6 Anime Like Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) [Updated Recommendations]

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Welcome to another 6 anime like series where we focus on six great anime that all share some similarities, pertaining to story, character, and more. For our next series we'll take a look at Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist). This is the remake version of the original six anime like Ao no Exorcist, so if you'd like to see our previous listing, be sure to check it out below. So with all that being said, lets grab our exorcist gear and take down the bad guys!

Similar Anime to Blue Exorcist

1. Tokyo Ghoul

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 4, 2014 - September 19, 2014

Tokyo Ghoul looks at the city from a corrupt and merciless perspective, as vicious evil creatures called ghouls now exist alongside humans. The citizens who once lived in a peaceful society are now facing fear as the ghouls are now terrorizing the city, devouring every helpless human in their path. The worst part of it all is their ability to take the form of humans and blend in with the rest of the community. Much of the story revolves main protagonist Ken Kaneki who unfortunately meets his demise when Rize confronts him, leading him down a dark path of uncertainty. After he awakens and looks in the mirror, Ken now realizes he has transformed into a half ghoul, half-human and must now find a way to blend in with the evil corrupt society.

Tokyo Ghoul and Blue Exorcist star two main characters who initially have a normal life which eventually ends up turning into a crazy mess. They become introduced to a world that was unknown to them and must now come up with solutions to solve these new problems that they're confronted with. Their unexpected encounters opened up a new world where both Rin and Ken must now deal with humanity versus the opposing race, Rin disposing of demons, while Ken must kill ghouls to restore order in the system.


2. D.Gray Man

  • Episodes: 103
  • Aired: October 3, 2006 - September 30, 2008

Allen must deal with his dark past, and cope with the loss of his mother along with his torment. A much darker future awaits him as the evil Millennium Earl plots to destroy the entire existence of humanity with his creation of Akuma. This special weapon uses the souls of the dead which are then trapped within it until the use of Innocence, an Anti-Akuma weapon, releases them from their prison. After spending a number of years under the guidance of General Cross, Allen signs up with The Black Order in hopes to prevent Earl's evil reign of terror, while using his new weapons to bring peace back to the souls that have been tormented.

Allen and Rin were both cursed in the sense that, they were born into their struggles, and must find a way to ensure their skills are put to good use. The two realize that their lives are being threatened, and so they enlist in organizations that will guide them along their journey, entrusting them with stronger weapons. Allen and Rin are out for some sort of revenge for their past, and so they team up with other strong individuals in order to seek the answers they're looking for. Both have a mission to stop demons from creating a massacre, and must deal with new threats at every waking moment. The action packed in these anime are absolutely nuts, so we really suggest checking them out along with D.Gray Man's second season which is currently airing!


3. Ushio to Tora

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: July 3, 2015 - December 25, 2015

As a reminder, we'll be focusing on the first season of Ushio to Tora, but we encourage you to check out its second season because it's truly epic. In the first season, Ushio comes across a mysterious creature located in his grandfather's secret storage area. The intimidating creature, Tora, was sealed there with the legendary Beast Spear and cannot leave unless someone pulls the spear from out of his shoulder. Ushio confronts Tora reluctantly with Tora warning him if he were to do so, he would not hesitate to rip him apart. Having no fear in his heart, Ushio rips the spear from Tora's shoulder thus granting him the supreme power of the Beast Spear. From here, the two join forces to help put a stop to the endless army of ghouls who terrorize the city, and to discover the truth behind who created the Beast Spear.

Both Ao no Exorcist and Ushio to Tora feature two characters who are out to eliminate a deadly enemy that threatens their existence. Ghouls invade their territory and so they must rely on their partners to get the job done quickly, without causing harm to the environment around them. The two are relatively young and still in school, so much of their life is either saving the lives of others, or saving their grades. Ushio looks up to Tora as his brother much like Rin looks up to Yukio, and despite their disagreements at times they both show compassion for the main character when in trouble.


