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High school was a moment in our lives where it allowed us to spread our wings, and to mature through building great friendships along the way. It was also a time when we had so much energy to get out and do whatever we desired in our hearts. What if however, all of those bright moments became overshadowed by darkness? How would you react to a zombie approaching you out of the blue, not asking for homework answers, but begging for your blood? These are probably some of the questions that ran through the minds of the characters in High School of the Dead, as a deadly pandemic spread throughout the city causing massive chaos. This anime came with a lot of laughs, ecchi scenes, and bloody action scenes that kept you entertained all throughout. If you truly enjoyed this series, then our six anime like High School of the Dead will surely keep you coming back for more. This is an updated version of the original article, so if you'd like to see our past six picks be sure to scroll down below.
Similar Anime to High School of the Dead
1. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 8, 2016 - July 1, 2016
The plot takes place in a world that is currently in the industrial revolution, where a blood-thirsty monster harms the town and cannot be killed unless you pierce its iron heart. With each bite that the undead inflicts, humans become infected, slowly transforming into undead creatures called Kabane. The show stars Ikoma, a young boy with a mission to put an end to the monster's onslaught of terror. Ikoma creates a weapon called “Tsuranukizutsu” with the sole intent of destroying everything in his path.
In the world of Kabeneri, Ikoma faces an ongoing threat of zombie-like creatures called Kabane who feed off of the fresh meat from humans. The duty is to now rid of these creatures using special tools that allow Ikoma to pierce through the heart of the enemy, killing them instantly. The two anime focus primarily on a post-apocalyptic story, where the world is in peril due to zombies threatening to devour everything in their path. Mumei is a shares a great resemblance to Sakeo, who both wield a deadly blade and show no remorse to anything that crosses their path. They hold a strong belief that their friends and loved ones come first, so they throw everything on the line in order to protect the innocent.
2. Hellsing Ultimate
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: February 10, 2006 - December 26, 2012
Hellsing revolves around Alucard and an organization who are dedicated to destroying supernatural creatures who threaten the existence of humanity. Hellsing Ultimate is an OVA that continues much of the previous story that the original anime had, but brings more depth and development about the antagonist Millennium as they plot to destroy mankind. Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing leads her own military while donating her time to destroying the deadly creatures that are seen as a threat to her world. Alucard serves as the organization's greatest tool as he is the most powerful vampire to ever be devoted to the organization, along with his vampire assistant Seras.
Hellsing Ultimate continues much of the story from the original, but with more blood and guts to keep you entertained. Zombies have interrupted the flow of society, and it's up to the hero to stop them at all costs. There's never a scene that ends up with a peaceful ending, as every turn that each character takes, there's a new threat that awaits them. Both shows are just incredibly violent, grotesque, and down right dirty as there's just no end to the blood shed that these characters experience.
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 9, 2015 - September 24, 2015
Gakkougurashi! takes us a along with a group of girls who are forced to adapt to a post-apocalyptic life all by themselves. They have lost all means of contact with the outside world, and are surrounded by nasty, flesh eating undead waiting to devour them. The girls must not only come to terms with the challenge of survival; they must also strive to convince Yuki that the blissful world that she intends to live in will soon turn into a harsh reality.
These stories are both set in a high school environment during a post-apocalyptic time. Survival is the only plan of action as these undead creatures have no remorse for anyone, and will devour just about anything that walks in their way. The main characters Kurumi and Saeko are extremely skilled in the art of fighting, and must now use their techniques to exterminate these zombies before the numbers increase. Both are very cute characters with a very determined attitude to protect and serve the ones they care about. The very adorable dog that follows Kurumi around sheds some light to the story, despite being trapped in a world they never asked to be placed in. Now she must work together with other characters to fight their way through the threat, and put an end to terror before it spreads.
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4. Shikabane Hime: Aka
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2, 2008 - December 25, 2008
After being brutally murdered along with her family, Makina Hoshimura transforms into a Shikabane Hime, a living corpse contracted to the mysterious Kougon Cult, in order to exact revenge on the mysterious undead organization responsible for her death. Makina is introduced to and assisted by Keisei Tagami, her contracted priest and former friend. This series captures the story of Keisei's younger brother Ouri, a young boy with an eerie attraction to death, who slowly discovers his brother's secret and gets dragged into the world of the ruthless Shikabanes.
