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40 Anime Like Trigun That You Should Know About

Anime like Trigun
Anime like Trigun

Trigun was a phenomenon. It is safe to say that Trigun became one of the most appreciated cult classic shounen anime. The themes, the characters, and the plot are simply quite appealing to every shounen genre enthusiast.

Trigun revolves around Vash the Stampede, who has a bounty of $60,000,000,000 on his head! He has been dubbed a ruthless villain who has caused mass destruction everywhere he goes, leaving a trail of death behind him.

He can be dangerous to someone even if they make so much as some eye contact with him, so they say about him. He is even said to wreck entire cities for just one reason- “fun.” But in reality, Vash is a soft man who claims he has neither ever killed nor caused any form of destruction as he is said to cause.

The anime shows Vash’s journey across the wasteland of a planet named Gunsmoke while he is accompanied by Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, two insurance agents who are trying to lower the destructive impact that Vash may have on his surroundings.

Things take a turn when the trio is hunted by a group of lethal assassins that are aiming to bring suffering to the three. Amidst all this, Vash is compelled to come to terms with his past, which is filled with agony, and his morals are put to the test.

The impact that Trigun left on its audience when it came out in 1998 was impeccable. However, it has grown a little underrated over the years. Even so, if you have experienced what Trigun has to offer or are just interested in the same genres as the show (shounen, sci-fi, action, and adventure), here is a list of 40 Anime like Trigun.

Anime like Trigun

Anime like Trigun

1. Cowboy Bepop (1998)

Cowboy Bepop is another classic cult shounen from 1998 that has both action and sci-fi elements. The anime is set in the year 2071 when humanity has set its roots across the galaxy. Human settlements now extend to several planets, just like those on earth. However, these newly formed human societies are struck with murder, drug abuse, and theft.

Cowboy Bepop

Cowboy Bepop

The intergalactic outlaws are constantly being hunted by a huge number of bounty hunters. The main characters are Spike Spiegel and Jet Black, who make a living by pursuing criminals across space. Spike often struggles with the weight of his agonizing past, even when he comes off as goofy. Jet is also a troubled individual who spends a lot of time taking care of Spike and their ship, Bepop.

While the two pursue a set of strange criminals and eventually face a villain from Spike’s cast, they are joined by Faye Valentine, who is a gorgeous con artist, Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, who is an odd child, and Ein, who is a Welsh corgi that has been bioengineered.

2. Berserk (2016)

Berserk is another cult classic that no shounen lover should miss. It is the brave story of Guts, a man tied with the gruesome fate of being pursued by dangerous demons until the day he dies. He then sets out on a journey to defy this unfair fate, fighting with several demons along the way that came to hunt him.

Guts from Berserk

Guts from Berserk

He has with him the monstrous blade “Dragonslayer” that he uses for attack and defense. He makes it a vow to seek revenge from the one that caused him this agony, the person he once looked up to and even called a friend.

On his way, he makes finds strange allies in Puck, a small elf, and Isidro, a young thief who wants to learn the art of swordsmanship. As this team assembles itself, they are soon faced with fatal dangers beyond their imagination.

3. Hellsing (2001)

Hellsing is a specialized organization that has been put together to eliminate supernatural threats. It is soon assigned to deal with a vampire that has been turning the people from the Cheddar village into ghouls. To deal with this, the leader of the organization, Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, sends her most powerful asset- the strong vampire called Alucard.



Alucard destroys the monsters that haunt Cheddar, armed only with a handgun. Amidst all of this, a young police officer named Seras Victoria gets mortally wounded. Since he feels bad for her, Alucard gives her the option to die as a human or to begin her life as a vampire.

She accepts the latter and begins a new life as a member of Hellsing. For a long time afterward, Seras has a hard time accepting she is longer human. Even so, she has to adapt to her new life as a fighter protecting humans from supernatural threats.

4. Akatsuki No Yona/ Yona of the Dawn (2014)

While Akatsuki No Yona is primarily shoujo in the genre, it still shares some elements that are similar to those in Trigun. It shows the kingdom of Kouka, a peaceful state. Here is a princess named Yona who is beautiful and has grown up sheltered from the outside world.

