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The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime

Updated June 21, 2019 279 votes 60 voters 1.4k views18 items

It turns out there are some great anime about "play or die" or high stakes games where characters find themselves with no choice but to play games where death is a possible outcome, but which are really worth your time? This list ranks the best anime about play or die, including older titles, as well as new play or die anime that you may not know about.

One example of a great play or die anime is Death Parade. Making its debut in 2015, the series was an offshoot of Death Billiards and produced by Madhouse. In it, characters in the afterlife ironically put their mortality on the line in "death games." Another anime fans may remember which had play or die consequences is Frontier Works' Bus Gamer from the late aughts, a series involving corporate intrigue, gambling, and secrets to die for.

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    Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Death Parade

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    Mirai Nikki TV is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Mirai Nikki TV

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    Danganronpa 3 -The End of Hope is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Danganronpa 3 -The End of Hope's Peak Academy- Hope Arc

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    Danganronpa: The Animation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Danganronpa: The Animation

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    Btooom! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Danganronpa 3 -The End of Hope is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Danganronpa 3 -The End of Hope's Peak Academy- Despair Arc

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    Danganronpa 3 -The End of Hope is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Danganronpa 3 -The End of Hope's Peak Academy- Future Arc

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    Ousama Game is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Ousama Game

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    Gantz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Death Billiards is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Death Billiards

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    Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaisha

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    Don't Know is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Don't Know

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    Imawa no Kuni no Alice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Imawa no Kuni no Alice

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    Bokurano is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Bokurano

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    Bus Gamer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Bus Gamer

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    Duan Nao is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Duan Nao

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    Bokurano: Reminiscence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 15+ Best Play Or Die Anime
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    Bokurano: Reminiscence

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