6 Anime Like Skip Beat! [Updated Recommendations]

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Skip Beat! is oftentimes referred to as THE shoujo anime like Naruto is referred to as THE shounen anime. It isn’t the case that they are the best of their genre or that they are the most representative of them, but many of us have been inducted into the respective genres through these anime that we tend to use them as a rite of passage for our friends who are new to anime.

Skip Beat follows the revenge story of Kyouko Mogami as she is jilted and betrayed by the lover whom she slaved away for. In a classic move similar to every chick flick ever, she enters the entertainment industry to crush his dreams underfoot. This anime has many elements that a shoujo anime would, but at the same time breaks the mold in its own way. There are no harem of guys chasing after her. Neither is she a helpless damsel that requires a knight in shining armor.

Kyouko does things her way, and she’ll be damned if he gets away with it. Though she gets support and help from some people along the way, it is her effort and her grit that gets her to where she does by the end of the anime. Only the anime that can show such a role model of a female can be placed on this list.

So what can match up to an iconic show like Skip Beat? Well hopefully these 6 can! Join us as we count down the 6 Anime Like Skip Beat!

Similar Anime to Skip Beat!

6. Kaichou wa Maid-sama (Maid Sama)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2010 - September 2010

Misaki Ayuzawa is the first female president at a school that recently transitioned from an all boys school to a co-ed one. As you can imagine, that isn't the most fun of jobs especially when you're dealing with a majority male population that tries its best to trample you in its testosterone. However, she manages to control them through her Akido techniques and swiftly became known as the Demon President. However, Misaki has a secret. Because of her poor family finances, she works part-time at a maid cafe to help pay the bills. Whilst she has managed to live a double life all this while, it is soon shattered when pretty-boy Takumi Usui walks in on her during a shift. Instead of revealing her secret, he decides to blackmail her so he can get closer to her.

The two are similar in the sense that Kyouko and Misaki are both strong female leads that take control most of the time but tend to have vulnerable sides. They also tend to get into random hijinks with a particular guy because they can't stand him at all. And finally, they're both dense blockheads who can't sense when the love of their life is standing right beside them.

5. Toradora!

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

If you ask anyone in their school, Ryuuji Takasu is a delinquent that goes around intimidating people with his scary face and Taiga Aisaka is the cute mascot of the school. However, in contrast to their looks, Ryuuji is a gentle soul he spends much of his time helping around his house and taking care of his single mother when she's overworked while Taiga is a fiesty hot-head who goes around attacking people with a wooden katana. They soon discover that the other has a crush on their respective best friends, and form a pact to help the other capture their crushes. Nothing can go wrong, right?

While thematically Toradora! and Skip Beat aren't the most similar, they are a very similar type of romance anime that rarely exists nowadays. They both deliver a close to realistic approximation of what romance in real life is actually like, and most of the time you can actually see that the characters really would react that way in a certain scenario. There and ups and downs and all arounds, but they'll eventually find a way.

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4. Nodame Cantabile

  • Episodes: 23
  • Aired: January 2007 - June 2007

Shinichi Chiaki is one of the most talented young musicians to ever grace the soil of Japan. He is a first class musician that pushes himself daily to the ever lofty goal of perfection. His dream is to one day play on the stages of Europe and showcase his talent to the world. Unfortunately, he is deathly afraid to fly on planes, so he is stuck in Japan.

Megumi Noda is directionless piano student that fails in all aspect of managing herself. She doesn't really know what she wants to do most of the time and ends up playing the theme song for a children's show. When the two first meet, he gets annoyed with her. But when he hears her play, he becomes enraptured by her music. This does not change the fact that Chiaki doesn't want her as his neighbour, nor does he want her to be in love with him!

The chemistry between Megumi and Shinichi are extremely similar to that of Kyouko and Ren. Megumi and Kyouko are ditzy, directionless air-heads that seem to move in seemingly random patterns. Ren and Shinichi are cool and skillful players of their art who have the greatest misfortune of being saddled with their respective girls. But what better to melt an icy heart?

