6 Anime Like Cop Craft [Recommendations]

Based on the light novel series by Shoji Gatou, Cop Craft mixes the buddy cop genre with fantasy. 15 years prior to the series, a mysterious gateway to a different world magically opened off the coast of Southern California. Since then, San Teresa, which serves as a go-between, is where most of the people from the other side of the gate reside. Here, both humans and Semanians (at least try to) live together in peace, but some Semanians take the Tony Montana approach by living the American Dream with a vengeance. One of these criminals is stealing fairies from his home world in order to weaponize them, and Kei Matoba, a detective for San Teresa, is on the case. After losing his partner in a bust gone wrong, he is assigned to accommodate Tilarna, a Semanian knight who is after the same criminals who killed his partner. So, in addition to Cop Craft, where are some other reverse isekai or something with police procedural we can recommend? Read our top 6 to find out!

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1. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kanu Tatakaeri (Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There!)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 4, 2015 – September 19, 2015

One obvious recommendation is of course Gate. Just like Cop Craft, a gateway to a different world opens in ours. So, what’s on the other side of this gate? A world of fantasy just wanting to come out! Or for us to enter! Instead of being off the coast of California, Gate instead takes it to Japan and involves the Japan Self-Defense Forces, or the JSDF, the closest thing they have to a military. While the foundations of Gate and Cop Craft are more or less the same, their executions largely differ beyond the settings. With Cop Craft, the world is already established since it has been 15 years since the Semanians and the humans have been maintaining relationships. In the world of Gate, it is about how Japan is trying to establish those relationships.

However, through both of these respective series’, audiences are given opportunities to learn about the political insides of both worlds. Gate appropriately takes a more domestic approach as it relates to Japan, which of course makes it unique to non-Japanese audiences who are not informed about Japan’s foreign policies. As for Cop Craft, as stated earlier, it takes more from Hollywood buddy cop movies as it comically makes use of stating Miranda rights (which don’t exist in Japan) to apprehended suspects.

Gate: Jietai Kanochi nite, Kanu Tatakaeri Trailer

2. BEM

  • Episodes: 4+ (Ongoing)
  • Aired: July 15, 2019- Ongoing

As crazy as this sounds, BEM is actually the third anime adaptation in which its first series debuted 50 years ago, along with its first remake back in 2006. In this version, in a city that resembles the Big Apple, Sonia, an up and coming detective is transferred to the Outside after going against her superiors for personal moral reasons. She sees how crime is rampant on the Outside to the point that her fellow officers are taking money from criminals as protection to the point that it disgusts her. To top it off, she know sees that many of the deaths are responsible by creatures of the night and the only ones capable of stopping them are fellow creatures of the night who wish to become human.

While the present anime of BEM has yet to explain the origins of the monsters, both Bem and Cop Craft combine detective noir and horror fantasy along with some jazz to get you into the hard-boiled mood. Unlike Kei, Sonia doesn’t know much about interacting with the supernatural, but just like him, he has to reluctantly work with someone from that part of the world in order to fight these threats. Last, both of these anime titles take place in American inspired cities with Cop Craft’s city taking inspiration from Los Angeles, and the city of Bem taking influence from New York.


3. Black Bullet

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: April 8, 2014 – July 1, 2014

In the year 2021, a crazy virus goes rampant as it turns people into monsters. In order to contain this virus, the government takes a page from Donald Trump’s playbook and builds a wall (and no, the monsters didn’t pay for it!). The walls are used to keep what is left of humanity safe within them, and are made of a substance that can hurt these monsters. However, 10 years later in the year 2031, it’s ironic that what could be the very threat to humanity can also be its last hope as children born with the virus are granted superhuman powers, and are partnered with a regular human to take out these threats.

Yes, it does share a lot in common with Attack on Titan with using the walls, but hear us out on this one. The nature of the relationship between Rentaro and Enju, the two co-leads somewhat reflect that of Kei and Tilarna’s. You have a gun slinging guy and a super powered girl working together to defeat supernatural threats in the city, but as opposed to being a gimmick of buddy cop, they already have an established relationship. Not only does it explore the relationship on an intimate level, the political nature of the relationships of the cursed children, and the regular humans are explored as well in the same nature of humans and Semanians in Cop Craft.

