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Toaru Kagaku no Railgun is one of my favorite anime. Even my nickname here, in the author box, is Misaka so you probably understand how much I love Misaka Mikoto (the main heroine of the series) and the whole Toaru Universe.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, or A Certain Scientific Railgun is a Japanese manga written by Kazuma Kamachi and illustrated by Motoi Fuyukawa. The manga was later adapted into anime series and aired during 2009-2010.
Right now, the third season, called Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T is airing.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun series are spinoff, but they are arguably better than the main anime called Toaru Majutsu no Index.
If you want to watch the Toaru series I recommend you to read this guide on how to watch it properly. 🙂
Anyways, let’s back to the topic. These 10 anime are the ones I would recommend you to watch if you want an anime like Toaru Kagaku no Railgun.
10. Strike the Blood
- Genres: Action, Harem, Supernatural, Ecchi, Vampire, Fantasy, School
- Episodes: 24
If you are into the mix of technology and superpowers, definitely go for it. They are both set in a technologically advanced city, include people with special powers and research facilities.
Both of them involve mostly female cast with one guy in the middle of it (although Toaru Kagaku no Railgun is definitely not harem).
On Itogami Island, a man-made island south of Japan which has developed into a monster and demon sanctuary (魔族特区), Kojo Akatsuki is suspected of being the Fourth Progenitor, a powerful vampire that could potentially disrupt the balance of power among the world’s three ruling progenitors.
Kojo was an ordinary high schooler before becoming a vampire and is reluctant to use the powers which he barely controls. Yukina Himeragi is a neophyte Sword Shaman whose first mission is to ‘observe’ him.
Before long, Kojo is the center of attention of many who are concerned about the risks he represents. Kojo and Yukina befriend various students and others, some of whom are attracted to Kojo, and whose situations drive his libido which provides the source of much of his power.
9. Guilty Crown
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- Genres: Action, Superpower, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi, Mecha
- Episodes: 22
Both of them are spiced up with some slice of life, superpower, and sci-fi elements.
There is also a similar character (Shu) to Touma (Misaka’s future boyfriend wink). They want to do what is right and protect what they hold dear, even though they start off really weak. The prevalent theme is to protect the world/ country/ city from evil.
In the year 2039, ten years after the outbreak of the Apocalypse Virus Japan nation falls under the control of the CGQ, a military force that is supposed to restore order its own way. An organization named Funeral Parlor is the only one putting up a fight.
The main character, Shu is a high schooler who had led a normal life until he met a mysterious girl named Inori who also happened to be a member of the rebellious organization Funeral Parlor and as it seems, she is a key member.
In a sudden turn of events, Shu discovers that he has an ability that allows him to use weapons called voids (weapons that can be drawn out from persons as the manifestations of their personalities).
Shu is forced to decide whether he will leave his comfort zone and fight or just run away and watch from the distance.
8. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
- Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Magic, Romance, School
- Episodes: 26
Both are set in a futuristic world where magic (and supernatural) fuses with science. The male protagonist of Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei will certainly remind you of Touma – both are severely undervalued and considered weak despite being strong in their own unique way, which will be shown later.
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei follows the siblings, Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba, who are enrolled in First High School. Upon taking the exam, the prodigious Miyuki is placed in the First Course, while Tatsuya is relegated to the Second Course. Though his practical test scores and status as a “Weed” show him to be magically inept, he possesses extraordinary technical knowledge, physical combat capabilities, and unique magic techniques—making Tatsuya the irregular at a magical high school.
7. Girls & Panzer
- Genres: Action, Sports, Military, School
- Episodes: 12
Both are action-packed anime revolving around a group of all-female friends.
Miho Nishizumi, a teenage girl from a prestigious family of sensha-dō practitioners transfers to Oarai Girls High School to get away from sensha-dō due to trauma she endured in the past.
To her unpleasant surprise, the Oarai Girls High School decides to revive sensha-dō soon after her transfer. The newly made friends of Miho force her to join because she is the only student with experience in this sport and she reluctantly agrees.
The national championship is knocking on the door and it’s not only Miho’s pride at stake – should they not win, the Oarai Girls High School will be closed.
- Genres: Police, Psychological, Action, Sci-fi
- Episodes: 22
Psycho-Pass and Railgun are set in a futuristic, self-sufficient city with highly advanced technology. That might seem like an ideal place to live in, but the dark side of the city is slowly unshackled. The main heroines have a strong sense of justice and despite being excellent at what they do they are very down to earth. They are also the ones who question the dark side of the city and investigate it.
Psycho-Pass is set in the 22nd century and the world has changed – Japan implemented the Sibyl System which is capable of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass.
The police department takes in a new officer, Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with a heart in the right place. Shortly after she joins the world of Inspectors and Enforcers, Akane discovers that the Sibyl System is actually flawed. Can Akane truly do anything at all with that information under the all-seeing Sibyl system?
5. Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural
- Episodes: 10
Both have a male lead who is extremely overpowered and can beat absolutely everyone and everything. Other leading characters in these anime are gifted with special powers despite looking human-like, and they are hella strong!
Three extraordinary high schoolers gifted with psychic powers get unexpectedly and forcefully transported into an alternate world known as Little Garden, a world where all sorts of beings participate in high-stakes games using their special abilities.
4. Hamatora The Animation
- Genres: Mystery, Comedy, Super Power, Drama
- Episodes: 12
Hamatora and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun show us a world where normal people coexist with people who have superpowers; in such a world, it’s only natural that a lot of crime is happening and has to be dealt with. As a result, both have organizations dealing with bad guys (Judgment in Toaru and Yokohama Troubleshooting in Hamatora).
“Minimum”. This seemingly innocent word means in Hamatora world small miracles, and this phenomenon has started manifesting in a limited number of humans.
The Minimum duo of Nice and Murasaki is a part of the detective agency Yokohama Troubleshooting (short version: Hamatora) and they await new clients at the lone table at Cafe Nowhere, their lackluster “office”.
Out of nowhere, the jobs that they start to receive seem to have mysterious connections to the serial killer targetting only Minimum Holders. Can the gifted duo solve this case?
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- Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Music, School
- Episodes: 13
Fun things are fun. – Yui
Why it’s similar
These two series will never disappoint you if you want to see 4 cute girls doing cute things. It’s all about friendship, bonding, and having some fun.
Hirasawa Yui, a young, carefree girl entering high school, has her imagination instantly captured when she sees a poster advertising the “Light Music Club.” Being the carefree girl that she is, she quickly signs up; however, Yui has a problem, she is unable to play an instrument.
When Yui goes to the clubroom to explain, she’s greeted by the other members: Ritsu, Mio, and Tsumugi. Although disheartened at Yui’s lack of musical know-how, they still try to convince her to stay to prevent the club’s disbandment. After playing Yui a short piece which re-ignites her imagination, they succeed in keeping their new member and guitarist.
Along with the tasks of school and homework, Yui begins to learn the guitar with the help of the other band members, experiencing many mishaps along the way. However, with the school festival drawing near and Yui getting stuck with her practice, will the Light Music Club be ready in time for their debut?
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2. Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi
- Genres: Comedy, Parody, Romance
- Episodes: 12
They were both made by J.C. Staff, so the similarity in art and animation is quite obvious. Ookami Ryouko is very similar to Misaka Mikoto – just imagine Misaka with long hair. Apart from that, she is also tsundere and quite a character! The heroines are strong and fight for what they believe in.
If you enjoy the slice of life part of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, this is the way to go.
The series centers around Ookami Ryouko, a spunky high school girl. She is tall, speaks in a masculine way, and is very skilled in fighting. Her best friend, Akai Ringo, is quite the opposite – a small girl with a high-pitched voice. They are the complete opposite except for the fact that they are both flat-chested.
Ookami, along with Ringo are members of a club called Otogi Bank. They spend their days assisting students with their problems in Otogi High School. In return, they ask for their assistance on a different problem at a later date.
The club claims to solve any problem and will go to any lengths to do so, often endangering its members in the process. Although the club members are all brave, the Otogi Bank has one major disadvantage – they lack male members. And thus, they decide to get another male for the upcoming dangerous missions.
The only problem? Morino Ryoushi, the freshly recruited male member has scopophobia – an anxiety disorder characterized by an extreme fear of being seen or stared at by others!
1. Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
- Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Super Power
- Episodes: 25
Both shows use superpowers and to top it off, the main protagonist of Darker than Black is manipulating electricity, just like Misaka Mikoto. There’s also the prevalent theme of the main protagonists fighting crime in a city full of people with certain superpowers.
It has been 10 years since Heaven’s Gate appeared in South America and Hell’s Gate appeared in Japan, veiling the once familiar night sky with an oppressive skyscape. Their purposes unknown, these Gates are spaces in which the very laws of physics are ignored. With the appearance of the Gates emerged Contractors, who, in exchange for their humanity, are granted supernatural abilities.
In the Japanese city surrounding Hell’s Gate, Section 4 Chief Misaki Kirihara finds herself at odds with an infamous Contractor codenamed Hei. Called “Black Reaper” in the underground world, Hei, like his associates, undertakes missions for the mysterious and ruthless Syndicate while slowly peeling back the dark layers covering a nefarious plot that threatens the very existence of Contractors.
From the mind of Tensai Okamura comes a sci-fi thriller taking the form of a subtle exposé on a war in which political positions and justice have no sway—a war waged exclusively in the shadows.
Hi, my name is Mia, and I am the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. I am a big fan of esports, games, and anime. When I was around 7 years old, Phantom Thief Jeanne sparked my fascination for anime, and it has never faded!