Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Darker than Black. This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Darker than Black

10. Death Note
9. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
8. Black Cat
7. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
6. Durarara!!
5. Psycho-Pass
4. Hamatora The Animation
3. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
2. Cowboy Bebop
1. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

10. Death Note

Death Note
Synopsis – A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.

High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.

With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.

Similarity –Darker than black and Death Note have a similar appeal and share a similar atmosphere and mood, especially with the characters. They both have supernatural themes and are both mystery stories involving big companies and investigation agencies which try to investigate and outsmart each other. They are also both seinen style (more mature shows) involving darker issues and violence.

Also read,10 Anime Like Death Note

9. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun

Synopsis – The student-filled Academy City is at the forefront of scientific advancement and home to the esper development program. The seven “Level 5” espers are the most powerful in Academy City, and ranked third among them is middle schooler Mikoto Misaka, an electricity manipulator known as “The Railgun.”

When strange incidents begin occurring throughout the city, she finds each crime to be connected to the elusive “Level Upper,” a legendary device that allegedly increases the esper level of its user. As the situation escalates, it becomes apparent that there is more to the Level Upper than meets the eye, and that Academy City may be a far more twisted place than the glamorous utopia it appears to be.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun focuses on Mikoto and her friends—and the dangerous situations they find themselves in—as they get caught up in the matter of the Level Upper. As Mikoto says, “There’s never a dull moment in this city.”

Similarity – If superpower is a theme you’re looking for, then Darker than Black and Railgun should be considered to be added on PTW for a variety of reasons. First, there is the concept of people who are able to use supernatural abilities. Among these includes a main protagonist with the ability to manipulate electricity. Then, there’s the concept of them fighting crime in a city where there are other dangerous people with abilities as well. Thus, expect action and drama to ensure.

8. Black Cat

Synopsis- Completing every job with ruthless accuracy, Train Heartnet is an infamous assassin with no regard for human life. Donning the moniker “Black Cat” in the underground world, the elite killer works for the powerful secret organization known only as Chronos.

One gloomy night, the blasé gunman stumbles upon Saya Minatsuki, an enigmatic bounty hunter, and soon develops an odd friendship with her. Influenced by Saya’s positive outlook on life, Train begins to rethink his life. Deciding to abandon his role as the Black Cat, he instead opts to head down a virtuous path as an honest bounty hunter. However, Chronos—and particularly Creed Diskenth, Train’s possessive underling—is not impressed with Train’s sudden change of heart and vows to resort to extreme measures in order to bring back the emissary of bad luck.

This assassin turned “stray cat” can only wander so far before the deafening sound of gunfire rings out.

Similarity – Bad pun not intended, one could call Darker Than Black a “Darker and Edgier” version of Black Cat.
They have very similar components and characters (organization of assassins/supernatural killers of which the main character is a part of, and each have different powers; mysterious waif emotionless girls; hero getting tangled up with figures from his past along the way, etc etc) but DTB does things with much more drama and blood. Also, the atmosphere of both just seems similar as well.

7. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell

Synopsis – In the not so distant future, mankind has advanced to a state where complete body transplants from flesh to machine is possible. This allows for great increases in both physical and cybernetic prowess and blurring the lines between the two worlds. However, criminals can also make full use of such technology, leading to new and sometimes, very dangerous crimes. In response to such innovative new methods, the Japanese Government has established Section 9, an independently operating police unit which deals with such highly sensitive crimes.

Led by Daisuke Aramaki and Motoko Kusanagi, Section 9 deals with such crimes over the entire social spectrum, usually with success. However, when faced with a new A-level hacker nicknamed “The Laughing Man,” the team is thrown into a dangerous cat and mouse game, following the hacker’s trail as it leaves its mark on Japan.

Similarity – These two animes revolve around a protagonist with a strong support team in a political and action thriller featuring unique powers (although that’s a given in most animes).

While Ghost in the Shell series revolves more around a central political plot, Darker than BLACK asks similar metaphysical questions underlying Ghost in the Shell.

6. Durarara!!

Synopsis – Ryūgamine Mikado is a boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city. At the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi, he transfers to a school in Ikebukuro. Masaomi has warned him about people he doesn’t want to cross in the city: a champion fighter, an informant, and a mysterious gang called “Dollars.” Nervous from Masaomi’s stories, Mikado witnesses an urban legend on his first day in the city, the Headless Rider astride a black motorcycle. From then on, the existence of supernatural cases and a gang called the Yellow Scarves will rise to the surface, and Ikebukuro will be pushed to the breaking point.

