Nisekoi is a hilarious and entertaining romantic comedy that will keep you hooked from beginning to end! The manga was written by Naoshi Komi illustrated beautifully with gorgeous artwork. This series has been adapted into an anime directed by Akiyuki Shinbo at Shaft and aired for two seasons,
Raku Ichijo, a first-year student at Bonyari High School, is the lone heir to a powerful yakuza clan. Raku made a childhood promise with a childhood friend to get married. Now he only has a lockable pendant and the key she took with her when they parted.
Raku is now a regular adolescent, wanting to avoid his yakuza past while spending his days with his middle school crush Kosaki Onodera. His peace, however, is disturbed when a rival gang invades their territory. To ease tensions between the two factions, Raku is forced to appear to be in a romantic relationship with Chitoge Kirisaki, the attractive daughter of the Bee Hive’s chief. Unfortunately, the reality is distant from this outrageous lie—Raku and Chitoge despise each other from the start, the girl believing he is a weak coward, while Raku finds Chitoge as attractive as a wild gorilla.
Nisekoi depicts the daily antics of this mismatched couple forced to coexist in a fake relationship for the city’s tranquility. With additional girls entering his life, all connected to Raku’s history in some way, his hunt for the one who holds his heart and his promise takes unforeseen turns.
Here’s a list of 23 romantic comedy anime that are similar to Nisekoi: False Love. If you’re looking for more anime about romantic comedy hijinks with harem elements, then you’ll enjoy these titles. Keep in mind that this is just a partial list – there are many more great anime out there waiting to be discovered. So get started and watch some of these amazing shows today!
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- Golden Time
- Love Hina
- OreShura (Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru)
- Nyan Koi!
- The World God Only Knows
- Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!)
- The Quintessential Quintuplets
- School Rumble
- Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku
- To LOVE-Ru
- Oresuki: Are You Really The Only One Who Loves Me?
- We Never Learn
- My Bride is a Mermaid
- Science Fell In Love, So I Tried To Prove It
- Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War
- Masamune-Kun’s Revenge
- My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
- Saekano: How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend
- School Days
- Sumomomo Momomo: Chijou Saikyou no Yome
- Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun (Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun)
Ryuuji Takasu is a kind-hearted high school student who enjoys cleaning, yet his intimidating demeanor often gets him labeled a delinquent. Taiga Aisaka, a little, doll-like pupil, is anything but sweet and vulnerable. Taiga, the “Palmtop Tiger,” is a fiery character with a wooden katana.
An embarrassing mistake brings the two students together. Ryuuji learns that this cute girl has a soft spot for the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who is also his best buddy. Then Ryuuji confesses his crush for Minori Kushieda, Taiga’s best buddy!
Toradora! is a romantic comedy about an eccentric couple who create an unlikely partnership to aid one other with their crushes.
Banri Tada suffers from amnesia as a result of a catastrophic incident, erasing his memories of his hometown and history. However, after meeting Mitsuo Yanagisawa, he decides to leave and start a new life in law school in Tokyo. But, just as he’s settling into college life, the stunning Kouko Kaga unexpectedly enters Banri’s life, and their chance meeting marks the start of an extraordinary year.
Banri discovers that he is in a new place and a new world after experiencing college life—a place where he can be reborn, make new friends, fall in love, make errors, and grow. And as he begins to realize who he is, the route he has chosen leads him to a blindingly bright existence that he will never forget.
Keitaro Urashima promised a girl he’d see her at Tokyo University when he was a kid. The National Practice Exam placed Keitaro 27th from the bottom. Keitaro planned to stay at his grandmother’s hotel while he finished his studies at Tokyo University, only to discover that the hotel had been converted into an all-girls dorm. Keitaro became the dorm manager through a strange twist of fate and began living with five other pretty girls.
OreShura (Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru)
The infidelity of Eita Kidou’s parents shattered his family and left him wary of love. Eita spends his entire high school career studying to become a doctor.
Masuzu Natsukawa, the lovely and popular girl, quickly noticed Eita’s disinterest. Tired of being the center of attention, she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend. But when Eita refuses, Masuzu employs one last trick: threatening to publish his embarrassing journal online if he does not cooperate.
Eita’s life is flipped upside down by a fake romance with the school’s most coveted female. From peer envy to a confession, he must deal with his newfound love and all its tribulations while still aiming for medical school.
Although this one is a bit far from Nisekoi, it involves a bit of romance, harem elements, and lots of comedy.
Junpei Kousaka is a second-year high school student with a cat allergy, which has made him despise cats and all things cat-related. His family, an alienated childhood buddy, and even his crush Kaede Mizuno are all cat lovers.
