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10 Anime Like Dorohedoro

PK is an anime enthusiast. She has spent most of her life researching and delving into the mystics of the animated world.

About Dorohedoro

Hole is infamously known for being a gone to rack and ruin type of district. It’s a dark place where the strong hunts the weak and death is a regular occurrence, even its name is self-confessing. A world far away from law and ethics, it is nothing more than an experimental arena for magic users, who has sole domination over it. Being a race that enjoys the highest rank in society, the inhabitants of Hole are mere insects for them. People are killed and mutilated, only for experimentation without any care. Their death rate is so high that the hospital's halls are overflowing with them on a regular basis.

While the majority of the magic users have complete liberty and face no challenges from the authority, there are a few who don’t fit the description. Kaiman is among one of them. He is a reptile man. He is looking for magic users who can restore his life to normal. He is immune to magic and always carries a trusted pair of bayonets with him. His only greatest ally is Nikaidou, the owner of the Hungry Bug restaurant.

Set in the dark and decrepit world of the hellish realm, Dorohedoro is a mix of comedy and light-hearted action. Involving plenty of twists and turns, it explores a world of ghostly origin.

Fascinated by Dorohedoro? Of course, you are, that’s why you are. To maintain your lust for this anime, I give you 10 similar ones that will remind you of Dorohedoro.

10 Anime Like Dorohedoro

1. Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

2. No Guns Life

3. Dororo

4. Beastars

5. Gleipnir

6. Golden Kamuy

7. Tokyo Ghoul

8. Devilman: Crybaby

9. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

10. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season

Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

1. Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

Similarity

An urban fantasy with strikingly suitable music. A similar fast-paced plot that binds each character together in a thrilling package. Alike Dorohedoro, Kekkai Sensen has interesting twists to look for.

Synopsis

Set in New York City, now called Hellsalem’s Lot, human beings co-exist with supersonic monkeys, talking fishes, vampires, and all other imaginable supernatural monsters. It all started three years ago when the parallel worlds found the gateway to Earth. The creatures who were trapped in an impregnable bubble, in other dimensions, were realized and now, they have to learn to live together.

To ensure the peaceful existence of different creatures, a secret organization by the name Libra has been established. It is composed of superhumans and other eccentric personalities, who are responsible for maintaining order in the city. They also have to ensure that this chaotic environment doesn’t infect the entire world.

Kekkai Sensen focuses on Leonardo Watch, a photographer by hobby, whose normal life soon ends when he gains the strength of “All-seeing Eyes of the Gods”. He travels to Hellsalem’s Lot to understand his newly discovered powers and gets caught in the eccentricity of Libra. He is forced to join their ranks and now he has to work in the weirdest place on Earth with his equally weird comrades.

No Guns Life

No Guns Life

2. No Guns Life

Similarity

Both the anime are ridiculously similar. Both the protagonists have their heads transformed into something ugly and are amnesic. Kaiman in Dorohedoro has a reptile face and Juzo in No guns Life has a gun face. Both of them are accompanied by a female lead. Even the setting is quite similar as both the anime relates to cyberpunk, steamy landscapes, and supernatural elements.

Synopsis

The general public has finally received the technology to build their own powerful cyborgs, all thanks to the Beruhren Corporation. Those embedded with robotic parts are called the Extended. Among them is Juuzou Inui, who was intended to be a soldier. He has no memories of the past and now, runs a business that deals with Extended-related affairs across the city.

One day Juuzou learns a rumor about a treacherous Extended having kidnapped a child. He returns to his office and at the same moment, the Extended in question comes barging in with a boy on his back. He asks for Juuzou’s help. Though Juuzou can disregard his request and get rid of him easily, his instincts coerce him to listen to the Extended.

Now dealing with a mysteriously unexpected situation, Juuzou has to find out why everyone is behind that young boy? How it is related to the Beruhren Corporation? And how widespread the treachery runs in the city?

Dororo

Dororo

3. Dororo

Similarity

Dorohedoro and Dororo are not just similar in their names, but also the way they are presented. Both the anime has intense fighting scenes, bloodbath, and dark environ. The main characters are on a mission to become a normal human and are accompanied by a young character.

