The 12 Most Brutal Anime That Will Haunt Your Nightmares


Even though gruesome anime is a controversial genre, audiences are drawn to its violence, brutality, and bloodshed. However, animators sometimes use extreme violence to help show a dark storyline; it is not only used for entertainment purposes. If you’re a fan of graphic animated action, we’ve got the right anime series for you. If you thought anime was all for kids, think differently. Although many animators work tirelessly to create stunning and realistic landscapes, some devote their attention to making the most vivid and disturbing fight scenes from old school anime, which had become controversial at the time, to modern anime, which are vibrant and story-rich. Let’s talk about anime’s darker side, the ones that make you feel like you’re watching a live-action disaster scene. Here are the most brutal anime ever created.

1. Violence Jack

Violence Jack

A man emerged after a massive earthquake, known as the Great Kanto Hellquake, transformed Japan into Hell on Earth. He had the fangs of something like a wolf, the muscles like that of a gorilla, and the heat of the Big Bang in his eyes. Since he has no recollection of his previous life, he was given the name Jack after the big Jackknife he wielded. This man is later revealed to be the reincarnation of Akira Fudoh, the Devilman. He roams the Earth, wreaking havoc on the evil and those unfortunate enough to be trapped in the crossfire.

Go Nagai’s exploitation-horror manga Violence Jack was illustrated and written by him. It was adapted into an ultraviolent, straight-to-video anime. It’s exactly as the title suggests: violent action with little or no plot. Violence Jack is an episodic blend of the tropes of Exploitation, Violence, and Rape & Revenge. Within Violence Jack’s world, morality didn’t matter, and the male characters were all rapists, child abusers, and worse. The animation is excellent in the anime. It is vivid in all of its gory glory.

2. Urotsukidoji: Legend Of The Overfiend

Urotsukidoji Legend Of The Overfiend

According to legend, humans are not the only powerful civilization on the planet. The Makai and the Juujinkai are two other races that live in this world. A supreme being recognized as the Choujin will appear once every 3,000 years and restore order to all three realms on Earth. After 300 years of searching, a Jujinkai called Amano Jyaku has discovered the existence of the Choujin inside high school slacker Tatsuo Nagumo in modern-day Japan. However, Amano, his sister Megumi, and their sidekick Kuroko now have to shield Nagumo, including his new girlfriend Akemi Ito from the Makai, who believe Nagumo is not the Choujin, but rather an evil being determined to kill all living beings on Earth.

While the storylines of the more well-known anime is targeted toward a younger audience, the medium’s growing popularity and acceptance made for anime with more mature material, female students are lecherously captured, beginning with scenes of half-clothed locker room horseplay and progressing with excessive up-skirt shots. Other scenes have mutilated and maimed female bodies strewn about in the background. The repetitive scenes of rape are among the most disturbing atrocities, with the film’s most notorious assault involving phallic tentacles assaulting and probing a helpless victim.

3. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo has evolved into a barbaric and ruthless city, where violent creatures known as ghouls coexist with humans. These bloodthirsty savages and their hunger for human flesh keep the people of this once great metropolis in relentless terror. The biggest danger posed by these ghouls, though, is their deadly ability to pass for humans and fit in with society. Ken Kaneki, a reserved, bookish college student, is attracted to Rize Kamishiro, a keen reader like himself, in Tokyo Ghoul. Rize, on the other hand, is not who she seems to be, and Kaneki is thrown into the cruel realm of the ghouls as a result of this unfortunate encounter. Kaneki is rescued by Touka Kirishima, a mysterious waitress, and so starts his new, hidden life as a half-human/half-ghoul who has to find a way to fit into both societies.

Tokyo Ghoul is a psychological horror-thriller anime that features a lot of violence. Although unsettling, the idea itself is very impressive and intriguing. The combination of modern science fiction mythology and this amount of brutality really works in Tokyo Ghoul’s favour, making it a very popular anime. The animation is awesome. It’s fluid, sharp, and vibrant, and each character’s facial expressions were created with plenty of care and thought.