Yona’s protected life comes crashing down when an act of treason takes both her father and her hopes of love away from her. She is forced to run away from the palace with her loyal childhood friend, Son Hak.

Yona from "Akatsuki no Yona"

Yona from “Akatsuki no Yona”

While being pursued by the royal men, she realizes that the kingdom is no longer safe for her. She then puts together an able group of men she was born to lead and does everything in her power to hone her skills. She puts together the pieces of an ancient legend to find a way to win back her kingdom from the traitors that stole it from her.

5. Akame Ga Kill (2014)

Akame Ga Kill is perhaps the most tragic anime in recent times. Filled with gore, action, and fantasy elements, it is about Night Raid, an assassination branch of the Revolutionary Army. It has been put together to overthrow Prime Minister Honest, who has been misusing his powers besides the clueless young emperor who is only a child. The nation has fallen into ruins under the corrupt rulings of Honest; it suffers under the ruins of poverty of strife. 

Akame from "Akame Ga Kill"

Akame from “Akame Ga Kill”

The members of the Night Raid are exceptionally skilled killers who realize the consequences of their actions as they mercilessly eradicate all threats that stand in their way. This group is soon joined by a boy, Tatsumi, who has come from an impoverished village and is in awe of the ideals and drive of the Night Raid. The anime follows Tatsumi as he fights alongside his comrades while also facing challenges to his own morals and ideals.

6. Black Lagoon (2006)

Black Lagoon is one of the best animes you will ever see under the action and adventure ambit. It is about Rokurou Okajima, who is a salaryman that spends his days trying to gain a reputable position in the corporate world.

One day while he is working in negotiation in Thailand, things go awry. He becomes hostage to the Lagoon company, which is a group of merciless pirate mercenaries. When his manager refuses to pay the ransom, he is then caught with the group. He even becomes a member of the group.

Revy from "Black Lagoon"

Revy from “Black Lagoon”

He now has to live in Roanapur, a city full of corruption and crime. Rokurou often has a hard time adjusting to his brash, gunwoman colleague, Revy. This ordinary man now leads a highly stressful life full of getting into dangerous situations.

7. Claymore (2007)

Claymore begins as a shapeshifting demon called “Youma” that craves human flesh and haunts a village. Raki is a young boy here who, amongst many others, witnesses a lone woman with silver eyes take down the demon with her sword. This woman is a Claymore, who is a woman manufactured as half-youma and half-human to eradicate these monsters.



When the demon kills Raki’s family, this Claymore, called Clare had, saved his life. He was then banished from his home. He decides to follow Clare wherever she goes. The two travel from one town to the other while Clare kills Youma.

Along the way, they learn more about Clare’s organization and other fellow Claymore warriors. As Clare exterminates more youma, she gets closer to the one she has sought vengeance against since she became a Claymore.

8. Darker Than Black (2007)

Darker than Black makes up for one of the most underrated but thoroughly impressive animes from the last twenty years. The anime is set in a world where about ten years ago, Heaven’s gate appeared in South America and Hell’s Gate appeared in Japan.

The night sky is now darker than before. Gates are supernatural spots where laws of physics do not work. When these gates appeared, the Contractors also emerged. These are people who are granted supernatural powers in exchange for their humanity. No one truly knows the purpose of these gates.

Darker Than Black

Darker Than Black

Misaki Kirihara of Section 4 in a Japanese city finds herself at odds with a popular Contractor that has been codenamed Hei. He is also known as the “Black Reaper.” He undertakes missions along with his associates by the Syndicate while also trying to come to terms with the reality behind the existence of Contractors. The sci-fi thriller is sure to take your interest.

9. Darling in the Franxx (2018)

A new era Mecha and Sci-fi anime, Darling in the Franxx, is set in a futuristic world where humanity has been driven to the status of almost getting extinct under the advent of giant beasts that are known as Klaxosaurs.

Humans are now forced to live in fortress cities called Plantations. Children in the Plantations are trained from a very young age to pilot giant mechas called the FranXX, which are the only weapons at humanity’s disposal in hopes of protection against the enemy. Children pilot these in boy-girl pairs.