Similarity – The animation is very similar. Also, the way the episodes can shift between the different characters, focusing on specific people for certain episodes. Celty also reminds me of Hei, the main character from Darker Than Black. Both not exactly human. Both seen as kinds of monsters. Both have good hearts deep down and discover this throughout the show. Both are total badasses haha.
If you love Durarara, then you’ll totally love Darker Than Black.

Also read,10 Anime Like Durarara!

5. Psycho-Pass

Psycho Pass
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 – Both of these animes are set in a Japan different than the one that exists today, and both heavily involve characters who are investigators, Psycho-Pass more so than Darker Than Black. The fast-paced crime solving and back and forth between the “good” guys and “bad” guys (quotes because the audience is eventually led through a deconstructive lens) are factors of both of these shows that remind me of (and are just as good as) Deathnote. If you find that your heart misses the characters the most, you’ll be able to find similar characters in Psycho-Pass and Darker than Black.

Also read,10 Anime Like Psycho-Pass

4. Hamatora The Animation

Synopsis – The ability to create miracles is not just a supernatural phenomenon; it is a gift which manifests in a limited number of human beings. “Minimum,” or small miracles, are special powers that only selected people called “Minimum Holders” possess. The detective agency Yokohama Troubleshooting, or Hamatora for short, is composed of the “Minimum Holder PI Duo,” Nice and Murasaki. Their office is alone table at Cafe Nowhere, where the pair and their coworkers await new clients.

Suddenly, the jobs that they begin to receive seem to have strange connections to the serial killer whom their friend Art, a police officer, is searching for. The murder victims share a single similarity: they are all Minimum Holders. Nice and Murasaki, as holders themselves, are drawn to the case—but what exactly is the link between Nice and the one who orchestrates it all?

Similarity – People with special abilities and groups performing missions. Not to mention all-around action. Darker than Black is, of course, edgier and well, darker [no pun intended] but they have the same feel and pacing.

3. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch

Code Geass
Synopsis – In the year 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia is establishing itself as a dominant military nation, starting with the conquest of Japan. Renamed to Area 11 after its swift defeat, Japan has seen significant resistance against these tyrants in an attempt to regain independence.

Lelouch Lamperouge, exiled prince of Britannia, unfortunately, finds himself caught in a crossfire between the two nations’ armed forces. He is able to escape, however, thanks to the timely appearance of a mysterious girl named C.C., who bestows upon him Geass, the “Power of Kings.” Realizing the vast potential of his newfound “power of absolute obedience,” Lelouch embarks upon a perilous journey as the masked vigilante known as Zero, leading a merciless onslaught against Britannia in order to get revenge once and for all.

Similarity – Both of the main characters, Hei and Lelouch, obtain supernatural abilities, and whilst Lelouch manipulates people and leads a revolution, Hei is manipulated by a mysterious company. But both characters seek to change the way the world currently works for the better.

2. Cowboy Bebop

Synopsis – Spike Spiegel, a bounty Hunter with a dark past, lives on bounty to bounty, barely making it each time, or not making it at all. His partners Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and Ein the dog all help him in his adventures from planet to planet.

Similarity – Shows that feature a charming, cool protagonist in a dark, sci-fi world. A particular style of jazzy, chill music is common in both shows. Even though the main plot of the shows consists of the protagonists’ missions, full of all sorts of action with some elements of mystery, the core message is an essay on what it means to be humans.

1. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

Synopsis – A young man wakes up in a strange room with no memory of who he is or how he got there. His past is lost—and his future belongs to Inferno, a violent crime syndicate. They give him a new name—Zwei—and team him with their top assassin, the enigmatic Ein. She’ll teach Zwei all he needs to know about his new life as an Inferno operative, starting with lesson number one: kill or be killed.

Similarity – – both face stories involving around assassins and criminal organizations
– both have a main male character (Hei / Zwei) which a similar personality and job
– both main characters are accompanied by two emotionless girls (Yin / Ein) which they both somehow develop to love
– both series have this dark atmosphere all around characters and places
– very good, and maybe similar a little, art style and character design for both anime

Credits – MAL



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