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Ajin follows the story of high school student Kei Nagai and his perplexing existence. After accidentally getting caught in a traffic accident, he discovers that he is incapable of dying! This means only one thing—he’s an Ajin. Kei is a being who can't die and has supernatural powers. And so, since Ajin are sought by the government for experimentation, Kei is now on the run for his safety and freedom. If he gets caught by anyone, only misery and desolation awaits.
Since you’re here, it could only mean one thing—you’re looking for more anime like Ajin. There are a lot of similar anime to choose from. Here are some shows to check out after watching Ajin.
1. Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo has become a dangerous place! Every night, monsters known as ghouls come out to feast on human flesh. Their existence is clad in mystery, and no one truly understands what they are. All that everyone knows is that ghouls are dangerous!
One day, a young man named Kaneki Ken meets a terrible fate. What he thought was a charming girl was actually a ghoul! Luckily for him, he survived the encounter, but not without consequence. His grave injuries and fight against time led to a doctor transplanting the female ghoul’s organs into him. A few days later, changes start to happen. He has become a ghoul who craves flesh!
This anime mixes elements of action and horror across four seasons. Initially starting out as a manga, it has seen adaptations in films and light novels. Be prepared for a very dark tone before watching this one.
2. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim-)
Izumi Shinichi was enjoying a night of rest when his life started to change abruptly. As certain events transpired, he is now no longer an ordinary human. With a peculiar foreign organism invading his right arm, he is forced to coexist with an alien and tread new waters.
Now calling his right arm “Migi,” Shinchi has to deal with the sentient being whilst getting down to the bottom of things. As it turns out, other aliens like Migi are very dangerous and a threat to all life. Shinichi has to coexist with Migi and fight for his own survival.
This anime adapts the classic sci-fi manga and updates it to a contemporary setting. The series became a hit thanks to its stellar animation and pacing. Be prepared for blood and gore when watching this one.
3. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
The world is overrun by zombie-like creatures with iron-caged hearts called the “Kabane,” and all of humanity is on the run! Protected by walled cities and heavily-armored trains, living has become a dire challenge. Widespread fear, terrorizing danger, and stressful worries are a daily presence.
Ikoma has always hated the Kabane, and so he has been preparing all his life to fight them. He built weapons and crafted countermeasures for them so that he can ensure future survival. One day, his preparation pays off. The Kabane start a siege, and Ikoma fights one directly! After the encounter, Ikoma finds that he has been bitten and infected by the Kabane, but he has an ace up his sleeve. He used a contraption on himself and successfully contained the virus! But now he’s no longer a human! He is neither human nor Kabane—Ikoma is now a Kabaneri!
This series has a lot of similarities to Attack on Titan. It was even produced by the same studio as that anime. While this anime is a bit on the short side at only 12 episodes, it does feature plenty of action.
4. Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)
The country of Japan is about to experience terrorism. When two teenage boys, who collectively calls themselves “Sphinx,” make their debut in Japan, everyone—especially the police—cowers in confusion. Sphinx is a terrorist group that is very different from others. Their purpose is unknown, and they actually don’t want to hurt anyone, but their actions have a very deep meaning.
The two teenage boys who make up “Sphinx” are named Nine and Twelve, and they shouldn’t even exist. They’re nobodies, but they have a story to tell. Or do they? Are they actually hiding something big? Whatever their goal is, it’s something that will shake the whole country!
This psychological thriller comes from Shinichiro Watanabe, the director of Cowboy Bebop. The animation and music in this series makes up for the less than stellar writing and characters. This is a grim series where most characters are hard to cheer for. The anime does feature some poignant political commentary.
In a future society, Japan is now able to weed out humans in a system called the Sibyl System. By using the Psycho-Pass as a reader, the threat levels of humans can now be determined. Psychological states, emotions, and quirks are now easy to point and classify. As a result, crimes can now be prevented before they occur.