Darling in the Franxx

Darling in the Franxx

However, these children know nothing of the outside world and only work diligently to defend their race. Amongst these is Hiro, an aspiring Mecha pilot who has lost his will after he fails the aptitude exam. He skips the graduation ceremony and runs to the lake, where he encounters a strange girl with horns over her head.

She is Zero Two, a FranXX pilot dubbed as a “partner killer.” Amidst this encounter, there is a Klaxosaur attack. Stressful circumstances soon see Hiro teaming up with Zero Two, and the duo pilot the mecha to tackle the fight. In the bigger picture, and above the several themes, Darling in the Franxx serves as a compelling tale of acceptance, love, and tragedy.

10. Deadman Wonderland (2011)

Ganta Igarashi is clueless about what is to come as he prepares for a class trip with his classmates. They are going to visit a certain prison amusement park named Deadman Wonderland. The performers here are convicts who are involved in dangerous acts for public entertainment. The day turns into a bloody show when a mysterious man in red massacres Ganta’s entire class.

Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

Ganta is falsely accused of committing the crime after being the only one that survived. He is sent to the very prison he was supposed to visit. He is thrown into a world full of suffering, tragedy, and sadism. He has a collar on his neck that will be lethal to him if he does not perform well in the prison’s deathly games. He navigates through a tough, deadly life in Deadman Wonderland, all while trying to find that man in red.

11. Dr. Stone (2019)

Dr. Stone is an anime with a one-of-a-kind storyline. It opens as high school student Taiju Ooki is about to confess his love to Yuzuriha Ogawa, with whom he has had feelings for over five years now.

Just as he is about to confess to her, a blinding green light hits the earth and petrifies all living organisms in the world, even humans. Several millennia pass by when Taiju’s petrification breaks, and he finds himself in a world of stone.

Senkuu from Dr. Stone

Senkuu from Dr. Stone

He soon meets with his closest friend, Senkuu, who has been “out of the stone” for quite a while now. Here is the thing; Senkuu was the only one who maintained complete consciousness during the several millennia of being caught in stone.

He soon lets Taiju in on his plan of rebooting civilization from square one in this stone world. Senkuu finds threats to his plan in a particular man that awakens and also makes several friends along the way.

12. To Your Eternity/ Fumetsu No Anata E (2021)

To Your Eternity starts off with an Orb, known as “it.” A mysterious entity casts this Orb onto the earth to observe how it shapes itself in the world. This Orb is capable of changing forms and adapting to situations, basically being immortal. It remains motionless until a dying wolf crosses its path. After the wolf dies, it takes the form of a dead animal. It gains some consciousness and wanders to the unknown destination.

To Your Eternity

To Your Eternity

He comes across the wolf’s master, a young boy who is the last one of the tribe that is still left behind in hopes of them returning for him. Even when alone, he still hopes for these people to return because they remember him.

When it takes too long for his family to return, he decides to explore the world out there himself and sets out with the wolf. However, the cold is too harsh out there, and the boy succumbs to the weather on the way. It soon takes on another form of the boy and paves its way into the cold land.

13. Jujutsu Kaisen (2020)

Yuuji Itadori is a high school student who idly spends his day indulging in meaningless paranormal activities with other members of the Occult Club. He is either in the club’s room or at the hospital visiting his bedridden grandfather.

However, his life changes when he comes across a cursed item. This triggers a trail of cursed incidences in his life, catapulting him into the world of Jujutsu sorcery and eventually becoming the vessel of the strongest curse ever known- Ryomen Sukuna, also known as the King of Curses.

Yuuji gets admitted to the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, where he discovers his own strength as a sorcerer. He also makes some valuable friends and sets on a path which there is no return from, all under the guidance of the super-strong sorcerer Gojo Satoru.

14. Tower of God/ Kami no Tou (2020)

The Tower of God is a tall standing structure that summons chosen people called the “regulars” with the promise of granting them their dearest wishes. Fame, wealth, authority, whatever it is, it is all granted to the one that managed to reach the top of this tower.

Twenty Fifth Bam and Rachel

Twenty-Fifth Bam and Rachel

Twenty-Fifth Bam is a boy who has spent almost all of his life in a dark cave. He has only ever lived in dirty clothes and looked up to the unreachable light at the top. When one day, a girl called Rachel comes down to him through this light.

