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The Best Anime Like Paprika

Updated March 21, 2019 318 votes 58 voters 2.4k views31 items

The ability to enter someone's mind is a powerful thing, especially when you can go deep into their subconscious. Paprika is an extraordinary movie that delves into the idea of exploring other people's dreams in order to help cure them. However, when criminals get their hands on the technology and people begin acting strange, everything changes. With the help of Officer Konakawa, Atsuko Chiba and Kosaku Tokita desperately try to take back their years of hard work. 

This movie is a trip, not only because of its loud colors and very striking resemblance to real dreams, but because of the story itself. If you're looking for anime like Paprika, we have quite a few recommendations that are sure to stun and delight you. Choices like Dream Eater Merry or Dream Hunter Rem portray both dream demons and defenders alike, portraying the sleeping realm as an entirely different world. We also have series that take on different topics with the same kind of seriousness, such as Revolutionary Girl Utena or Steins;Gate, both of which are very serious in their nature with strange happenings always occurring. 

It's time to find a new series to binge watch and we've got the perfect list of anime like Paprika, just for you. Vote up the series you fell in love with from this list! 

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    Paranoia Agent

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    Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and Taro...  more
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    The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

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    Millennium Actress is a 2001 Japanese anime film by director Satoshi Kon and animated by the Studio Madhouse. It tells the story of a documentary filmmaker investigating the life of an elderly...  more
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    Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito,...  more
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    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

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    Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design by Yoshitoshi ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda for Triangle...  more
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    Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

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    Action, Sci-Fi
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    Thriller, Sci-Fi
    Steins;Gate (White Fox, 2011) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series based on the 2009 visual novel by Nitroplus and 5pb. After discovering time travel, a university student and his friends must use their...  more
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    Psychiatrist Irabu series

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    Mind Game is a 2004 Japanese animated feature film based on Robin Nishi's Japanese comic of the same name. It was planned, produced and primarily animated by Studio 4°C and adapted and directed by...  more
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    Cat Soup is an experimental 2001 Japanese anime film directed by Tatsuo Satō, inspired by the work of manga artist Nekojiru. The surreal follows Nyatta, an anthropomorphic kitten, on his travel to...  more
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    Yume Tsukai is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Riichi Ueshiba. The series is a spin-off of Ueshiba's earlier manga Discommunication. It was made into an anime TV series produced by...  more
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    Dream Hunter Rem

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    Revolutionary Girl Utena is a manga by Chiho Saito and an anime directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara. The anime and manga were created simultaneously, but, despite some similarities, they progressed in...  more
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    Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu

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    TEKKONKINKREET combines the imaginative fantasy and action elements of the best Japanimation with a dark and modern children’s story. A hybrid of cutting-edge 3D CGI technology and traditional...  more
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    BALDR FORCE EXE Resolution

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    Ghost Hound is an anime TV series, created by Production I.G and Masamune Shirow, noted for being the creator of the Ghost in the Shell series. The original concept and design was first developed by...  more
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    Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is an original video animation produced by Aniplex and animated by Daume. It spanned 3 episode OVA series and ran in 2004. It was licensed for North American...  more