Over the past few years, we have seen quite a few anime similar to Kokkoku, but none that have used as many of the common tropes of the genre we usually see. Kokkoku incorporates time manipulation, supernatural powers, supernatural beings, and some other major story elements, but manages to keep the plot clear to the viewer and flowing in a way that keeps all of these complicated plot points from clashing. With so many anime using one or two of these, it is nice to see an anime able to not only use all of them, but also use them in such a fantastic way. However, due to the many themes in the show, it may be hard to find a show that is similar to Kokkoku. Fear not, as we have put together a list of 6 anime similar to Kokkoku to help you out.
Similar Anime to Kokkoku
1. Ajin (Ajin: Demi-Human)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan 16, 2016 to Apr 9, 2016
17 years ago, immortal beings known as Ajin were discovered in Africa and immediately designated as dangerous entities that must be captured immediately. It is impossible to know whether you are an Ajin or not until you are in a situation where you should have been killed but you managed to survive. That is exactly what happened, when the studious Kei Nagai is hit by a truck walking home from school and is not only able to get up after the accident, but all his wounds heal in front of the onlookers. Soon after, Kei goes on the run in fear of being captured by the government. After seeing Kei on the news, his good friend Kaito decides he will help Kei escape no matter the cost. Kei and Kaito soon learn that not only are they being chased by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, but also a group of Ajin whose intentions are unknown.
Similar to Kokkoku, Ajin features heavy supernatural elements, with supernatural powers and different types of monsters that are much more powerful than humans.The main characters also share how they came about gaining their knowledge of their powers, as Kei and Juri are both unaware of their powers and only awaken them when they are faced with death early on in both series. The Ajin and the Handlers not only look kind of similar, they also both operate in similar fashions as well, with the Ajin protecting the person they are bound to, whenever they are in danger and the Handlers protecting anyone who can't move in Stasis. Both shows also have a decent amount of death and gore that occurs regularly.
2. Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan 8, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
Satoru Fujinuma, a part-time manga artist and pizza delivery driver, has the ability to go back in time several minutes. Whenever somebody's life is in danger, he is able to use his ability to go back and save their lives. Satoru's life takes a strange twist when he is framed for the death of his mother and he is being chased down by the police. Satoru's Revival ability activities and he is sent back in time, but instead of being sent back a few seconds, Satoru is sent back 18 years. Now in his 10-year-old body, Satoru must not only uncover who killed his mother in the future, but he must also solve the mystery of 3 children who were killed back in 1988.
The main similarity that Boku dake ga Inai Machi and Kokkoku share is that both shows rely heavily on the main characters ability to alter time. Satoru uses his Revival ability to go back in time multiple times in the series to help uncover the truths behind the murders in both the past and present and Juri use her Grandpas stasis ability to pause time. Both Satoru and Juri use the altering of time to investigate the mysteries they are faced with. Both Boku dake ga Inai Machi and Kokkoku give off similar mystery and thriller vibes that keep you on the edge of your seat as you are trying to solve the mystery along with the main characters. Both Stories also have key plot points that happen in the past, with Boku dake ga Inai Machi spending a majority of its time in the past and in Kokkoku, there are many secrets that are revealed about the stasis world that dive deep into the past.
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3. Inuyashiki (Inuyashiki: Last Hero)
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: Oct 13, 2017 to Dec 22, 2017
Ichiro Inuyashiki is a hard working 58-year-old salaryman, who just moved his family into a new home. Although he works hard for his family, his wife and two kids are indifferent to Ichiro and his only joy comes from the abandoned dog he adopted when he moved into his new home named Hanako. After Ichiro learns he has stomach cancer and receives and a lukewarm reception from his family when he returns home, Ichiro has an emotional breakdown. Ichiro leaves home with Hanako and starts crying in a field, but while he is crying, a strange light appears in the sky and lands where Ichiro is standing. Ichiro is reborn with a robotic body that is equipped with all the weapons for Ichiro to become a hero. Ichiro decides to use his powers to help people and prove himself to his family, but Ichiro is not the only one that received these new powers. With another superpowered robot running around, will the cowardly and timid Ichiro be able to protect the people around him without having to use the deadly new powers he has acquired?
Much like Kokkoku, Inuyashiki features many scenes filled with action, violence, and gore. With all of these aspects combined with the dark city setting, Kokkoku and Inuyashiki give off very similar vibes. Ichiro Inuyashiki and Jiisan are similar characters with both of them being older men that are main characters in the story that have supernatural powers that they must use to battle against others who have the same powers. Ichiro also shares similarities with Juri as both characters are getting used to their new powers and they are learning all about these new powers at the time as the viewer.