However, one day Rachel abandons him to climb the tower. He is shattered and eventually decides to climb the tower himself in order to meet Rachel again. But a miracle occurs; Bam is never summoned to the tower and instead opens its gates for himself on his own. These kinds of people are called “irregulars,” people who shake the foundations of this tower every time they enter it.

15. The Irregular at Magic High School/ Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (2014)

The Irregular at Magic High School explores a world where magic is a systematized technology instead of being a part of fictional folklore and fairytales. It is even taught as a technical skill now. First High School is an institution for magicians.

The students are segregated within the school; they are termed as “Blooms,” those who passed the entrance exams with high scores, and the “Weeds” are reserved students who are assigned to a second course, unlike the Blooms, who are assigned the first course.

The Irregular at Magic High School

The Irregular at Magic High School

The story follows the siblings Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba, who are enrolled in this school. Miyuki is a prodigious student that passed with high scores, while Tatsuya is relegated to the second course. Though he is termed a “Weed,” he actually possesses great powers and exceptional physical combat abilities. He soon becomes the Irregular at the Magic High School.

16. Naruto (2002)

Naruto is a name worth mentioning when we mention classic cult anime that almost every anime watcher holds close to one of their first animes. Naruto rolls out the moments right before the birth of a boy named Naruto Uzumaki. The village Konohagakure (The Hidden Leaf Village) gets attacked by the Kyuubi, the nine-tailed fox that is also a demon.



To put an end to the disaster that is the demon, the leader of the village, the Fourth Hokage, sacrifices his life and seals the beast into the newborn baby Naruto. Now, Naruto is hyperactive and is collectively shunned by the people in Konohagakure for reasons he is still unaware of, that is, the beast inside of him that caused major destruction of life and property.

Even when Naruto leads a hard life without any parental influence, he is still adamant about growing up to be an exceptional Ninja and eventually the Hokage of the village.

17. Neon Genesis Evangelion/ Shinseiki Evangelion (1995)

Neon Genesis Evangelion is the reputed mention when we speak of sci-fi action animes. It showcases a world fifteen years after a cataclysmic event known as the Second Impact. However, the world is now again under threat due to devilish celestial beings called “Angels.” Humankind is failing miserably at protecting itself, and the mysterious organization called NERV is humanity’s last hope.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

NERV operates huge humanoid robots called “Evangelions” to combat the Angels. The story follows 14-year-old Shinji Ikari, who comes to Tokyo-3 after years of being neglected by his father. He is a suffering child that has a hard time recovering from the trauma caused by the death of his mother and the emotional neglect at the hands of his father.

His life is changed when he is put under the care of 29-year-old Misato Katsuragi, a high-ranking official at NERV who shows him maternal kindness.

Very soon, his father, Gendou, reveals his true motive behind asking his son to return to Tokyo. He wants him to pilot the Evangelion Unit-01, for he is the only child capable of doing so. Shinji is thrown into a life of threat and danger when he begins to combat the Angels.

18. Prima Doll (2022)

Prima Doll is set in the Black Cat Café in the Fifth Ward of the Imperial Capital. It shows the post-war life of Automata, who are advanced mechanical dolls that served well in the wars. Since the end of the war, they have been reprogrammed and now work at this café in their elegant kimonos.

Prima Doll

Prima Doll

While the world recovers from the aftermath of the war, the Automata are also haunted by their dark pasts while they fit into a peaceful world. The recently restored Automata is the doll named Haizakura, who has also lost her memories due to the reset.

She does not know her role in this world anymore but soon fits into the life of a café worker as she attends to customers and gets along with her fellow dolls. She is also a doll that loves to sing. These dolls stick by each other and help each other rediscover their purpose.

19. Scarlet Nexus (2021)

Formerly a game, Scarlet Nexus, got an anime in July 2021. It is set in the year 2020 when a nation is suffering under the threat of strange beings called the “Others.” They emerge from the sky and feed on human brains. At the same time, humanity discovers psionics, a hormone in the human body that can provide extrasensory abilities.

