Published in Weekly Shounen Jump from 2011-2016, Nisekoi wasn’t like most of the others series published in the magazine during its run. The series is primarily a romantic comedy with harem elements sprinkled in as well. Jump has featured similar series in the past, and Nisekoi thrived alongside other series like Naruto, Food wars, One Piece and even My Hero Academia for a time.
Nisekoi’s anime adaptation was handled by Studio Shaft. The studio has become known for their unique style and visuals. Their contributions to the anime really hekped it stand on its own. Though its two seasons don’t cover most of the story, Nisekoi’s anime adaptation was still an enjoyable ride from start to finish. Those looking for something similar are in luck. Here are 10 anime to watch if you like Nisekoi.
10 School Rumble
Despite its name, School Rumble is a pretty lighthearted and fun show. The series follows members of Yagami High School’s 2C class. This often makes for some funny interactions between students, and a bevy of romantic subplots that play out in the funniest ways possible.
There’s enough romance and comedy mixed in to remind you of Nisekoi. Though they’re two very different shows, School Rumble manages to work with similar themes and play things out in its own way.
9 To LOVE-Ru
You could look to To LOVE-Ru as Nisekoi’s predecessor, in that they’re both similar genres and were published in Weekly Jump. To LOVE-Ru follows Rito Yuki, who as he struggles confessing his feelings to his crush while taking care of a runaway alien princess. The cast and harem high jinks only continue to grow from then on.
If you’re looking for a pretty similar show that’s a little more off the walls, then this is for you. You get a lot of what you got with Nisekoi in To LOVE-Ru, though closure certainly isn’t one.
8 Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Currently one of the big romance anime out right now, Kaguya-sama: Love is War tells the story of Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, two prodigies who desire liking each other, are too proud to confess their feelings. The series follows the various schemes they partake in with the hope of getting the other to confess, and therefore lose.
Love is War does a great job in playing its characters faults for laughs. There is some narrative development that really makes the series worth watching (or reading as the manga is way ahead of the anime right now), but the show’s comedy is where it shines.
7 The Quintessential Quintuplets
The Quintessential Quintuplets took a unique route with how it handled the harem genre. The series follows Fuutarou Uesugi, a top student who is tasked with tutoring the Nakano sisters. The sisters are quintuplets, and the series follows Uesugi’s relationship with each of them as he tries to earn their trust as their tutor.
The Quintessential Quintuplets uses some pretty standard harem tropes but for the most part adds its own unique spin to it. It’s a must watch for harem fans.
6 The Monogatari Series
The Monogatari series a strange anime and there’s not really anything else like it. The series follows third year high schooler Koyomi Araragi, and the various supernatural phenomena that surround him as well as those around him.
It might not seem like it, but the Monogatari series does essentially function as a harem, though the main focus is put on the girls’ around Araragi’s own personal issues rather than having them just serve as romantic interests. It’s an incredibly interesting show, with some great arcs and characters.
5 Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
Saekano tells the story of Tomoya Aki, a high school otaku who after meeting classmate Megumi Kato decides to a visual novel with the main heroine based upon her likeness. The series follows Tomoya, Megumi and Tomoya’s ultra talented friends as they work towards making their game.
Saekano seems like your standard harem at first, but it does a surprisingly good job of taking the characters and breaking apart their relationships and dynamics while progressing the story forward.
4 Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions tells the story of Yuta Togashi, a middle school Chūnibyō (someone who gets lost in their fantasies) and Rikka Takanashi, a classmate who has yet to grow out of that phase.
The story follows their relationship as they get closer to each other, alongside other current and former Chūnibyō’s.
Toradora! follows Ryuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka, two outcasts who just so happen to have a crush on the other’s best friend.
The story follows the two as they help one another win their crush’s affections. Whle it starts off light-hearted, he series does a great job of developing its characters and providing a conclusive end, which is rare for an anime to pull off in one season.
2 Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts
Baka & Test takes place in Fumizuki Academy, where students are strictly assorted into classes based on academic performance. The series revolves around Akihisa Yoshii and his eccentric classmates as they get into various shenanigans.
Baka & Test may not be a very well known anime, but it’s one of the funniest out there. There are some romance elements sprinkled in there, but everything’s pretty much played for laughs.
1 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU follows Hachiman Hikigaya, a cynical loner who is forced to join the school service club by his teacher. There he meets Yukino Yukinoshita and Yui Yuigahama. The show follows the characters as they help out fellow students, and delves deeper into their own relationships with one another.
The series’ third season was supposed to come out in April, but was delayed to summer 2020 instead. It should wrap up the story once all is said and done, so it seems as though SNAFU is one of the rare anime adaptations to completely adapt its source material.
Fans of Nisekoi will love these great anime. Check them out.