Another by author Yukito Ayatsuji was one of those light novels that stick with you for years after reading it. Even when you’ve discovered the mystery behind the curse of the doomed class 3, you still want to reread it once again after some time has passed. Though even we realize here at Honey’s Anime that rereading any light novel too many times can get tiresome. Eventually you want a new light novel series to read while still finding one that adheres to your taste. In this case though, we’re gearing up a list of similar light novel to Another for those who just can’t get enough of creepy supernatural horror.
As we mentioned above, we wish to bring you a list of light novels just like Another. We have selected 6 light novels that will appeal to those who seek that horror only stories like Another could accomplish. Psychological horror, fantasy horror and various other spooky stories await you in our list down below. If you’re ready for a night of scary reads then we welcome you to our 6 Light Novels Like Another recommendation list. Whenever you’re ready, begin by scrolling down…if you dare.
Similar Manga to Another
1. Another Episode S/0
- Authors: Ayatsuji, Yukito
- Genres: Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen
- Volumes: 1
- Published: May, 2016
Teruya Sakaki has awoken in a strange place with no memories of his past. As he explores this strange home, Teruya quickly realizes a horrible realization about himself. Teruya is no longer alive and is instead, a ghost. With no memories and no clues of how to escape this world and move on to the next, Teruya begins to wonder if he will be trapped to this world forever. However, a strange ally appears before Teruya in the form of Mei Misaki who just so happens to know who he is and might be able to help him move on…
As popular as Another is, many don’t know it did receive a prequel of sorts in the form of Another Episode S/0. Rather than focus on the cursed class and the mysteries behind that, Another Episode S/0 focuses on a story prior to the events of Another experienced from two perspectives Mei and Teruya. While it might not have random deaths by umbrellas and elevator crashes like Another, Another Episode S/0 does have some dark themes to it that will truly please fans of the series. We recommend picking up Another Episode S/0 if you want to truly squeeze out every piece of the story you can from Mei Misaki’s world.
- Authors: Kabei, Yukako- Taue, Shunsuke
- Genres: Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural
- Volumes: 9
- Published: Feb, 2003- Apr, 2006
Kieli tells the story of a young woman named Kieli who is able to see the spirits of the dead. Due to her powers, Kieli has always felt out of place with others and her only friend just so happens to be a ghost of a girl who died in Kieli’s dorm. One day though, Kieli’s life changes when she meets Harvey who happens to be a being called an Undying. Made from used corpses and trained to be unstoppable soldiers, Harvey begs Kieli to use her powers to put to rest a spirit possessing an old radio. Harvey and Kieli’s adventure begin and in turn might give both of these troubled people a new outlook on life.
Kieli is one of those adventures that loves to keep readers guessing what mystery or supernatural event will appear next. This only works so well in Kieli’s story thanks to the expert storytelling done by author Kabei Yukako. At 9 volumes long, Kieli might seem like a story that could run out of steam or grow boring but it never seems to. Readers will witness Kieli grow as a character who started of down and lonely to someone who believes in herself and begins to realize her purpose. Do you like ghost stories with more of an emphasis on character development and emotion? Then you’re going to like Kieli and just like Another, expect to find this story filled with mysteries that will hook you and never let go.
3. Kimi ni Shika Kikoenai: Calling You
- Authors: Otsuichi- Hasumi, Miyako
- Genres: Drama, Supernatural, Shounen,
- Volumes: 1
- Published: May, 2001
Kimi ni Shika Kikoenai: Calling you consists of three short stories compiled into a one volume light novel. One story focuses on a young girl who is lacking friends makes a fake phone in her mind but is amazed to hear it ring. On the other end is a young boy who has also made a fake phone and the two instantly find their lives intertwined. Another short tells the tale of a bond forged between to kids when one of them is able to use a healing power. The last story talks about a strange planet found in a hospital with a human face that sings a beautiful tune. Now enter the world of strange but intriguing stories when you begin to read Kimi ni Shika Kikoenai: Calling You.
While Kimi ni Shika Kikoenai: Calling You might not hit the horror notes of Another, the strange individual tales within should still be quite appealing to fans regardless. We personally loved how author Otsuchi alongside artist Hasumi Miyako, truly capture the reader’s imagination with these quite outlandish tales of bizarre lives. However, don’t ask us which story of Kimi ni Shika Kikoenai: Calling You was our favorite. Honestly, we think they were all amazing narratives and thus recommend just picking up this short read and finishing all three stories at your own leisurely pace.
