Of Course There’s Going To Be An Anime Similar To One Of The Biggest Movies Of 2016.
Suicide Squad dominated theaters around the world in 2016. Not even a month and the DC Comics' anti-superhero film has passed $500M box office mark. The story of super-powered misfits becoming heroes has inspired a lot of fan fiction, cosplay, fan art, and much more. However, if you've already watched the movie and are a fan of anime, then you should see these movies and series that are like Suicide Squad.
Batman Assault on Arkham
Starting off the list is the obvious one, Batman Assault on Arkham. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the film follows the Suicide Squad – sent by Amanda Waller – as they break into Arkham Asylum to kill The Riddler and destroy a thumb drive with damaging information on the squad that he plans to make public. However, The Riddler makes a deal with them and offers the opportunity to escape from Waller's control. What happens next is total chaos with the certain appearance of The Dark Night.
While the animated movie is not technically an anime, it's worth watching. Maybe you can spot any other similarities between it and Suicide Squad.
Now that we've covered the most similar anime to Suicide Squad, let's hop on to the real deal. While Suicide Squad occurs in the present, Psycho-Pass takes place in a dystopian 22nd-century Japan. To decrease the crime rate, the government created the Sibyl System, a technology that scans a citizen's probability in committing a crime. But, sometimes criminals slip through the system. Thus, it's up to Inspectors along with their latent criminals, called Enforcers to hunt these criminals down.
Like in Suicide Squad, the latent criminals a.k.a. Enforcers are forced by the Chief of the Public Safety Bureau and supervisor of the Inspectors – Joshu Kasei – to hunt down and kill other criminals. If they refuse, they'll receive the full force of the Dominator, a.k.a. explode into a bloody mess. While the apparent reason for the Sibyl System may seem pure, its goal is much higher than stopping your run-of-the-mill criminal.
Danganronpa: The Animation
The anime follows a group of students who are trapped in a school with no way out. The shadowy headmaster, Monokuma dictates that the only way to "graduate" a.k.a. leave, is to kill another student and most importantly get away with it. Whether the murderer succeeds or not depends on the School Trials. If they fail to catch the killer, the whole class dies, correctly identify the culprit, and only the murderer gets executed.
Danganronpa, like Suicide Squad, share an influential figure who forces the group to do their bidding all the while holding their family hostage. Essentially, both series harness the weakness in humans to progress the story.
Riddle Story of Devil
The story takes place at Myoujou Academy, a private boarding school for girls. However, there is a classroom – Class Black – designated for assassins. There we meet Tokaku Azuma, along with 11 of her fellow students in Class Black. The goal of each assassin is to kill their charismatic fellow student, Haru Ichinose. Whoever succeeds in killing Haru will have their deepest desire granted. But, each killer only gets one chance; if they fail to kill her, they'll get expelled.
Much like in Suicide Squad, a group of young girls is tasked by the powers that be to assassinate someone else. While the squad is forced to perform the U.S. Intelligence's dirty work, these girls do it willingly, as the price for completing the assassination is much greater than their lives.
Instead of using a group of criminals to carry out dangerous plans, why not use citizens to test your violent video game? This is what happened to several people who without explanation or recollection, wake up on a mysterious island. Equipped with some provisions, bombs, and a strange crystal embedded in their left hand. They must fight each other like in the ultra-violent game Btooom! To get off the island, you have to kill seven people and get their crystals before they kill you.
While many government officials in the movie may find it cost-efficient to use criminals instead of soldiers to carry out dangerous missions. It's the opposite in Btooom!, as the developers would much rather put human lives in danger to get valuable data.
Let's play a game! You're already dead, so it doesn't matter if you die. When Kei Kurono dies in a horrific train accident, he finds himself in a room with a black sphere at its center. Instead of continuing with this second chance on life, the sphere called GANTZ forces him to play an alien-hunting "game" of unprecedented danger and horror.
While the main antagonist of both Suicide Squad and Gantz may be different, their intent is the same. They force other people to carry out their bidding, without any regards for the player. Even if the players in Gantz already died, they don't feel that they are dead and in the end, only want to go back to their normal lives.
The central theme in Suicide Squad and in Gantz is that human lives have no value. These characters go through hell and even death to keep their lives or have their wishes granted. But holding the strings of their future is a ruthless and powerful person that prevents them from getting their freedom.
And while you're at it, check out the 3DCG anime film, GANTZ:O. The movie is an adaptation of the original manga's Osaka arc.