Sitting gloriously at the 37th position in ranking on MyAnimeList, Jujutsu Kaisen is a treat both visually and storywise. Following the adventures of a high school student, Yuuji and his dangerous world filled with demons and other malicious beings. MAPPA studios truly pulled all the stops in the making of this anime. The anime, based on the ongoing manga being published on the weekly Shounen Jump, is written and drawn by Gege Akutami. Jujutsu Kaisen gained a surge in popularity after it was released in Fall 2020. In this list, we’ll be taking a look at the best animes similar to Jujutsu Kaisen.
10. Demon Slayer
- Episodes: 26
- Studios: ufotable
- Genres: Action, Demons, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural
- Aired: Apr 6, 2019, to Sep 28, 2019
Tanjiro Kamado lives in the mountains with his mother and sister. After losing his father, he has become the sole source of income for his family. He sells charcoal in a nearby village to provide for what remains of his household. However, he returns from work one day to find that his house has been attacked. His mother has been killed, and his sister turned into a half-demon.
Enraged by this, he decides to take revenge on the demons that destroyed his peaceful life. He soon gets tied with a secret society called the Demon Slayer Corps, learning to become a demon slayer himself and to turn his sister, the only living member of his family, into a human again.
If you’re looking for a show that deals with the supernatural and has mythical creatures like demons and other monsters, mysterious organizations, and excellent fighting sequences, Demon Slayer will make for a great watch.
- Episodes: 366
- Studios: Studio Pierrot
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Super Power, Supernatural, Shounen
- Aired: Oct 5, 2004, to Mar 27, 2012
Ichigo Kurosaki’s peaceful life as an ordinary High School student suddenly changes when his family is attacked by Hollow, corrupted spirits that devour human souls. Protecting his family is Rukia, a Soul Reaper (Shinigami) tasked with protecting the locality from similar Hollows, who is heavily injured during the battle. Since she cannot recover from her fatal injuries, it falls onto Ichigo to take her powers and use them to protect the area.
Soon, Ichigo begins living a double life as a Shinigami and a student. However, he later learns that some of his friends and classmates can also interact with the spirits that haunt his world. While he discovers more about the world of Soul Reapers, he comes across a threat that is even greater than the Hollows.
Since Jujutsu Kaisen is an anime with many supernatural creatures in a Shounen setting, with an organization trying to defeat these monsters, Bleach feels very similar to it.
- Episodes: 220
- Studios: Studio Pierrot
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Super Power, Martial Arts, Shounen
- Aired: Oct 3, 2002, to Feb 8, 2007
The pillar of Shonen Jump, Naruto is well known in the anime community and outer spheres as well. It’s set in a world of ninjas, where our main character, an orphan named Naruto, must overcome the hardships of life to achieve his dreams of becoming a Hokage, the leader of his village. However, the goal will not be an easy one to achieve. The village people hate Naruto because of his indisciplined behavior and a mysteriously dark past surrounding the boy.
There are a lot of similarities between Jujutsu Kaisen and Naruto. The lovable characters, the malicious demons, and the terrifying villains. Many people believe Jujutsu Kaisen to simply be Naruto but without the fillers.
- Episodes: 148
- Studios: Madhouse
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen, Super Power
- Aired: Oct 2, 2011, to Sep 24, 2014
This anime tells the story of Gon Freecs, a boy who wishes to become a Hunter just like his father. Hunters are people who qualify for a challenging and rigorous exam to gain a license and title that gives them access to a lot of stuff kept away from the ordinary public. Only a few tough individuals can clear the exam and gain the title of Hunter.
Gon, curious to find out what made his father leave his family behind, is set on becoming a Hunter himself. He will have to face many challenges to clear the exam, facing very skilled contenders. The road that lies ahead of Gon is a dark and tricky one; however, with his friends and undying ambition, the ecstatic boy will continue to learn.
Hunter X Hunter and Jujutsu Kaisen both have amazing worlds and exciting stories. The dark and serious parts of the anime keep you on the edge of your seat, but a sense of joy is maintained with lighthearted scenes sprinkled throughout.
On another note, you should also check out Yu Yu Hakusho (by the same mangaka as HxH, Yoshihiro Togashi.
- Episodes: 25
- Studios: A-1 Pictures
- Genres: Action, Demons, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural
- Aired: Apr 17, 2011, to Oct 2, 2011
A battle between mortals and Satan himself. Whose side will the son of Satan choose?
Rin Okumura is an ordinary yet troublesome teenager whose life on Earth is turned upside down when he is attacked by demons from Gehenna, the house of Satan. He soon finds out that he is actually the son of Satan, sent many years ago to this world to become a vessel for Satan so that he can invade it.
