Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for animes like Danganronpa: The Animation. Keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

Animes Like Danganronpa: The Animation

1. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
2. Btooom!!
3. Deadman Wonderland
4. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
5. Akame ga Kill!
6. Death Note
7. Akuma no Riddle
8. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
9. Umineko no Naku Koro Ni
10. Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East)

1. Mirai Nikki (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.

Similarity – An ordinary boy one day certainly finds his life changed forever. That sets off the premise of this series as they as they are involved in a deadly game. Among other things, they meet other characters who are involved. All of them seems to possess unique skills that define their styles. Among other factors, there is a sense of mystery regarding the god of both series and what they want. There is a theme of survival involved in which the characters are tasked with killing others.

2. Btooom!!

Synopsis – Ryouta Sakamoto is unemployed and lives with his mother, his only real achievement being that he is Japan’s top player of the popular online video game, “Btooom!” However, his peaceful life is about to change when he finds himself stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere, with a small, green crystal embedded in his left hand and no memory of how he got there. To his shock, someone has decided to recreate the game he is so fond of in real life, with the stakes being life or death.

Armed with a bag full of unique bombs known as “BIM,” the players are tasked with killing seven of their fellow participants to obtain their green crystals, used as proof of their victory, in order to return home. Teaming up with Himiko, a fellow Btooom! a player who turns out to be his in-game wife, they attempt to get off of the island together, slowly coming closer and closer to the truth behind this contest of death.

Similarity – The same situation where individuals either kill one another or team up to get out of the game. At the same time, there’s a sense of psychological mystery going on regarding their location and what’s inside it. So if you like a gut-wrenching, adrenaline-flowing typed survival anime, then choose one of them.

3. Deadman Wonderland

Synopsis – It looked like it would be a normal day for Ganta Igarashi and his classmates—they were preparing to go on a class field trip to a certain prison amusement park called Deadman Wonderland, where the convicts perform dangerous acts for the onlookers’ amusement. However, Ganta’s life is quickly turned upside down when his whole class gets massacred by a mysterious man in red. Framed for the incident and sentenced to death, Ganta is sent to the very jail he was supposed to visit.

The jail is filled with sadistic inmates and enigmatic powers. Ganta must bet his life to survive in a ruthless place where it isn’t always easy to tell friend from foe, all while trying to find the mysterious “Red Man”

Similarity – The essence of survival is a theme in both series. In fact, the main male protagonist is a normal boy whose life is completed twisted into something he never imagined before after a fateful day. Now he is part of something that puts his life into jeopardy along with many of the other characters.

4. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)

Synopsis – When a mysterious creature chops the moon down to a permanent crescent, the students of class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School find themselves confronted with an enormous task: assassinate the creature responsible for the disaster before Earth suffers a similar fate. However, the monster, dubbed Koro-sensei (the indestructible teacher), is able to fly at speeds of up to Mach 20, which he demonstrates freely, leaving any attempt to subdue him in his extraterrestrial dust. Furthermore, the misfits of 3-E soon find that the strange, tentacled beast is more than just indomitable—he is the best teacher they have ever had.

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu tells the story of these junior high pupils as they polish their assassination skills and grow in order to stand strong against the oppressive school system, their own life problems, and one day, Koro-sensei.

Similarity – Both shows involve a class of high school students who are suddenly forced into a situation where they have to kill to survive, although in Danganronpa they are killing each other instead of a specific target like in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. Both have a quirky, nonhuman antagonist and use a weird blend of humor and darker elements. The main protagonist of both series is a typical weak-looking guy who is actually quite perceptive and smart. The art style is also somewhat similar.

5. Akame ga Kill!

Synopsis – Akame ga Kill! follows Tatsumi as he fights the Empire and comes face-to-face with powerful weapons, enemy assassins, challenges to his own morals and values, and ultimately, what it truly means to be an assassin with a cause.

