Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
Are you a pushover when it comes to suspense/thriller anime shows? If you are, then this is your lucky day. You have no idea what’s coming for you!
This collection ranks the best suspense/thriller anime. Perhaps you’ve watched some of these shows already. Or perhaps you haven’t caught on some of them yet. Either way, I assure you that you’ll get the adrenaline rush you need.
Essentially, all the shows listed here can be enjoyed regardless of whether you have watched them already or not. They all overflow with thrill and suspense. As you are right now, nothing will be able to stop you. Knock yourself out and appease your hunger for exhilaration!
What Are the Best Suspense/Thriller Anime Series?
- Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
- Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
- Death Note
- Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Starting Life in Another World from Zero)
- Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland)
- Death Parade
- Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East)
10. Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East)
To this day, it still baffles me that there exists an anime that never quite reached its much-deserved peak of popularity, despite having proved itself as a magnificent masterpiece. Well, Higashi no Eden is its name, and it’s the unsung hero of this peculiar cluster of suspense/thriller anime!
Higashi no Eden is like a long-forgotten treasure chest from an antiquated time. There’s an outlandish air of mystery surrounding it. Just thinking about opening it is intrinsically a thrilling experience. What more if you actually open it?
There’s something about Higashi no Eden that’s truly unique and impressive. The pacing, the narration, the theatrics, and the character development—everything seems different! Nevertheless, this show somehow follows through flawlessly with its delivery of interest. While it’s true that this show is quintessentially an ephemeral experience, it offers the kind of experience that remains in the heart forever.
9. Death Parade
I admire Death Parade. You should too. Why? Because in terms of suspense, it succeeds in pulling the right strings. This series actually carries out the obvious!
We all know it, but we still try to keep our gaze away from it. Hey, it’s death that I’m talking about! No one knows exactly what happens after death. Thus, it’s the greatest suspense of all! And death is exactly what Death Parade uses as a tool to build a narrative that is profusely heavy on thrill and dread.
Death Parade looks aesthetically-pleasing with all its darkness and dreariness. While its narrative is mostly episodic, each episode is cluttered with an abundance of heart-tugging and soul-chilling moments. You can really feel the emotions and the feelings of the characters.
Oh, I wish Death Parade had more episodes. I just can’t get enough of it. There’s a big chance you’ll feel the same after you’re done with it yourself.
Do you know those shows that appear unimpressive on the surface, but are actually mind-blowing once you venture deeper? Well, Steins;Gate is one of them!
A foreword if I may: “Please forgive this show’s uninteresting initial premise.” Steins;Gate kicks off with a slow burn. Yet slowly but surely, it picks up its own pace.
I can’t deny how dull Steins;Gate looks like because of its lackluster appearance. But believe me when I say that it totally sells on plot and character development. I cherish the moment when I realized how fascinating this show actually is. It really surprised me that at some point, this show pulled me in like it was some sort of black hole. I wasn’t able to escape. Well, it’s not like I wanted to. But, the more I investigated it and invested my time on it, the more I got hooked.
Steins;Gate is indeed a curious and galvanizing work of art. Time is of essence, so go watch it now!
7. Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland)
Look what we have here. It’s an innocent-looking anime with a cast comprising of happy orphaned children and a motherly caretaker. The future looks bright, so what’s there to worry about?
Well, since this anime is listed 7th on this list, then you should know by now what’s coming for you!
Yakusoku no Neverland is a pleasant surprise! Wait, should I say shocking instead of pleasant? Anyway, this show is not really hiding its murkiness. Beneath its immaculate facade lies a wretched scourge.
I don’t want to spoil anything now, you only have to watch the first episode. You see, from the very first episode of Yakusoku no Neverland, the suspense just keeps building up. The whole show’s basically made of cliffhangers, which always succeed in prodding the heart to pound alarmingly.
Yakusoku no Neverland is akin to a horrific game of tag, but with actual wits involved. If you want to participate in this horrid game and experience the tension yourself, then it would in your best interest to watch this show next.
I have a feeling that Kakagerui isn’t enjoying the fame that it rightly deserves. I think it’s overwhelmingly underrated! Come on, it’s one of the most thrilling anime out there. After all, its subject matter is "gambling!"
Just like actual gambling, Kakegurui is extremely galvanic. Either you win some, or you lose some. But, you get to fight another day. Not unless you put your life on the line, of course. There’s no such thing as black and white in this anime. Everything is just gray. The world is cruel and unfair. You have to hustle to grasp certain victory.
