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10 Anime Like Nurarihyon no Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan)

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Nurarihyon no Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan)

Nurarihyon no Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan)

About Nurarihyon no Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan)

Rikuo Nura is a young boy, who is partially Youkai (supernatural creature) and partially human. He grows up to become the master of the Nura Clan. The clan includes all types of Youkai and Rikuo treats them nothing less than a family. However, among his classmates, he is the only one who sees them as gentle beings, the rest considers them to be horrifying creatures who kill people and enjoy bloodshed. As a result, Rikuo vows to live his life like an ordinary human.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely forget one’s identity. Rikuo’s has a Youkai attendant named Tsurara Oikawa, who goes to school along with him. Besides Tsurara, Rikuo is also accompanied by other Youkai friends too. The situation is worsened when his rivals want to harm the human beings he holds dear.

Nurarihyon no Mago follows the struggle of Rikuo Nura, who is the grandson of the heroic Nurarihyon. He doesn’t only have to protect his friends, but also have to hide his identity and become the worthy leader of the clan.

Alike Rikuo, Tsunayoshi Sawada, and Rin Okumura don’t have it easy either. In fact, there are more like them, here’s the list.

10 Anime Like Nurarihyon no Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan)

1. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

2. Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

3. Kekkaishi

4. D.N.Angel

5. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)

6. Shounen Onmyouji (The Young Spirit Master)

7. Ushio to Tora

8. Samurai Deeper Kyou

9. Otome Youkai Zakuro (Maiden Spirit Zakuro)

10. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)

Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

1. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

Virtuous and promiscuous go side by side maintaining the balance of human personality just like good and bad. The same goes for humans and devils. The only way these two mixes together is through possession. Unfortunately, Satan, the devil, can’t find a right host to possess and thus, is stuck in his world. Desperate to take control of another world, he decides to send his son instead, such that when his son grows up he would possess his vessel.

Ao no Exorcist dives deep into the life of Rin Okumura. Though he looks ordinary, he is a huge trouble as a teenager. However, the real trouble begins when he is attacked by demons. His world shatters when he learns he is Satan’s son and his father wants him to help him conquer the human world. Despite his roots, he doesn’t want to invade the land and therefore, decides to become an exorcist to defeat Satan with the help of his twin brother Yukio.

Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

2. Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

Tsunayoshi Sawada, a middle-schooler, is an idiot in the rightful sense, there’s no going light. He is devoid of talent, way too clumsy, and hopelessly in love with his school idol, Kyoto Sasagawa, certainly dreaming the impossible. Due to his unnatural talentless personality, he is nicknamed “Loser Tsuna” by his classmates.

Luckily, someone said it right there’s light at the end of the tunnel. However, in Tsunayoshi’s cases, it may not be true light, but his life does take a drastic turn when he confronts a mysterious baby. This baby is Reborn who is actually a hitman. A representative of Italy’s most vicious Mafia family, Reborn is given a task to prepare Tsunayoshi to become the next head of the Vongola family. His stable turn upheaval life has a harsh road ahead, but with strong criminal partners and his home tutor, he may alter his destiny.

Kekkaishi

Kekkaishi

3. Kekkaishi

Individuals called “Kekkaishi” are bestowed with supernatural abilities to fight the evil beings called “Ayakashi”. The “Ayakashi” demons are known to travel into the human world to wreak havoc and enhance their strength. This time, they have arrived on the land of Karasumori. Luckily, Yoshimura Sumimura, one of the “Kekkaishi”, happens to be a high school student there. Though instead of fighting he’d like to indulge himself in baking cakes, he’s left with no option but to wake up all night and defeat them.

To his aid, he is accompanied by his trustworthy friends such as Tokine Yukimura, who belongs to a rival clan, but still supports Yoshimura in his endeavor. As they grow stronger to destroy “Ayakashi” once and for all, another secret organization is on the rise.

D.N.Angel

D.N.Angel

4. D.N.Angel

Daisuke Niwa is a wimpy, clumsy, and block-headed middle school student. However, he does have a few noticeable qualities. When he turns 14, he finally decides to convey his feelings to his crush Risa Harada, but sadly he’s turned down.

Daisuke is unaware of the fact that his personality changes into Dark Mousy, the infamous phantom thief, whenever he thinks about Risa. He is ignorant of how this transformation took place within him, but his mother isn’t. Long before he was born, his mother dreamt of having a son who would steal precious artworks and popularise the name of the elusive art thief.

Struggling with constant doubts and mental stress, Daisuke faces issues in maintaining his relationships with his family and classmates. Not too late, he learns that he is not alone as the victim of a family legacy, there’s someone else in his class who share the same fate.

Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)

Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)

5. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)

Every teenage boy’s life trembles with the notion of love, romance, and girls. One way or another, each one of them harbors feelings for a certain girl. However, our protagonist is far away from this dream world. Takashi Natsume is closer to spirits than the girls. He possesses a horrifying secret related to Youkai (spirits) for as long as he can recall.

Being chased by spirits, Natsume one day realizes that the reason is his late grandmother, Reiko. Before dying, Reiko gave him the Yuujinchou (Book of Friends), which has the spirits’ names whom she captured and brought under her control. Now, it is in Natsume’s possession. As a result, he has gained Reiko’s power to control these spirits. That’s why these spirits haunt him in order to regain their freedom.

