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Seto no Hanayome

Alt titles: My Bride is a Mermaid

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While visiting his hometown, junior high school student Michishio Nagasumi's life was changed forever when he nearly drowned. Though he was saved by a mermaid named San, there’s a catch -- her family is part of a merfolk mafia, and they abide by a strict rule: If a mermaid is discovered by a man, either he or the mermaid must die. That is, unless the man marries into the family! Faced with such a decision, Nagasumi can only oblige their customs and become a "happy" newlywed. Now, with a new school year around the corner, Nagasumi must find a way to deal with his new bride, keep her true nature a secret, and most importantly, escape inevitable death at the hands of San's over-protective father’s gang!


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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Seto no Hanayome OVA OVA 2008 TBD
Seto no Hanayome OVA Special DVD Special 2008 TBD

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Seto no Hanayome 2003 TBD
Name Role
Kazuaki MORITA Character Design
Seiji KISHI Director
Yasuharu TAKANASHI Music
Tahiko KIMURA Original Manga Creator

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Title Author Score Date
Seto no Hanayome franko446 8.5/10 Apr 1, 2013
My Bride is a Mermaid franko446 8.5/10 Apr 1, 2013
Seto no Hanayome AnimeKuroiFuyu 10/10 Aug 30, 2012
List Title Username Entries Date
Comedy Gold polycutie 10 Apr 12, 2014
Best Comedy/Romance Anime polycutie 18 Apr 12, 2014
Binge Party List Neurotoxin 18 Apr 2, 2014
blackfire rated the Seto no Hanayome anime 4.5/5 stars
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yahiko56 stalled Seto no Hanayome at 14 of 26 episodes

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School Rumble

School Rumble

Tenma Tsukamoto is young, bright, and smitten with the school hottie Oji Karasuma. She's desperate for his attention, which is unfortunate considering he barely gives her the time of day! Throw Kenji Harima, the school delinquent with a crush on Tenma into the mix and you've got one twisted love triangle of unrequited proportions! Can love find the trio happiness before their attention-grabbing stunts end up hurting more than their egos?

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Overall Seto no and School Rumble have a lot in common, starting with the types of characters, ranging from a lead sporadic guy to a deeply in love girl, followed by the overall humor that both share. Whether they're going to class, participating in school events, or just at home, the anime both share the same slapstick and random humor that almost all can enjoy. If you enjoyed one of them there's a very good chance you'll enjoy the other.


both animes havea very simillay kind of humor full of funny characters andevents.love tangles,misunderstandings,weird creatures...all and all both are great romanitc comedies.


These shows both feature a fast pased comedy adventure. Every episode is hilarious and leaves you wanting more but the main plot isnt focused on as much.


I'll be honest here, i absolutely hated Seto no Hanayome, but it was very apparent that both of these anime have a similar style of comedy.  The highly improbable scenario's, the awkward gags and situations, and the zany whacked out tsundere type characters are all common themes that run in both.  So if Seto no Hanayome blew you away, then School Rumble should have a similar affect.


Both School Rumble and Seto no Hanayome share the same random slapstick type of comedy. At points none of them make any sense at all. If you are looking for comedy with a plot neither of them is your cup of tea. But if you just want mindless laughs both of them are good fun.

Both have lead men subject to pain and misunderstandings while trying to win the heart of a lady. However, I must say San from Seto no hanayome is a more interesting leading female than her School Rumble counterpart. Both anime keep adding characters to the mix throughout the anime to keep the comedy fresh and create new situations (Not something I particularly enjoy, but to each its own).

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Ah! My Goddess TV

Ah! My Goddess TV

Morisato Keiichi has always had bad luck. No matter what he does or how he acts, nothing seems to go his way. His bike frequently breaks down, his classmates take advantage of him, women ignore and scorn him, and on top of all that, he’s only 5'3". In Heaven, when someone’s bad luck and good luck are so heavily out of balance, Belldandy (Goddess First Class, Second Category, Unlimited) of the Goddess Assistance Agency comes to the rescue. Belldandy grants Keiichi one wish to make up for all of his bad luck, but when Keiichi wishes for Belldandy to stay by his side forever... the trouble begins. Can Keiichi keep Belldandy by his side, or will outside elements force her to return to heaven?

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Ever dreamed about becoming saved by a beautiful girl? Well, that's what Ah! my Goddess and Seto no Hanayome are about. In both of them the main character is a young boy in trouble, who will recieve help from a girl from another world. Because of the incident, they will have to start living together or face the consequences.


