After a long wait of nearly three years, the second season of the Attack on Titan anime is coming. Admittedly, the only set date is the small range of 2016. I've heard that the release date is rumored to be July 26, which a pretty long way off.
So, I've complied a list of five anime to hold you over until Season 2 gets here. None of these anime are very long ones, which means that you can probably watch most or all of these anime before July. Each one of them is, in someway, similar to Attack On Titan. Some of them have a greater similarity than others, but all of them can be tied to it in one way or another.
1. Death Note
Death Note is, with little exaggeration, one of the most well-known anime around. It tells the story of high school senior Light Yagami after he discovers a Death Note, a notebook that kills the person whose name is written in it. He chooses to use the Death Note to rid the world of all criminals, a path that brings him into direct conflict with the police and a detective mastermind known as L. Part of the allure of Death Note is the mystery and the brilliance behind it all.
Both Light and L are geniuses who have next to no equals and work complicated strategies to capture the other that can span multiple episodes. One fascinating aspect is the character development as Light clashes with L. I won't say too much to avoid spoilers, but the changes are very interesting. Death Note is similar to Attack On Titan because both stories are serious and intense, with high stakes for the characters involved. Death Note is short, with the entire series being 37 episodes long, but it has all the captivating powers of Attack On Titan.
Norgami is the story of Yato, a stray god who has no shrine or followers and scrapes together the few jobs he can for a measly 5 yen each. It starts off very comical, but grows in seriousness as the show goes on. The mysteries of Yato's past grow deeper and deeper as the story shows the conflict he has with Bishamon, a powerful goddess of war.
With his Regalia Yukine, a human spirit who transforms into a sword and his half-Phantom companion Hiyori, Yato intends to become a god with a great shrine and numerous followers. There is one important thing to note about the show: the first season of Noragami can be found on Netflix, while the second can be streamed through Hulu. In my opinion, the second season surpasses the first. It would also appeal more to Attack On Titan fans because it has a greater intensity than the first.
Fate/Zero is a fantasy anime about seven mages who are chosen to summon a heroic spirit to fight a war for the Holy Grail. Fate/Zero is told through the eyes of all seven mages, although some have very little screen time while others have far more. The war of the heroic spirits, called Servants, transcends the combat possible by normal humans. Like many of the anime on this list, including Attack On Titan, Fate/Zero has a mystery element to it.
The mystery here is to discover the identity of the other Servants. Each Servant is sorted into one of seven classes: Saber, Rider, Archer, Lancer, Caster, Assassin, and Beserker, which is the name they go by. Each Servant also has a Noble Phantasm; a powerful attack based upon their identity. If the identity of a Servant is revealed, they lose the mystery behind their Noble Phantasm, allowing an enemy to better find and exploit weaknesses. Fate/Zero is very similar to Attack On Titan with the powerful, fight scenes and vibrant characters.
4. Beyond the Boundary
Beyond the Boundary is, surprisingly, another fantasy anime. This one takes place in a world where Spirit World Warriors fight creatures called youmu, who are invisible to regular humans. The story revolves around two characters with extraordinary problems, even for this world: Mirai Kuriyama, the last member of a Spirit Warrior clan considered cursed for their ability to control and manipulate their blood, and Akihito Kanbara, an immortal half-human, half-youmu. Considering the rather grim-sounding main characters, this show is surprisingly funny.
Pretty much all of the first episode is devoted to Mirai trying to kill Akihito before agreeing to a truce. Once again, the mysteries of both characters' pasts unfold throughout the show. Unfortunately, Beyond the Boundary only has one twelve episode season (typical of Sentai Filmworks), but it's really something to watch. The show blends incredible fight sequences with a fully developed world and some really great humor that contrasts with the series's seriousness quite well. This show is similar to Attack On Titan because both shows have great fight scenes, and the main characters in both shows carry heavy burdens on their shoulders as they head towards their destinies.
5. Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?
This anime, which has the longest title possible, is the story of fourteen year old adventurer Bell Cranel, who descends into the Dungeon each day to slay monsters and collect the magic stones they drop to trade them for money for his Familia. A Familia is the group of adventurers who are given a Faluna, the blessing of their patron god or goddess. In Bell's case, his Familia consists only of himself and his goddess, Hestia.
When Bell is saved in the Dungeon by a legendary adventurer known as the Sword Princess, he is consumed by the wish to catch up to her and be worthy of her affection. Out of all these anime, Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon probably is the furthest one from Attack On Titan. It's very lighthearted and comedic, even though it does have its serious moments. The biggest similarities lay in the main characters. Bell is similar to Eren in the sense that he wants to be powerful enough to protect his friends and goddess, and would do anything to do so, even fighting monsters stronger than he is.
There's the list. All of these anime can be found on Hulu, and most of them are on Crunchyroll or Netflix, although both have different selections of the five, with the exception of Noragami that was noted above. Hopefully this will be helpful in passing the time until the long awaited season two drops!
Attack on Titan Season 2 arrives in July.