4. Berserk 


Guts, a former mercenary who now goes by the alias of the Black Swordsman, is seeking vengeance. After a turbulent childhood, Guts eventually meets someone he loves and knows he can trust, only for it to fall apart as this person throws away everything Guts values in order to satisfy his own desires. Guts is now marked for death, and he is doomed to a life of constant pursuit by demonic beings. Guts, armed with a giant sword and monstrous power, will stop at nothing, not even death itself before he is able to take the head of the one that robbed him—and his beloved—of their humanity.

Don’t watch Berserk if you don’t want to see blood. Guts seldom swings his blade without slicing into something, and geysers of the red stuff occasionally burst. It’s all over the place. There’s political turmoil, barbarity, and even the characters have dubious values, and no one comes out unscathed. Even though there isn’t much in the way of true fan service, sexuality does play a role in the show.  Berserk isn’t just violent; it can also be unpleasant if you’re aware of its ramifications.

5. Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

Lucy is a Diclonius, a rare species of human born with a small pair of horns and hidden telekinetic hands, making her a prisoner of the government’s inhumane scientific experimentation. When Lucy is given a chance to escape, she is tainted by the torture and confinement and unleashes a storm of bloodshed as she escapes her tormentors. She sustains a crippling head trauma during her escape, leaving her with a split personality: someone with the mindset of a harmless child with reduced speech capacity. In this chaotic state, she encounters two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who willingly take in a wounded fugitive, unaware of her murderous instincts.

The plot of Elfen Lied is extreme not only in terms of violence but also in terms of ideas. Its intensity doesn’t end at the visuals, as it explores topics like abuse, social isolation, the significance of one’s soul, and revenge. Elfen Lied has a lot of motifs to delve through. Despite its graphic nature, the narrative remains engaging and pleasing to the viewers in terms of plot. It makes a couple of bold decisions, and the series as a whole does well with that.

6. Parasyte


Shinichi Izumi, a 17-year-old high school student who lives with his mother and father in a peaceful Tokyo neighborhood, is the protagonist of Parasyte. Parasites, small worm-like aliens with drill-like mouths, appear on Earth one night and take over their hosts’ brains by penetrating their ears or noses. One parasite tries to climb into Shinichi’s nose as he sleeps, but when he gets up, it is too late, and the parasite burrows into his arm instead. Shinichi was able to keep Migi from going any deeper into his brain, so both beings maintain their own intellect and personalities. As the pair meets more parasites, they take advantage of their unusual situation and develop a close alliance, working together to survive.

Parasyte was written to be unsettling, which gives it a truly distinctive writing style. It also allows the visual artists to create whatever they want, as they did with the character designs and parasite scenes. When it comes to this show’s brutality, the minute specifics and intricacies catch you off balance with their unsettling beauty, and you can’t take your eyes away. It’s proof of a well-crafted fictional world.

7. Attack On Titan

Attack On Titan

Humanity was almost wiped out centuries ago by monstrous humanoid creatures known as titans, causing humans to flee in terror behind massive concentric walls. What makes these giants so frightening is that their appetite for human flesh is fueled by what seems to be enjoyment rather than starvation. To guarantee their survival, humanity’s survivors started to live behind protective walls, culminating in a century without a single titan experience. However, when a colossal titan eventually breaks the seemingly impregnable outer wall, the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations is reignited.

This is a typical popular anime, but it has a strong impact. It’s visually beautiful, and the force will catch you off guard the first time you watch it. The animation is stunning. It is very well-balanced and colored. When a character is in pain, the facial expressions are so convincing that they can be haunting. Many of the characters have depth and passion. Each character is well-developed, and their stories are well-told. It has a lot of violence in it, but it still has a great plot. It has the best overall balance of the two, making it the most exciting and appealing anime to watch.

8. Blood-C


Saya Kisaragi lives a double life as a peaceful schoolgirl by day and a terrifying monster slayer by night. She vanquishes any monster who dares to attack her peaceful little village, armed with a ceremonial sword entrusted to her by her father for sacred purposes. Yet Saya’s truth and everything she claims to be true are put to the test as she overhears the monsters discussing a broken covenant—something she has no knowledge about. And, out of nowhere, a mysterious dog arrives, asking her who she vowed to protect the village and what would happen if she didn’t keep her word. We journey with Saya through her quest to find a path to the reality in a village where nothing is as it seems.

