When it comes to spinoffs of well-known anime series, most will tell a story opposite of the original and take a more comedic and light-hearted approach. Some will succeed, while other spinoffs fail at capturing the appeal of the original, usually forgetting what made them memorable in the beginning. There are cases where a spinoff is as enjoyable as its original series; one of these spinoffs is Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu.
While a complete story of its own, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu uses similar plot points and progression as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and, like the original, is as comedic. The only major difference between the two is that Nagato Yuki-chan is less serious compared to Haruhi Suzumiya. The plot is light-hearted, the characters are as enjoyable as their original counterparts, and their interactions are funny and cute. It’s a anime one can sit down and smile to while watching the story progress.
If you liked this anime for any of the reasons above and wish to fill the void by watching something new, here are 6 anime that are like Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu. One more thing, if you haven’t seen the original series, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, we highly suggest you check it out; the original is just as good and will make you wish that Kyoto Animation make more of the series.
Similar Anime to Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu / Similar Anime to The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
1. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2012 – Dec 2012
Yuuta Togashi used to suffer from chuunibyou and believed he could use supernatural powers, referring to himself as the Dark Flame Master. He sees this past as an embarrassment and enters a high school where no one knows him and vice versa to be freed from his old delusions. However, Rikka Takanashi, a girl who still suffers from chuunibyou, learns of his past and becomes involved in Yuuta’s new high school lifestyle, whether he wants it or not. This is a heartwarming story about high school students and delusions of grandeur.
This anime is very much a romantic comedy with a loveable cast of characters and humor to back it up. Mostly every episode puts the characters into situations that are all but normal, with Rikka and her “servant”, Sanae Dekomori, usually doing something stupid or enacting their delusions of grandeur. Not only are the characters great, the animation is superb; the effort put into the scenes where Rikka and Dekomori enact their delusions always look stunning. Whether the moments of chunibyo make you cringe or feel impressed by the production, it illustrates how interesting these characters are and proves how much care was put into this anime.
Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! is a definite watch for anyone who liked the comedy in Nagato Yuki-chan, as well as the cute interactions and moments between characters; Chuunibyou is all about the cast and their interactions, and it won’t disappoint.
Chunibyo Demo Koi Ga Shitai! - Trailer Madman
2. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Aug 2003 – Oct 2003
Kaname Chidori and militant-minded Sousuke Sagara go back to school and encounter more misadventures in and out of their school, Jindai High. As Sousuke struggles with living a normal teenage life, he must save Kaname in a mascot outfit and protect his superior, Teletha Testarossa, from harm as she has decided to spend some time as their fellow classmate. It’s back-to-school for these three and time to bring more mayhem!
Like Nagato Yuki-chan, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a spinoff of its original work and is more comedic than the original, as mentioned earlier. This doesn't mean Fumoffu doesn’t have serious moments or lacks any appeal from the original anime, but the anime is mostly a comedy. This show is all about the crazy mayhem that happens as their high school life continues and will definitely provide a good laugh for many. While Fumoffu doesn’t add any context to the Full Metal Panic! series, it does develop the characters and gives more reasons to follow their story and enjoy watching their adventures.
This is an old anime, but it’s one we believe is worth watching. Fumoffu has great characters and comedy that viewers should enjoy as much as Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu. Their daily life is definitely one that sounds like a blast.
Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU Trailer
3. Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou (The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2014 – Jun 2014
Kazunari Usa begins his high school life living alone in a boarding house due to his parents now working somewhere else. He wishes for a relatively normal life until he realizes his new home, the Kawai Complex, is far from what he wanted. He’s about ready to leave the place until he encounters senior student Ritsu Kawai, a relative of the owner of the boarding house, and finds himself falling in love. A story of adolescent love with a nice romance-to-humor ratio shall now commence.
Kawai Complex is, for the most part, comedic more than anything else. The plot does progress and we get to see Usa and Ritsu’s relationship grow, but the reason to watch this anime is the comedy. Seeing all the crazy scenarios happen at the boarding house won’t disappoint and will assuredly make viewers laugh. Of course, this depends on personal sense of humor, but we can guarantee Kawai Complex will make you chuckle, at least. The manga does cover their relationship a little more, so if you decide to watch Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou and wish to see more, then we suggest reading the manga as well.