Rin decides to fight against the demons, protecting the world where he has lived for so long. He takes on the quest to fight alongside his brother, Yukio. In a war between Satan and his son, who will prevail?
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: Bones
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural
- Aired: Jan 5, 2014, to Mar 23, 2014
This anime follows the story of Yato, a self-proclaimed God of Delivery, who dreams of having millions of followers. Currently, however, he has no followers and no shrine dedicated to him. He does odd jobs for people in need along with his weapon partner, taking a fee of 5 yen from them. However, his pathetic life ends up annoying his partner, and she leaves him.
However, in the darkest of times, he comes across a girl, Hiyori, who saves him from a car accident. But this event loosens her soul, allowing it to leave her body unexpectedly. She demands God to return her to normal. Yato, however, can’t do much until he finds a new partner. Thus, Hiyori agrees to help him find one. If you’re looking for a supernatural show which isn’t as dark as Jujutsu Kaisen, but still has a powerful story, make sure to watch Noragami.
4. My Hero Academia
- Episodes: 88
- Studios: Bones
- Genres: Action, Comedy, School, Shounen, Super Power
- Aired: Apr 3, 2016, to Jun 26, 2016
In this popular anime, we meet Izuku Midoriya, an ordinary boy living in a world filled with “Quirks.” While 80% of the population possesses some form of superpowers called “Quirks,” Izuku is born without any. Despite this, he is a huge fanatic of superheroes and studies them whenever possible.
He wishes to one day become the greatest superhero. However impossible his dream may seem, he doesn’t want to give up, and his luck soon shines through.
In a series of opportune events, the boy inherits powerful abilities and must now begin his journey on the road to becoming a hero. The journey won’t be easy, as a group of supervillains is set on wreaking havoc. Moreover, his classmates at the hero university prove to be powerful contenders for a similar goal. How will Izuku prove himself better than his friends, rivals, and enemies to become the greatest?
My Hero Academia is similar to Jujutsu Kaisen because the main characters are present in a high school setting, fighting against powerful opponents. The characters in this show are lovable, and the story development is exciting to watch. Both shows have dark moments mixed in with comedic bits, making for a great nail-biting yet entertaining experience.
- Episodes: 24
- Studios: Madhouse
- Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Horror, Psychological, Drama, Seinen
- Aired: Oct 9, 2014, to Mar 26, 2015
When mysterious parasitic aliens come into Earth, they quickly infect many humans and other organisms. One such parasite tries to latch onto a high school student, Shinichi. However, it isn’t able to reach his head and instead infects his right hand. Now, Shinichi lives with a right hand that looks normal but is much more powerful and deadly. The parasite, named Migi, cannot harm Shinichi and must instead protect him. because if he dies, then the parasite perishes as well.
The anime follows the troubles that this unlikely pair faces. It shows us how this coexistence affects Shinichi’s ordinary life and the challenges they face, as many hostile parasites think of them as a threat and wish to eradicate them.
2. The God of High School
- Episodes: 13
- Studios: MAPPA
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
- Aired: Jul 6, 2020, to Sep 28, 2020
The “God of High School” is a tournament containing various Korean high school students, all competing to determine who is the strongest fighter among them. The contest allows all styles of Martial Arts and weapons as well. The winner will be granted his or her greatest desire, whatever it may be.
Jin Mo-Ri has been training for years in Taekwondo under the tutelage of his grandfather. He is obsessed with fighting and enters the tournament to test out his skills and challenge stronger opponents. He makes many friends along the way, each with their ambitions; however, the tournament isn’t all that it seems, and there are many more secrets that lie behind its existence.
1. Kemono Jihen
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: Ajia-Do
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Supernatural
- Aired: Jan 10, 2021, to Mar 28, 2021
Kohachi Inugami is an occult detective who is called to a remote village to investigate the mysterious appearance of rotting livestock. During his investigation, he comes across a young boy working in the field. When he approaches the boy, he notices that he reeks terribly. Curious, he then appoints the boy to help him in his investigation.
As a result, a vast new world is suddenly opened for the boy, as he learns of the existence of monstrous creatures called Kemono that live alongside humans. Soon, the unique pair head on a journey that will change their lives forever.
This anime was majorly overshadowed by the popularity of Jujutsu Kaisen but is really good in its own way. It has a bunch of complex characters, a fantastic story with satisfying character development, and a story with many ghouls.
- Beyond the Boundary
- Tower of God
- Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
- Chainsaw Man (yet to be aired as of 2021.)