[Hollywood to Anime] Like Us? Watch These Anime!

Us is the new film of inventive horror filmmaker and comedian Jordan Peele and follows a family discovering their doppelgangers while on vacation. Alas, their doppelgangers have little intention of bonding over their similarities, and it quickly becomes a deadly fight to see who gets to stick around. There’s a strong mystery throughout Us that leaves you wondering where the doppelgangers are coming from but will have you hardly thinking about it when you’re fretting from the gore and jump scares. Anime is no stranger to horror, impersonators, and mysteries and Honey’s Anime has a few series that will tide you over until Peele’s next Hollywood movie.

Liked Us? Watch Yakusoku No Neverland (The Promised Neverland)!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2019 – March 2019

The orphans of Grace Field House live an easygoing but challenging life full of love from their mama Isabella and fun from their siblings. Occasionally, one of them will be adopted, but there’s no shortage of new children to replace them. When one of the new adoptees forgets her stuffed bunny, two of the eldest and smartest children, Emma and Norman, hurry to make sure that she doesn’t leave without it. Tragically, they discover the dark secret that hides underneath the happy exterior of their lives when they find her lifeless.

Major Similarities Between Us and Yakusoku No Neverland (The Promised Neverland)!

1. Dark Reality

In Us, we discover that there are doppelgangers kept deep underground living poor reflections of the lives of the people above ground. These reflections have suffered in untold ways while we live comparatively easy lives. In The Promised Neverland, the two top children of the orphanage learn that they’re actually being raised as food for monsters and that their happiness is destined to end tragically by the age of 12 or earlier.

2. Horror

Doppelgangers start emerging across the US with simultaneous purposes of killing their counterparts and holding hands across America. The bulk of the film sees the family of four having to survive brutal attacks from their counterparts that will push them to barbarity. The Promised Neverland has monsters that raise children from the ages of 5 to 12 for the sole purpose of being consumed for their brains. Furthermore, the children are forced to take drastic measures, even considering killing the mother that raised them, to ensure their safety.

3. Grey Morality

Us leaves us feeling sympathetic for the doppelgangers by the end of the movie because we understand the horrors they had to live through. We feel this particularly for Red who isn’t a doppelganger but was nevertheless trapped by her own doppelganger and left to rot. It’s hard to hate Adelaide because the alternative was her suffering the same fate as Red. This is a common trend in The Promised Neverland where we want to hate the caretakers raising children for slaughter but understand they have no choice and it’s the only thing stopping them from slaughter themselves.

Liked Us? Watch Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim-)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 2014 – March 2015

Shinichi Izumi is fortunate that the invading parasite that attempts to take over his brain fails and finds itself stuck in his arm. Unfortunately, Izumi and the parasite that comes to be called Migi, are now a threat to all the other parasites who succeeded in taking over their host’s brain. Izumi and Migi must work together if they don’t want to succumb to slaughter at the hands of the other parasites.

Major Similarities Between Us and Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim-)

1. Blending In

One of Us’s big provocative questions is the nature of nurture versus nature. Because Adelaide can make it out into the surface world, she’s able to grow and live a normal life free from the dark horrors of her youth. In Parasyte, the parasites taking over human bodies are quickly learning to blend into society and becoming indistinguishable from an ordinary human in the same way that Adelaide was able to raise a family and find love. It makes you consider how horrific these invaders truly are if, given time, they become exactly like us.

2. Outside Among Its Own

Adelaide becomes the target of the doppelgangers despite technically being one of them because of her differing circumstances: she managed to escape. Parasyte follows a similar premise in that Migi and Shinichi are being hunted because Migi wasn’t able to adapt in the same way that all the other parasites were and now forms a rather unique relationship with his host Shinichi.

Final Thoughts

Us is a particularly unique horror film and while there isn’t a lot of anime like it, we’ve found some that will give you the same feeling of horror and wonder that Us provided. You’ll at once want to know more about the mystery behind the story, shrink back at the horror, but also feel sympathy for the monsters who turn out to be more than they seem. Do you have any favorite horror anime that reminds you of Us? Let us know in the comments 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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