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7 Anime Like "Guilty Crown" (2011)

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Anime Like "Guilty Crown"

Guilty Crown is one of the most popular science fantasy anime in recent years. Released in October 2011, the success of the series prompted a manga adaptation by Square Enix and a light novel entitled Guilty Crown: Princess of Deadpool.

The story revolves around Ouma Shu, a 17-year-old boy who, by accident, obtains a rare and tremendous power. He acquires “The Power of the Kings”, granting him the ability to extract “Voids” from other people. He falls in love with Yuzuriha Inori, a member of the rebel group, Funeral Parlor. Shu finds himself in the middle of a huge conflict, ultimately seeking to restore the independence of Japan.

If you are looking for anime with similar storylines, you came to the right place. Here are anime like Guilty Crown that will surely keep you glued to your seats:

  1. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
  2. Mirai Nikki
  3. Deadman Wonderland
  4. Zetsuen no Tempest
  5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  6. Eureka Seven
  7. Darker than Black

1. "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion"

On August 10, 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia conquers the island nation of Japan, stripping its residents of all rights and freedom. The country is renamed Area 11, with the people consequently called the Elevens. While the Elevens are forced to live under terrible conditions, the Britannians are living a comfortable lifestyle within their settlements.

An ex-Britannian by the name of Lelouch Lamperouge has sworn to obliterate Britannia. While caught up in a terrorist attack, he meets a girl called C.C., who saves him from the Britannian Royal Guard. Through C.C., Lelouch gains the power of Geass, or the power of the king. Now equipped with an ability that grants him dominance over any person, Lelouch can finally set his sights on bringing down the Holy Empire of Britannia.


2. "Mirai Nikki"

Mirai Nikki or Future Diary tells the story of a young boy named Yukiteru “Yuki” Amano. He has poor social skills, choosing to spend most of his time alone, writing a diary on his cell phone and talking to his imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina—the God of Space and Time, and Murmur, Deus’ servant. To Yuki’s surprise, Deus turns out to be real. Deus gives Yuki a special diary, containing events that will happen in the next 90 days. Deus then pits Yuki in a battle against twelve others, each holding a special diary of their own.

In this Diary Game, the contestants must find and kill the others before the world ends in 90 days. The one left standing will become the new God of Space and Time.


3. "Deadman Wonderland"

Ganta is an ordinary student at Nagano Prefecture’s middle school. One day, a mysterious man covered in blood floats through his classroom windows. The Red Man slaughters the entire class, sparing only Ganta. The Red Man embeds a red crystal in Ganta’s chest. As the sole survivor of the massacre, authorities decided that Ganta is the suspect and is incarcerated in Deadman Wonderland, the most twisted prison ever built.

Inside the prison, he befriends Shiro, a female inmate who apparently knows Ganta. He subsequently discovers that he has the ability to manipulate his blood, turning it into a weapon of his choice. Ganta becomes obsessed with the Red Man, vowing to do anything to uncover his identity and see justice served.


4. Zetsuen no Tempest

Blast Tempest is a story about retribution. The series revolves around the Kusaribe family, a family of sorcerers under the protection of the Tree of Origins. The greatest sorcerer of the family is Hakaze Kusaribe. She gets trapped in a barrel and drifted into a deserted island by Samon Kusaribe, a relative who desires to resurrect the Tree of World’s End.

Hakaze sends a message out to see. It gets picked up by a boy named Mahiro Fuwa. Mahiro’s sister is killed the year before, and he has sworn to seek revenge. He decides to help Hakaze under the condition that Hakaze will help in finding the killer of his sister. Mahiro’s best friend, Yoshino Takigawa, also joins in this quest after being rescued from danger.

Will they be able to find the murderer of Mahiro’s sister? And can they stop Samon and ultimately save the world from complete destruction?


5. "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood"

Alchemists are people who have the ability to manipulate objects, turning one object into another. The basic rule in alchemical transmutation is simple: in order to gain something, something of the same value must be sacrificed.

The series tells the story of the alchemist brothers, Edward and Alphonse. They performed human transmutation, a strictly forbidden act, in an attempt to bring their mother back to life. Their failed attempt caused Edward to lose his left leg while Alphonse lost his entire body. In order to save his brother’s life, Edward sacrificed his right arm to affix Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor.

They embark on a quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone, a powerful object which would allow them to recover their bodies. But along the way, they discover various conspiracies that endanger the whole nation, all brought upon by the Philosopher’s Stone.


6. "Eureka Seven"

Renton Thurston is a 14-year-old kid and the son of a military researcher, Adrock Thurston who died saving the world. He lives with his grandfather and describes his life as boring. He loves lifting, a sport that is similar to surfing but with a trapar instead. His dream is to join Gekkostate, a renegade group led by his idol, Holland.

One day, a mechanical robot called Nirvash typeZERO crashes into his room. His grandfather commands him to deliver a special part to the Nirvash called the Amita Drive. He is subsequently asked to join the Gekkostate. He discovers that life in the group isn’t as great as he expected. The only reason why he wants to stay is Eureka, the pilot of the Nirvash. Together with Eureka, they set out on a journey that will shape not only their lives, but the fate of the whole world as well.


7. "Darker than Black"

10 years ago, a mysterious spatial anomaly appeared in South America and Tokyo. In South America it was called Heaven’s Gate, while in Tokyo it was labeled Hell’s Gate. These areas caused massive devastation and also caused the stars to get replaced by fake stars. This led people with special abilities to come out. Known as Contractors, they could do things that are once impossible. But their abilities come at the cost of their conscience.

A Contractor named Hei is hired by a mysterious organization called the Syndicate. Together with a blind Doll named Yin, a Contractor stuck in the body of a cat, and their human leader named Huang, Hei carries out various missions for the Syndicate, all while trying to find his sister who disappeared with Heaven’s Gate.

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© 2014 Caleb Melvern