The Promised Neverland is a strange beast of an anime. For all of its cat-and-mouse mind games and deception, there are adventures through demon-infested terrain and horror-esque battles for survival with massive monsters. This can make finding shows that scratch the same itch difficult, but worry not: We’ve done some research and found five anime like The Promised Neverland if you’re looking for something similar.
Higurashi: When They Cry
Anime Like Promised Neverland
In the secluded village of Hinamizawa, Keiichi Maebara finds what he believes to be an ideal life.
Shortly after moving to the town, he quickly befriends the other children who live there and settles into a rhythm of hanging out, exploring the countryside and ingratiating himself into the local culture.
However, this all changes as the town’s yearly festival draws near. Every time it rolls around, someone from the village is killed with no indication of who did it or why. This year is no different either: In no time at all, Keiichi and his friends realize something is amiss, and must do everything in their power to uncover the reason for this occurrence before they lose their lives.
An old hand when it comes to putting innocent young children in dark and dismal situations, Higurashi: When They Cry strikes much the same balance that The Promised Neverland does. For all of the dark implications and mysteries the cast must unravel, there are mind games being played between characters to determine who will make it out alive.
Admittedly, it can get a bit more gruesome than Promised Neverland though, so be aware of this fact before diving headlong into it via Funimation.