5 Anime Like Squid Game

Netflix has produced some legendary series—The Witcher and Money Heist—but one of their most popular shows at the moment is Squid Game. This series that focuses on those down on their luck willing to survive deadly children's games—we won’t spoil anything further—has shocked the world in a way unlike ever before. Not only has Squid Game shown the beauty of Asian series but it also made some viewers want to see more series like it, especially in the anime world. That’s why we here at Honey’s Anime went to great lengths to find the Top 5 Anime Like Squid Game! We know these varied anime will fill you with that same feeling you got while watching Squid Game and make that dreaded long wait for a Squid Game season 2 just a bit more manageable.

5. Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor)

What makes Squid Game so enjoyable—and kind of realistic—is that the main “hero” isn't a tough guy or even that resourceful. Lee Jung-jae is essentially a loser who has allowed bad decisions to crash his life into the ground. That’s why Kaiji:Ultimate Survivor is perfect on a list of similar anime to Squid Game as the main hero is like Lee.

Kaiji Itou ends up with a huge debt from a bad choice he made and now has to participate in a hellish illegal gambling game to repay what he owes. Kaiji will need to use what sneaky skills he’s earned in his life to undermine other players but will also need to avoid their attempts at doing the same to him! Squid Game and Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor are quite similar and if you can get past the “strange” character designs, we know you’ll love this anime.

4. Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation (Danganronpa: The Animation)

Makoto Naegi finds himself deemed the Ultimate Lucky Student after winning a chance at joining a prestigious school Seems kind of similar to another “lucky” guy from Squid Game right? Unfortunately, Makoto quickly finds his luck to be anything but good when he’s trapped inside a deadly school with a white/black bear—Monokuma—telling him and the others that they are about to either be trapped in the school forever or kill one another till there is only one left.

Danganronpa: The Animation is an anime adaptation of a hit video game franchise and it shows just how cruel humanity can be when pushed to their absolute limits. Just like Squid Game, bonds are forged, friendships are broken and survival takes a lot of luck and just the right amount of hope.

3. No Game No Life

Easily the more tame series on our list, No Game No Life takes the concept of playing various games to a whole new level. Sora and Shiro are siblings who get teleported to a strange fantasy world where playing games is how you resolve every issue imaginable. Death isn’t a concept like in Squid Game but the way that No Game No Life makes even simple chess games/card games feel like they have high stakes is impressive. If you need a break from blood, death, and horrible people for a bit but still want that Squid Game feel, then we recommend checking out No Game No Life and the prequel movie—No Game No Life: Zero—when you can!

2. Kakegurui

Imagine a school where grades are the least important thing. Instead, money is what determines a person’s value/status. Enter Kakegurui, where various young men and women compete in card games and other high stakes events to earn more money and more prestige. Akin to Squid Game, Kakegurui loves to tease the audience with how money drives people wild and sometimes drives their very existence. Plus, for those who need some sexy ladies, Kakegurui’s main girl—Yumeko Jabami—will please your eyes with her massive oppai and tantalizing curves. Games are fun but we otaku need our ecchi from time to time.

1. Death Parade

Hands down the most similar to Squid Game—minus the prize amount gained if you win/survive—is Death Parade. In Death Parade, strangers awaken in a strange bar with an even stranger bartender telling them they must play a random game to “leave” the bar. The audience quickly discovers that these games aren’t normal as they are all altered to include consequences like pain when you lose a round. Death Parade isn’t all about just random games, though, as this series examines the various worlds of different individuals and how decisions have led them to either become good people or wicked ones. We honestly consider Death Parade to be an amazing series and think those who love the twists and turns of Squid Game will love this anime too.

Final Thoughts

No one ever said winning a ton of money would be easy, which is very true in the case of Squid Game. That’s why the anime mentioned above are the perfect series to watch after falling in love with Squid Game. Have you watched any of the anime above or have other anime like Squid Game to share with fellow otaku? Comment below with your thoughts as we always love hearing from you, readers! Stay stuck to our game-loving hive here at Honey’s Anime for even more Top 5 lists and other amazing articles!

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Author: Aaron

Hey everyone I’m Aaron Curbelo or Blade as I’m called by my YouTube Subscribers. I’ve been an anime/manga fan since I was a young kid. In terms of anime I have watched nearly a thousand shows and have read hundreds of manga series. I love writing and honestly was so happy to join Honey’s Anime to get a shot to write articles for such a wonderful site. I’m a firm believer in respect in the anime community being the most important embodiment we should all have. We all love anime and we have varying opinions of series but we should respect one another for those differences! Life is too precious to spend it making needless arguments in a community that should be the shining example of loving an amazing medium. I hope as a writer for Honey’s Anime I can bring you folks some amazing articles to read and enjoy!

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