6 Anime Like B: The Beginning [Recommendations]

What makes for a good thriller and mystery anime? Is it the cast of characters or the actual mystery itself? Maybe throwing in some supernatural themes helps propel the story even further. If you think any of that does indeed help make for a good anime series then you’re probably going to like—or possibly already like—B: The Beginning. Netflix, alongside studio Production I.G., released this amazing thriller mystery show all in one shot. Thus, that allowed fans to binge watch B: The Beginning and enjoy this epic show all in one fell swoop. The problem with this though is that if you’re like us here at Honey’s Anime, you’re probably going to want a show to watch similar to B: The Beginning once you’ve watched it all. Don’t worry folks, we have you covered in that regard.

Today at Honey’s Anime HQ, we are bringing you a list you will very much appreciate once you’re done with B: The Beginning. We have written down 6 shows that mirror the themes and ideas found within B: The Beginning all while being quite different. Whether you’re looking for more action, drama and or mystery, these anime series have you covered. Welcome one and all to our 6 Anime Like B: The Beginning list. Time for us to show you some shows we think will please you if you loved B: The Beginning.

Similar Anime to B: The Beginning

1. Psycho-Pass

  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired: Oct, 2012- Mar, 2013

Japan’s landscape has changed quite considerably in the 22nd century. With a powerful neuro network known as the Sibyl System active, Japanese citizens are judged based on color hues that determine their mental state. Once a person’s hue reaches too high of a level, Inspectors and Enforcers—the latter being police themselves but with high criminal hues—are sent in to stop the perp before he or she becomes a latent criminal. However, what happens if the hue can’t be gauged on a person? That question is about to be answer by one man who will begin a rampage in which will show the truth about not only the Sybil System but also how the future might not be as safe as we thought it could be…

Criminals, mysteries and tons of action. These several elements are found in B: The Beginning as well as Psycho-Pass. We loved Psycho-Pass and its intense futuristic themes that make us question how far security should be allowed to go. Equally, like B: The Beginning, Psycho-Pass is beautifully animated thanks to studio Production I.G who also made B: The Beginning. If you need an awesome sci-fi themed anime series then you’re going to want to watch Psycho-Pass as soon as you can! Plus, there is a second season and a movie for Psycho-Pass to ensure you don’t run out of episodes and content too fast.

Psycho-Pass- Season One- Coming Soon- Trailer (Official Trailer)

2. Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Jul, 2014- Sept, 2014

Japan has recently been bombarded by a slew of terrorist attacks on various facilities. The only clue in these recent attacks is three letters written in red, VON. Unknown to the police, these actions are being performed by two young men who have a message to send to the world. What is this message you may be wondering? Find out as you enter the world of Zankyou no Terror and learn the truth behind everything.

Terrorism and anime don’t usually meld well and we can fully understand why given the current worldly affairs. However, Zankyou no Terror’s main theme is terrorism but with a mystery element behind it. Watch as Twelve and Nine team up to shake the world awake all while avoiding careless bloodshed. Like B: The Beginning, the shining element to Zankyou no Terror is trying to establish the truth behind everything all while enjoying a truly suspense filled narrative that keeps your eyes glued to the screen. Zankyou no Terror is an amazing 11 episode show that we know you’ll enjoy even given its controversial themes.

Terror in Resonance- Official Trailer

3. Steins;Gate

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr, 2011- Sept, 2011

Steins;Gate follows the self-proclaimed mad scientist Hououin Kyouma—real name Okabe Rintaro—as he allows his mind to delve further into a faux reality but all the while having a good time doing so. However, Okabe’s world changes abruptly one day when he ends up gaining the power of time travel via an accident with one of his so called “future gadgets”. Okabe at first thinks of the ability as a power that he can utilize to change history in silly ways. As Okabe begins constantly going back in time however, things begin to change in horrifying ways. Now hunted by SERN and trying to alter history to its correct course, Okabe will begin his desperate such for the true world line known as Steins;Gate to save his friends and save the very essence of the future…

While B: The Beginning does deal with time travelers, Steins;Gate still is very much similar to this impressive anime series. Known as one of the most popular series around, Steins;Gate melds various genres like sci-fi, mystery, drama and even romance to produce a 24-episode series that will definitely wow you from start to finish. Steins;Gate will be having a new series coming out—dubbed Steins;Gate 0—so now is the best time to see what makes this show so incredible. Just be prepared as Steins;Gate mimics B: The Beginning by keeping you not only entertained but equally always wondering what could possibly befall our characters next.

