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Top 10 Creepiest, Spookiest Anime
Japan has a rich history of ghost stories, complete with all different types of ghosts, demons, and ghouls. This rich tradition has been a source of inspiration in anime.
Most of Japan's creepy anime deal with supernatural entities—either a single ghostly presence or several at once. This article describes the 10 creepiest anime series, each of which deals with the supernatural. They are not only gory but have spooky atmospheres and moods.
They're the kind of anime you want to watch around Halloween to give yourself and your friends a scare.
10. Hell Girl
Hell Girl is about ordinary people taking revenge against those who have tormented them. Enter Ai Enma, the Hell Girl. Ai is an eternally young girl without facial expressions. When a person desires revenge they contact her and she gives that person a straw doll. Those who wish to get revenge on someone must pull the string from around the doll's neck. In doing so, they agree that when they die their soul will go to hell, but while they are still alive they will be free of their tormenter.
Ai and her associates torment the tormentors with surreal, nightmarish visions before killing them with a flowery burst and sending them to hell.
Hell Girl has its crazy moments. The truly scary part of Hell Girl is that ordinary people can send people to hell. Sometimes they deserve it, but sometimes they do not.
9. Ghost Hound
Ghost Hound is about three troubled teens coming to terms with the trauma in their past. The series is creepy and atmospheric with slow pacing and an eerie quietness before it gets intense.
Hellsing is a stylish and popular series about a special organization that protects against the undead. It's fun horror-action with a lot of creepiness, but at its core Hellsing is an action series. It's great anime to watch in a dark room in late October when everyone else has gone to sleep.
7. Mermaid Forest
Mermaid Forest is by the master Mangaka Rumiko Takahashi. Takahashi is more known for her romantic comedies like InuYasha, Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, and Urusei Yatsura.
Mermaid Forest tells the tale of humans who became immortal by eating mermaid flesh. Mermaid flesh is a poison that can either turn humans immortal or into monsters. The two immortals in this story are Yuta and Mana and they want to become mortal again. To do so they must find Mermaid flesh again. The premise may not sound scary, but it can get quite creepy at times and very violent.
6. 3x3 Eyes
The anime 3x3 Eyes is about Pai, the last member of the Immortal Sanjiyan Unkara. Pai desires to be human, so she searches for the Statue of Humanity. At her side is Wu, her Immortal companion, whose soul she absorbed.
The series has tons of creepy and violent demons, but they are balanced by Pai's lovable and child-like personality.
Shiki is set in a small, rural town in Japan just after a number of mysterious deaths. The town's doctor and monk investigate and think it's an epidemic but as the number of deaths increases, people begin to suspect something else . . . something undead. Shiki is intense and has a creeping pace that may seem slow but intensifies into a frenzy. Shiki has no shortage of creepiness.
4. Ghost Hunt
Ghost Hunt is an episodic series about a group of people who hunt ghosts. The stories range from light-hearted to bittersweet to downright scary. The Doll, Vampire, and God stories are especially freaky.
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3. Vampire Princess Miyu
Vampire Princess Miyu has both an OVA (original video animation) and a TV series, but the OVA is a lot creepier and more atmospheric. It's a visually beautiful series even though it is older and some scenes are disturbing (the episode with the dolls is particularly scary). There is something about an expressionless, eternally young girl that is just creepy.
2. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
When most anime fans think of creepy anime, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni comes to mind. This anime features a lot of disturbing images and violence. The story is told in arcs in which characters die over and over in different ways. The first episode of each arch is pretty tame and light-hearted and the second season is full of "friendship speeches." All in all, though, it's a pretty creepy series. If you like violent anime, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is for you.
Ayakashi (Ghost) become Mononoke when they encounter human emotions. Most of the time, these emotions are negative and full of regret. The Mononoke must not be allowed to dwell in the mortal plane because they turn negative emotions into violence. Enter an ordinary yet enigmatic Medicine Seller (Kusuriuri) whose sole mission is to cleanse the world of the Mononoke
Mononoke is a series of five story arcs, each of which deals with Mononoke. Each arc features a different type of Mononoke from Japanese ghost legends: child ghosts who want to be born, a sea full of ghosts ready to swallow people, and a vengeful cat ghost (bakeneko).
The series features beautiful art and animation. The style is pretty consistent from episode to episode. There is an overall creepy tone coupled with very disturbing images. This combination makes Mononoke the creepiest anime to watch.
Sadly, Mononoke is not available outside of Japan. There are fan-subs out there so you can watch them on the Internet. It is also available in the collection Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales Volume 3, the Goblin Cat.
Your Comments are Welcome!
DB153 on February 23, 2018:
None of these are creepy...
Midori (Chika Gentu Gekiga: Shoujo Tsubaki) is probably the creepiest anime that I can think of right now.
lala on March 06, 2017:
There is a adult horror anime witch is elfen lied its so good not scary but gory
Jade on October 13, 2016:
wow this is some creepy anime
dat boi on August 02, 2016:
yall need to watch pupa
Nana on November 06, 2015:
Another was a good one it only has 12 episodes but it is creepy.
112 on October 31, 2015:
Ashton Basco on May 24, 2015:
In my opinion, any one of the Corpse party series should be on here because holy mavis it was scary as gehenna! And that's saying something, because its pretty hard to scare me and corpse party did a too good of a job doing that! (Scaring me, that is).
Datemochick on May 24, 2015:
Corpse Party Tortured Souls was way scarier :) .....
Bob on May 07, 2015:
You used the abridged version on Hellsing for your article. Sorta doesn't fit with your article.
xD on April 21, 2015:
i think another and corpse party should be in the list
Death on April 02, 2015:
Don't forget another
anonymous on January 18, 2015:
One that's pretty creepy is Another
Lucas on January 10, 2015:
boogiepop phantom, lain and paranoia agent
anonymous on August 04, 2013:
@anonymous: Just wanted to write another ^^
anonymous on June 08, 2013:
Another is totally creepy
anonymous on October 18, 2012:
I watched hell girl n hellsing it was all really good I plan on watching all the anime on the list. -_-
anonymous on June 20, 2012:
Ghost Hound is amazing. One of my all time favorite animes. (probably because I love psychology)
anonymous on May 16, 2012:
My fav crepy anime was not on here it is called "Umineko no naku koro ni" it is made by the creaters of "Higurashi no Naku koro ni". You can find it on youtube.com in my opion i think it was even creepier than "Higurashi no naku koro ni"
Max Wong from Singapore on May 08, 2012:
I like this Anime lens. I voted Hell Girl.Tweeted it too! ^
HarrietC LM on March 29, 2012:
hmmm, I'm only familiar with Hell Girl and ghost Hunt. I think I'll check out the others on your list. Great lens, thanks.
wilfredpadilla on October 18, 2011:
I like this. My favorite is the Higurashi series.
JoyfulReviewer on October 15, 2011:
Congratulations on your lens being included on the "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night"
nadjaiskeniskie on October 09, 2011:
I completely agree with this list - as long as you flip the order. Hell Girl is the horror.