41+ BEST Post Apocalyptic Anime (Recommendations)

best post apocalyptic anime

A post-apocalyptic world is a well-used setting in modern entertainment, from movies to series and even anime is not left out. These kinds of worlds bring out a lot of hidden variables and ensure that there are a lot of stories to tell and a lot of danger to look forward to.

Anime has a long list of post-apocalyptic world-themed series, and the beauty of this is that we get to see the famed resilience of the human race. It is always interesting to watch how characters come together to save themselves and the whole of humanity from the aftermath of a pandemic, nuclear war or an overbeat plot like an alien invasion – it screams Hope!

We are going to be bringing you the 42 best anime of this kind, to keep you busy for as long as you like.

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Table of Content

42. Legend of Basara

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5/10
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Genre: Adventure, Drama
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Going back some decades, we head to 1998 when the 13 episode Legend of Basara anime aired. The Post-apocalyptic anime focuses on two siblings and a tyrannical ruler, there is a bit of romance to this adventure anime. The twins are named Tatara and Sarasa and it is revealed that Tatara is the child of prophecy, the one to save Japan from the atrocities of Japan’s ruthless leader and his sons.

A lot of drama ensues, and the atrocities catch up to Tatara as he is killed by the tyrant king. His sister, Sarasa must now bear his name and responsibility as she seeks to deliver Japan out of the hands of the evil king and avenge her brother. Will Sarasa be successful against the red king?

 

41. Tide-Line Blue

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5/10
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Genre: Adventure, Action
Episodes: 12

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Set in a post-apocalyptic world where an event named ‘Hammer of Eden’ has led waste to earth, Tide-Land Blue is fully deserving of its spot in this list. Over 6 billion lives have been lost while 90 percent of the land has been flooded, the conditions are clearly not aimed at survival.

There is a lot of action and adventure in this military-themed anime. The new united nations has been formed to foster peace on this dying earth, however, with humans still being their worst selves, a military officer carries out a coup declaring war on the new united nations … how will the world survive this as it comes just after the catastrophe that almost wiped them out?

 

40. Sound of The Sky

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5/10
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Genre: Military, Sci-Fi
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

The 2010 Sci-fi and Slice of Life anime tells a story that combines military activities and music. While the world crumbles around them, the little town of Seize that lies outside the Helvetia country harbors citizens going about their daily lives, unsure of what the future holds for them in this war-torn era.

The young and spirited Kanata Sorami joins the army to fulfill her dream of playing the bugle, but what does life hold for her when she is stationed at the fortress in Seize? Along with Major Rio Kazumiya, the expert trumpeter and other members of the 1121 platoon, she experiences the joy of life in a world without hope.

 

39. Zegapain

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5/10
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Genre: Action, Romance
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

If you want a mecha anime about a post-apocalyptic world, then Zegapain is the anime for you, and it is animated by the incredible Sunrise Studio. This mysterious anime sees high school student Kyou Sogoru living a very normal life but when the beautiful Shizuno Misaki tells him to jump into the pool with her, his life changes in a weird way.

He is transported into a war-torn world, a battle between humans and aliens rages on. The humans utilize robots known as Zegas. In this brutal battle against their alien foes, there is a lot of death and new relationships are formed, however, triggering questions like the true nature of life hovers around.

 

38. Casshern Sins

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5/10
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Genre: Adventure, Action
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

In a world where the earth has become a wasteland, Studio Madhouse and Tatsunoko productions tell a story that borders on action, adventure, drama, sci-fi, and a bit of psychological. With humanity now extinct, the sentient robots are left and they have started to die too. Casshern is in trouble, for some reason the robots think if they eat him they will gain immortality.

 

37. Aquarian Evol

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5/10
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Genre: Action, Comedy
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

This 2012 anime is the sequel of the 2005 Genesis Aquarion anime, and it is set 12000 years after the events of the first anime. There is a lot of mecha action, garnished with comedy to keep you entertained for the 26 episodes.

Humans are under constant threat from creatures known as abductors, so when Mikono and Amata are dragged into the conflict, they break all the rules as Amata performs a forbidden union and Mikono pilots a mecha suit – what will be the consequences of their actions?

 

36. Blame

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6/10
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Genre:Sci-Fi
Episodes: 6

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The 2003 anime is based on a masterpiece manga by Tsutomu Nihei. The cyberpunk, action, post-apocalyptic anime takes place in a world without structure, a world said to have thousands of levels.