Living without parents and sweet home, he faces constant hostility from these merciless Youkai. All he wants is solace, which he receives in the companionship of Madara, a self-proclaimed bodyguard. Madara, himself, is a mysterious feline spirit who has his own motives to stick with the boy. Together they have to find a way to free these spirits from his grandmother’s contract.

Shounen Onmyouji (The Young Spirit Master)

Shounen Onmyouji (The Young Spirit Master)

6. Shounen Onmyouji (The Young Spirit Master)

Masahiro is the grandson of the legendary onmyouji (similar to an occultist), Abe no Seimei. Unfortunately, he is devoid of his sixth sense and thus, can’t see the supernatural beings, a must-have quality for on onmyouji. Left with no hope, he decides to go for a different career.

However, he is soon forced to face his roots when he meets a strange fox-like creature named Mokkun. Mokkun helps him discover his true potential by forcing him to fight with a demon. With his guidance, Masahiro commences his journey to becoming the legendary onmyouji like his grandfather.

Shounen Onmyuji follows the struggling tale of Masahiro. To prove himself to be better than his grandfather, he needs to prove his potential to twelve Shikigami as well as fight with the rival onmyouji to protect his country.

Ushio to Tora

Ushio to Tora

7. Ushio to Tora

Ushio Aotsuki is a difficult middle school student. He is the son of a freaky temple priest, who rarely supports his father’s claims about supernatural monsters called Youkai. One day he is on his way to the temple while his father is running some errands. He unexpectedly discovers a shocking revelation. In the temple basement, he meets a fearsome Youkai pierced by the legendary Beast Spear.

The beast’s name is Tora, know for his destructive power. He tries to persuade Ushio to free him from the five hundred year confinement. However, Ushio disregards his request and moves back to his work. But not too late when his home and friends are threatened by a sudden Youkai outbreak, he is forced to free Tora and his only strength is the ancient spear.

The anime follows their peculiar journey into the depths of the spiritual world. With the fabled Beast Spear by his side, Ushio will soon realize how horrifying and non-fictitious, the supernatural beings can be.

Samurai Deeper Kyou

Samurai Deeper Kyou

8. Samurai Deeper Kyou

A fierce battle is going on the fog-covered Sekigahara battlefield. The two exemplary swordsmen Kyoushirou Mibu and “Demon Eyes” Kyou will fight till their last breath. Kyoushirou is a skilled and noble warrior who has the mythical powers of the Mibu clan. On the other hand, Kyou is known as the thousand-man slayer, whose eyes and hair are red like blood. However, their clash is intervened by a falling meteor that vanishes them in its wake.

Four years later, Yuya Shiina, a gun-wielding bounty hunter, comes across Kyoushirou, who has a completely different personality now. He is a pervert and medicine-man with a large debt. Yuya takes him with her to claim his bounty, but on the way, they are ambushed by a monster that wants to devour Kyoushirou. This incident forces the “Demon Eyes” Kyou to become active within Kyoushirou’s body, who got trapped in his body after the fateful battle.

Samurai Deeper Kyou follows the life of these two swordsmen, who now lives in one vessel. As they struggle to make amends with each other, they discover the deeply hidden secrets alongside.

Otome Youkai Zakuro (Maiden Spirit Zakuro)

Otome Youkai Zakuro (Maiden Spirit Zakuro)

9. Otome Youkai Zakuro (Maiden Spirit Zakuro)

Kei Agemaki, the second lieutenant, is the son of a well-respected general. He has a hidden fear of paranormal beings. To his dismay, he along with two others is posted in the Ministry of Spirit Affairs, where he has to live and work with Youkai. Now, he has to deal with his worst nightmare every day. He is assisted by Kushimatsu, a fox spirit, and must learn to work with other Youkai maidens - Zakuro, Bonbori, Hoozuki, and Susukihotaru. Together, they have to solve supernatural cases.

Set in an alternate Japanese world, Otome Youkai Zakuro explores the peculiar conflicts between east and west, women and men, local and foreign, and their union. The main story revolves around the relationship between human officers and Youkai maidens. They need to adapt to each other’s lifestyle to deal with the constantly changing world.

Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)

Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)

10. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)

Nanami Momozono is a troubled high school student. She loses everything due to her absentee father’s extreme debt. Left homeless and downtrodden, she is wandering on the street when she sees a man attacked by a dog and runs to save him. She explains to him about her situation and to her luck, he offers her his place to stay as gratitude.

She visits the place and learns that it’s a rundown shrine. She begins to leave when she is stopped by two shrine spirits and a fox named Tomoe. They misinterpret her as the man, who Nanami rescued. His name is Mikage, the land god of the shrine. However, they realize later that Mikage has sent her as a replacement god. Unwilling to serve a human, Tomoe leaves abruptly.

To avoid being homeless again, Nanami begins to fulfill her divine duties. Unfortunately, to run everything smoothly, she needs to settle things with the fox, Tomore. But this is not the only issue, she also has to face new enemies and combat with her newly developed feelings.

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