It is a wistful time for the fans of Attack on Titan, as the anime will end soon. Season 4, which started airing on 7th December 2020. Audiences who love dark, gore, and drama have still a lot to explore. Unfolding of the story already brought about the protagonist’s journey to the people who loved the show. Attack on Titan is the series that set a benchmark, but the anime world has much more to offer. Here is the top 30 list of anime like Attack on Titan, and they are must-watch if you love these kinds of series.
30. Black Bullet
The year 2021 brings about an epidemic of Gastrea, which is a parasitic virus due to which humanity had to live inside the walls made of Varanium. Children of the city also got Gastrea, so they got the superhuman capability. Rentero Satomi a student and promoter of Tendo Civil Security Agency owned by Kisara Tendo. Together they prevent the destruction of Tokyo and the world. Lots of characters develop overtime with various shades, as in Attack on Titan. The anime was released in 2014. The IMDB rating of this anime is 8.6 out of 10.
29. The Promised Neverland
The show revolves around Emma and 11 years old, along with 37 other orphans who live in Grace Field House, an orphanage; the story is set in 2045. Life was easy, and everything was awesome for them. Emma and her two friends, Ray and Norman, enjoy the freedom inside the orphanage. Soon they find out that all the kids who were being adopted were sent to the demons who would later kill and eat them. The death of Conny revealed the overall plot of their life. And the story moves forward to when they all try to escape the house. The anime was released in 2019. With an IMDB rating of 9.1.
28. Fullmetal Alchemist
An amazing show revolving around Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are alchemists in a world full of different human species. They can create anything, but to do so, they have to put up something of an equal amount to gain back what they want. Edward and Alphonse wanted to bring back their mother from the dead using the philosopher’s stone. Their adventures and struggles began with that goal. Soon they learn their lessons during various incidents that occur, leading them to lose Alphonse’s body and an arm of Edward. The story moves forward, with the same amount of unfolding plots, characters, and action. The anime was released in 2003. With an IMDB rating of 9.1 out of 10. The animation and the unexpected plot twist make it anime like Attack on Titan.
27. High School of Dead
The anime is set in the present time when the world is hit by a pandemic, which turns a person into a zombie. A group of high school students is the protagonist, who tries to survive the zombie apocalypse or the “Outbreak.” Saving theirs as well as other’s life from “them” (Yatsu-ra). During their journey, they fight off the zombies, save lives, and also get to discover the moral decay in society. It is full of drama and gore scenes, not up to obscenity, but enough for the Attack on Titan style of shows. It was aired in 2010. High School of Dead is rated 7.2 out of 10 on IMDb.
Another one of those anime is dark and vicious. Its plot revolves around a small town in rural Japan named Sotoba. There is a sudden burst of deaths around the city, which coincides with the Kirishiki family’s entrance into town. Toshio Ozaki is a doctor and director of the only hospital in Sotoba. Peter moves on to investigate the deaths and finds out about Shiki (corpse demon) behind these deaths. And there is much more to the story filled with violence. It was first aired in 2010, with an IMDB rating of 7.7 out of 10.
25. Owari No Seraph (Seraph of the end)
The dark, violent and abhorrent vampires emerge from the earth after a pandemic, which killed huge masses of people, leaving only the children below thirteen years of age. The vampires take over the earth in a single sweep of attack, and the remaining people were forced to live underground. In the name of security, the vampires dealt with the people if they donated their blood to the vampires. A thirteen-year-old main character or protagonist, Yuichiro, and his friend Mikaela plotted to escape the orphanage they were captivated. Yuichiro survived the escape and went on to join the Japanese Imperial Demon Army to take revenge from the vampires, who killed his family and friends. It was first aired in 2015, with an IMDB rating of 7.5 out of 10.
24. Akame Ga Kill!
The story of a man from a poverty-stricken village of Japan, Tatsumi, a skilled swordsman, leaves his village with his friends to gain money to bring back peace and empower the village. During his expedition, his friends die, only he remains, surviving various attacks. In one of the attacks, he finds out about Night Raid, which he unites with. The Night Raid has only one goal: to overthrow prime minister Honest, who is manipulating the young emperor for his gains leading the entire population to be poverty-stricken. This his journey begins. Tatsumi gets special powers soon and turns into a dragon, which the Night raid uses to execute Honestly and save the country. The show was aired in 2014, with its IMDB rating of 7.9 out of 10.
It all starts around 2400 when humanity is fighting their extinction, the air quality crossing hazardous levels. There is an abundance of species Gadoll who caused the extinction of 90 percent of the population. Deca-dence is the city, surrounded by a dome above it, which has its internal functionality system, after the cyborgs who took over the mortal. The protagonist, a tanker girl, Natsume, dreams of becoming a gear warrior to fight those who killed her father. Later on joins Kaburagi, who trains her after knowing that she is dead in the city database. The show started in July 2020, with its first season having a 7.1 out of 10 on IMDB.
