No questions asked. No debates. It lives up to the hype and isn’t overrated.
Made by Madhouse studios, the
- Strategic elements.
- Horrific moments.
- Anti-Hero characters.
And ultimately enough psychological elements that hit you with its depth and darkness.
Let’s talk about it.
Kakegurui, also known as Compulsive Gambler is an
In this school, students battle it out through gambling, and there’s a catch as well. If you lose, you’re forced to do whatever the winner wants with you.
You become their property in a way. This makes the stakes for gambling higher than usual.
Yumeko Jabami is the
Not to mention her almost masochistic desire and pleasure she gets from gambling and taking risks.
It’s like a different shade of
Strategy is an important factor.
2. Talentless NANA
Talentless Nana is about Nana Hiiragi, a pink haired seemingly “sweet” girl. She’s chipper, jolly, kind and compassionate.
This is the image she portrays for others to see around her, while in a mysterious school isolated on a remote island.
The plot is about “enemies of humanity” who apparently need to be destroyed because they’re dangerous.
What you see though is there’s more to Nana Hiiragi’s character and role than the first 15 minutes would have you believe.
Similar to the suspense you see in
3. Hell Girl
There’s a price you have to pay in return. But I’ll let you figure that one out as you watch it.
Ai Enma, the Hell Girl is summoned once the clock hits 12AM if a person wishes it and meets the right conditions.
Their reasoning for summoning the Hell Girl is usually to get revenge and eliminate whoever is causing them pain, grief, or trauma.
From school kids, to married couples, to ordinary people, there’s darkness in almost every episode. And something new pops up, showing you the uglier side to humans and society.
4. Future Diary
Future Diary is a classic series, but not the most revered as a whole. It’s famous for making “Yanderes” and the memes connected to it so popular online.
Yuno Gasai is one half of the dual protagonists. And is of course the Yandere of the series.
Yuki Amano is the guy who develops Stockholm syndrome because Yuno Gasai stalks him, and forces him into a relationship with her.
In between there’s a running theme of diary users who are forced to battle it out to the death. Each diary user has their own unique insight or ability.
The violence, traumatic characters, and the overall “messed” up situations makes this
It’s full of action and romance if that’s something else you want.
5. Terror In Resonance
Terror In Resonance is an
- Lisa Mishima.
Nine and Twelve have a backstory that expains the reasoning for their names (being named after numbers).
Lisa Mishima happens to be a character who’s caught up in their madness and supposed terrorism on society.
The way the main characters “get things done” is similar to
This is especially true when it comes to how smart and intelligent Nine is (the guy with
6. No Game No Life
When it comes to smart characters, strategy elements, and being witty, No Game No Life is quite similar to the way
You have Sora, the male MC, and his sister, Shiro. Both are considered geniuses at what they do, They love games.
When they’re reincarnated into another world, they dominate it with their wit, strategy, tactics, and overall mindset.
No Game No Life is an
It’s made by Madhouse studios that gives you more reason to try it out. And is a colorful, gorgeous looking
7. Death Parade
Death Parade is a shorter series than
The main theme is people are tested somewhere in the realm between heaven and hell. And are judged based on their actions through the use of games.
These games determine whether they deserve to be thrown into hell or sent to heaven, through an elevator of all things.
As you can imagine, the
It’s a thought provoking
8. Black Butler
Black Butler is an
You have a smart protagonist and his butler who will do anything for him. That’s despite how dangerous, violent, or “wrong” it may be.
The main character: Ciel Phantomhive is a “dog” who works for the queen of England, so it’s not surprising what he gets up to in the underworld.
If you’re into
The characters are mostly British, as I hinted before.
9. Angels Of Death
Angels Of Death is an
A seemingly defenseless girl is thrown into a random dark place, not knowing what the F is even happening. And then she witnesses murder, and is on the run for survival.
Strangely, the other MC who’s supposed to killer her decides to work with her instead to get themselves out of the maze they’re in.
He’s as thick as bricks, where as she has more smarts than her appearance would tell you.
10. The Promised Neverland
The Promised Neverland is another horror
Turns out they’re all in a human farm where kids are raised to be FED to demons when they reach a certain age.
These smarter than usual kids work together to survive, and try to figure out how to get everyone out of this “farm” alive.
Strategy, tactics, well thought out plans, and plenty of thriller/suspense is what you can expect from this
Just don’t expect the intensity and brilliance you get from
11. Code Geass
Code Geass is a masterpiece of an
It’s about Lelouch. He lives in a world where the Japanese have been renamed “Elevens”. With Japan being called area Eleven.
This is a result of the Britannian empire.
After almost being killed, Lelouch makes a contract with a mysterious girl and gains the power of “Geass”. It allows you to control people by making a command through eye contact.
Lelouch is compared to Light Yagami for a reason. He’s just not as childish.
Monster is an
Kenzo Tenma, a surgeon, discovers something he later regrets: he saved the life of a kid who 10 years later is a serial killer.
Feeling guilty and ashamed of his actions, Kenzo quits his job and goes on the hunt for this serial killer. He feels responsible for saving his life, despite him not knowing at the time.
With over 70+ episodes of pursuit, heavy feelings of guilt, some of the best writing of an
What makes it even more of a masterpiece is the fact it has NO fantasy or supernatural elements. It’s “realistic” horror with true to life designs you just don’t see these days.
anime like death note:
- Edan Of The East.
- One Outs.