6 Anime Like Heike Monogatari (The Heike Story) [Recommendations]

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6 Anime Like Heike Monogatari (The Heike Story) [Recommendations]

6 Anime Like Heike Monogatari (The Heike Story) [Recommendations]

Heike Monogatari, arguably one of the most underappreciated anime of 2021–2022, is a masterpiece that not everyone immediately embraced. But because of its stunning aesthetics, epic plotline drenched in political intrigue, and unexpected plot, it immediately won many fans. The Heike Story is a lyrical interpretation of the historical epic of the same name, and given that the story has, regrettably, come to an end, we know you guys must be feeling its absence from your watch lists. To fill the need left by Heike in your hearts, Honey’s Anime has a list of some extremely amazing and historical shows for you to check out. Here are 6 anime that are similar to The Heike Story without further ado!

Similar Anime to Heike Monogatari / Similar Anime to The Heike Story

1. Hakuouki (Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~)

Hakuouki (Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2010 – June 2010

The sad demise of a mighty institution, the effects of shifting political superpowers, and samurai swords are just a few of the gripping themes that make The Heike Story and Hakuoki excellent films to watch. We get to follow epic journeys that explore political tensions, dubious characters behind the scenes, and some seriously spooky supernatural elements through MCs like Biwa and Chizuru, who aren’t directly involved but work as lenses for us viewers.

The Shinsengumi in Hakuoki were once a magnificent cornerstone of the Shogunate’s power, much like the Taira Clan’s considerable impact. However, the Shinsengumi and the Shogunate have both entered a period of decline due to the schemes of some evil, hidden entities, not to mention the challenging conditions of the time. Chizuru Yukimura, who is looking for her absent father when she travels to Kyoto, ends up joining the Shinsengumi due to a series of terrible circumstances.

Chizuru finds herself involved in a conflict that is much more complicated than it appears, much like Biwa from The Heike Story, and while she doesn’t particularly want to get involved, her fate is intertwined with that of a group that appears to be headed for tragedy. So check out Hakuouki if you want tense drama and unexpected narrative twists set against a lovely period setting that draws inspiration from actual Japanese history.

Hakuouki Trailer/OP

Hakuouki Trailer/OP

2. Kaguya-hime no Monogatari(The Tale of the Princess Kaguya)

 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari(The Tale of the Princess Kaguya)
  • Episodes: 1 (Movie)
  • Aired: November 2013

Any anime fan worth their salt will immediately make a connection between The Heike Story and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya while watching it. The two share a lot in common, not the least of which being their visual sensibilities. An anime classic (is any Ghibli film not a classic?). Both Princess Kaguya and The Heike Story tell stories that are drenched in mysticism and have gorgeous graphics that look like they belong in a fairytale (the narratives for both are nearly legendary).

Similar to Biwa’s prophetic abilities, Kaguya also has a “blessed” (is it really?) past. Kaguya is discovered by a bamboo cutter, born from a bamboo sprout. He and his wife decide to nurture her like a princess and move her to the city in order to distance themselves from their lowly beginnings because they believe she is a “divine blessing.” But this good fortune is more akin to a curse. Kaguya’s mysterious roots, in addition to the “divine blessings” she delivers, imprison her in an unwelcome gilded fate that is inherent in becoming queen, much like Biwa’s gift puts her in hot water.

The themes of unfortunate circumstance, its echoing effects, and the notion of a cursed fate ring throughout both of these tales, and if you liked The Heike Story, Princess Kaguya should unquestionably be next on your list!

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Trailer

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Trailer

3. Dororo (Dororo)

 Dororo (Dororo)
  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: January 2019 – June 2019

Hyakkimaru definitely gets the short end of the stick, but it seems like the historical anime genre need its main characters to be in difficult situations. Hyakkimaru, who was unfortunate to inherit his father’s transgressions, was born to a rapacious Daimyo who made a deal with demons to assure the prosperity of his realm. He is thus born with nothing at all—no limbs, no eyes, no ears, not even skin—and it’s a miracle he’s still alive.

