Ruthless, horror, brain hacking – that’s the limitless appeal of survival wars in the anime world.
Here, I will introduce a list of the 15 anime like that are most popular on foreign charts.
1- Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Launched: Spring 2009
Producer : Bee Train In the US underworld, a series of Mafia bosses were assassinated one after another, rumored to be caused by an organization called Inferno with assassins nicknamed Phantom. A young Japanese man traveling to the U.S. stumbles upon a massacre, is supposed to be silenced but becomes a Phantom in the service of the Inferno organization.
2- Eden of the East
Launched : Spring 2009
Production I.G. During a trip to Washington DC, university student Saki Morimi gets into trouble with the government, she is rescued by Akira Tokizawa. That guy, however, lost his memory, and he was completely naked, except for a gun he held in one hand and a cell phone in the other. The phone was loaded with 8,200,000,000 yen and they had to go on a mysterious mission to save Japan.
3- Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Launch : Spring 2010
Producer: Madhouse Seven teenagers were suddenly sent to a re-education camp in Shio in 1955. Bondage, torture and humiliation are a constant occurrence, they long for a ray of light in this dark and isolated bubble.
4- Jyu Oh Sei
Launched : Spring 2006
Producer : Bones A masked man sends twin brothers Thor and Rai to a devastated planet where their chances of survival are slim. With nothing in their hands but a knife and a bag, they tried to find traces of some civilization. But then, they soon realized, that in order to survive, they had abandoned their humanity.
Launched : Spring 2004
Producer : Gonzo Kei Kurono is a high school student, one day he is forced to help his childhood friend, Masaru Katou, save 1 drunk person who fell on the tracks of the train… After being run over by the ship, they somehow stayed in 1 locked room with other people who should have died. And now their lives are controlled by 1 mysterious black ball named GANTZ in that apartment.
6- Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Launched : Fall 2007
Producer : Madhouse Kaiji is a jobless person, one day, he is cheated by his partner and carries a large debt that cannot be repaid. Kaiji is given a chance that is to board the gambling “Hope” ship whose risk is death. From there, the fight for survival begins.
7- Highschool of the Dead
Launched : Summer 2010
Producer: Madhouse A viral pandemic hit Japan, so a group of students and teachers are trying to get out of Fujimi High School. This horror virus has infected several students and school staff, turning them into zombies. Survivors must work together to survive this genocidal pandemic.
8- Sword Art Online
Launched : Summer 2012
Manufacturer: A-1 Pictures In 2022, game technology has developed dramatically, people produce a type of game called “Virtual reality game” where players will really live in the game. 10,000 gamers immediately joined to play the game “Sword Art Online”. But then they find out, they will not be able to escape, the only way to escape is to break the game. Moreover, death in the game is also synonymous with death in reality. 10,000 gamers were trapped in the game, struggling to survive in a dangerous virtual world.
Launch : Fall 2012
Producer : Madhouse Ryouta Sakamoto is a top gamer of the game “Btoom!”. One day, he wakes up to find himself stranded on a desert island, unaware of what happened. This island is the real version of the game “Btoom!” that he is playing, and the only way to escape is to kill 7 other people before being killed. Did Ryouta survive this savage game?
10- Deadman Wonderland
Launched : Spring 2011
Producer : Manglobe Ganta Igarashi’s life is completely turned upside down when his entire class has been brutally murdered by a mysterious man. Ganta is the only survivor, he is immediately accused of massacring his friends and sent to prison in a strange park called “Deadman Wonderland”. There, prisoners have to complete challenges that are deadly dangerous games.
11- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Launched : Spring 2013
Producer: Production I.G, Wit Studio In a world where giant Titan creatures eat humans just for fun, humanity must hide behind 50m high walls to survive. But one day, an armored Titan appears and punches a hole in the wall, from which humans actually face a battle for survival. Eren Jaeger, a boy who aspires to destroy all Titans, trains the legion to become a warrior, when an unexpected fact reveals that Eren has the ability to transform into a Titan – he is considered a danger, also humanity’s best chance. But, the war with Titan is still never a balanced battle, so many lives are sacrificed, humanity continues to struggle to survive.
12- Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)
Launched : Fall 2011
Amano Yukiteru’s life becomes dangerous when he discovers his mobile phone can predict the future. He wasn’t the only one with this ability. There are 12 people who use “future diaries” like him and they all go to kill other users. Because the last person to survive will receive an often priceless part – the throne of God. With the help of Yuno Gasai – a scary girl mad for him – Yuki hopes to be the last survivor and become the lord of space-time.
13- Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Launch : Summer 200
Producer: Bones, Kinema Citrus Two children go to Tokyo for a robot exhibition, but on that very day, a terrible 8-magnitude earthquake occurs. The two cousins try to survive this natural disaster while the surface of the city is slowly collapsing.
14- Mujin Wakusei Survive
Launched : Fall 2003
Producer : Madhouse, Telecom Animation Film In the 22nd century, Earth is no longer habitable, humanity has evacuated to the surrounding planets. During a school trip, an accident takes place that leaves 6 students stranded on a mysterious uninhabited island. They work together trying to survive.
15- Danganronpa: The Animation
Launched : Summer 2013
Producer : Lerche Only the most talented and outstanding students are admitted to Hope’s Peak academy. Being accepted into it was a great honor, so the 15 students who enrolled that year were excited. Then they are shocked to discover the truth about the apprentice – the trainees are stuck there with the fear that they will be killed at any moment, the only way out of it is to kill a classmate undetected, if discovered, SSOS students will be executed, and the rest continue that life-and-death game until only 1 person survives.