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10 Books/Manga Like Oshi No Ko

Oshi No Ko is a supernatural drama manga with a nice following. It’s written by Aka Akasaka and illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari. Oshi No Ko follows the life of a mundane idol who must take care of toddlers who can talk. It’s currently being serialized for Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine and has collected over 10 volumes since April 2020. It’s praised for offering a fresh spin on idol culture, well-developed characters, and highly stylized artwork.

If you’re in the mood for more supernatural or drama-oriented 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 Oshi No Ko. Of course, if you feel we’ve missed any of your favorites, do comment below and let us know!

Kaguya-sama: Love is War – Aka Akasaka

Similarities – Drama

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War (Kaguya-sama) is a great romantic comedy. It revolves around Miyuki and Kaguya, two student body representatives who’d make the perfect couple according to their classmates. However, Kaguya and Miyuki disagree but they aren’t entirely wrong. Kaguya and Miyuki feel if they confessed their love for each other, they’d look weak.

A growing feud of love is what you can expect from this manga. Despite having a different artist on board for Oshi No Ko, Kaguya-sama offers readers well-written characters and superb tension. Oshi No Ko fans will adore seeing how quirky everyone is in Kaguya-sama and will cherish the interactions they have with other cast members.

The humor is wholesome. You’ll find Kaguya-sama’s gags, jokes, and deadpan humor laughable and unforgettable. Alongside Kaguya-sama’s excellent handling of modern social issues, there’s much fun to be had with this manga.

Classroom of the Elite – Shougo Kinugasa

Similarities – Characters & Drama

Classroom of the Elite is a light novel with intense psychological shenanigans, satisfying drama, and intelligent characters. The story takes place at a high school that’s treated like a utopia. It’s the highest-ranked educational institute in Japan and gives its high-ranking students the best treatment. At the center of this tale is Ayanokouji, who happens to be a part of the lower-tier class.

He meets strange people who harbor different goals. Although class memberships last forever, rankings can be revised if a low-rank student scores better than a top-ranked one. Therefore, we follow Ayanokouji and several other students as they attempt to climb up the ranks. Both stories feature manipulative individuals who’ll do whatever it takes to achieve their desires.

Ayanokouji and his friends will endure multiple trials and will resort to unpleasant actions if it gives them an opportunity to raise in the ranks. Power and control are central themes spread among these works as it relates to the social hierarchy showcased in each series’s respective setting. For those who loved Oshi No Ko’s plot twists and cliffhangers, you can expect the same experience with Classroom of the Elite. If this sounds enticing to you, give it a read, but don’t expect much artwork since it’s a light novel.

Skip Beat! – Yoshiki Nakamura

Similarities – Themes, Drama, Showbiz

Skip Beat explores a realistic issue involving best friends. What would happen if you heard them speaking ill of you and how would you react to said information? This serves as Skip Beat’s premise and it makes for a satisfying read. After overhearing her close friend Shoutarou belittle her in a conversation with a few people, Kyouko seeks vengeance upon him.

Knowing Shoutarou aspires to become a popular idol in the entertainment industry, Kyouko takes it upon herself to pursue a similar career in the field. Therefore, readers will examine Kyouko’s Hollywood-like lifestyle as she attempts to make Shoutarou pay for his cruel words. Both mangas offer a unique take on the entertainment industry.

Like Oshi No Ko’s Ai Hoshino, Kyouko will endure some conflict with entertainment figures. Ai has more experience than Kyouko, so it’s best for readers to anticipate Kyouko being somewhat naive about it. Nonetheless, Ai and Kyouko are determined and strong female protagonists who’ll keep you hooked with their similar aspirations and distinct personalities. If you’re looking for an amusing manga to read that touches upon life in the entertainment field, check out Skip Beat.

Boy’s Abyss – Ryou Minenami

Similarities – Drama & Themes

Boy’s Abyss is a psychological drama with incredible artwork and fun storytelling. Like Oshi No Ko, it deals with themes revolving around self-discovery, identity, and personal growth. Both mangas feature protagonists who want to find their spot in life but must work hard to achieve such a dream. Ryou Minenami’s artwork in Boy’s Abyss is captivating, vivid, and expressive.

She utilizes her incredible artistry to convey her cast’s emotions flawlessly on the page. Her and Oshi No Ko’s artist Mengo Yokoyari employ imaginative layouts, paneling, and coloring to immerse readers in the world our characters inhabit. Oshi No Ko and Boy’s Abyss include stellar interpersonal relationships for readers to follow and themes like trust, betrayal, and redemption are discussed.

For those searching for a tale that follows a protagonist who must overcome multiple obstacles to achieve true happiness, Boy’s Abyss’s worth reading.

Spy X Family – Tatsuya Endou

Similarities – Characters & Lighthearted Comedy

If Ai’s baby companions touched your heart, then Loid’s family from Spy X Family offers more of the same. This story follows Twilight, a spy who must maintain peace between Ostania and Westalis. He takes on the alias Loid Forger, starts up a family, and must defeat Donovan Desmond to complete his mission.

