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10 Anime Like Kekkai Sensen
10. Tokyo ESP
9. Kill la Kill
8. Dimension W
7. Space Dandy
4. Cowboy Bebop
3. Bungou Stray Dogs
10. Tokyo ESP
Synopsis – Rinka Urushiba works part-time as a waitress to help out her unemployed father. By all accounts, her life in Tokyo is a relatively normal one—but her sense of normalcy begins to fade when she inexplicably sees a flying penguin one day. Chasing it all the way to the top of a building, she encounters more surprises, including flying goldfish and another person—a classmate named Kyoutarou Azuma—who can also see these strange things. After Rinka passes out when a goldfish phases through her, she wakes up an esper with the ability to phase her body through solid matter.
Similarity – Humans with supernatural abilities. Taking place in a city but Kekkai Sensen has aliens and humans living together. They are not hated for their powers, unlike Tokyo ESP.
9. Kill la Kill
Synopsis – After the murder of her father, Ryuuko Matoi has been wandering the land in search of his killer. Following her only lead—the missing half of his invention, the Scissor Blade—she arrives at the prestigious Honnouji Academy, a high school unlike any other. Thoroughly beaten in a fight against one of the students in uniform, Ryuuko retreats to her razed home where she stumbles across Senketsu, a rare and sentient “Kamui,” or God Clothes. After coming into contact with Ryuuko’s blood, Senketsu awakens, latching onto her and providing her with immense power. Now, armed with Senketsu and the Scissor Blade, Ryuuko makes a stand against the Elite Four, hoping to reach Satsuki and uncover the culprit behind her father’s murder once and for all.
Similarity – A mixtures of calculative unique genre and plots would bring wonders to those who appreciate them which is what these series have accomplished. Some of the common similarities would be the use of blood to one’s advantage, bizarre fonts in battle, and exceptional vibrant colors throughout the series. However, the most important aspect is the commendable ‘idea’ implemented in these series that have made them a success.
8. Dimension W
Synopsis – In the near future, humans have discovered a fourth dimension, Dimension W, and a supposedly infinite source of energy within. In order to harness this profound new energy, mankind develops advanced “coils,” devices that link to and use the power of Dimension W. Kyouma Mabuchi is an ex-soldier who is wary of all coil-based technology to the extent that he still drives a gas-powered car. Kyouma is a “Collector,” individuals with the sole duty of hunting down illegal coils in exchange for money. What started out as just any other mission is turned on its head when he bumps in Mira Yurizaki, an android with a connection to the “father” of coils. When a series of strange events begin to take place, these two unlikely allies band together to uncover the mysteries of Dimension W.
Similarity – Both shows in different ways deal with other dimensions. While Dimension W takes a more scientific approach to it. Kekkai Sensen goes into more of the supernatural route. They are also both written by creators of classic anime series Kekkai Sensen (Trigun) and Dimension W (Darker than Black).
7. Space Dandy
Synopsis – The universe is a mysterious and strange place, full of even stranger and more mysterious aliens. Dandy’s job is to hunt down unclassified aliens and register them for a reward. It sounds easy enough, but something weird always seems to happen along the way, like chance meetings with zombies, mystical ramen chefs, and adorable orphans. Hunting down aliens may not be easy, but it’s definitely never boring. With the help of his sidekicks, the adorable robot vacuum QT and cat-like alien Meow, and his slightly-used ship the Aloha Oe, Dandy roams the galaxy searching for new alien species. What he usually finds, however, is adventure, danger, and romance, and no two journeys (or universes) are ever the same.
Similarity – An episodic storytelling format, beautiful flowing animation by Bones, quirky background music and wonderfully-written characters are what make these two shows come alive. Both are short, 12-episode journeys through the everyday lives of the characters as they live and work alongside otherworldly creatures. Though generally lighthearted, both Kekkai Sensen and Space Dandy have enough emotional mini-arcs to pull at your heart.
Synopsis – Do you know when you are going to die? Michiru Kita does, as she has the ability to see the ring of death around people’s necks. The darker the ring, the closer to death someone is. She notices that two boys in her class, Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana, have completely black rings. Seeking to warn them of their impending demise, she stumbles onto their secret: they are already dead, but they are kept alive due to a contract with Zombie-Loan. Of course, nothing comes without a price. The boys must hunt down and destroy zombies, seeking to use Michiru’s “Shinigami Eyes” to help them in their endeavor.
Similarity – A world connected to the afterlife.
– An organization dedicated to the eradication of every event that disrupts the connection.
– Eyes of the protagonist, who see what lurks in people, helping in the group’s work.
