K has one of the best examples of a viral video gone wrong. Yashiro Isana is a wanted man, but he isn't the only wanted man on this list! K is a murder mystery with action, super-powered characters, and a bit of humor (Neko is hilarious). K is directed by Shingo Suzuki and produced by studio GoHands. If you're into K you'll know there's a season 2, a movie, and that it sports many novels written by people from GoRA.
K stands on it's own as a solid show, but alas, we always want more! Honey's loves a good action-mystery, and K is no exception. Unfortunately, all things come to an end, but what can possibly compare to K you ask? Let’s take a look at what K is exactly. K Is a murder mystery tightly wrapped up with super-powered action, and gang conflict. Yashiro himself has a few secrets, but he isn’t the only one! So grab your detective hats, and prepare for battle! Here are 6 anime similar to K, which show similarities in character dynamics, story, and action!
Similar Anime to K
1. Guilty Crown
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Oct 14, 2011 – Mar 23, 2012
After the world is ravaged by a pandemic the government starts culling people who show signs of infection; and even some that don't. Understandably, this doesn't sit well with everyone. Due to the death toll, Funeral Parlor is created to oppose the corrupt government. Everyone isn't keen on violence, though. Take Shu Ouma, for example; Shu is consumed by fear, runs at the first sign of danger, and he hates himself for it. Uncharacteristically, Shu saves a beautiful girl named Inori Yuzuriha. Inori injects godlike powers into Shu and he is now faced with a choice to fight with Funeral Parlor or to flee. Of course, no matter what he chooses to do everyone will be watching him closely.
Guilty Crown and K share similarities in the action and main protagonists. Both anime have characters who use superpowers to battle. Both anime also have a serious tone in story. Shu and Yashiro (from K) are forced into situations they cannot control. For example, Shu is injected with a genetic weapon, and Yashiro is framed for murder. Control wasn't something either character had under those circumstances. Guilty Crown provides a great viewing experience from director Tetsurou Araki.
Guilty Crown – Trailer
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jan 8, 2010 – Jun 25 2010
Ikebukuro is a downtown district in Tokyo where gangs gather and undesirable things tend to happen. Mikado Ryugamine makes contact with an old friend and decides to move to the district, where he witnesses all sorts of things on his first day. Among the things Mikado sees is the Black Rider, a headless motorcycle rider that's supposed to be an urban legend! The urban legend's name is Celty Sturluson (a Dullahan), and she is searching for her head. Most of the people Mikado meets are into some shady business. Of course, where there is shady business, Celty usually isn't too far behind.
Durarara!! is an intriguing mystery-action anime with a serious tone like K and features gangs in conflict with each other. Yashiro and Mikado both hide secrets too. Yashiro never tells people he's really Weismann until later in the series. By comparison, Mikado never tells anyone he has a dark side until later. Both characters also seem to gloss over the seriousness of their situation. Durarara!! also features multiple producers such as Square Enix and voice talents like Johnny Yong Bosch (Dub). Durarara!! is adapted from the light novel written by Ryohgo Narita, so if you're into mystery-action you'll want to watch it.
Durarara!! - Trailer
3. Bungou Stray Dogs (Bungo Stray Dogs)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 7, 2016 – Jun 23, 2016
After an orphanage is destroyed by a giant tiger, Nakajima Atsushi is forced out on the street, and ends up saving Dazai Osamu, who was trying to kill himself. As it turns out, Dazai is a part of the “Armed Detective Agency”, and has an unhealthy fascination with suicide. The agency is a team of investigators with superpowers, who take cases that local law enforcement cannot deal with. Nakajima joins the group since he has nowhere to go, and helps search for the tiger. After the tiger mystery is solved, the group continue their adventures.
