15 Heartwarming Anime Like Spy X Family for the Ultimate Vibes

Exploring the familial love in modern anime!

We know that Spy x Family has set the bar for heartwarming anime so high, that it’s really hard to beat. But with the release of its new movie, fans are eagerly awaiting the chance to see the Forgers again. And we thought it was the perfect time to drop some of the best anime shows that mirror the same familial energy!

In this article, we will be listing down 15 anime shows that are perfect for delivering a heartwarming punch and a taste of Kawaii moments. But before we reveal all the goodness, don’t forget to check out our picks for the best anime to watch before 2023 wraps up!

Now, without any further delay, let’s dive straight into our lovely recommendations that strongly resonate with the Kawaii Forger family!

Anime Recommendations with Spy X Family Vibes

NOTE: These 15 anime recommendations include themes like family, child care, adoption, sacrifice, and a slice of life. For people who don’t like getting spoilers, proceed at your own risk!

1. Kotaro Lives Alone

Kotaro Lives Alone | Asbirds

Mark our words, once you see this anime, you might start to feel immense sadness for a fictional character. This story centers around a manga author, Shin Karino, who one day is greeted by Kotarou Satou.

Kotarou is a four-year-old who happens to be Shin’s new next-door neighbor. Upon their first encounter, Kotarou gifts Shin a box of tissues, but this four-year-old seems intriguingly different from the rest of the kids Shin has seen.

Kotarou lives alone, speaks in an extremely formal manner, has no parents or relatives, and strongly declines other people’s help, doing all his chores on his own. Due to his odd behavior, Shin starts spending time with the boy, only to uncover the sufferings the young soul went through on his own.

2. Sweetness and Lightning

Sweetness and Lightning | TMS Entertainment

Sweetness and Lightning is an anime about Kouhei Inuzuka and his young daughter, Tsumugi. The father-daughter duo live together after Kouhei’s wife passed away. However, due to his amateur cooking skills and his main job as a teacher, Inuzuka often feeds ready-made meals from convenience stores to his daughter.

Due to this issue, Kouhei takes up an offer from his student, Kotori Iida, to have dinner at her family’s restaurant. But later, the father and daughter duo discovers that the restaurant is often closed. This situation often forces Kotori to eat alone.

Kouhei decides to continue going to the restaurant with Tsumugi to cook and share delicious homemade food with Kotori. An anime about a father trying to make his daughter happy while exploring the beauty of having a family.

3. The Yuzuki Family’s Four Sons

The Yazuki Family | Shizuki Fujisawa.

The Yuzuki family consists of four brothers. In this family, the boys lost their parents in an accident. Since then, Hayato, the eldest son, has started working hard to support his younger siblings. The second son, Mikoto, is an introvert with a loving heart, especially for his younger brother Minato.

Minato, the third one in the line, is energetic but clumsy. The youngest among them, Gakuto, is studious and often referred to as the “wise one”. The Yazuki Brothers is a story that depicts the struggle of 4 orphan brothers who are on their own while managing their lives at a tender age.

4. Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition

Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition | Kōji Kumeta

Kakushi Gotou is a manga artist known for creating inappropriate content for the masses. After the birth of his daughter, Hime, he vows to keep his profession a secret due to its raunchiness. However, this secret becomes a catalyst for his paranoia, leading him into stressful situations. Being a single father, he does his utmost to protect this secret.

The Kakushigoto anime tells the story of a father who tries to shield his reputation from his daughter. But as children are inherently curious, Hime sets out to uncover the reality of her father’s profession.

5. School Babysitters

School Babysitters | Bandai Visual

Ryuuichi Kashima loses his parents in a plane crash and must take care of his younger brother, Kotarou. Despite Ryuuichi’s friendly demeanor, Kotarou remains a reserved toddler. But things change when these two orphans are approached by Youko Morinomiya, the stern chairman of an elite academy.

She decides to take care of the orphans under a “kawai” but mandatory condition, which is that Ryuuichi must enroll in the school while working part-time for the school’s babysitter club. This opportunity leads Ryuuichi and Kotarou to meet some kawaii toddlers who possess unique and chaotic personalities.

6. The Way Of The Househusband

The Way Of The Househusband | Sony

The Way of the House Husband has set the bar high for single ladies! The story follows Tatsu, once called the legendary ‘Immortal Dragon,‘ famous in the hood for giving tough times to his rivals. But soon, like in every other love story, love conquers all and Tatsu leaves his criminal life behind to stay in an apartment with his wife, doing his best to live a peaceful life.

He now values homemaking rather than violence. Despite being a man with a controversial past, Tatsu’s new life becomes more eccentric than ever!

7. The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting

The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting | Feel Gaina

Tooru Kirishima, known as ‘The Demon of Sakuragi,’ receives an unusual job of taking care of seven-year-old Yaeka Sakuragi. His boss assigns him this particular task to help him understand the value of life. He should give it importance and not take others’ lives for granted.

