Attack on Titan is one of the best anime series of all time. Thus with lots of action-packed episodes, it’s the perfect anime for dark fantasy anime lovers. In case you have already watched it and you want something similar, check out our list of the best anime like Attack on Titan.
It follows Eren Yeager, who commits to eliminate the giant humanoid creatures called Titans after watching them destroy his hometown and eat his mother.
So far, the anime series is still ongoing with its final season; the second part of the fourth season will begin in January 2022. Honestly, I can’t wait although the inevitable ending of the series is at hand. So the hunt for the anime that offers the thrills AOT gave us has begun.
And so, I’ve come up with 20 of the best dark fantasy anime like Attack On Titan I would recommend. They promise to give you that tinge of excitement and a little gore we all love.
This series is set in a medieval world where Youma, being shapeshifting creatures that kill and feed on humans, plagued the humans living on an island. However, Silver-eyed female warriors known as Claymores are tasked with the responsibility of exterminating them.
The story revolves around Clare, a claymore who seeks vengeance upon a particular Youma. She is accompanied by Raki, a boy whose life she saved from a Youma, and both travel around, defeating monsters.
This anime promises the ultimate gracefulness which you’ll ever experience. Also, the plot of Claymore gives an absolutely scintillating watch.
Parasyte centers around Shinichi Izumi, a 17-year old teenager who tries to survive against worm-like alien creatures called Parasites. These creatures enter into their host’s head to control it. Moreover, they are angry beings and possess a nasty hunger for human flesh.
He gets partially infected but forms a strong bond with his parasite, which is named Migi. However, both humans and Parasyte work together to survive the other Parasytes which attack them frequently after realizing Shinichi’s brain is still intact.
This anime would surely blow your mind, especially if you’re an anime novice.
Watch this, you’ll not be disappointed.
If you’re looking for an anime with a combination of samurai, swordsmanship, and gore, Dororo is perfect for you. This anime depicts a young Ronin called Hyakkimaru, born malformed, limbless, and without facial features. As he grows, he takes on a perpetual quest to retake his lost organs from the demons his father sacrificed to them.
He is accompanied by a human, called Dororo, who lost her parents during the war. Together, the duo travels from town to town, fighting demons and forming a strong bond with each other.
This anime explains the unbelievable strength which comes from doing things together, Additionally, it portrays that with self-belief, you can surpass all obstacles.
17. Mirai Nikki
Let’s talk about the perfect mix of psychological thrillers, romance, and action. In this classic, Yukiteru Amano spends most of his time writing a diary on his cellphone and interacting with his mythical companions. Consequently, Deus Ex Machina, the god of time and space, and Murmur, his servant, reveal their true identities to him.
Deus gives Yukiteru a “Random dairy”, which shows and describes forthcoming incidents randomly. Nevertheless, He then puts him in a bloody battle royale with 11 other owners of likewise powerful future diaries. However, they will proclaim the winner who becomes the new god of time and space as Deus’s form deteriorates.
To survive, Yukiteru must find and kill the other 11 diary owners. Nevertheless, he teams up with Yuno Gasai, a mysterious girl obsessed with him, who also possesses such a diary. Together, they face their adversaries in a twisted struggle to survive, but Yuno has other plans.
This anime starts in a normal way, but becomes unpredictable as it progresses. Thus, you should brace up for the entertainment of your life.
16. Hellsing Ultimate
Can you talk about gore without talking about vampires? Not a chance. Also, no vampire tale is complete without the fabled Alucard, a vampire who fights his kind. In Hellsing Ultimate, he works for a secret organization known as Hellsing, devoted to exterminating vampires and foes who endanger England.
At its head is Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a mighty army dedicated to the cause. After taking over from her father, Abraham Van Hellsing, she becomes a powerful and fearless foe, ruling over Hellsing. Nevertheless, the action-packed badass fight scenes are truly remarkable, not forgetting the bloodshed.
15. Highschool of the Dead
The story goes around a group of high school students caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. It talks about the students and the school’s nurse trying to survive the dreadful worldwide event known as “the Outbreak”.
In the course of the story, they’ve faced both zombies and the threat from other human survivors. This anime is like your typical zombie movie, but the action is fantastic, and it puts horror anime on a whole new level.
