It’s no wonder that the hit manga The Promised Neverland became massively popular. It’s strikingly epic. As viewers descended deeper into the complexity of the story, they were easily mesmerized by its well-crafted storytelling and wholesome characters. It’s a thrilling venture riding on the difficulties of the young characters as you follow their darkest footprints in the world characterized by an endless rotation of hope and despair.
The Promised Neverland is a 12-episode series that revolves around the life of orphans in the Green House Field orphanage, raised by their caretaker known as ‘Mama’. As these well-kept children are entitled to their own freedom to live happily like ordinary kids, they must follow one rule: they aren’t allowed to venture out of the orphanage. As things get worse and complicated, they discover the dark mysteries behind the miserable world they desperately live in.
It would be amazing to watch other series with similar intense and suspenseful events. Here are 10 anime shows like The Promised Neverland that will draw you into the darkest yet most exciting world.
The story follows the fated life of teenagers who are tasked to pilot super robots known as Franxx for the purpose of eliminating deadly creatures known as Klaxosaurs. In a single Franxx, a male and a female serve as pilots (known as parasites) in order for the robot to fully function. However, a boy named Hiro isn’t capable to pilot such Franxx, so they didn’t allow him to join the group of parasites, in order to avoid crisis on the battlefield. One day, he meets a beautiful and mysterious pink-haired girl known as Zero Two who calls him ‘Darling’, and with her, they attempt to pilot together, believing they are compatible to one another. However, a lot of threats are seen in Zero Two’s existence.
The anime highlights a distant humanity under chaos and distortion. There are a lot of things kept unknown to the youngsters, and they struggle to find themselves and fulfill the desire to become adults and experience the beautiful world outside their cage. There are surprising revelations involving the origin of these people, and these are the moments when the series touches its dramatic flashes aside from the notable mecha sequence. All the physical and emotional pain that the characters deeply suffer makes you wanna cry out loud. Similar to The Promised Neverland, it takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting where children are being caged in a most devastating world.
The depth of the abyss is risky and fatal. However, two hopeful children named Reg and Riko decide to delve deeper into the pits of the abyss. While Riko’s goal is to find her mother, a popular White Whistle who is believed to be in the depth of abyss, Reg accompanies Riko to help her throughout her venture while searching for the truth about his origin.
Made in Abyss allows you to explore the depth of its world by using a beautifully aesthetic and well-saturated setting. That being said, you may not guess that the thrilling venture of the two adorable kids would lead you to sorrow, heartaches, and anxiety as you encounter deep mysteries and everything that is non-existential on the surface of the world. As they go on with their journey, they also suffer at the same time, though giving up their soul is the only choice. Similar to The Promised Neverland, their dark adventures are nerve-stimulating.
Season 1: Spring 2015 (12 Episodes) Season 2: Fall 2015 (12 Episodes)
In this world, children below twelve years old are treated as livestock. Yuichiro and Mikaela plot to escape from the Hyakuya orphanage along with the other orphans, hoping they can be free from the vampires’ captivity. However, their attempts end in tragedy. As the survivor, Yuichiro drives himself out from the vampire world and joins the Japanese Imperial Demon Army to seek revenge against the vampires for murdering his family.
Just like The Promised Neverland, the anime involves a group of children trying to escape from their miserable and horrifying life in the orphanage. While seeing their tight and emotional bonding despite the vampires’ custody, it’s unexpected that sudden tragedy is waiting along their way. Seraphof the End is full of dark adventures and lengthy fight scenes focusing on eradicating vampires. Aside from the action, it is also filled with sentimental moments, a little dose of humor, and supernatural elements. The central theme of the show is ‘family’ and it will make your heart soothe and your eyesburst into tears. Yuichiro and Mikaela are just inseparable, like real brothers.
With the goal to experience the best out of her youth, Mari Tamaki meets Shirase Kobuchizawa who has been working so hard to fund her travel to Antartica to find out the truth about how her mother disappeared in the South Pole three years ago. Tamaki joins the expedition, and they set sail together with two more girls.
The female characters are well-appreciated in the series. They are all pure and equally fleshed out, and this is what makes the story go on with its dynamic adventures. The PromisedNeverland has this kind of feel as these young people make their best out of their youth, seeking unknown thrills all over the corners of the universe.