Since Tooru doesn’t know how to care for a seven-year-old, their initial interactions are awkward, with the young girl finding him scary. However, they gradually come to understand each other despite their differences. This story teaches us that family is not always bound by blood.

8. Mission: Yozakura Family

Mission: Yozakura Family | Silver Link

After the tragic car crash that claimed his family, Taiyou Asano becomes socially inept. The only person he interacts with is, Mutsumi Yozakura. Mutsumi is the head of the world’s strongest family of spies. Her elder brother, Kyouichirou Yozakura, is overprotective of her.

Things get crazier and Taiyou becomes his next target. But Taiyou finds himself in trouble when the only way for him to survive is to marry Mutsumi and become a member of the Yozakura family.

9. My Home Hero

My Home Hero | Tezuka Productions

Chances are you might have already seen a live-action of this one, but this anime leaves such an impact on the audience that we couldn’t resist but to add it here. Tetsuo Tosu, an ordinary salaryman finds his daughter in a near-death experience.

Later he discusses that his daughter was subjected to violence by her boyfriend Nobuto Matori. Nobuto has an underlying plan for the torture and plans to escort money from Reika’s grandparents. Not only this but Nobuto is also an active member of a crime syndicate and has a history of murdering his former girlfriends.

This situation pushes Tetsuo to kill Nobuto. Both parents of Reika then dispose of the body but the problems start after the members of the gangs start their search for the “missing” Nobuto.

10. Listen To Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!

Listen To Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! | Yuka Nakajima

Yuuta Segawa who happens to be a freshman at the university, finds himself taking responsibility for his sister’s daughters. The daughters Hina, Sora, and Miu later get stuck by the tragedy of losing their parents in a plane crash.

To change the fate of these girls, Yuuta decides to take them in. This whole anime is based on Yuuta’s journey to finding the balance between his new responsibilities while Sora, Miu, and Hina come to terms with the loss of their parents.

11. The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED

The Millionaire Detective: Balanced Unlimited | CloverWorks

This one might give you hardcore “Loid Forger” vibes but the story is about Daisuke Kanbe. Daisuke is a man with extreme wealth but he also happens to be a detective assigned to the Modern Crime Prevention Headquarters.

But this bad boy gets paired with Haru Katou, a detective who values nothing but justice above all. The fun starts when these two opposing personalities collaborate and solve the mysteries that are coming their way.

12. Buddy Daddies

Buddy Daddies | P.A. Works

A child named Miri Unasaka arrives in Tokyo, in search of her father. This child who is deprived of all supervision unknowingly walks to an assassination plan where two professional assassins find her. To save her life both Kazuki Kurusu and Rei Suwa take her home.

With a new child around who happens to be searching for her father awaken their inner daddy spirit and the Miri’s innocence and pure soul quickly melt the hearts of Kazuki and Rei.

13. Bunny Drop

Bunny Drop | Yumi Unita

Daikichi Kawachi is a 30-year-old bachelor who gets to know about his grandfather’s passing. When he arrives at his late grandfather’s house, he finds the mysterious Rin who is his grandfather’s illegitimate daughter!

Daikichi, angered by the coldness of his relatives toward Rin, announces to adopt her. Usagi Drop is a sweet story of love and fatherhood that will surely melt your heart.

14. March Comes In Like A Lion

March Comes In Like A Lion | Shaft

Rei Kiriyama has a tense home life besides his remarkable talent as a Shogi. He gets frustrated with his life and moves to Tokyo. However, Rei tends to take poor care of himself, which causes him severe health issues.

Things get better, when he meets Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, who are sisters and live with their grandfather. These girls own a wagashi shop where they help Rei develop a unique familial bond with them, which he always craved for his whole life.

15. The Eccentric Family

The Eccentric Family | P.A. Works

Yasaburou Shimogamo is a shapeshifter and also the third son of the Tanukiki family. He deals with a mysterious woman named Benten and lives alone away from his family. Behind this loneliness, lies a strange reason for his father Yasaburou’s murder by a group of humans known as the Friday Fellows.

After this tragedy, the family tries hard to stick to one another through thick and thin and escape their demise from the hands of the Friday Fellows.

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Bottom Line

Kotaro Lives ALone | Asbirds

And this brings us to the end of our recommendations. We hope you like them and give them a try soon. If you are a newbie in the anime world and love watching the latest anime news and reviews, make sure to visit our website and check out our anime section for the best anime reviews in town!


Zrish Khan

Zrish is a passionate critic in the world of anime, manga/manhwa, and KPop. She offers in-depth insights that illuminate the nuances of these genres with deep analysis. With a keen eye for detail, her reviews take readers on an enlightening journey through both classic and contemporary series.