Even after 5 years of the original release of Tokyo Ghoul (2014), the popularity has hardly decreased – Tokyo Ghoul reached #6 in popularity ranking according to MAL as of the year 2019 with almost 1,3 million users confirming that they have already watched the series.
The story is set in an alternate reality, where humans live alongside flesh-eating ghouls who look identical to humans.
Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student whose life turns upside down after he receives an organ transplant from a ghoul.
With that in mind, I’m going to present the top 7 anime like Tokyo Ghoul ★~(◡‿◡✿).
7. Owari No Seraph
- Genres: action, military, vampire, supernatural, drama, shounen
- Episodes: 12
Both series are dealing with the concept of humans vs certain kinds of monsters – vampires/ghouls & contain fighting scenes but also emotional aspects and development of the characters.
Both have a character who gets transformed into the monster against their will whilst trying to maintain humane nature in them. The characters who get transformed are trying to protect their human friends.
Plot: The anime is set in a post-apocalypse era where the remaining humans are getting enslaved by vampires and live like livestock to survive.
Yuichiro Hyakuya, the main protagonist of the series along with the fellow orphans from Hyakuya orphanage are after long four years of treated poorly desperate for freedom. Yuichiro and his best friend Mikaela plot to escape along with the family (the orphans) to the outside world only to end up caught and punished – by the death penalty.
Yuichiro ends up to make it out alive as the only one from his family and naturally seeks revenge – he joins the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, the only army in the world which is remaining to fight off vampires.
6. Devils Line
- Genres: action, drama, vampire, seinen, supernatural, romance
- Episodes: 12
The MC in Devils Line is a hybrid (half-human, half-vampire) who doesn’t want to hurt people and hates what he has become.
The whole Devils Line focuses more on romance though (that might be a good thing for some romance souls!).
Plot: The main heroine, Tsukasa Taira is a college student who gets one day attacked by a vampire but luckily for her, Yuuki Anzai, a half-human and half-vampire comes to the rescue at the right time.
The difficult relationship between Tsukasa and Yuuki begins soon after and Yuuki will have to find the answer to a substantial question – can he truly resist his vampire urges to devour Tsukasa whilst trying to get close to her?
*MC= main character
5. Shiki (Corpse Demon)
- Genres: mystery, thriller, vampire, horror, supernatural
- Episodes: 22
Both series focus on a conflict between humans and “monsters” who want to devour the former.
In Shiki, the monsters are vampires meanwhile in Tokyo Ghoul they are ghouls.
Some of the characters in Shiki become monsters at some point and the eyes of “monsters” in both series are similarly colored (black/red).
Plot: The death of a fifteen-year-old girl dies unexpectedly during a particularly hot summer in the 1990s, in a small quiet Japanese village called Sotoba. A series of mysterious deaths begin to spread in the village, at the same time when a strange family moves into the long-abandoned Kanemasa mansion.
A young doctor Toshio Ozaki, director of Sotoba’s only hospital starts to doubt the nature of the disease and to unfold the truth, he must abandon his humanity.
On the other hand, Natsuno Yuuki, an antisocial young boy from the city, is haunted by the sudden death of Megumi and must realize the pain of friendship in the face of his own tragedy.
Toshio and Natsuno eventually start working together in a mutual goal in their mind – to save the village.
4. Ajin: Demi-Human
- Genres: action, mystery, horror, supernatural, seinen
- Episodes: 13
Both MCs are turned into “hybrids” of a different kind without their consent and have to adapt to survive. They are considered evil and are misunderstood by the public.
They both include a very strong police force.
Plot: Ajin: Demi-human revolves around a young student Kei Nagai who discovers that he is “Ajin” when he survives a mortal wound inflicted upon him during an unfortunate traffic accident.
The mysterious, immortal humans later named Ajins started to appear the first time in Africa approximately 17 years ago and are considered dangerous and inhuman by the public. Many of Ajins end up locked up like guinea pigs for experiments due to their immortality and excessive regeneration (they are capable of growing new organs, limbs, etc.).
The idea of Ajins being evil comes mainly from the fear of their special ability to create black ghosts, creatures, who are highly capable of attacking whilst not being visible to normal human’s eye.
Kei has to choose the side – is he going to fight against his own kind or against it when the freedom is at stake?
3. Deadman Wonderland
- Genres: action, sci-fi, horror, shounen
- Episodes: 12
Both MCs used to live a peaceful life until the catastrophe happened and they change into some kind of ‘monster’,
Both anime are quite gory and contain a lot of bloody scenes (in the literal meaning).
Plot: The main protagonist, Ganta Igarashi is a middle schooler who had been living a seemingly ordinary life until one day a man in red appeared during the class and slaughtered all his classmates, except him and thrust a red crystal shard in his chest.
And Ganta’s torment begins – he is wrongfully convicted of the massacre and sentenced to death in a prison which is themed as an amusement park for the visitors and nightmare for the prisoners – Deadman Wonderland. Ganta is fitted with a lethal collar which can be slowed down only by winning in dangerous and savage games in which all prisoners participate.
It’s not just Ganta’s life at stake though – he has to clear his name and find the identity of the Red Man.
2. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
- Genres: action, superpower, mystery, fantasy, shounen
- Episodes: 25
Both anime have creatures who devour humans – titans/ vampires.
Both MCs are basically hybrids against their own will & have to fight their enemies to survive.
Plot: Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called Titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. The most terrifying fact is that Titans don’t eat humans because of their hunger. The creepy expression on their faces will make you question their motives as a first thing.
Living behind the walls had seemed peaceful until one day the colossal titan breached the outer wall, bringing havoc on the whole village and cruelly killing defenseless citizens.
The main character, Eren Yeager is also a victim of this tragedy, losing a close relative and witnessing first hand the power of Titans. Without hesitation, Eren decides to dedicate his life to eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that fights the Titans outside the protection of the remaining walls. Eren joins the Survey Corps together with Armin Arlert, his childhood friend and Mikasa Ackerman, his adopted sister to win a terrific battle against the giant monsters with one goal in mind – to save what is left of humanity.
1. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
- Genres: body horror, psychological, drama, action, seinen
- Episodes: 24
Both MCs of the series have to deal with a life-changing event – turning into a “monster”. Thanks to the supernatural power they become stronger, but at the same time, they eventually start to inhibit mental and physical changes. They both have to deal with the emotional aspect as well because it impacts their relationships and they have to fight their foes on their journies.
Plot: Do you fear bugs including worms? Then imagine what would happen if one alien-like little worm would just burrow into your skin while attempting to take over your brain. Not very pleasing, right?
Fortunately for 17 years old high schooler Schinichi, the worm-like creature which tried to take over his brain failed and eaten only his right hand. How will the coexistence of the two end up?