Therer are several thrilling themes in anime and manga that makes them likable. One such theme is the “survival game.” In survival game manga, we will witness the main characters fighting for their lives, lose their closest friends and ultimately, live or die at the end of the series.
If you like some exciting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, look no further. Here are my top 10 survival game manga recommendations for those who like thriller and horror manga series.
Best Manga With Death Games That You Will Love
- Tomodachi Game
- Alice In Borderland
- JoJo Part 2 – Battle Tendency
- Deadman Wonderland
- Darwin’s Game
- Battle Game In 5 Seconds
- Real Account
- Ousama Game
- Life Is Money
- Rengoku Dead Role
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11. Dear Self-Styled F Rank Bro’ Says, He’s Gonna Rule A Game-Oriented School
The Shishio Academy is the most prestigious and competitive educational institution in all of Japan.
In point of fact, it’s more of a “the strong devours the weak” kind of school. Everything is judged based on the outcomes of certain games.
There is only room for one person to survive after this massacre.
Guren is a legendary conqueror of the shadow world who aspires to live a carefree and normal life.
He cheated on purpose in order to get a failing grade on the academy entrance exams.
However, the fact that he and his sister Karen are reunited causes everything to change. When his sister is in peril, he steps up to the plate.
10. Rengoku Dead Role
Sakai Hiroaki is a high school genius who has a strong aversion to undertaking tasks that are simple for him to complete.
He ends up taking his own life in an effort to stop another student from ending their own life.
When he comes to, he finds that he is in hell with other individuals who have committed suicide.
When Sakai finds out that he and his peers are being forced to participate in never-ending, intense death games, he makes an effort to flee the facility.
If you enjoy Survival games or death games, you absolutely must read this manga because it is one of a kind story.
9. Life Is Money
The MC’s sister is in a terminal state. No matter how hard he tried, he was unable to raise one hundred million yen in order to pay for her operation.
Some people helped him start a charity, but later turned on him and stole everything he had.
At this point, an unknown man approaches the MC in a bar late at night. He inquires as to whether or not our MC would risk his life for financial gain.
This is the first episode of the Life is Money, a short psychological horror series by Asiniji Teru.
Ten players are tracked throughout “The Nightmare Game.” They will die if their anxiety is allowed to reach a certain level.
When a player drops out of the game, the remaining players share the prize money. If every player manages to come out on top, they will each receive 50 million yen.
The protagonists make an effort to maintain his humanity all the while attempting to escape the mental prison and discovering the shadowy aspects of the human mind.
8. Ousama Game
Ousama Game is a survival game manga in which the protagonist, Nobuaki Kanazawa, has a dream about the “King’s Game” and then wakes up to find that he has received a mysterious text message from the “King.”
This message requires that his entire class take part, carry out the King’s orders within the next twenty-four hours. They are not allowed to quit while the game is in progress.
But, the classmates of Nobuaki laugh off the message as a practical joke. However, those who disobey the King are put to a horrible death as a consequence for their disobedience.
Every time an extreme command is given in this death game, the number of casualties increases, and the students start to wonder if anyone will make it.
7. Real Account
Real Account is another interesting survival game manga that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The social media application known as “Real Account” brings users’ online personas closer to their actual lives.
Ataru Kashigawa relies on the app for all aspects of her life, from interacting with others to making purchases.
He considers those who follow him on Real Account to be his friends, and he uses Real Account to shield himself from reality.
When Ataru is forced to participate in Real Account’s horrific death games alongside 10,000 other users, his perspective on friendship undergoes a significant shift.
If you die in Real Account, both you and your followers will actually perish in the real world.
You won’t survive if you don’t have any followers.
While Aratu is participating in these games of death, he runs into a person who looks exactly like him named Yuuma Mukai. This new turn of events alters what will happen.
Even after being betrayed by those who he believed to be his friends, Ataru now has just one secret supporter.
