2019 has been an excellent year for anime, with each season bringing anime greatness to the fore! This time, we’re looking into one of a few anime featuring animals, Africa Salaryman! With a cast reminiscent of some of the Lion King’s characters, African Salaryman follows the workplace escapades of a lion, toucan, and lizard! Workplace anime is also an interesting niche where slice of life is concerned, so we figured we’d give you 6 anime like African Salaryman!
Similar Anime to Africa no Salaryman / Similar Anime to Africa Salaryman
1. Aggressive Retsuko (Aggretsuko)
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: April 2018
Caught in the rat race and working an unsatisfying job with unsatisfying colleagues and an unsatisfying work environment exacerbated by her lazy, sexist pig of a boss; Retsuko the red panda is always stressed. Her colleagues always suck up to the boss and dump endless work onto her. The only way for Retsuko to relive her stress: singing death metal at the local karaoke club every single night; channeling every single day’s pent up rage. For her, karaoke is a personal sanctuary that remains secret; however, is screaming your lungs out to your favorite jams after work every day really something to hide?
The main similarity between Africa Salaryman and Aggretsuko is the most obvious one, with both shows featuring anthropomorphic animals suffering something humans know all too well: the workplace. Both Lion and Retsuko have to deal with incompetent coworkers and other workplace-related issues all while having to maintain a façade of professionalism.
Aggressive Retsuko PV
- Aired: October 2019 – Ongoing
In this world, carnivores and herbivores coexist in modern society. The students of Cherryton Academy enjoy a school life filled with romance and angst. Legosi the wolf is a member of the drama club. He’s generally perceived to be a bloodthirsty carnivore because of his appearance, but he is very gentle. Due to his history of being feared by other animals, he has gotten used to minimizing himself to appear less of a threat. After a classmate is brutally murdered, Legosi becomes more involved with his peers and his school life begins to change.
While BEASTARS does not have events taking place in the workplace the way Africa Salaryman does, it is very similar to the latter because of the relations between the different types of animals in the show. Africa Salaryman may not emphasize the divide between herbivore and carnivore the way BEASTARS does; however, the characters in the show are still very much aware of their differences. Due to this, both Legosi and Lion have similar basic characterization as they are feared on the simple basis of being dangerous, carnivorous beasts. BEASTARS is also visually distinct from most other anime much like Africa Salaryman is; not to say that they have the same style; however, the use of CGI is widespread in both shows.
3.Shirokuma Café (Polar Bear Café)
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: April 2012 – March 2013
Shirokuma Café is a popular place for animals and humans to sit back and relax after a long day. Shirokuma, the owner, loves serving his customers and engaging in conversation on just about anything. With Penguin and Panda, Shirokuma gets into various adventures with other friends who also work at the café! It doesn’t matter what day, there’s always something interesting at Shirokuma Café!
Shirokuma Café and Africa Salaryman have visual styles that are not generally considered standard for anime. Both shows feature anthropomorphic animals doing things like going to work and dealing with the challenges of being working adults. They also have the added similarity of being slice of life titles with comedy elements, the comedy aspect being brought into the fore in the form of workplace escapades and banter, brought to us in episodic form. This means that they have no set storyline but rather have their characters dealing with various different characters and hilarious situations from episode to episode.
Shirokuma Café PV:
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4.Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Wotakoi: Love is Hard For Otaku)
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: April 2018 – June 2018
Momose Harumi finds herself running late on her first day of work at a new office. She vows to herself that no one at her new place of work will find out she is both a fujoshi and otaku! Harumi’s plan is immediately derailed when she bumps into Nifuji Hirotaka, a friend of hers from middle school. She tries to keep her secret by inviting him out for drinks after work but he instantly blows her cover when he casually asks her if she’ll be attending the upcoming Summer Comiket. Lucky for Harumi the only two other people in the room, Koyanagi Hanako and Kabakura Tarou, happen to be otaku too!
This show is different from most of the others on this list based on visuals alone due to the fact that it does not feature anthropomorphic animals. However, it is similar to Africa Salaryman on the basis that its characters and events happen in the workplace for the most part. Wotakoi has an edge in its characterization and comedy because the main characters are otaku and this can be likened to how African Salaryman bases its characters and their interactions on their respective species.
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii PV:
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: July 2019 – August 2019
Uowaki Tai is a salaryman working at the company Sea Vision. His appearance is a little bit strange given the fact that he has the head of a fish. Sometimes, Uowaki skips out on his white-collar obligations in order to help people in need, possibly out of a need to feel a little better about his life which he believes to be inadequate. With his other fish-themed colleagues, Uowaki goes through life trying to challenge his feelings of inadequacy, sometimes with hilarious results!
The main similarity between Business Fish and Africa Salaryman lies in the fact that they’re both shows featuring anthropomorphized animals who have office jobs. While Africa Salaryman’s characters are the literal animals, Business Fish featured animal-headed people living amongst full-on humans, which is slightly different. They both have interesting visual approaches, with African Salaryman’s art style being different from what we’re used to and Business Fish having been made with motion capture and 3D.
Business Fish PV:
6.Denki-gai no Honya-san (Denki-gai)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2014 – December 2014
Umio just started a part-time job at a manga store in the middle of his home town. He’s a shy kid with a very average life; however, his co-workers illuminate his otherwise regular existence with their eccentric but nice personalities. They’re very close; forging friendships in the calm of their work environment which shields them from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Like Wotakoi featuring on this list, Denki-gai is different from the others on the list because it does not have anthropomorphic animals. However, it does have a similarity to Africa Salaryman in that it features a main character whose main deal is going to work. Both African Salaryman and Denki-gai have eccentric characters who are the main’s colleagues and as a result, both shows have comedic elements brought on in the form of workplace escapades and banter. Africa Salaryman does; however, have quite a few interactions between characters happening away from the workplace or having very little to do with the workplace itself.
Denki-gai no Honya-san PV:
Africa Salaryman is yet another anime that shows how much can really be done with slice of life as a genre and the show itself is a nice watch between doses of heavier shows. It is also a very different kind of show from an artistic perspective and is yet another example of the growing use of CGI shows in anime. Are there other shows like Africa Salaryman that you think deserve a shout-out? Drop a comment below and tell us what you think!