Rick and Morty has become a modern classic. There are few who have not watched it and the ones who have seen it, end up asking for more. Rick and Morty has out of this world comedy, quite literally. This unconventional comedy has created many die-hard fans who just can’t have enough of the dysfunctional grandfather and grandson.
With the second half of season 4 released recently, fans are excited to laugh at the duo’s adventure through space and some dark-dark lessons of life. But if this dose of dark humor, meta-jokes, and elaborated storytelling is not enough, here are the top 10 anime fans of Rick and Morty should love.
What does Steins;Gate and Rick and Morty have common? They both have a crazy wacky scientist who does what he pleases. Steins;Gate is a science fiction about time travel, discovered by a group a crazy scientist Rintaro Okabe and his colleagues.
Steins;Gate‘s story deals with the consequences of time travel which can get a bit complicated at times. If, for some reason, someone adores the feeling of confusion instilled by some episodes of Rick and Morty, Steins;Gate will not let them forget that feeling any time soon. Steins;Gate is available on Funimation.
9 Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100 is a story about a Psychic boy Mob. Just like the number one entry in this list, Mob Psycho 100 is written and illustrated by ONE. Mob is a socially awkward middle schooler with overpowered psychic powers.
Mob works for Reigen Arataka whom he sees as his mentor; however, Reigen is a powerless fraud who makes Mob do most of the esper work. Similar to how Rick’s character grows to be more considerate and loving throughout Rick and Morty, Mob Psycho 100 is about the self-growth of the psychic genius Mob. The anime will make viewers laugh and feel for the main character at the same time. Mob Psycho 100 can be watched on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
8 Death Note
Death Note is one of those animes that barely needs an introduction. Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, Death Note is considered as the ultimate gateway anime series. The story is about the battle of wits between a genius detective, L, and a self-proclaimed god, Light Yagami.
Throughout the story, both Light and L are engaged in a battle to outwit each other for the justice that they perceive is fair. For those who enjoy watching and understanding the brilliance of Rick and Morty, then fear not, as following the plot and plans of both these geniuses is just as satisfying. Death Note can be streamed on Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Funimation.
7 Nichijou – My Ordinary Life
The title of the anime may include “ordinary,” but the anime itself is everything but ordinary. The story follows a group of high school girls – Mio Naganohara, Yuuko Aioi, Mai Minakami – and others throughout their daily mundane life. Thanks to the creativity shown by the anime, even those simple tasks will bring tears of laughter into the eyes of viewers.
By no means are the adventures of these girls as sci-fi as that of Rick and Morty but it would be fair to say they are as funny. My Ordinary Life‘s pilot should be enough for a newcomer to connect to the characters. Nichijou is available on Funimation.
6 The Promised Neverland
This entry on this list is for all those fans of Rick and Morty who, for some reason, welcome the idea that a human is just another stone in the universe. The Promised Neverland is one of the most popular anime of 2019. The story follows three children in an orphanage who come to realize that their home is not a safe haven for them.
If Rick and Morty‘s mature themes are appreciated, The Promised Neverland is an even deeper and horrifying series where the group has 12-year-olds have to fight for their lives against the world. With every episode, the anime stakes become more and more dangerous, leading to a mental face-off against a manipulative caretaker. The Promised Neverland is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
5 The Devil Is A Part-Timer!
For those who ever wanted to punch Rick in the face and laugh about it, then this anime series will satisfy their hunger. This anime follows the Demon Lord Ente Isla as he is forced to retreat to earth from another world.
After losing most of his powers, Ente, now known as Maou Sadao, ends up working in a fast-food restaurant, serving dishes to earn enough cash to buy another bowl of ramen for him and his right-hand man. This show hilariously portraits the misery of an all-powerful demon lord rendered helpless in the modern capitalist world. The Devil Is A Part-Timer! can be watched on Netflix and Funimation.
4 Code Geass
It is fascinating how Evil Morty plots his way to the top to rule the Citadel of Ricks. Anyone who enjoyed that plotline will likely love the plotting and politics of Code Geass. Lelouch vi Britannia is a genius bestowed with the power of Geass to control anyone who looks into his eyes.
The story follows Lelouch in his journey of revenge after his mother is killed and he, with his sister, is rejected by his family. The simple plot of revenge quickly changes into a moral one with the introduction of revolutionaries and other secrets of the royal family. Code Geass is regarded as one of the best anime of all time and can be streamed on Funimation, while Lelouch of the Rebellion is available on Netflix.
3 The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K
What does pink-haired Saiki do when he is the strongest person in the world with telepathic, teleportation, and other insane abilities? He changes the hair color of every person in the world to avoid unwanted attention.
The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K is about a high school boy who is a psychic that hates attention. He goes out of his way to suppress his powers and live a normal life. But for Saiki, it is easier said than done. Unfortunately, he constantly finds himself as the center of attention among his lovable (and abnormal) friends. The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K is available on Netflix.
Gintama is often regarded as the best comedy anime ever, and rightfully so. Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi work at Odd Jobs and constantly struggle to make ends meet.
Like Rick and Morty, Gintama survives on meta-comedy and breaking the 4th wall. Gintama is also a master of parody that hilariously pokes fun at both Western and Japanese properties. The show might be overwhelming for someone new to anime, but everyone else should give Gintama a try. It is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
1 One-Punch Man
One-Punch Man is surely the most similar anime to Rick and Morty. Just as Rick is an unbeatable character in his universe, Saitama is an unbeatable hero who can destroy any and all things with just one punch. Similar to Rick, Saitama has infinite power and is bored with his life.
One-Punch Man is silly and stupid. It is the only anime that hypes up a supervillain for a stretch of episodes, just for them to be destroyed by Saitama before they even get a chance to complete their evil laugh. One-Punch Man does not try to be funny, it is just a mundane story of a most powerful man bored with how easy life is; however, the delivery of the story is so hilarious that it should cause almost anyone to burst into laughter. One-Punch Man is available on Crunchyroll and Netflix.
Rick and Morty is hilarious, clever, and way too short. Luckily, these 10 anime should help fill the void.