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Adorable babies. This is definitely the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the Gakuen Babysitters anime, a shoujo series devoted to cuteness, family moments, brotherly bonds and amusing comedy. It is the kind of iyashikei anime which is very soothing and entertaining to watch.
Gakuen Babysitters follows the story of the Kashima brothers who due to a tragic accident lost their parents and are now living with the chairwoman of the Morinomiya Academy, whose son was also killed in the same accident. Ryu is enrolled in the Academy but as he follows his studies he is told to become the first member of the ‘Babysitters Club’ so he can take care of his brother and the staff’s babies when their parents are working. Although there is a certain sadness in some of the stories, it always ends up on a cheerful note.
If you really enjoyed Gakuen Babysitters and you are searching for something similar to watch, MANGA.TOKYO has again prepared a list of 10 anime titles that resemble it in many ways. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
A family-friendly anime where once again a child comes to terms with the death of a parent. Daikichi’s grandfather dies and he leaves behind his young daughter named Rin. While the rest of the family can’t seem to figure out what to do with her, Daikichi decides to take care of her himself but he has no clue as to how to raise a child plus he is not very comfortable around kids. While trying to help her deal with her father’s death, he starts dealing with all the normal everyday problems of a parent: enroll her in school, teach her about life etc.
Although Usagi Drop offers a more serious vibe than Gakuen Babysitters, both series are heart-warming slice-of-life anime that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Also, Rin will remind you of Kotaro a lot, especially in the beginning, since she is also very reserved and quiet.
Another comedy shoujo title which might focus more on the romance side of it but is still amazingly cute. Kippei, an irresponsible male teenager that has only one thing in his mind: girls, has to take care of a five-year-old girl who was abandoned by her mother. While trying to balance between high school life and the romance between him and his friend Kokoro, he tries to get his life together and learn how to take care of Yuzuyu and how he can be more reliable for her.
Think of it like the teenage version of Usaida taking care of an older version of Midori and there you go! If you enjoyed the high-school related comedy of Gakuen Babysitters, the romance and the cuteness then you should definitely check out Aishiteruze Baby, a classic and very nostalgic title.
A comedic slice-of-life with a sad undertone. Handa Seishuu, an award-winning young calligrapher from Tokyo who is extremely moody and borderline narcissistic, is enraged by a judge’s critique of his work and punches him in the face. In order to reflect on his behavior, his father sends him to the rural area of Goto Island where he has to face a completely different lifestyle. As he tries to focus and develop his art, he has to deal with the neighborhood children that have turned his house into a secret base and his neighbors that keep bothering him.
If you liked the crazy stories that the characters found themselves because of the babies in Gakuen Babysitters, you will adore the crazy things the kids do to Handa in Barakamon. Imagine that Naru looks like an older version of Taka; with this I’m pretty sure you know what to expect. Also, Daisuke Ono, who voices Saiwaka, is the voice actor for the main character Handa, so if you love him as much as I do, make sure to check it out!
Souta Tawara, a 30-year-old web designer, takes a leave from his job in Tokyo and goes back to his hometown to sort out some family affairs. He sees his father’s udon restaurant and the house he grew up in empty and he is ridden with guilt. As he starts questioning his choices in life and trying to see what he should do, he finds a young boy sleeping in his father’s old kitchen pot who turns out to be a shape-shifting tanuki. After naming him Poco, he decides to take him under his care and they start creating strong bonds together.
Poco looks really similar to Takuma with the exception that Poco has green eyes and that well… he is actually a tanuki. Even though Poco’s Udon World adds the supernatural element to a slice-of-life anime it has a similar vibe with Gakuen Babysitters, with Poco being super adorable all the time.
The 90s version of Gakuen Babysitters. Enoki Takuya, a ten-year-old boy whose mother just passed away is now leaving with his father and baby brother. With his father working to support the family, Takuya must now take the responsibility of taking care of Minoru. Trying to balance between his childhood and Minoru, he starts developing a love-hate relationship with him but still tries hard to be a caring and inspiring brother for him.