The battle scenes in this anime are fantastic. These scenes are the biggest motivation to watch this anime: sleek, smooth, and gory. Any time there was blood, the anime seemed to improve tenfold. Even the animation began to come to life. CLAMP’s character designs are unique as well, but their design philosophy ensures that every single human character, no matter who they are, has a pleasing facial. Blood-C is not for the faint of heart.

9. Fist Of The North Star

Fist Of The North Star

A nuclear holocaust has almost wholly ruined human society in the year 199X. In a world where the powerful prevail over the poor, survivors of the fallout fight over the last of the food and water supplies. Kenshiro, the heir of Hokuto Shinken, an ancient, lethal martial art, wanders the wasteland with seven wounds on his chest resembling the Big Dipper. This infamous style utilizes the body’s hidden 708 pressure points to kill enemies from inside, allowing practitioners to use their full human power. With the hardest fist in the world, this messiah, accompanied by an orphan girl and a young thief, brings justice to such a lawless world.

Although the violence is gruesome, the gore is reduced by showing the exploding heads in shadow or silhouette and using neutral colors for the spurting body fluids. Despite this, the bloodshed is particularly satisfying since we get to see dozens of killer thugs being disposed of one by one in vivid and creative ways. Although the exploding heads are entertaining, the characters are the true stars of the show. This strong emphasis on adults is a breath of fresh air.

10. Genocyber


Genocyber is a mad genius’s attempt to build the ultimate power source that goes horribly wrong. Elaine, a feral child of incredible physical prowess but practically no conscious thinking, and Diana, a frail but intelligent girl of humongous psychic abilities, are involved in his scheme. When combined, the two will form Genocyber, a massive weapon. The problem is that they despise each other. Elaine has fled into the world and meets a child that befriends her when the show starts. Despite her inability to communicate, she can connect to him and form a bond with him.

To offer the audience the sense of fear and disorientation felt by the show’s characters, little fragments of live-action and early computer animation are mixed in. The storyline is complicated, but it nevertheless has the viewer’s attention on a primal level. We’re curious about the characters and the bizarre world in which they live. This is one of the most gruesome and disturbing animes ever created. Psychic attacks cause people to tear off their own organs. This excessively violent series has the potential to be more offensive than a large number of hentai titles.

11. Highschool Of The Dead

Highschool Of The Dead

The story begins in modern-day Japan, where the world is hit by a deadly pandemic that turns humans into zombies, euphemistically referred to as “Them” by the main characters. The series involves a group of students and the school nurse as they struggle with the “Outbreak” a global catastrophic phenomenon. As the cast attempts to survive the zombie apocalypse, they must also contend with the threat of societal destruction, which comes in the form of dangerous fellow survivors and the potential for moral degradation. Beginning in high school, the students flee to town, where they are faced with a corrupt teacher and his students.

This anime may be a little risqué in terms of visuals, but it’s got a lot of heart. It’s full of scantily dressed young women, a lot of blood, and a lot of dismemberment. This show can be thought of as an over-the-top homage to horror, mostly stereotypical zombies. It goes beyond the standard zombie apocalypse plot. The storyline is more established and goes beyond most zombie stereotypes, and it works for the most part. Characters in high school are frequently accused of being superficial, but they aren’t that shallow.

12. Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll

Jubei, the protagonist, is a wandering samurai who takes up jobs anywhere he can while fleeing a dark and disturbing past. He saves Kagero, a member of the Mochizuki Koga ninja unit, from being raped one day and then finds himself engulfed in a world of politics and death. Himuro Genma, a former associate of Jubei, has crawled his way out of the afterlife and is now working for the Shogun of the Dark, with a squad of specially trained ninjas known as the Eight Devils of Kimon at his service. Genma employs the Devils to extort money and gold from the people to purchase weapons from the Portuguese and assume control of all of Japan.

Ninja Scroll, which is part ninja action, part monster horror, and part political thriller, was one of the most successful animes outside of Japan in the mid-to-late 1990s. It’s a gruesome pop art set in an otherworldly feudal Japan. Blood and gore, stylized crime, and nudity are at an occult degree. The film has a lovely fluidity and a rich color scheme that complements the disparity of the scenery. The character design departs from the traditional big-eyed animation style, instead bringing the characters closer to reality.


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