Black Bullet PV

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4. B: The Beginning

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: March 2, 2018

On the island nation of Cremona, crime runs more rampant than Detroit, South Chicago, and pre-Giuliani NYC put together considering the very unnatural origins of them. Public enemy number one is a mysterious figure who goes by the name Killer B, and the two men who are on the case are Keith, a decorated detective, and Kokuu, a young man who can turn into a winged creature. With their combined skills, perhaps they can save Cremona!

Like Cop Craft, you have one guy who is a hard-boiled detective who dresses rather unkempt due to the nature of his job, and you have a partner who is from the realm of fantasy. Just like with Kei and Tilarna, these two have to face threats who use the magic of fairy tales for their own personal gain, but B The Beginning takes its own story on a very distinguishing direction that’ll have your head spinning. While Cop Craft is still broadcasting upon the drafting of this list, when you watch B The Beginning, its story will not only have your head spinning, but will also have you in tears for reasons we won’t disclose due to spoilers.

B: The Beginning Trailer

5. Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 5, 2015 – October 4, 2015

Three years prior to the city, a gateway to “The Beyond” opened in New York City. So, what was on the other side of The Beyond? Supersonic monkeyed, vampires, and talking fishmen! Oh My! Since then, New York has been renamed Hellsalem’s Lot and humans and the supernatural live together as the city is surrounded by a barrier. In order to keep the situation contained, Libra, a secret organization is formed. Their latest recruit is Leonardo Watch, a photographer who gains the “all-seeing Eyes of the Gods,” in order to understand his new abilities.

Just like Cop Craft, an American city is used as a border between our world and the supernatural, and despite how weird the situation is, everyone tries to live with it. Unlike Kei whose gun is special due to his feelings, Leonardo relies more on his powers since he has no skills as a fighter. Thankfully, he has a team with extraordinary abilities than can take care of its share of the bill. It knows when to use drama, and it knows when to use comedy, but at the heart of it all, it’s the relationships that drive not only Kekkai Sensen, but Cop Craft as well.

Blood Blockade Battlefront Trailer

6. Dimension W

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 10, 2016 – March 27, 2016

In the year 2036, mankind has found access to the 4th dimension, or Dimension W. Thanks to New Tesla Energy, they have created the appropriate devices to obtain the limitless energy from Dimension W. Skipping to the year 2072, Dimension W thanks to New Tesla Energy coils has monopolized the energy industry and criminals have exploited it for their own gains. In order to find these criminals, New Tesla Energy uses a private army of bounty hunters known as “Collectors” to find the illegal energy coils and bring the criminals to justice. One of the Collectors is Kyouma Manucho, who partners up with Mira, the robot daughter to the founder of New Tesla Energy (spoiler, it’s not Elon Musk).

Like Cop Craft, it deals with inter-dimensional issues but takes to a different extremity as it relates to using energy as a source. In a sense, you can say it’s like how the criminals weaponize fairies in Cop Craft as well. Like Kei, Kyouma is a former soldier who has issues with the other dimension, and initially has a tense relationship with his partner, who he comes to trust. However, as opposed to being fantasy oriented, this is of course more sci-fi, and if you love sci-fi or want to give Elon Musk ideas, for a new venture, then Dimension W is it!

Dimension W PV

Final Thoughts

To a certain extent, you can call Cop Craft along with a good handful of these six titles akin to being reverse isekai. Meaning as opposed to a character from our world going to another, beings from another world enter ours. It’s really interesting to see if a gateway to fairies, vampires, and elves opened up for them to enter our world, what could happen? Naturally, there will be conflicts, but at the end of the day, we can still try to get along. Some will try to live the American Dream (of course if it takes place in America), others will protest the situation (and maybe suggest to build a wall and get that world to pay for it), and there will be others who try to profit off the situation. In a weird way, the politics do come into play and for the sake of realism, we have to take that into account. If a problem comes along, then a regular human and a being of that world can work together and save the day, which can be a cliché but yet effective way to convey to audiences of such messages.

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Author: Justin "ParaParaJMo" Moriarty

Hello, I am originally from the states and have lived in Japan since 2009. Though I watched Robotech and Voltron as a child, I officially became an anime fan in 1994 through Dragon Ball Z during a trip to the Philippines. In addition to anime, I also love tokusatsu, video games, music, and martial arts. よろしくお願いします

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