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The Best Anime Like Gantz

Updated June 21, 2021 1.5k votes 302 voters 19.9k views26 items

Looking for more anime like Gantz? On the darker side of anime there are very specific series that are sure to wrench your gut. Gantz is certainly one of those series, as we follow the story of Kei Kurono whose death has lead him to a horrific game that certainly could be akin to hell itself. If you're a fan of more horror, gore, or thriller elements in your shows, these Gantz recommendations will surely provide you with your next great anime to watch.

Shows like Future Diary or Deadman Wonderland are great Gantz recommendations and have much of the same elements put into play. Main characters are thrown into a horrific situation where it's life or death; at least Kei was already dead, but reliving your demise sounds like a horrible way to spend the afterlife. These characters could probably agree as they fight to survive and witness some of the most traumatic instances never before thought possible. But there is a spectrum to a series like Gantz where characters are often trapped with no way out. Sword Art Online is a great example of a key element being used while not being incredibly violent. 

Vote up the best anime like Gantz you'd most recommend to other fans of this incredible series!

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    Action, Sci-Fi
    Parasyte: The Maxim (Madhouse, 2014) is a Japanese sci-fi horror anime series based on the manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki. Partially infected by a Parasyte (monsters that consume humans), 17-year-old...  more
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    Action, Sci-Fi
    Inuyashiki (Fuji TV, 2017), also known as Inuyashiki: Last Hero, is a Japanese sci-fi anime series based on the manga by Hiroya Oku. A middle-aged office worker encounters aliens and is gifted with...  more
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    Btooom! is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Junya Inoue. An anime adaptation covering the first 50 chapters of the manga was produced by Madhouse. Ryōta Sakamoto is an...  more
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    Action, Military
    Attack on Titan (MBS, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama from Wit Studio. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside...  more
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    Action, Horror
    Deadman Wonderland (Manglobe, 2011) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou. After being falsely convicted for the murder of his entire...  more
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    Elfen Lied is a 2002 Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. Rejected by humans, teenage mutant girl Lucy seeks revenge against those who wronged her....  more
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    Mystery, Police
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a teen genius who stumbles across a...  more
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    Action, Mystery
    Future Diary (Asread, 2011), also known as The Future Diary or Mirai Nikki, is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the manga by Sakae Esuno. A young man competes with people around...  more
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    Terra Formars is a 2011 Japanese manga series written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana. Humans and giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength called...  more
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    Action, Sci-Fi
    Psycho-Pass (Production I.G, 2012) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series. Policewoman Akane Tsunemori obeys the ruling, computerized, precognitive Sibyl System, but when she faces a criminal mastermind...  more
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    Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series initially premiered in the now defunct Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001 issue. When the magazine was...  more
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    Action, Adventure
    Akame ga Kill! (Tokyo MX, 2014) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro from White Fox animation studio. Tatsumi, a young villager who travels to the...  more
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    Action, Crime
    Black Lagoon (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Rei Hiroe. Tired of the corporate life, a Japanese businessman opts to stick with the mercenaries that kidnapped...  more
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    Higurashi: When They Cry, known simply as When They Cry for the North American release of the anime adaptation, is a Japanese murder mystery dōjin soft sound novel series produced by 07th...  more
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    Mystery, Horror
    Another (P.A. Works, 2012) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Yukito Ayatsuji. A young man named Koichi Sakakibara transfers to a new school...  more
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    Bokurano: Ours is a Japanese science fiction manga by Mohiro Kitoh that was serialized in the monthly manga magazine Ikki from 2003 to 2009; 11 tankōbon have been published by Shogakukan. It is about...  more
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    Red Garden is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gonzo studios and broadcast in Japan on TV Asahi since October 3, 2006. The plot revolves around four girls who become involved in a...  more
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    Tokko is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tohru Fujisawa. It was serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon in 2003 and collected into 3 tankōbon volumes. An anime adaptation directed by...  more
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  • 21
    Action, Comedy
    Angel Beats! (P.A. Works, 2010) is a Japanese supernatural anime series. In a realm within the afterlife, a band of teens fight to keep from being taken to the next level....  more
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    Devil Survivor 2: The Animation is a 2013 Japanese anime series based on the Nintendo DS video game, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 by Atlus. The series was directed by Seiji Kishi, with series...  more
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    Speed Grapher is a 2005 anime series created by Gonzo. The series ran for 24 episodes from April to October 2005 on TV Asahi. It tells the story of former war photographer, Tatsumi Saiga and his...  more
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    Bus Gamer is a short-lived Japanese manga series created by Kazuya Minekura. It only exists as a single volume 'Pilot Edition' due to difficulties in serialization. The manga has been licensed for...  more
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