10 anime like The God of High School
The God of High School is a stellar example of the burgeoning potential of manhwas for anime adaptations. This ongoing action-packed manhwa written and illustrated by Yongje Park was picked up by Crunchyroll and Studio MAPPA for Summer 2020.
The story centers around a seventeen-year-old taekwondo specialist Jin Mori who is invited to participate in The God of High School – a Martial Arts competition – along with his friends. The participants are allowed to utilize different fighting styles and even use “Borrowed Power” which is a contract with a supernatural entity in exchange for mystical powers. The winner of the tournament gets to fulfill his wish granted by the organization.
Shounen anime is the staple diet for most anime fans. Understandably so, fans began to flock around this anime given the strong shounen background backed with excellent action sequences. With ‘The God of High School’ finale airing in two days, I’m sure you’re looking to fill the void that this anime will create. Here are 10 anime similar to the God of High School that you can watch next.
1. Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter focuses on Hunters that are licensed humans capable of extraordinary feats and carrying out various dangerous jobs. They are considered to be highly elite considering that this title is accorded to only those who pass the highly challenging and perilous exam which has very little success rate. Gon Freecss is the main protagonist of the show and much like any other shounen protagonist, he has a goal – to become a great hunter just like his father. To fulfill his desire, Gon begins his journey by taking the Hunter Exam. Along the way, Gon meets Kurapika, Leorio and Killua Zoldyck who eventually become part of the story. One of the major similarities between The God of High School and Hunter x hunter is the Arena arc where thrilling battles take place akin to the tournament matches seen in The God of High School. These battles provide a great adrenaline rush.
2. Kami no Tou/ Tower of God
Kami no Tou or Tower of God is the upcoming hype in the anime fandom. Just like The God of High School, Tower of God’s adaptation is facilitated by the collaboration between WEBTOON and Crunchyroll. The foundation of this show is dominated by the mysterious tower that people seek to climb. Every floor of the tower provides formidable challenges to the climber and those who are able to reach the top are provided everything that the Tower has to offer. The protagonist, Twenty-Fifth Bam, lives under the tower and is oblivious to its allure. He only wishes to stay by his best friend Rachel’s side. However, when Rachel leaves to climb the tower in hopes of seeing real stars – Bam enters the Tower in hopes of reuniting with Rachel again. The similarity is quite stark with this one because the anime also has intense competitions, which if they’re able to conquer – they’ll get what they wish for.
3. Kengan Ashura
Kengan Ashura is what happens when capitalism meets the age-old tradition of gladiator arenas. The premise of the show is Kengan matches where Gladiators are hired as representatives of wealthy companies as a way to settle business disputes through deadly battles. The anime follows Tokita Ohma, an exceptional fighter, who is picked up by the Nogi Group as their new representative. Nogi Hideki, the CEO, plans to place Tokita in the Kengan Tournament as a way to win the position of chairman of the powerful Kengan organization. Just like The God of High School, Kengan Ashura reserves fights as a means to achieve something and is set in an arena.
Naruto is an immensely popular anime that traces the journey of Uzumaki Naruto, a misfit ninja who aspires to become a the Hokage (leader) of his village as a way to earn the acceptance and recognition from his people. Naruto is much more laid-back in terms of the intensity of the show but Naruto does dabble with martial arts (ninja training) like The God of High School. The God of High School centers its story on tournaments and Naruto’s story is propelled with the Chuunin Exams that he needs to clear in order to gain rank. Similar to The God of High School, Naruto is action packed and intense during its battle sequences.
5. Juuni Taisen
Juuni Taisen is an anime that focuses on 12 mercenaries that represent the twelve Zodiac Signs. They all are admitted into a Zodiac Tournament where they fight to death in order to have their wish granted. Juuni Taisen’s premise is awfully similar to The God of High School in terms of the battle royale theme. However, in The God of High School, the fights do not lead to death. Both the anime focus on exceptional fighters that possess unique abilities and how they face off against each other in a fight to win.
6. Darwin’s Game
Darwin’s Game is another intense battle royale anime that is set in a virtual space. The story revolves around seventeen-year-old Sudou Kaname who is invited by his friend to play a mobile app game called Darwin’s Game. Unfortunately, upon entering, Kaname realizes that the game involves a fight to the death by using a Sigil – a unique ability granted to each player. The vibe of both the anime is quite alike and the main characters, Jin and Kaname, both possess strong morals of right and wrong. They both go out of their way to provide help despite the strong competitive environment.
7. Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball is one of the most popular franchises of anime that has managed to make a name even in the non-otaku spheres. Dragon Ball series is the first installment of the Dragon Ball franchise and is the best place to start. The story begins with a young boy named Son Goku who encounters Bulma, a girl in search for Dragon Balls. It is claimed that gathering all seven of them can grant one wish. Goku joins Bulma in her journey to find the Dragon Balls setting off an adventure of a lifetime. The Dragon Ball series is the epitome of shounen anime with martial arts, superpowers, and overpowered characters coming into play. Both of the anime have a particular goal they wish to accomplish and the main characters are very alike in terms of their personality.
8. Megalo Box
Megalo Box takes place in a futuristic setting where boxing has migrated to an underground arena and turned mecha. The fighters wear mechanical limbs known as Gear which increases the stakes of the fight. Junk Dog is a skilled underground fighter who is coerced to lose in fights due to his fraudulent manager Gansaku Nanbu’s involvement in fixing matches. Things start to take a turn for the better when Junk Dog meets the Megalo Box champion, Yuri. Both the anime has an arena type setting and heavily focus on battles. The characters in both of them augment their abilities either through mechanical limbs or supernatural powers.
9. My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia is set in a world where Quirks (powers) have seeped into the genetics of 80% of the population. In a world where superpowers are the norm, Izuku stands out due to his Quirkless-ness. Despite the odds stacked up against him, Midoriya is determined to fulfill his dream of becoming a pro Hero. Both the shows take place in a high school setting with an action-oriented story. The staple content of the shows are battles where students compete against each other to determine who is the strongest.
10. One Piece
One Piece is an adventure fantasy shounen anime that follows Monkey D. Luffy, a seventeen-year-old boy’s aspiration of finding the greatest treasure in the world called One Piece. In following the footsteps of his childhood hero, Shanks, Luffy begins his crazy and heartfelt adventure by forming his crew (they’re people who were intrigued by his eccentric yet kind personality). One Piece and The God of High School have extremely similar main characters who don a very goofy yet kind-hearted persona. Similarly, One Piece also holds the theme of friendship on a pedestal. One Piece has a lot of action with hilarious antics that will surely draw you in.