Yuito Sumeragi from Scarlet Nexus

Yuito Sumeragi from Scarlet Nexus

To deal with the threat of Others, the nation’s founder starts the Other Suppression Force (OSF) to fight these monsters. The Scarlet Guardians are young individuals recruited into the OSF who go through gruesome training to enter the team.

Amongst the young recruits is Yuito Sumeragi, who is also the founder’s son. He was rescued by a woman in the OSF as a child, which made him determined to join it himself. However, he is clueless about the conspiracy brewing in the nation amidst the threat of the Others.

20. The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest/ Shikkakumon no Saikyo Kenja (2022)

The world is shown in Shikkakumon no Saikyo Kenja is one where mages acquire one of the four crests that further determine the extent of their magical powers. A man named Gaius gets equipped with a crest that specializes in creation and becomes the strongest sage in the world. Despite being of great power, he is still dissatisfied. He wants the crest that specializes in close combat.

Shikkakumon no Saikyo Kenja

Shikkakumon no Saikyo Kenja

A person cannot change their crest, so Gaius decides to reincarnate far into the future. Thousands of years later, he is reborn as Mathias Hildesheimer and obtains the crest he desires.

However, he soon finds out that magic has widely waned, and the crest he longed for is now called the weakest one. Mathias, even then, enrolls in the magic academy and surpasses all expectations. He also must protect humanity against a threat.

21. Shinreigari/ Ghost Hound (2007)

Shinreigari follows the strange happenings in the town of Suiten. The daughter of the town priest has started seeing peculiar visions, and spirits have begun to roam about the mountains. Tarou Komori has been having baffling dreams of him astral projecting.



He was kidnapped as a child and suffers from memory repression as a result. So he has no way of remembering what really happened. His memories surface in his dreams and beyond the realm of dreams. Suffering from strange supernatural and psychological incidents, Shinreigari is the story of three children who face the demons that exist between the spiritual and corporeal worlds.

22. The Executioner and Her Way of Life/ Shokei Shoujo no Virgin Road (2022)

An average school student called Mutou Mitsuki is suddenly transported to another realm. He has been summoned by the king of this world because he possesses remarkable power. But in reality, he possesses no power and is thrown out.

While strolling around, he encounters a priestess named Menou. She explains to him that Japanese people like him are known as “Lost Ones,” and they always have “Special Concepts.”

Menou from Shokei Shojou no Virgin Road

Menou from Shokei Shojou no Virgin Road

Menou tells him that she is part of the Church that gives home to Lost Ones like himself. She asks him to spend the night at the Church so they can better understand the nature of his abilities. It is soon realized that he possesses some great and dangerous power.

But before anything can be said, Menou hits him in the head, which kills him. The anime follows this brave priestess in her attempts to stop the Lost Ones from going rampant in her world.

23. World’s End Harem/ Shuumatsu no Harem (2022)

While it is primarily an ecchi anime, Shuumatsu no Harem is also a major sci-fi anime. It follows Reito Mizuhara, who is a medical student at the National Advanced Medical School in Tokyo. He happens to suffer from a rare and fatal disease called cellular sclerosis. As part of his treatment, he is put into cryogenic sleep for the next five years.

World's End Harem

World’s End Harem

He wakes up after all those years and is informed that a pandemic caused by the Male Killer (MK) virus has broken out, eradicating all men from the world. Only Reito and four other men who were in the cryosleep have survived and are now immune to the virus.

These few remaining men are given the task of mating with as many women as possible to repopulate the planet. Reito does not agree with this arrangement because he is still looking for his childhood love, Elisa Tachibana. But she went missing three years ago. While other remaining men engage in sexual intercourse, Reito takes it upon himself to locate Elisa as well as investigate the virus.

24. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya/ Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu (2006)

High schooler Kyon is a non-believer when it comes to things like aliens, time travelers, and espers. Then, on his first day of school, he meets with the beautiful Haruhi Suzumiya, who turns his life upside down. She explicitly mentions she is bored of normal people and that she wishes to meet with supernatural beings.

Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu

Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu

Kyon is dumbfounded. She soon starts her own club that focuses on paranormal activities. She named it the Spreading Fun all Over the World with Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade, shortly known as the SOS brigade. She recruits Kyon along with three other members into the club; Yuki Nagato, who is a quiet bookworm.

