Who doesn’t love the intensity and thrill that comes with survival anime? We sure do – which is why we put together our very own recommendations list. Make sure to check it out at the end of this article and compare it with Japanese fan opinions!
Between 13 June and 1 September, Akiba Souken asked Japanese otaku which survival anime they liked best. An impressive 3502 readers responded.
So which survival anime are the best of the best? Do you agree with these poll results more, or our recommendations? Let us know!
10. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin / 98 votes
9. Prison School / 101 votes
8. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri / 106 votes
7. BTOOOM! / 129 votes
6. Devil Survivor 2 The Animation / 178 votes
5. Danganronpa: The Animation / 196 votes
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2013 – September 2013
Hope’s Peak Academy is an elite high school that accepts only the most talented students. Individuals who successfully enroll receive their own unique titles, suitably reflective of their skills and traits. Of the fifteen candidates admitted to the peculiar school that year, Makoto Naegi is a completely ordinary individual who has been accepted by sheer chance, with the title of “Super High School-Level Luck.”
Naegi and his fellow classmates are initially ecstatic to be chosen to study at this prestigious institution, but these feelings of happiness are short-lived. They are soon confronted by Monokuma, the principal and resident bear, who traps them inside the school. The pupils’ hopes of escape and graduation hinge on one of them successfully murdering one of their peers without being discovered. However, if the killer is caught, he or she will be executed, and the remaining survivors will be left to continue the deathmatch until only a single victor remains.
4. Attack on Titan / 364 votes
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2013 – September 2013
Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.
After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls. Based on Hajime Isayama’s award-winning manga, Shingeki no Kyojin follows Eren, along with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, as they join the brutal war against the titans and race to discover a way of defeating them before the last walls are breached.
3. Gakkougurashi! / 447 votes
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
Yuki Takeya loves her school so much that she does not want to ever leave! Megurigaoka Private High School is a unique and lively place where Yuki enjoys her carefree life as a third-year high school student and member of the School Living Club. The club, consisting of the president Yuuri Wakasa, the athletic Kurumi Ebisuzawa, the mature junior Miki Naoki, the supervising teacher Megumi Sakura, and the club dog Taroumaru, prides itself on making the most of life at school. However, this illusion of endless bliss is just a bubble waiting to be burst because Yuki is unable to perceive what is truly happening around her. In reality, all is not as it seems—the real purpose of the School Living Club is to escape from the shocking and disturbing truth: the girls are in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and have barricaded themselves inside the school as the sole survivors.
Based on the manga by Kaihou Norimitsu, Gakkougurashi! follows a group of girls who are forced to adapt to a post-apocalyptic life all by themselves. They have no means of contact with the outside world and are surrounded by hostile undead waiting to devour them. The girls must not only contend with the challenge of survival; they must also strive to maintain a false appearance of normality in Yuki’s presence.
2. Fushigi na Shima no Flone / 555 votes
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: January 1981 – December 1981
10-year-old Flone is a very active, tomboyish sort of a girl. One day, her father receives a letter from his English friend who is now in Australia. In the letter, the friend asks her father to come down to Australia because of a serious shortage of doctors. The family decides to leave their old house in Bern. Now their drifting voyage has begun!
Flone’s fantastic adventures will teach children about the importance of family and the joys of living amidst nature’s beauty.
1. Schwarzesmarken / 864 votes
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2016 – March 2016
Schwarzesmarken is set as a spin off from the Muv-Luv Alternative series, however everything is set in 1983 in Germany. The 666th Squadron of the Black Marks or Schwarzesmarken is a part of the East German Army. Led by Irisdina Bernhard, the team pilot special armor and weapons that specialize in unique tactics. They primarily target Lux and Magnus Lux and are so dedicated to what they do, that distress calls are often ignored.