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2011 was a pretty awesome year for anime, spawning highly popular titles such as Steins;Gate and Hunter x Hunter (2011), and less widely known shows such as Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East) and Un-Go. Amid the high excitement surrounding some of the more memorable anime, came the thrilling tale of Ouma Shu, a 17-year-old loner living in what is left of Japan in the year 2039, ten years after the aptly named Apocalypse Virus changed the world.
With the collapse of the previous government, a private military organisation known as the GHQ has established itself as the only authority in Japan and as expected of people under despotic rule, a rebel faction known as Funeral Parlor arose in order to combat the GHQ. When Shu meets a member of Funeral Power, it quickly becomes evident that he has the power to draw the manifestations of people’s personalities, known as “Voids” and now, armed with his newfound power, Shu is hurled into the war to reclaim Japan. So we at Honey’s have Shu’s ability too and drew the Voids from 6 other shows – they have many similarities and so, we decided to put them together: 6 Anime Like Guilty Crown!
This is an updated list. For the old list, please scroll down.
Similar Anime to Guilty Crown
1. Code Geass
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2006 – July 2007
A.D. 2010. The Holy Britannia Empire declares war on the rest of the world, confident in its military strength due to their devastating mechanised weapons, the Knightmare Frames. The aftermath of the war saw Britannia establish itself as one of the world’s most powerful nations, with several territories claimed and renamed “Designated Areas”, Japan being Area 11. As a result of colonisation, the emergence of Japanese radicals caused several politically-motivated conflicts, and exiled Britannian Prince Lelouch Lamperouge found himself caught in the middle of such a conflict between Japanese rebels, who were in possession of a dangerous weapon, and the Britannian military. With his life in mortal danger, the weapon reveals itself to be C.C, a young woman who grants Lelouch “the Power of Kings” – the Geass; an ability which grants him absolute obedience. With this new power and a score to settle, Lelouch takes advantage of the political situation in Japan to finally exact revenge on the Empire.
Having main themes of war and loss, as well as rebellion, Code Geass and Guilty Crown bear outright similarities. Granted, the settings and protagonists are vastly different, the very prevalent theme of war in order to achieve independence stand out in both anime, the rebellion stemming from Japanese resistance in both Code Geass and Guilty Crown. Armed with a special power which gives the side to which they are affiliated a great advantage, both protagonists become trump cards in the game of war. On a more superficial level, Code Geass and Guilty Crown have a large amount of combat happening between the pilots of giant mechanised weapons, which creates highly explosive, highly enjoyable high-tension fight scenes with stunning animation. If you really enjoyed Guilty Crown and would like more of the same, be sure to try out Code Geass – that is an order.
Code Geass PV
2. Black Bullet
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2014 – July 2014
1. In 2021, the world went to ruin after the emergence of the devastating Gastrea Virus, an infection which turned humans into bloodthirsty monstrosities. The few surviving humans live under the protection of the Monolith Walls, which are made of Varanium – the Gastrea’s sole weakness. In order to combat the Gastrea, young girls whose bodies contain trace amounts of the virus are employed alongside highly trained individuals and they are known as Initiators and Promoters respectively. The series revolves around one such Initiator-Promoter pairing: that of Aihara Enju and Satomi Rentaro of Tendo Civil Security as they protect the citizens of Tokyo from the Gastrea threat.
Black Bullet is a turbulent, large-scale action-packed monster hunt with some adorable characters (a major contrast, considering just how dark the show is) and bears many easy-to-spot similarities with the turbulent, large-scale action-packed rebellion that is Guilty Crown, the most obvious similarity being the fact that both anime have a plot driven by the presence of a highly infectious virus that ruins everyone’s lives. With that being said, Black Bullet and Guilty Crown also share a similar futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting. On a much more superficial level, the protagonists of both shows have female companions who become highly important factors in their lives. Enjoy Black Bullet on a hot summer night, just don’t let the Gastrea bite.