Mikuru Asahina is a shy upperclassman and the optimistic Itsuki Koizumi. Even when all three look normal, they each carry a secret pertaining to Haruhi. The anime follows Haruhi as she takes the members on various misadventures that reveal to Kyon more about who she is.

25. The Rising of the Shield Hero/ Tate Yuusha no Nariagari (2019)

The Four Cardinal Heroes are four regular men summoned from modern Japan for the kingdom of Melromac. It is a place stricken by catastrophic disasters caused by the “Waves.” The four heroes each are equipped with individual weapons; spear, sword, bow, and shield.

Naofumi and Raphtalia from The Rising of the Shield Hero

Naofumi and Raphtalia from The Rising of the Shield Hero

An otaku named Naofumi Iwatani becomes the Shield Hero and is considered inferior due to that. Other Cardinal heroes belittle Naofumi. While the other heroes have several resources and partners, Naofumi is accompanied only by Malty Melromac. Even she betrays him and falsely accuses him of assaulting her.

Naofumi is then heavily discriminated against. He begins his journey all alone and tries to gain strength. He then buys a demi-human slave named Raphtalia to help accompany him. As another Wave approaches the kingdom, they must hone their fighting skills to combat.

26. Vinland Saga (2019)

Vinland Saga makes up for one of the most exciting action adventures as a shounen anime. It is about Thorfinn, who grew up listening to the tales of sailors from older times who traveled across the ocean to a place called Vinland. It is said that Vinland is a warm and fertile place, unlike Iceland, where he was born.

Thorfinn from Vinland Saga

Thorfinn from Vinland Saga

Thorfinn lives in a war-stricken world. The war between England and the Danes was growing worse and worse by each year. Thousands of mercenaries died. Even Thorfinn now has to live a dangerous life after the death of his father. His main purpose now lies in exacting revenge on Askeladd, the man who killed his father.

27. One Piece (1999)

Truly no shounen list is complete until I mention One Piece, one of the longest-running TV anime. With over a thousand episodes and manga chapters, One Piece is continuously enhancing itself into one of the best animes in the modern world.

The story starts with Gol D. Roger, who was known as the “Pirate King” and was the daring one to sail across the Grand Line. He was soon captured and executed by the World Government, which brought about a change in the world.

One Piece

One Piece

Before he died, he revealed there to be a great treasure, the greatest of everything. It is called the “One Piece.” It started a Grand Age of pirates who dreamt of obtaining One Piece. They who discover it will become the Pirate King.

Here comes the 17-year-old Monkey D. Luffy, who wishes to be the next Pirate King. He is intrigued by the adventure that lies ahead and the treasure as well. He and his crew travel across the Grand Line, experiencing great adventures in order to reach the great fortune, The One Piece.

28. Sword Art Online (2012)

Sword Art Online is set in a world where NerveGear has transformed gaming across the world. It can let the gamers completely immerse themselves into the world of the game they are playing. The latest game in this format is Sword Art Online. It opens the gateway to a marvelous world called Aincrad. Users can do anything they want here.

Sword Art online

Sword Art Online

However, a huge problem occurs when the creator of SAO traps thousands of players in the game. The log-out button is no longer available, and the only way out is to play each of the increasingly hard hundred levels of Aincrad.

What is even more problematic is that an in-game death is the death of the player in real life. Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya was a beta tester for the game, but even with his advantages, he finds it hard with every increasing episode. He teams up with Asuna Yukki and other talented players to make his way throughout the game.

29. Made in Abyss (2017)

The mysterious Abyss is a chasm that goes down to the ends of the earth. It is filled with strange creatures and relics of the past. It is not known how this chasm appeared and how it came to be. Several people known as the “Divers” have tried to solve the mystery regarding the Abyss and descended into its darkest realms. The bravest of divers are known to be the “White Whistles.”

Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss

Riko is the daughter of a missing White Whistle, Lyza the Annihilator, and wishes to be like her mother. However, she is just a novice Red Whistler as of yet and only can roam the surface of the realm. Riko encounters a robot that looks like an ordinary boy.

