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20 Best Anime series like The Wind Rises (2013)

List of the best anime series like The Wind Rises (2013): Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Fruits Basket, Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life, Love and Lies, Kingdom, After the Rain, Basilisk, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Listen to Me, Girls. I'm Your Father!.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantasy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration04:13
CharactersTeenagers, Friends, Ghosts
PlotSupernatural, Travel, Love triangle
PlaceJapan
StyleDark, To cry, Touching

When Yadomi Jinta was a child, he was a central piece in a group of close friends. In time, however, these childhood friends drifted apart, and when they became high school students, they had long ceased to think of each other as friends.One of the friends from that group, Honma Meiko, now has a wish she asks Jinta to fulfil. The problem is, she can't remember what her wish is anymore. As Meiko won't cease to bother Jinta about it, he gives in and decides to try to grant this wish he knows nothing of; for that, however, the help of his other former friends, now all very estranged from himself and from each other, may turn out to be necessary. He hasn't spoken to Anjou Naruko, Matsuyuki Atsumu, Tsurumi Chiriko, or Hisakawa Tetsudou in a long time; as he struggles to grant Meiko's wish and gathers his old friends together in the process, all the old feelings that still exist between them and have long been stashed away are bound to come up again.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersDogs, Cats
PlotLove, Supernatural, Curses
PlaceJapan
StyleRomantic, To cry, Fascinating, By manga

After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, 16-year-old high school student Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out… into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Soma clan, and it isn't long before the owners discover her secret. But, as Tohru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Somas have a secret of their own—when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac!

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, cartoon, music, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersTeenagers, Pupils, Friends, Drummers
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleRomantic, To cry, Fascinating, Touching, By manga

Since the graduation of the senior members of the club, Takezou ends up being the sole member of the "Koto" (traditional Japanese string instrument) club. Now that the new school year has begun, Takezou will have to seek out new members into the club, or the club will become terminated. Out of nowhere, a new member barges into the near-abandoned club room, demanding to join the club. How will Takezou be able to keep his club alive and deal with this rascal of a new member?

Markimdb: 6.1
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersTeenagers, Parents
PlotLove, Love triangle, Wedding
PlaceSchool, Japan
TimeFuture

In a futuristic society, Japan has implemented a complex system referred to as "The Red Threads of Science" to encourage successful marriages and combat increasingly low birthrates. Based on a compatibility calculation, young people at the age of 16 are assigned marriage partners by the government, with severe repercussions awaiting those who disobey the arrangement. For Yukari Nejima, a teen that considers himself average in every way, this system might be his best shot at living a fulfilling life.However, spurred by his infatuation for his classmate and long-time crush, Misaki Takasaki, Yukari defies the system and confesses his love. After some initial reluctance, Misaki reciprocates his feelings in a moment of passion. Unfortunately, before the two can further their relationship, Yukari receives his marriage notice. He is then thrown into a confusing web of love and lies when his less-than-thrilled assigned partner, Ririna Sanada, becomes fascinated with his illicit romance.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, drama, cartoon, military, history, anime
CountryJapan

In the Warring States Period of ancient China (475–221 BCE), Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of one day proving themselves on the battlefield. One day, however, Hyou is taken to the palace by a minister. Winding up on the losing side of a power-struggle, Hyou manages to return to the village, barely alive. Shin then meets a boy who closely resembles Hyou, Ei Sei. For now he is the king of Qin; later he will become the emperor Shi Huangdi.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:37
CharactersTeenagers, Partners, Waiters
PlotLove
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleRomantic, Fascinating, Touching, By manga

Akira Tachibana is a 17-year-old high school student. She was once a promising athlete, but an injury has prevented her from taking part in track and field. One day, Akira Tachibana goes to a family restaurant and the manager talks to her in a tender voice. This makes Akira Tachibana begin working part-time at the restaurant. The manager is 45-year-old Masami Kondo and he is divorced with a child. Akira Tachibana falls in love with him. --asianwiki

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantasy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:25
CharactersMilitary, Heroes, Ninja
PlotLove, War, Supernatural, Martial Arts, Adventures
PlaceJapan
StyleSpectacular, Fascinating

The story takes place in the year 1614. Two ninja clans, Tsubagakure of the Iga and Manjidani of Kouga, battle each other to determine which grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu will become the next shogun. The deadly competition between 10 elite ninja from each clan unleashes a centuries-old hatred that threatens to destroy all hope for peace between them.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
PlaceJapan

Moriko Morioka is a 30-year-old single NEET woman. After dropping out from reality, she has taken off in search for a fulfilling life and ended up in a net game or "netoge." In the netoge world, she began her new life as a refreshing and handsome character named Hayashi. While starting out as a beginner, a pretty character named Lily reached out to help her. Meanwhile, in the real world, awaits a shocking encounter with a good-looking elite company employee, a mysterious blue-eyed blonde.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan
Duration05:00
CharactersInvestigators, Ghosts
PlotSupernatural, Investigation, Love triangle, Life after death, Mystery
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleRomantic, Atmospheric

