5 Best Anime like Attack on Titan

5 Most Recommended Anime Series Similar to Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan manga

The today’s high popularity of Japanese anime and manga is partly because of the quality of the recent anime and manga series. Above all, the popular dark-fantasy anime series Attack on Titan is the most popular worldwide in the 21st century so far. Attack on Titan may be the first anime for many people to start watching.

Today, I’d like to introduce 5 best anime like Attack on Titan for the fans who are looking for the next anime to watch. Check the anime shows similar to Attack on Titan for that time coming soon.

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About Attack on Titan

Since it was released in 2009, Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人) has been one of the most popular modern manga all over the world. Attack on Titan is the first manga written by Hajime Isayama, serialized on Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. It boasts circulation of over 100 million copies around the globe.

There are four seasons of the anime adaption aired from 2013, and Attack on Titan has been adapted into video games and live-action movies as well.

The dark-fantasy anime is set in the world, where people live under threat of attack from the titans. The characters and readers (including you) are unaware of what the titans are and where they are from. The story centers on the main characters Eren Yeager and Mikasa Ackerman with the other Survey Corps members who battle against the titans.

You can enjoy the powerful battle scenes between the Survey Corps members and the titans and the well-designed mystery of the world in the manga and anime.

1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga

What is the best manga and anime series like Attack on Titan? Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃) has emerged as the likeliest candidate since it was released in 2016. The dark-fantasy manga, written by Koyoharu Gotoge, was serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump between 2016 and 2020. The first season of an anime adaption was released in 2019, which has been popular among the manga fans.

The setting of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is Japan in the Taisho period (1912-1926) where human begins fight against demons as the people battle against the titans in Attack on Titan.

There are various attractive characters including the main character Tanjiro Kamado and other demon slayers in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, who join forces to fight the demons like the Survey Corps soldiers in Attack on Titan.

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2. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul manga

Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種トーキョーグール), categorized as dark fantasy and horror, is a popular modern anime series. The original manga, the debut work of the manga artist Sui Ishida, was serialized on Weekly Young Jump from 2011 to 2014. It was followed by the second season Tokyo Ghoul:re until 2018. There are three seasons of its anime adaption aired during almost the same period.

Tokyo Ghoul is set in Tokyo where the weird creatures called Ghouls live in the human society. They look like a normal human but subsist on human flesh as food. The main character Ken Kaneki nearly dies from the attack of a Ghoul, and he survives by transplant ing an organ of the Ghoul.

Tokyo Ghoul and Attack on Titan are similar in that both symbols Ghouls and titans resemble human beings but threaten their lives.

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3. Gantz

Gantz manga

Gantz is one of the most recommended anime series for the fans of Attack on Titan. The same-titled action and thriller manga, written by Hiroya Oku, was serialized on Weekly Young Jump in 2000-2013. It was adapted into an anime adaption with two seasons in 2004.

A high school boy Kei Kurono and his old friend Masaru Kato die after being struck by a train to in an effort to rescue a drunken man fallen onto the tracks. They are transported to a room in an apartment and find the Gantz sphere. The black sphere orders them to go and kill aliens living on earth.

In both Gantz and Attack on Titan, the characters battle against their targets in various missions in the dark-fantasy world. You will like Gantz if you are a fan of Attack on Titan.

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4. Seraph of the End

Seraph of the End manga
Seraph of the End manga

If you love Attack on Titan, Seraph of the End (終わりのセラフ) is a highly recommended anime series. It started as a popular dark-fantasy manga on Jump Square in 2012, and two seasons of an anime adaption was released with 24 episodes in 2015.

Seraph of the End is set in the deserted world, where adults become extinct due to the outbreak of the unknown virus. The surviving children are captured by vampires. The story proceeds with the main character Yuichiro escapes from the underground and decides to fight against the vampires.

The conflict between children and vampires in Seraph of the End is similar to that between human beings and titans in Attack on Titan.

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5. Death Note

Death Note
Death Note manga

Death Note (デスノート) is a famous mystery and thriller manga published on Weekly Shonen Jump between 2003 and 2006, adapted into an anime series with 37 episodes and several live-action movies.

A high schooler Light Yagami picks up a Death Note on which an owner can kill someone by writing his/her name. He kills lots of people who he regards as a bad person with the Death Note. Another main character called L investigate how the people are killed and by who. They battle against each other as they play high-level mind games with their highest intelligence.

Death Note does not depict action scenes but you can enjoy the meaningful and interesting story in the thriller anime as well as Attack on Titan.

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