Wednesday, July 15, 2015

List of Anime and Shows Similar to Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)

With the phenomenal success of Japanese manga turned anime Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin, Advancement of the Giants), there came along many other anime and shows that are following the dystopian, post-apocalyptic plot formula of AoT/SnK. Because of that, I have compiled a List of Anime and Shows Similar to Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) that I have watched. This also includes older shows that have a coincidentally similar plot.

Terra Formars

When I first watched Terra Formars, I immediately thought of the titans equivalent to the terraformars or the humanoid mutant cockroaches on the planet Mars (who are set to wipe out mankind with the virus thingy). While Eren and the rest of the Titan Shifters are only revealed slowly in SnK, Terra Formars reveals the hybrid human experiments who will fight against the cockroaches beforehand and as an introduction to the series. There's also quite the same amount of gore, except Terra Formars had unfortunate censorship due to having much more gore. Adolf Reinhardt is the show's equivalent of Corporal Levi.

World Trigger

It's an apocalyptic invasion just like SnK except they're aliens called "Neighbors" but because it's Toei Animation, World Trigger aimed for kids which means there is only little instance of blood and more on action, trivia and stuff. Osamu Mikumo, the main character, is voiced by Eren's seiyuu, Yuki Kaji!

Seraph of the End (Owari no Seraph)

From the same makers of Shingeki no Kyojin comes Seraph of the End (Owari no Seraph), a dystopian future in which the titans are replaced by vampires, and humanity's last hope lies within the demon contractors. They are very, very similar in almost every aspect, from plot to characters. The only difference is that it's a lot "cuter" than SnK, which had a manlier drawing style or feel. There's also a character named Kimizuki, who looks like a character from Haikyuu!!, another work from Production I.G. which is also responsible for SnK alongside Wit Studio.

God Eater

The new anime of Summer 2015, God Eater is based from a video game and follows a very similar formula from Shingeki no Kyojin and World Trigger alike. The enemies are called "arancarrs" (does this make it look like Bleach as well?). The main character is also the Eren stereotype, but a lot more "cool" like Yuu from ONS or Akari from Terra Formars.

Tokyo Ghoul

Not exactly a dystopian future but the main character of Tokyo Ghoul, Kaneki Ken, follows a similar half-and-half situation as Eren being between the world of humans and non-humans, or "ghouls" in his case. There's a lot of gore and both of these two mainstream anime series are still on the "ongoing manga" list. The only difference is that perhaps TG is a lot faster in story pacing but the downside is that they skipped a lot of chapters and the Tokyo Ghoul Root A (Season 2 anime) completely deviated from the manga's original plot, whereas all 26 episodes of Shingeki no Kyojin followed the manga better than that.

Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte: The Maxim)

It's once again, humans versus non-humans, and protagonist Shinichi Izumi is on the verge on being unlikely partners with a parasite alien, as both of them attempt to deal with the rising murder of humans by fellow parasites. Parasyte: The Maxim is more on the metaphorical and biological aspect of the real world today, tackling topics about self-preservation rather than just focusing on bloody action and decapitation stuff.

Kill la Kill

The soundtrack composer (Hiroyuki Sawano) is not the only thing that links these two anime series together. They are also very similar when it comes to "revenge for the death of a parent" in the case of Ryuko Matoi, the protagonist. Kill la Kill also has a lot of action and bloody scenes.

Fullmetal Alchemist

Ah, yes, Fullmetal Alchemist. Edward Elric lost his arm, lost his mother, is looking for his missing father and goes to the military. Sounds familiar?

Haikyuu!! and Kuroko no Basket

Both of these sports anime, Haikyuu!! and Kuroko no Basket are made by Production I.G. and some characters resemble titans, such as Murasakibara from KnB.

Suisei no Gargantia

This series, Suisei no Gargantia, came before SnK, of course, but yeah, it's also one of those humans vs. another race, which also involves epic fights. I think there are also some neat plot twists similar to how SnK was told.

Code Geass, Aldnoah.Zero and Cross Ange

All three of these anime series, Code Geass, Aldnoah.Zero and Cross Ange, are action-packed, involving gigantic (robot) fights and the secrets are revealed in a way similar to how the Shingeki no Kyojin plots were told: "BAM plot twist!".

The Great Wall

Just recently, Matt Damon and ex-EXO-M member Lu Han teamed up in a seemingly Chinese version of Attack on Titan. The "Tao Tei" are like the titans...only in the form of alien-esque hyenas that kill people.


If you guys have more to suggest, post it in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

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