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.
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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Shaily Sharma on October 07, 2018:
Thnxs for the information I hope these anime could make crawl my hairs.
Random kid on March 27, 2018:
Thanks for the ideas I hope they to watch all or most of them .
Jonathan mason on February 17, 2017:
I am so glad you did not put Elfen lied on the list and yes I do love Elfen Lied but I never considered a horror I consider it a Sci-Fi Action anime series and I love that another was on the list and that Higurashi was on the list I personally think Higurashi should be on the top list but you know it's all good I did love Corpse Party I love just about every anime you had on here have a nice one good job good list
Milady González (author) on September 11, 2016:
Hey Oran! You are absolutely right deadman wonderland is more like a gore anime, however the gore in it is pretty horrifying nothing like watching someone lose an eye to get the adrenaline pumping. Hey Corbie, Hell girl is really thrilling, the thought of having so much power and the implications is crazy to process. The cliffhangers mid episode and the way the scenes are developed are absolutely nerve tingling.
Corbie on September 11, 2016:
I liked the first season of Hell Girl the best. Check out Ghost Hunt if you haven't.
oran on May 21, 2016:
cool list so gona watch all of it.
just wanna say that deadman wonderland is not so much of horror, more like your standert hunter-games-futher-dariry-anime. but still an awosome one very recomminded!
Milady González (author) on September 24, 2015:
I hope you like it too! There are various seasons so it's going to keep you entertained for a good amount of time.
David Trujillo Uribe from Medellin, Colombia on September 13, 2015:
I could give Higurashi a try
Milady González (author) on September 13, 2015:
Well it all depends David Trujillo. If you want gore and some good jump scares, Corpse Party is the way to go. If you want diverse stories and to feel scared and uneasy then I suggest Higurashi. I hope you enjoy whichever one you decide on!
David Trujillo Uribe from Medellin, Colombia on September 05, 2015:
I have never watched a terror anime before. Which is the best of all of the above?