[Hollywood to Anime] Like Avengers: Endgame? Watch These Anime!

Avengers: Endgame was the culmination of 22 movies and 11 years of build up. It features dozens of superheroes coming together to combat a singular all-powerful enemy in Thanos. In many ways, Avengers: Endgame resembled some of the finest concluding arcs in shounen where the dozens of powerful characters we’ve met across the lengthy series will gather up to combat a powerful force. In another sense, Avengers: Endgame’s time travel storyline reminded us of narratives where characters fail but can go back in time to redeem their mistakes. These two traits were taken into consideration when we decided the best series to recommend for fans of Avengers: Endgame.

Liked Avengers: Endgame? Watch Hunter x Hunter!

  • Episodes: 148
  • Aired: October 2011 – September 2014

Gon Freecss, a twelve-year-old boy from a remote village dreams of following in his estranged father’s footsteps and becoming a hunter. Hunters are a special class of warriors who undertake a variety of tasks like hunting monsters, criminals, treasures, and even food. To officially become a hunter, Gon will have to enter the Hunter Exam, a deadly test that will pit him against hundreds of other contenders. However, among the many competitors, Gon will make lifelong friends to aid him in his journey.

Major Similarities Between Avengers: Endgame and Hunter x Hunter

1. A Gathering of Heroes

The central attraction to Avengers: Endgame is that we get to see heroes from across 22 movies team-up to try and take on a singular enemy. This actually happens multiple times in Hunter x Hunter where characters from previous arcs, sometimes even villains and antiheroes, will return to aid our titular character in their latest test. In one of the last arcs, we see some of the most powerful but ambiguous characters come together to take on one of the world’s strongest beings.

2. A Suicidal Mission

Avengers: Endgame centers around a challenging quest to go back in time in order to gain the power to reverse the mass murder of half the universe’s population. It’s a mission that will be challenging to return from and is likely to have casualties. Hunter x Hunter’s last mission focuses on infiltrating a castle containing four beings stronger than any known human. We know that these characters won’t escape without great loss.

3. Layered Villain

Thanos had an entire movie’s worth of build up with the preceding Avengers: Infinity War, so going into Endgame we were aware of the villain’s motivations. Thanos is a man with a God complex, believing he alone knows what needs to be done to better the universe. Meruem, an ultra-powerful being, also gains certain ideals about how the world should be run. Alas, both Thanos and Meruem’s ideals, while aspirational, sought to limit the liberty humans embrace.

Liked Avengers: Endgame? Watch Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-)!

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: April 2016 – September 2016

Natsuki Subaru is an average teenager who expected being transported into a fantasy world to resemble the many games and shows he’d watched on his endless free time. While getting beat up on his first day isn’t anything he saw coming, meeting a beautiful girl like Satella who just so happens to be missing her insignia is the perfect quest to start his new life. Alas, never imagined that when he found that insignia, they would both be brutally murdered.

Major Similarities Between Avengers: Endgame and Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-)

1. Time Traveling

Having failed to stop Thanos from wiping out half the universe, the heroes of Avengers: Endgame have to go back at various points in time to steal the stones necessary to undo his actions. Re:ZERO centers around a different sort of time traveling: Natsuki has to go back to a restart point every time he dies to find a way to live on while keeping the people he cares about alive as well. Like Avengers: Endgame, this can often result in unforeseen consequences.

2. A Troubled Protagonist

Avengers: Endgame’s heroes have undergone many changes after having suffered a defeat at the hands of Thanos. These changes can make it easy to dislike these characters if we fail to be sympathetic. Natsuki deals with a ton of stress and has to find new ways to cope with the losses he faces when he dies, this has serious effects on his personality. Avengers: Endgame and Re:Zero both don’t let off their protagonist without forcing them to adjust to their trauma.

Final Thoughts

Avengers: Endgame reflected everything we love about the great shounen arcs of anime. Hunter x Hunter and Re:Zero are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of anime that carry similarities to Avengers: Endgame and would be worth a watch if you want to see big hero team-ups, a layered villain, complicated protagonists, and plots of grand scale. Are there other anime you’d recommend to those wanting to fill the Avengers: Endgame-sized hole in their heart? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Author: Jonathan Tshinanu

Graduated from Carleton University in the capital of Canada with a degree in Film Studies and English, which basically sums me up real nice. I’m a sucker for a good story – written or visual – wherever I can find it, whether it’s in anime, video games, movies, books, albums or whatever else you can think of. If I’m not consuming, then I’m probably trying to make them myself.

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