6 Anime Like Itazura na Kiss (Naughty Kiss) [Updated Recommendations]

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Itazura na Kiss, often translated as Mischievous Kiss, is an international success. Literally. It has been made into movies and dramas across Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. It’s a household name that has been around since 1990. The original manga ran until 1999 but that has not stopped it from being a popular series. It is even getting another live movie in 2016/2017 in Japan! So… what is it about?

Kotoko Aihara and her father move into their recently built new home. However, an earthquake causes them to have to flee as their house collapses. Not to worry, though, clumsy airheaded Kotoko and her father move in with her father’s friends. Much to her surprise, their son Naoki Irie cannot stand Kotoko. She confessed her love to him once but he turned her down. Cold and ill-mannered, it is up to Kotoko to win the man of her dreams over to her side as they both enter into their final year of high school in this dramatic shoujo romcom. Let’s take a look at some other shows that are similar to it so you can enjoy them too!

Similar Anime to Itazura na Kiss / Similar Anime to Naughty Kiss

1. Clannad: After Story

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 2008 – March 2009

Ready to get stabbed in all the feels to the point where it feels like you will never ever be able to recover? Welcome to Clannad: After Story. Picking up where the first season, CLANNAD, left off, Tomoya and Nagisa graduate from high school and Tomoya lands a job working to support his new wife aka Nagisa. They struggle a lot but together they are able to persevere with each other and Nagisa becomes pregnant. They push forward to have their child Ushio, but at what cost? Keep a box of tissues nearby because this one will make you cry.

When comparing these two, some people are thrown off. Itazura na Kiss is a bright anime while Clannad After Story is very serious. Ah ha! This is where you have to look beyond the surface and first impressions. The stories are actually quite similar, high school romance that turns into something more which leads to marriage. The struggles that Nagisa and Tomoya go through are very similar to what Kotoko and Naoki go through as well. The growing pains of growing up. No one is a child forever.

There is, of course, central themes like romance, and really anyone can enjoy these series. The final major thing to note is that both of these anime actually show what life is like DURING and AFTER romance. So many shows end too soon! But don’t take our word for it, check out the PV yourself!


2. Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 2008 – March 2009

Ready for dem good feels after bawling your eyes out? Great! Kimi ni Todoke is about Sawako Kuronuma who has a heart of gold. She just has one problem, everyone thinks she is actually super evil! People even call her Sadako, from The Ring, due to her quiet personality and long black hair combined with her scary demeanor. Till one day when she is drawn to a bright and upbeat boy named Shouta Kazehaya. Sawako though looks up to him because of his refreshing personality. Hoping to become friends with him, Sawako makes friends with unlikely classmates and Kazehaya, before suddenly things are moving in a new direction for her.

Itazura na Kiss and Kimi ni Todoke are actually very very similar. Both are sweet and upbeat though the personalities are a bit dialed back. Unlike semi-aggressive Kotoko and cold Irie, Sawako and Shouta are much easier to take. If you are looking for concrete solid lines, both Shouta and Irie are super popular in their classes and the relationships that develop between the girls and the boys of the respective series are between two very unique personalities. Kimi ni Todoke will also calm you down and help you refresh and relax after bawling your eyes out at Clannad After Story.

Kimi ni Todoke – From me to You –Vol 3 - Official PV


3. Special A

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 2008 – September 2008

Hikari Hanazono met Kei Takishima when she was six years old. Their fathers, both wrestler aficionados, introduced them. Hikari challenged Kei to a match and promptly lost! They became friends regardless, but Hikari was determined to beat Kei in something! Anything! She just needed the chance! So she is enrolled in an upper crust of society high school called Hakusenkan. Unfortunately, or rather, fortunately, for her, Kei is there too! He is the top student in the school and she is the student right underneath him. Completely KY, she does not realize Kei’s feelings until she begins to challenge him as her rival…

Where these two shows are similar is there is that upbeat feeling and Special A also plays to its comedic elements. The upward battle of Hikari to reach Kei is much like how Kotoko pushes herself from the bottom class upwards to try and get closer to Naoki. Speaking of Naoki, he and Kei are both at the tops of their respective grades. Kotoko is quite the klutz much like Hikari as well. This is supposed to appeal to a Shoujo audience, but anyone can enjoy it!


Any Anime Like Itazura na Kiss / Any Anime Like Naughty Kiss?

