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15 Best Babysitting Anime That Illuminate the Art of Caring for Kids (2023)

Anime is often praised for its wide variety of genres. Of course, the more fast-paced shounen and the thrilling seinen are more well-known and popular amongst fans and casual watchers like. Even for lovers of the shoujo genre, rom-coms are usually at the forefront.

However, there is something incredibly charming about the laidback slice-of-life anime. Something that falls short of being converted as wonderfully to any other medium. Not to mention, the Iyashikei sub-genre is mostly unique to anime and manga.

There are several anime which has kids as their main theme. They make us laugh, cry, and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. So today, we will be looking at the 15 Best Babysitting Anime That Illuminate the Art of Caring for Kids, in no particular order.

It doesn’t matter if you like kids in real life or not. You will surely fall in love with these endearing young bubbles of energy.

15 Best Babysitting Anime That Illuminate the Art of Caring for Kids

15. Aishiteruze Baby

Aishiteruze Baby

IMDb Rating6.9
Number of Episodes26
Genre(s)Shoujo, Slice-of-Life, Drama
Studio(s)TMS Entertainment
Where to WatchCrunchyroll

Starting with a classic old-school shoujo anime. It is always heartwarming to see characters developing into a better version of their past self, and Aishiteruze Baby depicts this in a heartwarming way.

Kippei is a high-school playboy who is rather infamous for having only girls on his mind. All this has to change, however, when circumstances lead him to have to take care of a five-year-old. He may not have experience in raising a child, but he unexpectedly wants to do better. The learning curve is steep, but he has the spirit!

14. Beelzebub


IMDb Rating7.5
Number of Episodes60
Genre(s)Action, Comedy, Shounen
Studio(s)St. Signpost
Where to WatchCrunchyroll

Action isn’t exactly a tag you expect to see in this genre. But then again, Beelzebub is far from your typical childcare anime. Tatsumi Oga is a legendary delinquent. His days are anything but boring, but when he saves a big man from drowning, the last thing he expects is for him to split in half and reveal a baby.

What’s more? The baby is far from ordinary. As it turns out, he is Beelzebub, the future king of demons. And this little demon has taken a liking to Oga and latched himself to him. Oga now has to carry on the duty of looking after a baby and fulfilling all his whims, all while battling rival gangs and putting up with other annoying demons!

13. T-Sensei


IMDb Rating7.0
Number of Episodes14
Genre(s)Comedy, Slice-of-Life, Teaching
Studio(s)Production I.G
Where to WatchAnime Beans app

T-Sensei is a rather hidden gem. Consisting of small, 3-minute episodes, it depicts the life of a male nursery teacher ‘T-Sensei’ as he takes care of adorable kindergarten children.

The anime is simple in its premise, but it’s enough to elicit a laugh from the audience as we see a teacher, full of passion for his job, navigate his life through cute but brutally honest children. They are sure to capture your heart too!

12. Hanamaru Kindergarten

Hanamaru Kindergarten

IMDb Rating6.9
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy, Slice-of-Life, Seinen, Teaching
Where to WatchCrunchyroll

It’s always heartwarming to see male nursery teachers giving their best in caring for children, especially since it’s not a male-dominated job. Hanamaru Kindergarten manages to bring these light, wholesome moments to the screen.

As the first and only male teacher, Tsuchida is nervous about starting his new job at Hanamaru Kindergarten. Unfortunately, everything goes wrong on his first day. On top of that, one of the kids, Anzu, seemed to have latched onto him. Now, Tsuchida has to do his utmost to become the best at his job, all while dispelling weird rumors about him.

11. Kakushigoto


IMDb Rating7.4
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy, Drama, Slice-of-Life
Where to Watch Funimation, Crunchyroll

We will see quite a few single fathers on this list, both blood-related and otherwise. Kakushi Goto is a single father with a huge secret. He is a top-selling manga artist. That alone isn’t enough for it to be a huge secret, but his forte happens to be erotic manga.

Goto will do everything to keep his job a secret from his young impressionable daughter Hime. Unlucky for him, his daughter is a little too inquisitive. But Goto will bend over backward to protect his daughter’s innocence. However, time reveals all secrets, and Hime may have to open Pandora’s box when the time comes.

10. The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting

The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting

IMDb Rating7.4
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy Drama, Slice-of-Life, Yakuza
Studio(s)Gaina, feel.
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, Ani-One Asia

There is something charming about characters perceived as devilish or evil, taking care of a kid and eventually warming up to them. Kirishima Tooru is part of the Yakuza and serves the Sakuragi family. His strength and tendency to let his fists do all the talking have earned him the name “Demon of Sakuragi.”

Nothing can seemingly stand in his way, but when his boss assigns him to babysit his young daughter, Kirishima learns that he may not be totally invincible after all.

9. Sweetness & Lightning

Sweetness and Lightning

IMDb Rating7.2
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy, Seinen, Slice-of-Life, Iyashikei
Studio(s)TMS Entertainment, 3xCube
Where to WatchCrunchyroll

This anime mixes heartwarming moments with some good ol’ food sakuga. Kouhei Inuzuka, having recently lost his wife, is doing his best to be a math teacher and a single parent at the same time. Being overwhelmed with his duties and emotions, he rarely has time to think about food.

However, he can’t see his small daughter Tsumugi having to bear eating convenience store food every day. But the problem is, he is terrible at cooking. Fate brings the father-daughter duo together to one of his students, Kotori Iida. Being the daughter of restaurant owners, she is great at cooking! And thus begins their cooking adventures.

