The sex ofgame of death‘ added in the last years 2022 what is called “Tomodachi Game“, an anime that, rather than relying on the violence factor that many of them exhibit, did so on the psychological concept instead. Indeed, The story revolved around a group of friends who had to settle a million dollar debt by passing a series of tests in which they used their heads a lot.. To the many viewers who have seen it (you will find it on Crunchyroll) ended up hanging them, so I just have to leave you today with a series of recommendations.

Elite class

I must say that personally I have become quite addicted to “Elite classover time, and I’m sure those who enjoyed “Tomodachi Game” will also enjoy this anime. Why? Well, mainly because of its protagonists. Ayanokōji and Yuuichi are those teenagers with a huge IQ who overcome all obstacles through a series of plans for which you could not even take the first step.. Although the contexts differ, with Ayanokōji trying to be the smartest in the class (or not) at a school where NO ONE shows mercy, the truth is that both protagonists fit the same character mold.

  • Release date: July 12, 2017.
  • Number of episodes: 12 (Season 1).
  • Where to watch: Crunchyroll.

Danganronpa: the animation

Another ‘Death Game’ like “Tomodachi Game” but with the main difference that here the use of violence is nurtured. In fact, if the protagonists don’t literally kill a classmate, they’ll be trapped inside the compound forever. With that in mind, again, it can be seen that where the two animes coincide is in that psychological test context between classmates/friends. Also, other similar aspects are that in both animes there is a strange pet which introduces the game, not to say that it also rejoice in the figure of a traitor.

  • Release date: July 5, 2013.
  • Number of episodes: 13 (Season 1).
  • Where to see: Currently not available in Spain.


kakegurui“It’s not that it falls into the genre of ‘death games’ like ‘Classroom of the Elite’, but it has something in common with ‘Tomodachi Game’, it’s the high psychological factor. Additionally, both anime place their protagonists in tests in which money is at stake in large quantities. The main difference between one and the other is that, in “Kakegurui”, the protagonist Jabami Yumeko is a careful player, which suits her perfectly in an institute where EVERYTHING is decided between games of chance between students. More than a game of friendship, in “Kakegurui” the tests (also very psychological) are to be dominated in the academy.

  • Release date: July 1, 2017.
  • Number of episodes: 12 (Season 1).
  • Where to watch: Netflix.

5 Second Battle Game

It may not be the shiniest anime in the “Death Game” genre, but “Battle Game in 5 Seconds” is a strong recommendation if one is craving more of a “Tomodachi Game.” In the case of this anime, the protagonist is involved in a game of life or death in which its participants have been given special powers. Beyond the obvious change of ‘setting‘ regarding “Tomodachi Game”, we see that the two animes share this very intelligent main character that his main tool for overcoming adversity is in his brain. Come on, if you want more than ‘the protagonist who solves while thinking‘, You will find it here.

  • Release date: July 13, 2021.
  • Number of episodes: 12.
  • Where to watch: Crunchyroll.

Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

Unlike “Battle Game in 5 Seconds”, the truth is that “Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor” was a very successful anime when it premiered. Similar to the premise of “Tomodachi Game”, in this case the protagonist of the story must dealing with a monetary debt that a colleague was unable to pay. For this, Kaiji (the main character) will cope a boat that in theory allows you to win large sums of money through your bets. However, everything will change when it is discovered that a failure on the ship involves a punishment that absolutely no one wants to face. Once again we are faced with an anime in which a heavy financial burden will force the protagonist to use his intellect to pass all the necessary tests.

  • Release date: October 3, 2007.
  • Number of episodes: 26 (Season 1).
  • Where to watch: HIDIVE.

Alice in Borderlands

No, I’m not talking about the now famous television series. Actually “Alice in Borderland” had an anime adaptation at the time, which was quite brief and didn’t have much success., all is said. Despite this, I think the recommendation is still worth it. In this case, Ryouhei, the protagonist of the story, will look suddenly transported to a world called “Borderland” where failing to complete certain specific tasks will eventually cost you your life. Again, an anime that references the concept of the ‘Death Game’ in the purest sense of the word.

  • Release date: October 15, 2014.
  • Number of episodes: 3.
  • Where to watch: HIDIVE.

Death threat

Yes, it’s an anime classic that everyone knows, but just in case it hasn’t occurred to you to watch it yet, I’m telling you, you might really like it if you’re fan of “Tomodachi Game”. In the case of “Death Note” we don’t have the concept of the ‘Death Game’ as such, but the battle between Light and L is presented. The first is a young revolutionary who obtained the “Death Note” from a Shinigami, and intends to bring justice to the world in the form of sudden death, which he achieves by writing the name of a person in the notebook in question. On the contrary, L is a detective who will try to stop him.

Essentially, it shares with “Tomodachi Game” the fact that its two protagonists must push their brains to the limit to escape really complex situations.

And these are the main recommendations that I would make in case one liked “Tomodachi Game”. Honestly, it’s hard in this case to choose anime because few “Death Games” follow the concept and philosophy of “Tomodachi Game” closely, not to say obviously not all “crappy” anime should do the case. In all cases, I hope these recommendations will allow you to enjoy psychological anime like the one with Yuuichi Katagiri.

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