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The recent release of Death Parade has many of us (myself included) following along to it as if it were a lost possession from childhood. What makes this show great isn’t the aspect of death per se, but the acts leading up to it and the psychology behind it all that has fans enraptured everywhere.
The story goes: every once in a while two people die at once and only one can go up for reincarnation while the other goes to the void. A game is played and the in game comments – along with the obvious match-winner, are all used as the main factors of decision.
This is the psychological feature that has fans everywhere looking for more, and I’m here to give it.
Similar Anime to Death Parade
1. Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2008 to Mar. 2008
Fumika is a mail carrier, but don’t let this average and every day profession fool you – she is still aging. Fumika is a mail carrier for the dead, bringing letters called shigofume from them to the living they recently departed and ensuring their final words are heard by the ones they desire to hear.
In order to do this job in the afterlife one would have to be dead, which adds more mystery behind Fumika, who is she really and what is going on when the rules are set to black and white?
From the incredibly detailed environments to the dramatization of characters deaths, Shigofumi does not let you down visually.
The story itself is fantastic to sit through and can even be considered as a predecessor to Death Parade. If you’re looking for another anime exploring the characteristics of death on a spectrum of different subjects, Shigofumi is one anime you need to see.
2. Alice in Borderland (Japanese: Imawa no Kuni no Alice)
- Episodes: 3
- Aired: oct. 2014 to Feb. 2008
Ryôhei Arisu is a boy that is completely bored with how society is working today. He is a student in high school and wants nothing more than to live in a post-apocalyptic setting with his friends Daikichi Karube and Chouta Segawa.
One day they find themselves transported into another world called Borderland – a world where they are going to have to play a game if they want to stay alive. Will this be the world they always dreamed of, or will it be a nightmare?
When looking for a game of death like the one in Death Parade, this is the closest you’re going to find. The absolute best part about it resembling Death Parade though would have to be that the rules aren’t always the way they’re explained and there’s usually more.
If you’re a psychological fan, you don’t want to skip out on this great (albeit short) anime.
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2012 to Mar. 2012
There’s a legend that says there’s someone extra in class, someone who has already died and is a mere shell of whom they used to be. The legend also states that the class must figure out who it is in order to send them to the afterlife. No one knows who the extra is, but they do know they have to treat someone as if they don’t exist or they’ll die.
Kouichi Sakakibara has just moved in to town and into the haunted class. Together with the invisible girl, he needs to find out who the extra in class is before it’s too late, or before his classmates can kill each other off.
If you’re looking for a psychological anime that will have you getting tantalizingly close to the answers only to rip them away from you in one fell swoop over and over again, this should be on the top of your queue.
What I love most about this anime is how it progresses, from the original questions to the ones broken off down the line from six episodes ago – eventually they all align like dominoes and you’re just left with an overwhelming sense of awe, it’s definitely one well worth a watch.
Any Animes Like Death Parade ?
4. Hell Girl (Japanese: Jigoku Shoujo)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: oct. 2006 to Apr.2007
At the stroke of midnight you’re allowed to gain access to a very peculiar website – one that is said to take the soul of the one tormenting you, all at the cost of your own soul.
Ai Enma is Hell Girl, a girl charged with taking those tormenters and dragging them down into Hell due to her own past. A past that she has been atoning for for 400 years – and in the process has lost her ability to show emotions. She alone can send them below, but chooses to enjoy the aid from her three magical straw dolls that assist in the tormenting just prior.
Hell Girl is just like Decim from Death Parade, she is the one who decides who does and does not go to Hell. While Decim has the ability to reincarnate one of the choices however, Ai does not.
She simply acts as the ferryman down the River Styx, all the while leaving the viewer unaware of her past or her predicament making this anime incredible.
5. Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei - The Animation
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul. 2013 to Sep. 2013
To attend the private school Hope’s Peak Academy where upon graduation the world is at your fingertips – that is the dream for 15 students lucky (or unlucky) enough to make it into this class.
The private academy halls are ruled by none other than the sadistic Monobear, and the only way to graduate the class is by getting away with murder. If your attempt at the perfect crime is detected and you are found to be guilty, you yourself will be killed. For these 15 students high school just went from the best of times, to the worst.
This is an incredibly fun anime to watch, one that I would highly suggest you watch if you like any number of anime, let alone the death game aspect it shares with Death Parade.
While the front image doesn’t appear like it would be that dark or sinister at all, it is definitely worth checking out if you’re into action, psychological, or mystery at all.
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Jul. 2010 to Dec. 2010
It is said that the line between man and monster is a very fine line, and the citizens of a secluded village are about to find out how thin that line can be. As the entire village begins to die off, a lone doctor does everything he can to ensure his patients survival – but carried no such luck. The entire village turns to chaos as it’s found that the dead are rising from their graves with the desire to do nothing more than feast upon their former fellow villagers.
Will anyone survive this hellish onslaught?
Shiki takes what you think you know about psychological thrillers and completely twists it to the new reality it leaves you with. If you watch Death Parade and you question whether these participants were even truly alive or not in the first place, or even questioning the game itself; Shiki is the next anime you need to sit through.
While it may seem quite different based off of the story, the psychological similarities can be striking.
That does it for our list of 6 different deadly anime like Death Parade, and bringing us closer to a psychological fan’s dreams. If you have any questions or would like to add one to this list, please let us know in the comments section below!