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

10. Durarara!!
9. Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)
8. Noein: Mou Hitori no Kimi e (Noein: to your other self)
7. NHK ni Youkoso! (Welcome to the N.H.K.)
6. Higashi no Eden (Eden of The East)
5. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (When They Cry: Kai)
4. Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)
3. Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
2. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
1. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World)

10. Durarara!!

Durarara
Synopsis – Mikado Ryuugamine has always longed for the excitement of the city life, and an invitation from a childhood friend convinces him to move to Tokyo. Witnessing the Black Rider on his first day in the city, his wishes already seem to have been granted. But as supernatural events begin to occur, ordinary citizens like himself, along with Ikebukuro’s most colorful inhabitants, are mixed up in the commotion breaking out in their city.

Similarity – Both shows start off very slow paced, but eventually builds up to an intense plot. Although the plot is completely different, they both gave off a similar vibe. There is a lot of suspense and unexpected plot turns. If you liked any of these aspects in one series, you’ll most likely also enjoy the other.

9. Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)

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 is 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 – Playing in a cat-and-mouse game, Steins;Gate and Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Tokyo) crafts thriller from the essence of its story. The main characters are intelligent but face against dangerous adversaries. Throughout both series, there are mysteries unraveled and plot twists that unfold. Tragedy ensures at some turn points as well when we learn more about the motives of the characters and story. I recommend both series if you are interested in a thriller story with intellect.

8. Noein: Mou Hitori no Kimi e (Noein: to your other self)

Noein Mou Hitori no Kimi e (Noein to your other self)Synopsis – In the near future, a violent battle takes place between the dimension La’cryma (protector of humanity) and the dimension Shangri-La, bent on the annihilation of all space-time. A group known as the Dragon Calvary is dispatched through space and time, searching for the only thing that can stop the invasion: the Dragon’s Torque.

In the present, twelve-year old Haruka and her friend Yuu, are contemplating running away from home when they meet a member of the Dragon Calvary named Karasu (Crow). He believes that Haruka possesses the Dragon’s Torque and claims to be Yuu from fifteen years in the future…

Similarity – Noein is the “kiddo” version of Steins;Gate. Both have time-travel plot, and in both, the hero wants desperately to save the girl he loves and his friends from a terrible event and at the same time prevent a horrible future to humanity. Both are a great watch.

7. NHK ni Youkoso! (Welcome to the N.H.K.)

NHK ni YoukosoSynopsis – NHK ni Youkoso! is a psychological dramedy that follows Tatsuhiro as he strives to escape from the NHK’s wicked machinations and the disease of self-wrought isolation while struggling to even just leave his apartment and find a job. His unexpected encounter with the mysterious Misaki Nakahara might signal a reversal of fortune for Tatsuhiro, but with this meeting comes the inevitable cost of having to face his greatest fear—society.

Similarity – They are both great, have dark psychological humor, and leave you with a strange feeling of happy depression. In any case, they are both worth watching if you haven’t seen either one.

6. Higashi no Eden (Eden of The East)

Higashi no Eden (Eden of The East)
Synopsis – On November 22, 2010, Japan was hit by missile strikes, a terrorist act that fortunately did not harm anyone, becoming known as “Careless Monday.” Quickly forgotten, society goes on about their lives as normal.

During her graduation trip to America three months later, friendly college student Saki Morimi’s life is forever changed when she finds herself saved from unexpected trouble by Akira Takizawa. Takizawa is cheerful, but odd in many ways—he is stark naked and suffers from amnesia, believing himself to be a terrorist. In addition, he possesses a strange cell phone loaded with 8.2 billion yen in digital cash.

Despite Takizawa’s suspicious traits, Saki quickly befriends the enigmatic young man. However, unbeknownst to her, this is the beginning of a thrilling death game involving money, cell phones, and the salvation of the world. Higashi no Eden chronicles Saki’s struggle to unravel the mysteries behind her savior, while Takizawa himself battles other individuals armed with similar cell phones and returning memories which reveal his possible connection to the event from months ago.

Similarity – The story follows a similar group of characters, whose actions get the attention of a mysterious and shadowy organization. Although the plot is different (Eden of the East is not about time traveling), both animes have eccentric main characters, good humor, a subtle and nicely paced romance, hackers, needs and the same feeling of suspense and mystery. Also, both animes are obsessed with cell phones.

5. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (When They Cry: Kai)

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni or When They Cry
Synopsis – In the small village of Hinamizawa, Rika Furude and her friends live together in relative harmony. Beneath this mask of peace, however, lies a hidden darkness, one that Rika understands all too well. In this eternal summer, she has been witness to unspeakable horrors. Every time the clock resets, Rika must try to find the villain behind these senseless deaths before tragedy strikes again. However, trying to decipher a mystery when only half the clues are present proves time and again to be disastrous, and each time she believes that things will change, she inevitably fails. As the annual festival approaches, Rika begins her descent from hope to despair in her struggle to break the chains of fate entangling them all.

Similarity – Both Higurashi and Steins Gate carry this notion of correcting time to create the perfect world. Both the main protagonists have to figure out what keeps making their world go wrong and when sent back in time have to use their accumulated knowledge to predict the best possible solution. In this situation the comparison is between Rika and Okabe, both finding themselves in similar situations bearing a great responsibility to protect their loved ones.

4. Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)

Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)
Synopsis – Lonely high school student, Yukiteru Amano, spends his days writing a diary on his cellphone while conversing with his two seemingly imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina, who is the god of time and space, and Murmur, the god’s servant. Revealing himself to be an actual entity, Deus grants Yukiteru a “Random Diary,” which shows highly descriptive entries based on the future and forces him into a bloody battle royale with 11 other holders of similarly powerful future diaries.

With the last person standing designated as the new god of time and space, Yukiteru must find and kill the other 11 in order to survive. He reluctantly teams up with his obsessive stalker Yuno Gasai (who also possesses such a diary), and she takes it upon herself to ensure his safety. But there’s more to the girl than meets the eye, as she might have other plans for her unrequited love…

Similarity – Cell phones, thriller, drama, and epic action scenes. What else could we ask for more in both of these incredible anime(s)? Both Mirai Nikki and Steins;Gate also incorporates the usage of cell phones although for different purposes. Additionally, there is romance in both series as well as comedy and emotional drama. As the series continues for both anime, we also see various plot twists and cliffhangers that leaves the audience asking “what’s next”?

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3. Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
Synopsis – Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his classmate Kayo.

Similarity – Both involve time travel and heavily feature attempting to change the past for a better outcome. Erased focuses more on mystery and the changes Satoru makes as he relives his life while Steins;Gate centers more around the close relationships between Okabe and his lab assistants. Both of the MCs are people who want to fix his past mistakes into creating a new timeline where the happy ending exists

2. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)Synopsis – Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are regular middle school girls with regular lives, but all that changes when they encounter Kyuubey, a cat-like magical familiar, and Homura Akemi, the new transfer student.

Kyuubey offers them a proposition: he will grant any one of their wishes and in exchange, they will each become a magical girl, gaining enough power to fulfill their dreams. However, Homura Akemi, a magical girl herself, urges them not to accept the offer, stating that everything is not what it seems.

Similarity – Both series are a roller coaster ride of plot twists and dark miss happenings. The setting is somewhat similar, the mood, the art and the unique characters that all play a part no matter how small. Love one and you will instinctively love the other. Two of the best anime ever made, both completely different yet so alike.

1. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World)

Re Zero
Synopsis – When Subaru Natsuki leaves the convenience store, the last thing he expects is to be wrenched from his everyday life and dropped into a fantasy world. Things aren’t looking good for the bewildered teenager; however, not long after his arrival, he is attacked by some thugs. Fortunately, a mysterious beauty named Satella, in hot pursuit after the one who stole her insignia happens upon Subaru and saves him. In order to thank the honest and kindhearted girl, Subaru offers to help in her search, and later that night, he even finds the whereabouts of that which she seeks. But unbeknownst to them, a much darker force stalks the pair from the shadows, and just minutes after locating the insignia, Subaru and Satella are brutally murdered.

However, Subaru immediately reawakens to a familiar scene—confronted by the same group of thugs, meeting Satella all over again—the enigma deepens as history inexplicably repeats itself.

Similarity – Time traveling is always a popular theme for anime. But it is risky because it can cause a lot of plot holes. Then again those two anime don’t have a problem with that at all. Both mc have similar goal and reason for using time travel again and again. Steins; Gate hasn’t got any real fight scenes but it has a much philosophical approach to time travel. Both are done by the same studio so animation style is similar too.

Credits – MAL

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