‘No. 6’ is an anime which takes place in the future. It deals with the dark secrets of the society and how a seemingly peaceful system can be causing such pain. The series is entertaining and has a great mystery hidden within it. Here’s the list of best anime similar to ‘No. 6’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these anime like ‘No. 6’ on Netflix, Crunchyroll or Hulu.
7. Banana Fish (2018)
‘Banana Fish’ is an entertaining anime. It came out a year ago and has a total of 24 episodes with each episode being 22 minutes in length. The series is not that popular so that many anime lovers have yet to see it. So, if you do find it fun, be sure to recommend it. It is a Shoujo anime with lots of action, adventure and drama. It shares a few common attributes with ‘No. 6.’ Both anime try to showcase, or rather deal with the not-so-good part of society. The main characters stumble upon each other by chance and become close.
Rather than romance, the focus of the narrative is on adventure, action and drama that originate from romantic endeavors. The protagonist of the story is Aslan Jade Callenreese. He goes by Ash Lynx. Ash was brought up by a powerful mafia Dino Golzine. Now, Ash is 17 and is the leader of his gang. He stumbles upon a drug known as Banana Fish and remembers that it was the same name that his brother spoke of after returning from the war. He decides to dig deeper. But Dino wants to get his hands off the drugs and ends up kidnapping Ash’s friends. Now, Ash has to not only save his friends but find out more about the mysterious drug.
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6. Zankyou no Terror (2014)
‘Zankyou no Terror’ is one of the best anime that I have ever seen. It is entertaining and engaging at the same time. The animation is pretty decent and it has nice music too. It is a psychological thriller with a bit of mystery attached to it. The narrative keeps us on the edge of our sears till the very end. The series shares some similarities with ‘No. 6’ such as the main characters are two males and both the series somehow try to paint a dark picture of the society and the ruling machine. The way that the characters develop in both anime is kind of similar too.
It seems that Japan is under a terrorist attack. Someone caused an explosion at the Nuclear facility and inscribed the word VON. Police are doing their best to try and find these criminals but so far has not been able to get any result. 6 months after the explosion a video surfaces in which two teenage boys, who identify themselves as Sphinx, start challenging the police. They say that they will keep destroying until the police catch them. It causes panic in the public and makes the police desperate. While panic spreads like wildfire, detective Kenjirou Shibazaki is determined to hunt down the Sphinx before it is too late.
5. Shinsekai yori (2012)
‘Shinsekai yori‘ is a decent anime and a perfect pick for those who love mystery and psychological thrillers. The show also incorporates elements of horror and sci-fi tropes. So, if that interests you then do check it out. The series does share some similarities with ‘No. 6.’ Both anime are about citizens living in cities like concrete jungles rumbling with constant noise. The people are happy at first but soon the series starts taking a dark turn revealing the shocking secrets of their habitat. The main characters in both the anime are young and grow throughout the timeline. You can get a hint of same-sex romance in both the shows too.
The emergence of people with psychokinetic abilities spreads panic across the society. When gifted start using their untamed powers, it causes many troubles within the society. There are rise and fall of many regimes before the gifted agree to restrict themselves as a society bounded by rules. The plot follows Saki Watanabe, a girl who has just awakened her powers, and her friends. Saki is very happy to be able to play with her dear friends. But she soon begins to generate curiosity regarding the fate of the children who could not awaken their powers. The show slowly starts taking a different turn, while revealing many secrets in the process.
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4. Psycho-Pass (2012)
The popular anime ‘Psycho-Pass’ is one of its kind that should not miss out if you are a fan of psychological thrillers. The series has also got some nice action sequences, decent animation and visually appealing art style. The anime has got something in common with ‘No. 6.’ Both anime are psychological thrillers and have something to do with a mechanism used by the government to keep people safe. Of course, everything is not as black and white as it first looks like since every mechanism and system is flawed.
Sey in the 22nd century Japan, the plot centers on a judicial system and its enforcement mechanism which is toppled over by a new system called Sybil. The new conventions provide a Psycho-Pass analysis of every citizen. If your Psycho-Pass analysis indicates that you will turn violent and are a latent criminal likely to commit a crime, then the authorities would put you behind the bars. Inspectors are the ones who protect the law and are accompanied by ex-inspectors who have become latent criminals called Enforcers. They do the dirty work for the Inspectors. The anime follows young inspector Akane Tsunemori who is coupled with enforcer Shinya Kougami. As the story progresses Akane starts doubting the credibility of the judgement delivered by Sybil System.
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3. Fractale (2011)
‘Fractale’ is an adventure and fantasy anime which is is set in the near future. The show has a total of 11 episodes with each episode being around 23 minutes in length. The anime does share some similarities with ‘No. 6’ such as the premise of a futuristic world which is governed by a strict order. It is the order that makes sure the people live in peace. The main characters in the both the shows are young and innocent. They believe their utipian societies until they stumble upong someone who can break their nutshell and turn their lives on its head forever.
The plot centers on an futuristic island where a humans live alongside Doppels, humanoids who work as maids under humans. The island is controlled by an ancient technology called Fractale. Clain is a young teenage boy on the island whose laid-back existence turns upside down when he crosses paths with a girl named Phryne who is trying to escape from the clutches of some dangerous men. Though Clain saves her from the evil men, she disappears without a trace while leaving behind a pendant full of data. To the surprise of Clain, the pendant turns into a Doppel named Nessa who is the key to unlock the ancient mystery of Fractale. Now, Clain finds himself torn between the urge to to destroy the system and the obligation to protect it.
2. Guilty Crown (2011)
‘Guilty Crown‘ is an action, sci-fi anime hybrid that is very popular and entertaining. If you are a Mecha genre enthusiast, then this anime is for you. The show has a total of 22 episodes with each episode being around 24 minutes in length. The premise of ‘Guilty Crown’ is kind of similar to that of ‘No. 6.’ There is a corrupt government trying to oppress its citizens in the near future. There is rebel group of insurgents who plots overthrow the current autocratic regime.
Set in the year 2039, the plot depicts the aftermath of a tragic event that took place ten years ago. An apocalyptic virus unleashed death across the land and crumbled the entire social structure. The chaos also paved way for the military dictatorship administered by a faction called GHQ. The only group trying to take back control from the tyrannical rulers is the Funeral Parlor led by the infamous Gai Tsutsugami. Inori Yuzuriha is an important member of the Funeral Parlor and Shuu Ouma is a weak and shy teenage boy.
Their destinies entangle as the story progresses and the boy ends up gaining the Power of Kings. More power means more responsibility and the boy find himself in the middle of a bloody civil war between the rebels and GHQ.
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1. Yuri!!! on Ice (2016)
The only reason why ‘Yuri!!! on Ice‘ is on this list is that the relationship between the main characters of this anime and ‘No. 6’ is in a similar vein. Both shows try to showcase a casual attitude towards same-sex romance without trying to be judgmental, which is how it should be always done. Though while the romance is explicitly visible in ‘Yuri!!! on Ice,’ it is kind of implicit in ‘No. 6’. Apart from that the plots of the shows are completely different.
‘Yuri!!! on Ice’ is a sports anime which deals with figure-skating and follows Yuuri Katsuki, a skilled figure skater who tries hard to get back into the game. He is 23 and restless to achieve something great and significant. One of his ice skating video in which he performs a routine of the legendary world champion Victor Nikiforov, goes viral. Impressed by the video, Victor soon pays a visit to him and offers the master’s mentorship to Yuuri. Yuuri is overjoyed and starts training hard. But this path is not going to be easy as there are many obstacles and opponents, and the most dangerous among them is Yuri Plisetsky from Russia.
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