Nurarihyon no Mago tells the story of Nura who is expected to take lead of his grandfather’s yokai clan but of which he is not interested in as he prefers to lead a normal human life. At the first episode, viewers may be confused by the term ‘fear’ used in the series and wonder if it is a case of mistranslation. As the story progresses, the audience will get to know that fear is actually used as a meter to gauge a clan’s strength.
Such is the method of storytelling deployed by this anime series, so it has a pretty high rewatch value in order for viewers to fully grasp and understand the details of the story. In fact, we had to rewatch the first few minutes of the first episode after realizing that the cool-looking guy featured at the beginning and the bespectacled boy which appear in the latter part are actually the same guy, Nura. They look radically different even age-wise!
Nurarihyon has all the ingredients of a typical shonen recipe so you can expect tons of action and fun! There is also a romance side to it that is not garnished with ecchi bits, resulting in a flavor which is mild enough for kids’ taste buds. If you are looking for similar anime series, we would like to recommend:
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1. Katekyo Hitman Reborn (Reborn!)
- Episodes: 203
- Aired: Oct. 2006 – Sep. 2010
Tsunayoshi Sawada seems to be the embodiment of failure due to his clumsiness and apparent lack of talent to the extent that his classmates call him ‘Loser Tsuna’. Tsuna is also hopelessly in love with Kyoko Sasagawa who exudes qualities which are deemed way better than his. The instant his life changes is when he encounters a baby with superhuman strength. The baby, named Reborn, is apparently a hitman who is sent by a powerful mafia group in Italy called the Vongola family. Reborn is given the task of training Tsuna to become much stronger so that he can take over the mafia group as the ninth boss is about to retire.
The series demonstrates similarity with Nurarihyon no Mago as both male protagonists are expected to take over powerful groups of which they are reluctant to. Eventually, circumstances force them to take responsibilities in order to protect their friends. Besides that, both Nura and Tsuna have a weak side and a cool side. The cool side would appear when they are engaged in a battle while the weak side is their normal selves. Both are shonen series which highlight the importance of friendship as both major characters have loyal friends who will always stick by their sides.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Trailer
- Episodes: 52
- Aired: Oct. 2006 – Feb. 2008
Sugimura Yoshimori and Tokine Yukimura possess a special ability to battle against demons by using a technique called kekkai. Kekkai is a magical barrier and its users are referred to as kekkaishi. Together, they are in charge of using kekkai to protect Karasumori high school as the demons’ abilities would be enhanced upon entering into the school. They are not alone in this matter as they receive help from Sugimura’s brother, Masamori and the Shadow Organization, Urakai which consists of 12 highly-skilled users. However, Yoshimori is not so gung ho about fighting demons and he appears to be more interested in baking cakes.
Both series have almost identical plots, in which the main characters have to fight demons from Japanese folklore. Nura and Yoshimori have similar characteristics as they are young heirs from respectable lineages but are hardly interested in carrying on the family tradition of fighting demons. They also try to avoid from letting their classmates know about their unique backgrounds. The two of them try to lead normal lives but slowly begin to accept their destinies which are sort of forced onto them.
Adult Swim: Kekkaishi Promo
3. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul. 2008 – Sep. 2008
Natsume has a special ability which he hides from others: He can see spirits and interact with them. He soon discovers that his ability is not a fluke as his grandmother, Reiko, also possesses the same ability. In fact, his grandmother even has the Book of Friends, Yuujinchou, which contains a list of the spirits’ names which she has subdued. She passes on the book to Natsume which leads to him being disturbed by angry spirits who want to gain freedom. With the help of a cat spirit named Madara which is also fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and protect the book from falling into the hands of those who would abuse its power.
Like Nurarihyon no Mago, Natsume Yuujinchou is a story in which the main character deals with demons and special inheritance. Natsume and Nura are like the middle men between the spirit world and the human world. In both series, not all of the spirits are bad as they are some amicable ones. However, Natsume Yuujinchou is geared towards the slice-of-life theme while Nurarihyon no Mago is more focused on action.
Natsume’s Book of Friends Season1 & 2 - Official Trailer
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4. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 2011 – Oct. 2011
Ao no Exorcist follows the adventure of Rin Okimura who seems like a normal teenager. He and his twin brother, Yukio, are brought up by Priest Shiro Fujimoto. One day, he encounters the truth that would change his life forever. Both Rin and Yukio are actually the sons of Satan, who is the most powerful demon there is. In trying to protect Rin from the demons, Shiro loses his life. Rin’s emotions take over him so he does what he has been told not to do by Shiro, which is to draw the Kurikura blade. Upon drawing the blade, his demonic powers are unleashed. Rin aspires to be an Exorcist to fight against the demons so he enrolls himself at the True Cross Academy. Much to his surprise, his brother Yukio is already a skilled Exorcist who then becomes his teacher.
Once again, Ao no Exorcist is centered on the theme of fighting against demons. Rin and Nura have to hide the secret about their true identities from their friends. On top of that, both of them have a change in appearance when they unleash their true powers. Both series also emphasize on friendship wherein the main characters always try to protect their loved ones.
Blue Exorcist Trailer
- Episodes: 167
- Aired: Oct. 2000 – Sep. 2004
On her fifteenth birthday, while trying to retrieve her cat, Kagome Higurashi is dragged into a well by a demon. Instead of crashing to the ground, Kagome finds herself to be in the era of Sengoku which is 500 years back. The reason for the demon to attack her is to get the Shikon Jewel which Kagome has. In desperation, Kagome removes a sacred arrow from the body of a half-dog demon named Inuyasha which frees him from being pinned on a tree. While Inuyasha manages to defeat the demon, the jewel unfortunately shatters into pieces. Thus, Inuyasha and Kagome are set out to find the pieces of the jewel, along with a few companions who are Miroku the monk, Shippou the fox demon, and Sango the demon hunter.
The Inuyasha series bears several resemblances to Nurarihyon no Mago. First of all, the main characters have a mixture of human and demon lineages, and they struggle to find a balance between the two sides. Moreover, both of them have white hair when they are in their demon forms. The major difference is that while Nura seems like a polite and well-spoken character, Inuyasha is a character with an impatient and brash attitude.
Inuyasha - Trailer Oficial (Ingles/English)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2003 – Sep. 2003
Turning 14 seems to be the right moment to declare his love to his crush, and so, Niwa Daisuke confesses to Risa Harada on his 14th birthday, only to get rejected. While dealing with rejection is a part and parcel of life, later on that day, Niwa undergoes a strange transformation.
According to his mother, this is what happens to all the males in the family when they reach the age of 14, as they would inherit the powers of Dark Mousy the phantom thief! Now every time Daisuke thinks about his crush, he would turn into Dark, and in order for him to change back into Daisuke, he has to think about his crush again. As Dark, Daisuke has to steal valuable works of art with purpose unbeknownst to him.
Both series deal with a major character that has two different sides to him. One is a weak, kind side while the other side is a cool, powerful one. While the plots may be different, the overall feeling of the two anime is similar. If you like to see a weak guy having a strong alter ego, then this anime will likely suit your taste!
We think that these 6 anime series would be good substitutes to Nurarihyon no Mago. If you would love to watch an anime series which features a world filled with demons or unique powers (after all, the normal world can be too uninteresting!), just choose any of the recommended series in this list, and it is unlikely to disappoint you.
If you know any other series that would fit the bill of being similar to Nurarihyon no Mago, then let us know in the comments! We would really appreciate your suggestions.