If you like the 'Stranger Things' franchise, here are 10 recommended anime to watch

If you like the 'Stranger Things' franchise, here are 10 recommended anime to watch ...

Stranger Things has recently made a stunning comeback, quickly becoming one of the decade-defining series of the 21st century. Apart from loosening up several loose ends from the previous season, the science-fiction drama series now has a greater degree of maturity and horror that further cements its historic status.

Fans may have to wait patiently for Season 5's release, but there are plenty of Japanese anime that have similar themes to the sci-fi show. Even the creators themselves have credited anime as one of their primary influences.

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied is a story about Lucy, a young girl with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands. After a series of brutal scientific experiments, Lucy escapes her confinement but not without leaving behind bloodshed. During her escape, Lucy develops a second personality that gives her the appearance of a helpless kid.

Stranger Things creators cited Lucy as a major inspiration behind Eleven's behavior, which explains the similarities in terms of power and character psyche.

From The New World

The main protagonist Saki Watanabe awakens to her psychic abilities, much to the relief of her parents. Following her friends at the Sage Academy, Saki slowly discovers the dark truth lingering behind the fates of those with no power, particularly since her friend Rika mysteriously disappeared.

From the New World, like Stranger Things, chronicles a group of youngsters' evolving roles into adolescence, with the gradually fragmented facade of their idyllic utopian society creeping nearby.

Parasyte: The Maxim

Shinichi Izumi, a 16-year-old high school student, was introduced to a talking creature on his right hand. The creature, now named Migi, is part of a new species that is slowly infiltrating humans and feeding on other unsuspecting prey. Migi has no choice but to fight for Shinchi's survival, even if it means killing its own species.

The Maxim is a great psychological body horror series for anyone who is looking for action sequences and complex characterizations as well as investigating philosophical questions like humanity's true nature.

Soul Eater

Do you want to try out Stranger Things' haunting mood or are looking for a new show to add to your Halloween collection? From death gods to witches, Dr. Frankenstein to devils dancing Twin Peaks-style, this Tim Burton-inspired action fantasy anime series is for you.

The show follows a group of students from the Death Weapon Meister Academy, a school headed by the Lord of Death himself. The students are trained to protect their world from evil forces as they work together to recover 99 evil beings' souls and one witch's soul.

The Promised Neverland

Don't be fooled by these cute character designs from this fantasy anime. Orphaned children trying to escape from their blissful life at the Grace Field House when learning the disturbing secret their "Mama" has been keeping.

The main characters made up of three orphaned children are not generic anime kids who are overtly naive or feeble, but who make up one of the show's key deciding factors, thus dubbed the second Death Note, with its engaging suspense and heart-wrenching moments.


Stranger Things' global impact on anime's international reputation and other sci-fi visual mediums is another significant source of inspiration.

Akira, an intensely entertaining cyberpunk film for hardcore enthusiasts as well as newcomers, takes place in a dystopian future in which cyberkinetics and anti-government vandalism have become the norm. When a childhood friend suddenly acquires telekinetic abilities that threaten the safety of the people of Neo-Tokyo, Shotaro Kaneda must rescue his friend from apocalyptical devastation.

Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen, unlike its shounen anime predecessors Naruto, Bleach, and Hunter x Hunter, manages to surpass all expectations and became one of the most popular shows of the decade, offering unforgettable highlights in just a single season.

Fans are eagerly anticipating the release of its second season of more sorcery and demon-hunting with perfectly-choreographed action sequences to any scene involving the virtually immortal and adorkable Satoro Gojo.

Mob Psycho 100

Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama, an eighth-grader, believes that most people will choose to possess superpowers in a heartbeat.

Mob is embarrassed and scared of the catastrophic consequences of his psychic abilities. He takes on a part-time job while learning to control his abilities. However, a long-time crush on a childhood friend and encounters with other espers pressure Mob to unleash his omnipotence on anyone intimidating his loved ones.

Ghost Stories (English Dub Version)

Ghost Stories' low reception did not prevent the series' English dubbed version from becoming a smash hit within the anime community. The series follows a group of local high-schoolers as they become entangled in a series of bizarre happenings, whether it be intentionally or by accident.

The English dub, which preserves the original series' narrative, distorts significantly from the original and turns out to be far more fun by a mile, providing plenty of fourth-wall-breaking commentary about the inferior production quality and anime cliches, as well as politically incorrect remarks about race, sexuality, and religion. Ghost Stories is one of the few series where the English dub is superior to its original.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a mind-numbing, jaw-dropping deconstruction of the unusually optimistic magical girl genre. It's a must-see anime series for anyone interested in surprising themselves, since every wish comes with a large price.

Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki, high school girls, are ushered into a magical world where they are thrown into a different world of witch-hunting when they meet a cat-like creature named Kyuubey. A peculiar exchange student leaves messages cryptic about how to accept Kyuubey's proposal.