22. Arpeggio of Blue Steel
Global warming, the current ratified situation worldwide, hits the world with its brite force in the year 2039, leaving a huge mainland under the ocean. During that time, a fleet of powerful ships take over the oceans, thus devastating naval forces around the world and taking over the earth. “The Fleet of fog” was the name with which they were known, and it was believed that they had alien weaponry. The hero of our story is a tactical master Gunzo Chihaya, who, in his ship, which was called “blue steel,” was once a part of a fleet of fog. The infamous ship and its Captain encounter other ships throughout, taking on a journey to free humans. The show first aired in 2013, with a rating of 7.1 out of 10 on IMDB.
The terraformers are human-like cockroaches who live on Mars and have natural hatred towards the human. During the 21st century, the crises of food and other shortages became an immense issue to society. To which the scientists used a unique solution which became a crisis to the human civilization. The Terraformars emerged on the surface of Mars, which was physically stronger and killed humans. The year 2577 became a fearful year for all the humans with this new problem created by themselves. The series was released in 2014, with its IMDB rating of 6.6 out of 10.
20. Neon Genesis Evangelion
The story revolves around Shinji, a teenage boy, living in Tokyo-3, a futuristic reinforced city after the world’s cataclysm. He is recruited by his father, Gendo, a giant bio-machine called ” Evangelion” to fight against the “Angels.” It shows what the recruits have to go through during their wars and how they face the issues around hard times. The anime is a classic, aired during 1995 and 1996. Various movies were produced around the same anime and are an icon for anime lovers. It’s IMDB rating is 8.5 out of 10. This is similar to anime like Attack on Titan.
19. Sidonia no Kishi (Knights of Sidonia)
Sidonia no Kishi is series based on the future, a thousand years after humans flee away from Earth after being attacked by the aliens, the Gauna. There was a fleet of ships, such as Sidonia itself, that left the earth and have no known sign of them. Sidonia remains one and only. Nagate Tanikaze, who, after training for years to become guardian Pilot, finds himself at the center of a raging war between humans and Guana. His hardships, the city, and its affairs are a thrill to watch. The anime first appeared on TV in 2014, and its IMDb rating is 7.8 out of 10.
18. Blue Gender
The story Blue Gender starts with Yuji Kaido, who goes to cryogenic stasis until a cure is found for his serious disease. After 22 years of a deep sleep, when he wakes up, to his surprise, a battle is ongoing between armored soldiers and creatures called “blue.” The armored soldiers were from second earth and came there to rescue the sleeping humans such as Yuji. Soon they find out a cure for the disease to which Yuji is suffering, and their battle begins against the “Blue.” The show aired between 1999 to 2000 and has an IMDb rating of 7.3 out of 10.
17. World Trigger
It is the story of Yuma Kuga, a strange boy who enters the school in Mikado City. The city itself was going through a battle between strange monsters. These monsters appear out of nowhere. Yuma wanted to hide from the border where the war was raging. He meets with Mikumo, who helps him to survive in the city. The closed borders are relevant, and epic wars give a violent backdrop to the anime. It first appeared in 2014, and its IMDb rating is 7.5 out of 10.
It is the story inside the room, which is under the sphere called “Gantz.” Kei Kuruno and Masaro Kato accidentally reach the Gantz, where they have to survive through the battles and reach up to the 100 points to get to options, to get out of Gantz. Death is eminent in that place, where they had to fight against creatures who were invisible to the normal people. An awesome anime to watch, it first appeared in 2004. Its IMDb rating is 7.2 out of 10.
It is the anime about Guts, who goes through a cruel world, being a mercenary after his harsh life joins ” the band of hawks.” They all battle to reach the royal court. It is a classic adventure battle anime. With brutal fight scenes. It started in 1997. And it is one of the best anime shows. Its IMDb rating is a whopping 8.7 out of 10.
14. D.Grey man
D.Grey man is a dark, abhorrent, and brutal anime. To the people who love Attack on Titan, this will be an incredible discovery. The story revolves around Allen Walker, who is in the Black Order, which is an organization of exorcists. It is about a substance Innocence, which they use to combat Millennium Earl and his demonic army. It has amazing battle scenes, iconic dialogues and is loved by its fans for a long time. The anime first appeared in 2006. The IMDb rating is 8.1 out of 10.
13. No. 6
A violent and action-packed series derived from a series of novels of the same name; it is about a city called No.6 and one of its elite resident Shion. The backdrop of the story the world after the world war, same as Attack on Titans, different walled elite cities and huge residing on the edges, living dreadful life, create a gap between the two. Shion saves Nezumi, who enters the No.6 city. Despite all efforts, they were removed from the elite section and had to go through the darker side of the city. They went on to an adventure filled with action. It first aired in 2011. Its IMDb rating is 7.4 out of 10.
The stunning samurai battle anime, Mushibugyo, revolves around the story of Jinbei Tsukishima, who is a member of city petrol who fights against “Mushi” creatures. His duty as his father was summoned to do so, but due to his conditions, Jinbei takes the burden to protect Edo(Tokyo). The anime was first released in 2013 and had an IMDB rating of 7.1 out of 10.