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4. Blood Lad

  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: July 8, 2013 - September 9, 2013

Blood Lad stars Staz, who is the boss of vampires in the demon world, but has no intention to seek blood from the human race. Staz comes across a teenage girl named Fuyumi, who mysteriously found herself in this new universe. Staz finds himself allured by Fuyumi and befriends her. This friendship soon turns deadly however, as Fuyumi is killed by a monster while Staz had his back turned. This unfortunate death led Staz to fight for the sake of Fuyumi to bring her back to life.

Rin and Blood are both out for revenge for someone being taken from them. Staz finds himself in harms way in every direction, trying to discover the right solutions while avoiding death. Rin follows the same path also, along with Yukio, as they risk their lives to bring down the evil that's corrupting the nation. Rin and Staz are quite hot headed and need the assistance of others in order to see clearly, and keep their focus primarily on the priority at hand. The relationship that Staz has with his brother Vlad is very similar to that of Rin and his father Satan, where there are constant disagreements which lead to even bigger troubles along the way.


5. Owari no Seraph

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 4, 2015 - June 20, 2015

Owari no Seraph is a post apocalyptic supernatural anime that looks at the life of Yuuichirou and his constant search for retribution, while fighting for friendship and loyalty against what seems to be an impossible journey. Yuuichirou was the victim of a hostage takeover and was taken captive, along with other children. Being the only survivor of a deadly massacre by the vampires, Yuuichirou is discovered by the Moon Demon Company, a military unit dedicated to exterminating vampires in Japan. He now vows to seek revenge for the death of his family, not realizing the cost that he must pay throughout the ordeal.

Rin and Yuuichirou have both been stripped of their dignity as well as their family, and so they must learn to fight back to regain it all. They decide to enlist in a powerful organization that will allow them to avenge their loved ones, and to take down evil as soon as possible. They both find themselves in tight binds constantly throughout the series, where they must decide whether they must kill an enemy or leave it behind in order to seek out more clues to the problems lying ahead.


6. Tokyo Ravens

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 9, 2013 - March 26, 2014

The tale of Tokyo Ravens begins when main protagonist Harutora Tsuchimikado, is attacked by Suzuka, a powerful onmyodo-user. She is convinced that he is to be the heir of the Tsuchimikado family,who intends to conduct the exact same ritual that led to a terrible disaster in the past. Suzuka then comes to realize that her beliefs were a mistake, but now in order to defeat her, Harutora fulfills a childhood promise he made to Natsume, the true heir of their family. He decides to become her familiar to aid her in a battle between onmyouji.

Rin and Harutora deal with a new threat which forces them out of their comfort zone, and into a world they're clearly not prepared for. Both start off as ordinary students, until a new hurdle is placed in front of them prompting some sort of change. They both undergo intense training in order to fend off evil demons that threaten to kill anything in their path, so they must rely on their instinct and special abilities to protect the ones they care for. The two had been attacked early on in the story by random enemies, which prompted them to react and figure out a way to stop what was in front of them. They eventually develop enough confidence and strength to overcome and slay the demons with relative ease, bringing peace back to their surroundings.



Closing Statement

Ao no Exorcist really shows us that when confronted with the task of saving the world, you must put everything else aside to ensure peace is restored around you. Special relationships must be made to ensure the safety of the world you live in, while protecting yourself from uncertain events. One great aspect about Ao no Exorcist and our list is that each character fights for someone who they care about, even if it means your life is on the line. Devotion to those you love are a priority and must be taken care of first before anything else. If you have any other anime that you feel should make the list, be sure to let us know in the comments section down below! And also follow us on twitter for the latest article updates and tweets!

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Original Article Below

You really did or still enjoy watching Blue Exorcist, you like when the protagonist is as badass as Rin, has supernatural power or anything linked to a war between different races like demons and humans? Animes with action, supernatural, mystery, religion and yet really fun?

Here is what you could be searching for!


Similar Anime to Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

1. D. Gray-man

  • Episodes: 103
  • Aired: Oct. 2006 - Sep. 2008

Around the end of an imaginary 19th century, Allen Walker a young exorcist is fighting Akuma, evil evolving weapons under a human form, born from souls of the deads called back by mourning living relatives or intimate acquaintances. To rival with those threats, Allen carries a weapon called “Innocence” in his left arm and a demonic eye that enables him to see the akuma even under a human form. He is also part of the Black Order, the organization that try to stop the one who leads the Akuma called “the Millennium Earl”.

