6 Anime Like Girlish Number [Recommendations]

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“You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime, you find
You get what you need”

Many of us can recall a time when an important, exciting project or event came around, one you had been anticipating for a very long time, but when you finally participated in it, it fell short of your expectations. You get disappointed, question yourself and/or certain circumstances, asking why things happened the way they did, when you wanted and hoped for something exemplary.

Although some things can’t be helped, in the anime Gi(a)rlish Number, Chitose Karasuma is excited to start a new phase in her life as a voice actor. Chitose believes she’s destined for greatness, perceiving her new job and the seiyuu industry to be a piece of cake. To her surprise, it is not, as she is only landing mediocre roles. As Chitose competes for lead castings, she is learning that things are not all they’re cracked up to be. As we watch Chitose face her challenges, we have compiled a list of 6 similar anime to Gi(a)rlish Number, exposing that to achieve greatness, hard work and letdowns come with the territory.

Similar Anime to Girlish Number

1. Shirobako

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 2014 – March 2015

Shirobako is all about the anime industry, sharing the process and hard work into creating them. Shirobako also documents five high school girls from the Kaminoyama High School animation club with hopes and dreams of making it into various fields of the anime industry. The girls are in the midst of producing their own publication, unveiling their work at an upcoming cultural festival. From this, fast tracking two years later, their dreams becoming reality, as we follow two of the girls, who now work at a very notable animation company.

In comparison, Shirobako is about making anime, while Gi(a)rlish Number is about seiyuus. They both reveal the hardships of such industries; showing that it is not as easy at it appears to be. Additionally, Shirobako and Gi(a)rlish Number begin their stories on a lighter note, but further into the series, strike viewers into a more dramatic and profound position. Each of the anime have an array of vibrant characters, who all depict very realistic and relatable personalities.

Shirobako PV


2. Hibike! Euphonium

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: April 2015 – July 2015

Hibike! Euphonium is a slice of life anime that involves the day-to-day events of Kumiko Oumae and her high school brass band mates. After a terrible incident that occurred at her middle school regional competition, Kumiko never wanted to play her euphonium again. Looking to rebuild her identity and image at the start of high school, her instrument fails to escape her, as she makes friends who have an interest in playing in the school’s brass band club. Here, we watch the drama and excitement unfold, as disorder and disagreements ignite the various members of the club when the time comes for them to compete again.

Hibike! Euphonium and Gi(a)rlish Number surround a group of girls realizing their dreams, ambitions and goals, and the focus they muster in order to achieve what they want. In both anime, we see a lot of different characters, which make for an interesting cast, highlighting various subcomplexes for the storyline. Lastly, we can observe that all the characters work incredibly hard to where they want to be.


3. Love Live! Sunshine!!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2016 – September 2016
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Love Live! Sunshine!! is “a youthful school drama about nine girls who aim to shine!” To be a school idol is what Chika Takami always wanted. She was so mesmerized by school idols, particularly by school idol group Muse, and wanted to share this interest and obsession with her friends. In the prequel to this anime, Love Live! School Idol Project, which provides an alternate, yet similar storyline, Chika creates the “school idol club” and their group, Aqours is born. As we follow Chika and her friends, we observe the ups and downs of the girls working to become rising idols.

In comparison, Love Live! Sunshine!! and Gi(a)rlish Number share a colorful and likeable cast, with vibrant, bright animation. They both highlight the journey to reaching your dreams and the difficulties that you can encounter. Although one is about the anime industry and the other music, there is some realism to each theme with an abundance of climatic drama and comedic relief. The secondary overall message for both anime wishes to relay that everyone should have a positive outlook to every situation, no matter how grim things may appear.

“Love Live! Sunshine!!” Trailer for TV Anime Program (Official)-ENG


Any Anime Like Girlish Number?

4. Sore ga Seiyuu! (Seiyu’s Life!)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2015 – September 2015

Sore ga Seiyuu! is a comedic, slice of life that follows three young ladies, Futaba Ichinose, Ichigo Moesaki and Rin Kohana, who all aspire to be prominent voice actresses in the seiyuu industry. The leading character, Futaba, is on the quest for any and every audition and casting calls she can nab in order to establish her place in the industry. Collectively, the three girls strive to undertake the competitive realm of voice acting, facing many hardships along the way.

In both Sore ga Seiyuu! and Gi(a)rlish Number, they discuss the trials and tribulations of voice acting. The two anime take different approaches to sharing the seiyuu world, but they do provide a little insight to how things are like, along with some humor to not make each series entirely somber. The group of girls in both anime offer each other support and nurturing that is ultimately needed in such a cut-throat domain.

Sore ga Seiyū! Trailer


5. New Game!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: December 2016 – September 2016
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Aoba Suzukaze is a recent high school graduate, ready to impact the workforce by being employed at a popular gaming company. Aoba has been into games throughout her life . Incidentally, the individual who happened to create the game Aoba loved as a child, is her supervisor. In addition to her excitement, she is working on future installments of this very game that drew her into games in the first place. In awe and admiration, Aoba is compelled to put in her greatest efforts at the company in order to be as successful as her predecessor. We also see the collectiveness that comes together in creating such imaginative productions.

In comparing New Game! and Gi(a)rlish Number, Chitose and Aoba, our heroines, strive to become part of the entertainment industry, trying to make a name for themselves in society. They are both new to the field with a lot to learn and experiencing various events that contradict their previous ideals in their respective fields. Both anime feature an adorable cast, which we believe spotlight the innocence Chitose and Aoba possess in starting out on their endeavors.

New Game Anime Trailer


6. Wake Up, Girls!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2014 – March 2014

In Wake Up, Girls!, we begin to see the seven member group off to a rough start. The girls make their debut, but have little luck establishing a fanbase and popularity. In their fruitless debut performance, the girls are knocked with more misfortune, as their manager takes off with their earnings, resulting in their label, Green Leaves Entertainment, and the band itself being on the brink of nonexistence. Later on, we see the girls experience a turn of events, they’re offered a second chance at their dream; of course, paired with much turmoil, but nonetheless the girls are willing to bear it. As such, we watch the girls take on the demanding and taxing musical industry.

In similarity, we watch both groups of young girls fight hard for the place they want to be and the goal they want to attain. We experience their heartfelt crusade, recognizing that this lifestyle and field of work, music and voice acting, is more than just fame and flashing lights. More so, these girls are ambitious, an admirable trait that is essential in such a competitive environment.

Wake Up, Girls! Trailer


Final Thoughts

Here we conclude Honey’s Recommendations for 6 Anime Like Gi(a)rlish Number. Through rose-colored glasses, we learn that, at first glance, some things may appear better than they actually are. While experiencing the reality of that once optimistic perception, we know it is essential to push through such difficulties in order to reap the rewards.

Gi(a)rlish Number shares with us that it is important to not give up on your dreams. In comparing this anime, we know there are tons more out there. Let us know what we’ve missed! What other anime identical to Girlish Number can you suggest to us and other readers? Leave your comments below!

Eva B.

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Author: Eva B.

Hello! I’m Eva. I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I’ve lived in Texas, Kentucky, and will soon be living in Japan! I’m a recent college grad with an MS in Justice Studies; a considerable feat in my life. When I’m taking a break from work/studies, I enjoy a variety of anime, passing a lot of time binging episodes alongside my husband. I also take pleasure in spending time with my two dogs and two cats, hiking, yoga, computer/video games, reading, and trying new cuisines. I’m pretty shy, so writing here has been a great outlet for me to come out of my box.

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