Anime Ranking

7 Anime Series Similar to Sword Art Online


1. No Game No Life

Title: No Game, No Life

Year: 2014

Episodes: 12

Studios: Madhouse

Adaptation: No Game No Life

Genre: Game, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi, Fantasy

About a pair of siblings who get transported into another world where fates are decided by video games and wagers.

The two protagonists in the series are incredibly intelligent and quick-witted.

Animations are top notch and the art style is vibrant and colourful.

The series is incredibly popular with millions of fans around the world.

2. Btooom!

Title: Btooom!

Year: 2012

Episodes: 12

Studios: Madhouse

Adaptation: Btooom!

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen

Another isekai anime where the protagonist is incredibly gifted at a certain shooting video game but suddenly gets transported into the game where he must endure life and death situations.

Only thing you’ll be wishing for at the end is more episodes.

Great character development that is explored thoroughly and metaculously.

Filled with many twists and betrayals to make your head churn.

3. Accel World

Title: Accelerated World

Year: 2012

Episodes: 24

Studios: Sunrise

Adaptation: Accel World

Genre: Action, Game, Sci-Fi, Romance, School

An overweight and bullied middle school student who only manages to find solace in playing video games is thrust into an augmented reality fighting game where he must rise to the top in order to meet the game’s creator.

Similar artistic style and premise.

Great quality of visuals and fight scenes.

4. The Future Diary

Title: Mirai Nikki

Year: 2011

Episodes: 26

Studios: asread.

Adaptation: Mirai Nikki

Genre: Action, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller, Shounen

Boy receives power to glimpse into the future with the diary written on his phone. 11 other people with similar abilities must enroll into a battle royale where only one player can win and become a literal God.

Incredible action combat and animations.

Contains many twists and turns as well as disturbing and maniacal scenes.

5. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Title: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka

Year: 2015

Episodes: 13

Studios: J.C.Staff

Adaptation: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

So similar that even the protagonist’s voice is played by the same actor.

The protagonist must embark on a journey to explore numerous dungeons where death is waiting for him on every corner.

Definitely not a masterpiece but a good watch none-the-less.

6. Log Horizon

Title: Log Horizon

Year: 2013

Episodes: 25

Studios: Satelight

Adaptation: Log Horizon

Genre: Action, Game, Adventure, Magic, Fantasy

Almost identical premise to Sword Art Online where thousands of players are thrust into the world of Elder Tale with no ability to exit.

Both games features are MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game).

Has a very unique and interesting protagonist who fights indirectly and control the flow of his battles.

Contains a rich amount of unique and well defined characters who fit perfectly into their roles.

7. Attack on Titan

Title: Shingeki no Kyojin

Year: 2013

Episodes: 15

Studios: Wit Studio

Adaptation: Shingeki no Kyojin

Genre: Action, Military, Mystery, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen

About humanity who are on the brink of extinction when gigantic man-devouring titans began to roam the earth. The only thing stopping the the titans are three gigantic walls which the humans reside under. However, the wall is not going to protect them forever.

Both series contain elements of imminent danger and fight for survival.

There is also certain levels of mystery within both series that make them thrilling.

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