4. Kaichou wa Maid-sama (Maid Sama!)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 2010 – September 2010

Misaki Ayuzawa is the most terrifying student council president at her school. Why? Well, the school used to be an all-boys school, she is the first female president, and… a deep secret. She works at a Maid Café! Complete with a maid uniform, she works to help support her family who is struggling to pay their bills. Misaki is doing a fantastic job of juggling her lives until one day, the most popular boy in school just strolls into the maid café where she works! Takumi Usui could say something and watch her burn, or keep her secret. What will he do?

For Misaki and Kotoko, the struggle is real – a common theme here. Kotoko has to dig herself and her grades out of a hole while Misaki has to keep juggling everything and now deal with Takumi knowing her secret. Much like with Special A, Naoki from Itazura and Takumi from Kaichou both are calling the shots at their schools from the top. The clumsy humor is also rampant in both of these series. The enjoyable difference here is that Takumi chases after Misaki while Kotoko chases after Naoki. You gotta keep things slightly different!


5. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2014 – September 2014

Chiyo Sakura is a young high school girl with a crush. In love with a boy named Umetarou Nozaki, she confesses her feelings. Umetarou is so out of it, that he hands her an autograph? Umetarou is actually another KY character who cannot realize how other people feel because he is actually a massively big shoujo manga artist! Chiyo then somehow becomes an assistant to Umetarou. She decides that she will do her best to help him while getting him to notice her feelings.

Much like Itazura na Kiss, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun has an aloof male protagonist. While Naoki refuses to engage, Umetarou is just out of it. Stoic in nature they are hotly pursued by an upbeat girl who wants to be noticed by the male counterpart. Rolling in gags, they are also a bit on the comedic side while Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is actually shonen and Itazura na Kiss is Shoujo. Regardless of the target audience, fans of either will enjoy the other!

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Trailer


6. Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 2015 – September 2015

Ore Monogatari is how you properly write a romcom. Sweet and kindhearted Takeo Gouda looks nothing like the previous two adjectives. Extremely tall for a tenth grader and covered in muscles, he is the stereotype of “masculine” to a T. Takeo can never get a girlfriend though because all girls are terrified of him and they always confess to his best friend and pretty boy, Makoto Sunakawa. One day, though, Takeo saves the cutest little girl named Rinko from a train groper and through a series of mishaps, actually starts to spend time with her. Suddenly, Takeo’s love story begins.

Unconventional love is a theme between these two shows. Naoki would never go after a girl so beneath him, but he eventually does. Rinko, a delicate little girl, and Takeo, a hulking brute of a man, are the last people that would get paired up in people’s minds. From day one, you are in a sea of emotions with these two as you support them and they grow together. The best part too is as you watch, the comedic jokes and the little things make you appreciate these two series even more. This is DEFINITELY one that you will want to catch!

Ore Monogatari!! Trailer


Final Thoughts

Here we are at the end of another list of similar anime. Itazura na Kiss is a fantastic watch and one that we highly suggest if you even think of calling yourself a rom-com fan! The best part too? The elements within are also fantastic so you don’t have to be a rom-com fan to enjoy! Are there any more shows that you would suggest? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Original Article Below

No anime captures the beauty of growing up quite like Itazura na Kiss. Watching Kotoko grow from an adolescent in love to a wife and mother causes viewers to appreciate the smaller aspects of life. Kotoko’s outgoing spirit matures as she ages, a rare site in anime. The relationships Kotoko cultivates not only changes lives, but also forces her to become kinder and wiser. As a romance, Itazura na Kiss is a gem showing viewers that not only do people change through their interactions with loved ones, but that relationships change through different life experiences. While hard to do, here are some anime that attempt to convey the same feelings and spirit Itazura na Kiss does.

Similar Anime to Itazura na Kiss / Similar Anime to Naughty Kiss

1. Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children)

  • Episodes: Movie
  • Aired: June 25th 2012

When a young university student name Hana attempts to help a fellow classmate with his studies, she never expected him to be a werewolf! Upon falling in love with each other, he decides to reveal his secret, expecting her to leave. Instead, not only does Hana stay, but she bears two of his children as well! Those peaceful days soon come to a close when Hana discovers the death of her lover. She then decides to raise both of her children to the best of her abilities. The movie chronicles the struggles of single motherhood and the importance of community both in nature and humanity.

A coming of age anime for two generations of family members, Wolf Children is a spectacular journey through life’s ups and downs covering everything from young love to seeing children off. Itazura na Kiss also follows young Kotoko through her teenage years and through college just as Wolf Children follows a young Hana through college and motherhood. Both characters fall in love and their lives take drastic turns they never expected. Both stories are a journey through life and how it never goes as expected.