She named him Reg. He has no recollection of his past. It becomes sure that the technology used in making Reg has come from deep within the Abyss, and the two seek to go to the bottom of the pit. What they do not know is what harsh reality awaits them.

30. Dragon Ball (1986)

Since we speak of classic cult shounen, let us move to another. Goku Son is a boy living in the woods all by himself. A girl named Bulma runs into him one day while she is searching for magical objects called “Dragon Balls.” The one who gathers all seven Dragon Balls is granted a wish, so she is trying to collect it so she can ask for a perfect boyfriend.

Goku from Dragon Ball

Goku from Dragon Ball

Goku is in possession of a ball but refuses to give it to her. She then makes him a deal. He can tag along with her if he lets her borrow the power of the Dragon Balls. The two start their journey of a lifetime.

On the way, they meet the old Muten-Roshi and the wannabe disciple Kuririn with whom Goku then trains to be a strong and able martial artist for the upcoming World Martial Arts Tournament.

However, the wish for a boyfriend is a simple one, and there are people out there who will ask for things that will be vicious and evil. All of them train to be able fighters so they can stop evildoers from misusing the legendary power of these balls.

31. World Trigger (2014)

World Trigger explores an Earth on which a gate appears out of nowhere. The Mikado City becomes haunted by mysterious creatures that are known as “Neighbours.” They are highly malicious and cannot be tackled with traditional weaponry. An organization called the “Border Defense Agency” was established to combat the Neighbours using special weapons known as “Triggers.”

World Trigger

World Trigger

After several years of the appearance of the gate, neighbors still pose a great problem to the world. The members of the organization remain on alert and fight relentlessly against them. Members in training, like Osamu Mikumo, are told not to use their Triggers outside of the headquarters.

However, when one day, a new mysterious student in his class is being bullied in a restricted area, and some Neighbours attack them. Osamu feels he has no means but to deploy his Triggers. Surprisingly, the new student Yuuma Kuga defeats the aliens, revealing he is a humanoid Neighbour in disguise.

32. Deca-Dence (2020)

Deca-Dence shows a world where life forms known as Gadoll have suddenly become threats to humanity. The last surviving humans have confined themselves to a Tank, a lower district in the giant mobile fortress Deca-Dence.



Gears are people who live on the upper floors and combat the Gadoll, while Tankers stay behind and butcher Gadoll meat and reinforce defenses. Natsume is a brave person who would rather go to war than stay behind, despite her prosthetic right arm. She wants to be one of those Tankers that accompany Gears into battles.

However, she gets unapproved. Meanwhile, she begins to work as a cleaner in an armor repair team under the apathetic Kaburagi. While cold and mean at first, he soon realizes that she has great potential to shake the status quo of the world. He then trains her to play a unique role in becoming the game-changing bug in the system.

33. Edens Zero (2021)

Edens Zero is the story of Shiki, who has been surrounded by machines all his life. At the Granbell Kingdom, which is an abandoned amusement park, he is the only one of his kind left behind. Amidst this, Rebecca Bluegarden and her cat Happy arrive here. They do not know that they are the park’s first visitors in a hundred years.

Edens Zero

Edens Zero

They came here to make interesting videos for their B-Cube channel but instead became friends with the socially awkward Shiki. Soon enough, Granbell becomes a dangerous place for them, and they set out on an adventure in the Sakura Cosmos.

While Rebecca wishes to make more interesting videos, Shiki seeks to make more friends. They seek to see the elusive goddess Mother. However, it is not going to be easy since no one has seen Mother before. Shiki is determined to do just that with his newly discovered friends.

34. Wolf’s Rain (2003)

When the world comes to an end, an ancient legend unfolds: upon the end, the gateway to paradise shall open. Utopian salvation is the only hope for the remaining life on a certain barren land. However, the legend says that only wolves can enter such a realm. Even when wolves have become extinct, it is said that they live in humans, disguising themselves with illusions.

Wolf's Rain

Wolf’s Rain

We see a lone wolf called Kiba following an intoxicating scent that comes from the Freeze City, an impoverished place under the rule of the callous Lord Orkham. He soon comes across the wolves Hige, Tsume, and Toboe, who have been drawn here by the same scent.

