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The Top Ten Creepiest Anime

Top Ten Creepiest, Spookiest Anime

Alucard from Hellsing.
Alucard from Hellsing.

Japan has a rich history of ghost stories, complete with all different type 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 ten creepiest anime series, each of which deal 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 it's 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.

8. Hellsing

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 Takehashi. Takehashi is more known for her romantic comedies like Inu-Yasha, Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikoku, 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 premis may not sound scary, but it can get quite creepy at times and very violent.

6. 3x3 Eyes

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.

5. Shiki

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 increase people begin to suspect something else . . . something undead. Shiki is intense and has a creeping pace that may seem slow but intensifies in to a frenzy. Shiki has no shortage of creepiness.

4. Ghost Hunt

Ghost Hunt is an episodic series that about a group of people who hunt ghosts. The stories range from light-hearted to bittersweet to down-right scary. The Doll, Vampire, and God stories are especially freaky.

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 in 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 and all, though, it's a pretty creepy series. If you like violent anime, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is for you.

1. Mononoke

Ayakashi (Ghost) become Mononoke when they encounter human emotions. Most of 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 archs, each of which deal with Mononoke. Each arch 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 be watch on the Internet. It is also available on the collection Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales Volume 3, the Goblin Cat.

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nadjaiskeniskie 5 years ago

I completely agree with this list - as long as you flip the order. Hell Girl is the horror.


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JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

Congratulations on your lens being included on the "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night"

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wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

I like this. My favorite is the Higurashi series.


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HarrietC LM 4 years ago

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.


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Milkcananime 4 years ago from Singapore

I like this Anime lens. I voted Hell Girl.Tweeted it too! ^


anonymous 4 years ago

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"


anonymous 4 years ago

Ghost Hound is amazing. One of my all time favorite animes. (probably because I love psychology)


anonymous 4 years ago

I watched hell girl n hellsing it was all really good I plan on watching all the anime on the list. -_-


anonymous 3 years ago

Another is totally creepy


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Just wanted to write another ^^


Lucas 23 months ago

boogiepop phantom, lain and paranoia agent


anonymous 23 months ago

One that's pretty creepy is Another


Death 20 months ago

Don't forget another


xD 19 months ago

i think another and corpse party should be in the list


Bob 19 months ago

You used the abridged version on Hellsing for your article. Sorta doesn't fit with your article.


Datemochick 18 months ago

Corpse Party Tortured Souls was way scarier :) .....


Ashton Basco 18 months ago

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).


112 13 months ago

Corpse Party


Nana 13 months ago

Another was a good one it only has 12 episodes but it is creepy.


dat boi 4 months ago

yall need to watch pupa


Jade 8 weeks ago

wow this is some creepy anime

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