Bokurano is one of those interesting manga where looks can be rather deceiving. If you were to judge Bokurano just based on its cover art and nothing more, you would be deceived into thinking it’s possibly just another mecha type manga. However, once you decided to delve into the story it quickly hits you with an all too powerful reality that the mecha elements are second place to the psychological or drama genre within. It’s that surprising concept that makes Bokurano so appealing and so awesome.
Now here at Honey’s Anime when we love a manga series we realize right away we need to make a list of manga like Bokurano. We get to work to release to this list of manga like Bokurano to you lovely souls out there on the internet. Today’s manga like Bokurano list will be chock full of stories that have dark themes behind what looks like a simple one genre. From stories of Earth’s final stand to tales where men and women face their final hours of life. Welcome one and all to our 6 Manga Like Bokurano list. Get ready, because this list of manga like Bokurano is going to rock your world as much as reading these stories did with us. Now let us begin the list of manga like Bokurano!
Similar Manga Bokurano
1. Eden: It’s an Endless World!
- Authors: Endo, Hiroki
- Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen
- Volumes: 18
- Published: Sept, 1997- Jun, 2008
In an unknown time, the world faces a dark moment when a killer virus spreads and decimates over 15% of the world’s population. During the chaos the UN is left in tatters when a group known as the Propater grapples control from their fragile hands. Meanwhile, two children who are immune to the horrible virus are attacked by the Propater but are somehow able to escape with their lives. Twenty long years pass and one of the children has rose up in South America to become a powerful drug lord alongside his son. Together with his influence, the father and son as well as his own army decide to take down the Propater once and for all.
Sci-Fi stories can usually play out in pretty generic ways. Though that isn’t the case with mangaka Endo Hiroki’s work in the form of Eden: It’s an Endless World. This action, drama story may seem like a simple tale of fighting against an oppressive regime but once Eden; It’s an Endless World picks up you’ll begin to see that the story delves into other ideas such as the struggle of third world cultures and gnostic mythology. That’s why for our list of 6 Manga Like Bokurano, Eden: It’s an Endless World was a must for the list with impressive art and a deeply complex narrative just like Bokurano. Just be prepared to have your world opened a little once you start reading Eden: It’s an Endless World.
2. Ikigami (Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit)
- Authors: Mase, Motoro
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Drama, Psychological, Seinen
- Volumes: 10
- Published: Jan, 2005- Feb, 2012
In a twisted future a horrible pandemic has left a nation in dire straits. Thus, the nation decides to imitate an act called The National Welfare Act. Those between the age of 18-24 are chosen at random to take a pill that will kill them. This decision is handed out by Ikigami who are government watched officers who deliver the news to the chosen souls. Kengo Fujimoto is a newly started Ikigami but finds himself struggling internally with carrying out orders death orders for those he has never met. Kengo will begin his job and witness the purity and darkness in those who are ordered to die for their country…
One element of Bokurano that resonated us with us here at Honey’s Anime is seeing what men and women do when the odds are stacked against them. Will they cower in fear and let death come at them or will they stand and fight? This very same theme is echoed in Ikigami in a story about a person’s—literally—last day on planet Earth. The various people Kengo runs into range from those who die filled with honor for helping their fellow countrymen and others who wish to abuse their last day with horrible crimes and actions. With a very impressive art style and narrative, Ikigami hits you hard with both beauty and melancholy. If you haven’t read Ikigami and you find yourself loving Bokurano’s more psychological themes of humanity, then you’re going to want to immerse yourself in Ikigami’s ten volume series.
3. Moon Edge
- Authors: Takano, Masayuki
- Genres: Sci-fi, Seinen
- Volumes: 2
- Published: Oct, 2010- Jul, 2012
Young Takeru has found himself traveling within a decrepit and dying city. Along the way, Takeru has met many different souls but one soul mirrors his. A young woman named Konoha has recently escaped a terrible test facility that treated her as guinea pig. With a desire to die and nowhere to run, Takeru takes in Konoha and the two began their travels together. Their hope is to find a reason to survive in a future that seems hopeless.
We once came across a professor in college that told us it’s harder to craft a short story than a long story as you have less time to explain a world and its characters. While Moon Edge may only be 2 volumes in length—in comparison to Bokurano’s 11 volumes—this short story written by Takano Masayuki is filled with an impressive world and even nicer art. Moon Edge yanks on the reader’s emotions as they journey with two souls destined to live for what seems like an eternity in a place that seems already dead. Journey alongside them and you’re going to remember what you loved about the dark narrative found in Bokurano. We definitely hope you read Moon Edge and then comment down below to let us know your thoughts.
