8 Anime Like Sousei no Onmyouji [Twin Star Exorcists]

Sousei no Onmyouji, or Twin Star Exorcists, is currently airing to some mixed reviews.

But it’s easy enough to understand. Sousei no Onmyouji is a run-of-the-mill shounen anime about teenagers saving the world by defeating demons and monsters. There are some people that are into that kind of story, and there are people who aren’t.

But if you’re here, it’s because you like it and want to see more stuff where good guys exorcise monsters by fighting them. And you’re in luck, because there are plenty to choose from.

Here’s a few of the better options.




Exorcists are so important in D.Gray-man, they’re a capitalized proper noun. And their job is a little different from most exorcists.

See, the Millennium Earl is creating an entire army of the undead by capturing the souls of the dead that are called back by loved ones. That’s what he uses to power his “Akuma,” the mechanical weapons with which he plans to destroy the world.

So Exorcists – called so because their techniques are the only ones that can free a trapped soul from an Akuma – are tasked with not only freeing the souls of the dead, but also saving the world. A tall order, that.



On the surface, Noragami wouldn’t seem to fit the same mold as Sousei no Onmyouji. But while Yato is a god, not an exorcist, his job is still to destroy corrupted spirits.

Also like Sousei no Onmyouji, he does a good portion of that destroying with fighting. There are, of course, other ways to exorcise demons and lost souls. We could put The World God Only Knows up here, since it’s technically also about exorcising lost spirits. But that series is about exorcising lost spirits by making girls fall in love like they’re in a dating sim.

Yato just fights things. That’s more in line with Sousei no Onmyouji. In fairness, The World God Only Knows is decent too, just not quite the same. Consider it an honorable mention.

Tokyo Ravens

Tokyo Ravens

An alternate-history sequence of events during  World War 2 leads to a magic-oriented disaster that has left Japan as an epicenter of supernatural activity.

Tokyo Ravens begins its story 50 years after that, following Harutora Tsuchimikado, a member of the same Tsuchimikado family that caused the disaster five decades earlier. Harutora has no sense of the supernatural, and no ability to use spiritual power at all. Still, he is targeted by those who believe his family intends to carry out the same ritual that caused all the supernatural activity in the first place.

To defeat those that mean him harm and set the world right, he contracts with Natsume, the Tsuchimikado family’s true heir, to become her familiar and help her fight the rising tide of onmyouji.

Ushio to Tora

Ushio to Tora (TV)

Ushio Aotsuki isn’t an exorcist. In fact, he goes out of his way to avoid his temple priest father’s ramblings about evil spirits and menacing youkai.

That is, until he stumbles across one in his basement. A really big one, at that, who has apparently been sealed away there for 500 years. This particular youkai, Tora, is known for his immense destructive power, and immediately asks Ushio to set him free.

Ushio, being a sensible kid, refuses… until a huge yokai outbreak puts the whole town at risk. Ushio removes the fabled Beast Spear that held Tora in place, and so begins a tenuous partnership between the two of them.


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