Synopsis – Vash the Stampede is the man with a $$60,000,000,000 bounty on his head. The reason: he’s a merciless villain who lays waste to all those that oppose him and flattens entire cities for fun, garnering him the title “The Humanoid Typhoon.” In actuality, Vash is a huge softie who claims to have never taken a life and avoids violence at all costs. With his crazy doughnut obsession and buffoonish attitude in tow, Vash traverses the wasteland of the planet Gunsmoke, all the while followed by two insurance agents, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who attempt to minimize his impact on the public. But soon, their misadventures evolve into life-or-death situations as a group of legendary assassins are summoned to bring about suffering to the trio. Vash’s agonizing past will be unraveled and his morality and principles pushed to the breaking point.
Similarity – Both anime made from manga by the same mangaka, Yasuhiro Nightow. They have very different plots and settings, but similarities in themes of self-sacrifice and strong western influences. Both anime have an episodic feel to them until the last few episodes where the plot kicks off to a conclusion. Both also have a slapstick style of humor interspersed with unexpectedly tragic plots, and pretty wild action sequences.
4. Cowboy Bebop
Synopsis – In the year 2071, humanity has colonized several of the planets and moons of the solar system leaving the now uninhabitable surface of planet Earth behind. The Inter Solar System Police attempts to keep peace in the galaxy, aided in part by outlaw bounty hunters, referred to as “Cowboys.” Mellow and carefree Spike Spiegel is balanced by his boisterous, pragmatic partner Jet Black as the pair makes a living chasing bounty and collecting rewards. Thrown off course by the addition of new members that they meet in their travels—Ein, a genetically engineered, highly intelligent Welsh Corgi; femme fatale Faye Valentine, an enigmatic trickster with memory loss; and the strange computer whiz kid Edward Wong—the crew embarks on thrilling adventures that unravel each member’s dark and mysterious past little by little.
Similarity – While they have very different plots and characters, they have a strangely similar feel. Both have strong western influences, an episodic sequence to most of the season until the end resolves the plot with a very serious tone. Most episodes have a similar format, with seemingly easy or innocuous assignments/bounties/activities of the characters turning into crazy chases through the city by the end. Both anime also require a bit of reading between the lines to understand what the episodes are really about, and many have a philosophical note to them.
3. Bungou Stray Dogs
Synopsis – For weeks, Atsushi Nakajima’s orphanage has been plagued by a mystical tiger that only he seems to be aware of. Suspected to be behind the strange incidents, the 18-year-old is abruptly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, homeless, and wandering through the city. While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi saves a rather eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning. Whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, Dazai has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorizing the boy. Together with Dazai’s partner Doppo Kunikida, they solve the mystery, but its resolution leaves Atsushi in a tight spot. As various odd events take place, Atsushi is coerced into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on unusual cases the police cannot handle, alongside his numerous enigmatic co-workers.
Similarity – Both involve a bunch of misfits with supernatural powers banding together to investigate supernatural phenomena. Both have quirky characters with unusual powers. The protagonists are straight characters caught in a group of weirdos. Both employ a similar style of slapstick comedy with ludicrous situations and exaggerated expressions. Action scenes in both are very stylish. Bungou Stray Dogs is heavier on comedy though.
Synopsis – Naota Nandaba is an ordinary sixth grader living in a city where nothing amazing ever seems to happen. After his brother Tasuku leaves town to play baseball in America, Naota takes it upon himself to look after everything Tasuku left behind—from his top bunk bed to his ex-girlfriend Mamimi Samejima, who hasn’t stopped clinging to Naota since Tasuku left. Haruko Haruhara, a Vespa-riding, bass guitar-wielding, pink-haired psychopath whose first encounter with Naota leaves him with tire tracks on his back and a giant horn on his head. Though all he wants is some peace and quiet, when Haruko takes up residence at his parents’ home, Naota finds himself dragged into the heart of the greatest battle for supremacy that Earth—and quite possibly the entire universe—has ever seen.
Similarity – FLCL And Kekkai Sensen have unexpectedly a lot in common. A young male protagonist who finds himself in bizarre circumstances with no control over the situation, quirky characters, strange things happening one after another, intense battles and slick animation, rowdy humor and insane amounts of collateral damage that everyone seems to forget about by the next episode. FLCL is a more tightly, condensed show that focuses primarily on the protagonist’s growth, while Kekkai Sensen is more plot focused and less psychological.
Synopsis – Based on the award-winning light novels of the same name, Baccano! follows several events that initially seem unrelated, both in time and place, but are part of a much bigger story—one of alchemy, survival and immortality. Merging these events together are the kindhearted would-be thieves, Isaac and Miria, connecting various people, all of them with their own hidden ambitions and agendas, and creating lifelong bonds and consequences for everyone involved.
Similarity – Both feature a stylish, jazzy American atmosphere paired with fun, experimental storytelling – think unusual cinematography, out of sequence events, following multiple groups of characters at once, etc. They’re very similar in feel/tone, so if you love one, you’ll definitely like the other one too.