He has to make it through these games in a virtual world where the actions of a single follower can determine whether they live or die.
6. Battle Game In 5 Seconds
This is yet another excellent survival manga in which the main character, Akira, and some other people are locked in an unfamiliar room set in modern-day Japan.
They are told that no one will miss them. They are made to believe that the rest of the world has moved on without them.
From now on they will be used as test subjects for innovative research.
The research in question focuses on ways to improve one’s body as well as alter one’s perception of reality.
While others are surprised with this new development, Akira is thrilled.
Every participant possesses special skills that are their own and that are essential to their success in the games.
Even the possibility of death can be a factor in competitive situations such as one-on-one duels and battle royales.
As the group attempts to come to terms with the devastating turn of events, Akira makes a solemn oath to outwit his adversaries and uncover the secrets of this shady organization.
5. Darwin’s Game
Darwin’s game is one of the best survival game manga with insane death games. Kaname Sudou receives an invitation from a fellow student to participate in “Darwin’s Game.”
As soon as he opened the application, a snake emerged and bit him on the neck, rendering him unconscious.
After waking up in the infirmary with no obvious symptoms of a snake bite, he is takes the rest of the day off.
He decides to take the train back home even though he is still confused about what happened.
Regrettably, he continues to use the application. Kaname sighs and begins his first match, despite the fact that the app seems to be just like any other battle game.
His pleasant surprise did not last long as his in-game opponent suddenly appeared in real life and began pursuing him while brandishing a knife.
As Kaname flees for his life, he comes to the realization that Darwin’s Game is a brutal struggle for survival.
4. Deadman Wonderland
After a devastating earthquake, “Deadman Wonderland” was constructed in Tokyo.
It is a theme park that is privately run, and it features Japanese prisoners working as attractions for guests. Only a select few are aware of the horrifying reality behind this “theme park.”
Ganta Igarashi, who is now in middle school, has continued her life as usual since the earthquake.
One day, a man named “Red Man” murderes all of his classmates except for him in cold blood. The MC is then left alive unconsciously.
When he comes to, he finds that he has been falsely accused and sentenced to Deadman Wonderland.
How will this new inmate fare in the strange “games” in the prison?
What does Shiro, Ganta’s childhood friend, know about the mysterious figure known as the Red Man?
3. JoJo Part 2 – Battle Tendency
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a one of a kind manga series that has several interesting characters and plotlines. In the second part, Battle Tendency, our MC Joseph Joestar has to fight insanely powerful ancient beings.
There is a section where Joseph is challenged to a death game, where he has to fight each of the villains individually and win.
While the entire manga is not about survival games, it definitely has one of the most thrilling death games we’ve ever seen.
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2. Alice In Borderland
In this survival manga, because Ryouhei Arisu is anxious about the future, he chooses to ignore the present.
After a night out on the town, Arisu, Daikichi Karube, and Chouta Segawa are waiting for the first train.
Soon, they are knocked unconscious after a dazzling firework goes off in the sky.
After that, the three individuals make their way back to the bar. But all they find is a desolate city.
Arisu is experiencing life for the very first time, and he finds that he enjoys the monotony of this city. They all dash into a festival at the same time.
However, they are completely unaware that the delicacies and lively atmosphere of that place will serve as the setting for their first survival game.
Arisu and his companions venture into the unknown territory known as the Borderland. There the stakes are always high and even the smallest mistake could end their lives.
1. Tomodachi Game
The main characters in this manga have to play against one another in a tense and dangerous death game with high stakes.
This manga does not have a death game theme, but it is definitely a survival game, in sense that you will lose all your money in case you lose the game.
The main character (MC) in this manga is tricked and coerced into playing the “friendship game.” It is a psychological game that will put their relationships with their close companions to the test.
However, as the game progresses, there are a number of betrayals and backstabbings. The MC will need all of his wits about them to make it through this insane game.
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That’s it for this article. These are the 10+ best survival game manga that you must read!