Last Updated: April 07, 2022
One of the most appreciated genres in the anime world is horror. There are uncountable spooky scenes that are bound to make you lose your sleep at night. It does not only include ghosts and haunted mansions. Extreme use of gore and blood and other monstrosities are also included in this genre.
Live-action horror movies have their limitations as they cannot depict different variations of horrors with much intensity. However, in these anime, the sinister and macabre have to win. The bodies can keep dropping and the blood flows without any bound. Physics holds no value in the anime world.
Here is a rundown for all the horror freaks, who are turned on by the shrieks and nothing can braze these Wildhearts.
1. Elfen Lied
Aired on: July 25, 2004
Elfen Lied has one of the most unique storylines in the anime world. Though it was showcased as a romantic love story, its unique dynamics combined with the intense characters make it a horror series.
The original manga created such an interest, that an anime was produced even before the Manga was completed. It started airing in July 2004 and continued till October of that year. It had 13 episodes.
The anime mainly deals with the relationship between human beings and the Diclonii. Diclonii is a Mutant species similar to Humans in build but distinguishable by two horns on their heads and “vectors”, transparent telekinetically controlled arms that have the power to manipulate and cut objects within their reach.
The story mainly centers on the teenage Diclonius girl “Lucy”, who wants to seek revenge after being rejected by Humans. It is this pursuing of retribution that creates most of the plot lines.
The themes of the show include social alienation, identity, prejudice, revenge, abuse, jealousy, regret, and the value of humanity. Its most pressing feature is the graphic violence that predominantly appears in the show.
Since the anime came out when the manga was on, many storylines were condensed, which disappointed director Mamoru Kanbe a lot. The reason behind it is that he felt that certain plot details that he could have used to make the anime more interesting were left out.
The series is poignant and reflective the setting of Kamakura has been reflected as an eerie and deep-meaning backdrop to showcase the constant change the environment, as well as the characters, go through.
Aired on: 9 January 2012
Another has all the elements in the right place that make it an interesting piece to follow. It has a mystery and suspense-filled in the plot. The setting of this anime is in middle school, which also facilitates the drama with all the typical school cliches that add to the material.
It first originated as a mystery horror novel published by Kadokawa Shoten. Then it began serialization as a manga from May 2010 to January 2012. Seeing its success, it was commissioned for an anime treatment that premiered on 9th January 2012 and concluded on March 27, 2012.
The story begins when a boy named Kōichi Sakakibara transfers into Yomiyama Middle School and meets the curious Mei Misaki. He quickly finds himself involved in mysteries revolving around other students, which is slowly and steadily wiping them out of existence.
The whole storyline shows how Koichi and Mei manage to navigate their school life, while at the same time deal with these supernatural problems. They are pushed to the limit, with their closed ones put in danger time and time again.
The anime even though dealing with unnatural events, through its characters and emotions strikes a chord with its audience. So much so that even after appearing in three media forms, it continues to be reformed in various other forms like live-action. A special original video animation episode set before the beginning of the series was released on May 26, 2012
It was so intense that the stringent Chinese Ministry of Culture listed Another and 38 other Animes as banned in China.
3. Corpse Party
Aired On: 24 July 2013
No. Of Episodes: 4
Despite having such a low amount of episodes, it has been widely appreciated as one of the best animes in the horror genre. It is based on a video game genre and gains a certain amount of its cult following from there.
The anime adaptation entered our lives on 24th July 2013 and was released in two volumes containing 2 episodes each. All of these episodes followed a group of students, stranded in some other dimension filled with evil and supernatural happenings.
The sequences are very terrifying and hair raising. They have been picturized in a very detailed manner with a lot of focus on each detail. The way the characters meet their demise is packed with various essential elements, to make it more terrifying and heart wrenching.
The events of the series are set in motion when Kisaragi Academy is built on the cursed grounds of Heavenly Host School. The grounds of Heavenly Host school has a locked curse in it, which is waiting to unleash itself, to terrorize every one again.
The curse gets the opportunity when a group of innocent students binds themselves by a charm to commemorate their friendship since one of them is going away. This magic gives Curse the required energy to revive itself and sends everyone in that group to an evil purgatory.
There, they face horrible disasters, lose each other and some even face mortal danger. The whole story focuses on their effort to fight this evil and save themselves and the people around them.
4. Future Diary
Aired On: October 10, 2011
No. Of Episodes: 26
Widely regarded as one of the best horror anime to be created mainly because of its stunning visuals and layered characters, Future Diary premiered on October 10, 2011, and finished its successful run of 26 episodes on April 16, 2012.
The reason this anime is so successful is that at the end of the day, it is a simple story of finding value, aim, and companionship. It all begins with one boy desiring all of that. Though the mythology is great and captivating, it is these basic values that are reflected in this piece of work.
Yukiteru “Yuki” Amano, though extremely emotional, is endeared by the fans because, amidst all the crazy happenings around him, he is a mere human. He enters this adventure because of an absence of friends, and going into this crazy ride gives him that. At the same time, he gains responsibility for these newfound relationships.
Sometimes he falters in that, which makes his love triangle with Yuno Gasai and Aru Akise more interesting.
The story takes place inside an alternate dimension where 12 people with the ability to record their future, are going into a Battle Royale kind of situation. In 90 days they will either perish or would have to kill others to survive.
