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If you think that diamonds are a girl’s best friend… you clearly haven’t watched Houseki no Kuni. Who would say that characters based in jewels would be so interesting to watch? The adventures of Phosphophyllite, the protagonist in charge of writing an encyclopedia while everyone else learns to fight, will capture your heart. Don’t assume this is the only unusual and visually beautiful anime of recent years, though. Let’s remember a few more anime like Houseki no Kuni!
Similar Anime to Houseki no Kuni
1. Suisei no Gargantia
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 7, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013
Production I.G. introduces us to a world far in the future. This is not the Earth we are used to seeing… the good news is that our protagonist, lieutenant Ledo, is as confused as we are. He used to be part of the Galactic Alliance of Humanity, who were in the middle of a war with the Hideauze. When he loses control of his battle ship, Ledo arrives to the world of Gargantia, where a different race and new adventures await him. What will he discover in here? What happened to our planet Earth? Nope, we are not telling. You will have to watch Suisei no Gargantia to find out 😉
Houseki no Kuni and Suisei no Gargantia are stories setted in post-apocalyptic, flooded worlds. The leading species can not be considered to be fully human anymore, and the enemies come from space, welding long term battles against what is left of humanity. The 3D animation in both shows is good as well. The main difference is the interaction of more than two races in Suisei no Gargantia, which complicates the story even more.
- Episodes: 78
- Aired: July 18, 2013 to present
The case of RWBY is a curious one, but not as unusual as it might look. This is an anime/cartoon created directly for video streaming in cooperation with America. The show was so successful that it would become a manga and video game later. The story is a spin off of our most beloved fairy tales and folktales, in a world where the Creatures of Grimm menace the peaceful lifestyle. Therefore, our four female protagonists (Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladona and Yang Xiao Long) enter the Beacon Academy to become skilled Huntresses!
Where have we seen an Academy to learn to fight? Also, the protagonists all have female bodies in Houseki no Kuni and RWBY. They have to confront dark, mysterious forces that are menacing their respective words as well. The difference is that RWBY is based in classic, western tales that most of us are familiar with, while the other is based in jewels. The length of the animes is also different. If you like long animes and are fond of spin-offs of classical tales, you might want to give RWBY a try.
3. Kemono Friends
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 29, 2017
Have you ever imagined how is life in the wild? If you like animals, this is the anime for you. Kaban is an anthropomorphic animal who one day arrives to the Japari Park, where she meets another anthropomorphic animal called Serval. They start a journey together towards the park library to find out which type of animal Kaban is. On the way, they will meet the other animal Friends in the diverse environments housed at the park, befriend and help them. They will also realize that not everything is as innocent looking as it seems in the Japari Park…
If we have anthropomorphic jewels in Houseki no Kuni, we have anthropomorphic animals in Kemono Friends. They all are beautiful girls! However, as we said before, not everything is innocent in Kemono Friends, as there are enemies to fight with in a fantasy world. The main difference is the animation style. Although both shows use 3D animation, Kemono Friends is all chibi-like and tends to be simpler. It might not be the highest quality show in terms of visuals, but this anime is pure entertainment and warmth.
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4. Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau (Children of the Whales)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 8, 2017 to present
J.C.Staff has a thing for quirky anime, but we have to admit that they are giving their best in Children of the Whales. We are introduced to a world with an endless sea of sand, where a brown island called Mud Whale floats. The story centers in Chakuro, the 14 year old archivist aboard the Mud Whale. Although the island has been travelling for years, Chakuro and his friends have never come across another human being… until one day, they encounter a big island with a girl on it...
We have fantastic, “flooded” and well built worlds in Houseki no Kuni and Children of the Whales. In both animes, the protagonists belong to a special human like race with supernatural powers to fight against dark forces. The protagonist has something to do with books as well, so they are not considered the strongest on board! The main difference is the animation style, as in both cases we have a unique twist in 3D, but the backgrounds in Children of the Whales look like watercolors. Also, people with powers in Children of the Whales can interact with normal people, in contrast with the jewels in Houseki no Kuni.
5. Sidonia no Kishi (Knights of Sidonia)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 11, 2014 to Jun 27, 2014
Polygon Pictures does not release animation in a constant basis as other more known studios. However, what they release is gold. Sidonia no Kishi was nominated as T.V. anime of the year in 2015. Anyway, the story follows Nagate Tanikaze, who awakens in a seed ship that was launched to save the remnants of humanity thousands of years ago. Now he will have to fight against the alien race Gauna, who have been trying to kill humanity for a long time. However, he is not alone, as the few humans who have survived become his friends.
A curiosity about Houseki no Kuni and Sidonia no Kishi is that they used to be manga published by Kodansha before becoming full 3D adaptations. Both depict groups of special people who have survived for a very long time. They fight against aliens and go through training to do this. The characters are well developed, likeable and move fluidly, with grace. In fact, the entire atmosphere of the animes tends to be calm despite all the action. The main difference is that Sidonia no Kishi takes place in the middle of space.
6. Shinsekai Yori (From the New World)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Sep 29, 2012 to Mar 23, 2013
We have learned to expect good things from A-1 Pictures, so it is not surprising that people still remembers Shinsekai Yori. Imagine what would you do if you find out you have psychometric powers. Would you be elated, terrorized, fascinated? After a violent era where coexistence between normal humans and special humans was near impossible, psychic humans have isolated their society and create new rules to avoid further problems. Shinsekai Yori tells us the life of 12 year old Saki Watanabe, who awakens her powers and starts attending the Sage Academy in order to control them. However, there are rumors about abducted children in the air...
Houseki no Kuni and Shinsekai Yori present us worlds full of mysteries waiting to be explored. The protagonists are rather new in this environment, inexperienced and weak. There is also a us vs. them mentality, which lead the special humans to learn to fight to defend themselves. The main difference is that Shinsekai Yori has horror and is more psychology oriented.
Houseki no Kuni plays with the idea of possibilities for the future. Although it might not sound very promising with just a few humanoid like creatures, we testify their daily efforts to contribute to their society. Even the protagonist, who is not the best, has a part to play! And things get better when said protagonist learns to get along with others. Anime like Houseki no Kuni remind us that the future is still to be decided and that we should be open to alternatives. As long as we have comrades, we can try to make the best of it! So, which anime like Houseki no Kuni do you like? Don’t forget that we are open to all your comments and suggestions. See you soon!