Synopsis

Daigo Kagemitsu is a self-absorbed samurai. He is powerless and the health of his land is declining. Ready to adopt any measure, Daigo renounces Buddha and eventually makes a contract with demons. His request is heeded by twelve demons. They grant him with the desired strength and offer him the prosperous land, but at a hefty price.

When Daigo’s first son will be born, he’ll have no facial features, no limbs, and not even skin, yet he will live. The nightmare turns out to be a reality and as a result, the child is thrown into a river and forgotten for good. However, one who has to survive will survive anyhow. The child is rescued by a medical expert, who then gives him prosthetics and weapons. The boy lives and grows, but he is still incapable of seeing, hearing, and feeling anything.

Dororo follows the story of this wretched boy who has to defeat the demons responsible for his condition. With the defeat of each of them, the boy gains a part of himself. He wanders for years and in the way, befriends a young orphan. Now, together they have to fight for survival and keep the spirit of humanity alive in the demon-infested world.

Beastars

Beastars

4. Beastars

Similarity

Both the anime has rare artwork. They share similar dark and adult elements. Both the protagonists have animal traits and are entangled in their own sort of funny moments. The distinctive animal touch to their personalities will remind you of another at all times.

Synopsis

The anthropomorphic animals live all together in a civilized society. However, there’s an alarming tension between herbivores and carnivores. Even the prestigious Cherryton Academy is not left untouched by this problem. In fact, the tension grows manifold when a predation scene causes the death of an alpaca named Tem in the school’s drama club.

Being a wolf, Legoshi, Tem’s friend, has always been feared and suspected. Due to this, he tries his best to lay low and keep his menacing traits under dark, especially after his friend’s death. Luckily, he finds a supporter in Louis, a deer, and the coercive star actor of the drama club.

Louis goes to the auditorium to train Tem’s replacement to prepare for a forthcoming play, he asks Legoshi to stay on guard duty. The same night, Legoshi meets Haru, a white rabbit who is constantly mocked by his peers for being a dwarf. Legoshi harbors feelings for Haru, but due to his predatory instincts and friend’s death, he has to confront his true personality before conveying his thoughts to Haru. However, that’s not enough as behind the scenes there’s violence erupting in the world around him.

Gleipnir

Gleipnir

5. Gleipnir

Similarity

The protagonists in both the anime are endowed with the weird ability which they are struggling to understand and accept. Dorohedoro is about Kaiman whose head has reformed into a lizard and is on a quest to find the person who is actually inside him. On the other hand, in Gleinpir, Shuuichi is under the control of Claire, a girl with a leadership mindset. She uses him as per her will to win a survival game.

Synopsis

Shuuichi Kagaya appears to be a normal high school student, however, at other times, he transforms into a monster. He is himself unaware of the reason and doesn’t know where these abilities come from. He only hopes that no one ever finds out this hideous secret about him. However, on one fateful night, he finds a girl is trapped inside a building on fire. He instantly transforms and saves her from the mess, but in the process drops his phone behind.

The next day, the same girl, Claire Aoki, approaches him to learn more about his other-self. Despite his content denial, she asserts to know the truth and tries to throw him off the roof. To save himself, Shuuichi transforms and she takes a picture of it for blackmail if he doesn’t tell everything about his other-self.

Interestingly, Claire also has a valid reason for being so pushy. She is looking for her sister who has also turned into a monster. She now relies on Shuuichi for help to find her, but as it happens, they are not the only ones troubled with supernatural occurrences.

Golden Kamuy

Golden Kamuy

6. Golden Kamuy

Similarity

Both the anime are extremely heated up with comedy and teamwork involving male and female characters. They are mysterious and as the story progresses, more and more insight plot is revealed. It’s trivial, but both have a character named Nikaidou.

Synopsis

The setting is in the far northern lands of Japan, at a place called Hokkaido. Sugimoto has managed to stay alive after the Russo-Japanese war of the Meiji era. Often hailed as “Sugimoto the Immortal”, he now takes the help of the riches to earn some money for his late comrade’s wife.

His job is to hunt gold and sell it to the rich people. One day, he finds traces of a hidden stock of gold wanted by corrupt criminals. He meets an Ainu girl, who saves him from the bad climates of the north. He later partners with her to fight the criminals who are after the hidden stash.

Now on an unpredictable journey, Golden Kamuy follows the story of a former war soldier and an aboriginal girl who set on an adventure to hopefully make everything right, while fighting the harsh climates of Hokkaido.

