The best animated movies like Attack on Titan and where to watch them
With its mix of science fiction and folklore, The attack of the Titans creates a very unique dark fantasy tale. At the same time, he keeps a firm footing in reality by drawing inspiration from real conflicts. Like so many anime and manga, The attack of the Titans exists because of the ramifications of WWII. The horrors seen during this time left the world in shock as man’s capacity for total destruction was realized. It has changed humanity, especially Japanese society, and its people continue to express how it affects them and their loved ones through many mediums, including anime.
The final arc of The attack of the Titans will be released early next year, much to the excitement of fans who are ready to see what Eren Yeager and the others have in store. For fans who don’t want to start a new series but are looking for some entertainment in the meantime, here are five great animated films with similar themes.
Promare: a war against flamethrower mutants
Set 30 years after a cataclysmic disaster known as the Great World Blaze, Promare follows the group of firefighters Burning Rescue in the city of Promepolis. Their main objective is to extinguish the threat of the Burnish, a species of flame-throwing mutant monsters responsible for the Great World Blaze. Conflict erupts when a new horde of these violent mutants emerge, and the Burning Rescue must act quickly to stop a repeat of the past.
Despite humanity’s looming climate crisis, by Promare the characters tackle their challenges head on and zealously as the film’s upbeat tone propels it forward. From the energetic soundtrack to the brilliant color palette, viewers are sure to leave feeling like they can accomplish anything.
This trippy movie was produced by Trigger (Kill la Kill, darling in the Franxx) and XFLAG in 2019. It was directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (Star Wars: Visions) with the script by Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren lagann), the character designs of Shigeto Koyama and the 3D animation of Sanzigen.
Promare is available to stream on HBO Max and to rent on YouTube, Google Play, and Prime Video.
Blame! : A new world where humans and cyborgs coexist
In the future, human civilization progressed to the point that all facets of society merged with technology, resulting in The City: a vast man-made structure inhabited by humans and cyborgs. While on the surface it seems to solve all of human problems, it also makes people vulnerable to and in the absence of technology. Blame! It is not so much to close the door to difficulties as to open another Pandora’s box.
Conflict arises when a virus causes the system to spiral out of control, resulting in a multi-level metropolitan structure that copies itself endlessly in all directions. Having lost control of the city, a cyborg defense system seeks to eliminate all humans. This leads protagonist Killy to the search for the net terminal gene, the genetic key to the “Netsphere”, the city’s computerized control network.
2017 Blame! is a Netflix original film produced by Polygon Pictures (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and was adapted from the manga written and illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei from 1997-2003. Blame! features some early 2000 vibes and is a great addition to the cyberpunk genre.
Blame! is available to stream exclusively on Netflix.
Genocidal organ: a world ruled by surveillance governments
Genocidal organ begins with a major bang: war breaks out and the world is devastated by a homemade nuclear bomb. Like The attack of the Titans, powerful countries have become governments of total surveillance, while the underdeveloped world has been rocked by genocides. An enigmatic “First World” American seems to be responsible for the continuing suffering of those in the “Third World”. Clavis Shepherd, an intelligence agent, travels the wreckage of the world to discover the monster that carries this heart of darkness – a genocidal organ.
Manglobe started production of Genocidal organ but stopped in 2015, then filed for bankruptcy. It was then finished by Geno Studio (Star Wars: Visions – “Lop & Ochō”) and distributed by Toho Animations (Jujutsu kaisen). It is based on the first novel of the same name by Project Itoh, published in 2007. Set in the real city of Sarajevo, Genocidal organ is inspired by the Bosnian War and the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The city was cut off from the outside world for 1,425 days, which is the longest siege of a major city in the modern history.
Genocidal organ is available to stream on Crunchyroll and available to rent on Vudu.
Tomb of the Fireflies: A Ghibli masterpiece to tear apart
the Grave of the Fireflies begins in Kobe, Japan during World War II when an arson attack destroys the home of teenager Seita and her younger sister Setsuko. They are forced to leave permanently and move in with their distant aunt, and tensions mount as rations decline and the war progresses. the Grave of the Fireflies, the group’s most realistic film, is a heartbreaking one that will leave audiences feeling grateful for what they have.
This 1988 film was animated by Studio Ghibli (Abducted as if by magic) and his only anime to be written and directed by Isao Takahata (The tale of Princess Kaguya). It is inspired by a short story of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, which recounts his experience of World War II while taking some creative liberties.
The Grave of the Fireflies is available for purchase on Amazon and for rent on VUDU and Apple TV.
Wicked City: where humans and demons live together in secret
Wicked city features the human and demonic worlds cohabiting in secret, with a mysterious police organization known as the Black Guard securing the black world. Few humans are aware of this other dimension populated by superhuman demons. Located at the end of the 20th century, Wicked city feels oddly prophetic with the black world resembling a physical manifestation of the Dark Web. Like Blame!, he shares his fears about humanity’s over-reliance on technology, seeing it as a portal to another world best left alone.
This dark fantasy OVA film was produced by Video Art and Madhouse (Hunter x hunter) in 1987. It is based on the first book in a six-part series of novels of the same name by Hideyuki Kikuchi. With the The attack of the Titans crowd, cel animation fans should definitely give Wicked city a watch because his works of art are spectacular.
Wicked city is available for free streaming on Pluto TV.
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