NEWS: Mekakucity Actors is getting a new anime! Find out more in this post!
In honor of the new Mekakucity Actors anime that’s coming out soon, I wanted to make this list of series that are similar to this one in many different ways – maybe that’ll make the long wait for the new season seem a little shorter!
About Mekakucity Actors:
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2014 – Jun 2014
- Genres: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
- Studio: Shaft
On April 14th and 15th certain incidents happened, where 8 kids sadly had a near-death experience. After they almost had to say goodbye to the world, they find out that something has changed: they’ve won special abilities, that are different for each kid and reflect the dramatic childhood they’ve went through. Soon afterwards they all find each other in the same city and form a group called the ‘Mekakushi-Dan’ (Blindfold Gang).
Check out the full review to this anime!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2016 – Jun 2016
- Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi
- Studio: Trigger
Our main characters Katsuhira and Chidori already have to deal with their own problems, with Katsuhira being bullied and Chidori trying to help him. But one day the two of them and four other students of their school are forced to join an organization called the “Kizuna System”. They become Kiznaivers, which means that from now on they are connected with each other – they all feel the pain from one another; that means if one gets hurt, the other five will feel the pain as well.
Now they are forced to be the test objects for a project that should make world peace come true – but being connected 24/7 is much harder than it seemed at first, and now they have to work together in order to keep living their normal lives.
+ Similar Art & Design
+ A group of friends with supernatural powers
+ Their powers make them connect in a deeper way
+ Male main character with significant female character on their side
#2 Kyousou Giga
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: Oct 2013 – Dec 2013
- Genres: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
- Studio: Toei Animation
The anime plays in the “mirror capital”, a place in Kyoto, where humans have to live together with so-called youkai – and no one ever dies in there. Kurama, Yase, and Myoue protect this place while waiting for their parents to return. Though before that can happen, a young girl and her two little brothers appear from another dimension to search for their mother. Nobody knows whether she’s a youkai or a human, and her presence seems to disturb the peace that has been lasting in this city for a long time now.
+ Supernatural aspects
+ Similar art & design
+ diverse and unique characters
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 2015 – Sep 2015
- Genres: Drama, School, Superpower
- Studio: P.A. Works
Yuu Otosaka isn’t your typical high school teenager, although he seems like that at first. But in reality he has the ability to sneak into the mind of another person and control what they do – but only for 5 seconds. With this power he was able to attend a very nice high school and write the best grades in every test. But one day he gets caught and is transferred to a different school for students with special abilities.
He is forced to join the student council, which means he has to go on many trips to find students who abuse their superpowers in everyday situations – before they get caught by the scientists. Yuu meets many different people and a shocking truth unravels with each student he seems to catch.
+ A group of students with superpowers related to their eyes
+ Comedy-drama mix
+ The characters have dramatic pasts
- Episodes: 15
- Aired: Jul 2009 – Jun 2010
- Genres: Mystery, Romance, Supernatural
- Studio: Shaft
Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, manages to survive a vampire attack with the help of Meme Oshino, a strange man residing in an abandoned building. Though being saved from vampirism and now a human again, several side effects such as superhuman healing abilities and enhanced vision still remain. Regardless, Araragi tries to live the life of a normal student, with the help of his friend and the class president, Tsubasa Hanekawa.
When fellow classmate Hitagi Senjougahara falls down the stairs and is caught by Araragi, the boy realizes that the girl is unnaturally weightless. Despite Senjougahara’s protests, Araragi insists he help her, deciding to enlist the aid of Oshino, the very man who had once helped him with his own predicament.
+ Very similar art style and same director (Akiyuki Shinbou) and studio (SHAFT)
+ Same atmosphere and ways of expression
+ Both anime belong to the mystery/supernatural genre
+ Similar storytelling with a lot of character/personality interpretation and dialogue
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jan 2010 – Jun 2010
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Supernatural
- Studio: Brain’s Base
In the capital of Japan, Tokyo, there have been many anonymous gangs for quite a while. But there is one urban legend that seems to stand out most – and that’s the mystery of a headless “Black Rider”. Some said they’ve seen this person driving a motercycle through the city, and Mikado Ryuugamine is now also one of them. He just moved to Tokyo and on his very first day he witnesses the Black Rider. All his wishes seem to have been heard – but everything changes when strange supernatural things start to happen in the city.
+ A group of characters who are involved in supernatural situations
+ Similar storytelling with lots of perspective changing, which makes the series confusing at the beginning, but understandable at the end
+ Similar mysterious atmosphere