Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like The Pet Girl of Sakurasou (Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo).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 The Pet Girl of Sakurasou (Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo)

10. My Little Monster
8. Bakuman
7. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
6. Your Lie in April
5. Golden Time
4. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
3. Toradora!
2. Honey and Clover
1. The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

10. My Little Monster

Anime Like Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
Synopsis – Shizuku Mizutani is apathetic towards her classmates, only caring about her grades. However, her cold view of life begins to change when she meets Haru Yoshida, a violent troublemaker who stopped attending class after getting into a fight early in the school year. He is not much different from her, though—he too understands little about human nature and does not have any friends. Much to Shizuku’s surprise, he proclaims that she will be his friend and immediately confesses his feelings towards her upon meeting her.

Because of her lack of friends and social interaction, Shizuku has a hard time understanding her relationship with Haru. But slowly, their friendship begins to progress, and she discovers that there is more to Haru than violence. She begins to develop feelings for him, but is unsure what kind of emotions she is experiencing. Together, Shizuku and Haru explore the true nature of their relationship and emotions.

Similarity –One of the two main characters have no idea how to properly interact as they continue to go with their life, while the other tries to maintain a working environment for both of them that is acceptable to society first. Experiencing different feelings for the first time, both these anime have a fair share of comedy and romance.

Also read,10 Anime Like Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)


ReLIFESynopsis – Dismissed as a hopeless loser by those around him, 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki bounces around from one job to another after quitting his first company. His unremarkable existence takes a sharp turn when he meets Ryou Yoake, a member of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers Arata the opportunity to change his life for the better with the help of a mysterious pill. Taking it without a second thought, Arata awakens the next day to find that his appearance has reverted to that of a 17-year-old.

Arata soon learns that he is now the subject of a unique experiment and must attend high school as a transfer student for one year. Though he initially believes it will be a cinch due to his superior life experience, Arata is proven horribly wrong on his first day: he flunks all his tests, is completely out of shape, and can’t keep up with the new school policies that have cropped up in the last 10 years. Furthermore, Ryou has been assigned to observe him, bringing Arata endless annoyance. ReLIFE follows Arata’s struggle to adjust to his hectic new lifestyle and avoid repeating his past mistakes, all while slowly discovering more about his fellow classmates.

Similarity – both main girl characters are very similar in terms of lacking in social skills but is very talented and lonely. Both are deadpan but also funny and lovable, delivering some very good dry humor. Both deals with themes of being talented viewed from the perspective of the genius and the untalented. Both have a good balance of romance, comedy and drama

8. Bakuman

Synopsis- As a child, Moritaka Mashiro dreamt of becoming a mangaka, just like his childhood hero and uncle, Tarou Kawaguchi, creator of a popular gag manga. But when tragedy strikes, he gives up on his dream and spends his middle school days studying, aiming to become a salaryman instead.

One day, his classmate Akito Takagi, the school’s top student and aspiring writer, notices the detailed drawings in Moritaka’s notebook. Seeing the vast potential of his artistic talent, Akito approaches Moritaka, proposing that they become mangaka together. After much convincing, Moritaka realizes that if he is able to create a popular manga series, he may be able to get the girl he has a crush on, Miho Azuki, to take part in the anime adaptation as a voice actor. Thus the pair begins creating manga under the pen name Muto Ashirogi, hoping to become the greatest mangaka in Japan, the likes of which no one has ever seen.

Similarity – Both revolve around high school characters trying to achieve their dreams and both contain romance between multiple couples. While Bakuman is more focused around achieving the dream of the characters, Sakurasou focuses more on the romantic aspects of the character relationships. Both are excellent “coming of age” shows.

7. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Synopsis – Hachiman Hikigaya is an apathetic high school student with narcissistic and semi-nihilistic tendencies. He firmly believes that joyful youth is nothing but a farce, and everyone who says otherwise is just lying to themselves.

In a novel punishment for writing an essay mocking modern social relationships, Hachiman’s teacher forces him to join the Volunteer Service Club, a club that aims to extend a helping hand to any student who seeks their support in achieving their goals. With the only other club member being the beautiful ice queen Yukino Yukinoshita, Hachiman finds himself on the front line of other people’s problems—a place he never dreamed he would be. As Hachiman and Yukino use their wits to solve many students’ problems, will Hachiman’s rotten view of society prove to be a hindrance or a tool he can use to his advantage?

Similarity – In both series, there is a theme of “special” club, who don’t fully match. The characters are quite unique character and similar like for example, Yui <-> Aoyama, Yukino <-> Mashiro. The main male characters are different, because Hachiman is quite specific view of the world than Sorata. The titles are based on the ties between the characters and everyday life as well as in the two series were captured social problems. In both series is a little comedy and romance.

6. Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)
Synopsis – Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano.

Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again.

Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April.

Similarity – Both anime have similar comedy and drama. Both main male cast have goals with their life, but they don’t know how to get to it. Until they meet the main female and they change their life. Two of the anime teaches you to accept life and live isn’t fair. There are times when the characters feel down because of their past or their flaws. Both teaches a good life lesson.

