Living in a world of nineteenth-century Scotland through the anime Hakushaku to Yousei (Earl and Fairy) is really fascinating. It’s one of those anime that does shoujo romance well. This anime is an interesting mixture of heart-warming and hilarious moments, with an interesting plot, a supernatural world, and, ofcourse, lots of romance. If you’re looking for more anime like it, make sure to read all of the animes on this list. Here are the best animes similar to Hakushaku to Yousei (Earl and Fairy).
- Episodes: 10
- Studios: Studio Deen
- Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Josei
- Aired: Jan 5, 2008, to Mar 8, 2008
Earl and Fairy is a romance with magical creatures included in the story. If this is what you’re looking for, Hatenkou Yugi is an anime you must check out. It follows the adventures of an intelligent and confident girl, Rahzel. She comes from a wealthy family but is sent away from her house. She begins on a journey and meets with two men with very different personalities, Heat, and Alzeid. The three go on an exciting trip to discover the world, helping many people along the way using her magical abilities.
Both these anime have female protagonists with strong personalities who are capable of using magic. The stories are intensely romantic, with lots of adventure to go around.
- Episodes: 26
- Studios: J.C.Staff
- Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo
- Aired: Apr 2, 2010, to Sep 24, 2010
Misaki is the first female student council president of her school. A school that recently made the transition from all-boys to co-ed. She is called the “demon president” because of her strict nature and skills in Aikido. However, this seemingly perfect president has secrets of her own.
Misaki works part-time in a maid cafe to help her family make ends meet, and this embarrassing secret is discovered by the most popular guy in her class, Takumi. This anime is a rom-com, and like Hakushaku to Yousei, it has a mysterious and handsome guy falling for the female protagonist, who is reluctant to let him close.
- Episodes: 24
- Studios: A-1 Pictures
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Comedy, Historical, Demons, Supernatural, Shounen
- Aired: Oct 3, 2008, to Mar 27, 2009
Drowned in sorrow after his parent’s death, a young Ciel forms a pact with the devil. He asks for revenge against the culprits that killed them, giving away his soul in exchange. As a result, the demon named Sebastian stays by Ciel’s side, helping him out as a butler with his quest on Earth, eagerly waiting to feast on the boy’s soul.
Sebastian does everything and more than you’d hope from a butler and makes for the perfect partner in Ciel’s detective work. The two form a bond that no one can break. Black Butler is also an anime set in the nineteenth century and has elements of magic and action. However, it is primarily a bishounen with great comedy.
- Episodes: 24
- Studios: Wit Studio
- Genres: Slice of Life, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen
- Aired: Oct 8, 2017, to Mar 25, 2018
Chise was abandoned by her parents at a young age. Her relatives and society taunted her peculiar behavior, and to get away from this place, she decided to sell herself at an auction. The high school student was bought by a masked man for five million pounds. Following the mysterious man, Chise soon finds herself in a study, and it is here that the man reveals that he is a magus.
Soon, Chise is transported by the magus to her cottage in England, where she is greeted by fairies and other extraordinary creatures. We follow her adventures as she begins to train and learn to become the magus’s wife. If you’re fascinated by the setting of Earl and Fairy and its roots in British folklore, you must watch this anime.
- Episodes: 24
- Studios: Gonzo
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance
- Aired: Apr 5, 2007, to Sep 26, 2007
This anime takes us to the floating continent of Neo Verona. The kingdom of this continent is ruled by the Capulet family. In order to seize control over the kingdom, the Montague family attacks and murders the members of the Capulet family. However, the true heir to the throne, Juliet Capulet, is taken into safety and hidden away for 14 years in hopes that she would take control back from the cruel Montague empire.
Juliet currently helps her people by protecting them as a vigilante called the Red Whirlwind. When she once meets the son of the tyrannical ruler of the Montague empire, a kind man named Romeo. The two fall in love at first sight. How will their love, cursed by an unfavorable destiny, survive in a world where they are meant to be sore enemies? Like Earl And Fairy, this series is set in Europe and involves themes of magic and romance.
