10 Anime Like DanMachi (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?)

Updated on May 18, 2017
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Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.

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About DanMachi

The title’s Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka? translation would be, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, or DanMachi! for short. Boy that was a complicated name introduction! But well, it’s a decent series and many like it!

In the city of Orario, there’s a vast labyrinth underground. It’s simply called—the Dungeon! From all around the world, this “Dungeon” attracts adventurers that would one day defeat it! Hopes of overwhelming power, treasures, and love awaits! Gods and goddesses even built guilds to accommodate adventurers. One such guild is Hestia’s. Her only member is mewbie adventurer, Bell Cranel.

Together Bell Cranel and Hestia work to achieve their dreams. One wants to become the best adventurer and conquer the “Dungeon” while the other wants to breathe life to a guild that’ll gain worthy followers and precious members. That’s DanMachi in a nutshell!

As I’ve said, this series is pretty decent and interesting. As much as I personally like it, I would like to showcase the Anime like DanMachi to provide more choices of must-watch shows and whatnot. Here they come! The shows similar to it are coming in droves!

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1. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba)

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Talk about dying and being reborn in a RPG-style fantasy world! Isn’t that whack?! Well, it’s exactly the scenario for Kazuma Satou!

Kazuma is a high school shut-in! On the one day that he actually goes out, he dies with a stupid look on his face by purportedly saving a girl. Before he knew it, he’s in the afterworld, standing the presence of the goddess, Aqua.

He is presented with two choices; move on to heaven or start life anew in a fantasy world and defeat the overlord. Kazuma readily chooses the latter. Now, for the “any” one thing he’ll bring—SURPRISE! He chooses the goddess herself, Aqua!

What mayhem will these crazy circumstances bring? Following the RPG and Fantasy approach with a big load of comedy, "KonoSuba: God’s Blessing to this Wonderful World!" is a most similar anime to DanMachi to behold. Notice how the long title was also shortened? Hah!

KonoSuba - Trailer

2. Sword Art Online (SAO)

Sword Art Online
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When it comes to anime shows that clearly depicts a gaming world, Sword Art Online is one of the most popular in its domain.

In Sword Art Online, you’ve got real-world players stuck in a virtual one game, left to survive by their own means. To add seriousness to the fantasy-like scenario, logging-out is practically impossible and when one dies in-game, they die for real! It’s that lethal and serious!

So, if you would like to watch a RPG-themed anime with lots of action, thrilling scenes, fantasy, grim moments, and some romance on the side, Sword Art Online is your pick!

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3. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
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Now this is what it would really be like if one does get transported to an RPG-game-like world. As realistic as it could get, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar hits the spot!

A group of youth wakes up in the middle of nowhere unknowing of why they are even there. They all have no recollection of their pasts and they’re in a world that is a total mystery to them. Apparently, they are in a fantasy world and their only choice of action is to move-on and grow as volunteer soldiers for now.

The reality of the youth in this series seems really close what’s going to happen if one actually gets transported to a RPG-like world. If that’s what you like want then this show is for you.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar - Trailer

4. Log Horizon

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Here comes another series portraying players getting stuck in a virtual online game world. No worries, there are no deadly repercussions but, just imagine all the psychological effect on the players! Now, the struggle is real!

Elder Tale is the new VMMORPG and players are stuck! Wait, what? The players are unable to log-out and they have deal with life with a virtual approach. Not everything is close to reality and they have to fight to pass by their now mundane reality.

Unlike any other show of the same genre, Log Horizon has a well-executed formula and keeps its essential parts necessary for the plot. It deals with many elements; strategy, entertainment, intellectual dialogue, and politics to name a few. It’s that unique! It can become draggy to some but it’s overall a decent show to spectate.

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5. Outbreak Company

Outbreak Company
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What if fantasy worlds really do exist? What if these world are just in another dimension waiting to be explored? Would you go or would you not? As for hardcore otaku, Kanou Shinichi, he’s tasked to bridge the gap between the newly discovered fantasy world and his own world.

As if it was easy enough, Shinichi has to deal with the new realities of the new world. There are dragons, there are elves, and there are all sorts of new things! He doesn’t have to do battles though. He only has to negotiate and deal with everything in a diplomatic way. Will he succeed and unite the two worlds together?

You’d notice that this is another show that tackles the possibility of the existence of fantasy worlds. Yes it is and for that, Outbreak Company shines with its own perspectives and its own servings of comedy.

Outbreak Company - Trailer

6. No Game No Life

No Game No Life
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If you’re looking for a show that’s both otherworldly and essentially EPIC, then look no more—No Game No Life shall give you a dose of mind-blowing games! I say games because the foundation of this show is based on games.