Black Bullet PV
3. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2016 – July 2016
During the Industrial Revolution, the emergence of a mysterious and devastating virus which turns the infected into flesh-eating zombies called Kabane, who have strange steel cage-like structures around their glowing hearts – a feature that has made them very difficult to kill. In order to protect themselves from the Kabane threat, residents of the island of Hinomoto have managed to build a walls around their various settlements, accessible only by heavily-armoured trains. Ikoma, an engineer who services these trains, has been working on a weapon which will give humanity the upper hand against the Kabane, a weapon he had to employ soon after completing it, because on that day, mankind received a grim reminder…
Seeing that they’re set in a dystopian setting with the guillotine of the end hanging firmly over the world’s hypothetical head, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri and Guilty Crown are cut from the same highly infected cloth. That’s not to say we don’t love them, we’re just able to see that both shows share striking similarities in setting and in major features of the plot, mainly the viruses which send the world into chaos. Like Guilty Crown, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri boasts absolutely incredible animation and artwork, crazy action sequences and of course… a female companion to the male protagonist. It must be difficult finding the right item to silence your noisy flesh-eating neighbours – Koutetsujou no Kabaneri just made the search much, much easier.
Koutetsujou no Kabaneri PV
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4. Deadman Wonderland
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2011 – July 2011
14-year-old Igarashi Ganta’s middle school class has a scheduled field trip to Deadman Wonderland, a prison which doubles as an amusement park where prisoners participate in sadistic death games for the entertainment of the general public. Unfortunately for Ganta, on the day of the trip, his entire class was massacred by strange entity dressed in red. Being the only survivor, Ganta was accused of the crime and sentenced to death, serving his sentence at the infamous Deadman Wonderland. Determined to clear his name, Ganta has to survive in a brutal world no 14-year-old has to endure.
A fairly dark title, Deadman Wonderland is a gory rollercoaster where, much like in Guilty Crown, a young and weak protagonist is thrown into a turbulent world, in possession of a power they barely understand. Where Ganta possesses the “Branches of Sin”, a power that allows the user to bend their own blood to their will and form weapons, Ouma Shu has the “Power of Kings” which lets him draw out people’s “Voids”. Another similarity between the two shows is the presence of a female protagonist and companion leagues stronger than the show’s main character.
Deadman Wonderland PV
5. C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: April 2011 – July 2011
In a world where the Japanese Government was saved from financial collapse by an entity known as the Sovereign Wealth Fund, the lives of Japanese citizens have not improved much and the general outlook on life is bleak. 19-year-old Yoga Kimimaro is a college student who is one day approached by a strange man who offers him a deal: he will offer Kimimaro a large sum of money if his future can be used as collateral. When Kimimaro accepts the deal, his normal life is changed forever as he is exposed to the realm known as the Financial District, where people compete in weekly tournaments using avatars in order to keep earning money and maintain their futures.
A largely unknown gem from 2011, C: is the brilliant story of a young protagonist who, with the help of his female companion, finds himself aligned with an organisation the nature of which he does not completely understand – much like with Ouma Shu in Guilty Crown. While both protagonists do not deal with the same types of problems, they are both pressed to make decisions that will, in the long run, be either to the benefit or the detriment of scores of people. Artistically, both shows exhibit vibrant colours and awesome fight scenes, and both shows bring to light various questions on human nature. Whoever said “money makes the world go round” probably had C: in mind.
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control PV (English Subs)
6. Eureka Seven
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: April 2005 – April 2006
14-year-old Renton Thurston lives with his grandfather in the small uneventful town of Bellforest, where he spends his days daydreaming about becoming a member of the rebel group Gekkostate, a faction which is the subject of his intense admiration and obsession. When a beautiful girl called Eureka, piloting a mech known as the Nirvash TypeZERO, crashes into his house, Renton is caught between living up to his grandfather’s wishes and becoming a mechanic, or joining up with Gekkostate. Tired of his boring old life, Renton decides to join Gekkostate as the co-pilot of the Nirvash, a decision that changes his life forever.
Probably the closest to Guilty Crown as you can get without actually having Guilty Crown, Eureka Seven is a story bearing so many of the same elements, from having a similar snot-nosed protagonist, similar stoic heroine with very odd tendencies, an emphasis on warfare fought through the use of robots and mechs, both anime have a futuristic setting and come in packing quite a bit of romance. It is safe to say that a lot of what Guilty Crown has, Eureka Seven has in abundance.
Both are incredible anime with immense character development in the protagonist himself and in surrounding characters, and the biggest similarity lies in the protagonists: both come from fairly mundane lives in order to rapidly become central figures in the worlds in which they live. Long story short, if you loved Guilty Crown at all, fate dictates that you leave your mundane lives behind and join up with Gekkostate in Eureka Seven.