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3. Kimi ni Todoke (Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 2009 - March 2010

Ever watched the movie "The Ring"? Remember that creepy central character that crawled out of the well and scared the pants of anyone who watched it at the time? Unfortunately for Kuronuma Sawako, all of her classmates remember. Though she tries her best to be a kind and sweet girl, she is often mistaken to be a serial killer because of her resemblance to the girl from "The Ring", leading her to be called Sadako by her classmates.

However, Sawako doesn't want to give up. She tries her best to make friends and comes across Kazehaya Shouta the most popular guy in class who is well known to be extremely friendly and charming. When he starts responding to her advances, she figures that maybe she actually has a chance at friendship, and maybe something more.

If you enjoyed the Shoujo-ness of Skip Beat and want more of that particular feeling, this is the anime for you. There aren't an abundance of similar elements, just the cut and dry ones like being a romance and having a likable guy plus girl to form a relationship. But the romance in both animes are realistic enough and they are both very Shoujo in their execution that you just can't miss this if you liked Skip Beat.

Kimi ni Todoke Trailer

2. Special A

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

Hikari Hanazono and Kei Takishima met at the age of 6 when their pro-wrestling fathers introduced them to each other. With the assumption that she was the best around, she challenged Kei to a match and was trounced soundly by him. Ever since that point, she has been unable to defeat him in anything, from grades to the most innocuous of things like pole vaulting or fishing. In order to get more opportunities to defeat him, she has joined the same elite school that he did.

The school, Hakusenkan, takes its students' rankings very seriously, and rewards the top few students with the distinction of Special A. This grants them privileges and luxuries that other students don't have, provided they can maintain their grades. Kei holds the first place and Hikari keeps trying to beat him from her second place. She'll keep trying, constantly unaware of his feelings for her.

If you liked the boyish, dense and blockheaded character of Kyouko you'll definitely love Hikari because she's quite similar in that regard. She does everything in her power to excel and finally defeat him but she's completely oblivious of his feelings for her, just like Kyouko doesn't realise Ren loves her. Ren and Kei will do their best to take care of their girls, but it isn't really an easy task…

1. Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 2014 - March 2015

Princess Yona lives your typical princess life; she is enthroned in a palace of decadence and lives a life of luxury that normal people like us could possibly never experience within our entire lifetime. However, that all comes crashing down when her cousin Su-Won betrays her family by plunging a blade into the chest of the King.

Yona is soon forced to flee the castle with her childhood friend Son Hak into the outskirts of their land Kouka, but is soon shocked to discover that her country isn't the idyllic land she thought it to be. Kouka seems to be wrought with poverty and and corruption, painting a sordid picture that she almost refuses to acknowledge. With naught but her childhood friend at her side, she must try her best to restore her country, or die trying.

While it seems that the two anime couldn't be further apart, they are actually quite similar. Yona and Kyouko both start out with a love interest whom they deeply cherish that betrays them in one of the worst possible fashion. They are then forced to develop from the annoying twits that they were into fully mature women. At some point, they also meet another love interest that they initially dislike, but come to like over the course of the show.

So with that said, just watch it.


Skip Beat! will remain an iconic part of anime and the Shoujo genre for many years to come. When someone gets introduced to to Shoujo genre, there is a good chance the first thing he watches is Skip Beat!, simply because of how well known the series is. If you've watched Skip Beat! but never continued watching anything similar to it, now might be a good time to start, especially with a whole list waiting for you!

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With a romantic, dramatic, and comedic narrative paired with a spirited, can-do female protagonist, Skip Beat! is a budding anime classic. Weighing in with 25 episodes, Skip Beat! may leave many longing for more, especially considering the continued serialization of the manga series on which it was based. Hopefully these recommendations satisfy those itching for sometime more like Skip Beat!.

For those unfamiliar with Skip Beat!, this anime follows the adventures of sixteen-year-old Kyoko Mogami as she seeks vengeance against Shotaro Fuwa, her superstar childhood friend who used her as merely a maid in his pursuit of fame. To seek her revenge, Kyoko goes into the entertainment industry to become a bigger star than him. Throughout her shenanigans, Kyoko meets and befriends Ren Tsuruga, Shotaro’s rival entertainer, and soon discovers much more about herself.

Similar Anime to Skip Beat!

