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Kamome Academy is rumored to have many mysteries, the strangest of which involves the mischievous ghost of Hanako-kun. When occult-loving high schooler Nene Yashiro accidentally becomes bonded to him, she uncovers a hidden world of supernatural beings. Now the two of them are conspiring to keep the peace between student and supernatural—that is, if they can only stay out of trouble themselves.
10. Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches)
Description: Suzaku High School student and problem kid Ryuu Yamada is in a bad mood after being chewed out again by the teacher today. As if his day couldn’t get any worse, he falls down the top of the stairs with honor student, Urara Shiraishi! When he comes to, he’s switched bodies with her! Two people who couldn’t be more opposite from each other find themselves running around the school in each other’s bodies! All from a kiss! The problems don’t stop there in this school romantic comedy that starts with a kiss! The non-stop fun has only begun!
Number of Episodes: 12
Release Year: 2015
Both anime are set in a school. In both anime, there are seven famous “supernatural creature” and the main characters try to help them.
9. Pandora Hearts
Description: On the eve of nobleman Oz Bezarius’s fifteenth birthday, he and his loved ones gather to celebrate in a coming-of-age ceremony. But after Oz steps under a long-stopped clock and the hands finally move once more – thus fulfilling a mysterious prophecy – he is violently thrown into the legendary prison known as the Abyss by three cloaked intruders. Existing in another dimension, the Abyss is home to lifeforms born within its walls known as Chains; these beings can only live in the real world if they make contracts with humans, binding their power to the person’s body. However, there’s a catch – in time, the human will be overcome by the Chain’s power and then thrown into the deepest level of the Abyss. When Oz wakes up in the Abyss he is quickly attacked by hungry Chains, only to be saved by one named Alice – a Chain who appeared just before he was thrown into the prison. Together, the two make a contract and return to the real world, where they are enlisted into the Pandora organization – a group researching both the Abyss and the trio that threw Oz into it. Along with members of Pandora, the duo searches to find Alice’s lost memory fragments that are scattered throughout the world, to discover the secrets of the Abyss, and to determine if there’s a way their contract can be broken without killing either Oz or Alice.
Number of Episodes: 25
Release Year: 2009
If you’re looking for Dark Twisted Fantasy-type anime’s, then this is the one for you. Both have a MC who’s “young”, but has aged in a time-stop event, so essentially they look 12-13 but they’re actually 50+. Additionally, incredible sad moments, that are littered with achey backstories that literally speak numbers. The backstory is “hidden”, and that’s what really keeps you on the edge of your seat, with ounces of comedic humor, funny questionable scenes, and overall amazing atmosphere of glee and glum!
8. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Description: Drawn to the mystique of the unknown, Hunters travel the world in search of terrifying creatures, incredible riches, and unexplored lands. Gon Freecss is a naive-yet-determined young boy who aspires to join the ranks of these individuals, in order to find his missing father Ging – a master of the profession himself. To reach his goal, he partakes in the formidable Hunter Exam, a series of tests that push the participants to their physical and mental limits, with a Hunter License as the prize. During the exam Gon befriends vengeful Kurapika, doctor-to-be Leorio, and skilled assassin Killua, who have entered for their own reasons. But with the sinister Hisoka standing in their way, will Gon and his friends be able to succeed in obtaining their reward, or even escaping with their lives?
Number of Episodes: 148
Release Year: 2011 – 2014
Hanako-kun and Hunter x Hunter have young protagonists that experience adventures viewers could only dream of. Both series have fast paced action and good quality animation too.
Description: Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his “friend” Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!
Number of Episodes: 41
Release Year: 2006 – 2011
The protagonist for both of these shows end up under contracts with someone who’s linked with the spirit world and end up having to do labour for them… These shows have very similar beginnings and both have a lot of Japanese folklore in them. They’re both comedies with some serious elements and an deeper overarching plot. The arcs are short spanning from 1-2 episodes. Hanako-kun has a few shounen like moments which I thought didn’t really fit with the style of the show. On the other hand, Holic limits fighting scenes unless they are absolutely necessary and has more of a “day to day life” vibe.
6. Gakkou no Kaidan (Ghost Stories)
Description: Satsuki and Keichiro are new students of the haunted Amanogawa Elementary School – a school where their late mother attended as a child. Soon they meet the perverted Hajima Aoyama and #1 spirit researcher Leo Kakinoki, and thus their ghost hunting group is formed! WIth the help of Satsuki’s mother’s ghost diary and the crafty wiles of Kaaya, a cat that has been possessed by the demon Lord Amanojaku, the gang will seal away ghosts in order to rid Kaaya’s body of Amanojaku and save the day. Can the four friends manage to seal away toilet ghosts, deadly nurses, creepy dolls and a variety of supernatural phenomena, all while passing their classes?
