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Kotoura-san blends drama with comedy in a very interesting way. Much like life, the anime is a roller-coaster of emotions, bringing in the highs and lows despite its relatively low episode count. So what is it that makes the adventures of our mind readers so entertaining?
Is it the contrast between moments? The varied cast of characters? Or maybe it’s the hilarious running jokes throughout the series? Either way, Kotoura-san is an anime that we can all laugh, cry and watch out hearts out to.
Join us as we count down 6 similar animes like Kotoura-san.
Similar Anime to Kotoura-san / Similar Anime to The Troubled Life of Miss Kotoura
1. Telepathy Shoujo Ran
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: June 2008 - December 2008
Ran, the main character and her two friends Midori and Rui are a threesome who are constantly caught up in troubles. Despite having a mostly energetic personality and positive outlook, Ran's supernatural powers have caused her plenty of grief in the past. Like Kotoura, Ran is able to read the minds of others and this has lead her to receiving plenty of bad intentions from others. With a similar backstory as Kotoura, Ran receives the same solution to her problems, support from her friends and family. With time, she must try to deal with her supernatural powers.
If you wanted more of the same, look no further than Telepathy Shoujo Ran. With a similar past, powers and friends, Telepathy Shoujo Ran almost feels like the predecessor of Kotoura-san. With its sometimes dramatic but mostly light and upbeat tone, Telepathy Shoujo Ran won't fail to touch your heart and make you laugh at the same time. Many moments are filled with feel-good fluffiness that just makes you go "Awwh".
If you wanted more of the same, look no further than Telepathy Shoujo Ran for your Kotoura-san needs!
2. Toradora! (Tiger x Dragon)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2008 - Mar 2009
As you can tell from the title (especially the English name), there is a tiger in this anime. And this feisty beast is the girl known as Taiga Aisaka. Despite having a petite figure and kawaii face, Taiga has a very thuggish and aggressive personality. This leads her to be somewhat of a social outcast, much like Kotoura.
The male lead, Ryuuji Takasu, is the dragon of the series. In contrast with Taiga, Ryuuji has a gentle and loving personality, but has sharp eyes that intimidate people. This has cast him into a similar situation with Taiga, a social outcast. Though his intentions for helping her out start out less than pure, eventually they form a friendship that is based on trust, and perhaps something more.
Much like Kotoura, Taiga is constantly isolated for something that she cannot control. However, despite the relatively bleak beginning, the story quickly becomes one filled with romance, fun and laughter. So worry not, the episode one scare of Kotoura-san is present once more but won't be here to stay. The cast of both shows also share one thing in common, they are diverse, hilarious and all around likable.
If you liked the rom-com style of Kotoura-san, be sure to check out Toradora! for all its laughter filled goodness.
Toradora! - Official English Trailer
3. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. (The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat.)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2013 - June 2013
Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi has wish. She wants to be able to hide her intentions like a normal person is able to. Instead, she blurts out whatever she's thinking at the time as if on impulse. Needless to say, this has earned her little friends since her childhood, similarly to Kotoura. On the other hand, we have Youto Yokodera who is a raging pervert, yet no one ever calls him out on it. They meet each other at a statue, where they had gone to pray that their "conditions" are cured. Eventually, the two start to grow together in strides as they move one step forward at a time.
Instead of one character with a condition, there are two this time. Both want to get rid of it as much as possible, although only one of them really suffers for it. With the word Hentai in the title, would it be surprising to find out that this anime is one filled an insane amount of jabs and puns to keep you laughing? Despite the light heartedness, it has its fair share of drama as well to balance things out.
If the running joke of the perverted thoughts in Kotoura-san entertained you, why not give Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko a try?
Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat - Official Trailer
Any Animes Like Kotoura-san / Any Animes Like The Troubled Life of Miss Kotoura ?
4. Kokoro Connect
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2012 - September 2012
The five best friends of the series are also the only five members of the Culture Research Club. All is well between the five friends until they start getting plagued by random supernatural events that cause them to swap bodies, hear the thoughts of their friends and more. It starts out amusing at first, and the friends use it to poke fun at each other. However, as things start to escalate, the mysterious events cause things that were once hidden to be revealed. Suddenly, it's no longer all fun and games. With so many trials in their way, their relationships must stand together or it won't last.
Both animes are similar in which the protagonist(s) are able to read the minds of other parties. While in Kotoura-san, it is primarily one sided, both animes share the idea that you cannot truly understand another individual and when you receive information about the other party, it has will affect you personally as well. The issue for both is how you will react and adapt to the situation despite being placed in a depressing situation.
Kokoro Connect Anime Trailer
5. Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 2012 - Mar 2013
Sorata Kanda is forced to move out of the normal boy dorms into the whacky dorms of Sakurasou due to the no pets rule. Unfortunately for him, Sakurasou is filled with all sorts of weirdos like shut-ins, exhibitionists and a mega playboy. However, despite their quirks they all have one thing in common, they are genii in the fields that they excel in like animation, programming and writing. This has left Sorata feeling rather inadequate until he meets the female lead of the series, Shiina Mashiro.
Shiina Mashiro has a prodigious level of talent for painting. The problem? She only wants to draw manga. However, her talent causes her to be isolated and kept in a box for fear of harming a golden goose. To pursue her dreams, she moves into the dorms of Sakurasou. However, she is unable to take care of herself after being sheltered her whole life. Sorata is forced to care for in the most comedic ways, like picking her pantsu for her. Along the way, they teach each other, and the residents of Sakurasou various lessons that help them through their life.
Sakurasou has humour by the bucket loads from the various hijinks of Mashiro and Sorata. Romance happens in the abundance between the various characters as well, and in a smooth, natural way at that. Much like Kotoura-san, the male and female lead support and help each other through the various troubles that life throws at them.
If the life lessons of Kotoura-san weren't enough, you may receive more from your new sensei, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojou.
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- Episodes: 23
- Aired: October 2007 - March 2008
Okazaki Tomoya is a no good student who is in the dubious position of finding life dull and meaningless. Furukawa Nagisa is a repeat student forced to do so because of her illness, but keeps up a positive attitude regardless. The two meet at the bottom of a hill on a day filled with cherry blossoms, sealing their fate forever.
Though Tomoya is reluctant at first, the two make fast friends. Soon he discovers that Nagisa does not have any friends in school as they have already graduated during the previous year. At the same time, she exclaims that wants to form a new club, and ropes him into helping her. As time goes on, friendships form, hearts break and life moves on. And only then will we know if the protagonists can stand the trials that life have put forth.
Clannad is an anime famous for being a tear jerker. What is often lost in translation is the numerous funny moments and running jokes that are present throughout the series as well. Like Kotoura-san, Clannad is all about helping each other through hard times despite all the ups and downs on the way. The two shows also balance comedy and drama very delicately, keeping you on your seat as you anticipate each moment.
With that said, if Kotoura-san was on par with your palate, Clannad is sure to be the same as well!
Clannad Series 1 Part 2 Trailer
Dramatic moments can be great. They make you sympathise with the characters and the tears they elicit can be born out of genuine sadness that you feel as they go through the motions. But sometimes it can get a bit too much. Anime fans can all enjoy the occasional tear jerker, but the heart is weak.
Kotoura-san and the other animes mentioned above bring the ailment to soothe the worries of fans. Instead of having just drama, there are moments peppered with slapstick humor, crude jokes or just plain funny situations.
If you enjoyed the emotion roller coaster of Kotoura-san, these 6 animes can certainly provide the same balance presented.