Anime has all its quirky and unique aspects and it’s no surprise to see kids still living alone in school. It’s uncertain how usually no one on the show finds it a strange or dangerous experience. The show Kotaro lives alone takes this trope and uses it to bring us a funny and heartwarming series about Kotaro Sato – a four-year-old child who goes to live in an apartment complex all alone and Shin Karino, a manga artist who begins to care for him, concerned about his lifestyle.
With his two-dimensional animation style and a storyline that will make you laugh and sometimes take you to your heart’s content, fans around the world have enjoyed Kotaro’s adventures. If you’re one of those who crave another healthy anime after the finale of this one, here are a few suggestions you might want to check out.
1. Aishiterous Baby
Like Kotaro lives alonethe anime Aishite Baby has a plot that revolves around teaching responsibility and the importance of kindness. The plot follows Katakura Kippei, a high school playboy who passes his time making love to every girl he sees – the classic bad boy who has no time for anyone but himself. In a comic turn of events, he returns home one day to find himself responsible for Yuzuyu – his 5-year-old cousin whose mother appeared to have abandoned her.
While the anime is generally a lighthearted, heartwarming show about the struggles Kippei goes through while learning to parent children, it also touches on the feelings of loneliness and isolation that affect a child when going through such traumatic events. Overall it’s a great show about learning, growing up and coping with life.
2. Gakuen Babysitters
If you’re looking for a wholesome anime with tooth-rotting cuteness and loads of babies, Gakuen Babysitters is the anime for you. In addition, the younger brother, who is also the main character, is also called Kotaro! The anime follows the lives of Ryuichi Kashima and his brother Kotarou after the death of their parents. Both orphans are now being cared for by the school president, on the condition that Ryuichi works at the school’s nursery.
The light-hearted plot sometimes allows for some inner turmoil and melancholic sadness, with Ryuichi also being just a child dealing with traumatic events. However, the show will keep you hooked on the pleasing art styles and the many baby characters.
3. Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition
This anime is more on the comedic side of things, with the plot following the life of Kakushi Goto – a famous manga artist known for his indecent jokes. When his daughter Hime is born, he realizes that his profession may be inappropriate for her to know and the show follows all his attempts and schemes to hide the truth from his daughter. To add more to his plate, his wife disappears one day for medical reasons and he has to raise Hime alone.
Kakushigoto is a sweet show about fatherly love and the duties that come with it as we go through Goto’s life where somehow there is always some kind of drama going on. The ending, like all well-crafted, real-life comedies will touch you deeply after the plethora of comedy it has served up throughout.
4. UFO Baby
UFO Baby, first aired in the year 2000, is an endearing series that revolves around the lives of Miyu and Kanata – who together find a baby from outer space in a UFO of their temple. Since going back is extremely difficult, Baby (Ruu) is cared for and raised by both main characters, also because of the resemblance they have to Baby Ruu’s real parents. During their journey and duties to bring Ruu back to his home planet, the couple goes through many funny and awkward situations that eventually bring them together.
While the anime is mostly bright with lifelike themes that don’t need much depth, the show is an enjoyable ride and gives a nostalgic feel with the old-fashioned animation style.
5. Usagi Drop
Usagi Drop is another father-daughter trope anime show in which 30-year-old Daikichi Kawachi returns with a lot in his hands after his grandfather’s funeral. The man discovers and brings in Rin – the six-year-old illegitimate daughter of the late eldest. Because of her background, the child is treated as an outsider by the family and that is why Daikichi decides to take her in in the first place.
The beneficial series deals with Daikichi’s growth as a person as he learns to parent and makes sacrifices in her personal life and work to always be there for Rin. For those who want a light watch with some good comedy, the anime is only 11 episodes long!
6. Poco’s Udon World
Anime with parent-child bonds and relationships often allows the parent figure to learn a lot through the process of care they give to the child. This one is similar to a young web designer named Souta Tawara, who takes a break in Tokyo after the death of his father to spend time in his hometown. Souta sets the mood of the anime in a gloomy one as he reminisces about his past before discovering a little boy (Poco) in one of the closed restaurants. Poco, the shape-shifting tanuki, is adopted by Souta and the time they spend together teaches Souta to relax, accept and open up to his feelings.
The cheerful anime gives you a lot to laugh about, but also to cry, as the viewers are directly connected to Souta, with whom they unpack all their repressed feelings and emotions. The refreshing sights and bright art also add to the delightful experience that Poco’s Udon World is.
barakamon follows the life of up-and-coming calligrapher Seishuu Handa who is banished to the Goto Islands, far from the comforts of cities, to live, as punishment for beating a veteran who called his work unoriginal. In his self-reflective journey, he not only has to endure tons of daily work, but also many neighbors storming into his house time and again. Naru Kotoishi, one of the children who is naturally smarter and good-natured than him, gets particularly close to him and Seishuu worries about her as a parent or brother would.
The rural images with a coast guarantee you a pleasant experience as you watch Seishuu learn and grow as a person in the care of Naru and on the isolated island where there are only people who are as troublesome as he is.
8. My roommate is a cat
This is a unique addition to the list and the idea of parenting is not aimed at a child, but at an animal – a cat, to be exact. The story centers on Subaru Mikazuki – an introverted and clumsy mystery novelist and his cat, Haru, whom he finds while making sacrifices at the grave of his parents, who died in a tragic accident. The problem is: Subaru has never taken care of anything.
In a genius rendering of the story from both Subaru’s and Haru’s perspectives, we get a picture of the caregiver’s inner turmoil as well as the gratitude one feels when taken care of. The anime sheds light on the little things in life and how actions can change a person. If you are someone who loves animals (especially cats) and shows more of the emotional side, this is the one for you.
9. Sweetness and Lightning
Among the many parent-child, troped anime is Sweetness and enlightenment – 2016 shows that the gentle art of cooking mingles with the concept of parenthood. After his wife’s death, young teacher Kohei Inuzuka struggles to bond with his daughter due to his lack of cooking skills. Later, he gets help from one of his students and so goes the plot of this semi-cooking anime show.
With the unique and cheerful art style along with many cute moments of the cute daughter Tsumugi, this anime will make you addicted because of the variety it offers in its genre and style. Watch the entire series on Crunchyroll.
10. Hanamaru Kindergarten
This vibrant anime is about three chibi-sized preschoolers – Anzu, Koume and Hiiragi, whose main goal is to get the attention of their caretaker Tsuchida Naozumi. This is because Anzu has an innocent crush on him and the three begin with lots of gimmicks and funny jokes that revolve around it. The comedy comes in because of how hard they try to get his attention when Tsuchida tries to date Yamamoto Nanako – a fellow kindergarten teacher.
The trio’s small size and the many antics they pull off really keep the viewer busy. Even with their jokes, Hanamaru Kindergarten still has a lot of the emotional moments and will please you timelessly.
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