If you're looking for anime similar to Death Billiards, you might like these titles.
Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…
I am giving this recommendation if you have already seen Death Billiards and liked a particular part of it. I can not go into huge details of why these two have similarity without spoiling it. Just understand if you enjoyed one, you might like the other.
Have you ever done something wrong that you wished you could take back? Both these anime involve characters that have gotten in over the their heads and now have to have find a way to pay the price.
Both of these anime deal with the concept of "What does a human do when their life in on the line?" Different people react different ways, and both of these anime show just how different people can be. Another thing that brings these two anime together is that the person doing the sentencing, the executioner if you will, is a rather blank-faced individual. They show no joy or sorrow in their work, it's just a job to them.
Both anime have a main character who is emotionless, and doesn't always understand everything that a human may see. These two anime have a big similarity with each other, but I don't want to spoil it.
Kaiji Ito is as pathetic a person as they come; a man who gambles his days away, only winning enough to lose significantly more. He hates himself, is riddled with envy for others, but is ultimately too weak to think of a way out of his massive debts. Then one day he is approached by a strange man who offers him what seems the solution of a lifetime – to take a short journey on a ship called Espoir, during which time he will be given the chance to win more cash than he can dream of in a card game like no other. Ever the desperate, Kaiji takes the gamble of his life; however, the game turns out to be far darker than he expected and the hard lessons pile on thick and fast. Now stuck in a closed world of unsavory characters willing to do anything to destroy him, can Kaiji gather enough courage to outwit them all?
Games with stakes higher than money.
Trying to stay away from spoilers, just know they have an element that is very similar.
High stakes games combined with psychological elements make for an intense watching experience. Both these anime involove a battles of wits that compliments the skill that is involved with the games being played. In both cases the games are fairly simple to understand which allows both shows to play up the psychological angle.
Both shows have a theme revolved around games or gambling, with high stakes. In both shows, the characters lives are at stake, and the characters in both shows react dramatically and think of unique ways to conquer their opponent, giving the shows a very psychological feel to it. They both get your heart beating faster, and have you sitting on the edge of your seat.
Lots of high stakes, mysterious games and characters, and a good insight into the human psyche and what people do when under pressure.
The story follows a group of three friends who suddenly awaken in a completely different alternate world. At first they think it's all a dream or a joke, but they soon realize that the only way to survive in this world is to participate and win deadly survival games.
Both anime have the high-stakes adrenaline feel, but include strategy and critical thinking into the plot. Not much else to say. If you like either of these anime, you're sure to like the other.
Both anime deal with psychological "death games" that bring out a persons' dark side. They both question values and the extent someone would go in order to save their own skin/life.
Both anime follow strangers who are suddenly transported into a new place where they must compete to survive by playing psychological and strategic games. Both shows have lots of tension and danger that the characters must overcome by using their wits and physical strength. There is lots of suspense and dilemma as characters make decisions that not only impact themselves but also others around them.
If you're a fan of the high stakes game genre, I'd recommend both of these titles. They both involve strangers who are gathered together to play a game that has mysterious grave consequences. Unfortunately, because Extreme Escape is a promotional video only, you'll have to pick up the video game for the ending.
Both anime involve the high stakes game theme, where a mascot type character is the caretaker.
The dark and brooding Ayakashi is composed of three horror stories: the narration of a young woman named Oiwa who was abandoned and betrayed by the one she truly loved, leading her to curse all who stood in her way; a story of two star-crossed lovers – a human and a forgotten god – and their struggle to have a future together; and the tale of an evil and malicious demon who is haunting and murdering a family for unknown purposes. Though different in animation style and tone, each story shares a similar theme: the darkness of the human heart.
The story of Death Billiards feels like it could be one of the shorts of Ayakashi.
They are somewhat supernatural and or twisted slightly.
If you enjoyed the Outer Limit/Twillight Zone feel of one, you might enjoy the other.
You're entering the vicinity of an area adjacent to a location, the kind of place where there might be a monster, or some kind of weird mirror. These are just examples, it could also be something much better. Prepare to enter: The Scary Anime.
Maybe it's a legend? Maybe it's truth? Either way, the stories in these anime are going to make you think.
A boy arrives in purgatory after dying, where he is informed that in his past life he committed a terrible sin, and cannot be reincarnated until he can remember what it was. Until he does, he is placed in the body of a middle school student named Makoto who committed suicide three days ago, and is instructed to live the deceased boy’s life. New Makoto quickly becomes fed up with his host body's situation, as the boy doesn't have any friends, his family life is in shambles, and his mere presence makes everyone around him nervous. But giving up is not an option, and if the spirit ever wants to move on, he must adjust to Makoto's life and understand what happened in the past.
I think these two are a natural recommendation for each other. What happens when you arrive in the afterlife with not much idea about how you got there? Taking a gamble, the characters in both shows literally bet their lives in a search for answers.
Kimimaro Yoga could use a break. At nineteen years old, he's not only a student at Heisei College of Economics, he's also a part time employee and flat out broke. So when an eerie man offers the boy a special ATM card and an exorbitant amount of cash, Kimimaro gives in to temptation – but there's a catch. In exchange for his good fortune, Kimimaro's very future is put at stake, held as collateral by the Bank of Midas and tied to the amount of yen in his bank account. In addition, he must participate in a special battle every week in the mysterious 'Financial District' – a battle where losing against one's opponent can mean bankruptcy, a fate that carries an unthinkable cost in the normal world...
Both show a situation, or many situations in C, where you can loose more than just the game.
In both of these titles the stakes you play with can cost you dearly.
The animation in both titles are rich, and detailed. I'd highly recommend either to people who like to gamble with more than just chips.
Near the ruins of an old and abandoned city, there is played a game simply known as "Otokoyo." It is said that when children play this game, they go missing one by one. Some say it is ghosts. Others say it is demons. But for Hikora, one thing is certain: his sister disappeared playing the game and he will do whatever it takes to find her, even if it means playing the game himself. He and seven others will do just that, all for their own reasons, and learn that rumors aren’t always fictitious. Escaping with their lives will become the main concern when this game of hide-and-seek turns deadly.
You've been invited to play a little game. Something mundane, like hide and seek or a friendly game of pool. But you're staking your life on this game. And just because you think you have the upper hand doesn't mean you do. Both of these deceptive games will have you guessing who the real winner is, and just might have you on the edge of your seat. Both show the different reactions of the characters when faced with a deadly decision, and both are fairly compact stories with open endings.
Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you're the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it's not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It's reading your opponent, the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she's gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!
Yuki, a disaffected middle school boy has no dreams, or goals in his life, in fact, the only thing he does have 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, he 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 realise 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.