The theme revolving around Shikabane Hime: Aka is very direct: Kill every zombie in your path by any means. Ouri must come to terms with the truth of his brother's past, and must now use his special abilities to take out the zombie threat before they create more harm. Zombies play such a major role in the series much like High School of the Dead, since they pose a great challenge to the main cast of the show. A large array of weapons are used to duke it out, such as Machine Guns, Uzi's, down to the classic Chainsaw. Ouri has to dig deeper about the organization that plagued Makina, turning her into a Shikabane, but to also realize that this organization must be destroyed before it breeds more deadly monsters. The anime is full of extreme action and fast pace that will have you at the edge of your seat. We definitely recommend checking this one out to find out the truth.
5. Kore ha Zombie Desu Ka?
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 11, 2011 - March 30, 2011
Ayumu Aikawa meets an incredibly quick demise as he is killed by a serial killer on the way back from a convenience store, and is just as suddenly brought back to life by a necromancer named Eucliwood. There's just one strange caveat: Ayumu is now a zombie. Things begins to escalate when he mistakenly steals a magical girl's uniform, as well as her powers. Haruna, the ex-magical girl, now orders him to fight evil creatures known as Megalo in her place until they can figure out a way to get her powers back to her.
The fantastic aspect about this show is despite how gruesome things can get, it rewards you with some very ecchi scenes to keep you coming back. Both take place in a world that the character never thought they'd ever be in, and now must survive by any means necessary. Both have zombies in the series, but not like you'd expect. Ayumu is a zombie and so he must use these abilities along with Haruna's magical powers to fend off the Megalo before they cause harm to the community. Ecchi is very much a selling feature in both anime, as it's seen all throughout every episode up until the very end. It strikes a nice balance between violence and humor, with sexual reference to provide a little more zest in between.
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: July 4, 2007 - September 12, 2007
Michiru Kita has the ability to see the ring of death around people's necks. The darker the ring, the closer to death someone is. She notices that two boys in her class, Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana, have completely black rings. Seeking to warn them of their impending demise, she stumbles onto their secret: they are already dead, but they are kept alive due to a contract with Zombie-Loan. Of course, nothing comes without a price. The boys must hunt down and destroy zombies, seeking to use Michiru's "Shinigami Eyes" to help them in their endeavor.
The story of Zombie-Loan is quite unique in that, the main character must work together with a zombie in order to kill more zombies. Sounds strange when we say it, but the idea behind it works very well. The two boys are under a loan, and so instead of using their flesh eating talents for evil, they must abide by the contract while using the help of Michiru to succeed. Both shows focus on a character who is faced with constant challenges, and must use quick judgment in order to win. If one major mistake is made, it could spell immediate death for each character, so they must build a strong team in order to overcome what's in front of them.
Over the decades there have been a large number of post-apocalyptic movies and anime that you could probably create a library out of. The popularity of the genre comes from the fact that the main protagonist is put under a lot of pressure, and must come up with quick solutions before getting eaten. We're always in constant worry since every turn of events differ severely from the next, leaving you with unanswered questions. The uncertainly is what sells this genre, and more importantly the thrill you get from watching. If you have any other anime like High School of the Dead 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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Blood, bxxbs, panties, zombies, you like that, right? Ok, let’s be serious. Highschool of the Dead has many more good points. For instance, its combination between apocalyptic survival horror mixed with some sexy poses (thank you fan service).
You can add to that non-stop action until the end and the whole thing is depicted with a great animation. You want more? Well sadly no 2nd season has been announced, since the creators are not working together anymore. However, if you are looking for other good anime that have common points with this one, check our recommendations below:
Similar Anime to Highschool of the Dead
- Episodes: 13 (10 for Hellsing Ultimate)
- Aired: Oct 2001 – Jan 2002
Here we are not talking about only zombies, but various supernatural creatures, especially vampires. Hellsing tells us the story of the vampire Alucard fighting alongside the Hellsing organization against evil forces. Notably, the neo-Nazi group Millenium, is raising an army of vampire to revive the Third Reich. If Dracula’s stories are your thing, this anime is definitely for you!
Just one thing, if you already know the manga, you might prefer Hellsing Ultimate which follows closer the original storyline. Plus, besides having better graphics, it also is more violent.
2. Deadman Wonderland
- Episodes: 12 (+1 special)
- Aired: Apr 2011 – July 2011
If you want a survival story with lots of blood and heated fight scenes like in Highschool of the Dead, Deadman Wonderland might be for you!
