Have you ever wondered what you’d do if you suddenly gained powers you can’t control or if you turned into some vicious monster that feeds on humans? I like to think that I would be totally cool and badass in any of those scenarios, but quite unfortunately, there’s no anime about me. Such a shame.
Horror, inhuman powers, explicit violence with a dark setting and most importantly mysterious creatures that eat humans, this is what Tokyo Ghoul has to offer. Judging from your decision to click on this article, I guess you are into this kind of themes in an anime and you are hungry for more.
MANGA.TOKYO is here with 10 anime that are similar in many ways with Tokyo Ghoul. Not placed in any particular order, they are just some anime recommendations from a fan to other fans which I hope you’ll enjoy.
10 Anime Like Tokyo Ghoul
Attack on Titan
Season 1: Spring 2013
Season 2: Summer 2017 37 Episodes
Humans have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city’s walls, but when a massive Titan appears and smashes the outer barrier unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever… Humans are once again taken off the top of the food chain and are replaced by monsters, in this case, humongous Titans.
Just keep the idea that humans are food and there you go. Tokyo Ghoul and Attack on Titanare practically the same anime in a different era. Both of them are bloody, gorey, and violent but there are some differences. In Attack on Titan, humanity is almost extinct because of the Titans while in Tokyo Ghoul humans and ghouls live together and everything is still cool. Also,in Attack on Titan, the main character fights the monsters in order to survive and embraces the powers given to him but in Tokyo Ghoul the main character fights the monster within him.
Yet again, monstersthat eat humans. This time, we have alien parasites, which have come to Earth in order to take control of human bodies and thrive in secret.One of these parasites finds its way into the main character’s body, but fails to find his brain and ends up in his right hand instead. The parasite, named Migi by the main character, tells Shinjiof the threat that its kind pose to Earth, and so the two must work together in order to put an end to it while relying on each other to stay alive.
Both anime feature innocent introverted kids that are dragged into a world full of monsters where they try to use their abilities to protect themselves and those around them. Parasytehas more dark humor than Tokyo Ghoul which can be considered more of a tragedy drama.
In future Japan (2112), a system called Sibyl rules over the country. It measures the population’s mental conditions & characteristics and judges what is right and what’s not. It dictates the job that citizens should take and can even read their mental state and predict which ones are likely to commit crimes in the future. The story revolves around AkaneTsunemori, a young inspector who joins the special police force that apprehends these ‘criminals.’
Psycho-Pass and Tokyo Ghoulhave more mature themes and both entail a dark story with a similar atmosphere. The characters are always fighting and questioning themselves as to what is the right thing to do and what exactly is justice in their contemporary society. Also, both openings are made from the same band, Ling TositeSigure, so here is another plus in case you likedTokyo Ghoul’s opening theme song.
Winter 2016 13 Episodes
Ajinis an immortal species that looks and acts like humans but also holds other supernatural powers.They are also extremely rare and only 46 are known to exist in the world. Most try to hide their existence. Kei Nagai, a normal kid that has dreams of becoming a doctor dies in a car accident and is revived by some weird dark matter, making him an Ajin. Struggling to control his power and with no one to trust, he runs away from both humans and monsters while trying to defend himself.
The similarities in the main characters of both anime are really apparent. Kaneki and Kei are both scared, confused, and don’t know which side to take, that of the humans or of the monsters.Moreover, if you loved Gourmet’s voice acting in Tokyo Ghoul you should definitely check Ajin, since Kei Nagai is voiced by Mamoru Miyano as well.
Spring 2011 12 Episodes
GantaIgarashifinds himself in the midst of a struggle as he is framed for a gruesome crime at school that he didn’t commit. He witnessed his entire class being slaughter by the mysterious ‘Red Man’ and was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. He was then sent to a privately-held prison called ‘Deadman Wonderland’ where he tries to survive daily battle-royale-style games in his attempt to discover the truth behind the incident.
