9. Soul Eater
Synopsis: Shibusen, an academy ruled by Shinigami-Lord Death, is located in Death City. The goal of the school is to raise Death Scythes for the Shinigami to wield in battle. These weapons are made from humans who are able to transform their body into a weapon, and can only become a scythe after consuming 99 evil beings and a witch soul. Soul Eater focuses on Soul, a weapon who tries to act cool, with his partner Maka Albarn. Then there is the hot headed ninja, Soul Star, and his caring weapon, Tsubaki. Lastly, there is Lord Death’s very son, Death the Kid (who is massively OCD), with his weapons Patty and Liz (it drives him crazy their human forms look different, but their weapon versions are the same).
Similarities: Both Blue Exorcist and Soul Eater take place in a school setting, and are set around training them to fight against evil. Both have some funny moments, but isn’t overwhelming to the action or plot. The main characters also struggle with with having some sort of demon side, or one inside them.
8. Deadman Wonderland
Synopsis: Ganta Igarashi’s class was planning on taking a trip to a prison called Deadman Wonderland, where the prisoners perform for the audience (and they don’t exactly do the safest tricks). That all changed when a man in red appeared out of no where, and massacred the entire class. Ganta was the only survivor, making him the primary suspect for the death of his classmates. He was sentenced to death, and was sent to the very prison the class was going to visit, Deadman Wonderland.
Similarities: Rin and Ganta both go through the experience of learning they have a strange power that makes them different. However, Ganta doesn’t have the luxury of keeping his a secret, not if he wants to lose a body part. The main characters also swear to use their powers to for revenge, as they have both lost someone dear to them.