Other main characters are Takao Hiyama, Yuki’s school teacher who is secretly a serial killer; Keigo Kurusu, a police captain, and Keisuke Houjou, a four-year-old boy who is very intelligent for his age.
5. Tokyo Ghoul
Aired On: July 4, 2014
No. Of Episodes: 12
Tokyo Ghoul considers its setting. The animations and picturization they have employed are of standard quality, to say the least.
This anime focuses on two different kinds of species Humans and Ghouls. They both live side by side, but there is a certain animosity between them.
It explores the story of a person who is neither a human nor a Ghoul, but both.
Our protagonist, Ken Kaneki, is a college student who barely survives a deadly encounter.
This encounter leaves him injured and in need of organ transfer. He is given the organs of a ghoul, and in the process gains some of their capabilities as well as drawbacks, the major one being- the need to eat human flesh.
He has to not only start living like a ghoul but also has to hide his identity from everyone, especially his best friend Hideyoshi Nagachika. He gets support from the ghouls who manage the coffee shop “Anteiku”, helping him to understand his new side.
The anime is so successful that it has gotten three more seasons. The next two seasons are titled Tokyo Ghoul √A and Tokyo Ghoul: re. The fourth season arrived with the same name and concluded the story.
Aired On- July 8, 2010
Number of episodes- 22
Created by Fuyumi Ono, Shiki is a horror anime, first aired in July 2010 on Fuji television with 22 episodes and has 2 OVA episodes.
Adapted from the manga created by Ryu Fujisaki, which itself adapted it from the horror novel of the same name by Fuyumi Ono, it is about a town called Sotoba in Japan.
With the arrival of the Kirishiki family in a castle on the outskirts of the town, a series of deaths happen. There is only one hospital in Sotoba, whose director is Toshio Ozaki who finds out the presence of vampires called Shiki in the town.
There are mainly four main characters in the anime Sunako, Ozaki, Yuuki, and Seishin, and all of them have roles of importance. The voice acting is good. The story slowly but fully develops into an excellent thriller.
Very few shows deal with vampire-based subjects well and this anime is one of them. All the characters have a background story that helps us to connect with them at a very deep level.
The background music supports the scenes and makes it more engaging. The series will make you think about the decisions of the characters and there are not a lot of hidden meanings and clues that you would try to find.
7. When They Cry
Aired On: April 4, 2006
Number of episodes: 61
First aired in 2006, Higurashi When They Cry is a Japanese anime directed by Chiaki Kon and produced by Studio Deen.
It has three seasons where the third season is released in the form of original video animation. In total there are sixty-one episodes.
In 1983, Keiichi Maebara moved into the village Hinamizawa and became friends with Rena, Satoko, Mion, and Rika.
There have been several murders and disappearances in the village lately and these happenings have a connection with a festival and Oyashira who is a respected person of the village.
The voice acting in this series is amazing, the voice actors added a lot of flavors and it was worth it. The characters are developed really and their behavior depends on the arc.
There is a surprisingly high amount of gore content. The more you know the character the more you feel for them. The violent acts are what give you the goosebumps.
The anime does well to play with the viewer’s emotion as at the end even after so much of gory content you want these characters to survive and you wish well for them and thus it makes you stick with the series.
Aired On: 10 October, 2001
Number of episodes: 13
Premiered on Fuji television in 2001 and produced by Gonzo and directed by Umanusoke Lida this anime is based on a manga series of the same name by Kouta Hirano.
The story revolves around an organization Hellsing which fights against threats that are otherworldly and kills vampires that turn inhabitants of cheddars into ghouls.
There are mainly two characters, Alucard and Seras Victoria, who was saved by Alucard and now fights with the organization against the supernatural. The characters are fleshed out and you get to know them and the villain incognito is also very cool.
The soundtrack is awesome and it fits well with the story and has a lot of diversity to it. The story is more inclined towards traditional Bram Stoker’s Dracula rather than what we see today and that is one of the many pros of this series.
The anime narrates a different story than that of the manga because it started way before the manga was finished and thus it had a lot of room for creativity and to produce original content and it does not disappoint.
Everything in this series is quite fast and you have to give your attention and thus it glues you to your seat.
The animation is also very smooth and the way the dilemma of Seras Victoria is projected is worth praise. Her sadness that she is not a human anymore and her reluctance to fight is what sometimes connects us on a very emotional level.
9. Parasyte: The Maxim
Aired On: October 9, 2014
Number of episodes: 24
Premiered in 2014 and produced by VAP, Kodansha, Forecast communications, and Nippon television network under Madhouse studios, this anime is based on a manga and can be categorized as horror, action, sci-fi, drama, seinen or psychological genres.
Aliens have descended on earth and to make matters worse they are parasitic which get inside the brain of their host and feed on other unsuspecting life forms and can change shapes.
Shinichi Izumi a high school student falls prey to one such parasite called Migi but it fails to occupy Shinichi’s brain and ends in her right hand and is not able to relocate so now Migi is dependent on Shinichi to survive and they become a new threat to the alien species. Thus Shinichi and Migi act as a team.
The show has a lot of cliffhangers and thus it compels you to finish it in a day. As the story goes on we find that parasites like Migi and Tamiya become more human as they start to empathize more with humans.
From characterization to animation all is done well and it connects viewers with the characters by making us feel for them.
