8 Animes To Watch If You Loved 'Squid Game'

8 Animes To Watch If You Loved 'Squid Game'

Can't get enough of 'Squid Game'? Check out these must-watch animes like 'Squid Game.'

'Squid Game' took the whole world by storm, and while we continue for Netflix to confirm a new season, it seems best to keep ourselves entertained by finding similar types of shows. 

And what's a better way to find similar content than delving into the writer's inspirations?

'Squid Game' writer-director Hwang Dong-Hyuk revealed that one of his inspirations for creating the massively successful Netflix series was comics (including Japanese manga). Hwang Dong-Hyuk reads a lot of them, and he wanted to create a show using a survival game metaphor set in the Korean context.

If you are up for another thrilling ride, then hop on. Here are 8 animes like 'Squid Game.'

'Sword Art Online' (2012)

1. 'Sword Art Online' (2012)

Like 'Squid Game,' 'Sword Art Online' brings you to a deadly world where the only way out is to win the game. 

Trapped inside an eponymous VRMMORPG, Kazuto Kirigaya must win the game to find his way out, or else he will die. 

'Sword Art Online' is one of the most popular survival game anime of all time. The franchise now includes video games, anime films, and spin-offs.

'Gantz' 2004

2. 'Gantz' 2004

Like 'Squid Game' the 2004 Ecchi anime 'Gantz' spends time and effort in building its character stories.

While trying to save a drunk homeless man, high-school students Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato die in a subway accident. They wake up in a room surrounded by strangers and learn that they must kill aliens that live on Earth wearing different disguises. The word Gantz refers to the black sphere that gives the warriors their missions. 

The Future Diary (2011-2013)

3. The Future Diary (2011-2013)

Yukiteru Amano and 11 others got chosen to play a survival game by Deus Ex Machina. They learned that the winner would take Deus’s place as the new god of time and space. The phones of each participant get transformed into a Future Diary, which can predict the future depending on the user's personality. Like 'Squid Game,' 'The Future Diary' tells us what humans are capable of when presented with a hefty reward. 

Hunter x Hunter (2011-2014)

4.  Hunter x Hunter (2011-2014)

Both ‘Hunter x Hunter’ and ‘Squid Game' emphasize the significant value of family in their plot. 

Gon Freecs grew up on Whale Island believing his father, Ging Freecss, was dead. Upon learning that he is alive and has become a famous Hunter, Gon takes a Hunter exam to follow his father's path. During his journey, he meets new friends and comes into battles with enemies.

  Darwin’s Game (2020-)

5.  Darwin’s Game (2020-)

Kaname Sudou joins Darwin's Game after receiving an invite from a friend. He had no idea about the consequences of losing the match. Each player gets an assigned sigil, which corresponds to a specific power they get awarded. Just like Gi-hun of ‘Squid Game,’ Kaname develops a deep hatred of the creator of the games. Both lead characters wanted to put an end to the atrocities the creators started. 

Kakegurui (2017-)

6. Kakegurui (2017-)

Just like ‘Squid Game,’ the majority of the plot of ‘Kakegurui’ revolves around gambling. The anime is set at a prestigious school called Hyakkaou Private Academy, where students from affluent families gamble their fortune to win fame, recognition, and power. The students get graded according to their excellence as gamblers.

Tower of God (2020)

7. Tower of God (2020)

'Squid Game' and 'Tower of God' both use mystery and cultural and economic differences in their narrative. 'Tower of God' (Kami no Tou) follows Twenty-Fifth Bam, who has lived his entire life alone in a dark cave. One day, a girl named Rachel falls through the crack. Bam learns that there is a tower that Rachel must climb to make her wish come true. Beguiled, Bam decides to follow Rachel and begins ascending the tower himself. 

Alice in Borderland (2014-2015)

8. Alice in Borderland (2014-2015)

Before it became a hit Netflix series, Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) was a popular anime released in 2014. The anime follows Ryouhei Arisu and his two anti-social friends, who get transported to a deserted version of Tokyo while hiding from the police. They soon find themselves participating in deadly games, which they must win to survive. The game uses playing cards to show the type and difficulty of the matches. Just like 'Squid Game,' 'Alice in Borderland' uses survival games as a metaphor for social issues and injustices. 

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