For those wondering what Mari Okada has been up to post-Maquia, the answer is Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo, a currently-running manga series that is now also an anime this season. Somewhat loosely themed on literature and a high school literature club, Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. tells the story of a group of girls coming of age, focusing on their budding sexual awakening spurred by the erotic elements of the books they read. Equal parts cute and lewd, silly and dramatic, and with a bit of controversy, this season’s so-called “Sex Ed: The Anime” is a rather unique series with multiple facets of appeal.
For those looking for something similar, here are our picks for fans of Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. to check out! We’re basing our choices on their similarity in style and theming but not strictly on subject matter. Let’s get the ball rolling!
Similar Anime to Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. / Similar Anime to O Maidens in Your Savage Season
1. B-gata H-kei (Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2010 – June 2010
Having just entered high school, an incredibly oversexed girl named Yamada has the lofty ambition to sleep with 100 guys before graduation. Despite being a serial flirt and considered the most attractive girl in school, her own self-consciousness about being a virgin and the appearance of her vagina has proved to be a major roadblock to her sexual conquests. Seeking someone similarly inexperienced to be her first, she sets her sights on her shy “cherry boy” (virgin) classmate Kosuda Takashi. As it happens, Yamada proves to be hopelessly awkward and ignorant when it comes to seduction and finds herself blundering her way into genuine feelings for Takashi who is often confused by her mixed-signal shenanigans.
While leaning more into comedy and ecchi, B-gata H-kei, like Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo., is a coming-of-age story revolving around sex told mostly from an inexperienced female perspective. Both series also have moments of seriousness, or even wholesomeness, with how they talk about the topic. Maybe they’re not so deep, but these anime are still interesting takes on sex and relationships when compared with the sea of mindless ecchi out there. In any case, we definitely think you should check out B-gata H-kei as its a fun ecchi comedy that should appeal to Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. fans!
2. Love Lab
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul6 2013 –September 2013
At the prestigious Fujisaki Girls Academy, student council president Natsuo Maki is the school’s idol with her incredible work ethic, perfect grades, and good looks. This idealized image isn’t wholly accurate, though, as tomboy Riko “the Wild Kid” Kurahashi soon discovers when she walks in on Maki practicing kissing with a crudely-made dakimakura pillow she calls “Huggy”. Thus begins an unlikely friendship revolving around the titular “Love Lab” where the two engage in silly experiments to practice “romantic situations” like running into someone, dropping handkerchiefs, etc. They are later joined by the extremely shy and klutzy Suzune Tanahashi, miserly prankster Sayori Mizushima, and childish “ex-president” Yuiko Enomoto for further madcap adventures in trying to understand love in an all-girls school where relationships are banned.
Love Lab’s similarities to Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. are, arguably, a bit superficial. Both series involve a group of five girls in a school group trying to understand love but Love Lab is much less focused on sex specifically and altogether a lot wackier and more over-the-top. That being said, Love Lab is an entertaining show that explores the same general concept of Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. in a lighter, less overtly sexual way so we recommend it for those looking for exactly that.
3. Hatsukoi Limited (First Love Limited)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2009 – June 2009
Hatsukoi Limited is a largely episodic series that tells the stories of ten teenage girls from several schools experiencing their first loves and exploring how it affected them, and each other, in their journeys toward adulthood. Touching on the many varieties of love, be it unconditional, filial, platonic, or romantic, Hatsukoi Limited’s interconnected love triangles form an overarching narrative full of humor, bits of seriousness, and an overall fairly realistic and genuine feeling throughout.
While once again not focusing so much on sex itself per se, Hatsukoi Limited has a lot of elements that we think Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. fans will enjoy. Beyond the school setting, both series have a focus on female perspectives of love, reasonably realistic and romantically inexperienced characters, and mix drama into their comedy in a somewhat similar style. On a more base level, Hatsukoi Limited is also another series that feels pretty unique among romance-focused school comedies which should appeal to genre fans and is an underrated anime in general. Check it out!
Any Anime Like O Maidens in Your Savage Season / Any Anime Like Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.?
