Mecha and Sci-FI isn’t the sexiest topic. It’s not even a genre I’m a big fan of myself. And the anime community doesn’t give a F about it too much either.
But every once in a while, an anime like Darling In The Franxx will show up and stake its claim.
With A-1 Pictures who produced Sword Art Online, and Studio Trigger who produced Kill La Kill working together, it’s no surprise Darling In The Franxx is so popular now.
If you love the anime so far, consider watching these 7 anime shows with strong similarities.
1. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
If we’re talking about:
- Character designs.
- Animation in general.
- Background designs and colours.
- And similar features…
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann shares strong similarities with Darling In The Franxx.
So if you love Trigger, you’ll appreciate Gurren Lagann even more.
2. God Eater
Released late 2016, God Eater shares similarities with Attack on Titan and Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress.
So why’s it on this list? Why mention it?
Under the surface – God Eater shares similarities to Darling In The Franxx most fans will love. Especially for its animation quality, and “militant” vibes shown in both animes.
And unlike AOT, God Eater isn’t over the top with its supernatural monsters, keeping it more in line with how Darling In The Franxx handles itself.
Related: God Eater Merchandise
3. Kill La Kill
You knew it was coming, right?
Like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Kill La Kill is made by Studio Trigger. With strong similarities to Darling In The Franxx with its unique animation and character designs.
Even the main characters of both shows feel slightly similar.
Relevant Link: Kill La Kill Figurines
Witchblade is a forgotten anime in 2018, and is one of my favorite unpopular anime shows.
Like Darling In The Franxx, Witchblade features a female protagonist who’s both sexy and strong-willed. And there’s an element of sci-fi thrown into Witchblade’s story as well.
I’d say Witchblade is the more depressing anime between the two though.
5. Code Geass
Code Geass will always be a favorite Mecha anime for me. The story is polished, the main characters are well done, and the action is ruthless.
If you’re familiar with Zero Two from Darling In The Franxx, she shares similarities to C.C from Code Geass. Lelouch’s main partner in Code Geass.
And the action in both anime is enough to impress even if you’re not a big fan of Mecha.
6. Owari No Seraph
Like Darling In The Franxx, the plot thickens the more you dive into the story of Owari No Seraph.
The only exception is Owari No Seraph is a demon/fantasy series without Mecha or Sci-FI elements. But don’t let that stop you from watching it, as it’s a good alternative.
7. Full Metal Panic
Like Code Geass, FMP is one of my favorite anime series. It’s the reason I started to take a liking to Mecha anime.
The violence, big robots, powerful machinery and attention-grabbing characters is similar to Darling In The Franxx. And will get you hooked.
Be warned though: FMP starts off a little slow compared to Darling In The Franxx. The good stuff comes later into the series.
Related: 6 Of The Best Full Metal Panic Quotes You’ll Love