Both anime feature a male protagonist who suddenly encounters a beautiful girl of an otherworldly nature. Both use comedic elements, and have a light-hearted plot, as well as subtle instances of romance to tie everything together.


Goddess and human? Mermaid and human?

More or less forced to live together from now on sure is problematic but as these two series prove it also can be a lot of fun! If you liked one, you'd surely like the other!


A beautiful, powerful, but somewhat ditzy girl that suddenly becomes the significant other of a rather unexciting main character. Both anime have the main couple battling other suitors, bizarre drama, and the fact that they're from different worlds. Both are a great mix of comedy and romance. 

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Kamen no Maid Guy

Kamen no Maid Guy

Naeko and Kousuke Fujiwara have just been given a gift from their grandfather: the mess of a mansion they live in will now be cared for by two capable maids – Fubiki, a beauty that appeals to Kousuke’s fetish; and Kogarashi, a huge, strong man who will perform his maid duties to his fullest! What the two don’t know is that they are the last in line for their family’s inheritance, and these two “maids” have been hired to protect them. For Kousuke, this new life is a dream come true; but for Naeko, her mammoth, gravity-defying breasts will never be safe from Kogarashi or any other male’s antics again!

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While Kamen no Maid Guy is more heavy on the fanservice and ecchi then Seto no Hanayome (although by no means does it lack it) they both have the same type of humor: that all too random what-the-hell-just-happened type of mindfuck that leaves you rolling on the floor in laughter and utter confusion.


Both Kamen no Maid Guy and Seto no Hanayome are comical in their randomness and hyperbole. If anything describes the show Seto no Hanayome in its style, hyperbole catches it. All characters' emotions are super-exaggerated and so is anything else that can be exaggerated. From funky facial expressions to mermaid mafias, Seto no Hanayome is exxagerated humor.

Maid Guy also makes use of heavy exageration. From Maid Guy's superpowers to his own dress, he defines overkill. To go as far as to wake up your master by putting a shower-hose in her cleavage (lol), Maid Guy loves to overdo things, especially to criticize the hypersexuality present in modern day. To go as far as to propose the idea of everyone being a maid, especially a guy, is ludicris.


Although Kamen no Maid Guy contains a far more considerable amount of (mostly harmless) ecchi than Seto no Hayanome, if you enjoyed the wacky gadgets, powers, exaggeration-based humor and situations too hilariously absurd to possibly describe from one of these two shows, you'll definitely enjoy the other one!


These two shows definitely have that strong paced and aggressive comedy aspect to them than you know and love if you have seen either one. Check the other out.

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

Fumizuki Academy is divided into classes ranked based purely on ability; Class A has laptops, reclining seats and ultimate comfort whereas Class F has to settle for a rundown classroom with rotten cushions and rickety coffee tables. Akihisa Yoshii has recently taken the placement exam and finds himself relegated to the lowly Class F along with many of his friends, and they’re far from impressed with their draughty facilities. Luckily, not all is lost as at Fumizuki, classes can declare war on each other to swap rooms by fighting with summoned characters whose strength is based on the users' test scores. As they dream of escaping their decrepit circumstances, the ‘idiotic’ students of Class F will try whatever they can to reach the dizzy heights of Class A’s luxury, even if it means taking on the entire school in an all-out summoning war!

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Both animes are very much alike. They are both funny slapstick comedy parodies. Even though My Bride is a Mermaid features mermaids and some fantasy elements and Baka & Test features little avatars they fight with. Both animes are fun to watch.


I found myself laughing through both of these animes

Both have some romantic elements and know how to make someone laugh


Both are hilarious and have sketchy jokes. If you liked my wife is a mermaid you would like baka to test to shoukanjuu. 

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Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.

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Both Seto no Hanayome and Fruits Basket deal with the troubles of magical people who suffer from involuntary transformation trying to lead normal lives while keeping their condition a secret.  They also share a similarly wacky, slapstick sense of humor, and several overarching plot traits.


Fruits Basket and Seto no Hanayome both deal with families who transform under certain circumstances, while having to keep it secret and still interact with the world at large. In each series, an individual is chosen to share this secret. Slapstick comedy, of course, ensues.


Both of these animes involve a protagonist that is suddenly living with people that have family secrets involving transformation. Their job, of course, it to make sure no one else finds out. This leads to underlying romance, slapstick comedy, and generally awkward moments.

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