This is what survival anime is all about. They are anime shows featuring the fundamental and crucial survival aspects. When faced with an impossible situation, there is no doubt in one’s mind that one’s life is at stake. In most cases, it’s a situation in which the entire plot and the cast of people walk a razor-thin line between life and death. There’s usually a lot going on. Tragedy happens occasionally. Over and above all else, the survival genre merely asks that you live and survive!
If you’re looking for some good survival anime, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10. Do you have it in you to see it through to the end? Will you be able to bear to see them all, or will you die? Now it’s up to you to decide what to do! Keep going or give up, this is a list of anime that you should keep an eye on!
10 – Danganronpa: The Animation
There are few things more terrifying than being trapped in a school with a psychotic bear intent on causing mayhem among the students. Isn’t it utterly depressing? In any case, this is the state of affairs at Hope’s Peak! Although it appears to be a prominent high school for the well-to-do, Hope’s Peak Academy is actually a school shrouded in mystery! So, what could possibly be worse? There is only one way to find out what’s going on at this school—to survive!
One lucky student is Makoto Naegi! Makoto was able to get into Hope’s Peak Academy even though there were only a few spots available. That being said, this school isn’t precisely what people think it is. On the first day of school, all of the students are confined to the school’s walls. Awful news has arrived, delivered by “Monokuma,” an unreliable bear in black and white garb who purports to be the principal.
It’s either this or death! It’s almost time for a fight to the finish! The only way to get away and graduate is to murder another person and never be found out. Who will be the first to die? It remains to be seen who will be apprehended. Who will be left?
9 – God Eater
Every time a monster touches down in a new location, disaster ensues! Many people are killed by the monsters’ invasion as a result. The prospects of humanity surviving and emerging undamaged depend on striking the right balance between attacking and defending. One problem with the monsters, though, is that they are virtually invulnerable to current weaponry!
The story of God Eater takes place in a dystopian future plagued by “Aragami,” or man-eating monsters. You don’t mess with the Aragami! They’re taking over the planet, little by little! God Eaters and God Arcs have given humanity a glimmer of hope.
Special beings known as “God Eaters” are able to use the God Arcs. These God Arcs, on the other hand, are the unique weaponry fashioned from the Aragami’s cells. We have a shot at survival thanks to Fenrir, the God Eaters, and the God Arcs.
8 – Terra Formars
Cockroaches create terror in the majority of humans. And even if these pests don’t become any bigger, what if they do evolve and expand to gigantic proportions? Is there a chance that we’ll face them in a battle for supremacy? Will we be able to defeat cockroaches, given their ability to survive in the harshest of environments?
Planetary exploration and expedition are now possible in the distant future. Mars is one of the worlds mankind are eager to colonize and settle because of its potential as a good habitat. In order to get the ecosystem started, moss and cockroaches were brought there. Unfortunately, the outcome was not what we had hoped for.
On Mars, the cockroaches have mutated and developed into ferocious new species. As a result, we’ve opened the door to the apocalypse. It’s now a war for one’s very life! Humans or cockroaches, which will prevail?
7 – Sword Art Online
To be clear, Sword Art Online itself isn’t quite a “Survival Anime.” Despite this, its plot twists and turns, which made it a genre pioneer, have made it one of anime’s most fascinating works. Sword Art Online is a survival-themed anime that you should watch from beginning to end if you haven’t already (especially the first arc).
Sword Art Online, a new VR Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, has just gone live! In addition, a terrifying calamity is foretold on the very first day of the game’s release! Hundreds of thousands of gamers are now unable to log out of the game. Attempting to remove the NerveGear by force will result in death. When you die in the game, you die in real life as well. There’s no getting out of this one easily!
This nightmare can only be broken by completing Aincrad and escaping the game. Nevertheless, it is not an easy process! The agonizing pain has begun! Adapt and fight are the only options available to you if you want to survive until the end!
6 – Deadman Wonderland
Imagining being stranded in a barren location with individuals being pitted against one another for the sake of an experiment is terrifying. That’d be the worst thing ever! Not only is this situation horrifying, but it also screams—survival of the fittest.