Set in the bloody Sengoku era, Hyakkimaru is abandoned by his family as a result of his terrible circumstances (did we mention he was born with nothing?). But after being adopted by a healer and given magical prosthetics, he embarks on a quest to recover what has been taken from him (we can’t even begin to explain how it works) and encounters Dororo, another orphan who has been left behind. In search of some peace (and, in Hyakkimaru’s case, a partially functional body), the unlikely pair sets out to traverse the cruel demon-infested world together. Give Dororo a try if you prefer stories with brave heroes who defy the odds to merely survive. It won’t let you down, we promise.

Dororo PV

Dororo PV

Any Anime Like The Heike Story / Any Anime Like Heike

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4. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (Rurouni Kenshin)

 Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (Rurouni Kenshin)
  • Episodes: 94
  • Aired: January 1996 – September 1998

There once was a warrior at the height of the Bakumatsu era. A devil of the battlefield, Hitokiri Battousai was well-known. He was a ruthless killer who everyone feared, a master of the blade, then he unexpectedly vanished. Ten years later, a skilled swordsman of unknown provenance named Kenshin Himura appears (take a wild guess everybody).

Kenshin, a man determined to atone for his past transgressions, has pledged never to kill again and has dedicated his life to protecting the helpless. He does this with a positive outlook and a can-do mentality. Kenshin resolves to put a stop to his travelling ways and stay around a little longer to continue saving those who need saving after meeting Kaouru Kamiya and lending her a helping hand. The blood-stained legend who is currently through a redemption arc must make decisions that will conflict with both his past and present selves when the skeletons in his closet start to stir and some evil forces come into play. Try Rurouni Kenshin; it’s a classic for a reason if the political intrigue, the heart-pounding drama, and the consequences of The Heike Story are what pulled you in.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – Official Teaser for Reboot 2021

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Official Teaser for Reboot 2021

5. Katanagatari (Katanagatari)

 Katanagatari (Katanagatari)
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2010 – December 2010

Katanagatri, which is set in the Edo period, is a visual delight for those of you who like your stories with non-traditional art styles. This anime is compelling from the way it’s drawn to the narrative itself, and it will draw you in just like The Heike Story. It is vibrant, poetic, and absolutely stunning. This underappreciated gift is a feast for the eyes, ears, and heartstrings, exactly like Heike Monogatari, with fascinating MCs and grand epic voyages.

Togame enlists Shichika Yasuri to help her on her quest to bring back the 12 Deviant Blades for the Shogunate. Shichika Yasuri practises Kyotouryuu, a swordfighting manoeuvre in which the practitioner uses his own body as a blade. The two go on a perilous trip of epic proportions where they come across formidable adversaries who are each experts in superhuman, powerful sword techniques. Katanagatri is a fantastic change of pace if The Heike Story was a little too serious for you. The humorous dialogue and appealing artwork give the story the appearance of being a lighthearted adventure, despite the fact that it also contains serious undertones and tremendous risks.

Katanagatari PV

Katanagatari PV

6. The Hakkenden (The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors)

The Hakkenden (The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors)
  • Episodes: 6 (OVA)
  • Aired: October 1990 – March 1991

Legend of the Dog Warriors is another blood, sweat, and tears-filled story that takes place during the Japanese feudal wars. The Awa Clan from Legend of the Dog Warriors is threatened with extinction, same like the Taira Clan, because of a rival clan and some demonic forces (no big deal, right?). However, their redemption comes in a rather strange way: in exchange for marrying the lord’s daughter, their family dog brings back the enemy’s head (don’t get us started, it just gets stranger)! Eight offspring—one for each of the eight bushido virtues—are the result of this unholy union, and they are all murdered off before being reborn as Dog Warriors. Each of these warriors embarks on a bloody journey before coming together to restore the honour of their clan. The Awa Clan seeks to reclaim what was lost along a route paved with blood, sorrow, and sacrifice, much like the Taira Clan, which is dedicated to retaining its dominance.

The Hakkenden (The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors)

Final Thoughts

This completes our list of six anime that are similar to Heike Monogatari. While The Heike Story is rather distinctive in terms of both its visual style and its plot, we’re confident that the shows on our list will undoubtedly satisfy that similar craving. Therefore, give a few of these anime a try; there’s something for every fan of Heike here.

How would you rate The Heike Story? Do you believe our suggestions will be implemented? Did we leave out any anime that you think should have been included? Tell us in the comments section below! We like hearing from you.

6 Anime Like Heike Monogatari (The Heike Story) [Recommendations]

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