Based on the Shogakukan award-winning manga of the same name, InuYasha follows Kagome Higurashi as she is thrust 500 years into Japan’s violent Sengoku period when a demon drags her into a cursed well. She ends up with herself and this powerful jewel called The Shikon Jewel reborn inside her and finds out that it has been stolen from an enemy who seeks revenge against our protagonist!
After a battle with an old demon accidentally causes the sacred jewel to shatter, Kagome enlists the help of Inuyasha. His power is needed in order for them to collect all of these shards so they can put them back together and keep its powers safe from people who would want it out of pure greed or malice. Joining her are Shippo, Miroku, and Sango on their quest across feudal Japan where there will be many threats that arise along the way, but they must set aside differences if need be because this mission should not fail; no matter what obstacles await them!
Inuyasha is one of the best-known anime series in North America, and it was always playing on TV late at night way back when. It’s no surprise that many people stayed up to watch them – some might have just finished rewatching Inuyasha recently! If you’re looking for something similar to watch, then take a look at my list below with nine more shows like this show. Hopefully, they’ll be as enjoyable as your favorite series Inuyasha!
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9. Ushio And Tora
The creature in question is a beast of the ocean who tries to coerce Ushio into releasing him from his five hundred year seal. The young man does not trust Tora’s words and refuses to set him free. But when an outbreak of youkai suddenly threatens all that he holds dear, it leaves no choice but for Ushio to rely on this ancient power if things get out of hand.
Tora is not as evil as he appears, and Ushio gradually becomes friends with the youkai as the show progresses. An action anime that features mythological themes, lots of actions, supernatural elements, and lovable characters, the show also delves into some Japanese mythology as Inuyasha does.
In a time before recorded history, there was an epic battle between Enno Ozuno and Karuma. The evil demon goddess had no intention of giving up without a fight, but thankfully she was defeated by the combined efforts of Zenki – one of three powerful protector demons who were called upon for assistance in this endeavor. Enno sealed Zenki away in a pillar located inside his temple after Karuma was defeated.
One thousand two hundred years after this epic battle, Chiaki, Enno’s descendant, gets by showing tourists around. Her peaceful life in Shikigami-cho is thrown into chaos when a pair of thieves invade the town. They were actually looking for something to do with an Ozuno temple seal, but what pops out is a dark entity that attaches itself to the henchmen. Now, two demonically transformed beings terrorize poor Chiaki as she tries her best to resist them on her own!
This young girl must now take up her family’s responsibilities and save their town from these demons. She will need to summon Zenki to protect her loved ones and all the innocent people who call this place home.
As a fan of the Inuyasha and Kagome relationship, I was excited to watch Zenki. The main characters are nearly identical in personality to Inuyasha and Kagome. Chiaki is like our favorite shrine keeper girl from with a form-changing boy wielding special powers at her side!
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7. Fushigi Yuugi
One fateful day, Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo were visiting the National Library when they suddenly found themselves in a world of mystery. After entering into one of the books with an ancient title, The Universe Of Four Gods; both teenage girls are transported to another time period where they have been taken over by gods who use humans for their own purposes. Suddenly after being given responsibilities from Nippon’s celestial deities – Suzaku Priestess (Miaka) must find all her astral warriors while Seiryuu Priestside (Yui) is manipulated; without knowledge – it becomes clear that these two best friends will struggle against each other until victory can be obtained!
Though Miaka is transported to feudal China instead of Japan like Kagome, both anime tells the story of a modern day girl with special powers sent to ancient times. Fushigi Yuugi and Inuyasha share a lot of similarities. For one thing, they feature a female character in love with food and have no common sense!
6. Rurouni Kenshin
In the final years of Bakumatsu, a man known as Hitokiri Battousai lived and was feared throughout Japan. They said he had no mercy for his enemies but mysteriously disappeared at the peak of the Japanese Revolution. Since then, it has been ten peaceful years, but just hearing him mentioned still strikes terror into veteran’s hearts.
Kenshin Himura, the former assassin who vowed never to kill again, now lives as an inspired swordsman with a cheerful attitude and strong will. He found himself stumbling across Kaoru Kamiya at her kendo dojo. It was being threatened by an impostor claiming to be Battousai, and he decided that it would be best if he helped protect them. He saved this girl from danger in which she allowed him to stay there temporarily. Kenshin is on a journey to save those in need of saving. However, as enemies from the past and present emerge, will he be able to uphold his new ideals?
The historical fantasy anime has a much more reserved main character than Inuyasha but shares the same struggles in connecting with people. Kenshin begins as an outsider but eventually learns how important friendship and relationships can be.
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5. Ranma ½
Ranma Saotome is a top-class martial artist and prodigy at the Anything-Goes school of martial arts. When training in China, he falls into a cursed spring with his father by mistake. Now Ranma turns into a girl when splashed with cold water but can turn back to being male again only if hot water touches him!
Ranma is in for an adventure when he discovers that his father has arranged for him to marry one of the three Tendo daughters. Though Soun learns about Ranma’s predicament, he still wants to go ahead with the engagement and chooses Akane as a bride-to-be who happens to be a skilled martial artist herself and is notorious for hating men.