On his way home from school, Junpei casually kicks an empty can into the trash but misses. Instead of the trash, the can breaks the head of a cat deity statue. That fateful day, he is plagued with understanding cat speech. But he must keep his curse hidden from others, lest they suffer the same fate as him.
Junpei must complete a hundred nice deeds for cats to lift the curse, guided by his cat Nyamsus. If he fails to finish this mission, he will turn into a cat, which is fatal due to his allergy!
The World God Only Knows
Keima Katsuragi, the famed “God of Conquest” in dating sim games, can win any girl’s heart. In actuality, he prefers the two-dimensional realm of gaming over real life due to his unhealthy otaku obsession.
He is misled into helping a naive and mischievous demon from hell named Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima with her mission: recovering wayward wicked spirits that have fled from hell and spread themselves throughout the human world. Keima discovers that the only way to catch these spirits is to conquer his greatest fear: three-dimensional females’ hearts! Keima’s “God of Conquest” status is now put to the ultimate test as he must navigate through the hearts of a multiplicity of real-life girls.
The setting may seem like that of a harem anime, but this anime goes beyond that fake relationship and harem plot. There are some emotional scenes here and there that are really relatable to us otakus.
Kazuya Kinoshita, a 20-year-old college student, has a lovely girlfriend, Mami Nanami. But now he doesn’t. Mami abruptly dumps him, leaving him discouraged and lonely. He rents a girlfriend using an online app to relieve his discomfort. Chizuru Mizuhara, his partner, wins Kazuya’s attention with her stunning beauty and sweet nature.
Kazuya believes Chizuru’s pleasant smile and loving personality were all an act to play with his heart, and he judges her poorly. Excitable Chizuru lashes out at him, showing her true pert and hot-tempered side. In the middle of this one-sided argument, Kazuya learns that his grandmother has collapsed.
They rush to the hospital and discover Kazuya’s grandmother well. Chizuru’s presence baffles her. Kazuya announces their love on a whim, compelling Chizuru to play along. But how long can this tough client and reluctant rental girlfriend keep up their fake romance with Kazuya still attached to Mami?
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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!)
Almost everyone has had a moment in their lives where they felt special, apart from the bulk of ordinary folks. They may even believe they possess mysterious powers or are descended from a mythical land. In Japanese, it is called “chuunibyou” and causes many of the most embarrassing situations in a person’s life.
Yuuta Togashi still bears the wounds of his chuunibyou. He is so ashamed of having posed as the “Dark Flame Master” in middle school that he decides to attend a high school where no one would know him. He longs to live a normal high school life, his dark past behind him.
Unfortunately, Rikka Takanashi, Yuuta’s new classmate, and self-proclaimed “Wicked Eye” vessel, haven’t. His idea of an average, chuunibyou-free life crumbles when this crazy young girl comes into his life. The old fantasies are far from gone in this amusing and uplifting story of a child who just wants to forget his unpleasant recollections.
What makes it similar is not the romance and fake girlfriend premise, but the way Yuuta and Raku desperately want to distance themselves from the past only to be pulled in and stay involved because of a girl.
The Quintessential Quintuplets
Fuutarou Uesugi is a brilliant high school student with a rough existence. His aloofness and reclusiveness have left him without friends, and his father‘s debt has left his family struggling.
When Uesugi gets into a fight with a female transfer student over “his seat,” both of them end up hating each other. He is offered a five-times-market-rate job coaching a wealthy family’s daughter on the same day. But when he accepts the proposition, he finds out that the client is Itsuki Nakano, the same girl he had an argument with!
After failing to win back Itsuki’s favor, Uesugi discovers that he must also instruct her four sisters, Miku, Yotsuba, Nino, and Ichika, who, despite the prospect of failing, refuse to accept a tutor. Given the stakes, Uesugi is determined to dispel the sisters’ disdain for studying and bring them to graduation.
The words “I love you” change everything – that’s high school romance. Second-year student Tenma Tsukamoto wants to express her feelings to the boy she loves. Kenji Harima, a famous delinquent, is in a similar situation, unable to communicate with his beloved. With school, friends, rivalries, and interests, these two will discover that high school romance is not for the faint of heart, especially as misconceptions exacerbate their situation.
Tenma and Kenji both fight to capture the hearts of people they adore in School Rumble, a high-octane romantic comedy filled with familiar situations.
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku
Narumi Momose is late for her first day of work at a new office after sleeping through all four of her alarms. As she rushes to catch her train, she vows to keep her terrible secret: she is an otaku and a fujoshi. Her plot goes astray when she meets up with Hirotaka Nifuji, an old middle school pal. Her cover is blown when he casually asks if she will be attending the forthcoming Summer Comiket. Luckily, the only witnesses are otaku too: Hanako Koyanagi and Tarou Kabakura.
