Do you want to watch some post-apocalyptic anime? In this list, we are going to list the 20 best post-apocalyptic anime that are really great to watch. So, if you want to watch some anime with pre or post-apocalyptic themes then this list is for you.
Post Apocalyptic anime showcases how humanity tries to survive after a global catastrophe occurs. Like war, a global pandemic, or a natural disaster. There are already some popular anime with post-apocalyptic them like AOT. So we will be including those popular anime in our list. Now sit back and relax to explore the list of some of the best post-apocalyptic anime.
1. Attack On Titan
Either it’s great action, animation, or characters you want from an anime. Attack on Titan has all of this and at this point, it’s not even introducing this anime useful. Because most of you are already family with this masterpiece anime.
The story started really simple and normal but with each new season, they made their fans crazy with the plot twists. Unfortunately, AOT will reach its end soon but it’s also a reason to wait and see what going to happen next.
2. Seraph of the End
Imagine living in a world where vampires exist for real and rule over humans. Sounds fascinating enough to you? Seraph of the End is a well-animated action-packed anime series. Where a mysterious virus nearly kills every human being above the age of 13.
With that Vampires starts to emerge from the shadow when humanity was at its weakest. The blood trusty vampires start to take control and start to rule over humans. If you love post-apocalyptic anime then this one is perfect for you.
3. Dr. Stone
Now, post-apocalyptic anime doesn’t always involve supernatural creatures or mutant creatures. Sometimes the reason for humanity to extinct is also because of some unknown mystery. In Dr. Stone, every human on the planet turns into stone because of some mysterious green light.
Millions of years later one single genius person breaks the petrification and comes back to life. After breaking the petrification he decides to rebuild humanity from the scratch.
4. Gurren Lagana
If you are an anime fan just like me then Gurren Lagana is a must-watch anime for you. The story takes place in a world where humans have to live underground. Because Beastmen have taken over the world and rules the surface.
But soon humanity will start their counterattack against the Beastmen after they find some powerful war weapons. Also if you are a fan of Attack on Titan then you will also love this anime for sure.
5. Made in Abyss
Moving on with the list of best post-apocalyptic anime next anime we have Made in Abyss. The characters, plot, and world-building in this anime set this anime apart from the crowd. The story revolves around a group of friends who explores the abyss.
Abyss is a giant hole in the earth and has many mysterious creatures and artifacts inside it. The story follows the great adventure of a young girl named Riko and her robot companion Reg.
Akira is a classic anime movie released in 1988 and a masterpiece in its genre. The plot of the anime and the action are so good that even today it’s considered a must-watch anime among fans. Akira follows the story of two bike gang members Kaneda and Tetsuo.
Both of them get dragged into some corrupt government projects. Where Tetsuo gains some powerful physic powers and becomes a threat to society. Kaneda on the other side fights with the corrupted governments to uncover the truth and tries to stop and save Tetsuo.
7. Neon Genesis Evangelion
It’s nothing new for a post-apocalyptic anime that an unknown creature threatens world peace. If you enjoy mecha fights and actions then Neon Genesis Evangelion will be great for you. Released in 1995 it follows the story of a young 14-year-old boy named Shinji Ikari.
Shinji’s recruited by his father as a pilot for the mecha named Evangelion. The purpose of this Evangelion mechas is to fight with the Angles and protect world peace.
8. Fist of the North Star
Another classic anime series with great action and drama is Fist of the North Star. It got released in 1984 and the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. If you are a fan of hand-to-hand combat and martial arts then this anime will suit your taste for sure.
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Where our main protagonist Kenshirou wanders around the world to save her fiancé from his rival. But it looks like, thing starts to get more complicated and problematic as he has to face some strong enemies along the way.
9. Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown offers some stunning animation and a great plot that will keep you engaged throughout the series. With that, there are also lots of plot twists and character development which you can look forward to.
If anime with action and science fiction is to your liking then this anime is for you. The story follows Shu Ouma who possesses a powerful ability to extract weapons or items from people. Later in the series, Sho ends up becoming a member of Funeral Parlor who fights against GHQ.
10. Ergo Proxy
Ergo Proxy is another great post-apocalyptic anime that blends sci-fi with philosophy. It’s a thought-proving anime that makes it popular among its fans and the anime community. The story it’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is nearly extent because of some virus. The remaining humans live in the doomed cities along with the androids. But some series of murders and crimes started to threaten the piece once again and Re-l gets dragged into investigating the crimes.
