Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Deadman Wonderland. 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 Deadman Wonderland

10. Shingeki no Kyojin
9. Togainu no Chi
8. Btooom!
7. Tokyo Ghoul
6. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
5. C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
4. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
3. Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation
2. Elfen Lied
1. Mirai Nikki (TV)

10. Shingeki no Kyojin

Shingeki no Kyojin or Attack on Titan
Synopsis – Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called Titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.

After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls. Based on Hajime Isayama’s award-winning manga, Shingeki no Kyojin follows Eren, along with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, as they join the brutal war against the Titans and race to discover a way of defeating them before the last walls are breached.

Similarity –Revenge is the main theme for both Shingeki no Kyojin and Deadman Wonderland.
The main character’s peaceful life is turned upside down due to a certain event.
In Deadman Wonderland: the brutal massacre of his friends. In Shingeki no Kyojin: his village being attacked. Friends and family killed in front of him. Both series has a dark, and gory tone. Both main character’s life changed forever and there is no turning back.

9. Togainu no Chi

Synopsis – In the wake of a third world war which left Japan in ruins, an organization known as Vischio seized control of Tokyo and renamed it Toshima. Taking place in its back alleys are battle games known as Igura, overseen by the Vischio, in which contestants battle and bathe in each other’s blood to earn the chance to go up against its tournament’s king, Il-re.

Igura is not the only fighting tournament around; [email protected] is a similar yet vastly different game since it prohibits murder and the use of weapons. The only way to win is by knocking out the opponent. Akira, a young man isolated from his family, is known to be undefeatable at [email protected] However, his life on the top is shattered when he is accused of murder. Unable to prove his own innocence, all hope is seemingly lost… that is until a mysterious woman named Emma appears and offers him a chance. Now, to regain his freedom, Akira must participate in Igura and ultimately defeat Il-re.

Similarity – falsely accused of committing a murder and having to serve a lifelong sentence in prison because of it. This happens to both Akira (Togainu no chi) and Ganta (Deadman Wonderland) and they both have a ‘chance’ to make the best of their sentences by fighting others in some sort of survival game.
Even though Togainu no chi has a lot of shounen-ai elements that Deadman Wonderland doesn’t have, I think these anime are similar when it comes to genre. (Both are action and sci-fi anime) In any case, you’ll be seeing enough fights, blood, and despair to last you for a while.

8. Btooom!

BTOOOMSynopsis- Ryota Sakamoto is an unemployed 22-year-old who lives with his mother and spends his days doing nothing but playing video games. In the real world there may be nothing special about him, but online he’s one of the world’s top players of the combat game called Btooom. One day he awakens on what appears to be a tropical island, though he has no memory of how he got there or why. While exploring the island Ryota runs into a stranger who attacks him by throwing a strange looking bomb at him. Ryota then realizes that his life is in danger and that he has somehow become trapped in a real-life version of his favorite game. Ryota and the other “players” must now survive through the nightmare to figure out the reason why they ended up in the game in the first place.

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 backstories 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.

7. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo GhoulSynopsis –Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society.

Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.

Similarity – A world where supernatural beings are isolated and not considered equal to the rest of society. The main characters are unpleasantly dragged into a world of an abyss where their survival skills are to be put to the test.

‘Tokyo Ghoul’ features a predator and prey hostile environment where strength in numbers is crucial in order to see the daylight tomorrow. An association is only dangerous when you do not know them…hypothetically speaking, both sides could be equally guilty in their hidden conspiracies and wrong-doings.

‘Deadman Wonderland’ specializes more on master and slave brutality where killing is a form of entertainment and the weak get weeded away from the pack. Character romance is merely a form of stimulating fantasy designed to shed some light within the gruesome prison in which escaping is supposedly impossible.
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6. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Synopsis – Japan, 1955: Mario Minakami has just arrived at Shounan Special Reform School along with five other teenagers who have been arrested on serious criminal charges. All assigned to the same cell, they meet older inmate Rokurouta Sakuragi—a former boxer—with whom they establish a close bond. Under his guidance, and with the promise that they will meet again on the outside after serving their sentences, the delinquents begin to view their hopeless situation in a better light.

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin follows the seven cellmates as they struggle together against the brutal suffering and humiliation inflicted upon them by Ishihara, a sadistic guard with a grudge on Rokurouta, and Gisuke Sasaki, a doctor who takes pleasure in violating boys. Facing such hellish conditions, the seven inmates must scrape together all the strength they have to survive until their sentences are up; but even if they do, just what kind of lives are waiting for them on the other side?

