15 Survival Anime Series About Life or Death

Survival Anime Series these series are all about life or death where if you don’t give your 100% you will die.

Survival Anime genre mainly focus on trying to keep living no matter what happen in any extreme situation and some times you have to kill another person to be alive.

These survival anime series are manly in fantasy worlds or some of them takes place inside a game so we have created this list for those who are survival anime themed fans.

These Survival anime series contains sadness, drama, epic action, tragedies, and sometimes chocking each other down.

Without wasting any more time lets begin the list of 11 Amazing Survival Anime Series.

15. Terra Formars

Terra Formars

Terra Formars, written by Yu Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana, is a Japanese manga series, which is serialized in Shueisha’s magazine – Weekly Young Jump since 2011.

The plot of the series can be described as an attempt to colonize Mars by 21st century scientists whose task was to warm up the planet so that humans could survive on its surface.

The scientists come up with an efficient and cost effective plan of sending cockroaches and mold to the surface so that the mold would absorb the sunlight and purify the atmosphere, while feeding the insects whose corpses would help the mold spread throughout the planet.

The first manned ship to Mars,five hundred years laterlands on the planet where mutated cockroaches with immense physical strength attack six crew members. Before they are wiped out, they manage to send a transmission back to Earth.

A multinational expedition is sent to exterminate the mutated bugs and take control of the planet, decades later. As a third expedition is assembled, questions are raised about the true origin of the Terraformars, as the mutated cockroaches are called, and their connection with a mysterious disease that is afflicting mankind back on Earth.

To fight the Terraformars’ strength and agility, the members of the second and third expedition undergo genetic modification to inherit the characteristics of other organisms, only possible after having a special organ implanted inside their bodies with only a 30% chance of surviving the surgery.

Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Space, Survival Anime
Studios:  Liden Films
Episodes:   13

14. Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)

Zankyou no Terror

All of a sudden, an immense terrorist bomb struck Tokyo, on a summer day. It was just two boys, behind the act that woke up this complacent nation.

Sphinx, as the culprits are now known, envelopes Japan as they begin their massive game.

Genre: Psychological, Thriller, Survival Anime
Studios:  MAPPA
Episodes:   11

13. Ibara no Ou (King of Thorn)

Ibara no Ou

It is a fantastical manga series, written and illustrated by Yuji Iwahara, published by Enter brain in the seinen magazine. It is science fiction survivor drama.

As you go through the series, you will realize that it is about a group of people who try to escape a mysterious plague turning people to stone. Moving further there appears to be only seven survivors in a world run wild.

160 humans are chosen as candidates to represent a cure against the virus named Medusa, by an organisation called Venus Gate.

Kasumi, one of the chosen ones, wakes up after being asleep for an unknown period of time and her awakening, not a bed of roses, is a bed of thorns, and happens in the midst of total chaos where monstrous creatures lie in wait all around.

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Survival Anime
Studios:  Sunrise
Episodes:   1

12. Kyochuu Rettou

Kyochuu Rettou

Oribe Mutsumi and her classmates were stranded on a seemingly deserted island,after an airplane crash during a school trip.

Mutsumi used her knowledge to help the other survivors. She expects that they will be rescued in about three days, which doesn’t seem so long to endure.

However, she did not notice the fact that the island is populated with gigantic killer insects.

Her knowledge of butterflies, wasps, and more may be the only thing that will help any of her classmates survive to be rescued.

Genre: Horror, Survival Anime
Studios:  Passione
Episodes:   1

11. 7 Seeds

7 Seeds

7 Seeds is set in a post-apocalyptic future, long after a meteorite hits earth. The title comes from five group of individuals in cryogenic chambers along with supplies called seeds laid down by Japanese government.

In particular was Project “7SEEDS,” in which five sets of seven young men and women were carefully selected and placed into teams (Spring, Summer A, Summer B, Autumn and Winter).

Each participant was then put under cryogenic sleep in hopes of preserving the continued existence of mankind. When those men and women awoke, they found themselves suddenly thrust into a cruel world.

While bereft and grieved over forever losing their loved ones, they sought to find ways to survive.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Sci-Fi, Shoujo
Studios:  Gonzo
Episodes: 12

10. Danganronpa: The Animation


It is am anime television series based on the PlayStation Portable video game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc created by Spike. The series ran for thirteen episodes.

The series follows 16 high school students locked inside their high school- Hope’s Peak Academy. Graduating from this high is very difficult.

The school is presided over by a bear called Monokuma, who gives them murder of another student as the only option to leave the academy. However, the condition is to be not found after committing the murder or else the murderer will be executed.

Genres: Mystery, Psychological, School, Survival Anime
Studios:  Lerche
Episodes:  13

9. High School of the Dead

High School of the Dead

Takashi Komuro is a normal high school boy, until an infection breaks out that turns people into zombie-like creatures. The story follows a group of high school students caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Along with this they also face additional threats of societal collapse. With his friends & the school nurse, they fight their way out and continue their journey to find out what exactly has happened to the world.