The story revolves around a first-year high school student, Teiichi Niiya who had just enrolled at Seikyou Private Academy. When he gets lost in one of the school's old building, he meets a girl named Yuuko Kanoe who reveals herself as a ghost with no memories. Teiichi then decides to investigate her death by delving deep into the infamous Seven Mysteries of the storied school along with Kirie Kanoe, Yuuko's relative, and the oblivious second year Momoe Okonogi. Throughout the story, Teiichi and Yuuko discover the truth about these ghost stories and help those who are troubled all the while inching closer to the truth behind Yuuko's death.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration05:00
PlotDeath
PlaceSchool, Japan

Segawa Yuta is a freshman of a university. He lost his parents when he was small and was raised by his sister Yuri. Yuta has been living alone since Yuri got married to a middle aged man when Yuta was a junior high student.  One day, Yuri visited Yuta's apartment and asked him to take care of her three daughters while Yuri and her husband were on a trip. He unwillingly accepted the job but the plane Yuri took went missing. In order to prevent the daughters from being adopted separately by relatives, Yuta decided to take in all three girls.  A life of a strange family in a tiny apartment begins.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
PlotLove, Magic, Relationship
PlaceSchool, Japan

During the events of the original Rozen Maiden, after circling "yes" on a paper and agreeing to wind an unknown "something," a traumatized Jun Sakurada fights alongside the lifelike dolls known as the Rozen Maidens. But what would have happened if Jun had circled "no"?Jun, having gotten over his school trauma from his younger days, spends his time attending college and working in a bookstore. However, he does not feel as though he belongs anywhere. One day, he finds a book containing instructions on how to make a Rozen Maiden. Mysteriously, when he arrives home that night, the second volume in the book series has been delivered to his house, along with some pieces of a doll. But as suddenly as they started arriving, the books stop coming, and Jun gets a notice that says that the books have ceased being published. With an incomplete doll in hand, and a message from his other self in another world, this Jun also finds his way into the world of the Rozen Maidens.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, cartoon, crime, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:45
CharactersFamily, Mafia, Gangsters, Dogs
PlotShootouts
PlaceSea, USA
Time19th century
StyleAction, To cry, Makes me think

During Prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town. The story takes place in Lawless, a town thriving on black market sales of illicitly brewed liquor. Avilio returns to Lawless after some time away, following the murder of his family in a mafia dispute there. One day, Avilio receives a letter from a mysterious sender, prompting him to return to Lawless for revenge. He then infiltrates the Vanetti family, the ones responsible for his family's murder, and sets about befriending the don's son, Nero, to set his vengeance in motion. Killing brings more killing, and revenge spawns more revenge. How will the 91-day story of these men guided by a tragic fate end? (Source: Crunchyroll)

Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:27
CharactersTeenagers
PlotLove, Relationship

Seventeen-year-old Mugi Awaya and Hanabi Yasuraoka appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don't know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness. Mugi is in love with Akane Minagawa, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share physical intimacy driven by loneliness. Will things stay like this for them forever?

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantasy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:04
CharactersBartenders
PlotLove, Death, Life after death, Lost memory
StyleSpectacular

There is a place after death that’s neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too. From Studio Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon) comes a thrilling new series where the stakes are high and the rules are simple: your life is on the line.

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Genreadventure, cartoon, history, anime
CountryJapan
Duration05:25
PlotTime travel, Travel
PlaceJapan

Hideyoshino is an average girl who always seems to find trouble wherever she goes. One day, Hideyoshino notice a blue light coming from inside a local Shrine and see a mysterious person performing a magic spell. In a stroke of bad luck, Hideyoshino trips and crashes into the shrine, prompting the magic spell to spiral out of control and sends her back in time to the Sengoku Era. But Hideyoshino realizes that everyone in the world is female. She then decides to help Oda Nobunaga find the Crimson Armor which is said to allow the person wearing the armor to conquer all of Japan.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, cartoon, history, anime
CountryJapan
Duration04:48
PlotLove, Death

An animated adaptation of six classical Japanese literature pieces, including No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) and Run, Melos (Hashire, Melos) by Osamu Dazai, Kokoro by Natsume Souseki, Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) and The Spider's Thread (Kumo no Ito) by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita) by Ango Sakaguchi.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, cartoon, music, anime
CountryJapan
Duration05:25
CharactersTeenagers
PlaceSchool, Japan

Tari Tari is a 13-episode 2012 Japanese anime television series produced by P.A. Works and directed by Masakazu Hashimoto. The series aired in Japan between July 1 and September 23, 2012 on TV Kanagawa, and was also simulcast by Crunchyroll. The series is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks. A manga adaptation illustrated by Tomiyaki Kagisora was serialized in Square Enix's Gangan Joker in 2012.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, fantasy, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
PlotTravel, Adventures
StylePhilosophical, Makes me think