The story is dark, with amazing animation and interesting characters. The main character, Killy, has to search around the town for the genes that were not infected … will he be successful in traversing the city?

 

35. DT Eightron

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6/10
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Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

With the world suffering from a huge catastrophe, the country of Datania revels in child labor. The protagonist, Shu and his friends try to escape from the country, and on the way, they meet the rebellious group called the returners. They begin their adventures with the returners, fighting against the enemies after their lives.

 

34. Silent Mobius

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5/10
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Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 26

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What can be better than a post-apocalyptic world giving off horror vibes? This 1998 anime is set in 2023 where a brand of aliens called Lucifer hawks have started invading earth. The best part of this anime is our heroines, the attacked mystification police, a group of hot baddies who are competent on the battlefield. Watching these women with paranormal abilities battle the demonic beings is exactly what you need.

 

33. A Wind Named Amnesia

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6/10
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Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 1 (Movie)

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You might not have heard about this anime, however, it is one of the classics by Studio madhouse and you certainly have to see this action Sci-fi. Imagine a world where a mysterious wind blows and takes away everyone’s memories… amnesia all over the land.

Well, there is a man named Johnny who was not affected by the wind and he tutors another man named Wataru, now it is up to Wataru and his traveling companion, Sophia to find out what happened to humanity and proffer a solution.

 

32 – Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
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6/10
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Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

The events of 1973 saw billions of humans die at the hands of the invading aliens known as beings of extraterrestrial origin. In 1998, these alien beings advance their attacks on Japan, However our heroine, Pilot Yui Takamura is able to defend Kyoto and push the aliens back. In this anime, Yui and Yuuya begin their adventure to prevent such a catastrophe like this from ever happening again.

 

31. Humanity Has Declined

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6/10
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Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Episodes: 12

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A 2012 fantasy anime with a funny premise, a post-apocalyptic world, not caused by violent aliens or nuclear wars, rather a decline in birth rate spanning decades. In this comedy anime set in a fantasy world, the few humans left have to live side by side with small creatures known as fairies.

In their quest for candy, the fairies pose a threat to the safety of the remaining human population. The main character is a young girl, selected as a United Nations arbitrator – how far will she go in her journey to bring peaceful coexistence to both races?

 

30. Innocent Venus

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6/10
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Genre: Adventure, Drama
Episodes: 12

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There is a long list of post-apocalyptic anime featuring sci-fi, military, and mecha action, fortunately, Innocent Venus is one of them. A natural disaster wipes more than half of the world away, with more than 5 billion people losing their lives.

As poverty begins to reign supreme, the rich begin to oppress the poor, exiling them out of specific areas. Then a mysterious girl named Nobuto Sana appears; she is wanted by the Phantom, an armed group of rich people. Katsuragi Jo and Tsurasawa Jin take the young girl. They escape from the phantom, and now their place in the world hangs in the balance.

 

29. Now And Then, Here and There

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6/10
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Genre: Adventure, Drama
Episodes: 13

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Another one of the classics, Now and Then, Here and There aired its 13 episodes in 1999, the fantasy anime gave us a lot of drama with its sci-fi military-themed nature. This is set in a dystopian world where violence is the order of the day.

The protagonist, Shuu Matsutani, has an interest in Kendo, however, he ends up losing to his rival. While dealing with his loss, he discovers the beautiful Lala Ru and while he tries to befriend her, she refuses to listen to him.

Lala Ru is soon captured and she turns out to be a water manipulator in this strange new world that Shuu finds himself in; he has to utilize all his resources, muster all his strength to find and save the mysterious girl.

 

28. Nagi-Usa: A Lull In The Sea

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7/10
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Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

This anime has an amazing story and it is also aesthetically pleasing. A fantasy world where humans live under the sea while some others break away to live on the surface will certainly bring forth a lot of drama and A lull in the sea doesn’t disappoint.

With the enmity between both groups of humans growing, Hikari Sakishima and his friends must find a way to quell the hatred and discrimination and save the world from destruction.

 

27. Aquarion

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6/10
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Genre: Action, Romance
Episodes: 2

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The Aquarion franchise is a very good franchise for post-apocalyptic world anime, the sequel to this anime has already made its way to our list. There is a supernatural angle to this anime, as three pilots have to combine their souls, hearts, and bodies, hence called element users.

After the previous attack 12000 years ago, the shadow angels are back to eliminate all life on earth. Apollo is said to be the reincarnation of a hero, he becomes an Aquarion pilot, and the rest as they say is history.

