6 Anime Like Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) [Updated Recommendations]

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Attack on Titan came out with a bang in the spring of 2013, with popularity soaring through the roof due to its action and great artistic style. What made Attack on Titan so thrilling was that at any moment something could terribly go wrong, and these humanoid giants would tear everything apart. The show kept you on your toes as each scene left you hanging in suspense, with your favorite characters killed. The story was so spectacular that a second season had to be made to keep the momentum alive. Be sure to watch the second season when it arrives, but in the meantime let us hop right into the six anime like Attack on Titan. These shows mimic the same thrill and intensity so we highly recommend checking them out. This is the remake version of the original six anime like Attack on Titan, so if you'd like to see our previous listing be sure to check it out below.

Similar Anime to Attack on Titan

1. Akame ga Kill

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: July 7, 2014 - December 15, 2014

Akame ga Kill tells the epic story of a team of assassins out to stop the threat to mankind. Akame and the Night Raid must uncover the truth behind Prime Minister Honest's plans to bring disaster upon the towns people and his true intentions behind it all. We follow Tatsumi as he is put through intense training in order to discover not only what's transpiring within the empire, but to challenge his own morals and values along his new journey as an assassin. Wherever there's space to unleash your immense power, the Night Raid are sure to use every bit of it at their disposal to save the world.

Akame ga Kill, much like Attack on Titan, showcased a team of highly skilled individuals out to serve a purpose, and that was to eliminate the enemy at all costs. Brutality is most surely part of the recipe as each fight scene in Akame ga Kill is full of blood and body parts flying in every direction. Both shows don't hold back on killing characters regardless of how important they were to the story, which gave these anime a very shock factor feel. You could never really draw a line between what was good or evil, while the pursuit for power was clearly shown throughout. These anime make it very clear to the audience that justice must be served, and in order to do so lines must be crossed to ensure that humanity stays clear of any deadly attack. We may not entirely agree with how certain acts are acted out, but it serves a purpose knowing that lives are saved and the hero can stand tall above the enemy.

Akame ga Kill Trailer

2. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (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 blood-thirsty monsters harm the town and cannot be killed unless you pierce its iron heart. With every deadly bite that the undead inflicts, humans become infected, slowly morphing into undead creatures called Kabane. The show stars Ikoma, a young hardened boy with a purpose to put an end to the monster's onslaught of terror. He creates a weapon called “Tsuranukizutsu” with the sole intent of destroying everything in his path.

Created by the same team who made Attack on Titan, it's no surprise this made the list. The premise reflects that of Eren and his team, as Ikoma and his team would fight against a horde of undead creatures who plan on terrorizing humanity. A lot of gruesome action takes place all throughout both anime, with bodies flying across the screen, leaving a sea of blood everywhere the main protagonists go. Both anime have centered themselves around building a fortress, with hopes to protecting what's left of humanity before it's too late. One thing to also consider is how strikingly similar each of the main characters are to each other, with both males receiving some sort of devilish power, while the female leads possess lethal skills and a passion to protect those they love.

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri Trailer

3. Knights of Sidonia

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 11, 2014 - June 27, 2014

Knights of Sidonia was one of the sleeper hits of 2014, showcasing a great story along with a sequel that truly delivered tons of action. An alien race called Gauna destroyed the solar system, leaving humans to reside in "seed ships", which they also used to escape over a thousand years ago. After many years of solace and rebuilding, Sidonia, a large seed ship with a large population of humans, is once again targeted by Gauna. The plot follows Nagate Tanikaze, an intelligent young man from the deep corners of the ship, and his friends as they try to fight back against these mammoth creatures, and at the same time understand what must be done for the sake of humanity's survival.

What really stands out from the two shows is how much they try to restore balance in a world that has been torn apart by strife. They've built a barrier around their community with fears of being attacked once again, deciding to live in seclusion away from everything else. Years have passed but then suddenly a new breed of the same monsters emerge and bring havoc back to the community. Both main characters must now come up with new strategies to eradicate the enemy, and prevent them from destroying what they've rebuilt. Each team must deal with a threat that is much larger and more sinister than the last, with characters dying left right and center without reason. You're always left at a stand still because of so much happening all at once, that you can only pray for the hero to pull through.