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Any Anime Like Kokkoku ?
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr 6, 2011 to Sep 14, 2011
Rintarou Okabe is a mad scientist working in a small shop in Akihabara, with his air-headed childhood friend Hashida Itaru and the hacker Daru. Together, they work on Okabe's crazy ideas, including a phone microwave that has been turning bananas into green goo. One day, Okabe meets Kurisu Makise, a research member in Victor Qondria University's Brain Research Program, while attending a conference about time travel. Soon afterward, Kurisu joins Okabe's group and they learn that they are able to use the phone microwave to send messages back in time altering the course of history. Now armed with the power to alter time, the group must learn how to use their newfound ability, to save the future without destroying the past.
Steins;Gate and Kokkoku both have major story elements that revolve around the altering of time and a small group taking on a larger group of bad guys trying to use those same powers for evil. Steins;Gate uses a more scientific approach to it's time altering, while Kokkoku does this in a more supernatural way, but both shows manage to give you the same vibes. The main characters in both shows end up having to use their new abilities to while also trying to stop the antagonist groups from using the same powers against them. Both Okabe and Juri are thrust into their new worlds in the first episode and they must quickly learn to adapt to it. Both Steins;Gate and Kokkoku also feature heavy mystery and science fiction elements, as the main characters have to unravel the truths of their new time altering worlds.
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 9, 2016 to Dec 25, 2016
Occultic;Nine follows Yuuta Gamon and Ryoka Narusawa who run a blog that disproves the supernatural. After seeing their classmate Miyuu Aikawa talking about fortune telling on television, Yuuta and Ryoka decide to interview her to help drive traffic to their blog. Miyu not only agrees to the interview, but she asks to join Yuuta's team. Ryoka and Miyuu then suggest that Yuuta interview Professor Hashigami who was known for his research on the occult. When Yuuta arrives at the professor's classroom, he finds a bloody knife on the professor's desk and then finds the professors dead body on the ground. Yuuta is then thrown into a world full of mysterious people with supernatural powers brought together by his blog. Together with all of these people, Yuuta starts to learn more about not only the murder of Professor Hasigami, but many other murders and mysteries that are happening around him.
Occultic;Nine and Kokkoku both feature large casts of unique characters and deep plots with many moving parts, but Occultic;Nine does this in a slightly different way than Kokkoku. Occultic;Nine uses its many main characters to give different perspectives on the story giving the viewer all the info to piece together the mysteries that are happening. Kokkoku gives the viewer the same feeling of learning about the bigger picture of the world, but it is done with the background of the supernatural powers and the people who use them. Both shows also work at a fast pace giving the viewer a lot of information to take in and keeps throwing that info episode after episode, allowing the viewer to take in a lot of pertinent information, but keep it at a reasonable level so that it doesn't get confusing.
6. Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: Jul 11, 2014 to Sep 26, 2014
Zankyou no Terror starts out with a terror attack on a nuclear facility in Japan, where two men manage to steal plutonium. Six months later a video is posted online by a pair of teenage boys who refer to themselves as Sphinx and say, "Tokyo will be enveloped by darkness after 3:00 p.m. and large sparks will fly, scattered around the Shinjuku area." Despite the pair directly challenging the police, their threat is taken as nothing more than a prank. After Sphinx's first attack the city is thrown into the panic with the police unable to come up with any leads as to the identities of Sphinx, they decide to bring in Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki to lead the investigation into Sphinx. Zankyou no Terror tells the story of Nine and Twelve, the boys behind Sphinx, and the reason behind their attacks on the government.
On the surface, Kokkoku and Zankyou no Terror may not seem like they have very much in common, but when you look a little deeper into both shows have very similar aspects. Both anime show the darker side of the world with Zankyou no Terror featuring criminal organizations, a corrupt government, and protagonists who could be viewed as antagonistic to the average person in their world. While Kokkoku doesn't share all of these themes, it features a criminal organization working in a world filled with monsters that the average person has no knowledge of. Juri also shares some similarities to Lisa, not in the characters themselves bu more in the journeys the characters take in the story. Both Juri and Lisa are dragged into the story by pure happenstance, with Lisa being near the place of Nine and Twelves first attack, and Juri being related to Jiisan who has the ability to enter the Stasis world.
Terror in Resonance Official Trailer
With the many different themes and story elements Kokkoku incorporates, there is a large amount of anime that are similar to Kokkoku. With a list of shows that all share different aspects of Kokkoku, you'll be sure to find a show that covers the aspects of Kokkoku that you enjoyed the most. Which similar anime to Kokkoku is your favorite? Are there any shows you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments below.