10. Deadman Wonderland
Aired On: 17 April, 2011
Number of episodes- 12
This anime first came on screen in 2011 and it is produced by Kadokawa Shoten, Kadokawa Pictures Japan, KlockWorx, and AMG Music under the Mnglobe studios and it is based on a manga and falls in action, sci-fi, horror and shounen genres.
Deadman Wonderland is an amusement park where prisoners or convicts perform dangerous stunts for the audience.
Ganta Igarashi with his classmates goes to this park and all his classmates are massacred by a mysterious person but the blame goes to Ganta and he is imprisoned in the same jail where he went to have fun with his friends.
Now Ganta has two objectives first he has to survive within those sadistic inmates and to find the real culprit.
The creators have done a good job of adapting from the manga in 12 episodes. The animation is smooth and every character looked better than the manga. Voice acting was apt and background music supported the scenes well.
11. Attack On Titan
Aired On: April 7, 2013
Episodes: 59 + 8 OVAs
Attack On Titan will release its fourth and final season this year. This season promises to deliver a conclusion of a lifetime. Everyone, fans, and viewers alike are geared up for it.
The anime adaptation first appeared on April 7, 2013, and is continuing successfully. It has also seen several movie adaptations of its arcs.
The anime is set in a dystopian world, where Humans have been completely taken over by a superior species- Titans. Titans are Humanoid like beings with extreme strength and power that has wiped away almost the entire humanity.
The remnants of Human species try to preserve themselves has retreated behind a series of walls- Wall Maria, Wall Rose and Wall Sina, built by them, to create a barrier between themselves and the Titans.
One day, an enhanced humanoid, much larger than the normal Titans comes and breaks the outer walls. Multiple human beings are killed in this ordeal. Amongst these losses, Eren Jaeger’s mother is also present.
She gets brutally mutilated by Titans, who kill and devour her in front of her son. Fueled by this, Eren joins the military to get his revenge. In his journey, he meets several friends and adversaries who push him to the limit.
As he reaches closer to his goal, things get more complicated and difficult for him. The anime has a huge amount of bloodshed and goriness, but the element that stands out is how these humans are preserving their humanity, in the face of such a huge challenge.
Aired On: 8 October, 2005
The anime, from its outward appearances, looks and feels like a typical high school drama. As we go deeper, its mythology becomes more layered and interesting.
The anime was so endearing to the fans that it ran for 4 seasons and concluded with much fanfare after 50 episodes on March 23, 2008.
It follows a very normal and average girl Saya Otonashi, whose life turns upside down when she finds out that she is the only one capable of defending the monsters called Chiropterans.
It seems like she has suddenly got the burden of an entire world over her. She has to fight these demons and manage her personal life.
The breakout character of this series is Hagi, who is Saya’s companion and love interest. His back story brings tears to the cruelest of eyes.
He was brought by Saya’s Parents, to be her romantic partner. Though initially forced to follow her whims and instructions, he resists to the best of his capabilities. Slowly but steadily, he was exposed to her emotional and soft side.
Their love story is epic and forms the beating heart of the series. We cannot help but root for the dream Saya has for them – to roam the world.
The sequences of this anime are deadly. Every character has a fire and passion in them that makes this entire anime one of a kind.
13. Ghost Hunt
Aired On: October 3, 2006
Ghost Hunt was adapted from a series of light novels. This series was left incomplete and a decision was reached to complete it through the form of Radio Drama.
It published as a manga, on July 7, 1998, which paved way for an anime adaptation that ran from October 3, 2006, to March 27, 2007, for 25 episodes.
It centers around Mai Taniyama, who works for Kazuya Shibuya (Naru), the young president of Shibuya Psychic Research. Together, they investigate mysterious occurrences all over Japan with a team of other spiritualists and clever assistants.
Other pivotal characters that we meet in this journey include a silent assistant, a monk, a shrine maiden, an Australian priest, a TV medium, and a young, intelligent researcher.
It makes use of a lot of elements in Japanese Culture. Though scary in its premise and having a lot of chill-inducing moments, it is better known for its descriptive approach towards the supernatural phenomenons.
There is a lot of thought put into the picturization of these sequences. It is dealt with, in a very thoughtful and intelligent manner.
All these adventures act as major catalysts in progressing the relationships between various characters. It is their bond that adds the natural and humane in this supernatural series.
The various moments that we witness between these characters, adds layers to their personality. We simultaneously learn more about these characters as we delve into the supernatural lore.
The ghosts introduced in the series are also an interesting aspect and give the show more depth.
14. Hell Girl
Aired On: 4 October, 2005
No. Of Episodes: 26
Hell Girl is a high rated anime in Japan which in recent years has earned global fame. It has a great storyline as well as amazing characters to cap it off, thus propelling its run of 26 episodes from October 4, 2005, to April 4, 2006.
It was followed by three succeeding series and a live-action adaptation turned out to be commercially and critically successful.
It follows a supernatural system that allows people to take revenge by having other people sent to Hell via the services of the mysterious title character and her assistants, who implement this system.
Some of its most resilient and powerful themes are revenge, injustice, hatred, and the nature of human emotions.
The protagonist of this series is Ai Enma, an enigma to say the least. Her existence is an urban legend known only by few, and most of these people know her instead by the name Jigoku Shoujo, the Hell Girl.
