King of Thorn

Alt title: Ibara no Ou

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Akira

Akira

Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.

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amara2021 amara2021 says...

Both movies deal with humans transcending their biology and  going mad with power due to their personal insecurities. Both involve shady government experiments and cover ups gone wrong and are both very gory, King of Thorn more so than Akira in terms of actual deaths, but both are about equal in terms of monstrous bio-blobs trying to squish people.

niotabunny niotabunny says...

as Akira is a legend upon itself, and faces post existence, the plots are quite similar.  people gone mad with power, people discovering genetic evolution, people bent on ownership, control and just down right cruelity to what is the truth, then these two might be just what you've been searching for.

Guilty Crown

Guilty Crown

In the near future, the outbreak of a terrible disease called the Apocolypse Virus places Japan under the military rule of a global organization called the GHQ - a group tasked with checking the spread of the virus and administering vaccinations. Apathetic high school student Shuu Ouma lives in Tokyo, spending his days editing videos and trying to be left alone. But things change when he meets the beautiful pop idol, Inori, who is on the run from GHQ soldiers. While trying to save her from her captors, he acquires a mysterious power called the Void Gene that allows him to pull items or weapons from anyone under the age of seventeen. Now, Shuu must decide whether to join the efforts of the well-funded radical terrorist group "Funeral Parlor" and fight against the GHQ, or shrug off his newfound power and resume his normal life - assuming that either the GHQ or Funeral Parlor's charismatic leader, Gai, will let him.

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AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

Both of these anime surround the idea of a disease which is a threat to the human race, this disease can turn people into a substance like stone and then make them perish we that is what I thought it was like. Anyway both have these sci-fi elements and the main character is a bit out of the ordinary in one way or another. Anyway King of Thorn is to me a darker version of Guilty Crown and if you liked one you should like the other.

Sianeka Sianeka says...

If you enjoyed King of Thorn's story of a group of survivors fighting the onset of a terrifying and terminal disease while also overcoming attacks orchestrated by an enemy organizations, you should check out Guilty Crown.

Both anime have groups working together to save themselves from a world gone to chaos, and feature the development of bonds and friendships and alliances formed by people who wish to reach a common goal. Both anime show the struggles each group faces overcoming nearly insurmountable obstacles in order to find and reach a safe haven.

If the high level action and dangerous fights with friends working to reach a goal aspect of King of Thorn is what you enjoy, then for more of this, check out a longer version with the series Guilty Crown.

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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HitomiChan HitomiChan says...

Both are highly psychedelic. History confusing but intriguing enough to hold the viewer.

Blade of the Phantom Master

Blade of the Phantom Master

Munsu is an Angyou Onshi - an arbiter for the country of Jushin. Fighting evil is all he knows, but since Jushin has recently collapsed, what is he fighting for? Wandering from place to place, Munsu finds himself battling those who would further destabilize the country, whether they be arms dealers, smugglers, tyrants, or necromancers. Accompanied by a female warrior named Chunhyan and able to call upon the strength of a ghostly legion with his Angyou Onshi powers, Munsu sets out to help those who are willing to take a step towards helping themselves, and bring justice against all that is evil in the world.

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Theta Theta says...

Both of these are anime set in a dystopian alternate reality.  Though they don't have a lot in common they do have similar WTF kind of endings.

Chaos;HEAd

Chaos;HEAd

Takumi is a reclusive otaku who wants nothing more than to be left alone to play online games and watch anime. He only attends the minimum necessary to pass his classes, and rarely leaves his cramped room except to purchase the newest figurines. One evening, while Takumi is chatting online with his friend "Grim," a stranger called "Shogun" joins the channel and, after "Grim" leaves, posts a series of disturbing photographs depicting a man impaled to a wall with metal stakes. The following day, Takumi is horrified when he wanders into an alley and once again sees Shogun’s images – but this time, the gruesome scene is reality. From then on, Takumi sees the world through a new set of eyes; imaginary delusions meld with reality, and he isn't sure who he can trust. With suspicions and confusion at every turn, Takumi must struggle to determine what's going on - but most importantly, whose eyes are those eyes?

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ofall ofall says...

The reason that these two are similar is a pretty big spoiler for both of these animes, so you're just going to have to trust me on this one. I can tell you that they both have complicated plots that can be confusing at times.