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

10. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
9. Ergo Proxy
8. Blue Literature (Aoi Bungaku Series)
7. Gunslinger Girl
6. ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi)
5. Death Note
4. Gankutsuou
3. Terror in Resonance (Zankyou no Terror)
2. Perfect Blue
1. Psycho-Pass

10. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the ShellSynopsis – 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. 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 – Both shows have really prominent elements of mystery and suspense which keep audiences actively watching and on the edge of their seats! Though one is obviously futuristic and the other set a few decades in the past they share a common allure due to the fact that they’re so exciting and intriguing and they keep us guessing at things. They also both include a lot of ethical dilemmas. Generally, they’re both just really awesome… 🙂

9. Ergo Proxy

Ergo ProxySynopsis – Within the domed city of Romdo lies one of the last human civilizations on Earth. Thousands of years ago, a global ecological catastrophe doomed the planet; now, life outside these domes is virtually impossible. To expedite mankind’s recovery, “AutoReivs,” humanoid-like robots, have been created to assist people in their day-to-day lives. However, AutoReivs have begun contracting an enigmatic disease called the “Cogito Virus” which grants them self-awareness. Re-l Mayer, the granddaughter of Romdo’s ruler, is assigned to investigate this phenomenon alongside her AutoReiv partner Iggy. But what begins as a routine investigation quickly spirals into a conspiracy as Re-l is confronted by humanity’s darkest sins.

Similarity – The main characters both retain the same sense of hopelessness
~Both main charters are booted from their ‘sense of reality’ and lose their position in society
~Both characters leave home in order to chase after the main antagonist
~Niether protagonist is a teenager
~Touch on romance but both main characters experience as failed relationships as they are both abandoned in a way due to their position in society and or loss of notoriety

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8. Blue Literature (Aoi Bungaku Series)

Aoi Bungaku Series (Blue Literature)Synopsis – The series consists of adaptations of six modern classics of Japanese literature: Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) & Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos!), Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro, Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) & The Spider’s Thread (Kumo no Ito), and Ango Sakaguchi’s In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita)

Similarity – Both are very dark and serious dramas that are by the same studio and have the same atmosphere. In particular, I could not help but compare Monster to “No Longer Human”. They teach us some values and the stories are very well done and explained.

7. Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger GirlSynopsis – In the heart of Italy, the Social Welfare Agency rescues young girls from hospital beds and gives them a second chance at life using the latest in cybernetic advancements. With their artificially enhanced bodies, the girls are brainwashed and trained as assassins to carry out the dirty work of the Italian Government. Despite all the modifications, they are still just children at heart, struggling for recognition from those they love, even knowing the love they feel is manufactured. This tragic tale unfolds as these girls grapple with their emotions in an agency that treats them as nothing but ruthless killers.

Similarity – Both series share a highly detailed study of coercive human conditioning, Monster builds on many more themes related to this concept the most prevalent one is the detailed psychoanalysis of a sociopath. Whilst Gunslinger Girl is far more grounded in an actual concept of human conditioning with a science fiction twist added in for good measure. They are both very mature series both in their approach to the subject matter and the seriousness in which they handle the situation.

6. ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi)

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)Synopsis – When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back several minutes before the accident occurs. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon, which he calls “Revival,” to save many lives. However, when he is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, Satoru is sent back to the past once again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past. Soon, he realizes that the murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates, the solitary and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, that took place when he was a child. This is his chance to make things right.

Similarity – Both have suspenseful themes revolving around the mystery of the death of a person. Even though Boku dake ga Inai Machi has a more supernatural sense, I believe that the two are alike due to their similar “dark” themes. Both MAs are highly intelligent and trick people’s minds. Both get inspired from stories. (Monster Without A Name = Spider’s Thread in BokuMachi).Both are mystery, psychological and seinen.

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5. Death Note

Death NoteSynopsis – 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 – Monster and Death Note are unique in many ways. In both cases the issue of morality in its truest form, that is the frontier between good and evil, is explored via highly tense psychological thrillers. Monster is highly realistic and portrays a very believable world while Death Note has a supernatural element to it; in both the viewer is forced to think and make choices toward deciding who the real villains are and just what it is that makes one individual evil. If you like Monster, then surely you’ll like Death Note, vice-versa.

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4. Gankutsuou

Anime Like 91 DaysSynopsis – Gankutsuou is an anime loosely based on the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of Albert Morcerf, a young aristocrat who happens to befriend a wealthy nobleman, The Count of Monte Cristo, through a series of bizarre events. Fascinated by the Count’s charm, Albert invites him to meet his friends and family, all of whom happen to be part of the upper class society of Paris, France. Unfortunately, little does Albert realize that the Count has ulterior motives in mind.

Similarity – Both have a highly character-driven story and keep you guessing as to what will happen next. Both involve an antagonist who at first seems kind but has evil intentions and manipulates others. Each one contains great character development and characters who you feel and care for. If you want an anime that strays from the norm and delivers an interesting story with realistic portrayals of human emotion then this is for you.

3. Terror in Resonance (Zankyou no Terror)

Zankyou no TerrorSynopsis – Painted in red, the word “VON” is all that is left behind after a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility in Japan. The government is shattered by their inability to act, and the police are left frantically searching for ways to crack down the perpetrators. The public are clueless—until, six months later, a strange video makes its way onto the internet. In it, two teenage boys who identify themselves only as “Sphinx” directly challenge the police, threatening to cause destruction and mayhem across Tokyo. Unable to stop the mass panic quickly spreading through the city and desperate for any leads in their investigation, the police struggle to act effectively against these terrorists, with Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki caught in the middle of it all.

Similarity – Well Monster is basically the same but with more plot, episodes. What stands out the most is the point of view both have protagonists who stand out in a specific field but overall Monster does a way better job at tackling the “situation”. In conclusion, if you liked Monster than you will love Zankyou no Terror. These two series are full of on-the-edge-of-your-seat psychological suspense. I honestly wish that Zankyou no Terror was just as long as Monster.

2. Perfect Blue

perfect blueSynopsis – J-pop idol group CHAM! has spent the last two years entertaining its fans. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and CHAM! must see one of its members, Mima Kirigoe, leave the group to pursue her acting career. While Mima’s choice is met with a mixed response, she hopes her fans will continue to support her. However, Mima’s life begins to change drastically after her departure from the group. Wanting to shed her pop-idol image, she takes on a role in a crime drama series, and her career as an actress gradually becomes more demanding and taxing for both Mima and her manager, Rumi Hidaka. To add to Mima’s growing unease, an obsessed fan who is incapable of accepting that Mima has quit being an innocent idol, begins stalking her; a new anonymous website begins to impersonate her life with intricate detail; and CHAM! also appears to be doing better without her.

Similarity – Considering the fact that they both somewhat revolve around a serial killer, though in Perfect Blue the MC is being stalked while in Monster the main character is looking for the killer. Both of these can be quite thrilling and can often play with your head thus leaving you mind fucked. If you love psychological thrillers, then either one of these will be right up your alley and they’re both well written, whilst Monster is a bit lengthy.

1. Psycho-Pass

Psycho PassSynopsis – 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.

Similarity – Uncommon seinen anime in detective genre with a dark mysterious atmosphere. Characters are interesting and psychologically realistic. The protagonist is forced to make difficult choices that are beyond good and evil. In both anime, there is an antagonist who tries to fulfill his vile plans and fights either with the main character or with entire society itself. Do consider both of these series, and join me in questioning just what it is that you believe in. Thank you.

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Credits – MAL, ANN

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