She provides the service that lets people get their revenge on their ‘perpetrators’. Over time this service has also included technology in it, through the use of a website known as the Jigoku Tsūshin, the Hell Link. Knowledge of the web site’s existence is an urban legend known only by few as well. It is only accessible exactly at midnight, and can usually only be seen by those who bear significantly powerful grudges
The story then moves to an investigation, done by Ai’s companions and sometimes herself as well.
15. Highschool Of The Dead
Aired On: July 5, 2010
This anime, after being a huge success, was unceremoniously canceled. The reason being that the author of the original Manga, Daisuke Satō became sick in 2008, which made the production of the manga very difficult. Sadly he passed away in 2017 leaving even the manga incomplete.
It aired from July 5, 2010, to May 26, 2011, and got a neat conclusion with an OVA titled “Drifters of the DEAD”.
The story follows a group of high school students caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
The storyline begins when the world is struck by a deadly pandemic that turns humans into zombies, euphemistically referred to by the main characters as “Them”.
The story has as its main characters a group of high school students and the school’s nurse as they deal with a worldwide catastrophic event known as the “Outbreak.
This Outbreak does not only put them in danger physically by risking their lives they also pose the additional threats of societal collapse, in the form of dangerous fellow survivors, and the possible decay of their moral codes.
As they escape high school they face villains like a corrupt teacher with their students, then in an emotional sequence they search for survivors in their homes, where they pick up a little girl and a dog.
The anime has a lot of graphic sequences that were censored later.
16. Danganronpa: The Animation
Aired On: July 4, 2013
Directed by Seiji Kishi under the studio Lerche this anime first aired in 2013 and it is murder mystery adapted from a video game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
The story is about sixteen high school students who are locked in their school by a human-like bear Monokuma, who gives them a task. If there can complete it, they are free to go.
Each student has a particular skill except Makoto Naegi, who got into the academy because of a lottery. The task is to murder one of their classmates and if the other mates find the killer then the killer will be executed but if they fail to find the killer then everybody else will be executed and the murderer will get to leave the academy.
The sound and music fit the show and the scenes perfectly, which adds to the mystery or the thrill.
The show is very fast as the number of episodes is very less so you have to be on your toes to catch every clue so that you don’t get confused.
Aired On: April 7, 2004
Premiering in 2004, this anime was produced by VAP, Shogakukan Productions, and Nippon Television Network under the Madhouse studio and is adapted from a manga.
The story is about DR. Kenzou Tenma a neurosurgeon whose life takes a drastic turn when one day he is asked to leave one patient to save others because of the difference of social stature of the two patients which leads to the death of the poor patient.
This incident disturbs Kenzou to a great extent. When another chance arrives, he decides to follow his conscience and save a young boy John Liebert instead of the town mayor and this proves to be a problem for him. Due to the death of the director and two other doctors, he becomes the director of the hospital.
After nine years when he saves the life of a criminal, he comes face to face with the monster he operated on.
The story is the part of this anime and the way it is executed with writing is amazing. The story develops slowly but never bores you and makes the viewer get attached to the story.
This story will keep you busy in anticipating what is coming next, and thus even after 74 episodes, it does not seem long. It shows us the world in which one can become hopeless.
18. School Live!
Aired On: July 9, 2015
First airing in 2015 School-Live! is a Japanese anime based on a manga and is produced by Nitroplus, NBC Universal Entertainment Japan under Lerche studio. It develops as a psychological and horror mystery.
It is based on a manga by Kaihou Norimitsu and shows a post-apocalyptic life in which some girls are trapped and they have no way to contact the outside world and at the same time they have to save themselves from creatures who want to kill them.
The story is about a club called “The School Living Club” consisting of a dog and four girls. Every character is explored and has good character development. It has a lot of cliffhangers to keep the viewers interested. The music supports every scene. Minor characters are also given time and we understand them, we cheer for every character and also get worried about what the future holds for them.
If any anime proves the phrase “Don’t judge the book by its cover” then it’s this anime. It is recommended for everyone who likes the zombie driven story and the writing keeps the series alive. The writers try to flesh out the characters in twelve episodes. You get to know the backstory of each character and it forces you to think about what they are going to do next.
19. Blood- C
Aired On: July 8, 2011
Blood-C first came on television in 2011. It is produced by Aniplex, Mainichi Broadcasting System, and Dwango under Production I.G studios. It is based on a manga and can be categorized in various genres such as action, supernatural, vampire, and horror.
The story is about a girl Saya Kisaragi who leads a double life, she lives as a school going girl in the day and as a vampire hunter and savior at night, with help of a sword that was given by her father for these works. However, there is more than what meets the eye.
A covenant is broken. Saya encounters a talking dog who says that it wants to grant someone as she realizes that she cannot remember some fragments of her past.
The fight scenes are well choreographed and the atmosphere of horror is maintained all the time. The show has a gory nature and action scenes are thrilling to watch, you need to have a stomach for these sorts of actions. Saya’s character is written well and it is developed throughout the series.
Anyone who is into violent and gory anime will love to watch it, the battles are well animated and are good to look at, the sound and the voice acting both are good and the twist in the last is the best part of it.
20. The Promised Neverland
Aired On: January 11, 2019
Based on a manga of the same name, this anime first aired in 2019 and produced by Aniplex, Dentsu, A-1 Pictures, Fuji tv, Shueisha, and CA-Cygames anime fund under Cloverworks studio. It belongs to sci-fi, horror, shounen, mystery, psychological thriller genres.
