Fun, Female-Led Anime Like Lycoris Recoil You Should Be Watching

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Fun, Female-Led Anime Like Lycoris Recoil You Should Be Watching
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Lycoris Recoil is a standout among the summer shows. It is a must-see for combining cute girls in uniform with guns and lots of action. If you like the show, here are some fun, female-led anime like Lycoris Recoil you should watch!

Aside from the endearing characters of Lycoris Recoil, the anime is full of mystery and surprises. This compels viewers to discuss Lycoris Recoil on various anime forums. As a result, the original anime grew in popularity, and a manga adaptation was later announced!

Related: The Best Action Anime with a Badass Female Lead

  1. Mai-Hime

    Mai-Hime, like Lycoris Recoil, is an action anime with female leads. The only difference is that Mai-Hime is more influenced by the supernatural and magical girl genres. The ability of the girls to transform and use their HIME powers is the coolest part.

    Mai-Hime follows Mai Tokiha, a young high school girl who has been awarded a scholarship to Fuuka Academy. Together with her sickly younger brother, Takumi, the two of them head over to the school to stay in the dorms.

    During the ferry ride to Fuuka Academy, Mai and Takumi become entangled in a destructive battle between two girls with supernatural abilities!

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  2. Release the Spyce

    The plot of Release the Spyce is very similar to that of Lycoris Recoil. Both shows feature girls who work for an organization undercover.

    While Lycoris works for the DA, the spies in Release the Spyce work for a military police force that keeps the city safe from crime.

    Momo Minamoto, an aspiring police officer, stars in the action anime, Release the Spyce. Her senses are more refined than others due to her unique ability. Momo can tell how someone is feeling with just one lick.

    Momo's double life begins when Yuki Hanzoumon, a senior at her school, recruits her to become a spy for a secret agency. Momo's job as a Tsukikage spy is to keep the city safe in the shadows.

  3. Princess Principal

    Princess Principal is an anime similar to Lycoris Recoil in that both are action-oriented. They also share the same premise, with girls working undercover for an organization. The girls also wear cute uniforms to blend in. The main distinction would be in plot direction as well as setting.

    The anime is set at the end of the 19th century and follows a group of special girls who attend the prestigious Queen's Mayfaire school. Under the guise of schoolgirls, they are actually working as undercover spies for the Commonwealth of Albion.

    Since London has been divided by a wall, Dorothy and the others are tasked with using their own set of specialized skills to complete their mission amidst the war between the East and West.

  4. Aria the Scarlet Ammo

    Similar to Lycoris Recoil, Aria the Scarlet Ammo features main characters who become partners.

    Both of the main characters in the show have girls with guns, are highly skilled, and defend the populace while working for a covert organization.

    Additionally, aside from its action genre, Aria the Scarlet Ammo also includes comedy interspersed throughout, such as Lycoris Recoil.

    Kinji Tooyama, a logistics student and former member of the assault division at Tokyo Butei High, is chosen as the Butei Killer's next victim. Kinji is compelled to use his special superhuman ability, which flares up whenever he is aroused, despite his desire to continue living a peaceful life.

    After saving Kinji's life, Aria Holmes Kanzaki demands to work alongside him. Kinji must, however, deal with Aria's stern and arrogant demeanor!

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  5. The Executioner and Her Way of Life

    While The Executioner and Her Way of Life is an isekai anime, it can also be classified as an anime like Lycoris Recoil. Both shows have some yuri elements in their premise, in addition to having great chemistry and some dark themes.

    The Executioner and Her Way of Life is an isekai anime that follows a young executioner named Menou. When she was assigned to one of the lost ones named Akari, she discovered that her target could not be killed!

    To solve her problem, Menou started looking for a way to thwart Akari's immortality. However, Akari joins Menou on his journey, and the rest is history! Is the predator capable of killing her prey?

  6. Assault Lily: Bouquet

    Assault Lily: Bouquet, like Lycoris Recoil, features cute high school girls armed with guns. Notably, the characters must also contend with evil forces. As an added bonus, Assault Lily: Bouquet's animation is similar to Lycoris Recoil's clean and beautiful frames.

    Assault Lily: Bouquet is an action and fantasy anime about a group of teenage girls who are tasked with defending humanity from mysterious creatures known as Huge.

    These adolescent girls are known as Lilies, and they use the Maggie energy within their bodies to power up weapons known as Counter Huge ARMS or CHARMS.

    The anime follows Riri Hitotsuyanagi, who began attending the prestigious Yurigaoka Academy in the hopes of becoming a Lily. After her life was saved by a lily named Yuyu Shirai, Riri discovered that she was one of her classmates.

  7. Prima: Doll

    The premise of cute girls serving in a mysterious cafe is used in both Prima: Doll and Lycoris Recoil.

    Prima: Doll, on the other hand, is set in the aftermath of a war, whereas Lycoris Recoil is more focused on the spy theme. Despite having dark and thrilling episodes, both shows are enjoyable.

    After the war, advanced mechanical dolls known as "automata" were rendered obsolete. They were originally designed as weapons for the Great War. Some of the automata are deployed in the Black Cat Café to work while wearing elegant kimonos to save their purpose.

    Haizakura, one of the automata, is unlike any other. She enjoys singing despite losing all of her memories. Will Haizakura be able to recall her identity and life's purpose?

  8. Canaan

    Both Canaan and Lycoris Recoil excel in action anime with a female lead. Canaan and Lycoris Recoil are similar in that they both have fantastic gun action and some girl's love in between.

    Canaan is a mystery and action anime based on a visual novel. It centers on a highly skilled soldier named Canaan, who happens to be a Synesthetist. It means Canaan can use all of her five senses at once.

    Amidst the rise of terrorism, the killer virus known as Ua, and the presence of a shady and violent group known as The Snakes, Canaan encounters some close friends from her past. Will Canaan be able to survive it all?

  9. Warlords of Sigrdrifa

    Warlords of Sigrdrifa is similar to Lycoris Recoil in that both shows feature highly trained and skilled female characters.

    While Chisato and Takina are agents for Lycoris Recoil, Claudia, Azuzu, Miyako, and Sonoka are military girls for the Warlords of Sigrdrifa.

    On the other hand, Warlords of Sigrdrifa lean more on the slice-of-life genre than Lycoris Recoil.

    The world of Warlords of Sigrdrifa is threatened by alien species known as Pillars. Odin, the self-proclaimed god, bestowed the Valkyries' power upon the people. Battle maidens can use this ability to pilot vintage aircraft known as Hero Wings.

    The anime follows Claudia "Schwertleite" Bruford, also known as the Grim Reaper, as she transfers to the Tateyama Valkyrie Wing following the death of Japan's S-Class Valkyrie. Claudia has been chosen as a replacement, despite her reputation for losing all of her mission partners.

  10. Gunslinger Girl

    Gunslinger Girl is an action, drama, science fiction, and psychological anime that is similar to Lycoris Recoil. It not only uses cute girls as assassins, but it also uses technology to enhance their bodies.

    The anime tells the tragic story of sickly girls who are recruited by the Social Welfare Agency for a second chance at life. These girls use the most recent cybernetic advancements to achieve their artificially enhanced bodies in the heart of Italy.

    They are, however, brainwashed and forced to carry out lethal missions in order to do the dirty work of the Italian government. Henrietta, an elite girl who kills without remorse, is torn between her partner's love for her and her dirty work.