Many anime fans quickly fell in love with 2014’s Parasyte: The Maxim, which is based on the famous manga created by Hitoshi Iwaaki. Fans loved the anime and some film directors took note of the series’ hype, going as far as producing two live-action movies.
To possibly attract a larger audience for the series, Toonami chose to air the anime’s English dub months after the anime concluded in 2015. For those looking for an anime to fill in the void Parasyte: The Maxim left behind in 2015, here are ten anime to watch next.
10 Tokyo Ghoul (2018)
Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, who ends up in a hospital after a dangerous confrontation with a female. After being discharged and feeling relatively fine, Kaneki realizes that he’s become a vampire-like creature called a Ghoul. Kaneki now has to endure being the unlikely bridge between the warring races of humanity and the Ghouls.
Like Shinichi, Kaneki loses his humanity after an encounter with a mythical figure. Both must fight monsters like the beings connected to them. If one liked Parasyte: The Maxim’s plot, thrills, and chills, then Tokyo Ghoul is a great horror anime to watch next.
9 Inuyashuki (2017)
Inuyashiki follows the elderly Ichiro Inuyashiki, who doesn’t have the greatest relationship with his family. While crying in a park, an unusual light hits Inuyashiki hard, and he becomes a robot-like living weapon. The anime follows Inuyashiki’s heroic tale as he tries to make something of his last few years.
Like Shinichi, Inuyashiki was a normal human male who endured physical change due to an alien-like encounter. He also uses his powers to save civilians from dangerous people. If one enjoyed Shinichi’s story, then Inuyashiki’s tale will not disappoint.
8 Deadman Wonderland (2011)
Deadman Wonderland follows Ganta Igarashi, who wanted his friends to go with him to a place called Deadman Wonderland. Unbeknownst to Ganta, his whole class gets annihilated by a red individual and Ganta’s accused of the incident. The story follows Ganta’s quest to find out who this red-figure is while battling foes inside Deadman Wonderland.
Like Shinichi, Ganta encounters someone who gives him superhuman powers. Ganta also battles multiple foes that use the same power source as himself. Though the studio didn’t adapt Deadman Wonderland’s whole story in the anime, it’s still worth watching.
7 Claymore (2007)
Claymore follows the warrior Clare when she meets and saves a boy named Raki from an evil creature called a Yoma. After he’s kicked out of his homeland, Raki follows Clare on her yoma slaying quest.
In both series, the creatures can mask themselves as humans. Also, like Shinichi in Parasyte: The Maxim, Clare is a hybrid with powers unattainable by the average human. Each series also has blood, brutality, and terror — although Claymore’s actually more gruesome than Parayste: The Maxim.
6 Ajin: Demi-Human (2016)
Ajin: Demi-Human follows Kei Nagai, an otherwise normal guy who winds up in a fatal car accident. However, thanks to a unique substance that laid dormant in his body, Kei survives. Kei is actually an immortal Ajin, but this means that every government agency on Earth wants him dead or alive. Now with a bounty is place on his head, Kei finds himself on the run.
Like Parasyte: The Maxim, Ajin: Demi-Human is mysterious, tense, and brutal since Kei must kill off other Ajin to survive. Furthermore, Kei questions the morals for his actions and humanity just as Shinichi does. If one is a fan of protagonists receiving powers that change the characters’ lives, Ajin: Demi-Human is an anime to watch next.
5 Elfen Lied (2004)
Elfen Lied is about a strange girl named Lucy, who has been apprehended by the government because of her superhuman powers. Lucy eventually escapes the black ops facility and meets two individuals who take her in despite not knowing the government is after her.
Like Parasyte: The Maxim, Elfen Lied has many grim battle scenes and doesn’t shy away from featuring strong adult content. Both stories center around unhuman protagonists who fight off fellow creatures with their abilities. If one enjoyed the content in Parasyte: The Maxim. They’ll enjoy what Elfen Lied offers.
4 Hunter X Hunter (2011)
Hunter X Hunter is about a boy named Gon Freecss who wants to become a hunter like his father, Ging Freecss. Along the way, Gon meets and befriends Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua. The anime focuses on Gon’s hunter journey to become a great hunter and to find his father with his friends.
Like Parasyte: The Maxim, Hunter X Hunter has intense fights that force characters to rely on strength and wittiness. Hunter X Hunter also has a story arc dedicated to supernatural beings called Chimera Ants–who are a threat to humanity like the parasites from Parasyte: The Maxim.
3 Attack On Titan (2013- )
Attack On Titan is about Eren Jaeger, whose goal in life is to seek vengeance against the Titans that devoured pretty much everyone and everything he knew. With similarly traumatized people out for vengeance, Eren joins the Survey Corps – a military unit focused on protecting humanity from titans in hopes of reaching his goal.
Fear, action, and survival are three elements Parasyte: The Maxim and Attack On Titan share. The excruciating gore in both series is another commonality between Attack On Titan and Parasyte: The Maxim. If one enjoyed Parasyte: The Maxim, Attack On Titan is worth watching.
2 Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress (2016)
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress occurs during the industrial revolution where savage beasts called Kabane that are attacking people and converting them into one of their own. The story follows the brilliant Ikoma, who has invented a weapon with the sole focus on slaying the Kabane. Unbeknownst to Ikoma, his Kabane slaying days are going to start sooner than he hoped.
Both series have protagonists who use their adversaries’ power against them. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress also has an immense amount of action and spooky scenes. If one loved Shinichi’s battles with the parasites, then they’ll enjoy seeing this zombie-slashing anime.
1 Vampire Hunter D (1985)
Vampire Hunter D is about a vampire hunter only known as “D.” D must locate a woman named Charlotte Elbourne because someone kidnapped her. Charlotte’s father offers a wealthful amount of cash for whoever finds her since more individuals join the fray. Unbeknownst to all the hunters, someone is on a hunt to murder them.
Like Shinichi, D also has a possessive companion. Both hand possessors are not one-dimensional and develop a great relationship with their host. Vampire Hunter D also has a fair share of violence and scares like Parasyte: The Maxim, making it a great anime to watch next.
Parasyte: The Maxim is a unique anime that combines sci-fi and psychological horror. Here are 10 more anime that do the same and more.