Grace Field House is an orphanage in a forest where orphans are living a good life and are taken care of by their beloved mama Isabella. There are certain rules like the orphans have to take the tests daily and they are free to use the rest of their time as they seem fit without going too far from the orphanage and every few months the children will be adopted by a suitable family.
Three siblings think that there is something fishy going inside the orphanage. This series has properly used the horror genre to its best and the tension-filled atmosphere is presented well.
The mind battle between Norman, Emma, and Ray and Isabella is presented well and for this, the credit should be given to the writers. The way the escape plans of the children are made and how every time the plan fails and Isabella comes out as victorious is just a treat to watch.
It has good entertainment value and the blend of genres is played pretty well. Overall, it is a good anime to those who like the anime without limiting genres.
21. Paranoia Agent
Aired on: 28 May, 2005
The anime is very dark and twisted. Director Satoshi Kon created this amazing Japanese anime and produced by Madhouse. Kon is well-known for making dark, horror movies with violence and insanity like Paprika and Perfect Blue.
The scandalous Shounen Bat (Lil’ Slugger) is threatening the occupants of Musashino City. Flying around on his rollerblades and whipping individuals with a golden homerun stick, the aggressor appears to be difficult to get— considerably lesser to comprehend. His first casualty, the notable yet bashful character creator Tsukiko Sagi, is associated with organizing the assaults. Accepted distinctly by her human pink soft toy, Maromi, Tsukiko is only one of Shounen Bat’s numerous casualties.
As Shounen Bat proceeds with his tenacious ambush on the town, investigators Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa start to explore the character of the assailant. Be that as it may, an ever-increasing number of individuals succumb to the infamous brilliant bat, and updates on the attacker start circling the town. Paranoia within people begins to set in as chilling bits of gossip spread among grown-ups and youngsters the same.
Will the two analysts have the option to unwind reality behind Shounen Bat, or will the paranoia get to them first?
The anime was very well accepted and that is why it received the Audience Award at Fantasia International Film Festival 2004 in Montreal, Canada, and Silver Prize in Animation Jury Award.
The novel version of this anime was written by Satoshi Kon and Yuichi Umezu and was published in May 2004.
22. Angels of Death
Aired on: July 6, 2018
It is considered to be one of the best Anime of all time and has all the material that an anime might need to be loved by its viewers. Kentarō Suzuki is the director of this anime and Yoshinobu Fujioka has overseen the script.
With dead and inert eyes, Rachel Gardner does not want to keep on living. The basement of a building is where she wakes up, she has no clue how or why she’s there. She unearths a dressed killer named Zack, who is attempting to getaway. In the wake of promising to execute her when he is free, Rachel and Zack set out to climb through the structure floor by floor until they escape.
Be that as it may, as they progress upward, they meet increasingly twisted individuals, and every one of them appears to be acquainted with Rachel. What is her association with the structure, and for what reason would she say she was put in it? Confronting another supervisor on each floor, can Rachel and Zack both accomplish their desires?
The anime has a manga version and has also been released in the forms of a novel series and also as a video game.
23. Perfect Blue
Aired on: August 5, 1997
This was the first film made by Satoshi Kon and it has an idol group of the J-pop industry – CHAM! – who has gone through the most recent two years engaging its fans. Unfortunately, all beneficial things must conclude, and CHAM! must see one of its individuals, Mima Kirigoe, leave the members to seek after her acting vocation. While Mima’s decision is met with various reactions, she trusts her fans will keep on supporting her.
Mima’s life starts to change definitely after her takeoff from the band. Needing to shed her pop-icon picture, she takes on a job in a criminal dramatization arrangement, and her vocation as an entertainer slowly turns out to be all the more demanding and burdening for both Mima and her administrator, Rumi Hidaka. To add to Mima’s developing discomfort, a fixated fan who is unequipped for tolerating that Mima has stopped being a part of the idol group starts following her; another mysterious site starts to mimic her existence with unpredictable detail; and CHAM! likewise seems, by all accounts, to be improving without her. Individually, each upsetting advancement drives Mima to turn out to be progressively unhinged and unfit to recognize reality from dream.
24. Serial Experiments Lain
Aired on: July 6, 1998
The arrangement centers around Lain Iwakura, an immature middle school young lady living in rural Japan, and her first experience with the Wired, a worldwide network system which is like the internet. Lain lives with her white-collar class family, which comprises of her expressionless more seasoned sister Mika, her emotionally uninvolved mother, and her PC fixated father; while Lain herself is to some degree ungainly, independent, and socially disengaged from a large portion of her school peers.
The state of affairs of her life gets improved by a progression of strange episodes that begin to happen after she discovers that young ladies from her school have gotten an email from a dead student, Chisa Yomoda, and she pulls out her old PC to check for a similar message. Lain discovers Chisa revealing to her that she isn’t dead, yet has only surrendered her physical body and muscles and is alive profound inside the computer-generated simulation universe of the Wired itself, where she has discovered the all-powerful and divine “God”.
Starting here, Lain is up to speed in a progression of mysterious and strange occasions that see her digging further into the puzzle of the system in a story that investigates topics of awareness, discernment, and the idea of the real world.
Aired on: April 12, 2004
Thought your life was awful? Now and again, the demise is more terrible. There is no salvation, harmony, nor any god holding back to get you into their consideration. However, pause, a divine being? Perhaps you are discussing that large black ball stuck in your life with you. Presently you are tossed into a game, battling aliens who are green in color and robot beasts for the opportunity to endure.
