6 Anime Like Joshikausei (Joshi Kausei) [Recommendations]


We all need to reconnect with the simple things in life now and again and that goes for our consumption of anime as well. We need a step down from the action, gore or pervy scenes we consume on a regular basis. The wonderful storytellers of anime have given us these simple breaks of anime, often so pure at heart they give you the warm reassuring feeling of a purring kitten. Joshikausei is exactly that kind of anime. It’s the simple story of three high school girls: the beautiful and energetic Momoko, the smart and practical Shibumi, and the quiet and innocent Mayumi. We watch their simple slice-of-life stories since this anime has no dialogue. We also know that anime without all the speeches or complex plots can be good for the soul. We’d like to help you find more of these great stories, so we now give you a Honey’s Anime list of 6 Anime like Joshikausei.

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1.Kimi no Hikari: Asagao to Kase-san. (Your Light: Kase-san and Morning Glories)

  • Episodes: 1
  • Aired: July 2017

Yamada tends the flower garden at school and watches the plants grow under her kind care. Kase is the energetic and beautiful star of the track team. She watches Yamada nurture the flowers each morning from the window of her neighboring classroom. The quiet girl and the popular track star gradually form a friendship. The friendship grows stronger and becomes love and the two girls move forward hand in hand.

The important similarity between Kimi no Hikari: Asagao to Kase-san and Joshikausei is there is no dialogue between the main characters or anyone else for that matter. We only get to know the characters through their actions. The story plays out silently between the two girls as a calming melody plays in the background. Kimi no Hikari: Asagao to Kase-san is a short film, only seven minutes long, but extremely beautiful to watch.

Your Light: Kase-san and Morning Glories PV

2.The Red Turtle

  • Episodes: 1 (Movie)
  • Aired: 2016

The Red Turtle has the plot of a classic folk tale. A nameless man set adrift by a storm wakes on a deserted island. The island is a paradise with food and water in abundance. Despite that, the nameless man attempts to leave the island many times; each time an unseen creature destroys his raft. He spots the creature, a giant red sea turtle, destroying his latest escape vehicle. The Red Turtle chases the man inland and the man flips it on its back with a bamboo stick. Feeling guilty, the nameless man attempts to flip the turtle back over but fails. He brings it water in an attempt to save its life, but it dies. Filled with sorrow, the man weeps and falls asleep next to it. The shell begins to split and out steps a woman. The nameless man falls in love with the woman and abandons his dreams of leaving the island. We watch the couple raise a child, watch that child grow and leave the nest, and the couple grow old. The nameless man eventually dies in his sleep. The woman grieves, walks back down to the sea, turns into the Red Turtle and swims away.

The story has no dialogue. We again watch the story unfold through the actions of the characters. We don’t need them to talk to fill in the blanks. The painting-like imagery and the expressions of the characters are all we need to tell us what they are thinking and what they feel. The Red Turtle is a much more serious film than the slice-of-life Joshikausei, and much longer at 1 hour and 21 minutes. It’s classic storytelling in a classic way.

The Red Turtle PV

3.Fumikiri Jikan (Crossing Time)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2018- June 2018

Fumikiri Jikan is a different kind of slice-of-life story. The scenes revolve around the different people that stop at a railroad crossing on their way to and from their daily obligations. The stories only last as long as the crossing gate bars their paths. We watch girls on their way to school talk about their hopes and wishes, childhood friends talk about becoming something more, and complete strangers interact as they wait for the train to cross their path just as they cross paths with each other.

Fumikiri Jikan does have dialogue and that works in the way being silent works for Joshikausei. The actions aren’t the focus as they are in Joshikausei, the words are important and often the inner dialogue is how we understand the character’s feelings. We see each of the characters at least twice as we gain more and more insight into their lives. The stories we see are sweet and simple ones about how we interact with friends and strangers. We know if you like the simple cuteness of Joshikausei you will thoroughly enjoy Fumikiri Jikan.

Crossing Time PV

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2013- June 2013

Aiura is based on a co-manga or four-panel comic about three high school girls with no motivation. Amaya, Iwasawa, and Uehara dither away their time after school doing very little that is productive. You can laugh at the antics of the mischievous trio as they live their daily lives of idleness. The conversations the girls have range from choosing nicknames to who is worthy of having their lives saved. The trio expresses their lack of motivation through their actions, too, like not taking advantage of the time to study but playing games instead.

The anime is filled with all kinds of cute much like Joshikausei. While it does differ in that it has dialogue it’s still a slice-of-life story where there really isn’t an overarching plot. You can easily spare the time for this short that clocks in at less than minutes an episode.

Aiura PV

5.Yama no Susume (Encouragement of Climb)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2013- March 2013

Aoi used to love climbing and the idea of mountain climbing before a childhood accident left her afraid of heights. She spends years focusing on inside pursuits to the extent she becomes withdrawn and shy. Aoi begins to reconnect with other girls in high school when she becomes friends again with a girl she loved to climb with in elementary school. Aoi’s interaction with her old friend Hinata Kuraue becomes the catalyst for her change from homebound to outgoing high school girl.

The story is light but has a few heavy moments as Aoi has to confront her past and continue to move forward. We compare Yama no Susume to Joshikausei because of its focus on female friendship. The two shows give us stories of the support that the girls give each other in their daily lives, though Joshikausei has a lighter-hearted look at that support than Yama no Susume. The shows are both extremely cute and will make your heart lighter.

Yama no Susume PV

6.Paulette no Isu (Paulette’s Chair)

  • Episodes: 1
  • Aired: March 2014

Paulette no Isu is the whimsical short story of a girl and her chair. The story was created by noitaminA studio to celebrate their 10th anniversary. We begin with Paulette sitting alone in a garden on a sunny day looking through a crack in the wall at the other children playing. She’s sad. Paulette sits down on a chair near the house. The chair then comes to life and gallops away with her sitting on its seat. Paulette and the chair become best friends as it serves as her shade for napping, holding her books, and running across the fields. The girl and her magical chair share a brilliant and innocent story that makes us all smile at the joyful nature of imagination.

Innocence is the reason you’ll love this short. We see the girls in Joshikausei spend an entire episode playing with a skateboard. Paulette no Isu shares that adorable quality you’ll see in Joshikausei.

Final Thoughts

We all need that occasional breath of fresh air and Joshikausei is that refreshing breeze. The simple story of Momoko, Shibumi, Mayumi and their everyday life makes you exhale that breath you’ve been holding and smile at the gentleness of life. We don’t always need words to tell us it will be alright; sometimes we just need a hug, and Joshikausei is simply that embrace.

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Author: Zeke Changuris

I’m a journalist, writer, photographer, video producer, social media manager and above all a storyteller. I’m located on the east coast of the United States but travel the world with the love of my life. I’ve been a nerd since birth with a love of history and science. I fell in love with anime, watching ROBOTECH and Venus Wars in the 80s when our only source was secondhand VHS dubs. A crazy new thing called the internet changed that, giving me access to new and amazing anime every day. I love to write for work and pleasure. I’m living the dream of every kid, getting paid to watch anime and loving every subtitled line.

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