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Animes Similar To Kemono Jihen

The dark and supernatural world of Kemono Jihen is complimented by its dramatic and emotional side. It’s a great anime that was released in the winter of 2021 with 12 episodes and is adapted from the manga of the same name by Shou Aimoto. If you liked the dark and fantasy world that this underrated anime takes you to and want to find some more animes of the same nature (and with youkai!), you’re at the perfect place. Here are the best animes similar to Kemono Jihen.

10. Bungou Stray Dogs

Best Youkai Anime like Kemono Jihen, Bungou Stray Dogs
Bungou Stray Dogs
  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Bones
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Seinen, Super Power, Supernatural
  • Aired: Apr 7, 2016, to Jun 23, 2016

Bungu Stray Dogs brings the concepts of mystery, magic, and the supernatural together, just like Kemono Jihen. Atsushi, an orphan, has been seeing a mysterious white tiger in his orphanage for days now. However, he seems to be the only one who can notice it. When strange incidents begin to occur in the orphanage, Atsushi is blamed and tortured for them until he is eventually kicked out. Hungry and homeless, Atsushi wanders around until he comes across a seemingly drowning man and jumps in to save him. He later discovers that the man named Osamu Dazai was actually committing suicide.

Osamu is a detective who deals with supernatural cases that the police are too afraid of or unable to solve. He has, in fact, been investigating the same white tiger that was tormenting Atsushi. Osamu is a maniac for suicide and tries different methods to commit suicide from time to time. Soon, Atsushi becomes involved in his investigations, eventually joining a firm of supernatural investigators.

It’s amusing to know that Osamu Dazai was the name of an actual author. He is very popular in Japan, selling many books even now. He had tried to commit suicide multiple times throughout his life, finally succeeding in a double suicide by drowning along with his wife. Moreover, in Bungou, Osamu has a power called Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). The name of this power is actually adapted from the name of an actual book written by Dazai. It’s one of his most famous works. Interested in learning more about the author Osamu Dazai? check out the anime Aoi Bungaku.

9. Toilet-bound Hanako-kun

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Toilet-bound Hanako-kun
  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Lerche
  • Genres: Comedy, Supernatural
  • Aired: Jan 10, 2020, to Mar 27, 2020

While not as dark as Kemono Jihen, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun is an anime that also deals with the supernatural and the thin line that separates the normal from the paranormal. In this anime. We’re taken to the halls of Kamome Academy, where there’s a rumor about a bathroom ghost, a girl named Hanako-san, who apparently grants the wishes of anyone that summons her. 

Nene Yashiro, a girl who has always wanted a relationship, tries her luck with the ghost but is shocked to find out that it’s actually a guy. Instead, she finds herself stuck in a world of supernatural affairs. As she learns more about the mystical world beyond the human realm, she begins to learn of impending danger.

8. Jujutsu Kaisen 

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Jujutsu Kaisen
  • Episodes: 24
  • Studios: MAPPA
  • Genres: Action, Demons, Supernatural, School, Shounen
  • Aired: Oct 3, 2020, to Mar 27, 2021

Jujutsu Kaisen is the story of a high schooler, Yuuji Itadori, a member of the Occult Club at his school. The club members tend to fool around with “cursed” items. However, when Yuuji touches an actual cursed item, his life takes a turn for the terrifying.

When Yuuji learns of his grandfather’s regret of not having a “proper death,” he makes it his own duty to provide everyone with just that. Thus begins his adventure and battle with Curses, destructive supernatural beings feeding on the negative emotions of humans. 

When Curses attack his school premises, and Yuuji finds his friends in danger, he swallows the cursed item in hopes of being able to fight the Curses. This gives him an immense amount of magical energy but also puts him on a perilous path. What he has done is a mistake so grave that he could end up dying for it. However, some people are apparently willing to help him. The Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School decides to take him in and teach him the ways of a Jujutsu sorcerer. What lies ahead for Yuuji, and will he be able to face it?

7. Mob Psycho 100

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Mob Psycho 100
  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Bones
  • Genres: Action, Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural
  • Aired: Jul 11, 2016, to Sep 27, 2016

By the creator of One Punch Man, One, this manga shows us the story of Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama, a student who has tapped into his massive inner reserve of psychic abilities. 