When Kei Kurono is murdered, he ends up trapped in such a game— a trial of his abilities, ethics, and will to endure. His life isn’t his own; his demise is spat and stomped on upon again and again. What occurs on the off chance that he doesn’t tune in? God knows.
An expression of caution: Gantz isn’t for the cowardly, and nor is it as straightforward as it looks. Blood, assault, and viciousness are widespread, as are depictions of insatiability, savagery, and all the offensiveness that one finds in the public eye today.
26. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
Aired on: July 14, 2013
The puzzling, yellow masked Storyteller is a man whose genuine name and inception are both obscure. He shows up at sunset, where youngsters assemble, and discusses evil stories dependent on Japanese urban legends, to which his young crowd shockingly participates. Be that as it may, the Storyteller is no standard storyteller. He consolidates a kamishibai, a conventional paper-looking gadget, to add visuals to his effectively maniacal portrayal.
A progression of short repulsive stories, Yami Shibai starts with a lone wolf who, in the wake of moving into another condo, promptly begins detecting a malicious glare being squeezed into him. A solitary charm lays on his roof, but he has no chance to know that it is his only protection that saves him from an endless pit of affliction. Every story is all the more startling, additionally horrifying, and more sickening than the last as the Storyteller’s crowd winds up being sucked into the awful universe of his words.
27. Devilman Crybaby
Aired on: January 5, 2018
Fallen angels can’t take structure without a living host. In any case, if the desire of an individual is sufficient, they can conquer the evil presence and make its capacity their own, turning into a Devilman.
Feeble and unassuming, Akira Fudou has consistently had a draining heart. So when his cherished companion Ryou Asuka requests his assistance in revealing fallen angels, Akira acknowledges decisively. Nonetheless, amazingly, the spot they go to is Sabbath: an indecent party of intemperance and decadence.
Amid carnage and demise, evil spirits have the partiers, transforming their bodies into twisted beasts, and start unleashing devastation. In a wild endeavor to spare his closest companion, Akira accidentally converges with the fiend Amon and turns into a Devilman, picking up the ability to overcome the rest of the evil presences.
Although it awards him incredible force, this new organization stirs an unquenchable and antiquated piece of Akira. Having the body of a demon, but a similar crybaby heart, Akira works close to Ryou, obliterating those that hurt mankind and his friends and family.
28. Ajin: Demi-Human
Aired on: January 16, 3016
Strange eternal people are known as “Ajin” first seemed 17 years prior in Africa. Upon their disclosure, they were marked as a danger to humanity, as they may utilize their forces for something bad and were unequipped for being obliterated. From that point forward, at whatever point an Ajin is found inside society, they are to be captured and arrested right away.
Concentrating hard to turn into a specialist, Kei Nagai is a high schooler who knows almost nothing about Ajin, just having seen them show up in the news from time to time. Students are encouraged that these animals are not viewed as humans, but Kei doesn’t give a lot of consideration to this. Thus, his little knowledge regarding this matter ends up being unessential when he endures a mishap that should guarantee his life, flagging his resurrection as an Ajin and the beginning of his long periods of torment.
In any case, as he gets himself alone on the run from the whole world, Kei before long understands that a greater amount of his species might be much nearer than he might suspect.
Aired on: July 12, 2007
The “Medicine Seller” is a fatal and strange master of the mysterious who traversed primitive Japan looking for pernicious spirits called “Mononoke” to kill. When he finds one of these spirits, he can’t just execute it but become familiar with its Form, its Truth, and its Reason to employ the powerful Exorcism Sword and battle against it. He should start his peculiar expulsions with a serious mental examination and cautious insightful work— an incredibly hazardous advance, as he should initially go up against and find out about the Mononoke before he even has the way to vanquish it.
The Medicine Seller’s excursion drives him to a good old motel where Shino, a pregnant lady, has at long last discovered a spot to rest. The proprietor has hesitantly put her in the last empty room; in any case, as she settles in, it rapidly turns out to be certain that the room is invaded by a deadly band of Mononoke, the Zashiki Warashi. With his tracker’s instinct, the Medicine Seller starts his examination to find the Form, the Truth, and the Reason before the Zashiki Warashi can slaughter once more.
30. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Aired on: April 8, 2012
Seikyou Private Academy, based on the interest of customary mysterious legends, bears a dull past— for a long time, it has been haunted by a phantom known as Yuuko, a young lady who strangely passed on in the old fashioned structure’s basement. With no memory of her past life or death. Yuuko heads the Paranormal Investigations Club, looking for answers.
A possibility meeting drives Yuuko to stick to the tenacious first-year recruit Teiichi Niiya, who can see the eccentric phantom. They rapidly develop a close relationship. Alongside Kirie Kanoe, Yuuko’s family member, and the negligent second year Momoe Okonogi, they dig profoundly into the scandalous Seven Mysteries of the celebrated school.
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia tells a novel story of understudies who cooperate to reveal insight into their school’s paranormal happenings, at the same time creeping nearer to the reality behind Yuuko’s demise.
31. Puella Magi Madoka Magic
Aired on: January 7, 2011
Puella Magi Madoka Magica, also known as Madoka Magic was a special venture, to begin with. It was created by an artist collective, where everyone involved works under their management. It gives them a sort of independence in their efforts. So, if there is one thing you can be sure of, it is that whatever came up was the truest form of the artist’s imagination without any influence.