Eureka Seven PV
Guilty Crown was a very successful story filled with elements of war, change, love and responsibility and, despite it being very difficult to find shows that weave such themes together to create an anime that was as beautiful and captivating as Guilty Crown, the 6 on this list are of a similar standard, some even better than Guilty Crown itself. So, if you’ve seen post-apocalyptic Japan in 2039 and you would just like to have a taste of that again, best believe that you will find something on this list that will do more than just tickle your fancy – it’ll create even greater holes to fill than ever. So jump in, but before you do that, drop a comment in the comment section below – and maybe, just maybe, some of your faves could show up on a list like this, real soon.
Guilty Crown, with its mesmerizing visuals, addictive soundtracks and intriguing story, has captured the hearts of many, including me. For everyone out there who wants to witness a romance-sci-fi-fantasy-action anime story unfold before them, allow me to guide the way.
Guilty Crown takes place in a futuristic world where the Apocalypse Virus, which threatens to wipe out all humans, is being contained in Japan by an exterior organization called the GHQ but resulting in lack of self-determination among the people of Japan. In this sci-fi setting, the main protagonist obtains the power to draw weapons from others giving the anime series its fantasy side. The action packed anime has a deeply embedded romance story in its plot as well. Deriving the key elements to be science fiction, fantasy, action and romance, let us take a look at the recommendations.
Similar Anime to Guilty Crown
1. Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct. 1995 - Mar. 1996
Definitely one of the popular animes out there, this story revolves around a protagonist who initially seems to be weak but destined for greatness. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world the anime presents a strong mix of science fiction and fantasy as the story includes robots fighting supernatural monsters. With plenty of action, some romance and a widely acclaimed storyline you do not want to pass up on this gem.
Although the series was released a long time back, those looking for some improved visuals should check out “Rebuild of Evangelion” which is a reboot of the original series, serialized into four movies (although the 4th movie has not been released yet).
Neon Genesis Evangelion Official Trailer
2. Darker than Black
[Japanese Name: Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha]
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 2007 - Sep. 2007
Another popular anime series, the story takes place in a world where two mysterious phenomena known as the Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s gate appeared along with people possessing supernatural powers. The story revolves around one of the contractors who works for a powerful organization called the “Syndicate”.
This series will enthrall all anime lovers who are into dark-science fantasy themes. With plenty of action and an intriguing story, if you have not watched this series yet and are into the aforementioned themes, you definitely need to give this series a try.
Darker than Black Official Trailer
3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Episodes: 27
- Aired: Apr. 2007 - Sep. 2007
This has to be one of my favorite animes, as it has a supreme blend of action, engrossing story, subtle romances in a futuristic (but rather desolate) world. The story is divided into two arcs similar to Guilty Crown, taking place in a futuristic setting and involves the protagonist becoming rebellious and standing up for the oppressed people.
Lots of robots (ever increasing in size as the story progresses) accompanied by increasingly powerful drills, the story has plenty of action, awe-inspiring twists and an overall “out of the world” experience.
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4. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: Apr. 2009 - Jul. 2010
I would expect all anime lovers to have watched this series as stories do not get much better than this. The story revolves around two brothers who learn about the fundamental rule of alchemy the hard way. That is in order to gain something one must pay something of equal value. In this world wars are fought with guns, rifles and tanks along with alchemists who have magical abilities.
The story is initially about the brothers trying to recover their bodies after their failed transmutation to bring back their mother, but as they uncover secrets of the alchemy world, they are forced to take a larger role deciding the fate of the world.
Stunning visuals, an amazing story and some great original sound tracks, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is a definite must-watch.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Official Trailer
5. Ergo Proxy
- Episodes: 23
- Aired: Feb. 2006 - Aug. 2006
This series takes place in a futuristic world where a catastrophe had destroys the earth’s ecological system and life is not possible outside of a Romdeau, a utopian but strictly controlled place. Here, robots, androids and humans co-existed in harmony until a virus which gave some androids the ability to think for themselves.
Ergo Proxy is mostly science fiction with a mysterious theme, a dark atmosphere and some supernatural/fantasy elements. The plot of Ergo Proxy, similar to most of the other animes I have mentioned, involves a controlled society and a rebellious (and pretty in this case) protagonist.
6. Kurokami (Black God)
- Episodes: 23
- Aired: Jan. 2009 - Jun. 2009
This story unfolds in current day Tokyo unlike the other recommended animes. The plot involves the male protagonist making a contract with a female protagonist which ultimately gives him immense supernatural power. Similar to Guilty Crown, the character seems initially weak and unsure but improves as the story progresses. Compared to the other recommendations, this anime has a stronger romantic theme present in its storyline.
If you are looking for a rather romantic action anime mixed with fantasy, this is the one for you.