Imagine dying but waking up in a game where you’re given weapons and a super-suit to fight aliens with the possibility that you might fail again. This is crazy, I know.
Kurono Kei, a high school teenager, dies in a train accident and finds himself in a building with other “dead” persons. A large sphere also assigns him to kill aliens. However, he finds himself caught in a predicament that tests his skills, morals, and will to survive.
But after watching many of his comrades die, his whole perspective on life changes as he tries to survive this death game. And yes, there’s a lot of beheading and exploding heads.
I think this anime takes bloody baths too seriously, also it is not for kids and the faint of heart.
Griffith, the leader of “The Band of the Hawk”, sacrifices his followers to become one of the “God Hand”. However, Guts and his lover, Casca, survive with Casca going insane due to her experience.
Therefore, Guts sets on a journey to eliminate Griffith and his followers.
This anime describes the classy strength of storytelling, its awesome plots and twists are incredible. In addition, it depicts the reality of mental health.
12. Tokyo Ghoul
In a society where ghoul-human-like creatures that feed on human flesh are rampant, everyone should be on their toes.
Kaneki Ken, a college student, finds himself in an endless circle of death as he becomes a half-ghoul after he survives a ghoul attack. Also, the ghoul’s organs were transplanted in him to save his life, leading to his transformation.
However, he is now faced with surviving and trying to integrate his life as a part ghoul and as part human.
This anime has made waves in the anime industry, generating massive sales and awesome reviews. Tokyo Ghoul is a must-watch.
11. Blue Gender
Giant titans are evil, but big alien bugs give me the creeps. Here, Yuji Kaido finds himself in a world where strange giant bugs called the “Blue” have taken over. However, this is after waking up from a 20-year nap caused by an incurable illness he had suffered from.
Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain in this new world as the bugs take over. Instead, humanity fled for shelter in a space station called the “Second Earth”, designed as a sanctuary for humans.
The last humans begin a mission to retake their planet from the invaders, and Yuji is recruited as a soldier. During his experience as a soldier, he witnesses the untold horrors as he and the other survivors try to live through their post-apocalyptic predicament.
This movie reveals the terrific occurrences that happen during times of travail. Because of this, Blue Gender is a movie you would want to watch.
10. Elfen Lied
Elfen Lied starts with Lucy, a Diclonii which is a mutated creature similar to humans, brutally destroying her captors. This is all in a bid to escape her former prison -an experimentation lab.
Lucy manages to escape but not without injuries. However, some university students Kouta and Yuka stumble upon her washed up on a beach, and help her. However, they are unaware that the government searches for the psychotic serial killer they were helping.
9. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Like AOT, this anime depicts a civilization behind a massive wall built to protect themselves from the Kabane. However, these were beings that emerged from a mysterious virus and tore the flesh of their victims. Also, if bitten by one of these monsters, the victim is transformed into a Kabane.
As time progresses, Ikoma, a brilliant engineer, invents a weapon he believed would work effectively against the Kabane and waits for his opportunity to test it. However, it doesn’t go as planned as Ikoma gets bitten when Kabane eventually overruns the city. His transformation, though, was incomplete, allowing him to become a hybrid.
He then departs with other survivors to seek refuge while fighting hordes of Kabane on the way. This sounds a lot like World War Z to me.
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8. The Promised Neverland
After witnessing the death of their beloved; Conny, Emma and Norman, discover the shocking truth. They realize that they weren’t living in an orphanage but were being raised as meat for demons. Thus with the assistance of Ray, they try to find a way to escape along with everyone.
All the while, they try to make sure “Mother”, their caretaker who oversees the children, doesn’t find out.
After a series of events unfold, they discover a shocking truth about their existence. This is something you’d love to watch.
7. Death Note
The story follows Light Yagami, a genius teenager, and his discovery of a “Death Note” belonging to Shinigami Ryuk. It can grant the user the supernatural ability to kill anyone whose name is written on its pages.
Light, taking on the name “Kira”, strives to create a new world without “bad” people using the Death Note. Instead, he commits a worldwide purge on people he deemed immoral, like criminals and terrorists.
Nevertheless, the elite Japanese police task force, led by enigmatic detective L, is tasked with apprehending Kira. But as events unfold, a psychological battle ensues between Light and Detective L.