- Episodes: 25
- Studios: Xebec
- Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural
- Aired: Apr 3, 2009, to Sep 25, 2009
Oz Vessalius lives a life of luxury and is the heir to the Vessalius Duke House. He has grown up listening to tales of the place called the Abyss, containing monstrous creatures called “Chains.” He has always believed this to be a place of folklore; a mythical land used to frighten misbehaving children.
However, during his coming-of-age ceremony, he is kidnapped by the wicked Baskerville Clan and banished to live a life in the Abyss. Stripped away from his luxurious lifestyle and thrown down into one of despair and danger, he is desperate to get out. Oz soon finds assistance from a few mysterious people and realizes that his life has more meaning than he believed.
This anime shares many features with Hakushaku to Yousei- both have romantic and bishounen themes. They are reverse harems set in England and deal with magical abilities.
- Episodes: 1- (1 hr 59 min)
- Studios: Studio Ghibli
- Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
- Released: Nov 20, 2004
Sophie lives in a small town and is the daughter of a hatmaker. She works hard in her father’s shop and doesn’t expect much from the future. She often listens to tales of a wizard named Howl, who has powerful magical abilities and travels in a spectacular floating castle.
Sophie’s life takes a drastic turn when she is caught up in a dangerous situation and saved by the mysterious wizard. Moreover, she comes against the vengeful Witch of the Waste, who curses Sophie, turning her into an old woman. In order to get back her body, Sophie must begin a journey along with Howl, a dangerous adventure that will completely change the town girl’s life. Howl’s Moving Castle is a well-known Studio Ghibli anime that was even nominated for the Academy Awards. It’s set in England and deals with magic. The female protagonist is also similar to the one in Earl and Fairy.
- Episodes: 13
- Studios: TMS Entertainment
- Genres: Comedy, Demons, Supernatural, Romance, Fantasy, Shoujo
- Aired: Oct 2, 2012, to Dec 25, 2012
Nanami is having a hard time in life as her father, who rarely stays at home, sinks deeper into debt, and their family is forced to sell away all their belongings. Later on, she finds a man in danger from a dog and helps him. Surprisingly, he offers her a home after listening to her sad story. Happy that she will no longer be homeless, Nanami heads over to the house that she finds out to be a rundown shrine.
Thus begins a new life for the girl. She is soon faced with the realization that she has been made the Goddess of this shrine, and its many mythical creatures are meant to serve her. We watch as an interesting relationship grows between the Goddess and her new familiar, Tomoe. If you like the magical and romantic aspects of Earl and Fairy, mixed with some exciting action and cold male characters, this anime is one you must watch.
- Episodes: 24
- Studios: Bones
- Genres: Mystery, Historical, Drama, Romance
- Aired: Jan 8, 2011, to Jul 2, 2011
Studying in Sauville, a French-speaking town in Southern Europe, is a boy named Kazuya. Being from Japan and having a distinctive appearance from the rest of his classmates, he is bullied and shunned by them, earning the nickname “Black Reaper.”
One day, Kazuya visits the school’s library to read ghost stories. However, his attention is caught by a strand of blonde hair. Further investigation leads him to a doll-like girl, Victorique de Blois. The girl has never attended classes but is really smart. She spends her time in the library instead, reading all its contents. She uses her foresight and imagination to predict the future, solve cases, and much more. Soon, Kazuya’s life gets closely intertwined with hers. However, as the story progresses, a dark past comes to haunt them.
- Episodes: 13
- Studios: J.C.Staff
- Genres: Demons, Historical, Military, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural
- Aired: Oct 5, 2010, to Dec 28, 2010
Kei, the son of a famous general, works in the army of Japan, in a world that is a westernized version of Japan. All his life, he has hidden the fact that he is petrified of the paranormal. He soon comes to regret this when he is assigned to work in the Ministry of Spirit Affairs. Now he and his fellow officers must work with youkai (Japanese demons) with the help of a fox spirit Kushimatsu.
This unusual team of humans, demons, and a fox spirit will work together to solve many paranormal cases. At the same time, we get a glance into the world of westernized Japan, in an exciting mix of the East and West. Both, Zakuro and Earl and Fairy are light-hearted comedies with supernatural elements and romance mixed in.
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