If you were cheering on Nagato as she attempted to get closer to Kyon, then the same will happen as you encourage Usa and his love for Ritsu. There's a good amount of entertainment to be had in this anime, so long as the humor is in your tastes.
The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Trailer
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4. GJ-bu (GJ Club)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2013 – Mar 2013
The protagonist, Shinomiya Kyouya, is kidnapped and forced into joining a club known as the GJ, an unidentified club dwelling in a former building of an unnamed school. There, he meets all the different club members: Mio, the club leader and short girl with attitude and her younger sister, Megumi, whose heart is one to be weary of; Shion, a long-haired beauty and a genius who lacks common sense; and the gluttonous and mysterious Kirara, who’s quiet most of the time. A group of four girls and one guy in one club as they laze about and enjoy each other’s company.
As the synopsis suggests, GJ-bu is very much an episodic type of anime. Each episode has its own unique plot and their shenanigans mostly don't carry over to the next; this means every episode will provide something new and interesting to see. GJ-bu is an anime where one watches the club members interact and laugh at the mischief caused; they’re always guaranteed to do something, whether it’s something crazy or enjoying each other’s company. An overall relaxing anime, to say the least.
If watching the normal day-to-day lifestyle of characters in a club room, whether they do something meaningful or not, is more to your liking, and why you liked Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu, then GJ-bu is a perfect fit.
5. Golden Time
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 2013 – Mar 2014
Because of an accident, Tada Banri is left with amnesia and forgets a lot of his hometown and past relations. He begins his new life in law school and just as he's begun adjusting to his new lifestyle, the charming Kaga Kouko barges into his life, beginning an unforgettable year. He will experience love, make new friends, and start a new life. As he slowly discovers his own identity, Banri’s chosen path will lead him into a future he’ll never want to forget.
To put this simply, Golden Time is a more mature approach to a romantic comedy compared to Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu. Not only that, but Golden Time is also the most mature anime in this list with its narrative and themes. It does start light-hearted and slowly gets more serious as the story progresses, but it doesn’t take away from the more humorous and fun times the characters have. It strikes a good balance of mature storytelling and good old-fashioned anime entertainment. Just like in Nagato Yuki-chan, the characters are entertaining, all with their own quirks and reasons for studying in college. To put it simply, Golden Time is a mature and funny coming-of-age anime.
If you’re looking for a more mature approach to Nagato Yuki-chan’s story that is outside of high school, then we can’t recommend this anime more.
Golden Time Trailer
6. Sora no Manimani (At the Mercy of the Sky)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2009 – Sep 2009
Returning to his hometown after seven years, Saku Ooyagi is reacquainted with his childhood friend, Mihoshi Akeno. This reunion, however, is far from a merry one. The last memory they have of each other is Akeno falling off a tree and Ooyagi saving her. Whatever the case, she is determined to progress their relationship by forcing Ooyagi to join this club she founded, the astronomy club. Let the stargazing begin!
This anime has more focus on the club activities than romance, as most of the important scenes are when the club goes stargazing; in a way, this anime does what most sports anime do, and that is explain how the activity works. Humor is generally pretty good and is a nice plus, presenting opportunities where one will laugh, though, yet again, this depends on personal sense of humor. The romance isn't very strong or special, but that doesn't mean it can't be entertaining. Sora no Manimani delves into the romance between multiple characters, allowing more variety than only watching the relationship between the lead heroine and protagonist; the romance may not be a major strength, but that difference in approach makes this anime that more interesting.
If you like series that further delve into club activities as well as romance, Sora no Manimani is an anime to pick up. With a fun cast and decent humor, this anime should be just as good of a watch as Nagato Yuki-chan.
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu is one of very few spinoff series that are able to capture the appeal of the original while telling its own complete and interesting narrative. It’s one that was definitely worth the time, and we hope one of the recommendations above will capture your attention. Let us know if there are any other series similar to Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu or what you personally loved about the anime in the comments below! While there are only six in this listing, a couple more recommendations wouldn’t hurt.