Akuma no Riddle

Alt titles: Riddle Story of Devil

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Danganronpa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation

Danganronpa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation

Hope’s Peak Private Academy is a super-exclusive institute that gathers the best and the brightest, provides them with a world-class education, and propels them into any career they wish. At least, that’s what the average student Naegi used to think. Having been accepted into a class of 15 students through a lottery system, the boy quickly comes to learn that Hope’s Peak is no ordinary school. In reality, he and the group find themselves trapped inside and learn that the only way to "graduate" is to murder a fellow student and fool everyone in a trial that determines life or death! Led by the whimsically-cruel, teddy-bear-like Monobear, Naegi and the others must do whatever it takes to escape this bizarre, deadly game.

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CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

Grab a bunch of colorful and odd characters, throw them into a school, and tell them that killing someone else in the class is their only way to win. What do you get? Akuma no Riddle and Danganronpa. There is one big difference between the two shows, as it's 11 against 2 in AnR while in Danganronpa it's pretty much every man for himself, but they're pretty much the same otherwise.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Both shows take a bunch of school kids and throw them into a school with the task of killing each other until they meet some arbitrary goal and they can be declared the ‘winner’. The main difference to me is that Akuma no Riddle is much more of a straight up action series, with some yuri thrown in for good measure, whereas Danganronpa had more mystery elements to it.

To me, both shows are pretty poor representations of their genre, but fans of one could do worse than check out the other since the themes are so similar.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

If you like shows about psychotic school children trying their best to murder each other in a sick game then these are the series for you. Both these shows take a large cast of school children and pit them against each other in a game of survival where one wrong move can lead to death. 

While the plots are different with Danganronpa being about students trying to get away with murder and with Akuma being about a group of assassins posing as students to kill off a specific classmate these are both anime where teenagers are forced into a high stakes game with rules they have to follow or else be killed. Both shows include normal school life scenes mixed with brutal violence to create a feeling of the real world being twisted into a nightmare. 

Danganronpa is more gory and has more of a mystery element whereas Akuma no Riddle is an action series but if you like high stakes games and over the top psychotic characters then check out these titles. 

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

Both of these have a school setting where the members of a class are told to kill someone as part of a game.

As such they are similarly dark.

They also have alike casts of colourful characters, were most of them disappear throughout the show.

If you like one you should check out the other.

ruxandra ruxandra says...

The characters of both shows are some crazy, odd students (I should mention that I found them very interesting) who are told to kill in order to win a game. Akuma no Riddle has more action and fighting scenes, while Danganronpa has more mystery. The rules of the games are also different, as in Danganronpa the students have to kill and get away without being caught, while in Akuma no Riddle all of them are targeting an innocent girl. The animation is also similar. If you liked one of them, you should definitely check the other.

corkboard corkboard says...

Both are totally outlandish in their premise and episodic in their presentation of a predictable plotline.  The characters in Akuma no Riddle are more interesting, but don't go looking for anything of the sort in the totally two dimensional characters of Danganronpa.  Still, if you enjoyed the plot of either the other is likley to appeal.

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena

When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?

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Taekwondoin Taekwondoin says...

On the surface they may not seem all that similar, Akuma no Riddle feels a lot more like a battle shounen than Utena, but they both have a very prevalent shoujo-ai theme, and both seem to follow a 'monster of the week' style of play.

Utena is a superior show, with a lot of darker themes in terms of psychology, patriarchy and a twisted take on the coming of age trope, we have yet to see if Akuma no Riddle will be able to compare.

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

Both have dark action elements where the protagonist is protecting someone trough duels and similar fights. They have a somewhat similar tone.

Both shows have shoujo-ai elements.

If you like one you should check out the other.

The Severing Crime Edge

The Severing Crime Edge

Kiri has been obsessed with cutting others' hair since he was a child, to the extent that he always carries a pair of shears with him wherever he goes. So when the boy accidentally meets Iwai, a young girl with floor-length hair, he's crushed to learn that due to a curse, her locks cannot be shorn by ordinary means. And what's more, she's an unwilling participant in a deadly game where psychotic wielders of powerful "Killing Goods" do their best to take her life in exchange for a prize beyond imagination. Wielding the shears he learns are his own Killing Good, Kiri must now keep Iwai safe from those who wish to murder her and help her survive this sinister game.

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CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

These shows are pretty much the same thing - a bunch of crazy and very odd characters targeting a seemingly innocent young girl. This girl soon meets someone who vows to protect her, and thus we have one big murder game going on. The only difference is that Akuma no Riddle has some shoujo-ai undertones going on and is mainly built with an all female cast, but fans of one will most likely want to look into the other. 

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

If you can't get enough of psychotic anime teenagers trying to murder each other in brutal ways then check out either of these shows. These are both anime that put mysterious young girls right in the crosshairs of a group of unhinged psychos. In each show the mystery girl has a lone protector that might be just as dark and crazy as people trying to kill her. 

The Severing Edge does have people with special powers and a more traditional male female pairing as the leads. Akuma no Riddle as a yuri pairing as their leads and no one has super powers, but these are both high stakes games anime with action and suspense. 

The Severing Edge is a better anime with more action, a better story and better characters, but if you love stories with high stakes games and psychotic characters then try either of these titles. 

Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito

Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito

Hatsumi and Hazuki are two best friends who share a bond like sisters, and perhaps something more. With newly found (and forbidden by nature) feelings of romance developing for Hatsumi, Hazuki finds her world becoming more and more disarrayed. She finally works up the nerve to confess her love shortly before Hatsuki's 16th birthday, but suddenly, Hatsuki disappears in a green light, leaving no trace. Now, with the help of the mysterious Lilith and a feathered friend, Hazumi sets out on a journey through a plethora of worlds to find her love and bring her back safely.

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Fireaxe Fireaxe says...

In both Yami to Boushi... and Akuma no Riddle you'll find your tomboy'ish teenage girl fighting, risking her life for that special girl she vowed to protect... Obviously, both series have some very apparent yuri vibes, and while I think AnR is a better produced show, Yamibo has a much more interesting story to tell. If you happened to like one of those two, I strongly believe you would also like the other since they complement each other so well.

Fate/Zero

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Ten years before Shirou Emiya's and Saber's fateful meeting, Japan is the stage for the fourth Holy Grail War. Seven Masters, each with his own dreams, step forward to win the boon of the mystic relic. Into this fray comes Kiritsugu Emiya, the enigmatic "Mage Killer" who wants to use the Grail to make a better world. Can he, paired with the indomitable Saber win the War? Or will he fall to the ambitions of the other mages?

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MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

These two both have, at the heart of their plots, a game where the winner gets a wish granted. In both shows said winner is decided through murder.

Both are dark action shows with lots of fighting. There are plenty of memorable characters in both. If you like one you should check out the other.