It is one of the special few animes that has the legacy of having their manga adapted after, the series released. It started airing from January 2011 and continued till March 2011. It aired 10 episodes and then delayed their last 2 episodes because of a natural calamity.
The anime is about a group of middle school girls, who choose to take a task of a lifetime by agreeing to become magical girls. This acceptance puts them directly in confrontation with a vicious group called ‘witches’. Their new role brings them power but at the same time, huge anguish.
When our central character Madoka Kaname, experiences a bizarre dream, she didn’t know or even had a clue, what hell is ready for her.
After this she finds herself caught in a power tussle between two forces, one that wants her to become a magical creature and the other who doesn’t.
In the end, she and her friends accept but gain the curse of being the reason for despair, everywhere they live. This dynamic of being powerful, but powerless at the same time in saving people that they love from sadness and hurt makes for a fascinating watch.
32. Black Butler
Aired on: October 3, 2008
Episodes: 36 + 7 OVA
Black Butler, is an anime in which a lot of elements have been jam-packed into one. You have humor, intensity as well as mystery.
It has a lot of similarities to the iconic Batman. In both the works the central character Batman and Ciel Phantomhive fight against crimes. Just like Batman’s Alfred, Ciel also had a ‘trustworthy’ sidekick named Sebastian Michaelis.
However, the dynamics between Ciel and Sebastian are way more complicated and interesting than that between the caped crusader and his butler. The reason Ciel has Sebastian is because of a contract that he has with the butler, to seek revenge against those who tortured him and murdered his parents.
This sets up the mystery element and makes viewers keep a close eye on the loyalty factor. As it is not a given and stakes could be flipped at any time especially considering that the reason Sebastian agrees to this is that he wants to consume Siel’s soul.
As we go on, the cases become extremely complicated and mingle with the personal lives of our main two characters. It is essentially the characters and what they bring to the table that makes this anime phenomenal and such a huge success.
It first aired on October 3, 2008, and continued airing till April 27, 2011. It became so successful that the franchise expanded with more publications and 7 OVA’s. The series has 36 episodes in total, spreading over 2 seasons. To this date, the anime receives acclaim for its picturization, content, and characters.
33. Ghost Hound
Aired on: October 18, 2007
Ghost Hound is a phenomenal anime series by Production I.G and Shirow Masamune, noted for being the creator of the Ghost in the Shell series.
The anime was extremely special too, as it was Production I.G’s 20th-anniversary project and was first announced at the 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair.
A huge reason behind this project’s success was also its team because it had stellar names like director Ryūtarō Nakamura (Serial Experiments Lain, Kino’s Journey), scriptwriter Chiaki J. Konaka (Serial Experiments Lain, Texhnolyze, and The Big O), character designer and chief animation director Mariko Oka (Hell Girl) and art director Hiromasa Ogura (Spirit of Wonder, Jin-Roh, Ghost in the Shell)
Unlike other animes in the list, the start of this anime is not all happy and dandy but very bleak. We deal with three high school boys who each have their traumatic encounters in the past. Their destinies essentially change when they meet each other and learn of other weird happenings in Suiten.
To investigate those phenomena, they gain the key to the Unseen World, a parallel world where no humans can enter. But it becomes personal when they realize that this alternate world is the ultimate answer to their troubled childhood.
As they get more involved, their activity spreads through the real world with various ghosts and paranormal activities trickling into the normal lives of people on Earth. The two characters who get trapped into this more than anyone else is the priest of Suiten and his daughter, who become our final two main players in this series.
34. From the New World
Aired on: October 3, 2012
From the New World was an anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures that aired between September 2012 and March 2013. This series was employed the most melodious of which was ‘’Wareta Ringo’’ by Risa Taneda, which was used as a closing theme.
It takes place in a future Japan, where humanity as we know it has changed. It is no longer the world that we live in. Everything has changed and not necessarily for the better.
The main characters in this series are Saki, Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, and Shun. All of them have had a unique upbringing, to say the least. The town that they have grown in can be described in a few words as, utopia overflowing with water and green foliage.
They are under the thumb of people who have the “cursed power” or the “gods’ power” of telekinesis. The children did not face any problems, but an incident changed their entire perspective.
That incident made them realize that the world and the condition that they are living in, is not fair and they need to introduce a change as quickly as possible. The need for freedom becomes more imminent for them when they get to know the bloody history that brought humanity to this state.
The anime focusses on the theme of freedom, and what it means to these children. It shows how, even in the luxurious of setups, if you don’t have your free will, the luxury and comfort amounts to nothing.
35. Happy Sugar Life
Aired on: July 14, 2018
Happy Sugar Life is an anime adapted from a Japanese psychological thriller manga series written and illustrated by Tomiyaki Kagisora.
The central character of this series is Satō Matsuzaka, who befriends a mysterious young girl named Shio, and immediately falls in love with her. She vows to protect that feeling of love, even if it means committing murder.
There are various themes at work during the series. The most prominent of which was the queer feelings experienced by both the protagonists. It is a good show for representations. It is also one of the few shows to get being queer right.
It sets itself nicely by putting both the characters in teens, which helps to explain and describe these queer feelings as natural and as beautiful as what we call ‘first love’.
But it doesn’t shy away from showing the drawbacks of it if this ‘love’ goes beyond the limit. Sato loses it completely and commits one gruesome murder after another- just to save her happy sugar life with Shio.
