Everybody loves a good ghost story, which is why so many fans are looking for anime similar to Another. What makes Another so appealing is that it's an embodiment of all those horrifying ghost stories you heard around the campfire, while weaving it around a captivating mystery about Mei Misaki, the girl that "does not exist." It's a must-see for anime horror fans. If you've already seen Another and want recommendations for what to watch next, we've got you covered!
While it may seem like there will never be "another" anime like Another, there are actually a healthy selection of recommendations out there that fans should check out. The best anime like Another succeed in scaring the audience, while delivering an engaging story about everyday people. Take a look at the list of series below and vote up the ones you think fellow fans will also enjoy.
The Future Diary contains the same horror elements of Another, in its story of a teenaged boy thrown in a battle royale environment, with only a magical phone that can predict the future as his tool for survival. What really gives The Future Diary its psychological edge is Yuno Gasai, the love interest/stalker of protagonist Yukiteru Amano. Yuno's abusive background is sympathetic, yet the extremes she goes to protect her idolized hero, Yukiteru, from what she perceives as harm is beyond scary.
When They Cry and Another have similar setups. Both feature a main male character transferring to a new school and encountering the mysteries of his new home. There's explicit violence in both series, but When They Cry deceives its audiences with occasional slice-of-life moments and cutesy character designs, before diving headfirst into nightmare fuel.
Elfen Lied and Another deal with heavy themes and explicit depiction of violence. While Another uses the supernatural to explain its gruesome terror, Elfen Lied turns to inhuman experimentation to explain the horrors of man. Lucy, the complicated heroine of the series, commits outrageous violence because of the abuse she experienced by the government.
Just like Another, Shiki shares the same premise of an outsider encountering deadly mysteries surrounding a young girl in his new home. What's different is that instead of a high school setting, the location is a small rural village of Sotoba. The rural setting may seem primitive, but the supernatural threats that haunt the village in Shiki are larger than life.