Similarity – The setting of both series is quite similar involving the prison theme and feeling of being under confinement and under watch.
And of course, in prison, the reality is harsh. The main characters in both series endure cruelty inflicted by others but at the same time also makes bonds with the prisoners.
There is violence, drama, and psychological themes in both series that confines the realism of being a prisoner.

5. C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control


Synopsis –Money is power, and without it, life is meaningless. In a country whose economy is in shambles, second-year Economics university student Kimimaro Yoga understands this fact all too well, as he is surrounded by the relatively luxurious lives of his peers and struggling to make ends meet. However, his world is turned on its head when a stranger in a top hat arrives one late night at his door.

Going by the name Masakaki, the visitor petitions Yoga to come to the Eastern Financial District, a place where money flows in abundance if one offers their “future” as collateral. Although reluctant, greed triumphs reason and Yoga accepts the offer; thus, taking on the mantle of an “Entre.” But unbeknownst to him, the land of wealth he has entered is an alternate realm built in the likeness of his own, where Entries are forced to participate in weekly duels called “Deals,” with their collateral at stake. Pitted against his countrymen and fate, Yoga must quickly adapt to this new world if he hopes to protect his fortune and future—and discover just how much money is truly worth.

Similarity – Very similar protagonists are forced into a situation that they know very little about yet happens to have ties to their past. Additionally, the plots both have the same pacing and fights work the same way with a cost applied to the loser.

4. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim)
Synopsis – All of a sudden, they arrived: parasitic aliens that descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. These insatiable beings acquire full control of their host and are able to morph into a variety of forms in order to feed on unsuspecting prey.

Sixteen-year-old high school student Shinichi Izumi falls victim to one of these parasites, but it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to relocate, the parasite, now named Migi, has no choice but to rely on Shinichi in order to stay alive. Thus, the pair is forced into an uneasy coexistence and must defend themselves from hostile parasites that hope to eradicate this new threat to their species.

Similarity – Similar to Shinichi Izumi, Igarashi Ganta comes to possess new supernatural gifts after the mysterious murder of his classmates. Both characters end up in a life or death struggle against others with similar supernatural abilities and contemplate the morality of the actions of those around them as well as their own. Both Parasyte and Deadman Wonderland discuss the overall themes of humanity, power/control, and whether the ends justify the means. Similarly, both shows have an element of the supernatural and center on gore/death as a plot component. Lastly, Parasyte and Deadman Wonderland rely heavily on character development and learning about personal truths to make the plot more dynamic, exciting, and complex.

3. Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation

Danganronpa 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 are survival games with characters that are being manipulated into playing
Both have a situation of total lockdown inside a pretty messed up place ( Danganropa is a school and deadman wl is in a prison/circus). Both have dark themes dealing with death and being thrown into a kill or be killed lifestyle. Deadman wl is more graphic and bloody while Danganronpa is more psychological.

2. Elfen Lied

Elfen LiedSynopsis – Lucy is a special breed of human referred to as “Diclonius,” born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that lands her as a victim of inhumane scientific experimentation by the government. However, once circumstances present her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by the confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors.

During her breakout, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child possessing limited speech capacity. In this state of instability, she stumbles upon two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who unknowingly take an injured fugitive into their care, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will change their lives, as they soon find themselves dragged into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy.

Similarity – Both these anime are obviously similar in many ways but are different in terms of execution. Elfen Lied focused more on drama and horror whilst Deadman Wonderland was more about action horror and the fight for freedom. Both also share the same way of infecting the victims with powers but in Deadman Wonderland it is not gendered specific and the carriers or experiments are all held in a secret facility to be for experimental research that eventually drives said experiments to madness

1. Mirai Nikki (TV)

Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)Synopsis – Yukiteru (Yuki) Amano is a loner who never really interacts with people and prefers writing a diary on his cell phone, with his only companion being an imaginary friend named Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is not a figment of his imagination but real when Deus makes him a participant in a battle royale with eleven others. Within this “Diary Game”, the contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future, with each diary having unique features that give it both advantages and disadvantages.

Similarity – The principal characters are in a ”game” where they have to kill each other. Some want to participate, other have to fight against their will. Ganta and Yuki are quite similar, they are both weak at the beginning and become more stronger through the story. They both are protected by a strong girl. Both series have a young protagonist who is given/discovers he has an unusual power and is required to fight similarly powered people to survive. Both have similar art styles and rather stylishly violent action on top of its inherent moral dilemmas and pervasive air of desperation.

Credits – MAL

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