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The Best Post-Apocalyptic Anime of All Time

Updated February 17, 2021 24.6k votes 5.7k voters 132.6k views42 items

In each of these post-apocalyptic anime series on this list, the world has pretty much gone to hell. Since there are so many, we're ranking the best post-apocalyptic anime of all time, with the help of your votes. From anime like Attack on Titan where the world is dominated by man eating monsters, to Gurren Lagann where humans have lived underground for years, these anime all feature post-apocalyptic themes and settings. The characters in these shows aren't necessarily suffering or struggling to survive, but all live in some kind of post-apocalypse world.

What is the best anime about the apocalypse? Vote for your favorite series below, and feel free to add more to the list if they fit the criteria.
  • Attack on Titan1

    Attack on Titan

    Action, Military
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  • Dr. Stone2

    Dr. Stone

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  • Seraph of the End3

    Seraph of the End

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  • Highschool of the Dead5
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  • Trigun6


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  • Gurren Lagann7

    Gurren Lagann

    Action, Adventure
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    Darling In the Franxx

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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind10
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  • Guilty Crown14
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  • Trinity Blood17
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  • Desert Punk19
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  • X21
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    School Live!

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  • S-CRY-ed24
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  • 25

    Girls' Last Tour

    An excellent story about friendship and survival. The ending might be considered bleak in some reggards.

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