Number of Episodes: 19
Release Year: 2000 – 2001
Both shows follow young school students who are investigating the paranormal activity going on at their school. Both shows have great humour (if you’re watching the dub version of “Ghost stories” of course). In both shows, there’s a friend group that shares a unique dynamic. Both stories have paranormal activity and involve wildly known Japanese myths and urban legends.
5. Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer)
Description: Bloodthirsty demons lurk in the woods, and nobody dares to venture out at night, save for the demon slayer of legend. Surviving in this harsh world, young Tanjirou takes it upon himself to protect his family–until the day that everything is taken from him in a vicious slaughter. Now, all he has left is his sister, and she’s not even human anymore.
Number of Episodes: 26
Release Year: 2019 – ?
4. Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story)
Description: Few people know the truth: the world is safe thanks to the Magical Girls who are forced to slay Witches. Even though these girls are putting their lives on the line for a wish, rumors say they can be saved in Kamihama City. That’s where Iroha Tamaki is headed in search of answers. She can’t remember the wish she made to Kyubey, but a shadowy figure haunts her dreams.
Number of Episodes: 13
Release Year: 2020
Both deal with mysteries involving urban legends and the seven school mysteries which, combined with unique aesthetics (especially color design) and direction, make for really interesting experiences.
3. Kemono Jihen
Description: Special detective Kohachi Inugami is sent to investigate a grisly phenomenon involving animal corpses near a remote mountain village. But after meeting a strange boy who agrees to help, he discovers cursed supernatural forces at work. Little by little, Inugami uncovers the truth behind the killings and the boy who may not even be human.
Number of Episodes: 12
Release Year: 2021
Both anime involve a middle school age boy who is not human. They both have a similar art style and “vibe” that they give off, both in execution of humor and story progression.
2. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia)
Description: The Paranormal Investigation Club is busy again, researching yet another odd happening at Seikyou Private Academy – or rather, many of them! That’s because Momoe has discovered a list of school mysteries that was hidden away in an old book, and now she, joined by fellow club members Teiichi, Yuuko, and Kirie, will attempt to solve these strange incidents one by one. From a match-making séance with dire consequences, to an old-fashioned bath that becomes haunted depending on the number of occupants, nothing will deter the group from uncovering the truth… no matter how ridiculous it turns out to be!
Number of Episodes: 12 + 1
Release Year: 2012
An unsuspecting student meets the infamous ghost who’s been haunting their school for the past few decades – and this meeting is just the beginning… The basic premise is the same, just genderswapped. Dusk Maiden also is a lot more romance-focused, rather than comedic. In both series, however, you’ll find a bold visual style and aesthetic. You may not see the similarities at first, but give each show a good 4 or 5 episodes and I am sure that you will see.
Description: Yato, the supposed God of Calamity, is so far down on the Shinto totem pole that he doesn’t even have any followers or a shrine to call his own and has to do odd jobs to make ends meet. Worst of all, his aloof and somewhat goofy personality has just cost him his newest partner and best holy weapon. When the down-on-his-luck Yato is saved by an unfortunate soul called Hiyori, he’s forced to take on a brand new job – to turn her back into a human and fix her supernatural out-of-body experiences! Can Yato, a Regalia-less, miserly minor god, even attempt such a tall order? And is there more to him than his ridiculousness lets on?
Number of Episodes: 25
Release Year: 2014 – 2015
Both incorporate Japanese mythology and various supernatural elements (ghosts, gods, phantoms, etc.). Both have a male protagonist who is a supernatural being and has a cheeky and flirty (sometimes) personality, but has a dark past and tries to keep it from his friends so they won’t hate him. Both also have a female protagonist who has a very close relationship with the male lead, comes along on the adventures, and is part-supernatural and part-human. They can both see the male lead even though no one else can. The female lead is in charge of emotional support but has saved and protected the male lead (Yashiro from JSHK only protected Hanako once, but Hiyori from Noragami has saved Yato multiple times). Both have a male character (part of the main trio) that’s blond, youngest of the group, and in charge of protecting everyone. Both involve going on adventures into the “spirit world” and sometimes fighting. Noragami has more battle action than JSHK. Very good character development! I personally think Noragami did character development better than JSHK did, but if you liked how the characters progressed and were explored in JSHK, you’ll like the way Noragami handles its characters. The male protagonist promised to grant the wish of the female lead, which led to all their crazy adventures together. A villain is introduced later in the show who has surprising ties to the male protagonist. Awesome and super catchy opening songs, and the ending songs are nice, too, in both shows.
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