The anime Devilman Crybaby is a new take on the classic Devilman manga written by Go Nagai. When it released on Netflix in January 2018, Devilman Crybaby became an instant fan-favorite. When this anime released on the platform, it received much praise from critics and fans for its interesting art-style and action-packed sequences.
The anime became so beloved by many fans to the point where the anime won the “Best Anime of 2018” award at Crunchyroll’s 2018 Anime Awards Show. Furthermore, here are ten anime to watch if you enjoyed watching Devilman Crybaby.
10 PARASYTE: THE MAXIM
Parasyte: The Maxim is about a male named Shinichi Izumi who wakes up one day, and finds out that an alien named Migi has possessed his hand. To Shinichi’s relief, Migi’s goal was to take over his mind, but that planned failed. Then Shinichi finds out there are more lifeforms like Migi who want to eat Earth’s humans and creatures. It’s up to Shinichi and Migi to put a stop to the other aliens’ plans before it’s too late.
Like Akira from Devilman Crybaby, another being ends up inhabiting Shinichi’s body. Both characters also have to battle creatures in line with their possessive partners’ habitats. Both characters endure tough choices when it comes to relationships and their morals. If one’s a fan of how Devilman Crybaby handled these concepts, then Parasyte: The Maxim will satisfy.
9 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION
Neon Genesis Evangelion is about an agency called Nerv ran by Gendo Ikari–whose mission is to use giant machines called Evangelion to protect humanity from the Angels. Furthermore, Gendo must find pilots who can unlock each Evangelion’s potential. Thus, the story focuses on Gendo’s fourteen-year-old son, Shinji Ikari–who must pilot Evangelion Unit-01 to protect humanity.
Like Devilman Crybaby, Neon Genesis Evangelion contains many gruesome and action-packed scenes. Like Akira, Shinji undergoes emotional problems regarding all the weight and pressure placed on his shoulders. If one is looking for an anime filled with action and critical thinking, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a must-watch.
8 HELLSING ULTIMATE
Hellsing Ultimate is about the Hellsing Organization and its goal to protect humanity from horrifying creatures. To accomplish this, the head of the Hellsing Organization, Integra Hellsing commands her army, and ultimate weapon the vampire Alucard to fight these beings off. Now accompanied by his servant, Seras Victoria Alucard must stop those who oppose Hellsing.
At its core, Hellsing Ultimate’s violence and gore are top-notch. As a vampire with various feats, Alucard makes sure his opponents understand he means business. If Devilman Crybaby’s dark tone and brutality piqued fans’ interest–then Hellsing Ultimate is worth watching.
7 ATTACK ON TITAN
Attack On Titan follows the story of a male named Eren Jaeger who wishes to take-down all the monster-sized human creatures called Titans after what they did to his family, friends, and homeland. While the story is still on-going, there are many mysteries, secrets, and action scenes awaiting those who haven’t watched the anime yet.
Like Devilman Crybaby, Attack On Titan isn’t afraid to showcase the full-blown fear and agony that befalls the characters along the way. If one’s a fan of Devilman Crybaby’s no-holding-back nature, then Attack On Titan’s an anime to watch next.
Texhnolyze is about a prizefighter named, Ichise who lives in an underground human-made city called Lux. After a brutal run-in with a fight promoter resulting in Ichise losing some limbs, a scientist named, Eriko Kamata finds and uses Ichise to test her Texhnolyze (prosthetics) project. After being equipped with Texhnolyze, Ichise encounters a girl named Ran, who can see Lux’s possible end in the future. He decides to join forces with her–to prevent Lux’s demise.
Similarly, Devilman Crybaby and Texhnolyze contain a good chunk of violence and gore. Also, the male protagonists from both anime gain special powers and fight for humanity’s sake.
Shiki is about a village called Sotoba that’s home to many deaths to which the villagers claim a disease caused. Contrary to the villagers, a doctor named Toshio Ozaki believes something else is the cause. He later partners up with Natsuno Yuuki to take down the Shiki, the ones responsible for all of Sotoba’s deaths.
Like Devilman Crybaby, Shiki doesn’t disappoint when it comes to violence and horror. Also, Shiki will have viewers questioning who the real villains are–like Devilman Crybaby does.
Akira’s set in the year 2019 in a city called Neo Tokyo where gangs and criminals–stand against the government. During a battle between Akira’s protagonist Shotaro Kaneda and a group called the Clowns, Shotaro’s friend Tetsuo Shima ends up in a bad situation with the government. The film details Shotaro’s quest to save Tetsuo.
Like Devilman Crybaby, Akira’s known for being a superb sci-fi anime with a lot of action, gore, and content not suitable for younger audiences. If one can sit-through an anime that’s not afraid to push the boundaries to the extreme like Devilman Crybaby, then Akira is something the viewer should watch next.
3 TOKYO GHOUL
Tokyo Ghoul is about a college student named Ken Kaneki who wakes up in a hospital after a deadly encounter with a woman named, Rize Kamishiro. After some-time, Kaneki leaves the hospital only to find out that he’s become a ghoul. Thus the story focuses on Kaneki’s new life and the burdens it carries.
Like Akira from Devilman Crybaby, Kaneki lived an average life. While both gain powers beyond human abilities, they struggle with fitting in with the human population. Also, the gore and brutality in both series are top-notch for action-loving fans.
2 KILL LA KILL
Kill La Kill focuses on Ryuko Matoi whose trying to find her father’s murderer. She stumbles upon Honnōji Academy ran by, Satsuki Kiryuin and fights a student. After losing, Ryuko retreats and encounters Senketsu, a rare, yet powerful piece of clothing. Senketsu attaches itself to Ryuko–arming her with immense power. The anime focuses on Ryuko’s desire to defeat Satsuki and uncover her father’s murderer.
Like Akira from Devilman Crybaby, Ryuko receives a power boost once Senketsu attaches himself to her. If one enjoys non-stop violence, fanservice, and hype-inducing soundtracks, Kill La Kill is a must-watch.
1 GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
Grave of the Fireflies follows the story of a male named Seita Yokokawa and his younger sister, Setsuko Yokokawa–who are struggling to survive in World War II as American bombs continue to drop on their homeland. They’ve lost their parents and home, and the anime details Seita and Setsuko’s livelihoods.
Like Devilman Crybaby, Grave of the Fireflies doesn’t shy away from depicting humanity’s cruel sides. The viewer will come to understand that kind-hearted people can change instantly during sad times. Lastly, if Devilman Crybaby’s ending made viewers cry, then Grave of the Fireflies will leave viewers bawling.
Devilman Crybaby may have only lasted 10 episodes, but there are several other anime that are very similar to the TV mini-series.