Genres: Action, Horror, Supernatural, Ecchi, Shounen, Survival Anime
Studios: Madhouse
Episodes: 13

8. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

A project is under way to explore new aspects of energy in the year 2100, on the colonised Moon.The daughter of the chief scientist on the project- AmamiKurau, accompanies her father to the lab to observe experiments on her 12th birthday.

Just then something goes awry, and Kurau is struck by twin bolts of light. In the aftermath, her father is dismayed to find that his daughter is no longer his daughter. Rather, her body is now home to two energy entities with fantastic powers.

Genres: Action, Drama, Seinen, Thriller, Survival Anime
Studios: Bee Train
Episodes:  26 

7. Kaiji


The series has currently been divided into six parts, and it is a popular series in Japan.

Itou Kaiji – an ordinary man living an ordinary life, changes when he is thrown into debt because of co-signing a contract for a friend. He rode the ship of hope, Espoir, to lift that debt. He gets invited into the night of demons.

Traps, betrayal, deceit. Gambles of insanity unfolded one after another. And after innumerable hardships, he finally manages to reach the king of the underworld.

The leader of the Teiai group, HyoudouKazutaka. However Kaiji naturally lost, while Hyoudou won. Kaiji was taught a bloody lesson in what makes a true king. That brought the demonic night to a close, paid with Kaiji’s blood.

Months have passed since then, Kaiji is still living his usual lifestyle of a bum. At the time of loss to Hyoudou his debt was 6.68 million yen, plus an additional 2 million. And with its interest his debt has already reached 9.5 million. Will he be able to repay his debt?

Genres:  Game, Psychological, Seinen, Thriller, Survival Anime
Studios:  Madhouse
Episodes:  52 / Two Seasons

6. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a Japanese anime television series, which centres on two young siblings, Mirai and Yuki, and single mother Mari who the two meet in the aftermath of a major earthquake.

Mirai, a middle school freshman girl who goes to Tokyo’s artificial Odaiba Island for a robot exhibition with her brother Yutaka at the start of summer vacation.

A powerful tremor emanates from an ocean trench, the famed Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge crumble and fall, and the landscape of Tokyo changes in an instant.

With the help of a motorcycle delivery woman named Mari who they meet on Odaiba, Mirai and Yutaka strive to head back to their Setagaya home in western Tokyo.

Genres: Drama, Survival Anime
Studios: Bones
Episodes:  11

5. Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

Convicted of a crime that he has not committed, Ganta Igarashi is sent to a new, privately owned and operated prison, where the inmates are the main attraction in a modern day twist to the gladiatorial coliseums of ancient times.

Throw in a healthy dose of weird little girl, some new-found super powers, and a little conspiracy theory, and you have Deadman Wonderland..

Genres:  Action, Sci-Fi, Horror, Shounen, Survival Anime
Studios:  Manglobe
Episodes:  12

4. Btooom!


Btooom! Has been serialized in Weekly Comic Bunch since 2009. It follows the adventures of Ryota Sakamoto, an umemployed and isolated young man.

One day, he wakes up on a tropical island without remembering how he got there. He sees a figure in the distance and asks for help.

However, the figure responds by throwing something at Ryota — a “BIM” bomb. In that moment, Ryota comes to realize two things: one, his own life is in danger, and two, he is now in the world of Btoom!

Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen, Survival Anime
Studios: Madhouse
Episodes: 12

3. Mirai Nikki

Mirai Nikki 1 15 Survival Anime Series About Life or Death

Yukiteru Amano a 14 year old, shy and daydreaming loner always reject offers to go out with friends, preferring to spend the time writing a diary on his cell phone.

He has what he believes is an imaginary friend called Deus Ex Machina.

But one day Deus asks him to play a survival game along with eleven others. The winner becomes the next Deus Ex Machina.

The contestants must use their diaries of the future to eliminate one another, in order to win. For Yukiteru to survive, he must team up with another diary holder, a girl named Yuno.

Genres: Action, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller, Mystery, Shounen, Survival Anime
Studios: Asread
Episodes: 26

2. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online 3 15 Survival Anime Series About Life or Death

Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara.

A virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game called Sword Art Online is released.

With the NerveGear, a helmet that stimulates the user’s five senses via their brain, players can experience and control their in-game characters with their minds.

The only way to escape is to ‘clear’ the game. Death in game means actual ‘death’ —- The ten thousand who have logged onto the as of yet mysterious game ‘Sword Art Online’ using their Nerve Gear have been forced into this perilous death game and are trapped inside.

Protagonist Kirito, one of the many gamers, has greeted this ‘truth’. He plays as a solo player in the giant castle that is the stage for this game.

To meet the conditions of clearing the game and leaving this twisted virtual world, he must get through all 100 floors.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance, Survival Anime
Studios:  A-1 Pictures
Episodes:  49

1. Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan Survival Anime

It is dark fantasy anime television series. The story begins in a world where humanity lives inside cities surrounded by enormous walls due to the Titans.

Humans were nearly exterminated by giants, several hundred years ago. Giants are typically several stories tall, with no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source.

In a city protected by extremely high walls, a small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years.

Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air.

Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all when smaller giants flood the city, and their mother is eaten alive

Genres: Action, Military, Mystery, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Survival Anime
Studios: Wit Studio
Episodes: 59 / Three Seasons

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