We follow Kageyama’s journey, as he uses his powers to ward off evil spirits while helping the innocent souls to safely pass into the afterlife. All the while desperately seeking the admiration of his school crush, Tsubomi. This anime is similar to Kemono Jihen because of the lonely but powerful main character who slowly develops to become a powerful psychic, realizing the potential of his powers.

6. Dororo

dark adventure anime similar to anime kemono jihen, Dororo
Dororo
  • Episodes: 24
  • Studios: Tezuka Productions, MAPPA
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Demons, Historical, Samurai, Shounen, Supernatural
  • Aired: Jan 7, 2019, to Jun 24, 2019

Dororo is the story of a boy, Hyakkimaru, who was born without limbs, nose, eyes, ears, or even skin. He was the first child of a greedy samurai lord who prayed to 12 Demons to bring greatness to his kingdom.

The demons each took the baby’s body parts and spread all over Japan, wreaking havoc everywhere they went. Meanwhile, the boy’s mother leaves him afloat in a river out of mercy. The child floats away to a kind man who makes him prosthetics. Many years later, he lives his life without his senses, battling the demons, killing them to regain his body parts in hopes of confronting his father. On the journey, he meets an orphan boy, Dororo. The anime further explores the journey of the unlikely pair as they face the peril that lies ahead.

5. Demon Slayer

Best shounen supernatural demon anime like kemono jihen manga, Demon Slayer
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.

4.  Noragami

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Noragami
  • 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 the 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. 

3. Tokyo Ghoul

Thrilling anime similar to The Detective Is Already Dead, manga like tokyo ghoul, Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul
  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Studio Pierrot
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Seinen
  • Aired: Jul 4, 2014, to Sep 19, 2014

In this anime, we’re taken to a deadly reflection of Tokyo. The once-great city is reduced to fear when bloodthirsty savages called Ghouls attack. They possess the capability to live alongside humans, disguised as them. 

We follow a shy and bookish kid, Ken Kaneki, who has a crush on Rize Kamishiro, another avid reader. However, Rize has more to herself than she lets on. The story gives us a look at what it is like to live as a ghoul and what it means to be alive in this cruel Tokyo. The main characters in both Tokyo Ghoul and Kemono Jihen are not entirely human and learn to live their lives as outcasts. 

2. In/Spectre

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In/Spectre
  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Brain’s Base
  • Genres: Mystery, Demons, Supernatural, Romance, Shounen
  • Aired: Jan 12, 2020, to Mar 29, 2020

Kurou Sakuragawa recently broke up with his girlfriend in a long-term relationship. Still heartbroken over this, he is approached by Kotoko Iwanaga. She confesses to him, telling him that she fell for him when she saw him two years ago. Moreover, she reveals herself to be a “Goddess of wisdom.” She is the mediator between the world of spirits called Youkai and the human world. She helps to resolve supernatural conflicts that may arise.

Kotoko asks for Kurou’s support in helping the Youkai. She suspects that there is more to him than meets the eye, something supernatural. Lots of tension and suspense come along the way as the team tries to solve numerous cases.

1. Fire Force

Shounen and action shows like kemono jihen anime, Fire Force
Fire Force
  • Episodes: 24
  • Studios: David Production
  • Genres: Action, Supernatural
  • Aired: Jul 6, 2019, to Dec 28, 2019

When the world faces the terror of many “Infernals” and pyrokinetic’s that cause destruction as a result of their fire abilities, the Special Fire Force is created to counter their annihilation and stop them. 

Shinra Kusakabe is capable of producing fire from his feet at will, earning him the nickname of “Devil’s Footprint.” He decides to use his abilities for good and join the Special Fire Force. However, he learns about the abnormal events occurring throughout the city, the infighting within the Fire Force, and life is no longer the same. His life is further complicated when he learns of a mysterious group that claims to hold the secrets to the death of Shinra’s family many years ago. 

Honorable Mentions- 

  • The Eccentric Family
  • Hamatora The Animation
  • Pupa
  • Higurashi- When They Cry
  • Hunter x Hunter
Sanket Palwe
Sanket lives in Pune, India. He knows his non-mainstream anime just as well as he does the popular ones. He is a true-blooded otaku and has a deep interest for everything psychology and Japan.
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