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10 Anime Like Btooom!
10. Log Horizon
9. Accel World
8. Highschool of the Dead
7. Sword Art Online
6. No Game No Life
4. Juuni Taisen
3. Deadman Wonderland
1. Mirai Nikki (TV)
10. Log Horizon
Synopsis – In the blink of an eye, thirty thousand bewildered Japanese gamers are whisked from their everyday lives into the world of the popular MMORPG, Elder Tale, after the game’s latest update—unable to log out. Among them is the socially awkward college student Shiroe, whose confusion and shock lasts only a moment as, a veteran of the game, he immediately sets out to explore the limits of his new reality.
Shiroe must learn to live in this new world, leading others and negotiating with the NPC “natives” in order to bring stability to the virtual city of Akihabara. He is joined by his unfortunate friend Naotsugu, having logged in for the first time in years only to find himself trapped, and Akatsuki, a petite but fierce assassin who labels Shiroe as her master. A tale of fantasy, adventure, and politics, Log Horizon explores the elements of gaming through the eyes of a master strategist who attempts to make the best of a puzzling situation.
Similarity –The environment that both series take place in has a similar concept but with different circumstances.
As for our main characters, they are stuck in an isolated area from the outside world where they must survive. Btooom! takes more of a serious tone, while Log Horizon is much more lighthearted. However, there are many mechanics behind both series that are explored relating to their circumstances.
The main male protagonists are also gamers with experience in the gaming world.
9. Accel World
Synopsis – Haruyuki Arita is an overweight, bullied middle schooler who finds solace in playing online games. But his life takes a drastic turn one day, when he finds that all his high scores have been topped by Kuroyukihime, the popular vice president of the student council. She then invites him to the student lounge and introduces him to “Brain Burst,” a program which allows the users to accelerate their brain waves to the point where time seems to stop. Brain Burst also functions as an augmented reality fighting game, and in order to get more points to accelerate, users must win duels against other players. However, if a user loses all their points, they will also lose access to Brain Burst forever.
Kuroyukihime explains that she chose to show Haruyuki the program because she needs his help. She wants to meet the creator of Brain Burst and uncover the reason of why it was created, but that’s easier said than done; to do so, she must defeat the “Six Kings of Pure Color,” powerful faction leaders within the game, and reach level 10, the highest level attainable. After the girl helps Haruyuki overcome the bullies that torment him, he vows to help her realize her goal, and so begins the duo’s fight to reach the top.
Similarity – -Both are surprisingly violent for their childish concept
-Both have main characters that, despite being outcasts in the real world, are very useful when they are forced to use their knowledge of the video game they play
-Teams are formed within the players of this game, to help defeat a common enemy
-The main character meets a girl that he knew before he was transported to the new world/island
8. Highschool of the Dead
Synopsis- It happened suddenly: The dead began to rise and Japan was thrown into total chaos. As these monsters begin terrorizing a high school, Takashi Kimuro is forced to kill his best friend when he gets bitten and joins the ranks of the walking dead. Vowing to protect Rei Miyamoto, the girlfriend of the man he just executed, they narrowly escape their death trap of a school, only to be greeted with a society that has already fallen.
Soon, Takashi and Rei band together with other students on a journey to find their family members and uncover what caused this overwhelming pandemic. Joining them is Saeko Busujima, the beautiful president of the Kendo Club; Kouta Hirano, an otaku with a fetish for firearms; Saya Takagi, the daughter of an influential politician; and Shizuka Marikawa, their hot school nurse. But will the combined strength of these individuals be enough to conquer this undead apocalypse?
Similarity – full of gruesome kill scenes, amazing plots and vivid art work. These both focus on the will to survive by characters in the situations they are put in, both also focus on the male demographic (high school of the dead a lot more than Btoooom!). both are amazing and action packed and are good for a Binge watch.
7. Sword Art Online
Synopsis – In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.
Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed “Kirito,” is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.
In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.
Similarity – The same concept of a real-life game world. But Btooom! is more intense and aimed at a more mature audience. No magic and leveling up and stuff. The characters are not trapped in a game world but rather on an island in the real world where they are forced to survive based on the concept of a popular video game in the anime.
In one note: It’s one of those game world real-world dimension shifting anime but one that takes place only in the real world, and is aimed at a more mature audience with blood and gore and smart tactics.
6. No Game No Life
Synopsis – No Game No Life is a surreal comedy that follows Sora and Shiro, shut-in NEET siblings and the online gamer duo behind the legendary username “Blank.” They view the real world as just another lousy game; however, a strange e-mail challenging them to a chess match changes everything—the brother and sister are plunged into an otherworldly realm where they meet Tet, the God of Games.
The mysterious god welcomes Sora and Shiro to Disboard, a world where all forms of conflict—from petty squabbles to the fate of whole countries—are settled not through war, but by way of high-stake games. This system works thanks to a fundamental rule wherein each party must wager something they deem to be of equal value to the other party’s wager. In this strange land where the very idea of humanity is reduced to child’s play, the indifferent genius gamer duo of Sora and Shiro have finally found a real reason to keep playing games: to unite the sixteen races of Disboard, defeat Tet, and become the gods of this new, gaming-is-everything world.
Similarity – This pairing comes with a twist. The Main characters in these series are shut-in NEET’s who have used gaming as escapism of reality and are top tier gamers. In Btooom! the main characters are sent to an island where they have to play out the game in a real “life or death” scenario. In No Game No Life, the main characters are transported to another world where everything is decided by games, in order to play with the God of this world, they begin their journey to the top.
