these spirits.

Similarity – Both Mahoutsukai no Yome a Natsume Yuujinchou have a protagonist that can see extraordinary things. They both suffer a great deal in their childhood because of their ability to see what normal people can’t. Both anime tell the tale of their protagonists’ lives and how they deal with the world that is beyond the ordinary human eyes.

3. Mushishi

Mushishi
Synopsis – They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead, they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as “Mushi”. Their existence and appearance are unknown to many and only a limited number of humans are aware of them. Ginko is a “Mushi-shi” who travels around to investigate and find out more about the “Mushi”. In the process, he also lends a helping hand to people who face problems with supernatural occurrences which may be related to the “Mushi”.

Similarity – Both anime are very similar with atmosphere and are very intriguing. The main protagonist can see creatures that ordinary humans cant.

2. Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)

Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)Synopsis – King Il of Kouka, a land said in legends to have been founded by four dragons, has only one remaining heir, a daughter named Yona. She lives a happy life in the palace with her cousin Soo-won, who she loves in spite of her father’s opposition to them marrying. Her life is turned upside down when Soo-won murders her father and steals the throne. Yona, with her childhood friend and bodyguard Hak, must retreat to gather allies and reclaim her place as ruler of the kingdom.

Similarity – Both are neither your typical shoujo anime (based on an ongoing manga) with a redheaded lead. In both Akatsuki no Yona and Mahoutsukai, our heroines are both gifted in a fantasy world, who learn and begin to form their own definitions of family and love. Both heroines share an underlying romance with tall, dark, deep-voiced males, as well as beautiful coming-of-age stories.

1. Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

Synopsis – A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation. Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon”, has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls”, who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words. Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and different shapes of love. There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning but she searches to find it.

Similarity – Both protagonists (Elias from Mahoutsukai, and Violet Evergarden the titular character) have gone through a messed up past, causing them to lose the ability to act as humans, and sense emotions. Both shows set up episodic parts and through the interaction of many other characters, our protagonists gradually learn these emotions, often in some sort of heartwarming tales.

Credits – MAL, ANN

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