Knights of Sidonia Trailer

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4. Terraformars

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: September 27, 2014 - December 20, 2014

Terraformars takes place in the 21st century, where scientists were given the task of warming the planet Mars, so that humans could inhabit it. The plan was to send cockroaches and mold to the surface so that the mold would be absorbed, while the roaches would serve as the food source. A manned ship was sent to Mars to see the results of their research, but what they find once they arrive would blow their minds. Giant humanoid cockroaches with superhuman strength have inhabited the planet, and have completely eviscerated the entire crew who landed there. Now with a new more powerful threat at hand, Earth has geared up and dispatched an elite team of warriors to exterminate these human-like roaches, and claim back the planet Mars.

Terraformars along with Attack on Titan share a similar plot where mutated creatures with insanely powerful strength threaten to terrorize humanity, leaving no survivors behind. A team of elite soldiers must come together in order to stop the onslaught before it erupts, while making sure no one gets killed. Every scene is full of explosive action, as we see good and evil battle it out to see who comes out on top. You're almost always reeling back in your seat because of how impactful each scene is, with surprises always being thrown at you at unexpected times. No one is safe as each main protagonist is pushed to their limits in order to stop a threat that is so sinister, that it requires more than just small weapons to stop them.

Terraformars Trailer

5. God Eater

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 12, 2015 - March 26, 2016

Humanity has been pushed to the brink of extinction following the evolution of man-eating monsters called “Aragami”. They conquered their territory, devouring almost everything in their path and leaving nothing behind. To defeat them, an organization named Fenrir was established as Earth's answer to save humanity through the use of “God Eaters. Lenka Utsugi is a New-Type whose God Arc takes the form of both blade and gun. Lenka must learn to master his God Arc if he is to fulfill his desire of wiping out the Aragami once and for all. The monsters continue to multiply while the fragments of humanity struggle to survive.

God Eater is much like Attack on Titan where much of the team has to deal with a problem that they can't fix right away. Team mates die by the minute and without much time to figure out the next plan of action. Everything is thrown at the main character so quickly that they have no choice but to resort to their secret weapon to take down the enemy. We don't want to spoil too much of each story, but we will say that both protagonists must rely on a special power they've acquired from their enemy in order to defeat them. They both tell a story of a society that is on the brink of being wiped out, and must now use every ounce of energy to end the struggle before it swallows them up.

God Eater Trailer

6. World Trigger

  • Episodes: 73
  • Aired: October 5, 2014 - April 3, 2016

Humans on Earth have been under the assumption that they've been the only species that exist in the universe, but face a rude awakening when a much stronger dangerous species arrives out of the blue. An advanced force known as Neighbors, have come to threaten the existence of humanity and conquer the world. Fortunately for planet Earth, an special organization known as Borders hears of this ordeal and sends out their most skilled members onto the battlefront. It now becomes the responsibility of Osamu, Yuuma, and the rest of the team to put an end to the incoming terror before it's too late.

World Trigger was a fantastic show where Osamu and Yuuma teamed up together to put an end to a threat that could destroy all existence. Both anime focus on an organization that must hire elite soldiers in order to subdue the enemy, and prevent any casualties from serious harm. The monsters have extraordinary powers that surpass human capability, and so each team must rely on a secret weapon to terminate them. Both stories start off with the main character going through intense training in order to level up their abilities, having to fight against enemies twice their size, and learning to perform well under extreme pressure. Eventually both protagonists build enough confidence to stand toe to toe with the enemy, preventing the world from danger.

World Trigger Trailer

Closing Statement

Living in a world full of chaos is something that you can never be prepared for. Attack on Titan shows us that no matter how well equipped you are, there will always be a new threat waiting ahead. Team work and supreme focus are important when in a deadly position, and one false move could spell the end for everyone. All the anime we've chosen have displayed courage in midst of trouble, but once you're able to discover your opponents weakness, you can take them out. We really hope you enjoyed this article on six anime like Attack on Titan. If you have any other anime that are similar and would like to see it on another featured 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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Author: Rob "NualphaJPN" B.

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Original Article Below

Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin was/is an anime that shook up the world with how incredible it was. The visuals, the fights and the inevitable badassery that took place astounded us all.

So while we’re waiting for news on our Season 2, let’s take a look at some anime that resemble AoT in some way or another to tide us over!

Similar Anime to Attack on Titan / Similar Anime to Shingeki no Kyojin

1. Claymore

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr 4, 2007 – Sep 26, 2007

Humans and Yoma live together, even though the demonic presences frequently kill off the humans to devour their insides, they can take the form of us as well. This is what caused the creation of the Silver Eyed Witches, also known as Claymores, half-human and half-Yoma people that are completely detested by the rest of society. Clare is one of these Claymores, one with a mission of her own – to find and kill a specific Yuma that has taken everything from her.