Although Loid’s a crafty individual, he’s unaware that his new wife and daughter harbor secrets of their own. We examine Loid’s family’s funny and action-packed antics alongside Loid’s quest to slay Desmond. This is another tale where our protagonists are withholding the truth from other people. Although Spy X Family offers more humor, the series can get dramatic when it wants to.

Anya, Loid’s adoptive daughter, is just as bedazzling as Ai’s toddlers. While Anya can peer into the future, Ai’s babies can speak fluent English. These fantastical aspects are played in for laughs, and you’ll enjoy every minute of it. With its wholesome scenarios, fun action segments, and charming cast, you’ll adore what Tatsuya Endou delivers with Spy X Family.

Nana – Ai Yazawa

Similarities – Characters & Themes

Nana is a fabulous romance manga written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. Her gothic art style is visually pleasing and helps her world and characters stand out from other romance-themed works. It features a tale about two girls named Nana. They travel to Tokyo to pursue different goals as one Nana wants to find a romantic partner while the other craves popularity.

Eventually, the girls meet and we follow them on their fascinating adventures through Tokyo. The Nanas will meet many people along the way who’ll impact them on an emotional level. Like Oshi No Ko, Nana focuses on our characters’ relationships and personal growth. The characters between both mangas are complex and layered. Both authors delve into themes like love, friendship, and self-discovery.

Both offer an intriguing perspective on the music industry and its inner workings, portraying Japan’s entertainment industry in realistic and authentic ways. Things like fashion, make-up, and one’s physical appearance are several topics touched upon in these stories. For those looking for a manga with a gothic aesthetic and commentary on the entertainment industry should check Nana out.

Smile Down The Runway – Kotoba Inoya

Similarities – Fashion

Smile Down The Runway is a heartwarming manga with favorable drama elements. We examine the life of Fujito, a girl who wants to become an incredible runway model. She meets an aspiring fashion designer named Tsumura and offers to assist him with his dream if he can reciprocate similar aid toward her goal. Readers will follow Tsumura and Fujito’s daily lives as they work toward their goals.

Smile Down The Runway and Oshi No Ko offer intruiging perspectives on the fashion industry and examine its inner workings of it. This provides readers with slight educational value. Both mangas offer excellent artwork that brings out our characters’ emotions toward themselves and others. Smile Down The Runway’s conclusion may have you feeling mixed about it. But if you can tolerate stories with open endings, then Smile Down The Runway should be the story for you.

AKB49: The Rules Against Love –Reiji Miyajima

Similarities – Drama, Idols, Themes

AKB49: The Rules Against Love is a romance manga that explores the world of Japanese pop culture, preferably the idol industry. The protagonists in both works have little experience in their respective fields but are determined to achieve success even when the odds are stacked against them. AKB49 is about Hiroko, a girl who wants to become a member of the popular idol group AKB48.

Unfortunately, she suffers from stage fright. This encourages her male friend Minoru to dress up as a girl named Urakawa and participates in the audition to motivate Hiroko. Miraculously, both “girls” get recruited. We examine Minoru and Hiroko’s idol journey as Minoru tries to seek a purpose for himself. With its excellent breakdown of the entertainment industry coupled with its likable pair of protagonists, Oshi No Ko fans have a lot of stellar content awaiting them in AKB49: The Rules Against Love.

Genshiken – Shimoku Kio

Similarities – Drama, Comedy, Themes

Genshjiken is great slice-of-life anime and features a grounded cast of college students who are extremely passionate about their hobbies. It explores fan culture and the complexities of relationships and personal growth. Shimoku Kio likes to dedicate a good portion of Genshiken’s storytelling to exploring their characters’ daily lives and examining why they’re so passionate about their hobbies.

Those who are more interested in learning how manga, anime, and video games are created will appreciate Genshiken more than Oshi No Ko. However, Oshi No Ko fans will adore the colorful personalities and backstories of each Genshiken character. Both are character-driven works and place heavy emphasis on how our characters evolve throughout each narrative too.

Genshiken tackles themes like self-expression, identity, and authenticity. Both mangas can be funny for different reasons, though. Genshiken likes to throw in jokes and witty observations about otaku culture as opposed to Oshi No Ko who inserts comedy to lighten the mood after showcasing a dramatic and intense scene among its characters.

Erased – Kei Sanbe

Similarities – Themes

Erased is a manga that involves our protagonist Satoru using his time-travel powers to alternate events in the past to make way for a brighter present. This manga offers compelling illustrations and sad imagery that will make you cry. It offers a gripping plot, but the reveal of the culprit behind its murder-themed story isn’t the best.

It comes off as feeling a tad predictable, but the ride to the conclusion feels entertaining. The characters receive great development and have likable personalities. You’ll cheer Satoru on throughout his endeavor between the present and the past. Like Oshi No Ko, Erased handles its dark and lighthearted themes accordingly, leading to some touching scenes among its cast. For those looking for a story with deepness, mystery, and satisfying drama, Erased should suffice.

So there we have it, our 10 books/manga to read after you’re caught up with Oshi No Ko.

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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