Even though it is not clear if the love is reciprocated, but they have a deep friendship and mutual understanding. Their relationship shines in the entire show, and the audience even after the murder, will find themselves rooting for it.
The show has been praised for its sensitive portrayal of these feelings. It has impeccable visuals, great storylines, in a few words everything necessary to make an impeccable and fascinating anime for 12 episodes.
Aired on: February 3, 2008
This anime is produced by VAP, Sotsu, Genco, AT-X, and Showgate under Xebec studio and falls under the genre of action, supernatural, shoujo-ai, horror, and sci-fi.
The story revolves around Rin Asougi. She has the gift of immortality and faces many problems because of this. She is a private investigator who meets Kouki Maeno. Kouki thinks that he has wrong memories and Rin decides to help him only to realize that Kouki is not what he seems and in the process, she gets close to his biggest enemy, who has the power to contradict Rin’s immortality and kill her.
The story and the writing in this anime are among the best, the voice actors have done an overall good job. The series does well to show the past of the characters and thus help us identify with them and know their backstory.
The writers introduced a lot of characters thus, bringing diversity to the series.
The creators have certainly entertained with everything be it the characters, the sound, or the twists and turns.
37. Dance in the Vampire Bund
Aired on: January 7, 2010
This anime is produced by Genco, Media Factory, Rakuonsha, AT-X, flying DOG under Shaft studio and falls under the genre of action, and supernatural.
Ruler of the vampires, Mina Tepes declares the existence of her species to the world and wishes to build a sanctuary for them called Vampire Bund. It all happens with the consent of both the parties of concern. However, not everybody is happy as they think it is more than just a peace offering from the queen. Kira Kaburagi experiences a head injury that loses his memory and forgets that he is a werewolf and has sworn to protect the queen even at the cost of his life.
Throughout the series, Kira and Mina keep on discovering the deep bond they share its these little things that make this anime special also how vampire-like humans have also developed with time and show the story of vampires spanning centuries, these are certain factors that set this anime different from other vampire based animes.
All the characters impress the viewers and that is a hard job considering it to be a twelve-episode series. It’s action-packed, gory, and romantic and thus has a lot of entertainment value, it grabs your attention with history related to the vampires. Mina Tepes is the biggest character and you will like every moment she is present on the screen.
Overall, it’s enjoyable and has tried to do something new with the vampire genre and thus worth watching.
Aired on: April 6, 2011
Episodes: 24 + 1 OVA
This anime is produced by Frontier Works, Media Factory, Movic, AT-X, Kadokawa Pictures Japan, and Nitroplus under White Fox studio and falls under the genre of sci-fi and thriller and is based on a visual novel of the same title.
Rintaru Okabe along with his friends Mayuri Shiina and Hashida Itaru is working to achieve a scientific breakthrough and in that process, they make a machine called “Phone Microwave” which turns bananas into a green gel. At the first look, it does not sound miraculous until they find that the machine can send emails in the past and thus can change history.
The art suits the atmosphere very well and it feels real, the characters are very likable and Okabe’s character is developed pretty well as the series progresses. A change in character is shown in Okabe due to his responsibility that comes with his scientific achievement of producing “Phone Microwave”, the voice acting is amazing and provides a lot of enjoyment.
The anime has done pretty well in catching people’s attention with each episode. Not only sci-fi fans but anyone would like this anime, its writing and story are like that and the plot is so unique that you have to like it.
39. School Days
Aired on: July 3, 2007
School Days is based on a Japanese visual novel developed by 0verflow, released on April 28, 2005, for Windows as an adult game.
Though it is mainly in the horror genre, it is also a very slice of life. It has a very clichéd plot in the sense that it follows Makoto Ito, a high school student who becomes the ambivalent love interest of several girls during his second term, and the effects, this has on himself and his relationships with other characters.
The anime turned brutal. The last episode had to be delayed because a sixteen-year-old girl murdered her forty-five-year-old father in their Kyoto home with an ax. Since the last episode shared similar themes, the channel thought that it would be best to delay the airing.
The most interesting facet of this series is how beautifully it teaches to give value to your relationships and respect the care everyone shows you. Makoto was careless in his relationships and did not pay heed to anybody’s feelings and desires, except his own. This ended up producing bad results not only for him but for everyone involved in his stories.
The main message of this story is to be careful with your and other people’s feelings. As emotions are precious and delicate, it shouldn’t be played with. The result of the love triangle of Makoto, Kotonoha, and Sekai is the living proof of that.
40. Zombie Loan
Aired on: July 3, 2007
Zombie-Loan was originally a manga by Banri Sendo and Shibuko Ebara, a female duo who have been carving their names in the anime world.
The anime is based upon Michiru Kita. She knows when anyone is going to die by seeing the “ring of death” around the neck of people. The intense color of the ring denotes how soon the person is going to die. Talk about a truly sinister superpower.
The real adventure starts when she notices that two boys of her class have a completely dark ring around their neck, denoting their impending doom. But what she discovers next is even more sinister than thought before.
They two boys are already dead but kept alive through Zombie loan. Zombie-Loan is a mysterious loan office that allows the dead to continue with their lives only if they agree to hunt and kill zombies as a means of repayment.
Michiru is dragged by these two boys when they learn of her gift. Together they embark on a dangerous adventure of hunting and being hunted.