From the title of it, one can already guess what this anime is about which is the story of a teenage boy and his bride who is a mermaid. The story pretty much goes into action from the very first episode. Thus, viewers would not need to watch several episodes till the essential part of the story happens. In the first episode, Michishio Nagasume already agrees to get married to a mermaid named Sun Seto who saved his life. This is a raison d'être that makes audience continue watching the episodes due to the anime’s entertaining and fast-paced story. Seto no Hanayome is a slice-of-life type of anime which is light-hearted and is not to be taken too seriously. Sometimes, all we want to watch during a lazy Sunday afternoon is a simple, comedy anime that does not feel like we have to be too engrossed with the storyline and characters. Seto no Hanayome is an anime that is perfect for those moments.
This short series which is comprised of 26 episodes is reminiscent of several other anime series. If you have finished watching this series and crave watching similar ones, this list of anime recommendations is for you!
Similar Anime to Seto no Hanayome / Similar Anime to My Bride is a Mermaid
1. To LOVE-Ru
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2008 – Sep. 2008
Rito Yuki is a high school student who secretly likes Haruna Sairenji but is too timid to confess to her. One day, while Rito is sulking in the bathtub, a mysterious nude girl suddenly crashes and lands on him. Apparently, the girl is Lala Satalin Deviluke who comes from another planet known as Deviluke of which she is the princess. Her father wants her to return to Deviluke and get married to one of the suitors. However, Lala falls for Rito and intends to marry him instead. It goes without saying that the emergence of Lala in Rito’s life just makes it harder for him to confess to Haruna.
To LOVE-Ru is similar to Seto no Hanayome due to the forced marriage between the male protagonist and a girl he does not know. Both male protagonists have to either agree to get married with the girls they just met or else they would have to face impending doom. Moreover, the girls are not normal human beings. In the case of To LOVE-Ru, an appropriate, equivalent title would be “My Bride is an Alien”. Both of the male protagonists also have to experience threats and hostility from the girls’ fathers. The two series have a similar romantic comedy theme which focuses on high school students.
My Bride is a Mermaid: Complete Collection - Available on DVD 01.03.12 - Trailer
2. Love Hina
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr. 2000 – Sep. 2000
Love Hina tells the story of Keitaro Urashima who had made a promise with his childhood girl friend to enter Tokyo University together. Unfortunately, he could not remember the girl’s name and figures that the only way to find the girl is to study hard enough and pass the exams to enter Tokyo University. Despite his attempts, he failed the entrance exams twice and his parents do not want to support him any longer. He plans to stay at a hotel owned by his grandmother only to find out that it has been converted to an all-female dormitory which currently has 5 female occupants. From this plot, obviously this anime would have a harem theme. Of the 5 girls, there is this girl named Naru Narusegawa who also is also studying hard in order to enter Tokyo University. Could Naru be the girl whom Keitaro made a promise to?
Seto no Hanayome and Love Hina are both of the romantic comedy genre. Even its execution and art style look very similar that it feels as if both series are produced by the same team. In both anime, the male protagonists always end up in knots of misunderstanding which get them into trouble to the point of being beaten to a pulp. If you are into a more romantic series, we would recommend you Love Hina which we feel has a stronger love theme while Seto no Hanayome is less heavy in that aspect.
Love Hina - Complete Series Trailer
3. Aa! Megami-sama (Ah! My Goddess)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jan. 2005 – July 2005
Keiichi Morisato is a college sophomore who is drizzled with bad luck. It seems like he is not capable of succeeding in anything until one day, he mistakenly dials the Goddess Help Line. A gorgeous woman, who introduces herself as Belldandy and claims to be a goddess, tells Keiichi that she could grant a wish of his. Thinking that it is just a prank, Keiichi simply wishes for Goddess Belldandy to be with him forever. His wish is granted which leads to a romantic comedy and also more trouble for him. For starters, he has to move out as he cannot possibly stay with Belldandy at a male-only dormitory. Together, they seek shelter at a Buddhist temple.
Similar to Seto no Hanayome, in the story of Aa! Megami-sama, the main male character is depicted as lousy and weak, who by a stroke of luck, ends up being with a pretty, non-human female character. Both main female characters in the two anime series are depicted to have special abilities and are not weak characters which are in contrast with the guys’ personalities. Belldandy and Sun are seen as girls who are out of the guys’ league and show capabilities in many areas that they always manage to beat their rivals.
