Bungou Stray Dogs is a supernatural mystery anime series from Spring 2016 lineup. The detective part of the series is the primary and exciting aspect of the series. But the series loses its direction in the first season, leaving viewers to feel that the series is slow, uninteresting, and pointless. The characters start a bit stale, still likable. However, their fundamental flaws are passable as the story progresses.
Synopsis: Atsushi Nakajima recently got kicked out of his orphanage and currently has no place to eat or sleep. While he wanders around, thinking of stealing from others to survive, he notices a man drowning in the river. Unbeknownst to Atsushi, the person he rescues is suicide-maniac Osamu Dazai, a member of the Armed Detective Agency. The agency consists of supernatural agents that tackle the various mystery around the city and fight Port Mafia. Dazai then coercively makes Atsushi help him with his current investigation.
The second season is when the premise of the series starts to shine as it mixes many different elements like a gangster and superpowers. Bungou Stray Dogs has a lot to offer with its captivating yet straightforward art style and simple humor. It’s likely that those who already find the series enjoyable, want to watch the anime like Bungou Stray Dogs. So look no further, here are some anime similar to Bungou Stray Dogs.
Anime Similar To Bungou Stray Dogs
Kogorou Akechi is the leader of a private investigation firm known as the Boy Detectives’ Club. The members of the club use their unique skills to solve various cases. One day, a junior member, Kensuke Hanasaki, while out solving a case, meets a mysterious young boy named Yoshio Kobayashi.
Yoshio wishes to die but can’t due to the effects of a strange mist. After seeing his abilities, Hanazaki takes an interest in him. He invites Yoshio to join the Boy Detectives Club to solve the cases, in exchange to help him find a way to die. This encounter leads ties their fate with the greatest criminal, the Fiend With Twenty Faces.
Similarities: Both series involve the main character who joins a detective agency to help solve different mysteries. The main character in Trickster also has supernatural power which he is unable to control.
02. Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
Three years ago, a gateway between Earth and the Beyond opened over the city of Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly New York, creating havoc and wrecking everything. The gateway created an impenetrable bubble trapping humans and extradimensional creatures in the Hellsalem’s Lot, forcing them to live together.
While touring Hellsalem’s Lot, Leonardo Watch, gained the All-Seeing Eyes of God from a mysterious being. He can now see things that cannot be seen by normal sight. But in return, the mysterious being took his sister, Michelle’s eyesight. To get back his sister’s vision, he joins Libra, a crime-fighting organization protecting Hellsalem’s Lot from malicious creatures.
Similarities: Both series are about MC’s joining an organization where people have supernatural abilities. While Bungou Stray Dogs deals with super-powered humans, Kekkai Sensen is more of a sci-fi theme involving extra-dimensional creatures.
03. Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
Ten years ago, two meteorites struck South America and Japan. The impact caused an impenetrable field called Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Gate to appear. With the Gates’ appearance, humanity got supernatural abilities; however, there’s the price to pay for every time they use their power.
Hei is part of an organization called the Syndicate and is one of the most powerful agents in the organization. As Hei confronts other rival agencies, he slowly learns the mysteries of Hell’s Gate and his connection with the Heaven’s Gate.
Similarities: Both series have MC’s working for an organization and have characters with supernatural abilities. The only difference is that Darker than Black storyline goes deep in psychological elements of human emotions.
In 1711, a group of alchemists summoned a demon who gave them the immortality elixir. Simultaneously in the year 1931 in Chicago, Flying Pussyfoot train started its legendary journey when something horrific happened, and many innocent passengers unknowingly became part of something bigger.
Szilard, a famous scientist, was able to recreate the immortality elixir. The creation of immortality elixir led to a series of unimaginable events affecting the lives of many across the globe. A few passengers on the Flying Pussyfoot train are all somehow part of the creation of the elixir.
Similarities: Both series have an organization that is in constant war with rival organizations. The series also heavily focuses on mafia influences. Baccano has vibrant character personalities, but the supernatural abilities in the series are only immortality if not counting the physical skills.
In the 22nd century, Japan controls the lives of the country’s population by the Sibyl System and the Enforcers. The Sibyl System uses advanced technology to quantitatively measure a person’s mental profile and determine criminal intent. Psycho-Pass is a device that can measure a person’s mental health, emotional state, and stress levels.
If the Psycho-Pass device considers a person’s criminal intent as dangerous, the Sibyl System orders immediate execution. However, Akane Tsunemori, the Sibyl System’s newest officer, has many ethical issues with the Psycho-Pass device. Akane raises questions on whether to let technology decide the fate of humanity.
Similarities: Both series have detective theme with characters trying to solve cases. Bungo Stray Dogs, on the one hand, deals with supernatural powers to solve the cases while Psycho-Pass uses a futuristic device to catch the culprits.
Mikado Ryuugamine is a young boy bored with his normal life and wants to experience something new and exciting. Mikado reunites with his childhood friend, Masaomi Kida, and decides to move to Ikebukuro. While adapting to Ikebukuro’s restless life, Mikado started questioning the strange events happening in the city.
Ikebukuro is a place with mysterious people and many supernatural events. One of them is Shizuo Heiwajima, a man dressed like a bartender with inhuman strength. Then there is Izaya Orihara, a data broker with a vicious personality. But the strangest legend is the headless Black Rider, a modern Dullahan riding a jet-black motorcycle through the city streets.
Similarities: Both series have supernatural elements with both tackling the problem of gang wars. The main character of Durarara also gets involved in the different events relating to turf war after coming to the city.