Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Parasyte the maxim (Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu). 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 Parasyte the maxim (Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu)
10. Guilty Crown
5. Devilman: Crybaby
4. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
3. Shingeki no Kyojin
1. Tokyo Ghoul
10. Guilty Crown
Synopsis – Shu’s entire world was shattered after a meteorite crashed into Japan, unleashing the lethal Apocalypse Virus. The chaos and anarchy born of the outbreak cost Shu his family and reduced him to a timid, fearful shell of the boy he’d once been. His life took another unexpected turn after a chance encounter with the stunning pop star, Inori. This mysterious beauty introduced Shu to the King’s Right Hand: a genetic mutation that allows him to reach into hearts of mortals and turn them into weapons. Shu finds himself caught in the crossfire between those who desperately seek his newfound strength. On one side lurks a clandestine government agency, and on the other, Inori and the spirited band of rebels known as Funeral Parlour. The choice is Shu’s to make – and the world is his to change.
Similarity –Both main characters have a good set of mind but begins to lose their dignity. Near the end, both characters realize what they’ve done and returned to their way of thinking with maturity.
Synopsis –Dr. Kenzou Tenma is a renowned brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. Highly lauded by his peers as one of the great young minds that will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful fiancée and is on the cusp of a big promotion in the hospital he works at. But all of that is about to change with a grave dilemma that Kenzou faces one night—whether to save the life of a small boy or that of the town’s mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the other critical patient, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor’s. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the surgeon’s vicinity, all of the evidence pointing to the boy he saved, Kenzou’s beliefs are shaken. Along his journey to unravel the true identity of his little patient, Kenzou discovers that the fate of the world may be intertwined with the mysterious child.
Similarity – If you like mature and dark animes like Parasyte, I would suggest Monster. Like Parasyte, it is a great horror and seinen anime. It is a little different than parasyte as it is not about supernatural beings but about a serial killer. Monster is also by Madhouse Studios (the same studio that is making Parasyte).
Synopsis- Sotobamura is a small village with around 1300 residents; so small the village isn’t even connected to a single highway. An isolated village in which old customs, such as the burial of the dead, are still practiced. One day, the bodies of three people are found dead. Although Ozaki Toshio, the village’s lone doctor, feels uncertain, he treats the deaths as a normal occurrence. However, in the days following, the villagers start to die one after the other.
Similarity – A foreign life form invades human society and starts infecting the population. Faced with the alien creatures, the lines between man and monster, and good and bad start to shift.
While these shows quite different in characters and atmosphere (Shiki is a dark fantasy/mystery and Parasyte is more sci-fi and action-oriented), both ultimately tackle same, age-old question: What makes a human human and what differentiates us from animals/monsters? Parasyte goes one step further and gets a bit environmental, questioning man’s relationship with Earth, but not in an annoying, preachy fashion.
Synopsis – Ichirou Inuyashiki is a 58-year-old family man who is going through a difficult time in his life. Though his frequent back problems are painful, nothing hurts quite as much as the indifference and distaste that his wife and children have for him. Despite this, Ichirou still manages to find solace in Hanako, an abandoned Shiba Inu that he adopts into his home. However, his life takes a turn for the worse when a follow-up physical examination reveals that Ichirou has stomach cancer and only three months to live; though he tries to be strong, his family’s disinterest causes an emotional breakdown. Running off into a nearby field, Ichirou embraces his dog and weeps—until he notices a strange figure standing before him.
Suddenly, a bright light appears and Ichirou is enveloped by smoke and dust. When he comes to, he discovers something is amiss—he has been reborn as a mechanized weapon wearing the skin of his former self. Though initially shocked, the compassionate Ichirou immediately uses his newfound powers to save a life, an act of kindness that fills him with happiness and newfound hope.
However, the origins of these strange powers remain unclear. Who was the mysterious figure at the site of the explosion, and are they as kind as Ichirou when it comes to using this dangerous gift?
Similarity – These shows have characters with unique powers. The experience is fresh and not something is seen before in other anime. The story is quite dark, innocent people die and the story is mature and realistic. And the best of all is that you always want to see the next episode. Sometimes there is so much tension that I have to stop myself from reading the manga to find out what happens.
Synopsis – When a shapeshifting demon with a thirst for human flesh, known as “youma,” arrives in Raki’s village, a lone woman with silver eyes walks into town with only a sword upon her back. She is a “Claymore,” a being manufactured as half-human and half-youma, for the express purpose of exterminating these monsters. After Raki’s family is killed, the Claymore saves his life, but he is subsequently banished from his home. With nowhere else to go, Raki finds the Claymore, known as Clare, and decides to follow her on her journeys.
As the pair travel from town to town, defeating youma along the way, more about Clare’s organization and her fellow warriors comes to light. With every town cleansed and every demon destroyed, they come closer to the youma on which Clare has sought vengeance ever since she chose to become a Claymore.
Similarity – Well, these both anime have creatures seems like a normal human but actually, they’re a monster that disguises as a human (Yoma in Claymore and Parasyte in Kiseijuu). (sorry, bad English)
And then, the MC in these both series is a half-human and half-monster which in Claymore some people are like that too.
