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The Best Anime Like 'Dr. Stone'

Updated July 15, 2019 3.0k votes 1.1k voters 62.1k views13 items

Dr. Stone is one of the most popular anime of the Summer 2019 anime season, and for good reason. It's a fascinating show with a unique premise. One day, every human being on Earth is encased in stone. 3,700 years later, a brilliant budding scientist named Senku emerges from his rock cocoon - and so does his brawny and kind-hearted friend Taiju. Together, the two of them must find a way to survive in a world that's completely changed - and figure out how to restore humanity. 

If you're a fan of the show, you might be wondering if there are other anime similar to Dr. Stone out there that are worth your time. Of course there are! If you're a survival buff, shows like Uninhabited Planet Survive! and 7 Seeds depict groups of people who are struggling to stay alive in harsh and isolated environments. If what attracted you to Dr. Stone was its combination of education and entertainment, you might appreciate Cells At Work or Moyashimon. If you want to see characters using science to combat magical problems, check out From The New World, or the episodes of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. that focus on the elder Saiki brother. No matter what your tastes, there's something on this list for you.

Vote up all your favorite anime like Dr. Stone to help guide your fellow fans. 

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    Astra Lost in Space

    Astra Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Like 'Dr. Stone'
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    Astra Lost in Space is another 2019 anime that might be worth watching alongside Dr. Stone. That's because it's also a tale of survival in a strange and seemingly uninhabitable place. In the year 2061, space travel is common, and a group of students are headed to a very real version of space camp. When a strange light transports them 5012 light years away from home, they'll have to figure out how to get home again - a process that will take every ounce of their intelligence and survival skills. 

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  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is a comedy series about a teenage boy named Kusuo with nearly unlimited psychic ability. His older brother Kusuke uses the power of science to either counteract his psychic powers or annoy the heck out of him. Kusuo's personality is actually reminiscent of Senku's - serious, intelligent, and focused - but Senku's desire to use science to overcome the fantastical is all Kusuke. 

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    Ascendance of a Bookworm

    Ascendance of a Bookworm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Like 'Dr. Stone'
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    Ascendance of a Bookworm won't come out until Fall 2019, but for those who appreciate the themes of Dr. Stone, it's sure to be a hit. Like Dr. Stone, this anime focuses on a person from a modern society suddenly transported to a place with wildly different technological capabilities and they have to use their intelligence to rebuild.

    While Senku is rebuilding society after all of humanity is encased in stone, Motosu Urano is transported into a world where only the nobility have access to books, and the poor often lack basic literacy. In her previous life, Motosu's goal was to become a librarian, and she's not about to give up - even if that means literally reinventing books as she knows them.

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    Cells At Work

    Cells At Work is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Like 'Dr. Stone'
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    Cells At Work may not seem like an obvious anime to compare to Dr Stone, but if you like the latter's penchant for combining education with entertainment, you'll probably appreciate the former as well. Cells At Work takes place inside the human body, where anthropomorphic versions of red blood cells, white blood cells, and more, work tirelessly to keep the body functioning and safe from germs. Just as you will in Dr Stone, you'll learn a lot about science in Cells At Work - and you won't be bored for a minute.

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