One of the many amazing anime that have graced the world in 2021 is Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro, providing a new and exciting take on the good old romance in the school genre. The anime gained lots of popularity within the community and grabbed some attention on YouTube, with many clips of Hachiouji and Nagatoro messing with each other gaining heaps of views. It’s no surprise then that after completing the anime, you have come, once again, filled with emptiness in your soul that aches for yet another rom-com that can perhaps perfectly fit the missing puzzle in that esurient, otaku heart of yours. Well, worry not! We’ve got you covered. Here are the best animes similar to Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro.
The peculiar romance anime started out with the heroine, Nagatoro, finding absolute joy in tormenting the senior she met one day, Hachiouji. The anime explores their weird but cute dynamic. Nagatoro develops to like her senior and becomes less of a bully and more of a tsundere. While Hachiouji begins to retaliate against her advances in his own way. This series is one of the great combinations of a slice of life with rom-com, striking the right chords with many viewers. Let’s look at a few more animes like Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro.
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: ENGI
- Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, Ecchi
- Aired: Jul 10, 2020, to Sep 25, 2020
Uzaki is very similar to Nagatoro in that she enjoys teasing her upperclassman, Shinichi Sakurai. This becomes the initiator for many hilarious and cutesy situations between the two. Like a moth to a flame, Sakurai gets into a bunch of trouble. Which, more times than not, leads to sexual conundrums.
If you’re looking for a comical anime set in high school with lots of romance elements to it, this is the anime for you. There’s no profound meaning or deep plot to the anime, as is very clear from the title. You just go on a fun ride. Switch off your analytical brain for a bit, and enjoy some good wholesome fun.
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: Shin-Ei Animation
- Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen
- Aired: Jan 8, 2018, to Mar 26, 2018
Yet another popular anime, Teasing Master Takagi-san, shares a similar general premise with Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro. We have a guy who has a crush on a girl, and the girl loves to toy with him. In this series, Takagi is a girl who knows her friend, Nishikata, inside out. While it has its advantages, she also knows exactly how he will react under a circumstance. This means that she predicts his response to her teasing him, making it difficult for Nishkata to retaliate.
As a result of being tormented by the skilled teaser that is Takagi, Nishikata makes it his goal to someday pay her back. He plans to make her blush with embarrassment and give her a taste of her own medicine. This anime is yet another wholesome addition to the rom-com world. It offers an honest representation of the children and their antiques. While the situations in Miss Nagatoro are over-the-top, Takagi-san is more grounded.
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: Nomad
- Genres: Comedy, Romance
- Aired: Apr 5, 2021, to Jun 14, 2021
Ryou Amakusa is a wealthy and genius man who has been in many relationships throughout the years. He is what one would call a typical playboy. However, the womanizer finds himself unexpectedly falling in love with a girl. He first met her on a rainy morning, when he was saved by the beautiful girl, Ichika Arima, after falling from a flight of stairs.
As if being played by Cupid himself, he encounters the girl yet again. And she happens to be a friend of his little sister. Ryou seizes the opportunity in hopes of winning over Arima’s heart but instead ends up creeping her out. However, being shut down by her only lightens a new fire in him, and soon he is on a path to attain her love. Where will this path lead him? And what awaits for him at the end of it?
If you liked the bizarre flirtations of Nagatoro, that just almost touches harassment. Then this is the anime for you. The age difference might put you off. If you’re able to look beyond it, though, the anime is pretty enjoyable.
7. Yamada’s First Time: B Gata H Kei
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: Hal Film Maker
- Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School, Seinen
- Aired: Apr 2, 2010, to Jun 18, 2010
Yamada is a beautiful First Year High School student. However, she has a few insecurities regarding her private parts. Moreover, she has a peculiar goal in mind. She wants to have sex with one hundred men by the end of high school. Scared of being judged for her body by any of the experienced guys, she sets her eyes on a shy aspiring photographer and virgin, Takashi Kosuda. She must now enter a battlefield against some other girls who also want his affection. However, she also seems to be falling in love with him.
This anime is great for you if you’re interested in some ecchi comedy. The female main character, Yamada, has similar goals as Nagatoro, and the male main characters are your average guys, except more shy and awkward. If Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro is from the guy’s perspective, then Yamada’s First Time is from the girl’s perspective.
6. Magical Sempai
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: LIDENFILMS
- Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, School, Seinen
- Aired: Jul 2, 2019, to Sep 17, 2019
A freshman at Tanenashi High School searches for the club that will require the least participation. This is when he comes across the Magic Clubroom. He watches a cute upperclassman practicing her acts. However, her stage fright results in her being excessively nervous and messing up her magic tricks.
