Kimetsu no Yaiba is the absolute winner when it comes to newbies of 2019. The anime managed to get rated almost 9 on MAL with astounding 560,568 members who have watched it.
This is placing Kimetsu no Yaiba on the #19 place according to ratings, which is very high considering it is 2019 anime.
The story revolves around Tanjirou, a young boy whose soul got scarred by a tragedy – all members of his family except his younger sister, Nezuko, were slaughtered by a demon and she has turned into one.
Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and embarks on a journey to find a way how to turn Nezuko back to a human.
These 7 anime are the closest resemblance to Kimetsu no Yaiba.
7. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009-2010)
Genres: Action, Military, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen | Episodes: 64
✔️ Both anime are shounen series with the main lead who experienced a tragic event and is now motivated by the goal of saving his sibling who he cares about,
✔️ The main antagonist is not known to the public eye,
✔️ The siblings are not completely hopeless, they just have a certain disability but are still able to fight back.
The story centers around an alchemist prodigy, Edward Elric, who is trying to find a way how to restore his brother’s physical body which disappeared after a failed transmutation.
6. Tokyo Ghoul (2014)
Genres: Action, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Seinen | Episodes: 12
✔️ Both go under the same premise – humanity fighting supernatural creatures who look almost indistinguishable from humans (vampires in Tokyo Ghouls, demons in Kimetsu no Yaiba),
✔️ The main protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul, Kaneki, undergoes a transformation into the mentioned supernatural being after an accident, similarly to Nezuko becoming a demon.
The story is set in an alternate reality, where humans live alongside ghouls, flesh-eating creatures looking the same as normal humans.
The main protagonist, Ken Kaneki is a college student who almost dies after being attacked by his date who revealed herself as a ghoul. Kaneki is taken to the hospital and undergoes surgery while being unconscious only to find out that he became a half-ghoul due to organ transplant from the ghoul who had previously attacked him.
Kaneki has to face a new, harsh reality and adapt – if he wants to survive he has to deal with both humans and ghouls and most importantly with his inner conflict.
5. Owari no Seraph (2015)
Genres: Action, Military, Supernatural, Drama, Vampire, Shounen | Episodes: 12
✔️ Both shows are shounen focused on a story of a young boy whos almost entire family gets killed by supernatural monsters with one remaining sibling who survives and becomes one of the monsters,
✔️ The main protagonists join an organization specializing in killing supernatural beings with special weapons.
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.
4. Ao no Exorcist (2011)
Genres: Action, Demons, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural | Episodes: 25
✔️ Both anime are typical shounen revolving around a teen naive & optimistic boy who has lost his family and now is a demon slayer fighting with a sword,
✔️ The main protagonists have a sibling they deeply care about.
Ao no Exorcist follows Rin Okumura who appears to be an ordinary, somewhat troublesome teenager—that is until one day he is ambushed by demons. His world turns upside down when he discovers that he is, in fact, the very son of Satan and that his demon father wishes for him to return so they can conquer Assiah together.
Not wanting to join the king of Gehenna, Rin decides to begin training to become an exorcist so that he can fight to defend Assiah alongside his brother Yukio.
3. Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan (2013)
Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Military, Mystery, Shounen, Super Power | Episodes: 25
✔️ Both series are historical and center around a setting where humans fight man-eating creatures for survival,
✔️ Eren Yaeger (AOT) and Tanjiro are a lot alike – they decide to join a special force focusing on eradicating these creatures, both are naive & optimistic, train hard and become stronger to avenge their families who got cruelly killed (in AOT they get slaughtered/eaten by Titans, in Kimetsu no Yaiba by demons).
Eren Yaeger’s life turns upside down after the wall protecting his village from Titans (monstrous humanoid creatures) gets breached, bringing havoc on the whole village behind. He loses a close relative in a very gruesome way and witnesses first hand the atrocious power of Titans.
After this traumatic experience, driven by anger, Eren decides to dedicate his life to the eradication of Titans by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that fights the Titans outside the protection of the remaining walls.
2. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen, Superpowers | Episodes: 148
✔️ Hunter x Hunter and Kimetsu no Yaiba are both remarkable battle-fueled shounen that progressively grow darker, embroidered with beautiful soundtracks,
✔️ Gon (Hunter x Hunter) and Tanjiro are similar when it comes to their positive attitude, hard work, personal development over time, strong potential for growing even stronger and also they both travel with a companion.
Hunter x Hunter follows the journey of Gon, a young boy who aspires to become a licensed hunter in the hope of finding his father.
Being a licensed hunter has many perks, like having easier access to places and data which is very useful when it comes to tracking beasts, individuals, or treasures. Gon does not only become a hunter, but he also finds many friends and grows stronger thanks to his strong will and training.
1. Dororo (2019)
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Demons, Supernatural, Samurai, Shounen | Episodes: 24
✔️ Both anime are set in a historical era with demons playing a pivotal role,
✔️ The main protagonists travel with a companion while fighting demons.
The boy with no limbs, no nose, no eyes and not even a skin survives against all odds – he is a cursed child due to a pact his father made with demons. Unloved and abandoned by his own family, he gets thrown into a river but gets saved by a kind man who provides him prosthetics and weapons so he can survive alone.
The boy grows and slaughter demons whilst regaining parts of himself, all alone until he meets a young orphan boy named Dororo, creating a unique friendship in a world infested with malevolent demons.