Shiguang Daili Ren or LINK CLICK, one of the best Chinese anime of 2021 has left us hanging by thin air with all the excitement, drama, suspense, and revelation after its finale a few days ago. Now, many fans are anxiously waiting for new updates about it and whether it’ll get a sequel or not, fear no more as it has been mentioned that LINK CLICK Season 2 is already in production.
Nevertheless, this only leads us to crave for more and eventually searching for anime like LINK CLICK, with time-travel cliche, a bit of drama, a bit of humor, and a whole lot of nostalgic feels with surprising twists. So, I ended up listing several anime made by Japanese and Chinese animators with similar stories and plots to LINK CLICK. For example, some of these anime have time-travel cliche such as returning in time to fix or change something to come up with the different outcome of events; there’s also some with the cliche of solving other people’s trouble in a mystery-solving escapade, while the others simply bring forth the drama right in your doorstep.
Without further ado, I have here our top recommended anime like LINK CLICK that fans of the popular donghua should check whether they’re looking for chunks of drama in all sizes, a good dosage of humor, and a whole lot of playing with the concept time story. However, you might also want to check my initial thoughts on the series here: Reaction: LINK CLICK (SHIGUANG DAILI REN)
Anime Like LINK CLICK (Shiguang Daili Ren)
The Daily Life of the Immortal King
Xian Wang de Richang Shenghuo | First, I’ll start this with a Chinese anime, a popular one. The Daily Life of the Immortal King was animated by the same team behind LINK CLICK, its Studio LAN & Haoliners Animation League; obviously, there are similarities in the atmosphere and the technical aspect, albeit I think LINK CLICK is more refine when we compare them in details.
The Country of Rare Treasure
Mi Bao Zhi Guo | Another Chinese anime this 2021 that aired around the same time as LINK CLICK. It does not have any time travel cliche, but it sure has a unique story of journeying through the different eras in a rather complex narrative that involves viruses, human, digital data, and many more in an isekai-like set up with historical flavors of Ancient China.
My Cultivator Girlfriend
Wo de Tian Jie Nu You | This romance donghua has a perfect blend of urban fantasy and drama with an exciting take on cultivation’s cliche from a different perspective.
Bai Yao Pu | Also known as The Manual of Hundred Demon, Fairies Album may not have the urban fantasy setting like LINK CLICK but it does have the genuine feels of Ancient China with a supernatural twist. It follows the divine doctor Tao Yao, who solves people’s problems especially those that deal with monsters, ghosts, beasts, etc. There are good chunks of moral lessons from its story that many viewers can reflect on.
From here onwards, we’ll have Japanese animation on the list, one of my early favorites is coming first and that is Get Backers. It follows the duo of Ban and Ginji, just like Cheng Xiaoshi and Lu Guang; they run a small business of helping other people and in Get Backers, they help to return what has been lost. A retrieval agents’ work and the anime detail the hilarious adventure of the duo despite their exceptional special abilities and fighting skills.
Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei | I often see people ship Cheng Xiaoshi and Lu Guang, while they are trying to grant the request of their clients. I think it reminds me a lot of Richard and Seiji both series feature two men with an intricate and complex relationship, special bonds connected by genuine feeling. Just like LINK CLICK, The Case Files of Jeweler Richard follows our characters as they solve the problems of their clients who only first come to them to buy, sell, or appraise pieces of jewelry; and a vast story then unfolds.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo | Messing up with time has its punishment, a time paradox will be set in motion. Just like LINK CLICK, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is an anime about returning in time trying to change the future, and one can be easily driven by their emotions to change something that they shouldn’t have; eventually leading to a series of events that will affect the future differently.
The Millionaire Detective – Balance: Unlimited
Fugou Keiji: Balance:Unlimited | I have included this anime here for the same reason as I had added The Case Files of Jeweler Richard. It features two men who often clash with each other but genuinely care about one another. We have both detectives here, and they’re trying to unveiled mysteries, not by messing up with time but one of them is Daisuke Kambe, and he often gets his way with the means of his enormous wealth – MONEY.
Changing the future to save someone’s life, someone’s you hold so dear. Orange is a heartwrenching story of family drama, romance, and friendship that will hit your emotional senses in many ways. Knowing something about the future, trying to alter it but to what extend? Both anime deals with time paradox but in the case of Orange, the characters are from the past, thus leaving the viewers to focus more on the emotional story of the present rather than thinking about what changes might happen in the future.
Boku dake ga Inai Machi | This is LINK CLICK and Orange, in a nutshell, ERASED had been one of the most popular time-travel anime with mystery and suspense plots. It follows the story of going back in time, changing the course of the story, finding out the truth so the tragic future may change. While LINK CLICK only follows our MC dive back in time to learn the truth or do minimal things as requested by their clients, ERASED is the opposite, it’s a total ride of searching for the truth amidst many hardships and hindrances.
Beyond the Boundary
Kyoukai no Kanata | This gorgeous anime had so much drama to offer with an urban fantasy setting that many fans of LINK CLICK and shounen genre will enjoy. It has an interesting story with an introspective look into the main characters while also providing excellent animation visually, and emotional drama to set the perfect mood.
Vampire Princess Miyu
This anime is quite different from the rest here but it shares similar key elements with LINK CLICK and that includes the moral standards of humanity, their fragile hearts, and how it influenced their actions and principles in life.
A list of anime about time travel, changing the future, and filled with so much drama won’t be complete without RE: ZERO in it. This intensely emotional anime has many faces to offer – there’s drama, there’s a comedy, there’s romance, there’s a harem, and many fantasies and adventure cliche in an isekai setting. You have to prepare your heart and your mind for what this anime is about to offer.
Alright, so these are all our top recommended Japanese and Chinese anime like LINK CLICK. They are not exactly the same as our beloved donghua but they share a lot of similarities in various elements and we all love comparing those minor details because it’s where LINK CLICK thrives the most. If you wish to watch LINK CLICK online, you can check the following official outlets of the donghua:
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