Sometimes it’s a bit annoying to keep scrolling through endless and endless lists of suggestions of the anime you liked. To save you all the trouble with that mundane process, we do all the research. Fruits Basket is one of the most famous romance anime out there, and to find its match, it is just as hard. Please, check out this humble list of anime similar to Fruits Basket!
Itazura na Kiss
Kotoko Aihara’s life blesses her newly-built home with a tragedy like no other. It gets wrecked by an earthquake, leaving no trace of it, and no place for her to live in. Thus, Aihara has no option but to live with a man, her school’s smartest, if not Japan’s smartest, student, Naoki Irie. The troublemaker and the klutz, however, knows Irie, which is quite unfortunate for her.
Her past alone with him plagued her with haunting ideas about her never-ending bad luck. That is, she, years ago, gave him a love letter, confessing her love to him. This sealed her fate with a kiss, or rather, in her case, embarrassment. With a group of friends and quite a mother, Kotoko just might have a chance to win the boy’s heart. Maybe it is, after all, within her reach and she does not yet know it.
Unrequited love is the hardest type and form of love there is. Both the protagonists suffer from this circle, but once they meet, everything changes. Koizumi Risa and Oootani Atsushi want to get together with their ideal partners in high school. Risa, a 172cm tall female, is hindered from finding her soon-to-be lover due to her height. Ootani, on the other hand, a 156cm male, is hindered due him being shorter than average.
Upon their first meeting, they realize how their crushes fall for one another, which renders both the protagonist in an era of broken hearts. To add salt to the wound, their homeroom teacher calls them a comedy duo because of their shenanigans. Then again, that just meets they are more compatible than they think, so maybe there is hope for both of them after all.
Inu x Boku SS
Ririchiyo Shirakiin, the daughter of a renowned and wealthy family, decides to make a difference. Yet, her petite physique or build render her dependent on her family and wealthy her whole life. Then again, this change will not come as easy as she thinks. Ririchiyo’s curse, her sharp tongue and terrible communication skills, proves to be a problem.
Ririchiyo is not fully stripped of that chance, since her childhood friend offered help, taking her as a resident in Maison de Ayakashi. Maison de Ayakashi, a secluded high-security apartment complex, hosts the most bizarre individuals the girl sees. These individuals are half-human, half-youkai. Trouble follows Ririchiyo and begins once she starts residing there, her path is cleared but there lie many difficulties.
Hiiro No Kakera
What will happen when gods and ghosts no longer exist in mere fairy tales? Brushing off this idea as a mere fairy tale, the high school girl named Tamki Kasuga goes to live with her grandmother. Her grandmother lives in a village, a remote one, Kifumura. Upon her arrival, she is attacked by queer creatures. Then, she discovers her true bloodline and the secrets it contains, rendering her the Tamayori princess.
With this newfound information, responsibility and power befall her in keeping these gods and ghosts at bay, sealed away. Without her and her prowess, these gods and ghosts might go on a rampage and harm the village. Yet, she still suffers from disbelief, but with them following her, the five handsome young men, she just might change her mind.
Kimi No Todoke
Kuronuma Sawako, often called Sadako, for her similarities with the infamous ghost from The Ring. Sawako, however, is completely misunderstood by her classmates and by society as a whole. Her classmates label her as Sadako for her scaring demeanor, yet, she portrays quite the opposite. Sawako plays a timid and sweet character, and the only thing she longs for is making friends and having a normal life. What possibly could be so malicious about her?
Sawako, just like any girl, possesses feelings for someone, someone she considers her idol, somehow. Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, often labeled as 100% refreshing due to his bubbly personality. This draws admiration from Sawako, but what will happen eventually?
Three words and it ruins things forever, set you free, or get you two together. This portrays everybody’s high school’s life, be it bittersweet or mellow. Tenma Tsukamoto, a second year, makes it her job to confess her feelings to the boy she likes. On the other hand, a delinquent with a reputation, Kenji Harima, has himself in a similar situation.
These two, together, they come to a finding, that high school romance is not as easy as it is in the movies. Misunderstandings are a plague they wish to avoid, but it does not obey their wishes. Thus, it leaves them in a situation they cannot wrap their heads around.
In this world, the protagonist, Tsukiko Yahisa, is the only female in a school. Some would label her as lucky enough to be amongst boys in a formerly all-boys school. Some, however, would label her as a damsel in distress and them wolves in sheep’s clothing. Tsukiko enrolled in a recently changed all-boys school. Due to its rural nature and curriculum, the protagonist is the only one there.
Starry Sky portrays the 13 constellations of the Zodiac in 13 handsome young men. From the same director that worked in Vampire Knight, he gives you a wrapped gift in the form of another anime—Starry Sky. What will the protagonist do and how will she deal with her devilishly handsome men?
