Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
"Danganronpa" Background and Themes
Danganronpa (2013) is about a group of students who are trapped in a school and forced to participate in a deathmatch. A remote-controlled teddy bear named Monokuma explains to the students that the only way they can escape Hope’s Peak Academy is to murder a fellow student and avoid being identified as the culprit.
This survival game has fairly straightforward rules. After a murder occurs, the students have a trial to find the killer. If the students fail to correctly identify the killer, the killer "graduates" and gets to leave. All of the other students are then executed. If the killer is correctly identified, then they are executed while the other students continue the game.
So, if you’re looking for an anime series that is full of despair, assassins, cruel twists, and strange school settings, you'll find some listed here. All you have to do now is choose. Here are some anime like Danganronpa that you should binge-watch:
- Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
- Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
- Akuma no Riddle
- Akame ga Kill!
- Rokka no Yuusha
- Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
- Angel Beats!
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Deadman Wonderland
1. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
What would you do if you were given the power to predict the future? Would you use that power to help or harm others? It has been said that great power often comes at a price. In this case, the power to predict the future comes with a massive price—the fate of being dragged into a cruel survival game!
Amano Yukiteru is a teenage boy who received the power to predict the future through his phone. He was astonished and confused when he received his very own “Future Diary.” He started using his power as a cheat for his own life. Little did he know, his new power meant he was now involved in a battle for his life.
Ryouta Sakamoto, who is a N.E.E.T. (not in education, employment, or training), never imagined that he would be a part of his favorite game. He has now found himself playing his favorite game, “Btooom!!,” in real life. However, this fantasy has quickly turned into a nightmare. Surviving and killing has become Ryouta's top priorities!
Ryouta wakes up on an isolated island. It is here that illegal testing of a real-life “Btooom!!” game is being held. Unfortunately for him, he is one of the test subjects. He has no choice but to play the vicious survival game. While he may have been one of the best players in the world, winning in the real game will push his skills to the limit.
3. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
The fate of the world is now in the hands of middle school students! Yes, you heard that right. A deadly creature has just chosen teaching as his career, and he chose the students of Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School to be his pupils. However, there’s a twist. Besides teaching traditional academics, this unusual teacher has also added the art of assassination into the curriculum. And the target of assassination is himself!
The teacher known as Koro-sensei has already destroyed a big chunk of the moon. If the students fail to assassinate him by the time they all graduate, then he will destroy the world. This narrative may sound dark, but this series is actually a lighthearted comedy that features a lot of action and espionage. If you end up enjoying this series, here are 10 more shows you should check out.
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4. Akuma no Riddle
At the all-girls boarding school called Myoujou Academy, things aren’t really what they seem. One class in particular seems abnormal. That class is known as Class Black. In this class, there are 12 assassins and 1 target. Whoever assassinates the target will get any wish granted.
A girl named Haru Ichinose is the target of the 12 assassins. One of these assassins is a new transfer student named Tokaku Azama. All of the assassins spend their time formulating the perfect assassination plan. However, Tokaku plans to take a different route. Instead of being hostile to Haru, she gets close to her and forms a friendship. Eventually, she has a change of heart. Instead of assassinating Haru, she promises to protect her from the others with everything she’s got!
5. Akame ga Kill!
While on a journey to the capital to bring glory and wealth to his starving village, Tatsumi discovers the horrible truth about the society he lives in. As it turns out, the capital is responsible for the surrounding areas being in shambles. Unimaginable corruption and despair lies within the center of the capital, and dark forces have taken over.
Tatsumi, now knowing the truth of the world, joins the assassin group known as Night Raid. With weapons called Teigu at hand, a killing spree awaits for all who are corrupt and evil. Tatsumi and Night Raid vow to vanquish evil and restore the capital to its former glory!
6. Rokka no Yuusha
The Demon God has been revived and the only ones who can stop him are the Braves of the Six Flowers. Six heroes have been chosen for the sole purpose of defeating evil and saving the world. But when the six heroes were finally gathered, seven of them were present. Yes, seven! The seed of distrust had been planted and began to sprout!
Adlet is one of the chosen six heroes. He is the self-proclaimed strongest man in the world. While he may have passed the trials to be chosen as a Brave, he didn’t do it without any bumps. This is the reason why his fellow Braves are keeping an eye on him. Adlet has become the target of suspicion. He now looks for a way to redeem himself and locate the fraud Brave before things get out of hand.
7. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
Beneath Kisaragi Academy lies Heavenly Host Academy—an elementary school that was closed down years ago. It is said that the old school held an accursed history as well as a perturbing secret. A group of students and a teacher are now going to discover its dark secrets.
It’s unfortunate that the students have come upon the Sachiko Ever After charm. They say that the charm bonds friends together forever. In reality, it’s a charm that brings people to hell. Using the charm incorrectly in a ritual leads to a malevolent spirit lashing out at the students. They are now at the mercy of murderous ghosts as they try to escape a grisly fate.
This popular horror series can satisfy audiences looking for some scares. If you are looking for more horror series, here are some recommended anime.
8. Angel Beats!
A young man named Otonashi wakes up in a strange setting. He is very confused as he believes he is dead. It turns out he’s in the afterlife and the setting is a high school. As if everything wasn’t crazy enough, Otonashi finds out that the school is in the middle of war!
It’s the student body against a girl named Tenshi. The students may have an advantage in numbers, but Tenshi is powerful and almost invincible. The students battle her every day to ensure their existence in the afterlife. However, Otonashi has a different approach. Instead of fighting, he tries to befriend and understand Tenshi. This allows him to learn the true nature of the afterlife.
9. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
If you had the chance to gain magical powers—like turn into a magical girl—would you accept? What if I told you that it comes with an enormous price? Well, for Madoka Kaname, this is the greatest decision of her life.
After stumbling upon a magical creature that grants magical powers, Madoka has become conflicted. A mysterious student in her school told her to stay away from the thought of becoming a magical girl. Why? That is the ultimate question! But as Madoka gets closer to the truth, a phenomenon that will soon threaten her existence begins to manifest.
10. Deadman Wonderland
Igarashi Ganta is an ordinary student who’s got the whole world against him. After his classmates were massacred by the mysterious man in red, he comes out as the sole survivor and gets framed for the murders. He gets sent to the infamous high-security amusement park prison—Deadman Wonderland!
Deadman Wonderland holds its own dark secrets. In its deepest, darkest corners, it holds humans who have the power to manipulate their blood into weapons. These beings are called Deadmen. The prison has a plan to pitch the Deadmen against each other for entertainment. Just what in the world did Ganta get himself into?! He now has to learn how to use his power to survive his ordeal.
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Saihara00 on July 20, 2020:
i don't like most of them