Best Horror Anime You Need to See: Do You Dare Face the Terrors?
Best Horror Anime
If there is something Japanese people always get right it is horror. It could be in their movies, shows or anime, but it is always bone chilling and it will always deeply change you. In my opinion, they get the fear and the shrieks the best when working on their anime. The distinct modifications in the characters faces when in grief or terror are amazing works of art and generally translate well onto viewers, letting us feel what they feel and making us want not to be able to.
After many years watching some of the best at doing this, I have compiled my list of which ones I think do the better job. They are not ranked in any order. They are all simply terrifying and have made me want to cuddle with a blanket for hours as I thought of the panic I felt moments prior. So here they are the top ten best horror anime:
I watched this series when I was far too young to do so and without any parental approval as well. I don't think I have ever been so afraid and mesmerized at a drawn depiction of a girl. In simple terms, the story is about Hell girl, someone who promises to get rid of anyone who torments you forever.
You just have to seal a contract with her and give your soul up when doing so. Spanning across various episodes and spin-offs, the anime tells a different story for each episode, all with the same mechanic. It is one of the shows that has gone with more horror than gore and done so perfectly.
A bit less scary but more filled with shock value and an interesting cast, this anime follows Saya Otonashi, a young high school student and her life servant Hagi. They battle evil chiropterans that hide themselves as human and try to feed on them. Taking a nice turn on the usual vampire story line, this anime was not filled with blood to get its point across and if it did have gore in a scene, it was just enough.
Blending horror and stress almost to perfection, this anime follows the story of a cursed class. They all live in constant fear as the curse dictates that all must die if they do not realize which student is not really there.
Main characters Kouichi and Mei are the ones to put their heads together to try to figure out this mysterious dilemma and face most of the deaths, pains and tribulations together. Gritty and bloody at times, it felt like I was watching someone play a dangerous game with all the characters but did not know exactly who it was for a long time. It is certain that this is not for the faint of heart.
When They Cry: Telling short stories with the same characters is the biggest trait for this show and they do an amazing job with it. Following different arcs that have definite resolutions, this one is also not for the faint of heart. Bashing hatred and pure contempt between characters resolved in one glorious final episode. The viewer sometimes forgets there is comedy and laughter in this show.
A better adaptation of the original, it follows the story of Alucard, a vampire that works for the Hellsing organization and fights anything that should not be in this world, may it be supernatural forces or other vampires. Powerful and honest to the very bone, this vampire knows what he wants and will stop at nothing or no one. The action in it is high but I assure you that you will fear and respect Alucard in time.
Attack on Titan:
Filled with despair and total annihilation of the human race, the creator at one point wanted to kill everyone in the anime. We know he changed his mind but it did not change much.
The humans in this anime lived in closed spaces behind walls in fear of titans, beings that eat them out of pure whim. We follow Eren Jaeger, a boy living with his family and fan favorite sister Mikasa as the titans come to destroy their home and make them flee in terror. There are moments of action and even at times a small laugh will come in, but there is only depression and fear in the eyes of the characters, and soon enough the viewers too.
A visual adaptation for the famous video game, it shows the story of a class that is soon to be broken up and is sharing their last moments together. They decide to perform a ritual together that will bind them forever but mess up and end in an alternate dimension where they will have to run for their lives in fear of the ghosts that reside in their school.
Bloody and unreal and real at the same time, this anime is only four episodes long but will leave you shocked, horrified and slightly damaged. I still suggest you watch it since it has such an entertaining story and stunning graphics, even more if you are really into horror.
Following the story of Igarashi Ganta, I do suggest reading the manga as well when it comes to this anime. It is the dark story of how Ganta survives a horrific accident in which his whole class dies and begins finding out about a new power of his when put into a theme park based prison as many thought he was the one in charge of his class's demise. The action is strong but the horror felt when discovering the new twists and stories are always interesting and terrifying moments. I suggest it to you if you want more gore than horror.
Death is the main attraction in Deadman Wonderland, from the studio that brought you Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy.
Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He s framed for the carnage, sentenced to die, and locked away in the most twisted prison ever built: Deadman Wonderland. And then it gets worse.
At Deadman Wonderland, convicts are forced into brutal deathmatches for the amusement of the masses, the cheers of the crowd drowning out the screams of the dismembered. Even when Ganta befriends Shiro, an unusual female inmate, his dark fate crushes all hope until he discovers the strange ability to wield his spilled blood as a weapon. Ganta learns his new skill might be related to the murderous man in red and uncovers disturbing secrets that could expose those who stole his freedom. He's determined to see justice served - but first he'll have to fight for his life in a prison that holds a million ways to die.
Absolutely messed up and soul crushing, this anime left me in fear and shambles when I met the infamous Johan Liebert. A true and disgusting mastermind, he plays with people easily and only does so to be the only one left in the end of the world. Dark and insanely smart, this show is filled to the brim with culture and well thought of characters and settings. I definitely recommend it if you want to have your mind blown, you know, as a figure of speech and all.
Another famous anime for its short stories of Japanese folklore and scary cultural phenomena, it is a spin-off from Ayakashi Samurai Horror Tales, telling its chronicles through 12 episodes. Highly addictive and fairly bizarre, it is another must watch for fans of the culture and of the horror.
The horror is bountiful in these anime and they treat you to quite a couple spectacles that are not easily forgotten. I wish you can all also appreciate the art styles and stories found in each one if you wish to see it and that you enjoy their passion just as much as I did.
Article by: Steven Gutiérrez
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