K and Bungou Stray Dogs are both mystery-action anime, and both of them have beautiful animation. There is, however, one major thing that K and Bungou Stray Dogs have in common. Both anime have cities, which are constantly taking a beating by characters with powers. We can only imagine what the invoices must look like! Both anime also have characters solving a mystery. Yashiro is trying to find the real killer in K, and the “Armed Detective Agency” is out to solve their own cases. There is a season 2, so you can extend the joy from its 12-episode first season. Bungou Stray Dogs is adapted from the manga written by Kafka Asagiri, and you should check it out if you liked K.
Bungou Stray Dogs trailer
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4. X TV
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 3, 2001 – Mar 27, 2002
An apocalyptic prophecy is about to happen and Kamui Shirou knows it, as Dragons and Angels battle for the future of the world. Kamui, as a young boy, saved a girl named Fuuma Monou from falling from a tree, and after 6 years of no contact, Kamui comes back into Fuuma's life. She starts to notice that Kamui is not the nice person he once was, and wants nothing to do with his old friends. Kamui is a powerful psychic that can change the tide of the coming prophecy, and is sought after for his power. As his destiny draws near, he does not wish to involve old friends, but wishes to protect them regardless.
Strap in for a ride because X TV shares similar action with K and both have characters with superpowers. They also both have main characters who are sought after by different factions for very different reasons. Yashiro, for example, is wanted for murder; and Kamui is sought after because he is destined to fight for Earth's destiny. There are, however, similarities between the main protagonists. Both Yashiro and Kamui are faction leaders who wield incredible power. If you liked K, then X is a must see! X TV is directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll).
X TV - Trailer
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct 7, 2012 – Dec 23, 2012
Sakura Sakurakouji witnesses a boy seemingly burning people to ash, while she's looking out of the window of a moving bus. At school, the next day, she sees a new student who looks like the killer. Determined to bring him to justice, she later learns that Rei Ogami (the new student) is a merciless killer with powers. As Sakura follows Rei around she finds out “Code Breakers” work for an organization named Eden, and Rei is one of their agents. With no one around her who would believe her, Sakura takes it upon herself to try and instill a moral compass in Rei.
Code:Breaker is similar to K as far as serious tone and super-powered characters. Another similarity lies in the action and the chemistry of the characters. But one similarity stands out above the rest. Stalkers are people that no one wants, but some people have to deal with them. Kuroh wants to see Yashiro prove his innocence, and Rei has to deal with Sakura's moral compass. Both Rei and Yashiro are relentlessly stalked, and try to ditch their stalkers. Directed by Yashiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) Code:Breaker is another one to check out!
Code:Breaker - Trailer
6. Karneval TV (Karneval )
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 4, 2013 – Jun 27, 2013
Welcome the the Circus, a defense organization that throws parades! Nai Muhinyi follows a trail of blood to a bracelet, which was left by a friend who seemingly vanishes. Alone and desperately hungry, Nai is saved by Gareki (a thief) from being eaten by a monster while inside a mansion. As it turns out, Nai is an animal called a “Niji” (an endangered animal). Nai is also person of interest for both Circus, and the sinister organization known as Kafka. Circus gets a hold of Gareki and Nai, as they try to unravel Nai's past. All is not well however, as Kafka tries to systematically kidnap Nai for their own reasons.
Various factions hunting the main character, does that sound familiar? Well it should, because like K, Karneval is a mystery anime featuring action and opposing factions. When it comes to Yashiro and Nai both are wanted criminals. Nai is wanted by the government, and Yashiro is sought after by the HOMRA and Scepter 4 factions in K. Yashiro is really the “Silver King”, and Nai is really an animal called a “Niji” (an endangered species). Karneval is directed by Eiji Suganuma (Kodomo No Jikan), go watch it!
Karneval – Trailer
Keep fighting the good fight! We certainly will be on the lookout for any evil factions or organizations after us here at Honey's. We'll also make sure we're up on our detective skills! It sure does make you think what mysteries are yet to be uncovered in this big world we live in. Do you have any suggestions that aren't on the list, or comments? We would love to hear from you below!