11. God Eater
When humans had to suffer the wrath of monsters called Aragami, an organization called Fenrir helps humanity to protect itself. Their weapon is called “God Arcs,” which were wielded by “God Eaters.” Humanity creates a better quality of God Arcs to fight the enemies off. The show’s remarkable themes and cruel battles are a treat to watch. The show was first released in 2015. Its IMDb rating is 7 out of 10.
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10. Tokyo Ghoul
The story revolves around Ken Kenaki, who had an encounter with Rize Kamishiro. After which, he undergoes surgery, due to which he becomes “half-ghoul.” Ghouls are creatures who eat human flesh to survive, although they inhabit secretly among humans. Ken has to go through all things to survive as a half-ghoul and learns along the way about them. Being dark and aggressive, Bloodshed is also a part of this show. The show has a prequel and a sequel series. It was first aired in 2013. Tokyo Ghoul is rated 7.9 out of 10 on IMDb.
9. Shin Sekai Yori
It is an adaptation of a novel of the same name and is among the most popular shows. The story revolves around Saki Watanabe, a 12-year-old who had psychic powers and used to go to a special school for psychics. It was the world after world wars and psychic dominance of the world. Soon they went on to stabilize the world. But Saki had to go through all the dark and bitter truths of the society. The anime arrived on TV in 2012 and has an IMDb rating of 8 out of 10.
8. Gurren Lagann
It is a comedy adventure show, which is the story of a future world. Here, Spiral king Lordgnome; who kept people in isolated villages. Simon, who was ostracized from his village, went on to join a team called Gurren after Kamina encourages him to do so. Their goal was to reach the surface world to which they were not allowed, as well as they were not a part of. Thus the fun and amazing story stride to an adventurous journey. The show first appeared in 2007. The IMDb rating for this show is 8.3 out of 10.
Ajin is a story of a student named Kei Nagai who gets to know in an accident that he is also an ” Ajin.” An Ajin has extreme regenerative abilities, and they quickly recover from wounds. They can create black ghosts. Due to their extreme powers, which can only be detected by other Ajin’s, they are usually considered dangerous and are thus subjected to be kept in confinement. It is a CGI generated anime but has a dark and indecent storyline. It was released in 2016. And has an IMDb rating of 7.6 out of 10.
6. Deadman Wonderland
It is the story of Ganta Igarashi, who was falsely alleged to commit a crime and was sent to a jail called Deadman Wonderland. In which he was going to be executed due to the false allegations. The “Redman” who was the main culprit is what he wants to find. His survival inside the prison and his struggle is the main theme of the story. It is bleak and can give a scare to anime lovers. It was first released in 2011. And an IMDb rating of 7.2 out of 10 is enough to point to its worth.
5. Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing is on a mission to save the queen and the country from the attacks of undead and supernatural evil abominations. The organization to which Sir Integra is head. They found a secret about a Nazi organization that will create an army of vampires to take over England. Thus the story moves towards various turns of events. Which is action-packed and dark themed as the anime like Attack on Titan.
It is a dark-themed Japanese anime series. The series is based on a medieval island where humans are plagued by Yoma ( a luminous) shapeshifter who feed on humans. Claymore, a half-human half Yoma, saves Raki, whose family was killed by Yoma, similar to what Claymore faced. They roam around various cities and towns fighting Yoma. However, Claymore was not alone half-human; there were others too, who were connected to an organization, which took a fee for fighting Yoma. Thus story roams around the sorrowful lives of numerous characters and their survival. It is an epic anime and must-watch, with an IMDb rating of 8 out of 10. It was first released in 2007.
3. Elfen Lied
Elfen lied is a horror, fantasy, and dark anime. Giving chills to the bones of the audience. The theme is around social alienation, prejudice, and abuse. Its violent scenery is cruel and bitter. The story revolves around Lucy, a Diclonius, who used to live in Kamakura. Diclonii is a species that looks like a human but has special powers of its own and a threat to humans. The story revolves around these themes. The show was first released in 2004. It is incredible anime with an IMDb rating of 8 out of 10.
It is Shinchi Izumi’s story, a high school kid who was attacked by an alien creature, a parasite that takes over the brain of the host. But to the dismay of that parasite, Shinchi woke up during the process, so the parasite takes over his right hand. And this symbiotic relationship is established between them. And their story of survival in that dark time is the basic theme of the story. It is a popular Horror science fiction with amazing action scenes. The show first appeared in 2014. and its IMDb rating of 8.3 out of 10 is enough to prove its popularity. A great suggestion for those who crave anime like Attack on titan.
1. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
During the industrial revolution, the world was attacked by horrific creatures called Kabane. These monsters used to eat human flesh and had immense physical power. The cities which were fortified well enough survived this havoc. The main character Ikoma creates a weapon to fight off these monsters and free everyone else of their fear but what happens during his quest is the real deal. It was first aired in 2016. Its IMDb rating is 7.2 out of 10. It completely resembles the anime, like an attack on titan.
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