In this anime, we follow Ganta Igarashi, a teenager who is the only survivor of the massacre from his class. Because of that, he will be mistaken for the criminal, then judged and sentenced to death at the infamous prison Deadman Wonderland where inmates have to participate in lethal games in order to survive.
That’s it for the little introduction, I won’t tell you more and let you discover the story by yourself. Pay attention though, there is a chance that you’ll feel the need to watch all the episodes one after another as the suspense left at the end of each of them might prevent you from focusing on anything else.
Yeah, this is one of those anime you just can’t stop watching until you know the whole truth.
3. Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan
- Episodes: 25 + 5 OVA + 3 movies (1 released, 2 planned)
- Aired: Apr 2013 – Sept 2013
Alright, now we are talking must-watch anime! You most probably have already heard about Shingeki no Kyojin, Attack on Titan in English. Of all the animes I’ve watched, this is one of my Top 10, simply amazing!
Not only the story, the soundtracks, the opening and ending videos, the animation, everything fits together and they are all just awesome. The only bad point is that they stopped the anime suddenly while the manga continues much further, and after those 25 episodes, we just want to watch more. Good news though, it has be announced that a season 2 would be broadcasted in 2016. Patience my friends…
About the story, it is based in a fictional world and time period where humans have to live in secluded cities surrounded by huge walls (around 45m tall), to protect themselves from human-eating Titans. Eren Jäger, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman and his best friend Armin Alert, are in the center of the story after surviving an attack from Titans in their city, who killed Eren’s mother in front of his eyes. A Few years later, they decide to enter the military force to find a way to eradicate the Titans and give freedom back to their race.
Here we are talking about a survival story as well but instead of zombies, Titans are the main danger. And as in Highschool of the Dead, you can expect a handful of battles, drama and blood.
Any Animes Like Highschool of the Dead ?
- Episodes: 26 (2 seasons of 13 episodes each)
- Aired: Apr 2004 – Nov 2004
You ask for a really dark, twisted and violent anime? Then Gantz could be for you. You can expect lots of blood, violence or any of the modern human’s worst behaviours. It also contains a good amount of fan service that can please your inner manhood.
The story starts with Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato, two high school students getting hit by a train in an attempt to help a drunkard stuck on the subway tracks. Unexpectedly, life after death is not really what we could conceive… It actually looks more like a violent survival game testing the skills, morals and will to survive of the participants. The aim of this game is to kill aliens and robots with the help of skill-enhancing suits. And all this is lead by a mysterious black spherical ball called Gantz.
5. Elfen Lied
- Episodes: 13 + 1 OVA
- Aired: Jul 2004 – Oct 2014
The story takes places in a world where a new and evolved human race named Diclonius appeared on Earth. Though it seems that they are all being held captive by the government in top secret military laboratory, Lucy, the first specimen of this new kind, manages to escape from her prison spilling blood and dismembering whoever would get in her way…
Yet she gets shot in the head and creates a second personality antagonizing her violent and blood-thirsty character. She is then rescued by Kouta, and his cousin Yuka, who actually have more common points with Lucy than they think.
Sensitive souls, refrain from this anime. Flying heads and arms and litres of splashing blood are more than usual here. But the show is not simply limited to non-stop violence during the whole time. There is way more to it, especially a good story that will keep you watching those atrocities. I don’t guarantee that you will sleep well after watching it though.
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Jul 2010 – Dec 2010
Last but not least, if you liked Highschool of the Dead then you should enjoy Shiki as well. The only main difference is that instead of an epidemic changing humans into zombies they turn into vampires.
Shiki tells us the story of an isolated village located between mountains called Sotoba. In this village a sudden series of strange deaths occurs coinciding with the arrival of a mysterious family who moved in an old abandoned mansion. The doctor Toshio Ozaki who couldn’t save his patients then starts suspecting an epidemic and begins an investigation to find its cause. Yet not only people are dying one by one, the corpses soon starting to rise from their graves following their insatiable thirst for blood…
So those anime are my recommendations, I hope this article will help you find what you are searching for. Otherwise, if you feel like taking a break between the anime you’re watching at the moment, you could also consider one of the most popular TV show of those last years, “The Walking Dead” which also shares several common points with Highschool of the Dead.
Whatever you pick, don’t hesitate to leave some comments if you have a different point of view or if you want to add some more information!