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

7. Tokyo Ghoul

Similarity

The protagonist’s life goes under an upheaval. Their humanity dimities due to the inheritance of supernatural abilities. Both the anime explores the life of characters empowered with mystical conduct. At the same time, the origin of these powers lingers in a dark mystery. Dorohedoro and Tokyo Ghoul are equally thought-provoking and keep you glued till the very end.

Synopsis

In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.

The liveliness of the city of Tokyo has come to end. It is now nothing more than a cruel and merciless burg. The place is crawling with monstrous creatures who co-exist with humans and are called “Ghouls”. The citizens who once lived peacefully, are now in constant danger of being attacked by these bloodthirsty monsters. The biggest problem is these monsters can disguise themselves as humans and easily blend in with society.

Tokyo Ghoul follows the story of a college student named Ken Kaneki, who is a bookworm and shy by nature. He has feelings for Rize Kamishiro, who is a voracious reader just like him. Unfortunately, behind that mask, Rize has a ghastly identity. Their grievous encounter throws Ken into the dark world of ghouls’ inhumanity.

Though he is saved by Touka Kirishima, a waitress, he has partially lost his humanity. Now entrapped in his new identity as half-ghoul and half-human, he must learn to blend in with both the worlds of ghouls and humans.

Devilman: Crybaby

Devilman: Crybaby

8. Devilman: Crybaby

Similarity

The anime share similar diabolic and gory design. Both have interesting plot twists. Their distinctive plot delivers similar edgy vibes.

Synopsis

Devils need a living vessel to take form, otherwise, they are powerless. In case the individual’s will is strong, he can overpower the demon and control its power for its own use, thus becoming a Devilman.

Akira Fudou has a bleeding heart. He is weak and humble. When Ryou Asuka, his childhood friend asks for his help to learn about devils, he readily accepts. They visit a place called Sabbath, which is infamous for being immoral and is full of debauchery and degeneracy. Amidst the horrifying death and bloodshed, the demons take control of individuals and forcefully transform their bodies into grotesque monsters. They, then, wreak havoc in the human world.

In an attempt to save Ryou from demonic possession, he reluctantly merges with a devil himself and becomes a Devilman. Now, bestowed with the power to defeat other demons, the devil partnership causes Akira to awaken his insatiable side. With a devil’s body and a baby’s heart, Akira must work with Ryou to destroy those who torment humans and save his dear ones.

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

9. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Similarity

Both the anime shows the fight for survival. While humans are trying to preserve their being, there are monsters who would do anything to take the humans under their grasp. In Dorohedoro, these are the magic users while in Shingeki no Kyojin, the monsters are the titans. Alike Kaiman, the protagonist here also transforms mysteriously into a hideous creature.

Synopsis

When mankind was tormented by giant humanoid creatures called titans, they decided to live with enormous concentric walls. The decision was a success and they begin living peacefully with no danger of being eaten.

Centuries have passed and humanity still survives within the defensive barriers. However, their peaceful existence soon ends when a colossal titan finally breaches the impregnable wall. The fight for survival reignites once again. The terrifying fact is these monsters don’t feed on humans out of hunger but merely for the sake of enjoyment.

Erin Yeager witnesses her mother’s death at the hands of a titan. Frightened and enraged at the same time, he vows to eradicate these hideous beings and thus, enlists himself into the Survey Corps along with his sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and friend, Armin Arlert. Survey Corps is the only elite force that deals with the humanoid monsters outside the walls.

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season

10. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season

Similarity

Interestingly, both the anime has impressive buff characters. Each of them possesses a great storyline. The characters are cool yet thought-provoking. Both are a perfect blend of comedy and light-hearted battles.

Synopsis

Joutarou Kuujou and his allies have arrived in Egypt. Here, they are awaited by the immortal Duo. On their arrival, they find a new comrade in the form of a mutt named Iggy, who holds the stand of “The Fool”.

However, not everything is going to happen in their favor as they encounter a new faction of Stand users. These users work for Dio and are the representatives of different ancient Egyptian gods. Following their time-to-time squabbles, the biggest battle finally commences.

The anime follows the journey of Joutarou, who has to go through every odds to free his mother from the curse. In the process, he also needs to ensure the end of Dio’s terror over his family once and for all.