Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Onihei. 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!
5 Anime Like Onihei
4. Saraiya Goyou
3. Joker Game
2. Cowboy Bebop
1. Samurai Champloo
Synopsis – A race of cannibal monsters called the Shokujinki exists and it is the job of the Kifuuken, an elite group of beast-hunters, to stop them. Toshihiko Momota, an expert swordsman, and son of the Kifuuken organization’s leader, unexpectedly falls in love at first sight with a beautiful girl named Yuka; however, the couple’s relationship is much more complicated than it seems at first glance, for Yuka is a Shokujinki.
Similarity – Both try to capture the same American jazzy-macho feel, mixing it with Japanese samurai. While Onihei is a historical series, and Kemonozume’s style is a bit out there, the stories are quite similar. Both involving characters that struggle to find someone to put their faith in and maintain a sense of honor, and dignity despite inner temptations and an often brutal unforgiving world. Watch either for an intriguing adult story.
4. Saraiya Goyou
Synopsis – Masterless samurai Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled and loyal swordsman, but his naïve, diffident nature has time and again caused him to be let go by the lords who have employed him. Hungry and desperate, he becomes a bodyguard for Yaichi, the charismatic leader of a gang called “Five Leaves.” Although disturbed by the gang’s sinister activities, Masa begins to suspect that Yaichi’s motivations are not what they seem. And despite his misgivings, the deeper he’s drawn into the world of the Five Leaves, the more he finds himself fascinated by these devious, mysterious outlaws.
Similarity – The two are a mature character driven story examining wavering moralities. Both anime employs a handful of characters to tell its story and spends its time fleshing out only a few of them. Its character focus rests primarily on the characterization and relationships of the MC and his supporting cast.
3. Joker Game
Synopsis – With World War II right around the corner, intelligence on other countries’ social and economic situation has become a valuable asset. As a result, Japan has established a new spy organization known as the “D Agency” to obtain this weapon.
Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki, eight agents have been assigned to infiltrate and observe some of the most powerful countries, reporting on any developments associated with the war. In order to carry out these dangerous tasks, these men have trained their bodies to survive in extreme conditions and studied numerous fields such as communications and languages. However, their greatest strength lies in their ability to manipulate people in order to obtain the information necessary to give their nation the upper hand.
Similarity – Episodic shows about cool looking men being cool and doing cool things, with lots of action orientated mystery-solving.
Both are historical shows, with Onihei focusing on the Edo period and Joker Game on Taishou and Shouwa periods.
Also unexpectedly nice jazz scores.
2. Cowboy Bebop
Synopsis – In the year 2071, humanity has colonized several of the planets and moons of the solar system leaving the now uninhabitable surface of planet Earth behind. The Inter Solar System Police attempts to keep peace in the galaxy, aided in part by outlaw bounty hunters, referred to as “Cowboys.” The ragtag team aboard the spaceship Bebop are two such individuals.
Mellow and carefree Spike Spiegel is balanced by his boisterous, pragmatic partner Jet Black as the pair makes a living chasing bounty and collecting rewards. Thrown off course by the addition of new members that they meet in their travels—Ein, a genetically engineered, highly intelligent Welsh Corgi; femme fatale Faye Valentine, an enigmatic trickster with memory loss; and the strange computer whiz kid Edward Wong—the crew embarks on thrilling adventures that unravel each member’s dark and mysterious past little by little.
Similarity – Similiar detective noir style and storytelling. Each episode is a unique enclosed story, that playfully unwinds character backstory. Even one shot or background characters are developed with a story. The narrative is a good balance between hopeful and realistic, the idea of a gritty world lampshaded by a kind Roguish MC.
1. Samurai Champloo
Synopsis – Fuu Kasumi is a young and clumsy waitress who spends her days peacefully working in a small teahouse. That is until she accidentally spills a drink all over one of her customers! With a group of samurai now incessantly harassing her, Fuu desperately calls upon another samurai in the shop, Mugen, who quickly defeats them with his wild fighting technique, utilizing movements reminiscent to that of breakdancing. Unfortunately, Mugen decides to pick a fight with the unwilling ronin Jin, who wields a more precise and traditional style of sword fighting, and the latter proves to be a formidable opponent. The only problem is, they end up destroying the entire shop as well as accidentally killing the local magistrate’s son.
For their crime, the two samurais are captured and set to be executed. However, they are rescued by Fuu, who hires the duo as her bodyguards. Though she no longer has a place to return to, the former waitress wishes to find a certain samurai who smells of sunflowers and enlists the help of the now-exonerated pair to do so. Despite initially disapproving of this idea, the two eventually agree to assist the girl in her quest; thus, the trio embarks upon an adventure to find this mysterious warrior—that is, if Fuu can keep Mugen and Jin from killing each other.
Similarity – Onihei plays in the same era as Samurai Champloo and involves some neat sword fighting. It is, however, portrayed from the perspective of a police chief (essentially) and although there is no greater overall story, more and more characters are introduced with each episode, which all have their role to play. I think it has less fighting than Samurai Champloo and isn’t quite as charming but the characters are sympathetic and feel human. Overall a pretty underrated anime but very worth it.
Credits – MAL