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Over the years, the superhero subgenre provided critical and casual audiences tales that were amazing, subpar, or downright atrocious. That said, audiences nowadays are uncertain if they should dedicate time to superhero-related media. While Shy’s not a spectacular superhero anime, it delivers an emotionally impactful and action-packed tale that may regenerate one’s fondness for heroism. 

Since a second season is on the way, we felt it’d be a great time to recommend 10 other TV shows/anime that’ll grant you a similar experience as Shy. 

Additionally, for each anime we’ve covered, including Shy, we’ve included a link allowing you to view our full thoughts about them to help you determine if they’re worth your time.

So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows/anime that should whet your appetite when you’ve finished streaming Shy!


Yuki Yuna Is A Hero

Similarities – Characters, Heroism, Drama

Before Teru, Pepesha, and Lady Black amazed people with their qualities, Yuna and her allies participated in hero-related affairs nearly a decade prior. Like Shy, this anime features a diverse and likable female cast with distinguishable identities and superpowers. 

When Yuna and her allies aren’t combatting their world’s otherworldly dangers, you’ll see them participate in modern-day activities. Whether it’s putting on puppet shows for kids or attending school-related events to pass the time, you’ll cherish seeing Yuna and her friends find ways to make their world feel brighter and less controversial. 

Although this anime’s not easy-going all the time, it’s another fabulous superheroine-themed work that’ll enlighten you. 


My Hero Academia

Similarities – Heroism, Characters, Action

Similar to Shy, My Hero Academia gives viewers a delightful experience centered around a boy and his classmates’ journey to becoming professional and heroic individuals. Like Teru, Izuku and his comrades will square off against many notable villains, each harboring unique talents and interesting motives that’ll keep you invested. 

Additionally, Izuku and Teru aren’t the brightest heroes in their world and will seek guidance from more talented individuals. However, you’ll adore seeing how our superpowered protagonists solve the ordinary and supernatural problems that crop up in their similar yet distinct societies. 


Stardust Telepath

Similarities – Characters & Themes

Umika would be like Teru if she didn’t have superpowers. Considering Umika’s fascination with aliens, she’d be thrilled to have a superpowered heroine like Teru as her friend. Fanfiction aside, Stardust Telepath is a cozy and heartfelt slice-of-life anime. Besides Yu’s alien status, it doesn’t offer anything otherworldly as Shy does.

However, both tales feature their female leads partaking in grounded events that’ll inspire growth. From Teru’s chat with a magical girl-loving boy to Umika helping her friend Matataki overcome internal conflicts, you’ll adore seeing these girls help others and grow throughout their respective anime. In addition to tackling themes like friendship, family, and self-discovery in emotional ways, Stardust Telepath is worth adding to your watchlist. 

You can read our thoughts on Stardust Telepath in our full-season review here!


Bocchi The Rock

Similarities – Characters, Themes, Slice of Life

If timid female leads who develop confidence over time are your cup of tea, then Bocchi The Rock is an anime that’ll “rock” your world just as much as Shy did. Unlike Shy, this story is set in a realistic world and follows our protagonist Hitori aka Bocchi’s quest to become a popular rock star with her bandmates. 

Where Shy evokes strong superhero vibes, Bocchi excels at giving you a deep dive into the world of music. Nonetheless, Teru and Bocchi aren’t the bravest female leads and will stumble from time to time despite their talents. However, through proper companionship and encouragement, Teru and Bocchi will triumph over their internal issues pleasingly and efficiently. 

You can read our thoughts on Bocchi The Rock in our full-season review here!


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Sailor Moon

Similarities – Themes, Characters, Action

Despite being targeted toward a female demographic, Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon’s creator, crafted an action-packed tale with a female cast that appealed to males and females alike. Our tale follows the ventures of Usagi and her fellow Sailor Guardians as they embark on a mission to protect their world from catastrophic threats for the sake of justice. 

Much like Shy, you’ll get to experience these heroines’ lives during and outside of their heroic affairs. From tackling everyday academic tasks to fighting evildoers with crafty plans and intricate powers, you’ll find Usagi and her allies’ endeavors precious and riveting. Along with a catchy soundtrack, Sailor Moon is a great retro series that’s worth your time. 


Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Similarities – Action & Drama

Much like Shy, Puella Magi Madoka Magica features a well-rounded female cast who spend their lives fighting supernaturally powered threats to maintain peace in their world. Instead of fighting evil humans, the girls in Madoka Magica will be combatting Eldritch-like abominations called Witches. Each creature offers a unique design that matches the series’s dreadful atmosphere well. 

As with some of Shy’s supporting cast, several of Madoka’s comrades must cope with relatable issues of the past and present throughout the series. From Sayaka’s problems with her lover to Kyoko’s tragic upbringing, you’ll appreciate the anime for giving each character an issue that’ll assist them in standing out. Coupled with fanciful visuals and tear-jerking scenarios, Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a must-watch for Shy fans. 


Flip Flappers

Similarities – Characters & Themes

In Shy, many fans adored seeing Teru strengthen her connections with others. Whether they were former acquaintances or people she saved while on duty, seeing her communicate with these individuals felt grand and captured that harmonious aura you’d want from a superhero-themed story. That said, Cicona and Papika’s bond in Flip Flappers promises viewers a similar feel-good experience. 

While it takes Cicona and Papika a while to understand each other, they showcase excellent teamwork throughout Flip Flapper’s storytelling. Moreover, their adventures are never dull or unimaginative. Like Teru and her hero associates, Cicona and Papika will venture to multiple locations and will cross paths with a rival party whose ideals lean toward the nefarious side of things, like Stigma’s.

With colorful and surrealist imagery, similar themes, and likable characters, Cicona and Papika’s extraordinary ventures should amuse you just as much as Teru and her comrades’ missions did.  


Gatchaman Crowds

Similarities – Heroism & Action 

Opposite of Teru, Gatchaman Crowds’s Hajime is an active female lead whose frenetic personality may turn people off from this anime. However, those who’ve encountered and enjoyed the company of overly optimistic and confident individuals will find Hajime a pleasant protagonist to follow. In her tale, she teams up with other competent heroes to protect Earth from aliens. 

Like Shy, this world offers a unique take on superheroes through its power and transformation system. As with the Heart-Shift bracelets in Shy, heroes like Hajime receive small textbooks called Notes(s). These texts grant the Gatchaman their powers, which are tied directly to their characteristics. This helps their powers feel more distinct and significant in ways. 

While this anime’s not the most well-written tale and leans more into the goofy side of things (at times), Shy fanatics will find most of its offerings gratifying. 


RWBY

Similarities – Strong Female Cast, Drama, Action

Although some go back and forth on classifying this as an anime, others appreciate what Monty Oumn (the series’s creator) and the staff over at Rooster Teeth achieved with RWBY. This series continues to impress audiences due to its interesting world-building, fascinating cast, and emphasis on drama, action, and adventure. 

RWBY delves into the everyday scenarios involving Ruby Rose and her friends. When they’re not interacting with each other at their academy, they’re spending time defending non-powerful humanoids from monstrosities called Grimm. Much like Teru and her friends, Ruby and her associates bear weapons and powers that fit their qualities and lifestyles well. 

Further, Ruby and Teru aspire to become specialists in their distinct fields. Although Teru is Japan’s Hero, she strives to become better by learning from highly acclaimed heroes and tackling minuscule and difficult quests. Similarly, Ruby hopes to become a sufficient huntress, despite the talents she possesses at RWBY’s start. With sprinkles of tense confrontations, unfortunate characters’ deaths, and riveting twists to boot, RWBY is a great alternative for Shy enthusiasts to check out. 


A Certain Scientific Railgun

Similarities – Action, Characters, Themes

Ranking systems, friendship, and action are some notable aspects shared between Shy and A Certain Scientific Railgun’s tales. Where Shy is a world brimming with noteworthy heroes, A Certain Scientific Railgun contains a universe where espers and overly athletic individuals coexist with ordinary civilians. Both worlds offer the usual good vs evil theme and tackle that notion efficiently.  

Both tales offer strong female protagonists who can hold their own in a fight. While Teru and A Certain Scientific Railgun’s Mikoto differ in personality and ability, they’re both incredibly determined and will do their best to protect others from harm’s way. 

Simultaneously, both anime, while action-packed and dramatic, aren’t afraid to put their cast in funny situations to generate quick laughs from audiences. However, fans will enjoy both tales when they delve into serious topics. Therefore, if you like watching anime with emotionally charged scenarios and highly stylized fights, give A Certain Scientific Railgun a try. 


So there we have it, our 10 anime/TV show alternatives to watch when you’ve caught up with Shy!

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!


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