Topping the list of critically-acclaimed anime to watch, Tokyo Ghoul has become a fan favourite for all those who have sworn to be an anime-watcher till their deaths. Tragically modeled around a young, innocent Ken Kaneki who literally battles in an identity war, the anime promises bloody battles and sadistic scenes like no other.
Owing to its consistent season orders, exorbitant manga sales, and the obvious zipper masks at any anime convention, the anime has garnered quite an audience who is enraptured by the war between humanity and ghouls. Released its final chapter way back in 2014, the fans are still not over Tokyo Ghoul. If you’re one of them, then we have compiled a list of seven anime you can watch that resemble the thrill, the blood and the battle of this anime but with different plotlines.
7 anime you can watch if you liked Tokyo Ghoul
1. Demon Slayer
A Japanese anime based on the titular manga series by Koyoharu Gotōge, Demon Slayer has observed exponential fame and popularity ever since its release. The data suggests that within five years of the series debut in February 2016, it generated over $8.75 billion in sales revenue, becoming one of the highest-grossing media franchises in history.
According to What’s on Netflix:
Demon Slayer’s popularity has exploded thanks to some truly fantastic animation by the talented artists at Ufotable. The movie Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, broke Studio Ghibli’s Japan box office record by becoming the highest-grossing movie in the nation’s history.
Constituting a total of four seasons, with the latest underscoring the Mugen Train arc and releasing on January 21st, 2023, the anime will also emphasize on the Entertainment District Arc will also follow suit with the finale aired in Japan on February 13th, 2022. The Swordsmith Village Arc and the Entertainment District Arc have covered the same number of chapters of the manga, that is, 27, which were spread across 11 episodes each. This leads one to assume whether the upcoming tangent will cover the same number of episodes. If that’s the case, then the finale of the arc will presumably be broadcast on Sunday, June 11th.
For those unversed, the official synopsis of The Swordsmith Village Arc reads:
“Tanjiro’s journey leads him to the Swordsmith Village, where he reunites with two Hashira, members of the Demon Slayer Corps’ highest-ranking swordsmen – Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito and Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji. With the shadows of demons lurking near, a new battle begins for Tanjiro and his comrades.”
Matching the vibe of bloody battles and enrapturing scenes involving the protagonist with Tokyo Ghoul, Vinland Saga is a Japanese historical drama series that premiered on Netflix in July 2022. Based on the manga Vinrando Saga by Makoto Yukimura, the story of Vinland Saga is situated in the historical context of the Vikings’ power in Europe, focusing on the rise of King Cnut to the English throne. The official synopsis of Vinland Saga reads:
“Thorfinn pursues a journey with his father’s killer in order to take revenge and end his life in a duel as an honorable warrior and pay his father a homage.”
As per the anime’s official website, Vinland Saga season 2 is officially confirmed to release on Netflix worldwide on January 10, 2023.
To Your Eternity Season 2
Promising even more melancholy and gripping storytelling, To Your Eternity season 2 revolves around Fushi’s conflict as he struggles with his shape-shifting immortal identity. Featuring 20 episodes, season 2 will capture this conundrum explicitly as he decides to break his commitment to solitude as he realizes his duty to face the Nokkers. Here’s the official synopsis for the same:
“An immortal being takes on the form of a human boy, wandering the earth and experiencing the pains and joys of life throughout his story without end.”
A Korean anime, Lookism battles with the deeply-rooted and conditioned mindset of an individual concerning the appearance of one that results in the formation of stereotypes. The anime follows the life of a high-school kid called Daniel who is bullied for his appearance. As a result of a strange and inexplicable turn of events, he finds himself encapsulated in a new body. With the advancement of the plot, he unravels stereotypes, discrimination, and bias exercised on the basis of looks, which is termed in the show as “lookism.”
Record of Ragnarok
A Netflix Original fantasy-action anime series, Record of Ragnarok is an adaptation of the titular manga publication by authors Shinya Umeura and Takumi Fukui. Produced by Graphinica, the first season of the anime series ricocheted the charts on Netflix. It would come off as a surprise if the series was not renewed for a second season.
Here’s a brief outline of the anime series, via What’s on Netflix:
“When the gods decide to end the existence of mankind, the valkyrie Brunhilda convinces the pantheon to give humanity one last chance and to hold the tournament Ragnarok. In order to survive, humanity must win 7 out of the 13 fights against the gods. To give humanity an even greater chance, the valkyries risk their own lives and bond their souls to the humans, giving them a powerful tailored weapon capable of killing gods.”
With the first half of the second season concluding, the fans of the anime series crave more action, more adrenaline, and more thrill. As per the announcement made on the series’ official website, the first part of Record of Ragnarok season 2, which consists of first 10 episodes, was available for streaming from January 26th, 2023. As for the second part, it will be made available for streaming from July 12th, 2023.
Arcane season 2
Created by Christian Linke and Alex Yee, Arcane has risen to become one of the most favorite animated action-adventure, bagging an Emmy at the 2022 Awards for Outstanding Animated Program ever since its debut in November 2021 on Netflix. For those unaware of the show, it is based on the world and characters of League of Legends, which is a very popular video game. The Netflix Original follows the life of the sisters, Vi and Jinx, between whom the “arcane technologies” and opposite viewpoints create an expanding rift.
The moment it dropped on Netflix, it became a viewers’ favorite, and the cutting-edge technologies, riveting plotlines, and gripping action sequences explain why.
The Dragon Prince
A Netflix Original animated fantasy series, The Dragon Prince, was created by Aaron Ehsaz and Justin Richmond. Now, if you have been a devoted anime viewer, you will not be surprised by the fame The Dragon Prince has garnered. For those unversed, The Dragon Prince is almost parallel to the most popular Avatar: The Last Airbender since it is written by Aaron Ehsaz, who also happened to be the latter’s former head writer.
With season four of The Dragon Prince returning to Netflix in November after three long years based on Book 4, “Earth” on November 3, 2022, the season underscores the “Mystery of Aaravos” in nine episodes.