The two go out for drinks later that night to catch up after all these years. To remedy the situation, Hirotaka advises Narumi to date one of his own kind. He promises to always be there for her, to help her farm rare drops in Monster Hunter. Narumi quickly accepts the suggestion. So the two geeky office workers begin their adorable awkward romance.
Rito Yuuki, 16, hasn’t confessed his feelings for Haruna Sairenji, a classmate he’s admired since junior high. Sadly, one night, a mysterious, naked girl crashes straight on top of a bathing Rito.
Rito learns that the girl, Lala Satalin Deviluke, is the crown princess of an alien empire who has fled her country. Despite being the heiress to the galaxy’s most powerful empire, Lala is eager to marry the unassuming Rito to avoid an unwelcome political marriage.
To LOVE-Ru illustrates Rito’s daily battles with the weird pandemonium that Lala brings. To LOVE-Ru is a romantic comedy consisting of slapstick humor, attractive alien girls, outlandishly vulgar events, and exaggerated comedy that break the rules of physics.
Oresuki: Are You Really The Only One Who Loves Me?
“Jouro” Kisaragi, a second-year high school student, has two dates in one weekend: Saturday with student council president Sakura “Cosmos” Akino, and Sunday with childhood friend Aoi “Himawari” Hinata. Sadly for Jouro, both girls profess their love for his baseball teammate Taiyou “Sun-chan” Ooga. Accepting both requests for counsel, he is now responsible for helping both females win the same guy’s love.
Jouro’s genial and naive demeanor is a cover to present himself as the clueless protagonist of a conventional romantic comedy. Under his cheerful exterior, he devises a new plan: get Sun-chan to choose between Cosmos and Himawari, and claim the other as his prize. But Sumireko “Pansy” Sanshokuin, the gloomy four-eyed Sumireko Sanshokuin, threatens Jouro’s last-ditch effort by revealing his actual self.
In this comically chaotic circumstance, each of the five pupils must overcome numerous lies, traps, and misunderstandings.
We Never Learn
Poor Nariyuki Yuiga is working hard to get a VIP scholarship, which would cover all of his college tuition. As a reward for his hard work, he gets a prestigious scholarship from the headmaster.
One condition, though: He has to coach the school’s geniuses in their weakest subjects! Rizu Ogata, a math genius who wants to study humanities, Fumino Furuhashi, a literary genius who wants to study science, and Yuiga’s hopelessness at everything else childhood friend Uruka Takemoto are all among his new students.
In a series of odd and amusing activities, Yuiga tries to instruct his three eccentric tutees in Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai. But, as Ogata’s and Furuhashi’s objectives clash with their talents, will Yuiga be able to assist his students in realizing their goals?
My Bride is a Mermaid
Nagasumi Michishio visits the Seto Inland Sea on his summer vacation. His leg cramps one day while swimming at Mio Sun Beach. No one hears his desperate calls for aid, so he slips into the waves and drowns alone. A mermaid emerges just as he loses consciousness and saves his life.
That night, Nagasumi is saved by Sun Seto, a mermaid from a yakuza family. According to mermaid law, a mermaid who reveals her identity to a human must be executed. Nagasumi must marry Sun or face death at the hands of Gouzaburou, Sun’s father and the Seto clan’s lord. Nagasumi has no choice but to marry her.
Now the newlyweds must keep their romance hidden. The two develop a true and innocent love as they adjust to their new life despite Gouzaburou’s relentless attempts on Nagasumi’s life and a host of other villains.
Science Fell In Love, So I Tried To Prove It
Science is often believed to explain the universe’s numerous phenomena. But science has yet to solve or quantify many facets of our existence. The most famous is love. Daring and quick-witted Saitama University academics strive to apply scientific theory to such an elaborate and complex emotion.
One day, Ayame Himuro, a brave and beautiful scientist, proclaims her love for Shinya Yukimura. Recognizing his lack of experience with romance, Yukimura wonders what makes love and whether he is in love with Himuro. Both oblivious to the nuances of love, they decide to undertake elaborate tests on one another to see if they have the same features.
Can Himuro and Yukimura successfully apply scientific theory to quantify their love for one another with the support of their friends?
Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War
Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are two of Shuchiin Academy’s top students. As student council president, Miyuki is regarded as the best in the country by her peers and mentors. With him, vice president Kaguya—the eldest daughter of Shinomiya’s affluent family—performs admirably in every imaginable field. The whole school’s jealous of this couple.
Despite their affection for each other, neither wants to admit it. Anyone who admits defeat will be looked down upon and regarded as “the lesser of two evils.” Both Miyuki and Kaguya are equally motivated to be the one to emerge victorious on the battlefield of love.
