10 Anime Shows like Bungo Stray Dogs you must watch

By Nubia Brice
Published: January 31, 2023 (Last updated: February 8, 2024)
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We discuss 10 Anime Shows like Bungo Stray Dogs that you must watch. Keep this list handy, and add these animes to your watch list.

For years the Bungo Stray Dogs franchise has been captivating fans with its outlandish premise and unique way of blending multiple genres into thrilling mysteries.

Somehow the series blends organized crime, mystery, drama, supernatural powers, and literary influence in a story that shouldn’t be as hard to turn away from as it is. The wildly unique cast only makes the series more memorable, with their character backgrounds making them feel far more layered than you could have ever expected.

While it can get serious, this series can also be carefree and fun at times, keeping you on your toes by constantly surprising you. If you like the unpredictability of Bungo Stray Dogs, here are 10 more series like it that you’re sure to enjoy.

10 Anime Shows like Bungo Stray Dogs you must watch

Psycho-Pass (2012)

In the not-so-distant future, Japan’s Sibyl System is an advanced technology capable of determining whether a person will commit a crime, sometimes before they even know it themselves. This psychological science fiction thriller is not only exciting but challenges its viewers’ morals and perceptions of what’s right. It’s a must-watch series often regarded as a good show for first-time anime watchers.

Blood Blockade Battlefront (2015)

In Hellsalem’s lot, or what was once New York City before a gateway to the Beyond opened up in the middle, humans, and monsters live together. It’s the secret organization, Libra’s job, to keep everyone in check. After receiving the “All Seeing Eyes of God” at the expense of his sister’s eyesight, Leonardo Watch travels to the city to find answers but finds himself working for Libra instead. The powers in this series and the secret organization that keeps people safe feel reminiscent of the Gifted and Armed Detective Agency.

My Hero Academia (2016)

Like Bungo Stray Dogs, My Hero Academia takes place in a world where people are born with special powers. However, in this society, heroes are licensed professionals praised for their efforts. If your favorite thing about Bungo Stray Dogs is their abilities, you’ll love seeing all the detailed quirks in My Hero Academia.

Banana Fish (2018)

While one of the big appeals of Bungo Stray Dogs is the supernatural powers, the mafia is also a significant aspect of the series as well. For fans more interested in the organized crime side of things, Banana Fish is an anime immersed in the New York City mafia scene. This thrilling drama follows Ash Lynx, the protege of an infamous mafia boss, and his newfound confidant Eiji Okumura, as they seek out a drug named “Banana Fish”.

Hakata Tonkatsu Ramens (2018)

Banba Zenji is a detective living in Fukuoka, a city with a sketchy reputation. Lin Xianming is an assassin who’s been hired to kill him. With a focus on underground crime, this action mystery anime is full of offbeat characters and crazy twists that will surely hook Bungo Stray Dogs fans to the end.

Durarara!! (2010)

It’s no secret that Bungo Stray Dogs is an eccentric series, but that’s what makes it memorable. Durarara is another supernatural drama known amongst fans for being as entertaining as it is different. Like Bungo Stray Dogs, this anime follows a young boy who finds himself caught up in the supernatural underground of Ikebukuro City.

K (2012)

Like Bungo Stray Dogs, K follows individuals with supernatural powers. After finding his life upended by a murder accusation, Yashiro Isana is on the run from several terrifying clans. This series has a little bit of everything, from action to science fiction elements and even psychics. It’s another interesting take on powers and crime.

91 Days (2016)

In this story of historical drama, Avilio Bruno returns home to exact methodical revenge on the Vanetti Family. This is one of the better-known mafia animes out there, with fans praising its plot and storytelling. Fans of Bungo Stray Dogs will enjoy the more realistic takes on the mafia world.

Jujustu Kaisen (2020)

In a world where curses exist, Jujutsu Sorcerers are trained to use their abilities to exorcise these demons. Not only do both shows focus on characters with special powers, but they both have a similar dark humor to them. Fans of Dazai are sure to find themselves drawn to the eclectic Satori Gojou as well.

Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure (2012)

One of the most interesting things about Bungo Stray Dogs is how many people don’t realize it’s a supernatural series until they start watching it. Jojo’s is another series it seems many fans don’t realize is a supernatural series about characters with powers. Another fun coincidence is that while Bungo Stray Dogs is known to heavily reference literature, Jojo’s does the same with music. Fans of quirky paranormal anime with real-world connections will love Jojo’s.

Do you have any other recommendations for anime shows like Bungo Stray Dogs? Let us know!

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