Now that Chainsaw Man season 1 is over with, you might feel the itch for a new anime to watch. Whether it’s an entire season or simply a movie, I’ve bravely explored subreddits to find out, but also asked some of my friends who are absolutely weebs (and I mean this in the most loving way. Thanks Moka and her chat!) and I was able to come up with a list that should satisfy both the beginner and elite weeb out there. I haven’t viewed all of them yet, but I definitely plan to do so in the near future. So here goes!
What Anime to Watch after Chainsaw Man
This goes without saying, but if you like the style of Chainsaw Man and the goriness of it, you’ll absolutely love some of the following:
Gory, quirky, funny, and contains a whole lot of fisheye camera shots (or well, drawings really), Attack on Titan is sure to hit the spot. I’m fairly certain that most people have watched this anime, but if you haven’t yet, you are truly missing out. Any anime veteran are going to vouch for this one. Some have even watched the entire series more than once.
The synopsis reads “Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called Titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal Titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.”
A favorite according to consensus between close friends, Jujutsu Kaisen not only provides an incredible story, but the art Studio Mappa delivers is wowing some, too.
The synopsis on MyAnimeList reads “Idly indulging in baseless paranormal activities with the Occult Club, high schooler Yuuji Itadori spends his days at either the clubroom or the hospital, where he visits his bedridden grandfather. However, this leisurely lifestyle soon takes a turn for the strange when he unknowingly encounters a cursed item. Triggering a chain of supernatural occurrences, Yuuji finds himself suddenly thrust into the world of Curses—dreadful beings formed from human malice and negativity—after swallowing the said item, revealed to be a finger belonging to the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, the “King of Curses.””
Death Note is without a doubt one of the best edge-of-your-seat anime out there. It is suspenseful and absolutely made for the young adult mind. Not as violent as Chainsaw Man, this anime does contain some gory moments though. The art is stunning and the story itself doesn’t feel like it drags at all. You’ll binge-watch this show so fast, and nobody is going to blame you for it. You’ll probably also have to watch this show several times, because some have experienced it not being the same every time.
The synopsis reads “Brutal murders, petty thefts, and senseless violence pollute the human world. In contrast, the realm of death gods is a humdrum, unchanging gambling den. The ingenious 17-year-old Japanese student Light Yagami and sadistic god of death Ryuk share one belief: their worlds are rotten. For his own amusement, Ryuk drops his “Death Note” into the human world. Light stumbles upon it, deeming the first of its rules ridiculous: the human whose name is written in this note shall die. However, the temptation is too great, and Light experiments by writing a felon’s name, which disturbingly enacts his first murder. Aware of the terrifying godlike power that has fallen into his hands, Light—under the alias “Kira”—follows his wicked sense of justice with the ultimate goal of cleansing the world of all evil-doers. The meticulous mastermind detective L is already on his trail, but as Light’s brilliance rivals L’s, the grand chase for Kira turns into an intense battle of wits that can only end when one of them is dead.”
This anime contains scenes that feel very much like Attack On Titan, but the story itself is very different. Despite ranking a 6.4/10 on My Anime List, the show will not disappoint Chainsaw Man fans. The plot reads “100 years after settlers on the continent of Patria established a democratic nation, the discovery of an energy source called Somnium ore sparked a conflict. The nation of Patria split between the industrial Northern Union and the mining towns of the Southern Confederation, and began fighting a civil war. While the South had greater numbers, the North had a secret weapon: The Incarnates, soldiers who could transform into giant mythical beasts and single-handedly destroy enemy emplacements. However, when the war ended and a peace treaty was negotiated, the Incarnates were supposed to be destroyed. Instead, an officer named Cain betrayed his superiors and fled with the surviving Incarnates across the continent. Two years later, an Incarnate named Hank has made it his mission to hunt down the surviving Incarnates, assisted by a young woman named Char who blames him for killing her father.”
Berserk has been a favorite for a long period of time now, so if you haven’t seen it, it’s the perfect time to catch up! even to this day, people are still inspired by the anime. But don’t take my word for it. Check out what this Reddit user has to say!
I first heard of Gantz when I saw the Gantz:0, the animated, 3D movie based on the anime. The movie itself was amazing, but what about the series? It has a 7/10 on MAL, and is generally liked by watchers. The synopsis reads: “Thought your life was bad? Sometimes, death is worse. There is no salvation, peace, nor god waiting to receive you into their care. But wait, a god? Maybe you are talking about that big black ball stuck in the room with you. Now you are thrown into a game, fighting green aliens and robot monsters for the chance to survive.”
The movie itself was pretty violent, and the anime itself is rated R+ – Mild Nudity.
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