Masamune Makabe was rejected as a youngster by a rich, attractive girl named Aki Adagaki, who gave him the nickname “Piggy” because he was overweight. Masamune, who was devastated, put forth a lot of effort to work out in order to enhance his appearance. Masamune, now an attractive but narcissistic high school student, is determined to exact vengeance: he will make Aki fall madly in love with him and then reject her the next time they meet.
Masamune is surprised to learn that he has transferred to Aki’s school. Masamune begins to build a relationship with the “Brutal Princess” after putting his plan into action, but despite his efforts, he fails horribly. Surprisingly, when Masamune finally gets down to carrying out his vengeance, he receives a cryptic letter addressed to him by his old nickname. Masamune’s scheme is ruined before it even begins unless he discovers the sender’s identity!
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
Hachiman Hikigaya is a narcissistic and semi-nihilistic high school student. He is sure that joyous youth is a hoax and that anyone who claims differently is deceiving themselves.
He gets a unique punishment for writing an article criticizing modern social connections: he has to join the Volunteer Service Organization, a club that helps students achieve their goals. Having only the beautiful ice queen, Yukino Yukinoshita as a club member, puts Hachiman in the middle of other people’s problems, which he never imagined. When Hachiman and Yukino use their wits to figure out how to solve many of the students’ problems, will Hachiman’s skewed perception of society be a burden or a benefit?
Saekano: How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend
Over the years, otaku Tomoya Aki has collected anime and light novels, getting attached to a wide range of series with intriguing tales and characters. Now Tomoya wants to give others the same experience by making his own game, but he can’t do it on his own.
In addition to directing, he invited childhood pal Eriri Spencer Sawamura to illustrate and literary elite Utaha Kasumigaoka to write. Once he’s got a super-group, Tomoya just needs someone to base his character on, and he finds that in Megumi Kato, the lovely, gentle girl.
Tomoya has built a new doujin circle that’s meant to touch the hearts of people who play his game. His mind doesn’t comprehend that the creators had to go through similar experiences to elicit these emotions.
Makoto Itou, a high school freshman, first notices Kotonoha Katsura at the start of his second semester. He is immediately captivated by her attractiveness, but his shyness prevents him from approaching her, despite taking the same train every day. Instead, he secretly takes a photo of her and sets it as his phone’s wallpaper: a charm that, if kept hidden, is said to let you recognize your love. Sekai Saionji, a classmate, notices the image and, instead of ratting him out, promises to help him set up with Kotonoha, even befriending her just for him. As a result, the three form an unplanned bond.
School Days explores the lives of three teenagers as they navigate the joys and tribulations of adolescence. The story of these three students, vibrant and filled with passion and melancholy, will linger in the memory long beyond the dramatic finale.
Sumomomo Momomo: Chijou Saikyou no Yome
Koushi Inuzuka is a bright high school student pursuing a career as a public prosecutor. Unfortunately for our hero, he was born into a martial arts household whose leader (his father) speaks only one language: violence. When Koushi was a newborn, his father negotiated a deal with his strongest adversary to marry Koushi to the daughter of his opponent-turned-friend. The merger of the two bloodlines is meant to produce Earth’s most powerful martial arts clan.
Tome skip: Koushi is in high school, blissfully unaware of the marriage arranged for him at birth. Momoko Kuzuryuu, sugar bomb, airhead, loli martial arts artist, and Koushi’s self-proclaimed bride, enters the picture. Her urge for sexual intercourse is met with Koushi’s flat refusal, as he has no desire to get it on with somebody who looks like she could be his baby sister, not to mention that he has no clue who she is.
Meanwhile, a civil war has erupted between the martial arts families. This signifies that many warriors are out to challenge/assassinate Koushi. As if it weren’t enough, our protagonist has a fight phobia as a result of a horrific occurrence in his childhood. Momoko and her extraordinary combat abilities must now protect her “husband.” Will the two sweethearts make it through the difficulties and tribulations that await them? More significantly, will Momoko be able to have a baby from Koushi?
Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun (Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun)
Shungo Ninomiya is a typical high school student who lives with his elder sister Ryoko while she isn’t away working as a mercenary. But Shungo’s life changes when a gorgeous girl named Mayu Tsukimura arrives in a military-grade helicopter. Ryoko sent this girl and her older brother Mikihiro to live with the Ninomiyas.
But the newcomers are unique: Mayu is a succubus, and her brother an incubus! Mayu suffers from androphobia (fear of men), which Shungo must assist her in overcoming at his sister’s request. Ryoko intends to force Mayu closer to Shungo by making them share a bed and even a bath.
Reika Houjou, the new maid of the Ninomiya family, is determined to stop Shungo and Mayu’s sexual training. Shungo’s normal life is set to be thrown into chaos by these strange occurrences.
And there it is, anime fans, 23 anime recommendations similar to Nisekoi. Did we miss your favorite anime series? Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite or which ones we missed so we can enrich our anime series experience.