Both series have a Violence, Gore, and Horror inside which Claymore is most likely very very darker and more gore than Kiseijuu.
5. Devilman: Crybaby
Synopsis –Devils cannot take form without a living host. However, if the will of an individual is strong enough, they can overcome the demon and make its power their own, becoming a Devilman.
Weak and unassuming, Akira Fudou has always had a bleeding heart. So when his childhood friend Ryou Asuka asks for his help in uncovering devils, Akira accepts without hesitation. However, to Akira’s surprise, the place they go to is Sabbath: an immoral party of debauchery and degeneracy. Amidst bloodshed and death, demons possess the partiers, turning their bodies into grotesque monsters, and begin wreaking havoc. In a reckless attempt to save his best friend, Akira unwittingly merges with the devil Amon and becomes a Devilman, gaining the power to defeat the remaining demons.
Though it grants him great power, this new partnership awakens an insatiable and primeval part of Akira. Having the body of a devil but the same crybaby heart, Akira works alongside Ryou, destroying those that harm humanity and his loved ones.
Similarity – Two very different treatments of very similar themes, those themes being large-scale questions of human moral responsibility. Parasyte weaves these themes into a more intricate, tightly constructed plot, whereas Devilman addresses them with much greater pathos. If you enjoyed one of these series for its philosophical, moral themes, definitely check out the other.
4. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
Synopsis – The world is in the midst of the industrial revolution when horrific creatures emerge from a mysterious virus, ripping through the flesh of humans to sate their never-ending appetite. The only way to kill these beings, known as “Kabane,” is by destroying their steel-coated hearts. However, if bitten by one of these monsters, the victim is doomed to a fate worse than death, as the fallen rise once more to join the ranks of their fellow undead.
Only the most fortified of civilizations have survived this turmoil, as is the case with the island of Hinomoto, where mankind has created a massive wall to protect themselves from the endless hordes of Kabane. The only way into these giant fortresses is via heavily-armored trains, which are serviced and built by young men such as Ikoma. Having created a deadly weapon that he believes will easily pierce through the hearts of Kabane, Ikoma eagerly awaits the day when he will be able to fight using his new invention. Little does he know, however, that his chance will come much sooner than he expected…
Similarity – Both series involve a glasses-wearing main character is infected by a strange virus/being that threatens to take over their mind. However, in the nick of time, they manage to keep the intruder out of their bloodstream and save their humanity by cutting off their own circulation and blood flow to the brain. As a result, they are now half-bonded with whatever wanted to take over their entire body, giving them a unique set of powers. Both series are packed to the brim with blood, gore, horror, and action elements, set in worlds where humans aren’t at the top of the food chain.
3. Shingeki no Kyojin
Synopsis – Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by enclosing themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind
Similarity – Both anime feature a good amount of violence and disturbing imagery as well as a lot of themes about humanity and the characters fighting for it. They intrigue you by making you want to find out more about the monsters they star and then just when you think that you’ve figured it out they flip it on its head and change how the monsters can and/or to act. The level of threat that both anime manage to build is very real and the when the intense scenes come, BOY are they intense. Neither show holds back on what they will and won’t throw at you. On top of similar themes, the main character and his motives for fighting these creatures are also somewhat the same as are certain mysteries in the show
Synopsis – Mysterious immortal humans known as “Ajin” first appeared 17 years ago in Africa. Upon their discovery, they were labeled as a threat to mankind, as they might use their powers for evil and were incapable of being destroyed. Since then, whenever an Ajin is found within society, they are to be arrested and taken into custody immediately.
Studying hard to become a doctor, Kei Nagai is a high schooler who knows very little about Ajin, only having seen them appear in the news every now and then. Students are taught that these creatures are not considered to be human, but Kei doesn’t pay much attention in class. As a result, his perilously little grasp on this subject proves to be completely irrelevant when he survives an accident that was supposed to claim his life, signaling his rebirth as an Ajin and the start of his days of torment. However, as he finds himself alone on the run from the entire world, Kei soon realizes that more of his species may be a lot closer than he thinks.
Similarity – Ajin is the new Sei no Kakuritsu in my opinion because the key to these two series is the suspense. Kei reminds me about Shinichi in some ways like The poor main character who wants a normal life but, BOOM something comes on and change his entire life. Also, while Shinichi has Migi, Kei has his phantom or whatever it is.
1. Tokyo Ghoul
Synopsis – Ken Kaneki is a bookworm college student who meets a girl names Rize at a cafe he frequents. They’re the same age and have the same interests, so they quickly become close. Little does Kaneki know that Rize is a ghoul – a kind of monster that lives by hunting and devouring human flesh. When part of her special organ – “the red child” – is transplanted into Kaneki, he becomes a ghoul himself, trapped in a warped world where humans are not the top of the food chain.
Similarity – Both titles star young men who have their lives changed overnight when they are attacked by bizarre beings (Parasytes and Ghouls respectively), yet survive the ordeal and end up having said creatures physically bonded to them as a result. As a result, both main characters feel the need to use their newly gained power to fight of the dangerous threats posed by more of the dangerous beings inhabiting them while trying to maintain some semblance of their ordinary lives
Credits – MAL