While humans are alive and well, they are in incredible danger. The story does have a kill or be killed off feel to it as well as the mature theme. If you’re looking for an action packed anime, you don’t need to look any further than this!

Claymore Official Trailer

2. D.Gray-Man

  • Episodes: 103
  • Aired: Oct 3, 2006 – Sep 30, 2008

We’re nearing the end of the 19th century and Alan Walker has finally joined the Exorcists society at the behest of his old master. Traveling all around the globe in search of the Millennium Earl to put a stop to his destruction once and for all, this is a show entirely dedicated to fighting monsters named Akuma created by the Earl himself.

While this is a Shounen anime, there’s more to it than just that – or at least it’s not the kind of shounen you would be expecting of it. If you liked AoT you’d like this show, if only because the action is a bit different than you would normally expect. It’s got more of a “playful” air to it, mainly because of the way the characters are set up.

3. Deadman Wonderland

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 17, 2011 – Jul 3, 2011

Ganta watched as his entire class was completely slaughtered, eyes open and wide as his friends and love interests were decapitated and completely shredded to bits by a man in red. What he didn’t know, and wouldn’t ever expect is that he would be the one blamed for the travesty.

Enter the Deadman Wonderland Prison, a place for convicts to fight in brutal death-matches for the entertainment of the rest of the populous. What happened to Ganta in the school before he blacked out and why does he seem to have this strange power now?

If you’re looking for an action packed anime like that of AoT, this is one you don’t want to forego seeing!

Deadman Wonderland Official Trailer

Any Animes Like Attack on Titan / Any Animes Like Shingeki no Kyojin?

4. Knights of Sidonia (Japanese: Sidonia no Kishi)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 11, 2014 – Jun 27, 2014

The Gauna invaded and many, many humans perished along with our solar system. Small bands of humans managed to escape the destruction and find a way to live peacefully together on a spaceship traveling through the cosmos. It’s been over a thousand years since the initial invasion and humanity is on its last legs, evolving with the help of machines to photosynthesize sunlight in order to have to eat less.

Humanity has one last hope of surviving, a new wave of attacks from the Gauna, fighting back. Will the new technologies be enough, or will humanity cease to be? Check it out to discover what makes this anime so incredible!

Overall I loved this show, the animation is in a different style than I was used to but I found it quite refreshing. The fights were out of this world (all puns intended) and gave it an extra push to be an absolutely stunning show.

Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) Official Trailer

5. Gantz

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Apr 12, 2004 – Jun 22, 2004

What does it mean to die? Will we be greeted with open arms by a god, or will we be thrown into a giant game for the amusement of who knows what? Well, Kei Kurono is about to find out exactly what death has in store for us in this extremely dark and twisted anime, showing a completely different opinion on what can happen to us after we die.

Set after the deaths of; well let’s face it, a complete ass named Kei and his friend from childhood named Masaru. They find themselves in a room with a black ball and begin the game of the afterlife.

Gantz is an extremely twisted anime, as I stated before; so if you’re faint of heart you may want to skip out this time! Otherwise it’s an incredible anime that definitely resembles the dark part of AoT as well as the gore.

Gantz Official Trailer

6. From The New World (Japanese: Shinsekai Yori)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Sep 29, 2012 – Mar 23, 2013

The world has collapsed and left humanity with nothing more than the basic tools to survive – and a bit of psychokinetic abilities. Set 1000 years into the future, man finally managed to find a quiet peace. Love making is supported from puberty on, and what’s more it’s actively encouraged (even between same sexes). It’s a Utopian society.

Not all is as it seems however; with humanity finding a way to gain the Utopian society we’ve always dreamed of, there’s also been the evolution (by man’s own hands) of naked mole rats. They’ve evolved to something with that of consciousness, and humanity has started using them as – what could be classified as, slave labor. Children are also going missing from the school!

Overall the show has very dark tones, blood and gore with a sense of “humanities last chance” as well. If you liked AoT, you’ll love this one.

From The New World (Shinsekai Yori) Official Trailer

That wraps us up here for a few different anime that resemble Attack on Titan in some way or another! Let us know that you think in the comments section down below, we always appreciate your feedback!

by Nathaniel Loomis

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