2. Kokoroco (Kokoro Connect)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 8, 2012 – September 30, 2012

Five eccentric students decide to form the Culture Society when they discover there are no clubs currently in existence at their high school related to their interests, but one day they begin swapping bodies. Confused and upset, the club members attempt to unravel the mystery, but in the process learn something about themselves and their friends. Romances blossom and life situations are discovered forcing the group to gain a new perspective on life.

While Kokoro Connect is not the typical slice of life high school anime, it still displays all of the signature characteristics of the genre including romance and self-growth. Kotoko from Itazura na Kiss starts her adventures in high school while discovering that she has to change in order to become someone better. The characters from Kokoro Connect also begin to realize their individual shortcomings as they bounce through each other’s bodies.


3. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: October 1, 2012 – December 24, 2012

When Shizuku is forced to deliver homework to her classmate Haru who never attends school, she accepts the job with disdain. Known as cold and emotionless at school, her personality begins to shift upon her first encounter with Haru who is innocent and unfamiliar with human relationships, but in the complete polar opposite way that Shizuku is. Haru quickly decides that he is in love with Shizuku and immediately confesses his love for her while Shizuku remains unsure.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a story about two awkward teens finding romance in the most unlikely place with someone completely opposite. Kotoko and Irie from Itazura na Kiss also have completely different personalities, with Kotoko confessing her love to Irie in the first episode. The clueless Kotoko and Haru have much in common with each other just as Shizuku and Irie’s cold demeanor mirror each other perfectly. If fans are looking for something very close to Itazura na Kiss, this should be the anime to watch.



Any Animes Like Naughty Kiss / Any Animes Like Itazura na Kiss ?

4. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko (The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 13, 2013 – June 29, 2013

Yoto is a huge pervert who is unable to communicate his emotions to others. Tsukiko is a outgoing girl who wish to be more stoic and adult-like. Upon hearing about the Stony Cat, a statue that can change personalities, both Tsukiko and Yoto wish to change themselves into something they think they want. When Tsukiko wakes up the next morning, she is unable to express herself in any way and Yoto cannot tell any lies, revealing his perverted personality along with his emotions. Together, they attempt to get their former personalities back and becoming quite close in the process.

The name Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko is a misleading name for a romantic comedy. There is no hentai, but instead a great high school romance. Both the main characters (Tsukiko and Yato) and Kotoko and Irie discover traits about their personalities that are a hindrance, but only through personal effort can these aspects be changed (Irie’s coldness, Kotoko’s study habits, ect). There is never a magic wand that can make everything better. Relationships are what change a person.


5. Isshukan Friends (One Week Friends)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 7, 2014 – June 23, 2014

Kaori Fujimiya doesn’t have friends nor does she attempt to make any. After an accident in middle school, Kaori has been cursed with memory loss causing her to forget all of her friends every Monday. Once her classmate Yuki Hase becomes interested in her, he refuses to let Kaori’s condition prevent him from making friends with her. Yuki suggests Kaori start a journal in order to remember the previous week’s activities and is so successful, that Kaori even begins to remember him little by little.

While Issukan Friends may have a more serious tone and plot than Itazura na Kiss, both stories are romances at their heart and revolve around relationships. Yuki’s concern for Kaori’s loneliness is simple and innocent and as a result Kaori opens up and reveals her more fun and cute side. Kotoko does the same for Irie and Irie realizes his innermost passions and as a result, becomes a doctor. Interactions between other people have the power to change.


6. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired: October 9, 2014 – March 22, 2015

Once a childhood pianist prodigy, Kosei Arima halted his musical career upon his mother’s death. Unable to hear the notes he played, Kosei relented until hearing Kaori’s careless violin. Kaori convinces Kosei to be her accompanist, slowly building up his confidence once more. Eventually, she pushes Kosei to attempt competition again allowing him to tear down walls that had been built up for many years.

Much more than a simple romance, Your Lie in April revolves around how strongly parental relationships affect their children. Kosei was brought up in a very rigid household and was expected to succeed just as Irie’s father expected him to go to Tokyo University and run the company business. Kaori is a free spirit just like Kotoko, and they bring out the best in others despite their critics.


In all of these anime there is a strong emphasis on relationships and how they affect and shape the people around the main characters. Itazura na Kiss is a story about relationships and change over time, so fans will enjoy the listed series due to the drama, romance, and endearing stories. If there are any other anime missed, please list them in the comments.

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