Updated: Sep 7
Who doesn't love a world of post-apocalypse? Nobody, apparently. It is an all-embracing genre, even anime. We appear to be obsessed with our own death, as we are with humanity. Maybe because we're so afraid, but mostly because in a dying world, the rules binding us to die too. I know that. I know. Is that profound, okay?
However, anime storytellers love post-apocalyptic contexts because they can explore the psyche of the human person under stress in a terrifying, obsessive world, or too advanced for their own benefit.
In 2016, the melting down of a nuclear power plant is creating a major disaster in Tokyo. Twenty years later, the city became a ghost town due to high levels of radiation. A distress signal is received from that area.
The Self Defense Forces dispatched three girls from the Coppelion Special Unit to search for survivors. But why don't they wear radiation protection?
9. Hokuto no Ken
Brave warrior Kenshirou walks a post-apocalyptical garbage country in a 19XX year, after being betrayed and left behind dead, in search to find his rival Shin who kidnapped his beloved fiancée Yuria .. Kenshirou takes advantage of his deadly battle, Hokuto Shinken, during his journey to defend the helpless against the saddening ravagers. Not long before his achievements begin to attract the attention of major enemies such as warlords and martial rivals and Keshirou is more involved than he originally negotiated.
In the face of ever-growing odds, Hokuto Shinken 's successor is obliged to test his skills in a bid to take back what he most cares for. And, given the new challenges and the struggle against injustice, namely its conflict with Shin and the rest of the martial arts school in Nanto Seiken, Kenshirou is gradually turned into the savior of a violent irradiated world.
8. Owari no Seraph
One day, a mysterious virus appeared on Earth which killed every infected human over the age of 13. At the same time, vampires emerged from the world's dark recesses and enslaved mankind. Enter Hyakuya Yuuichirou, a young boy, who along with the rest of the children from his orphanage, is treated as livestock by the vampires. Even in captivity, Yuuichirou dreams big. He dreams of killing vampires. He dreams of killing them all.
7. Ergo Proxy
One of the last human civilizations on earth lies within the domed city of Romdo. A global ecological catastrophe has condemned the planet thousands of years ago; life outside the domes is now virtually impossible. "AutoReivs," robots like humanoids, are created to help people in their everyday lives in order to accelerate recovery. AutoReivs has however begun to develop an enigmatic illness known as the Cogito Virus, which gives them an awareness of themselves. Romdo's granddaughter, Re-l Mayer, has been commissioned together with her AutoReiv partner Iggy to investigate this phenomenon. But what begins as a routine study quickly spirals into a complot when Re-l is faced with mankind.
A specialist of AutoReiv, Vincent Law, has to face his devils elsewhere in Romdo when surreal events around him begin to happen. Oh, Re-l, Iggy, Vincent, and the child AutoReiv named Pino are going to be an unlikely faction in that they are fighting to discover the mysteries of Romdo.
6. Dr. Stone
High-school student Taiju Ooki has finally confessed his love to Yuzouriha Ogawa after five years of unexplored sentiments. However, only when Taiju begins to confess, blinding green light hits the earth and petrify mankind all over the world, turning each human in stone.
Several thousand years later, Taiju wakes up to find the modern world totally absent, as nature flourished during the years when humanity stood still. Taiju meets another living human in the stone world of statues: his science-loving friend Senkuu, who has been involved for several months. Taiju learns that Senkuu has a great plan — the restoration of civilization through science. The brawns of Taiju and Senkuu combine to forge an excellent partnership and soon they find a way to relive petrified people. The master plan of Senkuu, however, is threatened if the awakening challenges its ideologies. The reason for the petrification of mankind remains unknown throughout.
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Stampede Vash is the guy who has a bounty of $60,000,000 on his head. He's an implacable villain, who waste everyone against him and flatters whole cities, with the name of "The Humanoid Typhoon" being given him. He leaves the trail of death and destruction everywhere and anyone can consider himself dead if they make contact with the eye — or so the rumours say. In fact, Vash is a huge cuddly woman who claims never had a life and at all costs avoids violence.
Vash traversed the landscape of Gunsmoke, followed by two insurance agents, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who were seeking to minimize their impact on the public with their crazy doughnut obsession and buffonished behavior. But their misadventures soon developed into situations of life or death when the trio was summoned to suffer by a group of legendary assassins. Vash will unravel his agonizing past and his principles and morality will be pushed to the point of the rift.
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4. Attack on Titan
Many centuries ago, men were almost exterminated by giants. Giants seem to tell many tales, they seem to have little comprehension, they devote people and, most of all, they seem to do so for the sake of fun rather than food. In an extravagantly high city, far bigger than the biggest giant, a small percentage of humanity remained.
Flash forward and in more than 100 years the town has not seen a giant. The little boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa see something terrible when a super-giant seems to be smashing the city walls. The two children watch with fear as their mother eats alive as the smaller giants flood the City. Eren is vowing that any giant will be killed and all mankind will take revenge.
3. Shinsekai Yori
In the city of Kamisu 66, Saki Watanabe, a 12-year-old, has just woken up to her psychic powers and is relieved to join her friends, Satoru Asahina, the shy Mamoru Itou, the happy Maria Akizuki, and Shun Aonuma, a mysterious boy that Saki admires, at the Sagi Academy, a special psychic school. But unease is on Saki when the fate of those who can not awaken to their power begins to be questioned and the children start to engage in secrecy issues like the rumored Tainted Cats who say they kidnap kids.
Shinsekai Yori told Saki and her friends' unique coming-of-age story as they traveled to their roles in the supposed utopia. However, it might not be easy to accept those roles when confronted by the dark and shocking truths of society and the imminent new world disasters.
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion
The world is on the verge of destruction in 2015. The last chance of humanity lies in the hands of Nerv, the United Nations' special agency, and its Gospels, the huge machines capable of defeating the Angels who are announcing the ruin of the world. The head of the organization, Gendou Ikari, is looking for compatible pilots who can sync with the Gospel and realize their true possibilities. Talented staff, Misato Katsuragi, Head of Tactical Operations, and Ritsuko Akagi, Chief Scientist, will help in this defensive endeavor.
For the first time in years, in the face of his father, Shinji Ikari's average life is changed in the face of a horrible fresh fate — he must be the pilot of the Evangelion Unit-01, with mankind's fate on his shoulders. The heroic story of the young man who will become a legend is written by Hideaki Anno Neon Genesis Evangelion. But as this drama develops, old secrets bubble to the surface under a big picture ...
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Jan 1988. Japan. An explosion caused by a young child with psychic forces is sweeping across the city of Tokyo, igniting a fuse that leads to World War III. He is captured and held in detention to prevent further destruction. Now in 2019, it is being replaced by a restored version of the city called Neo-Tokyo — a city rippled by gangs and terrorism. Here Shutarou Kaneda leads "the Capsules" a group of mismanagement known as "the Clowns," who drive large, custom motorcycles.
In one of these battles, the best friend of Shoutarou, Tetsuo Shima is hidden in an accident with an awaiting who has been confined to a government institution on the streets of Tokyo. By this meeting, the government is developing its own mysterious capabilities, in the desperate attempt to keep the latest psychic from unleashing the destructive power that the City could bring again to its knees.