Death Note is the perfect anime for mystery, dark fantasy, and psychological thriller lovers.
6. Fullmetal Alchemist
Now I’m not trying to play favorites, but this anime is just MAD! The plot twists, action, mystery and of course the comedy. And yeah, there’s Gore.
Edward Elric and his brother, Alphonse, attempt human transmutation to bring back their dead mother but fail woefully. In the process, Edward’s left leg is lost, while Alphonse loses his body. However, Edward sacrifices his right arm to bind Alphonse’s soul to an armored suit.
After fixing metal prosthetic limbs, Edward becomes a State Alchemist, with the title of Fullmetal Alchemist. The Elric brothers spend the next three years searching for the mythical philosopher stone to help them accomplish this goal. They, however, discover the truth about the rock and that the country isn’t what it seems.
5. Jujutsu Kaisan
This one is just mind-blowing. Aside from the excellent storyline, the action and fight scenes are just amazing! Jujutsu Kaisan revolves around Yuuji Itadori, a high school teenager who gets entangled in the world of curses and sorcery. He intertwines with mysterious beings formed from human malice and negativity.
Thus, after a series of events, he becomes a host for Sukuna Ryoumen- the King of curses. Also, he finds himself experiencing first-hand the threat these Curses present to society as he discovers his abilities.
4. Demon Slayer
It gets even better with Demon Slayer. This particular anime is a true masterpiece and a must-watch.
It features Tanjiro, who joins the demon slayer corp-an an organization created to eradicate the demon plague. However, his family is brutally murdered by Mozan Kibutsuji, the first demon, who also turned his sister, Nezuko, into a demon. That notwithstanding, Nezuko behaves like a human and refuses to feed on humans.
This is the reason why Tanjirou joins Demon Slayers to find a cure for his sister.
He meets new friends on the way and forms strong bonds while destroying the monsters that stand in his way. Additionally, he vows to find and kill Muzan Kibutsuji and find the cure at the same time.
I promise you would love this particular anime as the fight scenes and storyline are simply outstanding. This anime surely has its share of gore-filled scenes.
3. Black Bullet
We still aren’t done with giant walls and parasitic organisms yet. This time, humanity is forced to hide behind great monolithic walls made out of Varanium to escape parasites known as “Gastrea”.
These parasites create the phenomenon of “Cursed Children”. These are female children whose bodies contain amounts of the virus that grant them superhuman abilities. Also, they are called Initiators by the Tendo Civil Security and are given partners called Promoters who protect them.
Rentarō Satomi becomes a promoter and works alongside Enju Aihara. Nevertheless, the duo is sent out on missions to fight the monsters created by the Gastrea virus and keep them at bay.
2. Akame ga Kill
If you like tragedies as I do, then I think you’ll enjoy Akame ga Kill. I’m currently watching it, and so far, I’ve not been disappointed.
Tatsumi leaves along with his friends to get a better life for his village while serving his country. However, he gets separated from them during a bandit attack and gets duped when he arrives at the capital. Also, he is taken in by a prominent family who promises to get him a connection to the army.
But a group of assassins called the Night Raid murders the family and reveals to Tatsumi their horrible deeds. He also discovers the bodies of his friends, tortured and drugged to death by the same family. So he joins the Night Raid and vows to purge the capital of evil scum.
This movie is more about vampires and Alucard, but this time with a little more spice: the infamous Dracula. Dracula is practically the first and most powerful vampire and not without his enchanted castle in this series. However, don’t think I’ll forget the vampire hunter as this series has them all.
Castlevania is a horror action-adventure animated series set in a dark fantasy Medieval Europe. It talks about when Dracula falls in love with a human; Lisa Tepes, who was accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death. However, when Dracula discovers her death, he goes into a blind rage as he gives the city one year to evacuate.
However, they failed to heed his warnings, and a year later, Dracula sent his night creatures to wipe out the entire town.
Trevor Belmont of the Belmont house runs into Sypha Belnades, a speaker and magician. Both seek out Alucard, son of Dracula and Lisa Tepes.
Thus, the trio fights together to stop the reign of terror, Dracula wants to plunge the world into. And there was blood, blood, and more blood.