1. Kodomo no Omocha (Kodocha)

  • Episodes: 102
  • Aired: April 1996– March 1998

Though a bit of an oldie, Kodocha is still surprisingly a goldie. Attracted to Kyoko’s spunkiness? Sana Kurata, the main character of the show, predates Kyoko’s spiritedness and shows just how much pizazz anime girls of the 1990s has. For those who loved Skip Beat! for Kyoto, Kodocha might be up your alley.

Kodocha is the story of Sana, a pint sized ball of energy star of the hit TV comedy “Child’s Toy, as she butts heads with Akito Hayama. Commander of all the boys in school, Akito appears to wreak havoc, but Sana soon discovers more about him and finds he might not be as bad as he seems.

2. Yamato Nadesico Shichihenge (The Wallflower)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 2006– March 2007

Sometimes we greatly change, and other times great change is thrust upon us, or at least for The Wallflower’s Sunako, While in Skip Beat!, Kyoko motivates herself to change, in The Wallflower Sunako resists change, or rather, becoming a lady. However, while the narrative of both of these shows differs, their humor and the inner strength of the female characters resemble one another.

In the Wallflower, four beautiful boys attempt to transform Sunako into a perfect lady. This, of course, isn’t for charity. Rather, these boys are motivated by the reward of free rent should they succeed. Unfortunately for them, Sunako is just fine the way she is: watching horror movies and not caring about her looks.

3. Uta no Prince-sama-Maji Love 1000%

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2011– September 2011

For those interested in the showbiz and bishounen aspects of Skip Beat!, Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 1000 has generous helpings of both. Much more in line with the otome genre, this show overflows with handsome men while at the same time more or less maintaining a plot within the domain of the entertainment industry.

Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 1000 follows the story of Nanami Haruka as she studies to become a songwriter at a prestigious idol training school. She soon finds herself working with six bishounen idols that she cannot possibly pursue romantically.

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4. Full Moon wo Sagashite (Searching for the Full Moon)

  • Episodes: 52
  • Aired: April 2002– March 2003

On a more heartfelt note, Full Moon o Shagashite depicts the story of a girl pursing showbiz stardom, but for different reasons entirely. Rather than revenge, love propels Full Moon o Shagashite’s Kouyama Mitsuki. Though their motivations are different, both Kyoko and Mitsuki’s work ethic pulls their respective anime together.

In Full Moon o Shagashite, 12-year-old Kouyama Mitsuki dreams of becoming a professional singer so that she can be reunited for her first love, Eichi. However, she soon discovers through two bumbling shinigami she has a year left to live. Faced with the inevitability of her death, Mitsuki jumps into the entertainment industry to become a star.

5. Ouran High School Host Club (Ouran Koukou Host Club)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2006– September 2006

Moving on from Full Moon o Shagashite on a lighter note is Ouran High School Host Club. Much like Skip Beat!, Ouran High School Host Club is about a girl going through a transformation, but a different sort of transformation than Kyoko. Irreverently poking fun at the shoujo genre itself, Ouran perhaps is a strange recommendation for Skip Beat!. But, considering the comedic elements of the show, touches of Ouran can perhaps be found in Skip Beat!.

Upon entering the prestigious Ouran High School, Haruhi Fujioka runs into a lavish crowd, the Ouran High School Host Club, a group of handsome boys servicing the ladies of the school. One broken vase later, Haruhi becomes a host herself working off a debt worth thousands of yen and becoming friends of the boys of the host club.

6. Hataraki Man

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: October 2006– December 2006

Looking back at the recommendations above, there appears to be a theme of hardworking women like we see with Kyoko in Skip Beat!. For this last recommendation, we have the hardest workingwoman of them all, Hiroko Matsukata. Though older than Kyoko, Hiroko represents an ongoing theme commonly shown in anime nowadays: girls being ambitious.

In Hataraki Man, Hiroko works at a highly recognized magazine company. Face with constant pressure and odd hours, Hiroko can transform into a Hataraki Man mode, or workingman mode.

Though produced in different years and spanning various narrative styles, these shows are sure to entertain, especially those in search for a Skip Beat! replacement. If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or concerns with this selection, be sure to leave a note in the comments section!

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