But with this high-tech convenience, many issues are bound to surface. Is the Sibyl System and the Psycho-Pass truly fair and humane? Can justice really be shaped by these devices? What are the consequences and costs? Justice is already such a complicated concept. Adding the Sibyl System and Psycho-Pass may actually complicate things even further.
This post-cyberpunk anime comes from Gen Urobuchi, the writer behind Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This dark series has a resemblance to the film Minority Report. The series tackles the philosophical debate of using something like the Sibyl System to prevent crime. The anime has memorable characters in a dystopian setting.
6. Deadman Wonderland
Igarashi Ganta finds himself in a brutal situation the moment the entity known as the “Red Man” attacks and slaughters all of his classmates. Only he survived, and he’s now in a worse situation because he’s being pinned for the murders. As a result, he ends up in Deadman Wonderland—a prison with a wonderland façade and a bloody secret.
Deep below Deadman Wonderland, prisoners are treated with brutality, especially the prisoners that are collectively called “Deadman.” A much harsher punishment awaits them! Ganta has become part of this group, and he’s now on a stage of survival with mysterious blood powers at his disposal.
This anime may not be the deepest, and it is a little brief at 12 episodes, but it is very entertaining while it lasts. Seeing battles with the prisoners never gets boring. There is a fair amount of gore given that the protagonist uses blood as his power.
7. Elfen Lied
The diclonii queen Lucy has escaped and the world is about to feel her wrath! Born as a being called a “Diclonius,” Lucy is an advanced life form with deadly psychic prowess. She can use vectors—invisible hands that can interact with objects up to the atomic level—to lay waste upon anything. Now that she has escaped from the research facility, nothing can stop her now.
Lucy, like most diclonii, has experienced a traumatic and miserable existence. As such, she is out for vengeance! She hates humanity as much as she hates herself. She’s a threat that everyone should watch out for. The world is about to witness a menace far greater than anything it has seen before.
This was one of the most popular anime back in the 2000s. This cult classic has a dark tone and is heavy on the blood and violence. Despite the monstrous actions of Lucy, many viewers feel sympathetic towards her. The characters may be a bit on the bland side, but that doesn't stop this anime from being a memorable one. If you like this anime, check out this list of similar series.
8. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
The God of Space and Time is deteriorating, and he needs someone to take his place. If no one succeeds him, everything will be reduced to shambles. And so, a ruthless survival game is announced. 12 “Future Diary Holders” must fight for survival in order to become the new God of Space and Time!
Amano Yukiteru is one of the chosen participants. He discovers that his phone diary can foretell the future. He is then tossed into a survival game with unique individuals who have personal issues and their own motivations. Yukiteru is reluctant, but he has no choice. The survival game that will ultimately determine the future has already begun.
This thriller series became popular in part to the reception of Yuno Gasai, one of the major characters. This anime could be compared to Danganronpa, which has a similar battle royal setup. The series can be on the grim side, but it has memorable action set pieces.
9. Big Order
Hoshimiya Eiji is the most hated person in the world. 10 years prior, he caused the destruction of almost everything. Now he possesses the power to conquer anything and everything! He did lie low for 10 years, but the destiny of Order users is far from over.
With people after him and a suspicious group trying to recruit him, Eiji’s battle is just beginning. His power is something that could lead him to conquer the world. He has the power unveil the secret that concerns everything that has happened and is going to happen!
The series comes from the creator of Future Diary. This anime could be seen as a more graphic version of that series. You can expect the same thrilling plot twists here.
10. Death Note
High school student Yagami Light has stumbled upon supreme power. He has come to possess the Death Note—a notebook that can kill anyone who has their name written in it. With Light’s ideals and his own version of justice, he starts killing criminals to cleanse the world!
Debuting as Kira, Light is on his mission for world justice. He will stop at nothing to fulfill his dream of eliminating all evil—even if he has to become a far greater evil himself.
This is one of the most iconic anime of the 2000s. The rivalry between Kira and the detective L is considered to be one of the most cerebral feuds in anime. The hunt for Kira will leave you on the edge of your seat until the epic conclusion.