Synopsis –Justice, and the enforcement of it, has changed. In the 22nd century, Japan enforces the Sibyl System, an objective means of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors uphold the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone harboring the slightest ill-will; alongside them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors that have become latent criminals, granted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors’ dirty work.
Into this world steps Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with an honest desire to uphold justice. However, as she works alongside veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she soon learns that the Sibyl System’s judgments are not as perfect as her fellow Inspectors assume. With everything she has known turned on its head, Akane wrestles with the question of what justice truly is, and whether it can be upheld through the use of a system that may already be corrupt.
Similarity –Anime that have dark themes and deal with killing others in a very distant, cold, calculated way though both main characters have to deal with it emotionally it themselves. Both characters face dark and twisted opponents who show the darker side of human nature, especially when the normal social restraints are removed either from the lack of civilization or a broken criminal justice system. The animes are both violent and graphic.
4. Juuni Taisen
Synopsis – Every 12 years, mercenaries who possess the highest caliber of brute strength, cunning wit, and deadly precision gather to participate in the Zodiac Tournament. Each warrior bears the name and attributes of one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. With their pride and lives on the line, they engage in vicious combat until only the victor remains.
The 12th Zodiac Tournament begins in a desolate city, devoid of any evidence of the half million people who recently lived there. To raise the stakes, each warrior ingests a poisonous gem, thus setting a time limit on the tournament—and on their life. With one wish for the victor up for grabs, the Zodiac Warriors start their cutthroat battle for survival.
Similarity – Both anime implements a survival game technique(Hunger Games style).
In both animes, participants have to kill each other to obtain a sort of token from the player they killed, which will lead to their victory.
Both are action-oriented, but not too much to make it a “shounen”
3. Deadman Wonderland
Synopsis – It looked like it would be a normal day for Ganta Igarashi and his classmates—they were preparing to go on a class field trip to a certain prison amusement park called Deadman Wonderland, where the convicts perform dangerous acts for the onlookers’ amusement. However, Ganta’s life is quickly turned upside down when his whole class gets massacred by a mysterious man in red. Framed for the incident and sentenced to death, Ganta is sent to the very jail he was supposed to visit.
But Ganta’s nightmare is only just beginning.
The young protagonist is thrown into a world of sadistic inmates and enigmatic powers, to live in constant fear of the lethal collar placed around his neck that is slowed only by winning in the prison’s deathly games. Ganta must bet his life to survive in a ruthless place where it isn’t always easy to tell friend from foe, all while trying to find the mysterious “Red Man” and clear his name, in Deadman Wonderland.
Similarity – Deadman Wonderland and BTOOOM! are similar because they both feature a character who is thrust into a game of survival. The surrounding characters also have back stories as to why they ended up in the game. Both anime deal with death and psychological issues. Sometimes, it is hard to tell the characters’ intentions. Many characters have ulterior motives to getting what they want. There is a lot of action in each, and they can get rather violent. They both have a similar style and feel, and the survival games in both give the anime a sense of danger from episode to episode.
2. Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation
Synopsis – Hope’s Peak Academy is an elite high school that accepts only the most talented students. Individuals who successfully enroll receive their own unique titles, suitably reflective of their skills and traits. Of the fifteen candidates admitted to the peculiar school that year, Makoto Naegi is a completely ordinary individual who has been accepted by sheer chance, with the title of “Super High School-Level Luck.”
Naegi and his fellow classmates are initially ecstatic to be chosen to study at this prestigious institution, but these feelings of happiness are short-lived. They are soon confronted by Monokuma, the principal and resident bear, who traps them inside the school. The pupils’ hopes of escape and graduation hinge on one of them successfully murdering one of their peers without being discovered. However, if the killer is caught, he or she will be executed, and the remaining survivors will be left to continue the deathmatch until only a single victor remains.
Similarity – Both series seems to involve a game like a scenario where the characters/contestants are stuck in an isolated area where their lives are in danger. At the same time, there’s a sense of psychological mystery going on regarding their location and what’s inside it.
The main male protagonist seems to be a normal boy but gets caught up in this situation after one faithful day. Among other factors, there is thrilling like atmosphere surrounding the origins of the series. In order to survive, they must escape that isolated location.
1. Mirai Nikki (TV)
Synopsis – Lonely high school student, Yukiteru Amano, spends his days writing a diary on his cellphone, while conversing with his two seemingly imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina, who is the god of time and space, and Murmur, the god’s servant. Revealing himself to be an actual entity, Deus grants Yukiteru a “Random Diary,” which shows highly descriptive entries based on the future and forces him into a bloody battle royale with 11 other holders of similarly powerful future diaries.
With the last person standing designated as the new god of time and space, Yukiteru must find and kill the other 11 in order to survive. He reluctantly teams up with his obsessive stalker Yuno Gasai (who also possesses such a diary), and she takes it upon herself to ensure his safety. But there’s more to the girl than meets the eye, as she might have other plans for her unrequited love…
Similarity – Both anime are survival death games. While Mirai Nikki lets players use personalized Future Diaries, Btooom! gives them specific types of bombs.
Mirai Nikki has supernatural elements while Btoom stays on real side.
Main characters are incredibly dumb but Btooom!’s MC at least doesn’t care about ethics that much which makes him more interesting.
Credits – MAL