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10 Books/Manga Like Devilman

Devilman is a classic horror and action manga that saw a resurgence thanks to Netflix’s 2017 anime adaptation, Devilman Crybaby. The original story was written and illustrated by Go Nagai. It follows the rambunctious life of Akira who becomes the infamous demonic hero Devilman after slaughtering demons at a party one night. The manga has inspired numerous authors, directors, and creators with its gripping narrative, well-rounded characters, and endless bloodshed.

If you’re in the mood for more horror or action books/manga that offers a similar vibe, fear not! We’ve gathered together 10 books/manga to check out when you’ve caught up with Devilman. Of course, if you feel we’ve missed any of your favorites, do comment below and let us know!

Berserk – Kentarou Miura

Similarities – Mature-Themes, Action, Characters

Devilman and Berserk are inspirational and mature manga that aren’t suitable for all audiences. They’ve inspired numerous writers, directors, and creators with their delightful storytelling, explicit yet beautiful imagery, and well-crafted characters. Berserk follows the journey of a young warrior named Guts. He stumbles upon Griffith, the leader of a powerful syndicate in his world.

Griffith recruits Guts into his syndicate and Guts helps him win multiple fights throughout the years. Eventually, Guts becomes a praised commander in Griffith’s army, and the two share mutual respect for each other. At first, everything seems to be going in Guts’ favor, but something drastic is about to occur that will break Guts’s morale and heart.

Both mangas tackle tragedy, death, and other mature topics well. Guts and Akira have similar characteristics that’ll pop out at you when you’ve read a decent chunk of Berserk. The enemies they encounter are memorable, vile, and meanspirited. The side characters receive as much depth as you can imagine. Some of their deaths will hit you hard and make you cry. Both stories offer a great amount of gore to get your adrenaline pumping too. Give this a read if you’re after a story on par with Go Nagai’s Devilman.

Chainsaw Man – Tatsuki Fujimoto

Similarities – Action, Themes, Horror

Chainsaw Man is a popular Shonen Jump manga known for breaking the company’s norm. It follows a protagonist whose goals are so immature that you’ll be baffled by how complex the world around him is. In it, we follow Denji and his Chainsaw Devil sidekick Pochita. They travel and complete numerous tasks to receive money.

Denji wants to use this money to pay off a debt placed upon him by his deceased father. Denji and Pochita get hired to slay a devil by a yakuza group, but they end up turning on the two and leaving them for dead. Pochita sacrifices himself to give Denji his powers and another shot at life. Denji awakens as Chainsaw Man and slays everyone in sight.

Eventually, he meets Makima who recruits Denji in Public Safety to fight devils. We examine Denji’s new luxurious life as a Devil Hunter. Both stories feature protagonists who fight off demonic entities by becoming devilish creatures themselves. Devilman and Chainsaw Man also feature extremely violent scenarios backed up by astonishing artwork. If you can overlook Denji’s absurd sexual desires then you’re in for a bloody treat with Chainsaw Man.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood – Hirohiko Araki

Similarities – Story, Violence, Horror

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a classic adventure series that will get you pumped. Although it’s spawned numerous compelling parts, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood feels the most identical to Devilman. Both stories follow kind-hearted protagonists who get roped into deadly scenarios thanks to a blond-haired crooked individual.

Both will endure numerous bouts and wield supernatural abilities to help them triumph over their obstacles. The protagonists also get involved with a well-written female character who they’ll develop romantic feelings for. The action between both series can get extremely violent and bloody. Expect characters to get beheaded, maimed, and tortured to death.

Phantom Blood offers a bit more comedy than Devilman. However, don’t go expecting each chapter to contain lighthearted elements. Furthermore, Phantom Blood evokes a stronger sense of adventure and has our protagonist exploring more locales than Akira does in Devilman. If you’re up for a manga that adopts Devilman’s gritty aesthetics, check out JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood.

Parasyte: The Maxim – Hitoshi Iwaki

Similarities – Action, Story, Horror

Parasyte: The Maxim is a classic sci-fi action series with a protagonist who undergoes a journey like Akira’s. Shinichi, the story’s protagonist, a weak-willed human, can’t seem to confess to his crush or do anything right. One morning, Shinichi wakes up and learns a parasite has injected itself into one of his hands.

Migi, the parasite in question, informs Shinichi about the upcoming alien-like threat that plans to take over the world. Therefore, Shinichi must put on a brave front and work together with Migi to prevent the world from spiraling into chaos. Shinichi and Akira are protagonists whose lives are gravely impacted by the creatures who live inside them.

As the series progresses, you’ll see Shinichi and Akira change drastically regarding their appearances, personalities, and abilities. Migi has a stronger presence in Parasyte: The Maxim, unlike Devilman’s Amon. Migi will undergo just as much change as Shinichi and audiences will eventually grow attached to the creature despite his grotesque appearance. Devilman features more gore than Parasyte, but the action in the latter should satisfy you. Give it a read when you have free time.

Bio-Booster Armor Guyver – Yoshiki Takaya

Similarities – Characters, Dark Atmosphere, Extreme Violence

Bio-Booster Armor Guyver isn’t as well known as Devilman nowadays. However, it’s an ancient gem every die-hard action lover should read when they have time to spare. It takes place amidst our two friends named Sho and Tetsuro stumbling upon a strange orb-like machine called the Guyver Unit. The unit bonds with Sho and transforms him into Guyver, an alien soldier.

