• Anime Series Like Dagashi Kashi
    Feb 23, 2018

    Kokonotsu Shikada has aspirations of becoming a manga artist, but his family wants him to take over their prestigious sweets shop. He refuses until one day a girl comes and wants to make his father work for her family’s corporation. He agrees, but only if she can convince Kokonotsu to take over the shop.

    Some may say Dagashi Kashi is an animated advertisement for Japanese snacks, but I say it is an effective advertisement for Japanese snacks! The plot is sparse, but the comedy is high, so if you are looking for similar anime recommendations, then look no further.

    For Fans of Endless Talking of Snacks

    Gourmet Girl Graffiti

    Ryou Machiko lives alone while going to art school. While so likes to cook and loves to eat, recently she has found her food tastes terrible. One day, after a call from her aunt, Ryou discovers her cousin Kirin will be staying with her on the weekends. Soon after her arrival, Ryou learns the important lesson that food tastes better with friends.

    In Dagashi Kashi it is a lot of talking about snacks and analyzing them in various ways. It is much the same in Gourmet Girl Graffiti, except it is with full meals. In both shows, you get details on how it is made and how it is best eaten, but in Gourmet Girl Graffiti, you watch them eat it in ridiculous food porn-esque ways.

    JK Meshi

    Reina, Ryouka, and Ruriko have all mastered the JK Meshi cooking style of cooking simple dishes. Now all classmates in their second year of high school, they often find themselves getting distracted from their studies, and when they do, they cook.

    Dagashi Kashi likes to pretend that it has a plot, but it really has the same plot as JK Meshi – both are about people procrastinating through eating. You watch people enjoy the food and enjoy thoughtful dialogue about it, but nothing really goes anywhere.

    Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles

    Unassuming and mysterious in her high school life, Koizumi has a secret. She is actually a ramen master that is constantly looking for great ramen restaurants. Adept at eating and discerning in her tastes, join her for on the hunt for great ramen.

    Both shows play at having a larger plot, but they are both about rather small, specific things – snacks or ramen. In fact, both shows are so into showcasing those things that they almost feel like an advertisement. I mean, I left both feeling subliminally influenced to want both Japanese snacks as well as ramen, so they are pretty effective.

    For Fans of Rural Japanese Setting

    Non Non Biyori

    Asahigaoka is rural village in the middle of nowhere, and for the five students who go to school there, their days are all about keeping the boredom at bay. All of different ages, their ways to entertain themselves never border on normal.

    Dagashi Kashi may not have much of a plot, but Non Non Biyori has even less. However, they both create that great peaceful rural atmosphere where the comedy comes through not really having anything else to do other than be random.


    After losing his temper on a critic, renowned calligraphy artist Sieshuu Handa is exiled to the Goto Islands by his father for a period of self-reflection. There he seeks to find new inspiration for his art, but finds that his neighbors and some neighborhood kids keep getting in his way.

    Both of these shows celebrate rural country life for the simplicity that it is. However, while they are both about specific professions, sadly Barakamon isn’t really food related. Yet, like Dagashi Kashi, it still remains funny with that added heartwarming feeling piled on top.


    Kousaku Hata, a student at a agricultural school, loves ones idol in particular – Yuka Kusakabe. On the day she announces her retirement, he is devastated, at least until a he finds out that she transferred to his school. Although she has a completely different personality, she is willing to work hard to learn, with Kousaku right at her side.

    Both shows are hyper focused and obsessed with a specific topic. In Dagashi Kashi, it is sweets. In No-Rin, it is farming. Surprisingly, in both you actually learn a lot about both areas while also getting to enjoy a good comedy series. However, No-Rin has a few more perverted jokes.

    For Fans of Small Business Workers



    Souta Takanashi has a fondness for cute things, so when the cute and small Popura Taneshima asks him to work at Wagnaria, a family restaurant, he can’t turn her down. Little did he know about all the unique personalities that also call Wagnaria their place of employment.

    Both shows have an interesting cast of characters that brighten up what otherwise could be a mundane plot and setting. In fact, both shows are really all about the characters and their shenanigans rather than anything else.

    Poko’s Udon World

    Souta Tawara is a web designer that has been working in Tokyo. However, when he returns to his small town to visit family, he discovers a young boy alone and with a supernatural secret. Upon the confrontation, Souta decides to quit his job and take care of this boy dubbed Poko. This anime follows their daily adventures in the Kagawa Prefecture, the Udon Kingdom.

    Unlike many other series on this list, this one not only happens in a small, food-related business and a rural setting, but it also focuses on a main character that doesn’t really want to do what everyone else wants them to do. Throughout the series, you watch them discover and pursue their dreams.

    Hanasaku Iroha

    Ohana Matsumae is an energetic teenager that lives with her mother in Tokyo. However, when her mother decides to run off with a man, she is sent to the country to live with a grandmother she has never met. As it turns out, her grandmother is not only cold to her, but runs an inn. Eager to earn her keep and grandmother’s affection, Ohana begins the hard work that makes sure an inn runs smoothly.

    Watching both series you learn that small confectionary shops and small Japanese inns are not so different, particularly in the middle of the country. Both require hard work and quality service. However, while Dagashi Kashi is more comedy, Hanasaku Iroha is often more of a drama show.

    Do you have any more anime recommendations for anime series like Dagashi Kashi? Leave them in the comments section below.

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