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Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:25
CharactersBartenders
PlaceJapan

A genius bartender uses his talents to ease the worries and soothe the souls of troubled customers.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration10:25
PlotGrowing up
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleRomantic, Fascinating, By manga

Chihayafuru is  about a school girl, Chihaya Ayase, who is inspired by a new classmate to take up Hyakunin Isshu karuta competitively.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersTeenagers, Friends
PlotLove, Travel, Adventures
PlaceSchool
StyleEasy, Fascinating

Scenery that we have never seen. Sounds that we have never heard. Scent that we have never smelled. Food that we have never tasted. And the surge of emotion that we have never experienced. This is the expedition of recollecting the pieces torn apart and sensation left alone. When we reach that place, what will we think? Howling, 40 degree angle. Raging, 50 degree angle. Shouting, 60 degree angle. A wilderness beyond the heavy sea. The furthest south, far from civilization. At the top of the Earth. We will find lights through the girls' eyes to live tomorrow.

Markimdb: 7
Genrefantasy, drama, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:56
PlotTime travel, Supernatural, Death, Abduction
PlaceJapan

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Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:04
CharactersTeenagers
PlotSuperpowers, Adventures
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleTwisted plot, Fascinating

All thanks to the special ability that he developed, Yuu was able to cheat his way into a very prestigious high school. With his power, he thought nothing was going to stand in his way, until he met a mysterious girl named Nao Tomori and other students with special abilities just like him. It was the beginning to a new life.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, comedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:51
PlaceJapan
TimeFuture

After failing his college entrance exams, 18 year-old Tsukasa Mizugaki is offered a position at the renowned SAI Corporation, known for its production and management of Giftia, androids that possess human emotions. Tsukasa’s position is in the terminal service department where the main job is to recover Giftias that are close to their expiration, a graveyard department in every sense. To make matters worse, Tsukasa is ordered to work with Isla, a female Giftia who is never given any responsibility other than serving tea to co-workers.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:31
CharactersTeenagers
PlaceSchool, Japan

Koudo Ikusei Senior High School is a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal effects they desire. Koudo Ikusei is a paradise-like school, but the truth is that only the most superior of students receive favorable treatment. Ayanokouji Kiyotaka is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its "inferior" students in order to ridicule them. For a certain reason, Kiyotaka was careless on his entrance examination, and was put in D-class. After meeting Horikita Suzune and Kushida Kikyou, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka's situation begins to change.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantastic, action, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:06
CharactersSuperhero, Androids, Heroes
PlotRevenge, Fate, Shootouts
PlaceJapan
TimeFuture
StyleSpectacular, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating, By manga

Inuyashiki Ichirou is down on his luck. While only 58 years old, his geriatric looks often have him written off as a pathetic old man by the world around him and he’s constantly ignored and disrespected by his family despite all that he’s done to support them. On top of everything else, his doctor has revealed that he has cancer and it appears that he has little time left in this world. But just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, a blinding light in the night sky strikes the earth where Ichirou stands. He later wakes up to find himself unscathed, but he soon starts to notice that there’s something… different about himself. However, it turns out that these strange, new changes are just what Ichirou needs to take a new lease on life and now it seems like there’s nothing to stop him from being a hero worthy of the respect that he never had before… unless, that is, there was someone else out there with these same changes…

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:33
CharactersTeenagers
PlotLove, Relationship, Growing up
PlaceSchool, Office, Japan
StyleRomantic, Easy, Lovely, To cry, By manga

Considered a genius due to having the highest grades in the country, Miyuki Shirogane leads the prestigious Shuchiin Academy's student council as its president, working alongside the beautiful and wealthy vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. The two are often regarded as the perfect couple by students despite them not being in any sort of romantic relationship.However, the truth is that after spending so much time together, the two have developed feelings for one another; unfortunately, neither is willing to confess, as doing so would be a sign of weakness. With their pride as elite students on the line, Miyuki and Kaguya embark on a quest to do whatever is necessary to get a confession out of the other. Through their daily antics, the battle of love begins!

Markimdb: 8.3
Genrecomedy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:25
CharactersFamily, Orphans
PlotAdoption
StyleTo cry

By force of circumstances, a 30-year-old single man with a full-time job suddenly starts raising a 6-year-old girl. While running each other ragged, the two of them gradually grow into a "family".

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan

Five girls work in the tourism bureau of their small provincial town. The town revives its "micro-nation" tourism program, which originated from a nationwide movement during Japan's bubble economy period, and hires the five girls as "monarchs" (tourism ambassadors).

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration10:00

Sotobamura is a small village with around 1300 residents; so small the village isn't even connected to a single highway. An isolated village in which old customs, such as the burial of the dead, are still practiced. One day, the bodies of three people are found dead. Although Ozaki Toshio, the village's lone doctor, feels uncertain, he treats the deaths as a normal occurrence. However, in the days following, the villagers start to die one after the other.





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