A series set in a fictional Japan 1000 years post-modern era, From the New World revolves around Saki Watanabe, a young girl who lives in a society where people have awakened their psychic powers, and she obtains this special ability at the age of twelve. She attends Sage Academy with her friends to learn more about the power. Without being aware, the village is monitoring their performance: they will be removed if they get poor performance. Later on, they suddenly encounter a mythical creature who reveals them the dark secrets about the horrifying world of psychic powers.
While the anime provides a futuristic setting and a thrilling premise about the wonders of psychic powers, the dark fantasy series is rather intensely gripping when it comes to the fierce angles of its incredibly good storytelling. If you’re not comfortable with extensive gore factor and brutally inclined setting, this anime isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for a series like The Promised Neverland that has spectacular world-building and a smooth story development then From the New World won’t disappoint you.
2007 24 Episodes
The story is about young boys and girls who, while at the verge of excitement at their summer camp, discover a mysterious grotto. With their strong curiosity, they enter through it and find a room full of computers. They meet the owner who is known as Kokopelli and who is presently developing a game involving gigantic robots in a way to fight the great chaos in the world. To test the game, he persuades these innocent children to be the pilots of these brand new robots.
The sci-fi mecha formula may not be as top-notch as other shows of the same genre, but what’s even more spectacular in the series is the solid delivery of twists and dark situations involving the life of middle schoolers as pilots. Though with heavy fictional feel, the characters are beyond realistic with their emotional bonds and with how they deal with such negativity. This is also true to The Promised Neverland when it comes to insightful views on a hopeless world.
2006 37 Episodes
The story follows a high school student named Light Yagami who stumbles upon a mysterious-looking notebook called the Death Note. As someone who deplores the hostility of the world he lives in, the notebook is the perfect tool to eradicate criminals by writing their name on it. He soon finds out how devastating the notebook is.
The very popular anime series is similar to The Promised Neverland as they are both full of twists, suspenseful events, and mind-blowing thrillers. Both series are packed with deep mysteries and intriguing developments that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Based on a video game franchise, Danganronpa is a psychological thriller that revolves around sixteen high school students who are trapped inside the prestigious school known as Hope Peak Academy. In order to get out from this horrible event, they only need to do one thing: to murder one of their fellow students without being found out when the trial comes.
As it entails deep analysis and critical thinking, Danganronpa is definitely your anime of choice if you want to squeeze your brain and sweat out from the shocking bloodshed murders and deep mysteries you ought to solve. It touches the dark undertone of The Promised Neverland when it comes to violence, brutality, and the harsh endpoint of these young individuals.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
2011 12 Episodes
Everything becomes so enchanting when two middle school girls, Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki, encounter a cute creature named Kyubey who offers them a contract in which they will be able to fulfill their wishes, but in exchange, they will be granted with magical powers to fight witches and the great turmoil of the magical world. However, there are unknown circumstances that lie ahead.
The anime is delightfully fantastic at first glance. The girls are undeniably cute with all their glittery and fancy costumes while giving off some mahou shojo vibes, but it doesn’t just end there. As you enjoy this kind of cutesy stuff, it’s a lot more surprising how everything brings you to the darkest side of the story. It bears some closeness to The Promised Neverland: these adorable youngsters are thrown into the most difficult situation they will ever experience.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Winter 2016 12 Episodes
The RPG-like world of Grimgar follows the fortune of Haruhito after he awakens in a dark world where everything is unknown to him. He then finds out there are other people who ended up there under the same circumstances. Like any other isekai series, Haruhito and his new friends need to train like real warriors to survive in the cruel world of goblins and demons.
Grimgar is another fun-filled adventure that deserves a decent attention if you’re looking for an anime like The Promised Neverland. While it feels refreshing and vibrant in the beginning with its visually pleasant setting, it becomes rather compelling as the episodes go on with its spectacular ambiance as a dark fantasy series.
It’s Never as Magical as Your Dreamland
While the anime titles on this list don’t thoroughly provide you the exact feelings as when watching The Promised Neverland, they will allow you to experience great tension and breathtaking quests in the most terrifying worlds that are full of roughness. These anime series have one thing in common: they will give you an unforgettable nerve-racking experience.