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The Best Anime Like Paprika 

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Updated March 21, 2019 129 votes 24 voters 31 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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Perfect Blue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Perfect Blue is an upcoming Japanese television drama series. It is based on the novel Perfect Blue by Miyuki Miyabe. It will debut on 8 October 2012. The theme song of the series will be sung ...more
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Paranoia Agent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Paranoia Agent
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Millennium Actress is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
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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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime series created by the animation studio White Fox, based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's video game of the same name. It is set in 2010, and follows Rintaro Okabe, who ...more
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The Night Is Short, Walk... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
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FLCL is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
FLCL is a 2001 animated fantasy drama film written by Yoji Enokido and Kazuya Tsurumaki and directed by Takeshi Ando, Shôji Saeki, Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masahiko Ôtsuka
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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
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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Akira is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
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 ...more
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Dream Hunter Rem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Dream Hunter Rem
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Ghost in the Shell 2: In... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, known simply as Innocence in Japan, is a 2004 anime/computer-animated sci-fi sequel to the 1995 film Ghost in the Shell. Released in Japan on March 6, 2004, and ...more
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Cat Soup is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
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 ...more
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Serial Experiments Lain ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
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 ...more
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Mind Game is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
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 ...more
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Tekkonkinkreet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
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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Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Mononoke is a Japanese animated television series produced by Toei Animation. A spin-off of 2006's horror anthology series Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales, Mononoke follows the character of the ...more
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Psychiatrist Irabu serie... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Psychiatrist Irabu series
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18if is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
18if
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Revolutionary Girl Utena... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
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 Bos... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu
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Neon Genesis Evangelion:... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
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Dennō Coil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Dennō Coil, Coil—A Circle of Children, is a Japanese science fiction anime television series depicting a near future where semi-immersive augmented reality technology has just begun to enter the ...more
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Ghost Hound is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
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 ...more
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Summer Wars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Summer Wars is a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Mamoru Hosoda, animated by Madhouse and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film's voice cast includes Ryunosuke ...more
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Le Portrait de Petit Cos... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
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
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Passion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Like Paprika
Passion