Both anime feature great violence and weak characters that gradually grow stronger. In both cases, the main characters have been traumatized by bloody and awful events happening to them.
Fall 2011 26 Episodes
Yukiteruis a middle school boy with no particular dreams or aspirations for his life. The only thing he cares about is his diary. He documents and writes all his thoughts down while using his diary as an outlet for his imagination. One day, he wakes up to find his phone filled up with diary entries for the next 90 days and eventually he realizes that everything written in the diary becomes a reality. He then finds himself taking part in a survival game with other diary owners where they fight to become the Lord of Time.
You might be wondering that plot-wise Tokyo Ghouland Mirai Nikki sound like they have nothing to do with each other, but they share many similar elements. They both involve alpha female characters with badass abilities and they have the similar levels of action and violence.
Summer 2004 13 Episodes
Elfen Lied features another variation of human beings. This time we have a humanoid killing machine in the form of an innocent young girl,the result of an experiment that has gone terribly wrong. Kouta, the main character, along with Yuka find this girl, Nyu, naked in the beach and try to save her. Little did they know that by taking her home, she would change their lives forever as it was a matter of time before the murder in her awakened once again.
If you are looking for a show with incredibly disturbing violence in the same level as Tokyo Ghoul, Elfen Lied is definitely a must-watch. I will warn you, this anime is old and the animation and design aesthetics might not be your cup of tea but the action in both anime is portrayed in a similar way. And one more thing, don’t expect any badass-ery from the main character, he is just the usual useless guy.
Fall 2017 11 Episodes
Non-human beings and aliens once again. One night, an alien light hits the earth and two people are killed.Ichirou Inuyashiki, a 58-year-old man who is a compassionate and kind father whose family doesn’t appreciate him, and Hiro Shishigami, a high schooler with a sociopathic disorder. They are both restored by the extra-terrestrials that killed them and in return are given awesome new powers and abilities. Yet, the way they use their powers is so different.
Why recommending Inuyashiki?Even though Tokyo Ghoulis truly a horror anime, Inuyashikishares horror elements such as gore and violence but ultimately, seeing how an old man reacts to sudden awesome powers in comparison to Kaneki is quite an interesting thing to watch.
A giant wall shields Tokyo from a dangerous otherworld called the ‘Hell’s Gate’. Contractors, psychopathic killers with great powers, have started to appear but their powers come with a catch: every time they use them they need to pay a price, in the form of a meaningless or painful task. The story revolves around a Chinese contractor codenamed ‘Hei’, a member of theForeign Affairs Public Security, as he undertakes various missions to bring the Contractors under control and find out more about the ‘Hell’s Gate’.
Maybe the masks? Maybe the badass-ery of the main characters? I don’t know what it is exactly, but I think the atmosphere of Darker than Black is quite similar to that of Tokyo Ghoul, especially if you are into that sort of action.
Spring 2014 24 Episodes
The anime does not involve non-human monsters but there are supernatural powers and abilities. The plot follows Tatsumi, a young swordsman who leaves his home to save his village that is suffering from poverty. He meets a girl named Akame, a member of the secret assassin group called Night Raid, who was brainwashed and trained to kill by the Empire. Akame and the rest of the members of Night Raid, who are all experienced killers, fight against the Empire and they have to face powerful weapons and enemy assassins. Tatsumi challenges his own morals and values along with what it means to be an assassin with a cause.
Let me just say that Tokyo Ghoulis way darker than Akame Ga Kill!, which is more of a dark fantasy. Yet, the element of uncensored violence is still quite intense. The quality of the animation is similar and both follow more mature themes than other action anime out there.
I will warn you one last time: most of the shows recommended above are not for people with sensitive stomachs. The violence and the gore are very intense so if that kind of horror is not your thing, be kind enough to yourself and just let them pass by. Of course, there are more anime out there that are similar to Tokyo Ghoul. Add your recommendations in the comments and let’s share the love for horror titles! Cheers!