11. Highschool of Dead
The list of post-apocalyptic anime would be incomplete without including zombies in it. So if you want to watch some survival anime where people fight with zombies then this one is for you. Well not just zombies and action but there are also lots of fan services.
This means that you are not going to get bored at the very least. The story follows a group of high school students who fight zombies in order to survive. In a world where humans have become zombies because of some deadly virus.
12. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Have you watched Attack on Titan? Well if yes then it’s obvious that you loved that anime. So if you liked AOT then watching Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress would be a good option for you. The story takes place in a world where some zombie-like creature has started to appear.
So the remaining humans start to live in a well-protected area to protect themselves from the bloodthirsty creatures. What’s more, is that AOT is a popular post-apocalyptic anime because this anime is similar to AOT. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress will be a good option for fans to watch.
13. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
With just the sound of magnitude 8.0, most of you would have realized that this anime is about a natural disaster. In simple words a major earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 hits Tokyo which brings countless causalities and deaths.
If it’s a tragedy that you want to watch then go ahead and watch Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. The story and the characters are all top-notch in this anime. Also, there are some great things that you learn from this awesome anime series.
14. Casshern Sins
The story revolves around the adventure of Casshern who’s supposed to be the killer of Luna. After the death of Luna, a curse started to spread causing robots to rust. But Casshern has trouble remembering his past and has no memories of the crime he’s charged with.
Casshern Sins have a unique plot and offer great action and characters. Considering all these Casshern Sins is one of the best post-apocalyptic anime you can ever watch.
15. The Promised Never Land
If we talk about The Promise Never Land you might find it a bit more than just post-apocalyptic anime. The story starts off pretty wholesome and enjoyable. But soon it turns really dark and serious. Each episode in this anime is really great and holds lots of plot twists.
The story follows a group of an orphan child who lives in an orphanage along with a caretaker who loves them. But they soon learn about the dark truth behind the orphanage and their caretaker.
16. Desert Punk
This anime might not be a good option for some of the fans yet great for others. Are you confused about why we say that? Well, it’s because this anime is a seinen which means it holds lots of fans’ service. So some of you might not like this anime because of that but fan service isn’t everything in this anime.
The main protagonist in this anime is a merciless man who is also referred to as Demon of the Sands. But he is really weak against women.
17. From the New World
From the New World follows the life-threatening adventure of a group of friends who tries to uncover the dark truth about the world they live in. This anime will force you to ask yourself about the very world you live in.
It’s a psychological and post-apocalyptic anime which involves some dark and violent scenes. The animation is good and the plot is unique which makes the entire series really interesting.
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where Tokyo has been totally destroyed in a nuclear disaster. Now after 20 years, a group of girls with some special powers wander around the destroyed land of Tokyo.
The purpose of these girls is to find any remaining humans who are still alive and needs assistance. Watching Coppelion will be a good choice for fans that enjoy sci-fi and post-apocalyptic anime.
19. Humanity has Declined
Now watching all the dark and complicated stores might make you sick and bored. So to make things light and to calm your mind you can watch this anime. As the name suggest Humanity has Declined the story sets in a world were humanity is almost extinct.
Only some handful of humans is still alive but now fairies have huge over the world. To maintain a good relation between both fairies and humans our main protagonist acts as a link. So that both the races could live properly in harmony.
20. Black Bullet
Post-apocalyptic anime have a common element and theme of human survival. As for the fans they do love those kinds of elements a lot. Considering that the next anime we have is Black Bullet. The story takes place in a world where a sudden outbreak of a virus called Gastrea turns humans into monsters.
The remaining humans start to live under the protection of some special walls made with special materials. Among those humans there are some special begins with special powers who fight these monsters.
There are a lot of anime that you can watch if you enjoy post-apocalyptic anime. To make things easy for you we have listed some of the best anime with post-apocalyptic themes. If you are a fan of action and adventure then Black Bullet and Gurren Lagana would be some great options to watch.
But if the serious and complicated stuff makes you bored then you can watch Humanity has Declined. Humanity has Declined is also a post-apocalyptic anime but with a light and refreshing story. One more thing it’s all on you which anime you choose to watch but if you like anime make sure to watch AOT. It’s one of the most popular and masterpiece anime of recent times.