While following the fragrance of “Lunar Flowers,” these wolves travel through several lands and places to end up in their promised land. However, they are not alone, and some with sinister intentions also seek paradise.

35. Persona 4: The Animation (2011)

Serial killers have been going rampant in Inaba, and the police seem to have no clue about them whatsoever. Due to his parents going abroad for work, Yuu Narukami has to go live in this town with his uncle. He is enrolled at Yasogami High School, where he becomes friends with Yousuke Hanamura, Chie Satonaka, and Yukiko Amagi.

Persona 4

Persona 4

While they are all hanging out, they all fill Yuu in on an Urban Legend known as “Midnight Channel,” a mysterious TV channel that appears on rainy midnight when you watch the TV all alone. Out of curiosity, Yuu tunes in that very night only to see that the next victim of that serial killer has been shown.

He becomes drawn to television, something that his newfound friends then investigate. Yuu falls into the world of TV, which is hidden in thick fog and plagued by hostile creatures called “Shadows.”

36. 7 SEEDS (2019)

7 SEEDS is the story of Natsu Iwashimizu, who suddenly finds herself in a strange new world along with five strangers, all while being on a speedily sinking boat amidst a storm. It seems that humanity has perished, and a group of five women and five men have been sent into the future so they can hopefully continue the existence of humanity. They are all that remains of the Japanese population.



While every chosen person has some form of skill, such as architecture, martial arts, and other knowledgeable skills, Natsu is simply an awkward high school girl who cannot even raise her voice. The new world is hostile, and even when she possesses no skills, she must go about with others to find the “7 Fuji” so they can all survive.

37. Gatchaman Crowds (2013)

Hajime Ichinose sees her normal life come to an end when quite a transcendent being called J.J. Robinson gives her a small book called NOTE. It is actually a device that turns her into one of the Gatchaman, the legendary protectors of Tachikawa City.

Gatchaman Crowd

Gatchaman Crowd

The Gatchaman wish to keep their proceedings and existence a secret. Ichinose is taken to their base of operations by Sugane, a fellow Gatchaman. Here, a panda-like alien leader called Paiman reveals their true purpose, which is to eliminate all aliens that pose a threat to humanity. These threats are called MESS and are becoming more dangerous by the day. The Gatchaman must work diligently to eliminate them.

38. Casshern Sins (2008)

Casshern Sins is yet another anime set in the distant future. Earth has become a wasteland while all of humanity as we know it today has died down. What remains now are sentient aliens who were seemingly immortal until one of them, named Luna, died, and the great Ruin began.

Casshern Sins

Casshern Sins

Their bodies will eventually rust, and nothing really can be done about it. These robots can now only helplessly contemplate their approaching demise. But there is a rumor if they eat the robot called Casshern, they will be immortal. Casshern is unaware of why he exists and where his purpose lies. He is being cruelly hunted by the other robots and leaves a trail of death wherever he goes. However, he must face reality if he is to find out the truth of this world.

39. Saint Seiya (1986)

Talking ancient times, some brave men devoted their lives to the protection of Athena- the goddess of war and wisdom. These men did not need weaponry to fight. A mere swing of their fist proved enough to tear the sky and rupture the earth. These heroes came to be known as Saints since they were capable of summoning the power of the Cosmos.

Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya

In modern times, a new generation of Saints comes forth. The young and aspiring Seiya fights a tough war to attain the Sacred Armour of Pegasus. He will not let anyone or anything get in his way now. After six years of hard work, he gains the title of one of Athena’s Saints. However, the battle does not end here, as several enemies await him and the other Saints.

40. Sunabouzu (2004)

In post-apocalyptic Japan, all that remains is the Great Kanto Desert which is now a sweltering wasteland. The population has now been driven to the hostile dunes to at least survive. But people who have lived long enough in the desert have an opportunity to make a name for themselves.




One such person is the masked handyman called Sunabouzu (Desert Punk). He always finishes his tasks no matter what the cost. Being so cunning and ruthless, he has also become a man of destructive means to other desert people.

Junko Asagiri, known as the “vixen of the desert,” finds he has an insatiable desire for huge-breasted desert women. Sunabouzu follows the senseless and perverse adventures of several characters who try to live in a world that has been destroyed by their forefathers.

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