Anime such as Knights of Sidonia often deals with existential (and sexual) themes and subject matter. After mastering genetics, humans can clone themselves at will, giving them either immortality or the ability to live off of photosynthesis like plants do. A bleak future where death lurks around every corner, waiting for even the smallest mistakes in the midst of epic space battles, but it’s not all doom and gloom in this world. There’s also a mechanical claw-wielding walking, talking bear. Because it incorporates elements of both mecha sci-fi and slice-of-life character moments, as well as an incredibly unique and viscerally brutal art style, the show has a lot to offer viewers from various genres.
There are six anime that will keep you company after you’ve watched the 24 episodes available in each of the two seasons of the series.
1. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
A well-known entry in the Mobile Suit Gundam series is Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. A far-off future in which humankind has built space colonies that are ruled by the United Earth Sphere Alliance is the setting for the story. The space colonies implement a secret program and send five young Gundam pilots to Earth in order to gain independence.
Knights of Sidonia and Gundam Wing have a lot in common. It’s set in the far future, when people live in spaceships and pilot enormous robots. A more serious story is told in Gundam Wing where the action takes place in epic mech battles on Earth and in space, with most of the drama taking place between the main characters in everyday situations. Similarly to the Knights series, the cast features a diverse group of memorable and nuanced individuals. After you’ve finished the series, you can watch Endless Waltz, which is a great follow-up film. Anyone who enjoys sci-fi or mecha anime will enjoy this.
It takes place in a world where humans are also plagued by shape-shifting monsters called Yoma who feed on and terrorize the population, instead of a cold sci-fi space setting. Despite the fact that they are armed with giant claymores and wield superhuman strength and abilities (in addition to them), the Claymores are unable to keep them safe from the demonic forces that seek to destroy them. To find out what happened to Raki’s family, we follow Clare, a Claymore, who saves him from the evil Yoma who killed everyone in his path.
Claymore and Knights of Sidonia share enough similarities despite their disparate settings to pique the interest of longtime fans. As with the Gauna, the Yoma also have the ability to shapeshift and feed on humans, making them dangerous foes to face off against. With several revealing flashback plot arcs to help flesh out the overall story, Claymore uses stylized action and occasionally intense violence to amp up the drama at the series’ core.
Gantz is a dark sci-fi thriller set in a futuristic Japan where nothing is quite what it appears to be at first. A train accident claims the lives of Kurono and Katou, two friends who were trying to save a homeless man who had fallen onto the tracks. Although they had high hopes for the afterlife, they find themselves in a room filled with a black ball known as the Gantz and forced to compete with other recently deceased players for points by using futuristic weapons and specialized suits to hunt down and exterminate aliens.
This violent anime is similar to Knights of Sidonia in that it features adult themes and a lot of violence. Characters are introduced and killed off mercilessly throughout the series, and the show’s explicit sexuality prompted censorship when it first aired. The main characters, whether in the game or in real life, must deal with the brutality of their daily lives and society as a whole. Fans of Knights of Sidonia will enjoy the fast-paced action provided by the strange aliens they run into.
The Sibyl System, a futuristic sci-fi surveillance system, keeps tabs on a person’s propensity to commit crimes in Psycho-Pass. It is determined by the “psycho-pass” result whether or not a person’s brain is scanned whether or not they are seen as a threat; if they are, they are pursued until they are caught or killed by the members of the Criminal Investigation Division. In order to enforce the Sibyl System’s rules and track down criminal masterminds who can manipulate and avoid the system, the show follows detective Akane and the members of Unit 1.
If the storyline sounds familiar, don’t read any further. Every episode of this series is as brutal and hard-hitting as the previous ones, and it has the same kind of action-oriented appeal. Additionally, there are visual similarities between the two. A combination of hand drawn and computer-generated images makes for an appealing animation. The plot is suspenseful and unpredictable, and the story revolves around the characters. Psycho-Pass, like Knights, spends a lot of time setting up the systems and then questions the value of those systems and the consequences they have on the main characters in the story.
5. Attack on Titan / Shingeki no Kyojin
Attack on Titan is probably familiar unless you’ve been living on a desert island. People who are unfamiliar with the story will be surprised to learn that it takes place in a dark fantasy world where humans have managed to survive a near-extinction event thanks to the sudden appearance of monstrous, mindless giants known as titans. A peaceful existence behind three massive walls was threatened when a titan the size of Earth shattered the outermost wall, allowing smaller titans to enter and wreak havoc. The plot revolves around the trio of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin as they battle the advancing titans and try to understand the nature of the monsters they face.
Fans of Knights of Sidonia will enjoy this series because it has many similarities to the previous one. An extremely visceral and brutal art direction accompanies the fast-paced, action-packed narrative in this anime. Bringing down the titular titans frequently necessitates the sacrifice of dozens of people in the same way the Guana did. A revelation about the enemy’s nature in later episodes in both series rocks viewers’ expectations and flips their perceptions on their head. Even if you’ve already seen it, this is a must-see for any Knights fan.
6. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime that has left an indelible mark on the anime community and continues to do so today. Shinji, an 18-year-old high school student, is recruited by his father into a secret military force called NERV to fight giant monsters known as Angels in biomechanical mechs called Evangelion. NERV uses mechs that are synced to their respective pilots for maximum combat effectiveness against the Angels. Character moments carry the story beyond the flashy, intense fight sequences, and Shinji is surrounded by an ensemble cast of sincere and dubious allies.
There are many parallels between Knights of Sidonia and Evangelion, so it’s likely that fans of the former are familiar with the latter. The similarities between the two films are immediately apparent when looking at the post-apocalyptic sci-fi settings, the gigantic enemies, the teenage cast piloting giant mechs, and the brutal battles between them. Evangelion’s legendary status, however, has been cemented by the show’s character moments, emotional themes, and religious imagery. Watching this show will be a treat for any Knights of Sidonia fan.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Trailer
That’s all there is to it. If you enjoyed Knights of Sidonia, here are six anime that will keep you occupied while you wait for the next big name in the genre to emerge. Please let us know if you find any entries that a true fan would make a mistake in missing in the comments section if you do.