Jujutsu Kaisen has fans around the world. Since its debut, the show has become one of the most popular anime in recent memory and has sparked a renewed interest in darker shows. The latest season has just aired, and many fans are looking to other series that have the same feel as this dark shonen anime.
Jujutsu Kaisen has a way of mixing humor with the most gut-wrenching scenes to make a great show. This balance is what audiences are craving in other stories. Others look for anime that skew toward outright horror, as seen in Jujutsu Kaisen‘s bleakest plotlines. Thankfully, there are numerous anime that manage to do similar things with their stories for fans who want the same feeling they get from watching Jujutsu Kaisen.
1 Season, 64 Episodes
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood isn’t as explicitly horrific as Jujutsu Kaisen, but they both feature a large cast of engaging characters and a plucky protagonist. Edward Elric and Yuji Itadori are both guided on their missions in memory of someone they loved, and they are equally humorous and powerful characters.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood also features many scenes of body horror and other sickening situations, just like Jujutsu Kaisen. Fans looking for a great shonen anime with both humor and grit will love Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
2 Seasons, 25 Episodes
Like Jujutsu Kaisen, Noragami follows a group of powerful individuals who battle against spirits that feed off of the emotions of humans. Norgami focuses on gods more than superpowered humans, but themes of inner turmoil and the darker sides of humanity are still prevalent.
Noragami features a trio of characters at the center of its story. Yato, Hiyori Iki, and Yuki mirror Fushiguro, Kugisaki, and Itadori as a trio with a somewhat serious male, a determined female, and an apparent prankster. Noragami is not afraid to shy away from more serious story elements but isn’t quite as disturbing as Jujutsu Kaisen. Still, fans who enjoy watching a trio of shonen heroes take down terrifying monsters should give Noragami a try.
8 Hell’s Paradise
1 Season, 13 Episodes
Gabimaru the Hollow is an exceptionally strong protagonist not unlike Yuji Itadori. Although Yuji is much more carefree and gets along with most people, both young men began their training at young ages to become powerful forces into young adulthood.
Like Jujutsu Kaisen, Hell’s Paradise features grotesque body horror and terrifying imagery that horror fans would enjoy. They also have varying casts with different abilities and weapons they use to take down their enemies. Both shows were also animated by MAPPA, which gives them the same overall style as well.
26 Seasons, 386 Episodes
Bleach is a classic shonen that also sees a young man roped into becoming a guardian of humanity to rid the world of evil. Ichigo Kurosaki becomes a Soul Reaper to extinguish the increasing threat of Hollows.
Ichigo and Yuji fall into their new professions by happenstance and are both relatively proficient for their age. They use their power to fight fantastical beings, but they make time for fun as well. Bleach is a great anime that Jujutsu Kaisen fans should check out for its similar story and deep lore.
6 Demon Slayer
4 Seasons, 55 Episodes
Demon Slayer is another horror shonen anime that features a sunshiny protagonist motivated by family. Tanjiro Kamado may not have supernatural abilities like Yuji, but he channels power through a Nichiriin sword similar to the Cursed Tools in JJK.
Tanjiro and Yuji face many sinister villains throughout their stories but always remain true to their beliefs. They also have strong connections to their shows’ overarching villains. Tanjiro is after the demon king Muzan Kibitsuji to avenge his family, while Yuji is possessed by the dastardly Ryoumen Sukuna — one of the deadliest Cursed Spirits to exist. There are so many similarities between the shows that fans of one will surely enjoy the other.
5 Puella Magi Madoka Magica
1 Season, 12 Episodes
Puella Magi Madoka Magica features a young protagonist named Madoka Kaname who has strong morals and willingly sacrifices herself for others. Yuji Itadori is much the same. Both main characters face horrific monsters borne from dark thoughts, and both shows create chilling depictions of hopelessness.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a group of magically gifted characters at its center, just like Jujutsu Kaisen. Though their fighting styles are different, the enemies are no less terrifying, and the truth of the monsters is no less haunting when the reality of their origins comes to light.
4 Parasyte: The Maxim
1 Season, 24 Episodes
Parasyte: The Maxim is a seinen horror anime about a young man who is possessed by an otherworldly being. The two team up to defeat more of the being’s kind and become a powerful fighting team. The same can be said for Jujutsu Kaisen‘s protagonist, Yuji Itadori.
Furthermore, Parasyte shows the societal breakdowns that happen when fear and suspicion take over. While the public doesn’t appear to know about the Cursed Spirits in Jujutsu Kaisen, they are no less affected by their presence and the aftermath. Parasyte has a similar story with a more adult twist that horror fans will enjoy.
3 Chainsaw Man
1 Season, 12 Episodes
Chainsaw Man is a recent horror shonen, also animated by MAPPA, that features a young man up against some of the most terrifying monsters. The Devils in Chainsaw Man and the Cursed Spirits in Jujutsu Kaisen are similar in visage and are just as deadly.
Denji is not as moral as Itadori is, but that doesn’t stop him from defeating the evil he comes across. The protagonists are also similar in that they are powered by the very things they are trying to rid the world of. The similar story beats and congruent protagonists make Chainsaw Man a great follow-up to Jujutsu Kaisen.
2 Devilman Crybaby
1 Season, 10 Episodes
Devilman Crybaby is a mature anime that features a lot of gruesome imagery and terrifying monsters. The show questions morality in times of crisis and ends with a major character’s death. Jujutsu Kaisen has similar themes of humanity’s hubris and has also killed off its protagonist once — even though he was later revived.
Devilman Crybaby has a unique art style that fits its nightmarish tale, but the dark tones are still reminiscent of Jujutsu Kaisen‘s modern anime aesthetic. Devilman Crybaby also features a possessed protagonist in Akira Fudo, just like Yuji Itadori.
1 Attack On Titan
4 Seasons, 88 Episodes
Attack on Titan is one of the first and best shonen horror anime in recent memory. The overarching mystery and the copious gore set just the right tone for fans of Jujustu Kaisen. Attack on Titan has more explicit carnage, but they both picture some of the darkest things humanity has to offer.
Attack on Titan was picked up by MAPPA after the first few seasons. As such, the art is reminiscent of Jujutsu Kaisen‘s style. Both JJK and AoT are beloved properties that give a mature spin on shonen anime and delve into what it means to live.
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