D.Gray-man is a really good anime containing lots of action and this topic of war between Exorcists and Demonic weapons (called Akuma/literally “Demon” in Japanese). The characters are really stylish which make the fight scenes awesome. Even though it is a bit more dramatic and darker than Blue Exorcist, it still has a lot of fun parts which makes the atmosphere lighter. Added to that, its gothic style gives us a feeling of some Tim Burton’s influence which emphasize the tragic side of the story.

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2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

  • Episodes: 64
  • Aired: Apr. 2009 - Jul. 2010

“Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange.” Edward and Alphonse Elric, two teenagers able to use the Alchemy learned the hard truth.

If you still didn’t watch the excellent and renowned Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (FMAB), this is to me a must-watch! The anime mixes science through Alchemy, magic, action, adventure and fun in a European Industrial Revolution look-alike world. It might even make you shed some tears. Pay attention though, FMAB follows way more strictly the original manga while his older brother Fullmetal Alchemist does not really.

So for those who have never seen it, go for it!


3. Soul Eater

  • Episodes: 51
  • Aired: Apr. 2008 - Mar. 2009

The Death Weapon Meister Academy in Death City, Nevada, United States, is a specific school to train humans with the ability to transform themselves into deadly weapons as the ones who wield those weapons. This is the place where Maka, Soul, Black Star, Tsubaki, Death the Kid, Liz and Patty are studying with one same goal: Defeat and absorb the soul of 99 humans that turned into monsters named Kishin and one witch in order to increase drastically the power of the weapon and to become a death scythe.

You might think after the first episode that Soul Eater is way lighter, colourful and maybe looking like simpler than the others anime listed in this article but don’t stop at this first glance, he gets way better throughout the show. Plus, here the protagonist that kicks evil asses is a girl, which is kind of refreshing. Another thing to notice is the animation, provided by studio Bones (best known for Fullmetal Achemist notably), and they did once again a great job!



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4. Guilty Crown

  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired: Oct. 2011 - Mar. 2012

Tokyo in 2039, 10 years after the outbreak of the “Apocalypse Virus”, Ouma Shu becomes unintentionally involved in a fight between with the rebel group “Funeral Parlor” and the multinational governing Japan named GHQ when he unexpectedly obtained a mysterious power enabling him to extract tools/weapons called “voids” out of peoples’ hearts.

Here, no demons but expect still a lot of action, fights and supernatural powers. Less funny than the rest, the story is still enjoyable with the evolution of the main character and the mysteries around his past.

The plus of this anime? Its animation from Production I.G (Psycho-Pass, Ghost in the Shell and the intros and artworks for the famous game Tales of Symphonia) and its music, especially the Openings and Endings produced by Supercell and Egoist (which also made the second ending theme of Psycho-Pass), both led by songwriter Ryo.


5. Yu Yu Hakusho

  • Episodes: 112
  • Aired: Dec. 1990 - Jul. 1994

Yusuke Urameshi, a 14 year old delinquent, died unexpectedly while attempting to save a little boy. As he wasn’t supposed to join the underworld that soon, he received the opportunity to come back to life after a series of tests. Back in the real world, he becomes a Spirit Detective and must hunt down demons hidden between humans.

This one is a bit older but still definitely worth it. If you liked that link between Okumura Rin being the son of Satan and fighting against demons coming from another world, well Yu Yu Hakusho is your type of anime! Fight, fun, demons, powers, everything is here!



6. Bleach

  • Episodes: 366
  • Aired: Oct. 2004 - Mar. 2012

The life of Ichigo Kurosaki will change forever after he absorb the power of a Shinigami in order to defeat a monster called Hollow. Little did he know that it would open a whole new world and give him some responsibilities against this will…

Who never heard about Bleach? I probably don’t even need to present it, but for those who never watch the anime, it’s totally worth it and will keep you busy for a while. Discover the world of the Shinigami and follow the adventures of Ichigo fighting against numerous Hollows and …



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