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Chances are that if you’ve seen Inuyasha you are in love with shounen adventure stories with strong female leads. The story of Kagome and her half demon companion Inuyasha has captured the hearts of many anime lovers not only for its solid story, but also for its memorable characters.
The ending of the series has left fans with an insatiable hunger for more anime rooted in the same vein as Inuyasha and I have come to their rescue. Without further ado, I give you relief in the form of more anime guaranteed to leave you satisfied.
Similar Anime to Inuyasha
1. Tenkuu no Esucafrone (The Vision of Escaflowne)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April1996 – September1996
Being one of my all-time personal favorites, The Vision of Escaflowne centers around a girl named Hitomi Kanzaki, who is transported to another world when a mysterious prince, Van Fanel, interrupts her track race and accidentally returns to his homeland with the young girl. From here on, Hitomi becomes involved in the world’s politics and wars while attempted to find her way home.
Hitomi is a very strong female lead who can hold her own just like Kagome. In addition, unexpected romances blossom between characters, but are equally muddled by outside sources not unlike the tumultuous relationship Kagome and Inuyasha shared. Both anime also feature women being whisked away to worlds other than their own and being involved in extraordinary adventures. Overall, Inuyahsa fans will LOVE The Vision of Escaflowne.
Tenku no Esucafrone OP
2. Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
- Episodes: 39
- Aired: April1997 – December1997
Set in a mysterious boarding school whose student council has some of the quirkiest personalities, Revolutionary Girl Utena is not your typical shoujo/magical girl anime. The show’s namesake character, Utena, becomes involved in secret nightly duels between the student council members whose goal is to marry the Rose Bride named Anthy. The ultimate winner can essentially revolutionize the future.
Utena is no push over and her sense of justice is what sets her apart from the rest just like Kagome. Kagome consistently fought with her sacred arrows and always fought her own battles. Utena is the same in this regard. She takes help from no one and is self-reliant. While this series doesn’t take place in another world per sé, the overall feel of the school setting is something surreal giving viewers the idea that the characters are not in a normal school. If you’re a Kagome fan, you’ll be an Utena fan!
Shoujo Kakumei Utena OP
3. Juuni Kokuki (The Twelve Kingdoms)
- Episodes: 45
- Aired: April2002 – March2003
The Twelve Kingdoms takes a familiar plot and flips it upside down. A group of three high school students find themselves transported to a parallel world where humans are born from trees and everyone speaks a foreign language. The royalty of the kingdom they landed in has declared outsiders a threat and so they live on the run while trying to desperately find their way back home.
Both anime feature traveling back and forth between worlds as well as strong female characters with fiery spirits that are unwilling to give up their goals. While The Twelve Kingdoms shares many of the same genres as Inuyasha including shoujo and adventure, there are also minor differences that are quite refreshing giving Inuyasha fans something new to look forward to.
Juuni Kokuki OP
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4. Princess Chuchu (Princess Tutu)
- Episodes: 38
- Aired: August2002 – November2002
While the name Princess Tutu doesn’t elicit a strong sense of adventure, I can assure you otherwise. The main character is actually a duck transformed into a young girl by Drosselmeyer, a crazed writer whose stories become reality. She wishes to collect the pieces of her crush Mythos’ heart in order for him to regain his memories back. In order to accomplish this feat, she is give the power to transform into Princess Tutu, a graceful ballet dancer who can warm the hearts of anyone she dances with.
Princess Tutu features action and adventure as well as typical shoujo romance, but present in an interesting plot with many twists and turns. Inuyasha fans will love the similarities between the large cast of characters in each anime and the adventures that unfold for them. Inuyasha fans will be craving for the next episode once they have finished viewing the first.
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5. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October2012 – October2012
Nanami unintentionally becomes the god of a worn down shrine after her father leaves her penniless and starving due to gambling debts. As a newfound god, she has several familiars or youkai at her service including a sly fox named Tomoe who doesn’t trust her to do her job correctly. Together, they overcome those who dare to question her authority as well as learn something about each other’s pasts.
Kamisama Kiss immerses viewers into the colorful world of Japanese Mythology just as Inuyasha did. The story includes many colorful youkai characters and legends throughout Japan’s history. Nanami takes these things in stride and unintentionally begins to form a bond with Tomoe not unlike Kagome and Inuyasha during their numerous adventures. Inuyasha fans will love the return to Japanese Folklore as well as the romance that blooms, plus there is a second season airing currently!
Kamisama Hajimemashita Trailer
6. Fruits Basket
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: July2001 – December2001
Tohru Honda finds herself orphaned and living in a tent on the side of the road when her classmate Yuki Sohma offers her a place to stay. However, things aren’t always as they seem. The Sohma family is hiding a secret! Upon being hugged by the opposite sex, those that are cursed with ancient Chinese Zodiac spirits are changed into animals! Agreeing to keep her mouth shut, Tohru is determined to break the curse and set them free.
Ancient Chinese Mythology is a huge part of the story in Fruits Basket just as Japanese Mythology and History play a key role in Inuyasha’s plot. The drama, immersive story, and comedic antics of the characters will draw Inuyasha fans into the world of Fruits Basket based on the two series similarities in the shounen/shoujo genre.
Fruits Basket OP
While it is quite impossible to create another anime exactly like Inuyasha, there are those anime that come extremely close. The six anime listed above will give Inuyasha fans the adventure and shounen they have been missing since the series ended and perhaps put them on a road to finding other great anime not named here. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the anime listed!