An innocent high school student was falsely accused of murdering his entire class by Igarashi Ganta. Truth be told, it was the “Dead Man” who appeared to be the “Red Man.”
Deadman Wonderland is a place that isn’t what it appears to be. Despite its appearance, Deadman Wonderland is nothing more than a high-end theme park. But behind the surface, it’s a horrific world where captives are forced to endure grueling difficulties, conflicts, and experiments in order to survive.
5 – Fate/Zero
There’s going to be a war, and it’s going to be bloody! You have to keep in mind that they are purely components of survival. In Fate/Zero, combat and survival are the name of the game. Those are the only things you need to know right now. Grasp it and behold its splendor and majesty!
The winner of the Holy Grail fight will be able to grant one desire. To win the fight, you need to be at your peak level of persistence and ability. However, no one has ever had their dream come true in the past. That’s how deadly and terrifying the Holy Grail War really is, you know.
A plan has been devised to put an end to the conflict once and for all. It’s time for the fourth conflict over the Holy Grail! Everything is going to be different! The fourth Holy Grail fight begins now that the masters and servants have arrived!
4 – Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
What on earth are these monstrosities? Basically, they’re zombies, just worse. These metallic zombies have trapped hearts! To top it all off, they’re cruel and brutal in a way no one else can be. Those people are known as Kabane (the Kabane). They’re the new threat to humanity’s survival.
At this point, the human race is safe from encirclement. They occupy fortified cities. They travel and live in armored steam locomotives. As of yet, there is yet a glimmer of hope. In addition, there are humans known as the “Kabaneri,” who are neither humans nor kabana. In the middle, but with the sanity and morality to fight for what they believe in.
This is the next battleground for mankind. Will they last into the kabane era? Future events cannot be predicted with certainty.
3 – Btooom!
“Btooom!” puts the emphasis on “survival” in the phrase “survival game. In a sense, it’s a game that happens in the real world. Do you remember all the first-person shooter games that are popular on the internet? It’s all there, but with explosions and more violence—all taking place in the real world! “Btooom!” Oh my God, what a terrible thing!
“Btooom!” is a well-known internet game with a large following. They didn’t aware it existed in the real world, and it’s being played by real people!
Using bombs a la “Btooom!” type warfare, humans on a remote island are incited to battle. Sadly, this is the case. Violent, even more so than a game’s end, and even deadlier than that. “Btooom!” is a fact of life.
2 – Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
This is one of the greatest and most highly recommended anime series dealing with the concept of survival. Why? The reason for this is Mirai Nikki’s (Future Diary) never-ending supply of plot twists and turns! It’s also exciting, dramatic, and mind-blowing on top of all that. To view such a work of art is humbling.
The story of Yukiteru Amano and his participation in a unique and hazardous survival game is told through the eyes of Mirai Nikki. If you win, you’ll become the new god of time and space, and you’ll receive anything you want! In terms of the game, each participant receives a special diary with the ability to look into the future. It’s up to the players to take use of the positive and negative aspects of their respective diaries.
That’s how it all gets started! The terrible survival game will determine the next god of space and time. Who will come out on top? Who will be the heir apparent to the future? Here we go with the Future Diary!
1 – Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
When it comes to survival anime, there’s no better than this one! Many people are familiar with the title “epic,” “monstrous,” and “gigantic” when referring to its size and scope. And it’s called—you guessed it—Attack on Titan! Or be eaten by a gigantic monster!
The future of humanity is in jeopardy! Gigantic, human-eating monsters called as “Titans” have emerged to roam the earth and devour all the humanity in their path. As a result, the entire human race has begun to yearn for the security provided by high walls. Many people are hesitant to venture out into the wider world because they are living in a cage.
Is humanity doomed to this fate? It’s hard to believe that there isn’t any pride left in the human race. After being humiliated and brutally attacked by the giants, it’s time to strike back, no matter how seemingly impossible it may appear at the time. Time has come for a final assault on the titans, and now is the right moment!