[Previewed] anime "My Goddess" PV's first Blu-ray of
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4. School Rumble
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct. 2004 – Mar. 2005
The main female protagonist is Tenma Tsukamoto, a non-outstanding female high school student who develops a huge crush on her fellow classmate, Karasuma Ooji. Ooji is an eccentric and nice guy who is oblivious to Tenma’s feelings which makes it harder for Tenma to confess her feelings to him. On the other hand, Harima Kenji is the main male protagonist who falls for Tenma and also struggles with difficulty in confessing his feelings. Kenji is a delinquent who attends school just to see Tenma. Whenever he wants to confess his feelings for her, the circumstances simply would not allow it.
Even though the plot of School Rumble does not involve a non-human main protagonist, it shares the same style of comedy expressed in Seto no Hanayome, which is usually random humor that may not make much sense at times. In both stories, the characters typically show over-the-top expressions as one of the ways to make viewers laugh. The main plots of both series are not very important as each episode is basically just a fast-paced comedy for mindless laughs. Besides that, the main male protagonists always get involved in some sort of entanglement which leads to awkward situations and misunderstandings that result in humor.
【DVD-CM】スクールランブル DVD-BOX （School Rumble Trailer）
5. Nagasarete Airantou
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2007 – Sep. 2007
Ikuto Touhohin is a 14-year-old boy who just had a quarrel with his dad. Overcome with emotions, he made a decision to run away from home. He then boarded a ship but unluckily, the ship was hit by a huge storm during the journey, which threw him overboard. Upon regaining consciousness, he found himself on an isolated island which is filled with many girls! The island is called Airantou and since there are not any men around due to a huge wave that swept them away in the past, Ikuto becomes very popular. While all the girls want Ikuto to be their husband, only Suzu does not have that desire. Despite the island which seems like heaven to men, Ikuto wants to leave the island but cannot do so as the island does not have any modern technology and is surrounded by whirlpools which make escape impossible. Thus, Ikuto has no choice but to stay on the island.
Ikuto and Nagasumi face similar situations in the first episode in which both of them nearly drown. Furthermore, both the male protagonists have pretty similar characteristics. The main difference is that Ikuto is a more perverted character than Nagasumi. Hence, if you prefer a more ecchi version of the romance comedy genre, Nagasarete Airantou would be a good choice for you. Like Seto no Hanayome, Nagasarete Airantou is not much focused on the romantic development of its characters but more towards humor. If you like the life under the sea in Seto no Hanayome, you may like the island setting in Nagasarete Airantou!
Nagasarete Airantou Trailer DVD
6. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan. 2010 – Apr. 2010
Baka means idiot, and in this anime series, it refers to Akihisa Yoshii who is a Class F student in Fumizuki Academy. In this academy, students are divided into classes based on their academic performances. Class A is filled with students who are the cream of the crop who constantly ace the exams while Class F is meant for students who have the worst academic scores. Class A is furnished with prestigious items such as reclining seats, a free snack bar, and air-conditioners. Meanwhile, Class F only has low-quality amenities such as worn-out tatami mats and low tables in poor conditions. Mizuki Himeji is actually one of the brightest students but scored poorly on a test due to fever. Mizuki is then placed in Class F and Akihisa secretly falls for her. The school has a special system whereby students can summon creatures for battles between classes to seize or retain the amenities they want.
If you like the plain nonsense comedy style of Seto no Hanayome, you will enjoy watching Baka to Test which also illustrates a similar comedy style. Both Akihisa and Nagasume are not very smart characters who shine in unlikely ways and get into trouble often. Again, despite its romantic comedy theme, Baka to Test is more geared towards comedy elements and its romance theme is not explored much. The anime is filled with absurd humor which makes it easy to watch!
Baka and Test Trailer
Hopefully, the anime series in this list would fill the void that you have after completing the Seto no Hanayome series. Even after you have watched all the anime series listed in this article, there are plenty of similar anime series of the romantic comedy genre which you can choose from and this list is just a small fraction of it!
Which anime series from this list have you watched? Do you agree with our choices? Do you have any other anime series which you think fans of Seto no Hanayome would love?