10 Books/Manga Like Inuyasha | TheReviewGeek Recommends

10 Books/Manga Like Inuyasha

Inuyasha is a stellar romantic fantasy manga illustrated and written by the legendary Rumiko Takahashi. It centers around the journey of Kagome and her half-human and demon dog hybrid companion Inuyasha. Unlike Takahashi’s other works, Inuyasha feels more dramatic and serious due to the dark subjects tackled within it.

The manga was serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from November 1996 to June 2008 and spawned over 56 volumes for fans to collect.

If you’re in the mood for more romance or fantasy books/manga that offers a similar vibe, fear not! We’ve gathered together 10 books/manga to check out when you’ve caught up with Inuyasha. Of course, if you feel we’ve missed any of your favorites, do comment below and let us know!

Kamisama Kiss – Julietta Suzuki

Similarities Romance, Characters, Themes

Kamisama Kiss follows a female high schooler named Nanami who gets captured by two spirits and a fox named Tomoe. The three mistake Nanami for their former master and refuse to let her go. Left without an option, Nanami forges a contract with Tomoe and we examine their lives together. Nanami and Tomoe’s relationship resembles Inuyasha and Kagome’s bond to a tee.

They start off disliking each other. As time goes by, they learn to appreciate the other’s company. The obstacles that are set in their way will assist in strengthening the bond between our two protagonists. Unlike Inuyasha, Kamisama Kiss hones in on the romantic aspects of its cast’s relationship. Inuyasha contains slight romance elements but feels more adventurous in nature.

Both are set in environments featuring multiple supernatural species. You’ll adore seeing our characters interact with these creatures. If you’re searching for another romantic fantasy manga to read with a compelling cast, check out Kamisama Kiss.

Mysterious Play – Yuu Watase

Similarities – Romance, Drama, Fantasy

Mysterious Play is a fun romantic comedy manga with great fantastical aspects. Like Inuyasha, its characters have remarkable personalities and get roped into amusing scenarios that will make you smile and giggle. The plot contains some tense moments and countless twists that will pique your interest in it. Our story centers around two girls named Miaki and Yui.

While exploring a library, they stumble upon a bizarre book. This book sucks them into a fantasy world where they meet Tamahome. Before he could explain anything, Yui gets teleported back to the real world. Forced to become a priestess, Miaka must complete countless tasks if she hopes to reunite with Yui. Miaka finds herself in a similar situation as Kagome.

Both characters get teleported to an unfamiliar world and are forced to complete specific tasks. Miaka’s childlike behavior may not appeal to Inuyasha fans, especially if they’re huge fans of Kagome. Furthermore, Inuyasha feels more like traditional shonen manga as opposed to Kamisama Kiss which adopts harem and shoujo traits. If you’re okay with that, you’ll have a blast reading Kamisama Kiss.

Kekkaishi – Yellow Tanabe

Similarities – Adventure, Supernatural, Themes

Kekkaishi is an award-winning supernatural adventure manga. In it, we follow Sumimura a demon hunter by night and a sweet-loving boy during the day. He’s competing against his neighbor Yukimura to see who is the best demon hunter of all time. Kekkaichi is an action-packed manga with numerous battles like Inuyasha. The battles are implemented to keep both stories engaging for readers.

Furthermore, both series harbor a strong focus on the supernatural. They offer unique takes on Japanese mythology from ancient demons to holy spirits. Despite offering unique takes on magic and demons, Kekkaishi explores it differently. The manga’s magical aspects feel more grounded and Yellow Tanbe offers scientific explanations behind his characters’ magical powers.

Kekkaishi’s setting feels more modern compared to Inuyasha’s feudal Japan locations. Therefore, if you’re looking for a marvelous supernatural manga that explores demons and magic differently from Inuyasha, Kekkaishi’s worth your time.

Ranma 1/2 – Rumiko Takahashi

Similarities – Action, Romance, Comedy

Ranma 1/2 is a cherished work from Rumiko Takahashi. It’s a romantic comedy manga with a dash of martial arts. It offers wonderful characters who look and feel similar to Inuyasha, Kagome, and others. The storytelling is filled with gags, jokes, and incredible slapstick that will make you laugh hysterically. In Ranma 1/2, we examine the life of a martial artist named Ranma.

He spends his life sparring with his father to develop his martial arts techniques. One day, he and his father fall into a cursed spring. Now, Ranma can switch between genders when making contact with cold and hot water. Things get more complicated when Ramna learns his father arranged for him to get married to Akane, the daughter of the Soun Tendo family.

Therefore, readers will examine the hilarious endeavors Akane and Ranma get roped into. Both manga feature protagonists who must overcome numerous trials that help them grow as people. The romance is built up slowly between both works. Therefore, it’s best to go into Ranma 1/2 expecting hilarious shenanigans and satisfying combat.

From Far Away – Kyoko Hikawa

Similarities – Adventure, Romance, Plot

After stumbling upon a bomb that explodes in front of her, our protagonist, Noriko gets teleported to a mysterious forest brimming with all types of life. A man named Izark saves her from a giant, so she decides to accompany him on his journey. Unbeknownst to Noriko, she holds a dark, world-ending power, and people want to capture her for it.

Therefore, we examine Izark and Noriko’s quest to fend for themselves and overcome fate. From Far Away offers less action than Inuyasha and the story feels more character-driven. The world Noriko gets transported to feels more magical and unfamiliar compared to the land Kagome teleports to. On the other hand, both mangas offer strong female leads who get involved in a compelling romance.

