[Iyashikei Spring 2019] Like Konohana Kitan? Watch This!

Konohana Kitan is the story of Yuzu, a kind fox girl who has just started her first job. Though she has no experience as an attendant for the hot springs she is working at, she goes about her job with an excitement that is infectious! She begins to get to know her coworkers, finding her own unique place amongst them all. This is a relaxing and adorable story of Yuzu learning to appreciate her surroundings and finding her own home. If you’re looking for other calming anime about characters finding a place in the world, we have a couple of suggestions from this most recent season!

Liked Konohana Kitan? Watch Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (The Helpful Fox Senko-san)!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2019 – ongoing

Nakano is your average overworked man with very little in his life to give him true joy, especially since he spends most of his time at the office. One day, his home is invaded by an unusual 800-year-old fox girl named Senko-san! Senko-san’s purpose is simple—to help take care of Nakano as best as she can, and to help him relax at the end of a long day. From beach days to grocery shopping, Senko-san and Nakano go about their everyday lives together and manage to find joy in spending time with each other, even in simple tasks.

Major Similarities Between Konohana Kitan and Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (The Helpful Fox Senko-san)

1. Working Mystical Beings

For both Yuzu and Senko-san, the hard work they do every day makes them happy, especially as they are providing happiness for others. Though they both are mystical beings, their life spent in service to others is all they could ever want, as long as they have a place and people to return to. Senko-san and Yuzu are hardworking, and they do it all for the people they care about!

2. Pure, Kindhearted Main Characters

Konohana Kitan focuses on Yuzu and her kind, happy personality as she goes about her job with a pleasantness that everyone else is immediately drawn to. When anyone loves what they do, it is evident in the way they carry themselves at work! This goes for Senko-san as well, as she is also driven by the kindhearted intent to make Nakano’s life easier however she can. We know that both of these sweet girls will not be easily forgotten, even long after you’ve finished their respective anime!

3. Calming Vibe

Along with her cheerful disposition, Yuzu manages to give off a calming effect, not only for the visitors to the hot springs and her coworkers but for viewers as well. Her easygoing and happy approach to the everyday moments allows us to look at our own life with a little more appreciation. Senko-san has a very similar personality and calming presence, which we see evident through Nakano’s feeling of being refreshed around her. Though we may not have our own Yuzu or Senko-san to take care of us, simply watching them go about their tasks can help us viewers relax as well!

Liked Konohana Kitan? Watch Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2019 - ongoing

HItoribocchi is possibly the most socially anxious middle school girl in existence, and she has always had trouble making friends. As she enters a brand new middle school, her only friend Yawara Kai tells her that she will not be friends with her anymore until Hitori is able to befriend everyone in her new class! She sets about this task with an admirable determination, despite her other flaws from anxiety holding her back a bit.

Major Similarities Between Konohana Kitan and Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu

1. Funny Moments in the Calm

Though both anime have a calming effect about each episode, Yuzu and Hitori are also the source of the comedy in their respective series. HItoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu is full of adorable, but funny, moments as Hitori tries her best to befriend her classmates with her unique personality. This is similar to Yuzu, whose struggles with her new job lead to a few funny moments as well as she blunders through her tasks.

2. Trying their Best!

Yuzu is incredibly excited and happy about her new job, though she is not very good at it at first. Even though she might struggle to learn her new tasks, she spends each day at work giving it her all! In a similar vein, Hitori struggles with approaching others and making new friends, thanks to her social anxiety and her lack of experience in making friends. Just like Yuzu, she tries her best to fulfill her quest as she goes to school each day!

Final Thoughts

Konohana Kitan is one of the most relaxing anime to watch. If you’ve been looking for other calming anime from this season, both Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san and HItoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu are easy to watch at the end of a long day, and even have a few funny or endearing moments with their respective main characters to make you smile!

What anime do you like to watch at the end of a tough day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Author: Meghan May Dellinger

Konnichiwa! I'm a writer/daydreamer who gets a little lost along the path of life from time to time. I love watching anime and playing all kinds of video games - everything from RPGs to first-person shooters. I hope to be an author someday, but until then, I'll share my words with the world any way I can! I love making new friends, so don't be afraid to leave a comment!

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