Demon Slayer (Kimetsu No Yaiba) is an anime series that blew through the roof during the pandemic with its sales of the movie: Mugen Train.
Since then it’s gone on to become the top-selling
Tanjiro and Nezuko are alone in a world where their parents and family have been murdered by demons. And Nezuko is also part demon.
With season 3 now airing, the journey of finding a so-called cure for Nezuko to make her human, and the fight to protect each other continues.
Here’s a list of anime shows like
1. Heavenly Delusion
Demon Slayer has the whole duo thing going on, and so does the latest anime Heavenly Delusion. Both Maru and Kiruko rely on each other, and help each other navigate and survive in the desolate world they’re part of.
There are nurseries of sorts where children are raised, protected, and nurtured behind the safety of walls (like Attack On Titan), but Maru and Kiruko live on the outside.
They’re both travelling in search of what they call “Heaven” while avoiding or facing off with life-threatening beasts along the way,
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2. Owari No Seraph
Mikaela is the blonde-haired MC of this series and one who plays a different role in the early stages of this anime. He and Yuichiro Hyakuya are child slaves to the vampire race.
After Yuichiro escapes with his life, Mikeala’s “fate” is a lot different, but they’re other friends are slaughtered without hesitation.
This is essentially an anime where humans are fighting vampires to survive and prosper. Their main weapons are demon-infused swords that are able to challenge and defeat vampires, even the strongest type.
2 seasons strong, with a 3rd season in need of adapting.
3. Black Bullet
Black Bullet is a world where monsters are threatening Tokko, and once almost destroyed Tokyo completely. The main character – Rentaro Satome is saved thanks to technology, with Kisara, one of the female characters being saved by dialysis due to trauma.
Rentaro’s partner, Enju Aihara, is a little like Nezuko as far as the “cute” themes go. Both work together to destroy Gastrea, a monster with 5 different versions, one of which is more dangerous than the rest.
There’s also the concept of “cursed children”. Children who have Gastrea blood, giving them superhuman strength like Enju.
Akame Ga Kill
Akame Ga Kill follows Tatsumi, a young swordsman from a poor village who swears he’ll get more than a decent living by travelling to the capital, becoming a high-ranking officer, and ultimately helping his village.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
He discovers the harsh reality of the outside world in the capital, how the government kills and publicly executes anyone who dares to criticize, and how the government played a role in his poor life in his village.
JHe joins nightraid, an assassination group intent on destroying the government by assassination officials, politicians, and more to create a revolution/
Backed up by the public in secret.
5. Hell’s Paradise
Hell’s Paradise is a new anime series airing now where the main character is put to death by the Shoganet. But for some reason, he just won’t die.
A blade to the neck, is set on fire, and multiple attempts on his life are tried but all fail. Turns out he has a strong desire to live, and of course, he has a unique ability of his own.
The first episode isn’t much to speak of, but the following episodes are where things start to pick up and get interesting as the story unfolds.
6. Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress
Mumei is the female MC. This world is full of Kabane, a type of monster-eating zombie type of creature. Mumei and the male MC are part Kabane, part human, giving them natural strength and abilities to fight off Kabane.
In this infested world where human society is dwindling, the survivors do what they can to make it to another day and live life the best way they can given the circumstances and dangers they’re surrounded by.
Jujutsu Kaisen proved itself the moment it was released during the pandemic. The trio of characters Yuji, Nobara, and Megumi all have different personalities that mesh together in the right ways.
In a world with “curses” comparable to demons, they work to rid society of curses and protect the peace.
It’s a common story.
The way this anime is written though is unique, fresh, and feels nothing like the average new school
Ichigo Kurosaki is the protagonist who goes through many different changes, making his progress anything but boring or basic. And each time he learns something new and evolves.
As a seemingly regular human, one day he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a soul reaper. To her surprise, he can see her despite Rukia being a Shinigami who humans can’t see.
After receiving a portion of Rukia’s powers when faced with a monster called A Hollow, their friendship starts to blossom and so do their problems.
Their relationship can be compared to Tanjiro And Nezuko but in a different context.
The main themes here are demons, hollows, soul reapers, humans, and Quincies (a superhuman).
9. Blue Exorcist
Blue Exorcist is an anime with more than enough content for a new season, but nothing has been done so far. The protagonist is used to bullies, people opposing him, fighting him, and doing what he can to survive as a lone wolf.
Turns out he’s the son of Satan, which is why people avoided him instinctively despite not knowing why they did.
After joining up in school, Rin slowly becomes more relaxed and chilled, with the help of his younger brother who feels more like the older brother. And friends he might along the way while he searches for his dad Satan.
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Shakugan No Shana
Shana, the main female MC is one of the “four Tsundere Wonders” who made this happen in the 2000s thanks to its Tsundere voice actress known for Tsundere roles.
As a flame haze, Shana fights crimson denizens (demons) to protect the world’s balance. The anime’s main focus is flame haze, demons, humans, and “torches” which are humans who’ve yet to crossover.
Yuji Sakai, the eventual duo partner for Shana is a special kind of human because of a treasure tool that’s been implanted in his body without him knowing about it.
My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia has gone through so many different phases ever since releasing back in 2016.
With 6 seasons strong now, and no doubt a 7th coming at some point in future, the similarities between this anime and
Deku is the protagonist who strives to become the world’s number one hero, which s what the story is about. In that sense, the story is playing itself backwards.
Villains like All For One are selfish, greedy, powerful, and essentially run the underground as far as villains, shady business, and more despite being locked up and jailed.
The hero society, the league of villains, and the citizens are crucial points of this series’ plots, themes, and eventually, animosity as the story builds up.
12. D. Gray Man
D. Gray Man is an anime that hasn’t had any new content for a good while now. It started in the 2000s along with anime like Soul Eater, and is considered one of the best shounen of that decade.
Alen Walker is a human with a cursed arm and eye on his left side. With his eye, he can see ghosts and spirits of those who are possessed by demons, and with his left arm, he can exorcise those demons.
The Millenium Earl is the main antagonist of this series who sets a lot of events into motion, and hardly ever revealed himself without reason. He’s a cautious, dangerous man who adds to the anime’s entertainment.
Claymore is an anime about demons, humans, and Claymore (female warriors) who are half demon, half human. They take on jobs from a mysterious organization, usually involving protecting humans from full-blooded demons (Yoma).
In turn, they get paid, and that’s their lot in life as Claymore’s.
There’s a type of demon in this anime called an awakened being. This is what happens when Claymores push their power levels too high into demon territory, to the point that their humanity is swallowed up by the Yoma power.
Aside from the anime being female lead, it’s a good alternative for
14. Fate Zero
Fate Zero is one of the favourite anime series of all time. Crisp visuals, some of the best
The anime is about the holy grail war. Masters and servants are summoned at random, the masters being regular people chosen at random to control servants from historic legend like King Arthur for example.
Whoever wins the holy grail war gets to grant their own wish, but not at the expense of bloodshed.
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