The freshman has very little interest in the club activities, however, he finds himself stuck in various awkward situations with his incapable magician upperclassman. Her antics usually end up in embarrassing situations. The episodes of this show contain many short stories, and each is very funny and enjoyable.
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: TMS Entertainment
- Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen
- Aired: Jul 11, 2020, to Sep 26, 2020
Kazuya, a 20-year-old college student is left heartbroken after his girlfriend, the beautiful Mami Nanami breaks up with him. Distraught and lonely, he decides to… rent a girlfriend. His partner is Chizuru, a pretty girl with an adorable personality, who is quickly able to gain Kazuya’s affection. However, he soon realizes that her behavior is just the same with all of her clients.
Hurt by the fact that her caring personality was just a means of winning over him, he rates her poorly. As a result, Chizuru berates him for this, showing her true, hot-tempered self. However, when Kazuya learns that his grandmother has collapsed, he and Chizuru run over to the hospital, where they find her in good condition. When she inquires about Chizuru, Kazuya suddenly declares that she is his girlfriend. Now, Chizuru is forced to play along in his act. But with Kazuya still having Mami on his mind, just what will come of this unusual relationship?
4. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: A-1 Pictures
- Genres: Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, Seinen
- Aired: Jan 12, 2019, to Mar 30, 2019
Here’s another anime based around high school romance with neither of the couple admitting that they like the other. Shinomiya and Kaguya are students at the very prestigious Shuchiin Academy. While Kaguya comes from a noble family, Shinomiya is just a normal guy, but very smart and academic, thus becoming the president of the school’s student council. Kaguya is the Vice President. The entire student body is envious of these perfect students.
However, the two secretly hold feelings for each other, that neither is willing to admit. Instead, they feel that admitting their feelings would be a sign of weakness. Thus, begins a war. A war of love. Kaguya and Shinomiya battle it out to make the other person confess their true feelings in every way possible. They will use any means necessary to achieve their goals, as their honor and pride are at stake. Who will win?
- Episodes: 25
- Studios: J.C.Staff
- Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School
- Aired: Oct 2, 2008, to Mar 26, 2009
Ryuuji has the face of a delinquent on a gentle heart. Taiga is a girl with a cute face, but a fiery personality of a typical tsundere. One day, after an embarrassing incident, the two happen to cross paths, and Ryuuji learns that Taiga actually has a cutesy side. She has a crush on the popular Vice President, who is a close friend of Ryuuji’s. To make matters more interesting, Ryuuji reveals that he has a crush on Taiga’s best friends. Their school life is bound to change, as the two team up to help each other win the hearts of their respective crushes.
As you can probably tell, Toradora has many similarities to Miss Nagatoro. So if you’re looking for an anime that explores romance in high school, with many slice-of-life and hilarious events sprinkled throughout. This is the show for you.
- Episodes: 13
- Studios: Pine Jam
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Supernatural, Ecchi, Seinen
- Aired: Apr 5, 2020, to Jun 28, 2020
Gleipnir tells the story of Shuuichi Kagaya, who seems like an ordinary high schooler. But, he actually has a mysterious ability to turn into a monster. He has no clue why or how he has the powers. One day, upon witnessing a building fire, he saves a girl trapped within it, leaving his phone inside. The girl, Claire Aoki, comes searching for him the next day.
After confronting him about his abilities, Claire realizes that Shuuichi has no knowledge of his powers. She tells him that she has been searching for her sister, a monster just like him, for a long time. Shuuichi decides to help her and find out answers for his own abilities, but the pair soon learns that they aren’t the only ones in the pursuit of this knowledge. If you like animes with heavy fan service and want a break from all the strong male main characters, this show could be the one for you.
1. A Destructive God Sits Next to Me
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: EMT Squared
- Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, School, Josei
- Aired: Jan 11, 2020, to Mar 28, 2020
Seri Koyuki is a high school student who seems to be in a fix. He is trying hard to live out normal school life, but this is made impossible by his uncanny classmates. Kabuto Hanadori is a chuunibyou who constantly comes up with situations and stories that lead to embarrassing situations. And Utsugi Tsukimiya has absurdly accurate mind-reading abilities. Facing the destruction of his social life, Seri tries to distance himself from the shenanigans of his classmates but somehow ends up in a mess. This anime is similar to Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro as it shares a sense of humor akin to it.
- Aku no Hana
- Peach Girl
- SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist
- Mirai Nikki (If you like the “weak Male MC” trope)