4. Asobi Asobase (Asobi Asobase: Workshop Of Fun)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2018 – September 2018
Blondie foreigner Olivia is a new transfer student at an all-girls middle school where her background makes her popular with the other children who are eager to have a non-Japanese friend and improve their English. One problem with this is that Olivia actually grew up in Japan and can barely speak it at all, which she keeps secret. One of her classmates, Kasumi Nomura, is struggling with her English and tries to get help from Olivia, offering to teach her “Japanese pastimes” in exchange. After getting wrapped up in a game of "look over there" she, along with the overly excitable rich girl Hanako Honda, begins an unlikely friendship and start the unofficial “Pastimers Club” with the rather ambiguous goal of exploring various pastimes.
Asobi Asobase is another school comedy, but one with a twist on the typical “cute girls doing cute things” formula that could be loosely described as “cute girls doing not-so-cute things” and is overall outrageous, wacky, and absurd. On the surface, this might seem a bit different from Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. but the frankness of the characters, and sometimes the subject matter involved, make these two series feel similar beyond their school club settings, female protagonists, and somewhat similar character designs.
5. Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai (SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
As its long-winded English title would have you believe, Shimoneta is set in an alternate dystopian future where exceedingly strict morality laws have forced Japanese society into extreme chastity, banning all forms of sexual expression, pornography, and even dirty jokes. Fighting against this are underground “lewd terrorist” organizations spreading various obscene materials throughout the country. The son of a famous terrorist, Tanukichi Okuma, doesn’t share his father’s views and is just trying his best to navigate his new life at a prestigious "public morals high school”, offering to help the student council so he can get close to the president Anna Nishikinomiya who he idealizes. As it turns out though, vice president Ayame Kajou is actually an underground terrorist herself who ropes Tanukichi into her organization SOX in a wild crusade against sexual suppression.
Having one of the most bizarre—and bizarrely specific—premises out there, Shimoneta is about as over-the-top a series can get when it comes to risqué school club comedies and is undoubtedly lacking in the more realistic feeling that Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. explores. Regardless, Shimoneta certainly shares a lot with the series in terms of being about sex in a way that is both fan service-y yet also seriously exploring the topic, to some extent at least, which is why we’re giving it our recommendation here. It’s worth mentioning that some of the ecchi scenes in Shimoneta really do feel like they’re encroaching on hentai territory. Do with that information what you will. As a series on its own, Shimoneta is definitely hilarious and also boasts well-done OP/ED. Banana fire~!
6. Naisho no Tsubomi
- Episodes: 3
- Aired: April 2008 – June 2008
Fifth-grader Tsubomi Tachibana has just begun experiencing adolescence, a time full of new feelings and responsibilities as she starts realizing what it means to have a crush, prepares herself to become a big sister near the end of her mothers’ pregnancy, and adjust to other growing pains. Thankfully, she can rely on her close friends Rea and Yae, her neighbor and classmate Daiki Nemoto who often sticks up for her, and her mom to lend her some support. She also meets and befriends a mysterious but friendly transfer student named Saya Endo who hints at some supernatural element for further interest.
Even more so than Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo., Naisho no Tsubomi feels like “Sex Ed: The Anime” and is specifically aimed at tackling issues of puberty in a kids show format, which is pretty risky to approach. Of course, it’s not literally a school-style educational video as everything is wrapped up in a narrative that keeps things flowing naturally, but Naisho no Tsubomi still ends up covering a lot of information that younger audiences might benefit from in a way somewhat reminiscent of more socially-conscious Western TV series and animation. Decidedly more wholesome than Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo., we found it to be an interesting way to approach the concept. While the ages and shoujo-manga style cutesy character designs might raise some eyebrows, this little OVA is quite well done for what it is and quite deserving of a mention here on this list.
And there we have it, six series we think are worth checking out for people enjoying Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. Anime can be surprisingly diverse, even in heavily tropey genres like school comedies, so it’s always fun to explore series that are connected in some ways but end up with different styles and feelings. In any case, we hope you enjoyed our picks! Let us know what you think or if you have recommendations of your own in the comments section below and be sure to stick around Honey’s for more of all things awesome, anime and otherwise! Until next time folks, bye~!