 

26. Texhnolyze

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6/10
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Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 22

Anime Storyline:

Madhouse studios have done a great job with their anime that features the end of the world, and Texhnolyze is no exception. An anime that merges psychological with Sci-fi, it takes place in a city run by three different groups, with each group violently fighting for their interest.

Ichise at the point of death gets new limbs and begins to work for one of the groups. He comes in contact with a girl possessing the ability to see the future, and they find out that they are fated to save their city from impending doom.

 

25. After War Gundam X

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7/10
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Genre: Adventure, Drama
Episodes: 39

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I’m sure all anime fans are familiar with mobile suits called Gundams. In this anime, war broke out between Earth and space leading to a collapse of the Earth federation. The space colonies were also massively affected by the war and when the young Garrod Ran discovers an old Gundam X model, he sets out to ensure such senseless wars do not repeat themselves.

 

24. X

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Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 24

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Following the success of the X/1999 anime film that aired in 1996, Madhouse produced the X anime in 2001. It follows a return to Tokyo for the protagonist, Shirou Kamui, who returns 6 years later. He is now a powerful psychic and with the fate of the world in his hands and the happiness of his friends in his palm, he has a lot of important life choices to make.

 

23. Girls' Last Tour

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7/10
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Genre: Adventure, Mystery
Episodes: 12

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A fairly recent anime, the sci-fi, adventure, mystery, and slice of life anime aired in 2017. This anime is exceptional for a lot of reasons, the animation, the sound, and the plot are top-notch, and the scenery of this dying world is very realistic and gives a feeling of a post-apocalyptic world.

The anime tells the story of a city ravaged by war, the story revolves around Chito and Yuuri, two girls who happen to be the last survivors in this barren land. The girls go about their activities together, rummaging through the frozen battlefield looking for food and shelter. Girl’s Last Tour is centered around hope… the perfect message to get someone across the end of the world.

 

22. Conan, The Boy in Future

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Genre: Adventure, Drama
Episodes: 26

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A masterpiece from Nippon Animation, this is a classic from 1978, this adventure sci-fi focuses on the young boy Conan. With the majority of humanity being wiped out by bombs, some refugees settle on an island and Conan becomes the only child born on this deserted island.

A young girl named Lana washes up on the beach one day, much to Conan’s dismay as he thought his island was all that was left of humanity. Now it turns out some humans survived, right there the nation of Industria sends a pilot to capture the young girl in a bid to force her father to do their bidding. Conan must now make his way into the world and rescue the captured girl.

 

21. Coppelion

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6/10
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Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Coppelion stands out in this list as one of the most realistic post-apocalyptic world anime ever made. It Is set in a world where a nuclear power plant catastrophe similar to the Chernobyl disaster has left Tokyo to become a desolate land even after 20 years of the incident.

The Sci-fi anime has some amazing action scenes, and the story sparks to life when a distress signal is received from the high radiation area. Three girls are dispatched from the self-defense force to investigate the source of the signal, and what follows is a jolly good adventure spanning 13 episodes.

 

20. From The New World

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7/10
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21/30

Genre: Mystery, Drama
Episodes: 25

Anime Storyline:

The 25 episode anime premiered in 2014, and it tells a dark story with the aid of brilliant animation. This is a coming-of-age story for 12-year-old Saki and her friends. She awakens her psychic powers and joins her friends at Sage academy to master the use of their ‘Juuryoku’… a psychokinetic power that evolved in humans about a thousand years ago.

Some kids from the academy begin to go missing. Saki and her friends, Satoru, Mamoru, Maria, and Aonuma question the fate of the kids who cannot unlock their powers. This leads them to discover some secrets about their hostile world, and when they go outside their village in the quest for knowledge, their lives change forever.

 

19. The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland
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7/10
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21/30

Genre: Adventure, Drama
Episodes: 24 (2 Seasons)

Anime Storyline:

Popularly known as Yakusoku No Neverland, this story of the Grace Field orphanage kids being bred like cattle to be eaten by demons is one of anime’s most horrific stories. The storytelling and pacing are awesome, the sound is divine and our genius kids, Emma, Ray, and Norman have insane chemistry that makes this show top tier.

The second season deviates from the manga and so it received a lot of backlash online, nonetheless, it is still a great show overall. You should watch these orphans adapt to living in a world overrun by demons who want to eat them.