8. Poco’s Udon World

Poco's Udon World

IMDb Rating7.5
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Seinen, Slice-of-Life, Iyashikei, Youkai
Where to WatchCrunchyroll

A young web designer, Souta Towara, takes a leave of absence to return to his countryside to sort out his family affairs. His recently deceased father’s udon shop, his childhood home, stands forlorn and empty. Questioning his life choices, he stumbles across a small boy who, to his surprise, turns out to be a shape-shifting Tanuki!

Souta takes in the young boy and names him Poco. Heartwarming moments ensue amidst occasional trifles, and Poco leads Souta to the journey of his rediscovery.

7. Buddy Daddies

Buddy Daddies

IMDb Rating7.9
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Action, Comedy, Assassins
Studio(s)P.A. WORKS
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, Aniplus

A recent addition to the found family genre, Buddy Daddies is another example of P.A. Works’s capabilities of creating hard-hitting dramas. Kazuki and Rei are talented and capable assassin partners. On one of their missions, they come across Miri, a bright-eyed four-year-old girl, and somehow end up taking her with them.

Taking care of an unpredictable and energetic kid may be more than what they bargained for. But they will do everything in their power to give her the normal childhood she deserves. Even if it means staking their lives and careers.

6. Somali and the Forest Spirit

Somali and the Forest Spirit

IMDb Rating7.5
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Fantasy, Seinen, Slice-of-Life, Single Parent
Where to WatchCrunchyroll

In a world almost extinct of the human race, a forest golem comes across a young human child and decides to take care of her. Having found a new goal of finding little Somali’s parents, the golem embarks on a beautiful journey with her to take her home.

For a higher being incapable of showing emotions, the little girl’s enthusiasm may be the key to opening his heart. The entire series is quite picturesque and full of heartwarming moments, some of which are sure to make you cry.

5. Kotaro Lives Alone

Kotaro Lives Alone

IMDb Rating8.4
Number of Episodes10
Genre(s)Comedy, Seinen, Slice-of-Life, Neighbors
Where to WatchNetflix

Now, this is an anime that needs a full box of tissues by the side. Satoru Kotaro, 4 years old, moves into an apartment all alone. Karino Shin, a manga artist and his neighbor, finds the little boy with an eccentric mature way of speaking quite intriguing. After all, how can such a young boy live alone without his parents? Is there more than meets the eye?

Don’t let the comedy tag fool you because Kotaro is sure to make you cry just as much as laugh.

4. Hinamatsuri


IMDb Rating7.9
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Seinen, Sci-fi, Slice-of-Life, Yakuza, Comedy
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, Funimation

“Don’t question and just go with the flow” seems to be the way to go about this series. Nitta Yoshifumi, a delinquent with a love for antiques, is living his best life. Until he finds an egg-like object in his house, out of which comes a weird girl (read: alien). This psychokinetic girl with absurdly strong powers is anything but ordinary.

So what choice does Nitta have but to take her in? This anime is peak comedy and will make you laugh so hard that you will be clutching your sides. Just don’t let the weird moments deter you, and enjoy the absurdity!

3. School Babysitters

School Babysitters

IMDb Rating7.7
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Shoujo, Siblings, Slice-of-Life, Iyashikei
Studio(s)Brain’s Base
Where to WatchCrunchyroll

Admit it. This is the first anime that comes to mind when you read the title of this article. For good reason too. Adorable Kids. Check. Sweet Guardians. Check. Humor. Check. Heartwarming moments. Check. School babysitters tick all the boxes.

Ryuichi and his two-year-old brother Kotaro have recently lost their parents in a plane crash. Lucky for them, they are taken in by the Chairwoman of Morinomiya Academy on the condition that Ryuichi will work in the on-site daycare at her school. Determined to look after his brother, Ryuichi accepts, and this begins his life amidst small adorable balls of chaos and his very sweet and mature brother.

2. Barakamon


IMDb Rating8.2
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Shounen, Slice-of-Life, Iyashikei, Countryside
Studio(s)Kinema Citrus
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, Funimation

Barakamon is hilarious and charming incarnate. Seishuu Handa, a young talented calligrapher, is sent off by his father to a remote island due to his quick temper and narcissistic nature. The moody artist has no choice but to adapt to his new environment. His life turns out to be anything but peaceful, thanks to nosy neighbors and rowdy village kids, one of whom is the bubbly young Naru Kotoishi.

However, the Goto Islands and everyone there turn out to be just what he needs to find his own style. Slowly but surely, Handa begins warming up to the place, and he develops a heartwarming bond with Naru.



IMDb Rating8.4
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Shounen, Action, Comedy, Espionage
Studio(s)WIT Studio, CloverWorks
Where to WatchNetflix, Crunchyroll, Muse Asia

If you haven’t heard of Spy x Family by now, you are probably living under a rock. The manga itself had a pretty dedicated fanbase. But some WIT and Cloverworks magic alleviated it to new popularity. After all, it’s hard not to fall in love with such a charming story and cast.

Renowned spy and Master of Disguise Twilight tirelessly works for W.I.S.E for a peaceful world. There is no mission he cannot complete, but when he is given the mission to infiltrate an elite private school by procuring a kid and a wife, he realizes he has his work cut out for him. What’s more. The kid he chooses is a telepath, and his wife is an assassin! Can these three unconventional people pull off a perfect family?

And that’s it for our list! Stay tuned for more articles like this in the future, and keep watching anime!

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