Night Raid is the covert assassination branch of the Revolutionary Army, an uprising assembled to overthrow Prime Minister Honest, whose avarice and greed for power has to lead him to take advantage of the child emperor’s inexperience. Without a strong and benevolent leader, the rest of the nation is left to drown in poverty, strife, and ruin. Though the Night Raid members are all experienced killers, they understand that taking lives is far from commendable and that they will likely face retribution as they mercilessly eliminate anyone who stands in the revolution’s way.

Similarity – Dangaronpa: The Animation and Akame ga Kill! have different main stories but similar survivor process in Danganronpa: The Animation you have to kill before you graduate while in Akame ga Kill! you have to kill before you get killed also Both of these animes have similar styles. I like the way that these animes will allow you to think about who is gonna die next.

6. Death Note

Synopsis – 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 – On the surface, both series involves mystery where the main character uses their intellect to solve problems and conflicts. The main characters from both series are intelligent and often uses clues and their own experiences, observations, and are capable of dealing with complex situations. There is a sense of psychological atmosphere as the episodes progress where the mysteries get more and more complex.

7. Akuma no Riddle

Synopsis – Tokaku Azuma has just transferred to the elite Myoujou Academy, a private girls’ boarding school. But there’s a catch: she, along with 11 of her fellow students in Class Black, is an assassin taking part in the challenge to kill their sweet-natured classmate, Haru Ichinose. Whoever succeeds will be granted their deepest desire, no matter the difficulty or cost. However, each assassin only gets one chance; if they fail to kill her, they will be expelled.

Similarity – A bunch of high school kids has to kill someone to “succeed” while following certain rules. In Dangan Ronpa, they’re stuck in a school and they’re the only chance of escaping is to kill someone without being caught, while in Akuma no Riddle the whole class as the goal of killing a fellow classmate so they can be granted anything they want. Both anime give a dark and horror feeling, so if you liked Danganronpa: The animation, you will like Akuma no Riddle!

8. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

Synopsis – Nine students gather in their high school at night to bid farewell to a friend. As is customary among many high school students, they perform a sort of ritual for them to remain friends forever, using small paper charms shaped like dolls.

However, the students do not realize that these charms are connected to Heavenly Host Academy—an elementary school that was destroyed years ago after a series of gruesome murders took place, a school that rests under the foundation of their very own Kisaragi Academy. Now, trapped in an alternate dimension with vengeful ghosts of the past, the students must work together to escape—or join the spirits of the damned forever.

Similarity – A feast for mystery fanatics, gore-hounds, and horror fans like Dangaronpa, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls – Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou shows a sobering look at redemption, sacrifice, and how the past is always right behind, sometimes a little too close for comfort.

9. Umineko no Naku Koro Ni

Synopsis – Considered as the third installment in the highly popular When They Cry series by 07th Expansion, Umineko no Naku Koro ni takes place on the island of Rokkenjima, owned by the immensely wealthy Ushiromiya family. As customary per year, the entire family is gathering on the island for a conference that discusses the current financial situations of each respective person. Because of the family head’s poor health, this year involves the topic of the head of the family’s inheritance and how it will be distributed.

Soon after, a violent typhoon traps the family on the island and a string of mysterious murders commence, forcing the eighteen people on the island to fight for their lives in a deadly struggle between fantasy and reality.

Similarity – Both are centered on murder mysteries, where the setting is arranged by a “mastermind,” or the one who has the most control over the entire situation. As murders happen, due to the characters’ (hidden and obvious) motivations and relationships, the survivors attempt to solve every aspect of the death based on the evidence left. Umineko is much less logical, however, as the “mastermind” is a witch that uses magic, and the protagonist’s goal is to refute magic, regardless of what actually happened.

10. Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East)

Synopsis – 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 concept of mystery revolve both of these series with a strange twist and bizarre beginning. The main character gets involved with these events with their lives seemingly changed forever. There are supernatural themes present in both series that is out of this world. Not only that though but the concept of a game is involved with high stakes. The main characters become a sort of player to these games and find themselves at strange events.

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