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The 20 Best Survival Anime of All Time, Ranked 

Anna Lindwasser
Updated October 30, 2019 2.6k votes 812 voters 17.1k views 20 items

All good anime plots have something important at stake - but in survival anime, what's at stake is life itself. In these shows, characters get thrown into situations unlike any they've ever faced before, and are forced to use every ounce of their intelligence and strength to stay alive. 

Some of the best survival anime take place on Earth, like Dr. Stone, which follows a teenager named Senku as he tries to rebuild society using the power of science. Others, like Uninhabited Planet Survive! and Astra Lost In Space take an intergalactic approach to the genre. Some depict the consequences of unavoidable disasters, like Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, while others like Btooom! and Sword Art Online thrust the characters into potentially fatal situations that are manmade.

No matter what the situation, these series push their characters to their absolute limit, creating tension and drama in the process. Which ones do you like? Be sure to vote them up!

Dr. Stone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 20 Best Survival Anime of All Time, Ranked
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After all of humanity is encased in stone for thousands of years, those who emerge must rebuild society from the ground up. Senku, a scientific prodigy, makes it his personal mission to bring back civilization through science.

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High School of the Dead ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 20 Best Survival Anime of All Time, Ranked
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When the zombie apocalypse reaches their high school, a group of students and teachers must figure out how to stay alive, reunite with their families, and escape the zombie hordes. This is easier said than done - especially since some of the humans would rather use the situation to their advantage than help others. 

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Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 20 Best Survival Anime of All Time, Ranked
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When hundreds of people suddenly get their consciousnesses trapped in a virtual reality game, they quickly discover that if they pass away in-game, they also do in the real world and that they only way to escape is through potentially lethal battle. Even worse, it's impossible to simply lead a peaceful life within the game, because their real bodies are slowly wasting away.

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Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 20 Best Survival Anime of All Time, Ranked
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Future Diary thrusts its characters into a survival game in which twelve people must compete for their very survival using magical diaries. The winner becomes a god, but the only way to win is to be the last one left alive.

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