He’s tasked with protecting Guyver from the Chronos, a Japanese corporation. They’ll send vicious monsters called Zoanoids after Sho and his friends. To protect those he cares about, Sho must harness Guyver’s true capabilities and defeat every monster Chronos sends his way. As one can tell, Guyver and Devilman share similar plots.

Both protagonists receive abilities they’ll use to fight multiple monsters. These stories offer incredible themes like genetic experimentation, extraterrestrial life, and superhuman abilities. Our characters under vast physical and mental changes throughout the course of their respective narratives. Both mangas offer a great amount of gore that’s well-detailed and stunning. Guyver offers a bit more lighthearted segments than Devilman, so keep this in mind while you’re binge-reading it.

Cyborg 009 – Shotaro Ishinomori

Similarities – Themes & Action

Go Nagai was once the assistant of the great Shotaro Ishinomori at one point in time. Both authors have a disdain for war-like conflict among the human race and this is emphasized heavily in their respective works. Cyborg 009 gives readers a more lighthearted take on that message while Devilman goes all in to showcase the darker aspects of it.

Cyborg 009 follows a delinquent named Joe who goes by the alias Cyborg 009. A top-secret organization that wants to promote global warfare kidnaps Joe and 8 other unwanted individuals and transforms them into cyborgs. As one can expect, Joe and his allies rebel against the organization and escape thanks to an elderly scientist.

Using their powers, Joe and his friends must save the world while defending themselves against this organization’s other cyborg creations. Both stories have our protagonists receiving power-ups of some kind to defeat an evil threat. The artwork in both mangas captures the classic retro aesthetic that was popular in the 60s. If you want to read a manga that inspired one of anime and manga’s greatest authors of all time, give Cyborg 009 a shot.

Akira – Katsuhiro Otomo

Similarities – Sci-Fi, Action, Psychological

Akira is better known for its feature film than its manga adaptation. What many viewers don’t know is that some material from the manga was cut to make it easier for the team to work on the film. The manga spends more time fleshing out Kaneda and Tetsuo’s story arcs and fills in the blanks that the film left up to interpretation.

The manga’s plot follows Tetsuo and Kaneda, who are bikers, friends, and fierce rivals. To prove himself as Kaneda’s equal, Tetsudo pulls a stunt that leads to the awakening of a government secret called Akira. Like Devilman, Akira offers a world that’s on the brink of collapsing and showcases those who rebel against the wishes of another.

The gun fights and the way our characters move through Neo-Tokyo will leave readers impressed. Unfortunately, you miss out on the incredible music that the anime offered. However, if you want a deeper look into the world Kaneda and his allies live in, the Akira manga should be on your reading list.

Tokyo Ghoul – Sui Ishida

Similarities – Themes, Horror, Action

Tokyo Ghoul and Devilman are mangas that got immensely popular due to their modern anime adaptations. They both center around wimpy characters who become more fierce and mature after making contact with life that’s different from their own. For Akira, it was the devil Amon and for Kaneki it was Rize, a female ghoul. They’ll use these powers to protect those they hold close to their hearts.

Both series offer some lighthearted moments, but readers will appreciate them more for their darker aspects. Both manga have impressive art styles that bring out their characters’ emotions in every instance. Whether they’re feeling depressed, angry, confused, or shocked, you’ll get a genuine idea of how they’re feeling due to Go Nagai and Sui Ishida’s excellent drawing capabilities.

Both stories offer themes involving personal development, trauma, and death. Each author tackles these subjects well. If you’re looking for a work that evokes darkness, depression, and angst like Devilman, Tokyo Ghoul will please you.

MW – Osamu Tezuka

Similarities – Psychological

MW is one of Osamu Tezuka’s lesser-known works. However, it’s just as great as his other works like Dororo, Astro Boy, Unico, and others. It follows a Japanese Catholic Priest who struggles to abandon his sexual relationship with a criminal mastermind named Yuki. Yuki’s crimes have become worse over time and many people lost their lives due to his heinous actions.

As the story progresses, we delve deeper into this priest’s mind and the trauma brewing within it. As readers continue, they’ll start to feel a small ounce of sympathy toward both characters despite the many wrongs they’ve committed. Both stories depict humanity in a cautious and dreadful light. You’ll be left wondering if the humans will make it out alive by each narrative’s end.

Expect more cat-and-mouse antics in MW, though. If you’re okay with a story that carries more thought-provoking dynamics and less action than Devilman, I’d give this a read.

Attack On Titan – Hajime Isayama

Similarities – Action & Themes

Attack On Titan is an incredible tale about survival and pits humans up against large beasts called Titans. It contains as much gore and psychological themes as Devilman. You’ll see characters struggle to fight the Titans and come to terms with their inevitable horrid fates. Both stories follow a protagonist who receives powers that allow him to fight on an even playing field with the monsters.

Their abilities look incredible and will get you pumped for what’s to come down the line. Both manga have humans fighting each other in acts of war and rebellion. These moments are just as impactful as the ones where our characters combat the mythical beasts. Furthermore, Devilman and Attack present readers with numerous twists and turns that will make them ponder about each world.

Eventually, both tales reach a grand yet bittersweet climax. Attack On Titan’s managed to maintain its core following since the release of its first chapter. If you’re looking for a story with a well-rounded cast that will make you smile, cheer, and cry, then give Attack On Titan a chance. You won’t regret it one bit.

So there we have it, our 10 books/manga to read after you’re caught up with Devilman.

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!

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