Spy x Family was one of the most anticipated anime of the Spring 2022 season, and it did not disappoint. Anya’s antics with Loid and Yor as they try to figure out how to act like a normal family despite their odd professions are as heartwarming as they are hilarious. It’s not surprising that fans are looking for more shows like this surefire hit. Fortunately, there are some fantastic anime available for those who are interested. Here’s our Top 10 Anime Like Spy x Family
10. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
Fumoffu is a comedy classic that follows Sousuke Sagara’s earnest attempts to protect Kaname Chidori while undercover at the latter’s school. Although danger lurks around every corner in the main seasons, the same cannot be said for Fumoffu, which does not stop Sousuke from treating every development as a life or death situation.
Fumoffu makes more use of slapstick humor than Spy x Family, but both feature protagonists who are trying to keep up appearances for the greater good. Sousuke stands out like a sore thumb in comparison to Loid Forger’s ability to blend in, and Chidori is usually the one who has to clean up his messes.
Kakushigoto has a very entertaining sense of humor, many puns, and references and overall, it is just a heartwarming slice of life about a father that only wants the best for his daughter.
Plot Summary: Kakushi Goto is a weekly manga artist known for ecchi action titles like Balls of Fury and Tights in the Wind, but he decided when his daughter Hime was born that he would be mortified if she ever found out, so he has always disguised his true occupation from her. To that end he leaves home in a business suit every day, only to change on the way to the apartment he uses as a studio. Only when Hime turns 18 will she be allowed to learn the truth. But that means there are several close calls as she is growing up.
8. Bunny Drop
Usagi Drop is the story of Daikichi’s journey through fatherhood as he raises Rin with his gentle and affectionate nature, as well as an exploration of the warmth and interdependence that are at the heart of a happy, close-knit family.
Plot Summary: Daikichi Kawachi is a 30-year-old bachelor working a respectable job but otherwise wandering aimlessly through life. When his grandfather suddenly passes away, he returns to the family home to pay his respects. Upon arriving at the house, he meets a mysterious young girl named Rin who, to Daikichi’s astonishment, is his grandfather’s illegitimate daughter!
P.S. Please don’t read the manga after you’ve watched the anime. No matter how much you liked the anime, just DON’T!
A yakuza member finds himself suddenly caring for a young girl with supernatural abilities? This supernatural anime comedy shares many similarities with Spy x Family but differs significantly in tone.
Plot Summary: While reveling in the successful clinching of a prized vase for his collection, Yoshifumi Nitta, a yakuza member, is rudely interrupted when a large, peculiar capsule suddenly materializes and falls on his head. He opens the capsule to reveal a young, blue-haired girl, who doesn’t divulge anything about herself but her name—Hina—and the fact that she possesses immense powers. As if things couldn’t get any worse, she loses control and unleashes an explosion if her powers remain unused. Faced with no other choice, Nitta finds himself becoming her caregiver.
6. Kotaro Lives Alone
Those who want to see what a rambunctious child-like Anya would do if she lived alone will enjoy this anime. While what happened to Kotaro’s family remains a mystery, the four-year-old now lives by himself and gets up to mischief.
Plot Summary: One day, manga author Shin Karino is greeted by four-year-old Kotarou Satou, his new next-door neighbor, who gifts him a box of tissues. In Karino’s eyes, Kotarou is an odd kid: he speaks in an extremely formal manner, and he lives alone in his apartment—no parents or relatives in sight. But Kotarou neither seems to mind nor wants to rely on people.
Feeling sympathetic toward Kotarou’s circumstances, Karino decides to follow Kotarou to a bathhouse in case something might happen to him and there he comes to understand the little boy is not so different from him. Little by little, Karino—along with the other residents of the apartment complex—grows fond of Kotarou and his antics. At the same time, Kotarou himself might have found something akin to a family in his unique neighbors.
5. Listen To Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!
Yuuta was raised by his sister since he was a child after his parents died. He can’t say no when she asks him to watch her own daughters while she goes on an overseas trip with her husband. But when the couple’s plane goes missing and they are presumed dead, he is forced to take permanent care of the three girls so they are not separated in foster care.
The story of Yuuta gradually becoming a father figure to the three girls as they mourn the loss of their parents is emotionally charged for a comedic slice of life show.
4. Princess Principal
Princess Principal is more focused on the spy side of things, with several elite girls from Queen’s Mayfaire school working as undercover agents. Dorothy oversees the collaboration of Ange le Carré, Chise, and Beatrice.
Plot Summary: In the early 20th century, the discovery of the substance Cavorite allowed the production of advanced military technology and steered the country toward conflict. London is now divided by a wall, and the Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Albion battle a silent war where espionage is the only weapon that can destabilize the enemy. A group of girls from the prestigious Queen’s Mayfaire school work as undercover spies for the Commonwealth.
Led by Dorothy, an experienced driver with a striking personality, their group includes the talents of Ange le Carré, a cold-blooded liar and expert sharpshooter; Chise, a proficient samurai; and Beatrice, a voice-mimicking specialist. They use their unique individual skills for the Commonwealth to survive in a dark world filled with conspiracy, mystery, and infiltration. In the shadow of the war, they have only one goal in mind: completing their mission.
3. Aishiteruze Baby
Kippei and Yuzuyu have a hard road ahead of them but the journey to get to the light at the end of the tunnel is one that viewers will be glued to until it finishes.
Plot Summary: Katakura Kippei is in every way a high school playboy. Spending his days flirting with any female he can see, responsibility is the last thing on his mind. Life takes an unexpected turn for him as one day he returns home to find himself with the full-time task of caring for his 5-year-old cousin. Kippei’s aunt Miyako had disappeared, appearing to have abandoned his cousin, Yuzuyu. With Kippei’s lack of responsibility and knowledge of childcare and Yuzuyu’s injured heart with the disappearance of her mother, their time together is in for a bumpy ride.
2. Sweetness & Lightning
Amaama to Inazuma follows the heartwarming story of a caring father trying his hardest to make his adorable little daughter happy while exploring the meanings and values behind cooking, family, and the warm meals at home that are often taken for granted.
Plot Summary: Since the death of his wife, Kouhei Inuzuka has been caring for his young daughter Tsumugi to the best of his abilities. However, with his lack of culinary knowledge and his busy job as a teacher, he is left relying on ready-made meals from convenience stores to feed the little girl. Frustrated at his own incapability to provide a fresh, nutritious meal for his daughter, Kouhei takes up an offer from his student, Kotori Iida, to come have dinner at her family’s restaurant. But on their very first visit, the father and daughter discover that the restaurant is often closed due to Kotori’s mother being away for work and that Kotori often eats alone. After much pleading from his pupil, Kouhei decides to continue to go to the restaurant with Tsumugi to cook and share delicious homemade food with Kotori.
1. The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED
Daisuke Kanbe, a man of extraordinary wealth, is assigned to the Modern Crime Prevention Headquarters as a detective. It is there that he gets partnered with Haru Katou, a humane detective who values justice above all. The two are polar opposites, and their morals clash time and time again. Haru despises Daisuke for using monetary wealth to solve cases, as he believes that money isn’t everything. The two will have to combine their efforts, however, to solve the mysteries that are coming their way.
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