A childhood anime that lived with us through the years hits the list. Ranma Saotome is a top-class martial artist and prodigy at the Saotome “Anything-Goes” school of martial art. An unfortunate destiny befalls him and his father, as they round a corner and fall into a cursed spring by accident. Ranma, now, whenever touched with cold water, he turned into a girl, and the only way for him to turn back is hot water.
Complications arise once Ranma knows what his father planned for him. His father arranged a marriage without consulting him, making him marry one of Soun Tendo’s three daughters to secure the Tendo dojo’s future. Again, his misfortune strikes again once he chooses the only female that hates men.
To show her ever-lasting support of her childhood friend and love interest, the sixteen-year-old Kyouko Mogami followed him, Shoutarou Fuwa, also called Shou, to Tokyo. He longs to be a top idol in the entertainment industry. However, once she finds out he merely considers her as a housekeeper, she swears an oath to beat him in his own game.
With that said, she enters the entertainment industry as well, but she gets rejected. Then, the president of the agency she was rejected from gives a second chance, placing her in the newly built Love Me section. Only then does Kyouko begin her journey towards the entertainment industry.
In Cross Academy, an elite boarding school, exist two separate and isolated classes: the Day Class and the Night Class. On the tip of the iceberg, Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu are considered as perfects of the academy. They both attempt to maintain order between the students in the two isolated classes.
The Night Class, however, is bombarded with gorgeous elites, which might make the matters a tad difficult. Then again, these elites have a secret of their own, they are actual vampires! Yuuki and Zero portray the guardians, as they protect this secret of the Night Class and the safety of their ones in Day Class.
Life is known for its surprises and hard work. Naïve, sweet, little Hanato Kobato visits Earth on a mission. Her mission states her immediate need to fill a bottle with Konpeito. Konpeito is said to help a person’s heart that is suffering to heal. Kobato needs it for her personal needs, as she wishes to visit a certain place.
Despite her being quite weird and strange, Kobato seems to fit right in with her mission’s requirements. Her sweet and mellow nature shows her sincerity in helping others, which earns her, in return, the love of other people. Yet, she is cursed, as she is not allowed to fall in love with any person she might heal.
Amu Hinamori plays as a student at Seiyo Elementary, earning herself quite a reputation. Her classmates label her as cool and spicy. However, they fail to see her for who she really is, a very shy and easily intimidated girl. One day, Amu wishes to become who she truly wants to be, a courageous girl to live up to her reputation.
The next morning, she is fortunate enough to have her wishes come true. She finds three brightly colored eggs—red, blue, and green, lying at her bed. Each eggs reveals a Guardian Character; each are named—Ran, Miki, and Su. These Guardian Characters are floating, angel-like beings and they help her become her would-be self. With them in her life, she changes and all she used to believe in vanishes.
Mikan Sakura fits the norms of this society; she is ten years old. Mikan portrays the optimistic, energetic, and overly sweet child. Yet, Hotaru Imai portrays the exact opposite of her, as she is aloof, intelligent, and cold-hearted. These two have been best friends for a very long time.
Then, life separated the two. Hotaru suddenly transfers to Alice Academy, a prestigious school in the city. Mika, however, tried to help her friend due to the rumors she has heard about the academy’s harsh treatment of students. Once Mikan’s arrived, she learns of the gifted individuals, the Alices, and their supernatural abilities.
Nanami Momozono, a high-schooler, has a few problems with her absentee father being in really extreme debts that they lost everything. This renders her homeless and broke. Then, out of the blue, she crashes into a man who was being chased by a dog. To her surprise, he offers her his home as gratitude.
Yet, another surprise awaits her when she discovers the reality of the place, a rundown shrine. Once that truth is learned, she tried to run away, but is caught by two shrine spirits and a fox familiar named Tomoe.
Ouran Koukou Host Club
Haruhi Fujioka is one unlucky girl or is she just a lucky klutz? She is a bright scholarship candidate, yet she has no rank or title to pursue her. She studies in Ouran High School, an elite academy for students of high pedigrees. Hoping to find a quiet place to study in, she stumbles upon Music Room 3. Yet, she is met with an entirely different place, a Host Club.
Upon her newfound discovery, she sees these people or rather hosts in action. Haruhi is surprised enough to keep backing up and up and up until she bumps into a really, really expensive vase and knocks it down, cracking it to bits. This changes her life, adding dept to it, but is that really a bad thing?
This concludes our list of anime similar to Fruits Basket. If there are any other suggestions we might’ve missed, then make sure to voice your opinion in the comments below!