Top 10 Survival Animes You Must Watch 2022

June 30, 2022

From start to finish, survival anime keeps your attention and leave you wondering who will win and who will lose, who will live and who will die. It leaves you wondering and occasionally on a cliffhanger. That’s the enjoyable aspect of survival anime, I suppose. You won’t ever get tired of them. Whether it’s through a twisted fantasy of elimination or seeking to escape a peculiar set of circumstances, survival anime is probably one of the most captivating genres you’ll ever see. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten survival animes, so read on until the very end. Top 10 Survival Animes You Must Watch 2022.

Top 10 Survival Animes:

Number 10:

King’s Game the Animation (1 Season with 12 Episodes)

Top 10 Survival Animes

Nobuaki Kanazawa just changed schools to Kure Academy. He acts hostile toward fellow students at first and makes an effort to do so, but suddenly everyone in the class receives a text message from the mysterious “King.” The texts contain orders that must be obeyed within 24 hours (and sometimes sooner) or risk death. The class initially accuses Nobuaki of being the sender of the spooky texts, but Nobuaki isn’t responsible and is scared because he had a similar event at his previous school.

This isn’t the show for you if you watch King’s Game the Animation for the characters. This grimy series likes to suddenly kill off the characters of its cast in order to keep viewers on their toes. In the end, nobody is secure, and the more important questions are how and when people will die rather than if they will survive. King’s Game the Animation is a fun addition to the horror genre overall. Although it has a bad reputation as an anime, there is a captivating story to be found here if you don’t take it too seriously.

Author: Nobuaki Kanazawa

Studio: Seven

Genre: Horror

Number 9:

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (1 Season with 12 Episodes)

Top 10 Survival Animes

The basic premise of Kabaneri may be summed up as a steampunk-inspired zombie show with giant trains, marksmen-samurai, and some survival elements thrown in.

A vicious zombie outbreak traps people inside walled-in villages in what seems to be 19th-century Japan, and the only methods of movement are enormous, armored trains. I’m not sure how humanity was able to create such magnificent structures when 60% of it served as food for literally hundreds of thousands of undead, but at least the program doesn’t focus on that, so I suppose that’s okay.

The stated zombies are known as “Kabane”; they are swift, vicious, plainly cannibalistic, and some of them even exhibit intellect not typically seen in most zombie literature or television. They come at you in huge hordes, leaving no living person unscathed, and killing them is so tough that it’s preferable to just try your luck and flee.

I found some aspects of this anime to be aggravating, but overall, I really liked it because of the action. Action and survival anime fans should check this out.

Author: Ichirō Ōkouchi

Studio: Wit Studio

Genre: Action, Demons, Supernatural

Number 8:

Jyu-Oh-Sei (1 Season with 11 Episodes)

Top 10 Survival Animes

Jyu-Oh-Sei appears to be a shonen show. Thor and Rai, twins from the wealthy space station Juno, see their well-connected parents killed and are consequently exiled to the prison planet Chimaera (apparently to hide their parents’ deaths). The surface of Chimaera is covered in enormous, carnivorous plants, and each day and night last for half a year.

Jyu-Oh- Sei only has 11 episodes, so there isn’t much time to study Chimaera’s ecosystem before the plot shifts to politics. The planet is ruled by four bands of warriors known as “Rings,” and each “Ring” is divided according to skin tone. The way Itsuki imagines the gender roles in this unstable society is even more fascinating; while males formally lead each Ring, women actually wield the true authority as mothers. On Chimaera, men don’t pursue women. Instead, every year, each woman just picks a man she likes and becomes the mother of his children. Because of their ability to help the human species procreate, killing women is a serious crime.

This anime has fantastic action, especially when the characters are older. You want to learn more about Chimera and the people as a result of the mystery. There is also romance. Science fiction has played a significant role in the enjoyment.

Author: Natsumi Itsuki

Studio: Bones

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Shoujo

Number 7:

Deadman Wonderland (1 Season with 12 Episodes)

Top 10 Survival Animes

Ganta Igarashi, a 14-year-old boy, encounters the enigmatic “red man,” who kills his classmates in front of him and inserts a crystal into Ganta’s chest before leaving Deadman Wonderland. Then, after being charged with murdering his entire class with just his bare hands (yes, you read that right), Ganta is sent to Deadman Wonderland, an experimental jail where inmates are made to play games that put their lives in danger in front of the public in order to shorten their sentences. There, he meets and befriends a strange girl named Shiro. It sounds like a good beginning, and the rest of the anime follows this pattern, with the exception of the obvious plot holes that have previously been shown.

Even though it’s brief, Deadman Wonderland will satisfy even viewers who aren’t huge fans of the genre.

Author: Jinsei Kataoka

Studio: Manglobe

Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Number 6:

Btooom! (1 Season with 12 Episodes)

Top 10 Survival Animes

Tenth in the world and widely regarded as the best Btoom! player from Japan is Ryouta Sakamoto. Given that he is a NEET, there is nothing to be envious of in his life. He has no social life, a broken relationship with his parents, and no feeling of accountability. Yes, Btoom! is his sole means of escape. But after waking up on a tropical island in the middle of nowhere, he quickly discovers that his escape has now turned into his greatest nightmare.

The anime focuses on a group of individuals from many walks of life who are given eight bombs and asked to murder one another. I’m reminded of the Japanese film “Battle Royal,” in which the only way to survive is to force innocent people to commit cold-blooded murder. This anime is a little bit more exciting because of the added video game element. Because it frequently makes you consider what you would do if you were required to kill others in order to survive, this anime really does paint a nice picture of survival.