Ranma and Akane are two teenagers with a love/hate relationship. They seem to constantly be fighting, which is why the audience finds it funny when they go on adventures together, as their arguments make for some good laughs. With a little action scene, a bit of romance, and funny scenes in every episode, Ranma 1/2 is an entertaining anime.
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4. Nura: Rise Of The Yokai Clan
We follow Rikuo Nura, a part-youkai and part-human boy with an unusual upbringing in the mystical world of youkai’s. Rikuo grew up as the young master of his clan that consists mostly of otherworldly beings. He had always been different than other children. He saw them in their true form: as beautiful and benevolent creatures. To most, the creatures of folklore were terrifying and would eat children and enjoyed bloodshed as well. Upon this realization, he vowed to live his life as a normal human.
Rikuo’s everyday life is anything but normal. His goal of becoming a typical high school student has been complicated by his youkai attendant, under the name Tsurara Oikawa, who goes to school alongside him; young onmyouji Yura Keikain and her close friend Kiyotsugu who idolizes youkai and hopes to prove their existence. To make matters worse rivaling entities threaten Rikuo as well as those he cares for most in this world.
Rikuo has to come out of his shell and be a little more open if he wants to protect what’s important. He is the grandson of Nurarihyon, but for him to inherit the title of leader, Rikuo needs an attitude adjustment to properly transform into youkai and use his demonic powers.
The battle between his human self and demon self is the focus of the story. Inuyasha was similar since he had a part-demon, half-human background, which led him to be an outcast in society. There is also a lot of Japanese mythology in this anime that would remind anime fans of Inuyasha.
3. The Twelve Kingdoms
Youko Nakajima has always wanted to be a normal teenage girl. She does what she is asked, gets good grades, is the class president, and even helps her classmates whenever she can, but she never fits in because of her red hair. Youko has nobody she can call a friend because classmates take advantage of her pushover attitude.
Youko is living her normal life, sitting in the middle of class, when a man barges into her classroom and bows before her. His elegant blond hair, long silver robe, black boots–nothing about him suggests he’s from around here! He claims that Youko is his master and belongs on the throne of his kingdom. However, their first meeting ends abruptly as Keiki has been followed by otherworldly beasts called youma. Keiki’s plan to get Youko out of harm’s way goes off without a hitch until two other classmates—Ikuya Asano and Yuka Sugimoto—are caught up in the madness. Though they escape with Keiki into his own realm, their troubles don’t end there as they get separated from Keiki during an attack by youma. Alone in this strange new land, these ordinary students must learn to fend for themselves or die.
This is another anime that follows a female student who finds herself transported into an alternate world. When she arrives, she discovers it’s not feudal Japan as one might expect but instead the Twelve Kingdoms – and her new adventures are just beginning! The story is heavily influenced by Chinese mythology, which is reminiscent of Inuyasha’s Japanese Mythology.
2. The Vision Of Escaflowne
Hitomi Kanzaki is just an ordinary 15-year-old girl with a passion for tarot cards and fortune-telling. Still, one night, Van Fanel suddenly appears from the sky along with a vicious dragon. With Hitomi’s help, Van slays the beast in one swift swipe of his blade and emerges victorious, and she finds herself being whisked away to the world of Gaea.
In this new land, Hitomi soon discovers that Van is the prince of a kingdom and quickly learns he has to defend his homeland against an evil empire. In an attempt to fight them off, Van boards his family’s ancient guymelef Escaflowne—a mechanized battle suit—but fails. Now on the run, Hitomi and Van encounter a handsome Asturian knight named Allen Schezar, who looks exactly like her crush. With some new allies on their side, they strike back against Zaibach as it strives to revive its once all-powerful empire!
Much like Kagome, the female protagonist of this show finds out that she will play an important role in another world. There will also be a budding romance and nice character development. An anime series with fantasy elements, a mix of action, and hints of romance can make it pass as a romance anime, this is a must-watch.
1. Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
One day, an entire forest is set ablaze. It separates the two half-demon children, and Towa ends up in Japan, in the modern period, where she’s found by someone who adopts her as a daughter.
Ten years later, 14-year-old Towa is a relatively well-adjusted student, at least on the surface. One day, she gets unexpected visitors from Feudal Japan: Moroha, a bounty hunter; Setsuna, a demon slayer and Towa’s long-lost twin sister; and Mistress Three-Eyes. Working together, they defeated their foe. But Setsuna has no memory of her.
The anime follows these girls as they endeavor to remedy Setsuna’s memory loss and find the truth about their linked destinies.
This is cheating, though. This anime, like Inuyasha, is the sequel so expect a lot of the same character design, fantasy elements, spiritual powers, and character development.
And that makes up our list of anime like Inuyasha. I hope this list has given you some ideas for anime to watch in the future. If it’s been a while since you’ve watched Inuyasha, then what are you waiting for? Go rewatch your favorite anime series! Comment below and tell me about any other anime recommendations like Inuyasha so we can add them. Have fun watching these great anime!