Besides the gambling theme, what I really like about Kakegurui is its depiction of character expressions. The various insane expressions in this show tie really well with the thrilling theme of gambling. The pleasure, the despair, the sensation—it's obvious that this show is all-in when it comes to thrill!
5. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Starting Life in Another World from Zero)
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is a blessing in disguise. At first, I thought it was just another isekai anime. As we all know, many isekai anime nowadays are poor in quality and riddled with overused tropes and cliches. But, this one’s different! The more I watched this show, the more I was thrown into pandemonium—in a splendid and gratifying way, that is!
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is a show where luck and misfortune are intertwined. It makes you feel hope, despair, elation, melancholy, pleasure, and pain. For all it’s worth, I can totally relate to its main character, Subaru. He possesses some kind of invincible power, yet he’s actually powerless most of the time. It takes courage and guts to change the future. Even so, it's unfortunate that some things can never be changed.
Watch Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu if you want to take a peek at what’s coming, but at the same time not really know what’s going to happen. I might sound confusing, but this is exactly the kind of thrill that this anime offers.
4. Death Note
The lucidity of Death Note being on the 4th spot of this list is as clear as daylight. It’s well-deserving of the glory! I bet you’ve already watched this series or at least heard of it. After all, it’s enormously popular for enacting one of the most unforgettable clashes of minds and convictions in the history of anime.
Death Note is as compelling as it is controversial. It is as philosophical as it is judicious. It is as engaging as it is sensational. These are the reasons why this series is infamous and well-renowned. Its brilliant portrayal of characters, its realism and practicality, its riveting phasing and directing—everything synchronizes perfectly, yielding a show like no other!
Get ready to experience a bumpy ride! Death Note won’t be over until it says so. Even after it astounds you with its insane performance, it will stick to your memory for a very long time.
Sure, Monster may be an old anime, but please don’t make the same mistake as I did. In the years gone by, I shrugged this anime off simply because it looks dated and unappealing. But when I actually started to watch it, boy was I dumbfounded!
Monster is unquestionably one of the best psychological suspense-thriller anime out there! I am now actually obsessed with this show. Not only is there a flawless connection and transition between each and every one of its episodes, this show offers confounding mental stimulation and exaltation. Undeniably, this show is a product of ingenuity and sagacity.
Monster explores the human psyche. It tackles the dichotomy of good and evil. It hurls questions about the nuances of life, as well as its meaning. Although this show plays slow, every materialization from it weighs heavily on the conscience.
By the end of it all, you’ll be there—present—contemplating the whole experience. You’ll feel empty yet full at the same time. Then, you just find yourself muttering: “ah, what a brilliant show” as you carry on with your own life.
2. Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
If I was given the opportunity to use “revival” to go back in time, I would watch Boku dake ga Inai Machi all over again. Oh wait, that makes no sense at all. I could just re-watch this show if I wanted to, right? Silly me!
So, why would I want to watch Boku dake ga Inai Machi all over again? Well, that’s because it’s an exemplary work of art! This anime is a train-wreck of emotions and feelings. It touches not just the heart, but also the mind and soul.
Something about Boku dake ga Inai Machi resonates with me. It makes me feel like I’m actually part of its story. I remember feeling frantically restless whenever I finished an episode of this anime back then. I craved for more. I wanted to learn what would happen next. The suspense was making me lose my mind!
I recommend Boku dake ga Inai Machi to you with my whole heart. If you don’t want to regret anything in your life, then adding this brilliant show to your watch-list is a must!
1. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
After the dramatic culling of the unworthy in this mad survival game, a victor has emerged! The most thrilling and suspenseful anime of them all is none other than—Mirai Nikki!
The god of space and time, Deus Ex Machina, has decided; so who are you to raise a contention?
Eye-popping visuals, gripping harmonics, an engrossing plot, intriguing characters, and a brilliant delivery—these are just some of the cut-throat facets of Mirai Nikki.
When I first watched this exhilarating series, I was literally and figuratively on the edge of my seat. Every climatic scene in Mirai Nikki is brimming with curiosity and suspense! It has plenty of mind-blowing action to pass around. How should I put it; this series connected with me on a spiritual level.
There is no hope of rest when watching Mirai Nikki. It will force you to see everything through until the end. There’s no helping it; this show is, after all, the best suspense/thriller anime on this list.
dianayourmom on July 14, 2020:
i personally think kakegerui is the best thriller anime of all time next is the promised neverland and last but not least death note