Kaito Jin has moved from Tokyo to Aichi, and he is quickly learning how much the locals love their home after he joins the school’s photography club. In particular, Monaka Yatogami, with her heavy Nagoya dialect, is set on showing Jin that her hometown is much better than his!
Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki is an enjoyable, short anime focusing on the things that make Nagoya great, through the eyes of locals and the newcomer Jin. It is a series with just enough relaxation and comedy to make each episode interesting, even while it teaches viewers a little more about the area. If you’re enjoying the anime so far, you might be wondering where you can find other shows with a similarly short, but humorously educational value. Not to worry, my friends—we at Honey’s Anime have a few suggestions for you!
Similar Anime to Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki
1. Ueno-san wa Bukiyou (How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2019 – March 2019
Ueno loves the idea of falling in love, but she is not quite sure how to go about it for herself, devising a variety of schemes to get the job done. Her inventions are tested out on the unwitting Tanaka, a fellow member of the science club. Tanaka also genuinely has no idea about love or relationships, so the pair gets into many interesting situations between the two of them! Coupled with a supporting cast just as eccentric as the leading characters, Ueno-san and her friends will traverse through life and love in the most unusual, awkward way. A short and funny anime, Ueno-san wa Bukiyou embraces its style of inappropriate comedy and makes viewers laugh along with each episode!
Ueno-san and Yatogame-chan are both relatively short series, with the episodes being only 12 minutes and 3 minutes long, respectively. Ueno is similar to Yatogami in several ways, including their height and their tsundere reactions to the male leads. Both anime also have a similar vibe, based around a comedy of a ridiculous nature. They even have similar character design and art style, though Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki is a little more serious as it teaches viewers about Nagoya. The characters are also all in clubs at their school, though Ueno and her friends are part of the science club, while Yatogami and Jin are part of the photography group.
Ueno-san wa Bukiyou PV
2. Urawa no Usagi-chan
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2015 – June 2015
Urawa City has been overlooked throughout its history, often looked down upon by the people of Saitama. Eight girls are about to change all of that by not so subtly advertising the good points about the Urawa ward. They each go about their everyday lives, fully embracing the “cute girls doing cute things” genre. Each girl has something unique about her to help show off their differences from one another and to promote various things from the area. Many people forget that Urawa exists, but with the help of Usagi and her friends, perhaps a few more people will go to visit the area!
Both Urawa no Usagi-chan and Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki were created with the love of a specific area of Japan in mind. Both anime also use the tactic of adorable characters to attract viewers to watch their series. Though they are both slice of life and comedy, Yatogami and her friends have a bit more dramatic sense of comedy than any of the characters in Urawa. All the characters are involved in clubs in these anime as well, with Usagi being a vital part of the railway club—a rather unusual club for students. In all, the two shows are striving to show off different parts of Japan with short episodes based around their characters, and though they may go about it in different manners, at the core, these two anime are the same.
3. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2018 – March 2018
When it comes to the delicious taste of ramen, Koizumi will do almost anything to fulfill her desire! She often travels alone for miles in less-than-ideal conditions just to be able to eat a slightly different variation of ramen. But when her classmate Yuu Oosawa starts to follow her on her ramen adventures, Koizumi is seen in her element for the first time. Yuu is shocked by how much Koizumi can eat. But it is through Koizumi’s tutelage that we are all able to learn about the surprising world of ramen!
Koizumi’s love of ramen leads her to explore various kinds of the food as she adventures all over, leading us to learn more from the experience as well. In a similar fashion, Yatogami’s love of her home in Nagoya has led us to learn more about the area as well. Though Ramen Daisuki Koizumi is different from Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki in what its main focus is, both anime still strive to teach their audience about the main characters’ passion. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi has the usual length of anime episodes. Yet it retains the same feeling as Yatogame-chan, especially with the humor. Both series even have two unwittingly new characters included (Yuu and Jin), in order to give an excuse for why the characters would be explaining things at all. If you enjoyed learning more about culture from Yatogame-chan, you will also love Ramen Daisuki Koizumi!
Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles OP
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4. Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2018 – June 2018
At the beginning of high school, Nori Kamitsuki moved from Chiba to Gunma prefecture, not sure what he was getting himself into. He starts hearing of rumors that Gunma is a dangerous place, and he begins to get worried. He unwittingly finds himself involved in a battle with some of Gunma’s rivals from Tochigi and Ibaraki’s prefectures. As Kamitsuki learns to appreciate the new prefecture he lives in, we also learn more about this relatively unknown area!
Just as with Jin, Kamitsuki is the newcomer to his area, having to learn all about the things it has to offer. And just as they experience, the people of a new place can often be a lot stranger than you might expect! Both characters find themselves caught in plenty of humorous situations, though they didn’t plan it out at the beginning. The comedy in these two shows is essentially the same, and both of the anime line up in almost every other factor as well, except for the slice of life element in Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki. If you enjoyed the humor from Yatogami and her friends, you will love learning more about Gunma while laughing alongside Kamitsuki!
Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai PV
5. Hetalia Axis Powers
- Episodes: 52
- Aired: January 2009 – March 2010
Hetalia is arguably an anime that speaks for itself, given its popularity among fans for its ridiculous brand of humor. But in case you’re not already aware, Hetalia Axis Powers is the story of what nations would be like if they were people. Even while you learn about historical events from the past, you will enjoy the banter and lighthearted approach that these characters take to politics. The Axis Powers are the main characters and include Northern Italy, Germany and Japan, but also feature many other countries throughout. Hetalia takes the events surrounding the nations of our world and pokes fun at them while teaching you a few facts along the way!
Hetalia Axis Powers is a great example of the same brief, ridiculous humor used in Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki. Though there are only a few minutes to get something across to the audience, both shows excel at including relevant, real information even while making the situation funny! The two shows even have similar character design, though Hetalia is a bit older and shows its age on occasion with its animation. In the same way that each of the nations try to embrace certain character traits to represent their country’s interests, Yatogami also shows off a few quirks, such as the way that she speaks, to represent her prefecture. Both anime give off a similar feel because they are trying to accomplish the same things! The shows were made to teach people about something in short increments, but they do so in a humorous way.
Hetalia Axis Powers Trailer
6. Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2018 – March 2019
Chitose-chan is a penguin who spends her days living in Kyoto getting to know the people of the area and enjoying their food. She gets to visit many popular places in Kyoto to help advertise the area for viewers. A relaxing slice of life, Chitose-chan doesn’t really have anything too dramatic going on. After all, she is just a penguin enjoying her day-to-day life!
Chitose-chan takes an even more relaxed approach to showing off the different places and foods of Kyoto. Yet even while it has the unique element of a penguin showing off its region, this anime follows many of the same principles that Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki has embraced as well. Both series are focused on their separate areas of Japan, teaching viewers about the region, even as they have adorable characters there to show them off. While Yatogame-chan has more blatant humor to it, we think you will enjoy Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan just as much!
These 6 suggestions may not be like Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki in every way, but they all have the elements that count. Most of them are shorter in episode length, include some form of humor, and, most importantly, are trying to use anime to teach the audience about some area or passion, through the form of animation!
What do you think of this style of anime? Is using anime an effective way to get people interested in learning about a place or thing? Or is this kind of advertising for a region just too gimmicky? Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below! And let us know what you think of the anime on our list as well!