Dark fantasy anime are for the hardcore and metal fans who really want to go to the last mile of violence. This genre is not to be taken lightly; it has grittier more mature scenes that might be too much for the light hearted. But for those who dare to go beyond the disclaimer are rewarded with scenes of horror, violence and really graphic sex. Here a list of the most notable anime in the Dark Fantasy genre.
14. Shinsekai yori (From the New World)
Powers past your creative mind have created a little level of the total populace. War follows for a few ages until the powerful creatures have built up their own locale and handled an insecure harmony with the remainder of mankind.
This anime has a very intelligent and witty storyline which will force you to think. It has a very intriguing air around it and you won’t be able to help yourself from liking this anime. It has about 25 episodes under its belt and you will never get bored while watching it.
13. Zetsuen no Tempest (Blast of Tempest)
One day, when Yoshino Takigawa’ girlfriend vanishes, so does his closest companion, Mahiro, as he looks for her. Then Yoshino gets a visit from a peculiar young lady, who holds him at gunpoint. This is the beginning of Yoshino’s quest for Aika’s killer, which has consistently been a part of his destiny.
This anime is inspired from more than one Shakespearean drama and you will see random Shakespearean quotes being thrown around in the air. The anime consists of 24 episodes.
12. God Eater
At the point when the man-eating animals known as Aragami rose, mankind was pushed into a battle for endurance. Typical weaponry didn’t appear to have any impact on the beasts, so a unique association called Fenrir was shaped.
The anime has an intriguing storyline that makes you want to watch it till the end. It has only 13 episodes and you will appreciate each one of those.
11. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
We as a whole needed the second season of Attack on Titan, isn’t that so? All things considered, that is basically what we got with Kabaneri. This anime tosses into a reality where an infection has made Kabane, beasts that have a hunger for human blood and furthermore have a steel confine around their heart.
This piece of their life systems makes it especially difficult for individuals to slaughter them. As humans get defeated by the swarms of Kabane, individuals have blockaded themselves in a couple of vigorously protected and invigorated cities.
Have you ever watched any anime that has your attention from the very beginning? Well Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is an anime that will have your attention from the very first episode. Some even consider it to be even better than Attack on Titan, and that sentiment alone can give you an idea on how much of a well made production this is.
With 12 episodes this anime has not released a second season even though fans are waiting for it very eagerly. It has many intense scenes that will make you want to continue watching it for a very long time.
The main scene alone is incredibly encouraging as bodies get torn apart and Toyohisa skewers himself on foe sticks so as to get in sufficiently close to kill a Li Naomasa. How about we not overlook that one of his happy memories is his dad saluting him for bringing back the leader of a foe official.
The blood and want for success is just ground-breaking here, and it’s not keeping anything down. It unquestionably has the action and savage characters to make something fabulous, so how about we keep our fingers crossed.
You will be hooked from the beginning and there is no way of saving you from that. Though the plot does not have much depth but you don’t really care because everything else is of top quality. It has a total of 4 seasons and all the season’s have 6 episodes each. So you can tell that it is not a very long series but a moderate one.
9. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru (Yuki Yuna Is A Hero)
Yuuna Yuuki attempts to be a hero in her regular day to day existence, particularly as an individual from her center school’s Hero Club. Yuuna wants to make others grin and help them out.
Be that as it may, when baffling animals known as Vertexes begin to compromise the world, the Hero Club finds they may need to become genuine legends! To fight the Vertexes, the Hero Club young ladies utilize an application on their telephone, one which takes them to another universe and changes them into supernatural young ladies.
The two seasoned anime with 7 episodes and 12 episodes respectively is a very cute one that you will feel all fluffy about. Otherwise it is very typical and might get boring sometimes. The characters on the other hand are a whole different story. They are very well created and they alone will make you want to give it a try.
Another anime in the dark fantasy genre for our rundown, which is a part of the Fate arrangement, Fate/Apocrypha. The war for the Holy Grail is fought between two teams– the magi faction Yggdmillennia and the remainder of the Mage’s Association.
Each side sends seven pairs of servants and masters, and the side to lose every one of their warriors first will relinquish the Grail. What will be the result of this surprising Holy Grail War?
Though there are major defects in the whole production of this anime, still you can consider it to be one of the best Anime you will ever watch when it comes to the dark fantasy concept. It is said that this anime did not have the budget for all its 24 episodes and the first place where they fell short, secondly, the plot was so big that it was a hassle to cram it all up within 24 episodes. But even with these two major issues the anime got the popularity it deserved.
7. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
People and devils dwell in the two domains, Assiah and Gehenna. Satan has been attempting to discover a host to penetrate Assiah so as to overcome it, but the entirety of his endeavors so far have missed the mark.
He chooses to send his own child to Assiah, in the expectations that he will one day be a vessel appropriate for ownership. Rin Okumura is by all accounts a generally ordinary adolescent kid, despite the fact that he causes a lot of difficulty.
This anime falls under all the major genres like action, fantasy and comedy. Any anime lover would have only good things to say when it comes to this anime. Now of course there will be exceptions who think it is not what it’s deemed to be, but the majority of the viewers would disagree. It has 2 seasons, the first season has 25 episodes and the second season consists of 12 episodes only.
6. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
After a genuinely discouraging occasion, Chise Hatori is left feeling useless. The 15-year-old young lady chooses to sell herself at an auction. She thinks about whether she will ever locate a home to have a place in.
