King of Thorn

Alt title: Ibara no Ou

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Blue Gender

Blue Gender

In the early 21st century, the emergence of an incurable condition known as B-cell growth led some of the affected to become "Sleepers" - people put under stasis until a cure could be found. Yuji Kaido is one such Sleeper who awakens, several decades later, to a horrifying new reality. Giant bugs known as Blue have invaded the Earth, eating everything - and everyone - in sight. Now, all Yuji can do is escape from the city with the ones who saved him from his inevitable death, and make their way towards Second Earth: mankind's new home in space.

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Sttaarr Sttaarr says...

Both King of Thorn and Blue Gender feature a protagonist that is diagnosed with an incurable disease. They then go into a cyrogenic sleep of somekind, before being woken up to find everything around them is in a state of total chaos.

If you enjoyed the plotline of one, you'll likely enjoy the other. Both are fantastic series.

Rawrcore Rawrcore says...

Mysterious and incurable disease, cyrogenic sleep until cure is found, awaken in a post apocalyptic future (moreso in gender)....fight monsters....fight lots of monsters.

Imo, blue gender was 10x better and made way more sense.

Kruszer Kruszer says...

Both of these have similar premises of diseased characters put into cold sleep and being rudely awakened into the middle of a disaster.

casandra29 casandra29 says...

If you liked King of Thorn or Blue Gender, you'd like the other because both have main character who is put to sleep because of an assumed uncurable desease. When woken up both have to deal with difficult situations and end up in a small make shift group trying to survive.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both shows feature a protagonist who is diagnosed with an incurable disease and is put in cryogenic sleep until a cure is found, but when they wake up they find out monsters have taken the city, and the few people who is still alive have to bond together to fight for their survival.

King of Thorn has some pacing issues near the end, but fans of one should definitely enjoy the other.

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.

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LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

While Jin-Roh and King of Thorn have different plots, the plots of both movies are interesting and have plenty of twists and turns.  Also, both movies have references to fairytales ('Little Red Riding Hood' in Jin-Roh and 'Sleeping Beauty' in King of Thorn).

niotabunny niotabunny says...

while the plots are not all that different, there are a lot of twists that lead to think one will be liked over the other.  faced with terrorism, your own nightmares, your inability to stay alive even when you're programmed to reach your point of importance, then look no further than these anime.  in the end, the endings are quite the same, sad and leaves you feeling sorry for everyone involved and angry at the "higher powers".

casandra29 casandra29 says...

If you like King of Thorn or Jin-Roh you will probably like the other because they are both loosely based on a fairytail. They use the telling of the fairytale in both of the movies in order to drive home certain similarities and it works very well. In addition the endings both have tragedy and loss in them. 

Origin: Spirits of the Past

Origin: Spirits of the Past

Agito was born into a world that is quite different than our own. Many years ago a brilliant researcher attempted to save humanity from its excessively damaged environment by altering the DNA of plants. However, these mentally-awakened plants recognized the inherent threat of humans, and attacked them; the end result was a stalemate between the forest and the few remaining human centers. Agito's home city is green with life because the forest controls it. There is an uneasy peace which is facilitated by a small number of humans that allowed the forest to alter them to be in concert with itself. Being that his father is one of those, Agito's view of the forest is not one of fear but rather one that respects the human dependency. Agito will be challenged to prove this relationship when a random event gives the humans, who still see the forest as an enemy, a new perceived advantage in their war.

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AndriasSch AndriasSch says...

Humanity is about to be destroyed by living organisms that came from space (a deadly virus in KOT, mentally awakened plants in OSP), so a big corporation decides to put in cryogenic sleep some humans claiming that they do so in order to save humanity.The movie also pictures people with supernatural powers awakened by the 'alien' organisms.

jpikachu45 jpikachu45 says...

I recommend Origin: spirts of the past because it is an anime worry 5 and 5 stars.

niotabunny niotabunny says...

faced with a horrible past, these anime center around a trauma that is dark, with an even darker secret once discovered.  a threat to humanity, but what greater threat than mankind itself.  a must watch if you're into not just the gore, but also the scfi horror that comes about when a person's own mind can become their worst enemy.

Resident Evil: Degeneration

Resident Evil: Degeneration

It’s been some time since Raccoon City, the origin of the T-Virus outbreak, was wiped off the map by the military. Umbrella Corporation’s stock plummeted and a new pharmaceutical company called WilPharma has risen in its place; however, unlike its predecessor, WilPharma is working on a vaccine for the illness that turns humans into bloodthirsty zombies. Claire Redfield has just landed in WilPharma’s town to visit a friend when she finds herself in the center of a zombie-filled bloodbath. Leon Kennedy and members of the Special Response Team are called in to save Claire and the other survivors from the airport, saving an important member of WilPharma in the process. What has caused this new recurrance of the T-Virus? Claire and Leon must get to the bottom of things before nefarious foes are able to carry out their plans...

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KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Both movies focus on a virus of somekind infecting people and ulimately killing them.  Though in the case of Resident Evil the people who get infected turn into zombies and in King of Thorn the infected people turn to stone.  But besides these differences they both begin to play out somewhat similarly.  People start to get infected and then some amount of time later monster/zombies depending on which one you are watching begin to appear and start killing.  Then from that a small band of people must fight for their survival against the zombies or monsters.  Throw in some conspiracy involving a large company and these two titles look fairly similar.  So if you liked one then you'll probably like the other as well.

NimirRa NimirRa says...

If you found yourself drawn to the survival type story found in one of these movies of a deadly virus gone-wrong, then you'll find the other equally appealing. They both feature a group of people, confused and banding together for survival as they try to get to the bottom of a conspiracy.

Gyo

Gyo

The country is being invaded by ferocious fish with sharp metal legs, hell-bent on death and destruction! Amidst the carnage, Kaori embarks on a desperate quest to find her missing boyfriend before he is lost to the mayhem that is sweeping the land. Facing four-legged killer sharks, machine driven squid and the myriad dangers of Tokyo, now an urban war zone, Kaori must find the truth behind these mechanical monsters and face an evil greater than she ever could have imagined.

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ofall ofall says...

In both of these animes, we have a female protagonist that, with the aid others, must survive against deadly creatures they know nothing about. Another similarity is that in both, they also have to face the threat of a certain disease.

Noriko Noriko says...

In both of these there's that feeling of uselessness (?) you get while watching.Also they are fighting a deadly pandemic.

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.

Paprika

Paprika

In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.

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Inu230 Inu230 says...

Everything that happens in King of Thorn and Paprika could be a dream turned nightmare or a nightmare turned dream.

JJR1971 JJR1971 says...

Both films involve distorted narrative where things aren't always as they seem.  Both have great twists, though arguably King of Thorn has the biggest twist.  Paprika is the more psychadelic and weird of the two, though it is nice to see a few motifs that began in Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue echoed in Paprika, his later film.

King of Thorn works really well as a self-contained SciFi film but readers of the manga may be disappointed with it, since the manga tells a longer story.Both films have a certain "woah" factor that blows your mind.

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.