Encased by trees that are used to make grave markers, Sotoba is a village thought to be surrounded by death - a fact that soon literally becomes the case. One summer, a series of mysterious and untimely fatalities begins to plague the small rural town. With a higher than normal mortality rate for the time of year and each cause of passing remaining unknown, Toshio, the local doctor, and Seishin the temple’s vice chief monk become suspicious and take it upon themselves to investigate. However, as the deaths begin to pile up, more people begin to wonder just what is behind this sudden epidemic; could it have anything to do with the bizarre Kirishiki family that recently moved to the village?
Yuki is a disaffected middle school boy who has no dreams or goals in life; in fact, the only thing he has is his diary. Writing down everything he observes and documenting every thought, the young boy uses it as an outlet for his imagination. One morning, however, Yuki wakes up to find his cell phone filled with diary entries for the next ninety days. Thinking nothing of it, he continues his morning until he begins to realize that everything on his phone is rapidly coming to pass, and it isn't just mere coincidence. Now, Yuki suddenly finds himself thrust into a survival game against other future diary owners to become the new Lord of Time.
Both Shiki and Mirai Nikki had a female character that is totally obsessed with a boy who doesnt care about her and are willing to do anything, no matter what or who they have to sacrifice to be with him... even when Shiki is about vampires and Mirai Nikki don't
Both Shiki and The Future Dairy are surrounded in death and killing. The Future Dairy as a twisted survival game, while Shiki is just for survival. Both have their moments of pure horror that will have you that will have you glancing over your shoulder for anything that might be lurking in the shadows of your closet. If you like either one, you're most likely going to enjoy the other.
In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?
If you really enjoyed the psychological thriller side of Shiki, as well as the diverse cast of characters, you'll love Paranoia Agent. Paranoia Agent takes the brooding, philosophical side of Shiki and elevates it to new heights. Shiki is a bit more of a straight horror title than Paranoia Agent, but they're both very similar in tone...I just think that PA takes what was good about Shiki and does it even better.
both deal with paranormal happenings(though one is set in the city and the other in the countryside), a slowly brooding mystery, darker color palletes, lots of different mini character story arcs which help the main story arcs of the series or humanizes the characters.
Maya Kumashiro is an uptight teenager who has returned to the Waldstein “Occult Academy” following her father’s death to assume his role as principal. With a hatred of the supernatural, she initially intends to run the school into the ground, but her plans are thrown into chaos when a new teacher, Minoru Abe, descends from the sky. Claiming to be a time agent, Abe informs Maya that he has been sent from the future to prevent the Nostradamus prophecies from coming to pass. With a rift to another dimension due to open at the Waldstein Academy that will lead to aliens conquering the earth, the unlikely pair must locate a mysterious object known as the Nostradamus Key and destroy it before humanity falls prey to the occult once and for all.
These series focus mainly on the occult around high school age kids. Although Shiki is a lot more serious, each series had a large amount of mystery and occult happenings. If you enjoy the supernatural and mystery, these fit well.
At the heart of both animes, both Shiki and Occult Academy have a familiar feel to them. Occult studies in isolated country towns. There is both a feeling of cultural, and spiritual knowledge being presented by the shows, and although carried out in different manners, both shows will satisfy your occult sweet-tooth.
Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city capable of keeping the Titans at bay, training military recruits to patrol the perimeter and gather intelligence about their mysterious foe. Eren and Mikasa have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city's walls, but when a massive Titan appears, smashing the outer barrier and unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever...
Both of these series are violent, tense shows that deal with an isolated community threatened by monsters. Attack on Titan is more action-oriented while Shiki is mostly horror, and AOT is a bit more black and white while Shiki revels in shades of grey and making you quesiton 'who the real monsters are", but if you're wanting some tense, engrossing, violent stories about the struggle for survival, both of these series are a good choice for that.
Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room full of strangers and a giant black sphere known as GANTZ. As if dying once wasn’t bad enough, the occupants of the room are then forced to embark on dangerous missions to kill strange aliens; missions that very few return from. Now, Kei, Katou, and a well-endowed friend must fight for their freedom with an arsenal of guns, high powered suits, and a very low chance of survival.
It's hard to say why exactly GANTZ and Shiki feel alike to me. The characters and settings are completely different, even though they both have plenty of death and gore.
Mainly though, these series have a similar feeling to them. With each episode, things become more and more twisted until it gets to the point that you're not sure how the characters are ever going to get themselves out of the situation.
So, I would say that if you enjoy a darker story that keeps you hooked with this sense of impending doom, then you should give this one a try.