A strange man named Elias Ainsworth gets her for an extreme sum, whisking her away to his bungalow in the English countryside. With the assistance of this incredible mage she will try to live a happy life. Mahoutsukai no Yome is an astute story of two outsiders finding a home in each other.
This anime series is quite big with 24 episodes in addition to some OVAs and some more miniseries. Though the plot was kinda typical but the character development was intriguing. Overall it is not a bad watch, and you will like it.
5. Ajin (Ajin: Demi-Human)
The eternal creatures known as Ajin first showed up in Africa 17 years prior. Scared of what these unrivaled people could do, Ajin were cordoned off from society, captured, and removed by the administration at whatever point they were found.
However, these occasions are a long way from Kei Nagai’s psyche. The aloof secondary school student just needs to prevail throughout everyday life, and overlooks everything that doesn’t assist him with his objective.
However, when Kei gets hit by a truck one day, he finds that he himself is an Ajin! On the run from everybody he knew and the administration, Kei must locate another future to progress in the direction of.
The very unique and realistic part of this anime is its main character. We are very used to the idea of a hero who can win it all, who is brave, thoughtful, selfless, and knows how to succeed in every situation. But that is not the case here. The hero of this anime is shown in a more realistic light, where he is selfish, and a coward and in all can be considered to be a bad guy, but still has some morals, which makes him not want to kill anyone.
So if you want to have a change of pace you should try this anime out because it is very unique and you will definitely appreciate that uniqueness.
4. Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous)
Houseki no Kuni is set in a period where creatures called Gems are battling for their lives, against foes known as the “Moon People.” Each Gem has an alternate reason allocated to them.
Phosphophyllite is given a job of reporting a reference book for the Gems. In spite of the fact that she begins figuring it will be a fairly straightforward activity, Phosphophyllite before long finds that it will be progressively extraordinary.
The 13 episode anime was widely praised by the viewers. It is sometimes called a gem that all anime lovers should watch because of its perfect blend of CGI and animation. The story is said to be very unique with a hint of a number of emotions throughout its running period. It is sad that this anime was underappreciated and did not receive the fame and fandom it deserved.
3. Kenpuu Denki Berserk (Berserk)
Berserk is almost difficult to top on a dark fantasy rundown. Following the lamentable way of Guts, this anime gives a lot of epic fights, even as it recounts an account of frantic fight of survival by our stalwart hero.
Guts joins a gathering of hired fighters called the Band of Hawk, rapidly ascending through the positions as his expertise develops. However, Guts starts to question the gathering’s image of profound quality as he sees questionable circumstances that can’t be clarified without any problem. Guts must choose what way he is to follow, even as darkness surrounds his friend’s heart.
For this anime we have reviews of both kinds. Some of the reviews are very positive making this anime one of the best Anime ever made with almost perfect everything. Whereas, there are reviews which will make you question your decision of watching this anime. Well in this situation you have only one choice, watch it for yourself.
When it comes to anime you can’t really believe someone’s opinion blindly, you need to form your own decisions based on your likes and dislikes. But it is said that this anime is a well written one which draws in the viewers and keeps them hooked to it till the very end. The 2017 anime has 13 episodes in total divided into two seasons.
2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is very famous among anime fans, and particularly more so as a dark fantasy series. In a world bound by alchemy a lot of things will go down. There is a rule that something of equivalent worth is traded so as to acquire something else.
Siblings Edward and Alphonse Elric endeavor to utilize these laws to raise their mom from the dead. Their transmutation goes astray, with Edward losing a limb and Alphonse losing his whole body.
To make things right Ed is compelled to trade his right arm so he can tie Al’s spirit to a suit of armour. The siblings start looking for an approach to recover their bodies, but the way will be more hazardous than they would ever envision.
It doesn’t get any darker than this. It actually shows you all the dark sides that a human conscience can face when in time of any kind of crisis. It shows great character development which in itself stops the series from being boring. In addition to that there are other factors like the plotline, a good sibling love and affection, drama, philosophical essence, etc.
So, doesn’t all these make it a series of high demand? The series has 2 seasons. The first season consisted of 26 episodes, quite a big one, and the second season is even bigger than the first one with 38 episodes. But even though the season’s are long you will never get tired of the season neither will you get bored.
1. Made in Abyss
Made in Abyss is the story of a youthful Diver young lady named Riko, who wants to have the option to investigate the incredible depths of the Abyss, much the same as her mom before her. Be that as it may, since she is only a young girl herself, she has just been permitted to investigate the uppermost layer.
At the point when she goes over a robot made to resemble a human kid, Riko names him Reg and chooses to assist him with discovering what his identity is. Riko and Reg set out for the most profound parts of the Abyss, planning to reveal Reg’s past – yet neither of them are set up for what the Abyss has saved for them.
This anime series is one of the best Anime series of 2017. It’s manga is equally popular and famous. But you won’t understand the reason behind the huge fame of this anime in the beginning of the series. But as you delve deeper, and you continue to get lost in the intricate storyline you understand why it got its fame and popularity.
It doesn’t leave you with any kind of regret for watching it. You will enjoy it a lot and would appreciate the series to a great deal. This 13 episode anime even after a slow start wraps everything up pretty neatly without leaving any loose ends and without leaving its viewers thirsty with an open incomplete ending.