Self-discovery and personal growth are excellent themes shared between both stories. The way each manga delves into its supernatural elements is comprehensive, intricate, and immersive. You’ll love all the creatures, spirits, and magic found within both tales. Give this a shot if you’re looking for a fabulous adventure series to read after Inuyasha.

Yona of the Dawn – Mizuho Kusanagi

Similarities – Adventure, Fantasy, Action

Yona of the Dawn is a stellar fantasy manga that evokes a strong sense of adventure. It offers a remarkable cast of characters who receive excellent development gradually throughout the narrative. Our story follows Princess Yona, a girl who is living the best life possible. However, her fantasy life reaches a halt when an act of treason threatens her problem-free kingdom.

Yona flees the palace with her friend Son and plans to survive in the wild. Frustrated and angry, Yona vows to make those people pay for ruining the beautiful life she had. Yona and Kagome are excellent female protagonists who start off as novices but grow into formidable fighters by their series’ conclusion. Yona of the Dawn’s world is as stunning and vast as Inuyasha’s.

Readers can expect Mizuho Kusanagi to toss in multiple hurdles for Yona to overcome. These will assist Yona in becoming a better fighter and will make her development feel more earned and authentic. Give Yona of the Dawn a read if you need another manga with an epic fantasy setting, a strong female lead, and compelling action segments.

Demon Slayer – Koyoharu Gotouge

Similarities – Story, Characters, Themes

Demon Slayer has amassed a worldwide following in recent years. This is all thanks to the effort demonstrated by the wonderful team at Studio Ufotable who adapted Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga with care. Demon Slayer follows the adventures of Tanjiro and his demonic sister Nezuko. After losing their family to demons, Tanjiro vows to protect his sister at all costs by getting stronger.

Tanjiro and Nezuko’s bond reflects that of Kagome and Inuyasha’s relationship. It just doesn’t harbor any romantic traits since Tanjiro and Nezuko are siblings. Nonetheless, both stories offer a slew of baddies for our characters to fight. Despite having serious fights, Inuyasha and Demon Slayer feature some ounce of comedy to lighten the mood.

From witty jokes to hilarious facial expressions, you can expect many shonen-themed humor elements to crop up in both mangas. Furthermore, both series feature similar Japanese-inspired settings that contain gorgeous locales fitting for the time period. For those craving another story about a wholesome pair going on adventures together, Demon Slayer’s worth reading.

Fullmetal Alchemist – Hiromu Arakawa

Similarities – Adventure & Action

Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the best works to come out of Shonen Jump. It features well-written brotherly protagonists who embark on a journey full of hardship, excitement, and astonishment. They’re after the legendary Philosopher’s Stone so they can return their bodies to normal. After tampering with alchemy and losing pieces of their humanity, the brothers are set on rewriting their fates.

Fullmetal Alchemist offers a setting that’s more industrialized than Inuyasha’s. The brothers will visit numerous places, impacting everyone they meet with their abilities and personalities. They’ll witness crude acts by caretakers and battle numerous world-ending threats to reach their final destination. Furthermore, the story offers numerous twists that will keep you invested in their quest.

The battles offer a mix of martial arts and magic. They’re all well-drawn and Hiromu Arakawa brings out each character’s raw energy well. This story isn’t fully serious as there are some funny jokes and gags tossed into it to give readers time to ponder its mature topics and concepts. Give Fullmetal Alchemist a try if you’re after a story with a deeper plot.

Bleach – Tite Kubo

Similarities – Characters & Action

Bleach is a fun shonen manga that’s earned its spot among the best. It’s inspired much modern manga from Shonen Jump’s current catalog and continues to delight fans thanks to its stunning anime adaptation of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc by Studio Bones. Our tale follows a teenager named Ichigo. He’s resting in his room and gets attacked by a Hollow.

A Soul Reaper named Ruki arrives to murder the beast, but it overwhelms her with its strength. This encourages Rukia to bestow Ichigo with her powers. Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper and defeats the Hollow. After learning about other threats that exist in his and Rukia’s world, Ichigo vows to defeat them all to protect those that matter most to him.

Ichigo and Inuyasha improve their swordsmanship and abilities over the course of their mangas. They’ll use these new power-ups to defeat countless foes who threaten them and their friends. No matter how many times they get beaten down, the two characters never cease to stop fighting which ties their shared themes of never giving up. Both stories offer some romance elements, but Inuyasha leans more into it than Bleach does. Give Bleach a shot if you want to know why it’s so beloved among Shonen Jump enthusiasts.

Ruroni Kenshin – Nobuhiro Watsuki

Similarities – Swordsmanship & Adventure

Ruroni Kenshin is a classic manga series and one of the best samurai-themed experiences you’ll ever read. The author shows a proper understanding of samurai lore and setting. The battles in this manga feel intense, realistic, and captivating. There’s a dash of supernatural elements thrown in to make things a bit more interesting, though.

This tale revolves around Hitokiri. He’s a former murderer who has taken the moniker Homura Kenshin to rid himself of his evil ways. He vows never to murder again and to focus his efforts on saving people’s lives. He befriends a female named Kaoru and learns that some assailant has taken his name and is committing murders.

We’ll follow Kenshin and his friends as he proceeds to find out who this fake Hitokiri is. Ruroni Kenshin feels more serious than Inuyasha but offers some lighthearted comedy to give fans time to think about its story. For those looking for a mature and well-written samurai manga to binge after Inuyasha, Ruroni Kenshin should satisfy you.

So there we have it, our 10 books/manga to read after you’re caught up with Inuyasha.

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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