The plot of this anime is complex but incredibly simple, and I adore it. All of the characters are intriguing, and the fact that not all of them have been revealed yet excites me. This anime is good despite having some really mature topics.

Author: Junya Inoue

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Action, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Seinen

Number 5:

Terra Formars (2 Seasons with 26 Episodes)

Top 10 Survival Animes

The basic sci-fi/exploitation storyline takes place in 2619 AD and centers on a group of individuals who agreed to undergo operations that gave them the traits of insects or other animals in exchange for the opportunity to travel to Mars and gather samples from the planet. These samples are likely to help researchers discover a treatment for a virus that originated on Mars and is currently endangering the whole population of Earth. If things weren’t complicated enough, the virus is the result of a 500-year attempt to terraform Mars by sending cockroaches and algae there, with the former evolving into massive brutes with some kind of intellect in a period of time comparable to the speed of light. In addition, as soon as the spaceships land on Mars, they encounter a number of surprises regarding the size of the evolution of the terraformed cockroaches and a number of traitors that seem to have emerged among the humans. The multinational expedition is tormented by politics, with each country having its own agenda.

Overall, “Terraformars” is an anime that, thanks to its foundation in action, gore, and thriller aspects, will please all exploitation/scifi fans.

Author: Yu Sasuga


Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Space

Number 4:

7 Seeds (2 Seasons with 24 Episodes)

Top 10 Survival Animes

Young Natsu and a few other characters awaken on a mystery island at the start of the story. They quickly find out about a meteorite impacting Earth that prompted the world to start their fail-safe initiative, the 7Seeds program, with somewhat hurried characterization. The crew must learn to adapt to their new circumstances while trying to figure out exactly what has happened to the world since they left it since bloodthirsty huge insects have evolved as a result of the altered climate. Thanks to their guide, the group learns that they are known as Team Summer B from this point on. As they explore this strange, new world, they come to the realization that they might not be alone. In 7Seeds, the group learns more about the other survivors they eventually find and the reality of what’s happening as it all starts to become evident.

Overall, 7 Seeds is nicely animated and carries enough weight from its source material to keep us interested.

Author: Yumi Tamura

Studio: Gonzo

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Sci-Fi, Shoujo

Number 3:

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (1 Season with 11 Episodes)

Top 10 Survival Animes

As an earthquake of magnitude 8.0 roars, Tokyo is collapsing; buildings are leveling off, bridges are twisting until the stresses break, and foundations are shifting. Homes are being destroyed all throughout the Kanto region by fires that flare up like red rashes. People stutter and struggle through the mayhem, eventually crawling home.

Mirai and Yuuki have a wonderful sweetness to them. Mirai is incredibly gloomy and constantly thinks that fate is out to get her. She scolds her brother for being her polar opposite—a hopeless idealist at heart who assumes that everything will work out for the best. The elder protagonist, Mari, acts as a good counterbalance to the duo; she is cool-headed and composed and looks out for the kids. As they stumble through the broken roads and shattered countryside, it’s simple to see how each character developed during the story: Mirai receiving a fraction of her sibling’s optimism, Yuuki gaining a dash of his sister’s pragmatism, and Mari realizing she’s not so invincible.

The trio’s journey return to their families is the main emphasis of the story. The sense of urgency is evident as scenes of destruction from radio snippets to television footage abound in every episode. Stress has twisted the three, who struggle to find the proper response to tragedy and death. Even the calm and cool Mari falls off this tightrope. Emotion and the most basic human instinct—the desire to survive—are what gave rise to Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. It begins slowly but then crescendos into an amazing conclusion.

Overall, it’s an amazing show. Highly recommended!

Author: Natsuko Takahashi Kazuya Murata

Studio: Bones, Kinema Citrus

Genre: Drama

Number 2:

God Eater (1 Season with 13 Episodes)

Top 10 Survival Animes

A group called Fenrir, located in the post-apocalyptic nation of the New Asian Union in 2071, assists humanity in defending itself against the Aragami monsters by employing divine weapons known as “God Arcs.” God’s Arcs, which are made of biological material known as “Oracle Cells,” are used by a type of soldiers known as “God Eaters.” In the beginning, the original (or “Old-Type”) arcs could only hold one form, either melee or ranged, but soon a new kind of God arc is produced that could flip between cannon and blade form.

You might find it strange that the anime is ranked number two on this list, but that is because the anime shows content that isn’t featured in the games and because it doesn’t always explain things effectively (otherwise it would be ranked number one).

Author: Takayuki Hirao

Studio: Ufotable

Genre: Action, Demons, Fantasy, Military, Supernatural

Number 1:

Darwin’s Game (1 Season with 11 Episodes)

Top 10 Survival Animes

Unaware that Darwin’s Game entails a battle for life or death, 17-year-old Kaname Sud, a sophomore in high school, accepts a friend’s internet offer to play the game. Each player receives a unique skill known as a Sigil, which they can use to play the game. Kaname decides to end the game and find and kill the Game Master after becoming trapped in this endless game of murder and conquest.

There were a few things about this event that I didn’t particularly appreciate. According to me, the anxious theme of the survival game is really noticeable. Is it worthwhile to watch? Particularly for those of you who enjoy gore and thrillers, I believe it is well worth watching.


Studio: Nexus

Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Where to Watch?

You can Watch the Animes on Different Platform Like Crunchyroll, Netflix, Funimation, Hulu, Hidive, and Bilibili.

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