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4. Boogiepop Series
- Authors: Kadono, Kouhei- Ogata, Kouji
- Genres: Mystery, Horror, Psychological
- Volumes: 1
- Published: Feb, 1998
There’s a rumor that children tell each other to scare one another. Apparently, a shinigami exists that will remove the pain of a suffering individual. Death awaits those who run into this shinigami but equally so does sweet relief. However, this rumor about the so called Boogiepop—the shinigami’s name—is fake and just a rumor, right? Well, you’d be wrong seeing as Boogiepop is very real indeed…
When we were kids, we always remember the stories we’d share with one another, especially the scary ones. The Boogiepop Series by author Kadono Kouhei, however, likes to fool the audience with a summary that seems almost childlike in nature but is far from anything a kid should read. Instead of just one normal narrative, Boogiepop Series gives stories that explore different characters and in turn, allude to a greater mystery to solve. Who is Boogiepop and what is their purpose? We dare not spoil it as we hope you guys and girls who love Another’s mystery and dark psychological elements will in turn pick up the Boogiepop series and see if you can piece together the story for yourself.
5. Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners
- Authors: Type-Moon- Nasu, Kinoko- Takeuchi, Takashi
- Genres: Dementia, Demons, Mystery, Fantasy, Horror, Magic, School, Supernatural, Psychological, Doujinishi
- Volumes: 2
- Published: Oct, 1998- Aug, 1999
Ryougi Shiki comes from a long bloodline of supernaturally gifted people. Born with the strange Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, Shiki has the unusual ability to see death and kill objects and things by literally removing its origin. Shiki also has two personalities one that is a male persona while the other is female. Shiki’s life changes though when she is involved in a car accident and loses two years to a coma she ends up in. Not only did one of Shiki’s personalities disappear—the male one specifically—but she is having problems with connecting to memories of her past. In hopes that she can regain what she lost, Shiki assumes a fake persona and tries her best to once more live in the world as she once did…
Author Type-Moon is pretty famous for their Fate/stay night series but few know of their novel series—that does have an anime adaptation—in the form of Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners. Just like Another, Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners truly keeps readers engaged with a story that screams mystery and horror with an amazing narrative thanks to an impressively written set of characters and a truly unique setting. Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners is only 2 volumes long, but it tells a story that gives you exactly what you want regardless of which genre appeals to you most. While Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners might have come out now 20 years ago, we’re telling you folks it’s still an amazing read even in 2018. Fans of Another are missing out if they don’t pick up and read Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners as soon as possible.
6. Missing: Kamikakushi no Monogatari
- Authors: Kouda, Gakuto- Midorikawa, Shin
- Genres: Mystery, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, School, Supernatural
- Volumes: 13
- Published: Jul, 2001- Jan, 2005
In his literature club, Kyouichi Utsume is regarded as the centerpiece of the club. Dubbed the Lord of Darkness, Utsume is always known for talking about a so-called “Other Side” leaving his friends curious but often laughing it off as a weird obsession. However, Utsume’s friends find themselves losing their laughter when he vanishes right before them. Now on a search for where he went, students Toshiya Murakami and Aki Kidono—from the literature club—begin a search to find their supernaturally invested friend. The only clue they have to off of though is a girlfriend Utsume introduced prior to his sudden disappearance. Can these friends learn what happened to Utsume and bring him back?
Imagine for a minute talking to someone and then they just disappear into thin air? That would be terrifying but also quite intriguing. Why did they vanish, where did they go and can they be saved? These would be some of the hundreds of questions running through your mind and we wouldn’t blame you. That’s why Missing: Kamikakushi no Monogatari is such an interesting read as it literally is about finding a missing person that wasn’t kidnapped but has disappeared due to unforeseen paranormal events. Missing: Kamikakushi no Monogatari is a series you won’t want to miss if you love piecing together clues just like what Another did so well in its narrative. We fully recommend checking out Missing: Kamikakushi no Monogatari and know fans of Another won’t want to miss this light novel series!
The beauty of horror light novels akin to the style of Another is that it hits so many realms of the horror genre. Another has dark horror, gore horror and—of course—psychological horror as well as supernatural themes and drama which in turn makes it ten times more intense than other works. Luckily though, the light novels above are very similar to Another as they all have great horror narratives to truly enjoy and just like Another, they won’t be forgotten for some time after you complete them. Any light novels from the list above catch your attention? Tell us in the comments down below so we can hear from you readers out there on the web! If you liked this article by the way then we’d suggest sticking with us for even more recommendation lists available here at Honey’s Anime!