Steins;Gate - OFFICIAL ENGLISH DUB CAST- Trailer- Part 1 (Official Trailer)

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4. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct, 2002- Oct, 2003

Imagine a world where the body becomes stronger than ever before imagined. Thanks to advancements that meld artificial items and materials with the human body and mind, humanity has entered a new world of existence. However, this technological breakthrough has caused the world to become an even darker place in the world of criminal activity. That’s where Section 9 run by Daisuke Aramaki comes into play. With his team consisting of people like Motoko Kusanagi, Section 9 aims to stop criminals who think they can run amok in this future. Motoko and her team will be tested though as they face a powerful enemy known as The Laughing Man.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex—based off the movies and manga series—tells a new story from the Ghost in the Shell franchise. Despite coming out nearly two decades ago, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex still entertains us here at Honey’s Anime with strong sci-fi concepts and tons of methodological narrative. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex makes you wonder if too much human medaling can have more costly side effects than benefits. We’ll let you folks be the judge of that. Regardless though, if you love B: The Beginning’s constant mixture of action and deep narrative themes then we recommend checking out Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

5. Death Note

  • Episodes: 37
  • Aired: Oct, 2006- Jun, 2007

Light Yagami has always strove to be a studious high schooler despite being bored with his current life. One day while in class, Light spots a strange black notebook falling from out of the sky. After class, Light find this strange book with the words “Death Note” written on it. Inside are specific rules but the one that catches Light’s eye the most is a claim that the person’s name who is written in the book will die from a heart attack within 40 seconds if no other reason for death is given. Light at first takes this as a joke but upon using the Death Note on a bunch of punks, learns that its power is all too real. Now Light has gained a new power, one that he will use to cleanse the world of those who considers evil.

Who has the right to kill and should anyone have that much power? Death Note’s main theme is surrounded by this question and that is what makes this story so much like B: The Beginning. Just like Koku from B: The Beginning, Light’s belief that eradicating evil is perfectly fine and justified. Meanwhile, Light becomes hunted by various detectives and a super detective known simply as L. Will good out weight evil and which side is truly just? If you want to know the answers to these questions then check out Death Note!

6. Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Apr, 2007- Sept, 2007

A decade ago, two giant gates appeared in two locations, Japan and South America. These two gates led to the emergence of people with strange powers that would be known as Contractors. Each contractor has powers that defy the very definition of the world and have begun to change the world in various ways. In Japan, Hei—a contractor who works the underground organization called the Syndicate—finds himself running missions and dealing with contractors that need to be removed. However, unknown to the contractors a mission has begun that may be the end of these superhuman beings…

Supernatural humans, mystery and a nice mix of action and drama. Both B: The Beginning and Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha share these genres and are quite similar. That’s why we knew our 6 Anime Like B: The Beginning List had to conclude with Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha. We love how Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha utilizes a mixture of action, mystery, suspense and drama all too like B: The Beginning. Watching Hei and how he deals with villains all while trying to find himself reminds us of Kuro and his plights in B: The Beginning. Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha has two seasons to enjoy—though we do like the first a tad more—so be prepared for tons of supernatural battles and some quirky but cool characters.

Final Thoughts

B: The Beginning shows that original anime still has some power to create truly unique tales of intrigue, suspense and of course, action. We loved B: The Beginning and hope a season 2 will come soon. Thankfully, the shows above we mentioned for our 6 Anime Like B: The Beginning list will give you some anime to enjoy in the meantime. Have you watched any of the shows above or wish to? Let us know in the comments below and share your thoughts with others! For all your recommendation needs in the world of anime be sure to keep stuck to our hive here at Honey’s Anime!

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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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