Both stories talk about students taking care of their young sibling in the absence of their parents and most of the events are placed in the nursery or daycare. Gakuen Babysitters and Aka-chan to Boku focus on the struggle of the main characters to balance their social and school life as well as taking care of their brothers. They will both make you laugh and shed tears with the unexpected subtle drama of their backstories.
More like a dinner table drama that focuses on how a single parent is raising his kid but still quite similar to Gakuen Babysitters. Kouhei Inuzuka, a math teacher, has lost his wife and is trying his best to raise his young daughter, Tsumugi. Having no culinary skills whatsoever, after an encounter with one of his students, Kotori Iida, he decides to start taking cooking classes to learn how to prepare proper meals for his daughter.
Plot-wise they are quite different, but in general, they have a similar setting with an uplifting and hopeful way of looking into everyday life problems. Also, Tsumugi has similar traits with Kirin since she is a lovely and loving young daughter who is a great fan of Magical Girls.
A kindergarten-related anime but with completely different motives. Tsuchida, who just started working at the Hanamaru Kindergarten, wants to become a great teacher and above all, start dating the pretty Yamamoto-sensei who supervises the class next door. Anzu, who is one of his students in kindergarten, plans to marry him when she grows older but her efforts to get his affectionate attention fail.
Hanamaru Youchien is more of a family-friendly comedy anime with no drama like in Gakuen Babysitters. They are both all about childcare and adorable little kids with interesting personalities that will make you laugh and be all ‘kawaii’ but I warn you, Hanamaru Youchien is more seinen than shoujo.
You might wonder what the hell I am talking about. ‘Natsume Yuujinchou has nothing to do with Gakuen Babysitters, this is absolute bullsh*t!’ Before you throw me in recommendations Hell, hear me out. Natsume is a lonely high school student who since a very young age has inherited from his grandmother the ability to see and interact with spirits. Along with his ability, his grandmother left him the ‘Book of Friends’, a book that contains the names of all the spirits his grandma defeated and subjugated. He then decides to free and release all the spirits that are mentioned in it as well as protect the book from people who want to misuse it.
Their plot is completely different but since they are made from the same studio, Brain’s Base, the style and the design of the anime is very similar. They both share a calming feeling with main characters that have very similar personalities, as they don’t like to cause trouble for those around them. Both anime are episodic and focus on teenagers taking care of a child, in Natsume Yuujinchou’s case a fat annoying cat who likes to drink.
Yuuta Segawa and his older sister Yuri have lost their parents at a young age. His sister chose to raise him by herself instead of having them be separated. Yuuta is now a university student and his sister asks him to babysit her daughters as she and her husband would like to go on a trip. Unfortunately, the plane crashes and they are reported missing. Yuuta then decides to take custody of his nieces Hina, Sora, and Miu and look after them.
The base of the plot is pretty much the same and both are overall happy anime but with a deeper meaning. Listen to Me Girls, I’m Your Father! is also a comedy slice-of-life that revolves around caring for kids with the figure of an older brother type of character who has to take care of them.
Okay let me put a disclaimer: the only reason why this anime is on this list it’s because there is a baby involved in the plot. Ishiyama High is a school full of delinquents, including Oga who is the legendary badass and most vicious fighter in the school. One day he encounters a man floating in the river. When he retrieves him, the man splits open to reveal a baby inside – but it’s no ordinary baby… He is the son of a Demon Lord. Now he finds himself in a situation where he has to battle rival gangs, be on good terms with Hildegard, the baby’s demon maid, and take care and raise Baby Beel in the best way he can.
The anime involves superpowers, demons, and delinquents and it’s no way similar to the calm and happy feeling that Gakuen Babysitters offers, but it’s very funny and Baby Beel is equally adorable with all the kids from Gakuen Babysitters.
Most of these titles (except maybe Beelzebub) are in a very happy, relaxing, and easy going setting, perfect for anyone who wants to watch something heart-warming and uplifting. They involve both pleasant comedy and light drama and they will definitely make you shed some tears and laugh at the same time.
Don’t forget to check the rest of our recommendations articles and let us know in the comments which anime, games, manga, or light novels you want us to bring a 10 X Like Y article and we will get it done!
Keep warm this winter season with the latest anime info at MANGA.TOKYO!
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