Enter “Blank,” the genius gamer entity comprised of siblings, Sora and Shiro. They’re the best in games and they’re practically unmatched! One day, a mysterious email goads them to play a game of chess. “Blanks” wins of course but the opponent was actually the “God of Games,” Tet. With that, Sora and Shiro are granted a one-way ticket to the world of Disboard, a world where everything is dealt and solved by games!

Mind-blowing moments and stupefying games, they’re all here! Prepare to get you brain blustered because the epicness of this anime sizzles with much surprise!

No Game No Life - Trailer

7. Overlord

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From dealing with game-world monsters and strategizing to defeat them, we now proceed to role where you are the overlord! Yes, you heard that right. From hero to villain, you are now the biggest, baddest, most powerful villain in the whole wide world!

Momonga is a player in Yggdrasil and in its final moments, he stays with the game. When he wakes up, he finds out that the NPCs he was with have sprung to life with personalities of their own. What’s more unusual is—he’s stuck in the world and he’s the overlord! And so, he goes on to live as Ainz Ooal Gown and learn about the world before he tries to dominate and conquer it.

Talk about being a villain, this series takes it to a whole new level by being the most powerful and baddest being in the world! This is definitely a must watch for anyone who’s tired of dealing with common protagonists, low-leveled players, and zero-to-hero characters.

Overlord - Trailer

8. Zero no Tsukaima

Zero no Tsukaima
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It’s always important to include this classic in list regarding the theme and genre. It’s dimensional, it’s funny, it’s romantic, it’s—Zero no Tsukaima!

Poor Hiiraga Saito, an average guy, was just passing somewhere by when a dimensional gate decides to gobble him up! Apparently, some magical mayhem by the “Zero” Louise (she’s called Zero because she’s a mess with magic) summons him as her very own familiar. And thus, the wacky adventures begin! Louise cannot undo her summoning and Saito cannot return. Hence, their fates are intertwined to produce a magical reaction full of comic relief and whatnot!

If romantic comedies of this genre and there are your bet, then this is your go-to show. You won’t regret watching it!

Zero no Tsukaima - Trailer

9. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Magi: Labyrinth of Magic
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Did anyone say magic? It’s in the name, it must be about magic! Correct! And it’s not just about magic, it’s also about conquering dungeons just like DanMachi!

“Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” tells the tale of young Aladdin and Alibaba as they venture in a world where mysterious dungeons suddenly popped out of the blue. As legends and stories have it, these dungeons are no ordinary dungeons. Once conquered, these dungeons grant immense power and wealth to whoever conquers them. There’s a catch though, djinns guard these dungeons and deadly traps riddle the entire areas. Also, a sinister secret lies behind the meaning of these dungeons and the world.

One word—dungeons! I guess that would be—nuff said!

Magi - Trailer

10. The Tower of Druaga

The Tower of Druaga
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The “Summer of Anu” is ON and the demons of the “Tower of Druaga” supposedly lose power during this season. Thanks to this phenomenon, the denizens of Uruk are given the chance to defeat the evil tower lord, Druaga, and bring peace once and for all! But will it really be that easy?

They say the top of the tower is laden with treasures and Druaga resides there. Now, everyone must band to conquer the tower. Different agendas, different goals—everyone is a part of the Tower of Druaga invasion!

This series begins with a promising premise then it goes on! There are many views and interpretations about this show but that’s up to you to find out! It’s noteworthy though that it’s like an RPG-game-like anime with an area to invade and triumph over. Tower of Druaga it is!

The Tower of Druaga - Trailer

Based on this list, what would you watch next?

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        Heavens 7 weeks ago

        I REALLY like alot of the animes. but in my opinion no game no life is the best one of all of these, you just have to ignore the romance stuff.

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        flames 8 weeks ago

        i wacth all of the anime up here make more top 10

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        Xim 4 months ago

        Well, I practically saw everything posted in there already aside from the tenth so could you make another list?

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        Gerald 5 months ago

        I voted for the #10 to watch next because i already seen most of the others on the list and that one looked the most interesting

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        Ben 6 months ago

        I picked the tower because it's the only one I haven't watched yet

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        Aaron 6 months ago

        I have watched quite a few if these animes including Danmachi, so from experience, I can tell you that Re:ZERO is an amazing anime to watch, whether you like Danmachi or not. (WARNING: Re:ZERO will change you forever. It literally crushed my emotions)

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        GlacialWolf 8 months ago

        i suggest all of these animes above if you like Danmachi :D

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        Katrina 9 months ago

        I am going to try out some of these!!!

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        MG 10 months ago

        kinda watched all the above can u make another top 10

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        Houki Shinonono 12 months ago

        Loving SAO but KonoSuba 5% better than SAO, so sorry SAO fan

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        jeremey 15 months ago

        sadly i've all but one already i was i hoping to make a long list of anime to watch