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4. Sekai Oni
- Authors: Okabe, Uru
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Psychological
- Volumes: 11
- Published: Jul, 2012-Jun, 2015
The human mind is a fragile thing. Easily broken and easily altered, it can lead people into seeing the world in the darkest possible light. This theme applies to Shinonome Azuma who has found herself in a rather cruel environment. When her parents disappear, Azuma is taken in by her abusive Uncle and begins to have her mind develop a rare syndrome called Alice in Mirrorland. Seeing horrible things before her, Azuma begins to question what is real and what is fictional…
In Bokurano, early on, the story delves into the idea of humans being transported into a different world. However, the reader is left to decide is this indeed a different world or are our characters facing something along the lines of mass hypnosis? Sekai Oni harkens to that same thought process as readers see the world through the now unstable Azuma and begin to question her reality. With a horror/fantasy theme and some truly high-tension moments, Sekai Oni needs to be picked up by those who loved the odd nature of the world found in Bokurano. Seriously folks, we hope we never get Alice in Mirrorland syndrome…that just sounds disturbing…
5. Nijigahara Holograph
- Authors: Asano, Inio
- Genres: Drama, Psychological
- Volumes: 1
- Published: Nov, 2003-Dec, 2005
The Nijigahara Tunnel has become a fearful place for anyone in town. There is a rumor that a creature or possibly multiple creatures exist in the Nijigahara Tunnel and wait for people to go through it. When a mother is found dead next to the entrance next to other human remains, the children who believed in the rumor find themselves concluding it must be real. Choosing Arie—the daughter of the mother whose body was found—the children shove the poor girl into the well and hope their sacrifice to the unknown threat will keep their town safe from harm. However, this one horrible action causes a wave of reactions between several others and a story begins of death, horror, and reparations.
To say Nijigahara Holograph is amazing is an understatement. Crafted by mangaka Asano Inio, Nijigahara Holograph is a story that keeps its audience captivated and horrified with a beautiful art style and powerful narrative. Just like Bokurano, Nijigahara Holograph forces the reader to question the world within and see the sides of humanity few witness. We can’t recommend Nijigahara Hologram enough to you all and we hope we have convinced those that love Bokurano to at least give it a spin. Trust us, you will not regret it in the slightest.
6. Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Authors: Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Psychological
- Volumes: 14
- Published: Dec, 1994- Jun, 2013
Years ago, a powerful entity dubbed as Angels ascended up on Earth and bought mass destruction in the form of the Second Impact. This event changed the landscape of the Earth and led humanity into fear of the Angels. Funded by the world’s governments a group called NERV appears and creates a means of fighting the Angels with giant humanoid machines known as Evangelion units. Young 14-year-old Shinji Ikari is about to be forced to pilot one of these large machines by the order of his father Gendou Ikari who just so happens to run NERV. Now a young boy must deal with horrors unknown to most and will face an event that will change not only his life but others around him.
We knew while making this 6 Manga Like Bokurano list, we needed to end it on Neon Genesis Evangelion. Neon Genesis Evangelion is an all too popular manga series and has known nothing but fame having not only the manga for people to enjoy but also an anime to go alongside with it. With similar themes found in Bokurano, Neon Genesis Evangelion is an excellent recommendation for those who want a mecha story that relies on other themes over just giant robots clashing with giant monsters. As you’ll read Neon Genesis Evangelion you’ll begin to realize that monsters don’t always have to be giant beings. Sometimes monsters can be in the form of humans and that alone will keep you guessing what story Neon Genesis Evangelion is really trying to convey behind amazing art and epic narrative.
Here at Honey’s Anime, we love drama and we love mecha. However, on their own they can’t always create a perfect story and that’s why like Peanut Butter and Jelly, the mangaka above have fused multiple genres together in order to keep the audience guessing and create a story that just works out in the long run. Our list of 6 Manga Like Bokurano ends now but that doesn’t mean we’re done talking about it. Comment down below and let us know what your thoughts were about Bokurano or any of the manga on this list. You can also tell us how we here at Honey’s Anime did but if you did find this article to be informative and fun, feel free to return to our hive for more articles just like this one.