The Five Best Horror Anime of 2017

Updated on February 2, 2018
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Was there finally a redemption in 2017 for the horror genre in anime?

Lamentably, no.

By now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that horror anime are indeed quite rare and very few. It is a sad fact, but the world must continue spinning. Even though the genre in question is always riddled with mediocre titles, some new creations still manage to trickle in. For 2017, only five shows have made it to the roster!

Whether you like it or not, you won’t be able to stop me from jotting all five horror anime shows from 2017 in this list. Though none of them may reasonably interest you even leave a lasting mark, I did my best in scouring them and compiling them all here. For better or for worse, here are the five best horror anime of 2017!

The 5 Best Horror Anime of 2017
1. Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi (Hell Girl: Fourth Twilight)
2. Ousama Game (King’s Game)
3. Sekai no Yami Zukan
4. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) - Season 2
5. Yami Shibai 5
Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi (Hell Girl: Fourth Twilight)
Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi (Hell Girl: Fourth Twilight) | Source

1. Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi (Hell Girl: Fourth Twilight)

Imagine having the power to send a single person to hell.

Would you use such power?

What if I tell you that this fearsome power is a double-edged sword that will send you to hell as well after you die?

Would you still dare use it?

In Jigoku Shoujo, sending people to hell is the fiendish service that Ai Enma—the Hell Girl—offers in her eerie Hell Correspondence website. As Ai Enma dutifully believes, hell shall wash all the grudges away!

Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi isn’t exactly the kind of anime that is capable of scaring you out of your wits. Its concept can physically frighten you to some extent, but what it is actually good at is flinging psychological afflictions around, forcibly making you contemplate the meanings of life and death, good and evil, and morality in its entirety. This show scares at a subconscious level. Rather than focusing on generic jump-scares, it focuses on soul-chilling attacks to the mortal body.

If you’ve been following Jigoku Shoujo since 2005, then you’d know that it is episodic in nature and it inarticulately follows a central plot. With respect to that, Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi is no different! It features 12 episodes with 6 of them further building the main story and the other 6 serving as rehashes. Only a few would enthusiastically recommend this anime, but I am quite certain that the reason for that is because it gets draggily episodic at times. Some episodes are good, some episodes are bad. In all seriousness, Jigoku Shoujo won’t be able to satisfy your thirst for horror, but it sure is capable of making you realize the terrors of our fickle existence.

Ousama Game (King’s Game)
Ousama Game (King’s Game) | Source

2. Ousama Game (King’s Game)

Pardon me for this inclusion despite the fact that Ousama Game has a dirt-low reputation as an anime. But as a member of the horror genre, I say that it should be given a chance. It may not be recommendable, but I commend it for being one of the worst anime of 2017. Given the fact that there’s not much horror anime to include here on this list, Ousama Game will have do.

Ousama Game follows the unfortunate story of a whole class of students getting caught in a dreadful game with their very lives at stake. The moment they all received an email from the mysterious “King” entity, their fates were sealed. Obey what the king tells them to do and they get to claim an extended lease on their lives. Disobey the king’s orders and their lives are forfeited.

Plot-wise, I think Ousama Game deserves some credit. It had the chance of developing and staging its own story well. Unfortunately, it failed and left everything in an incoherent and illogical disarray. I cannot bash this show any more than I already am doing. This says a lot about how horrible it is! Still, I can’t gloss over the fact that it being bad may be what’s truly horrific about it. Ousama Game being unreasonably distasteful may just be the reason why I consider it one of the best horror anime of 2017. If you come through some spare time to watch it, then I’m definitely sure you’ll cringe for all it’s worth!

Sekai no Yami Zukan
Sekai no Yami Zukan | Source

3. Sekai no Yami Zukan

Have you ever spent time with your friends during the dead of the night only to find yourself scared silly by the random ghost stories they tell you? If you ever experienced this in your life, then hold tightly on that memory because you’re about to experience more with Sekai no Yami Zukan.

Sekai no Yami Zukan is made up of several random horror stories. Though most of them are bizarre, all of them are short and guaranteed to remain in your memory for just a short moment. There’s really nothing to write home about Sekai no Yami Zukan. However, the creepy vibes you can get from it are truly reminiscent of night-time horror storytelling with friends, as well as fright mediums that were made popular decades ago.

I’m not forcing you to watch this, but if you’re looking forward to killing some time with some creepy comic-like visuals and shuddery tales, then you might just derive some pleasure from this anime.

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) | Source

4. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) - Season 2

While Shingeki no Kyojin is not, in any way, a bonafide member of the horror department, we could all agree that its realism is much more horrifying than most fear-inducing anime. As there is a clear-cut scarcity of titles in the genre in question, I think it’s pretty reasonable to consider adding this behemoth of a title here.

As many would have known, the much-anticipated second season of Shingeki no Kyojin came out in 2017. Predictably, it managed to live up to its ginormous hype. It was terrifying enough to keep everyone suspended in motion, hoping that the thrill would last forever. Unfortunately, everything good must come to an end.

Shingeki no Kyojin once again left everyone with an unsatiable hunger for more of it. With all the action, thrill, frightful scenes, and whatnot concentrated in a colossal form, I would be surprise if you haven’t turned into a titan yourself. And the kind of titan that I am speaking of here is the one that craves for more episodes of Shingeki no Kyojin!

Yami Shibai 5
Yami Shibai 5 | Source

5.Yami Shibai 5

Yami Shibai is back for its fifth season!

Did you hear what I just said?

FIFTH SEASON!

It’s really surprising to see a simple horror anime like Yami Shibai managing to survive on its own, season after season. For those who don’t know, Yami Shibai is an episodic storytelling of creepy, supernatural stuff born from nightmares. The stories narrated are mostly urban legends, many of which, spread terror and dread every time they are heard. For some reason, once you hear any one of the stories presented, you somehow feel like there’s a high chance that the stories will actually materialize in real life. For this anime, that’s good news because it means that it is effectively casting on the scares.

Each episode of Yami Shibai is short. They’re the kind of stories you hear out of nowhere, and then begins to haunt you for days. Although the paranoia Yami Shibai induces isn’t real, there’s just no escaping the fact that it can devour you entirely with each story’s unsettling atmosphere. After all, what’s most important for a horror anime is its ability to showcase its intense fear factor. That being said, I am urging you to watch this show alone in the dark to get the most fright out of it.

Which of the titles listed is your favorite 2017 horror anime?

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        Alexis 

        10 months ago

        I loved Attack on Titan 2 season 1 but I hated the cliffhanger. Still need to watch season 2!

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