Also read,10 Anime Like Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

5. Golden Time

Golden Time
Synopsis –Due to a tragic accident, Banri Tada is struck with amnesia, dissolving the memories of his hometown and past. However, after befriending Mitsuo Yanagisawa, he decides to move on and begin a new life at law school in Tokyo. But just as he is beginning to adjust to his college life, the beautiful Kouko Kaga dramatically barges into Banri’s life, and their chance meeting marks the beginning of an unforgettable year.

After having a glimpse of college life, Banri learns that he is in a new place and a new world – a place where he can be reborn, to have new friends, fall in love, makes mistakes and grow. And as he begins to discover who he was, the path he has chosen leads him towards a blindingly bright life that he will never want to forget.

Similarity – Basically they are both romantic/comedy/drama animes with different background story and their romantic problems but I’ve found them quite enjoyable in a similar way. Plus another difference is that sakurasou is about teens in high school and in golden time they are at the college age

4. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Saekano How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)
Synopsis – Tomoya Aki, an otaku, has been obsessed with collecting anime and light novels for years, attaching himself to various series with captivating stories and characters. Now, he wants to have a chance of providing the same experience for others by creating his own game, but unfortunately, Tomoya cannot do this task by himself.

He successfully recruits childhood friend Eriri Spencer Sawamura to illustrate and literary elitist Utaha Kasumigaoka to write the script for his visual novel, while he directs. Super-group now in hand, Tomoya only needs an inspiration to base his project on, and luckily meets the beautiful, docile Megumi Katou, who he then models his main character after.

Using what knowledge he has, Tomoya creates a new doujin circle with hopes to touch the hearts of those who play their game. What he does not realize, is that to invoke these emotions, the creators have had to experience the same feelings in their own lives.

Similarity – How difficult is it to pursue a dream? These anime formally address this question on a ride full of laughs as well as tears to pursue these dreams. If you are looking for a series that gives the same sense of a ‘journey’ with the main protagonist as they encounter blockades of life, these shows provide the same sense of fulfillment. The comedy from these series also provides a lighthearted sense of amusement that will at the very minimum make the ride full of smiles!

3. Toradora!

Synopsis – Despite Ryuji Takasu’s gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent. Class rearrangements on his second high school year put him together with his best friend, Yusaku Kitamura, and his hidden crush, Minori Kushieda. Along with these two comes Kushieda’s best friend, Taiga Aisaka. Her delicate appearance contrasts with her brutal personality. Secretly in love with Kitamura, Taiga agrees to help Ryuji with his love interest as long as he helps her get closer to hers.

Similarity – Toradora and Sakurasou involve a guy reluctantly taking responsibility for a female classmate that he lives near, but the girl in Sakurasou is a softly-spoken autistic artist, not a troubled tsundere. Sakurasou has a very similar tone to Toradora, and the characters fill comparable but not identical roles. Though Sakurasou initially tries to present itself as a fanservice anime, its real themes are of aspiration, self-expectations, and unreciprocated feelings.

Also read,10 Anime Like Toradora! (Tiger X Dragon)

2. Honey and Clover

Synopsis – Yuuta, Takumi, and Shinobu share a six-tatami room apartment with no bath. The rent is low and it’s perfect for poor college students such as themselves. Shinobu is a mysterious, quirky person, who does things on a whim. Takumi is passionate both in work and in love, and Yuuta is a simple person with simple dreams and desires. That is, until he meets Hagumi, a petite girl with the enormous amount of talent. Hagumi is fondly called Hagu by Shuuji, who serves as Hagu’s guardian. Hagu meets Ayumi, nicknamed Ayu, and they become close friends almost instantly. Meanwhile, Ayu falls for one of the boys…

The joys of falling in love, the pain of letting go, discovering one’s self, and finding the courage to move on—these are some of the things that the characters in Hachimitsu to Clover experience as they take part in the play staged by fate.

Similarity – Both are about a guy who doesn’t really know what he wants to do with the rest of his life, but then meets a girl who is a genius in the arts. Both are within the school setting as well. Though one is throughout college and the other high school. The other main characters seem similar to each other as well.

1. The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

Synopsis – Kazunari Usa is a high school freshman who will start living alone due to his parents now working in a different area. Excited for his new independent life, he hopes to go about his teenage days without the worry of dealing with any strange people, but as he soon discovers, his new boarding house Kawai Complex is far from ordinary.

The various tenants at Kawai Complex are all quite eccentric characters. Shirosaki, Kazunari’s roommate, is a pervert and masochist; Mayumi Nishikino, a borderline alcoholic office lady, hates couples because of her unfortunate luck with men; and Sayaka Watanabe, a seemingly innocent college student, enjoys leading men on. Shocked by the lack of decent individuals at his new residence, Kazunari is about to leave when he runs into shy senior student Ritsu Kawai and finds himself slowly falling in love with her.

Similarity – Both shows have an interesting set of quirky, really strange characters and the humor of the shows is mostly based on them. The characters are great in both shows, so the humor is also great. They both have somewhat ecchi moments, however, and can be quite lewd, but overall they are both really funny, and the ecchi parts are not unbearable by any means

Credits – MAL



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