Best Horror Anime

best horror anime

Horror is kind of a specific genre, if we compare horror movies to the drawn animation it just fall off at the start because artists are not able to scare us just as the movie scenes does. First of all, we think that anime series doesn’t slowly build the thrill of terror just to release the tension in form of “jump scare”, in anime this kind of scenes can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Therefore anime seems to be more about gore and the nasty scenes that are limited only by the imagination of the creator. In this best horror anime list, we will try to compile the greatest productions that could scare you off!

Since anime can spread their wings in the gore subject, sometimes they really don’t hold themselves back. A Good example of that can be the scene from anime called „Another” where one character accidentally fell off from the stairs and finished with head pierced through an eye by the umbrella, just like it would be a wooden pal, this is rather hardcore sight, isn’t it? Sadly there are not that many titles not restricted by “PEG 13,” so we are not able to watch that many thrilling and disgusting titles with such events. We have enlisted a couple of anime with such thrilling scenes, but don’t be worried we will not spoil anything more, you’ll have to just see it by yourself and we just wanted to point out the main difference between movies and anime, at least according to us.

Top Anime that can give you the chills

Series in this set are not made in any particular order. You will be able to find some anime from our other lists but it’s made intentionally because we think some of them will be well received not just by one or two genre lovers. During the selection phase for our set, we thought about people with faint heart. We have picked up a couple of anime with a thrilling story rather than just bloodshed, but we are sure they still count as a horror series. Well animated horrors are not produced very often so we stick with the titles that are worth checking out, but if you know any good series please let us know in the comment section We are very interested in your opinion!

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    Shiki

    Shiki

    Small town with barely one thousand citizens is having series of deaths from the unknown cause. With more casualties having same symptoms a local doctor is coming to a conclusion that it is the epidemic of a unknown disease. All these strange things takes place in the same time as new family has moved into the castle placed on the highest point in the City. It is anime with well written main plot where characters have to make immoral decisions for greater good. Definitely worth mentioning is a beautiful soundtrack, greatly fitting into the mood. The careless drawing style and slow pace, in the beginning might not encourage you to watch this series, but don’t be fooled because the story we get is definitely worth going through.
    Episodes: 22
    Type: tv
    Duration: 22 min.
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    Berserk

    Berserk

    Dark fantasy anime which is fitting extremely well into the genre. The main plot is about mercenaries named Band of the Hawk, their leader Griffith is amazing tactician with great ambitions and he is the main reason of getting his associates into big battles. Action take place in Middle Ages and is mostly about great intrigues, battles, crimes and human dark nature, so this is must watch position if you are a fan of the genre. Nice and careful drawing style coming along with bloody animation, where we can see heads and limbs cut off to make the combat scenes look good even as for such old title.
    Episodes: 25
    Type:
    Duration: 25 min.
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    Parasyte

    A story-line filled up with horror, good action and greatly fitting in Sci-Fi vibes. Earth has been threatened with a new danger, extremely intelligent and quickly adapting parasites. Their primary mission was to take over the humans brains, what resulted in turning the human into carnivorous monsters. Main character Shinichi, has luckily avoided infection thanks to his headphones in which he was sleeping. The parasite only chance to survive was to adapt to boy’s right hand, which has resulted in naming him "Migi" (Japanese; right). The adaptation of manga in a clever way to ask the audience questions that makes us afterthought yet doesn’t impose any opinion, about what is a good and bad choice. Greatly created characters, besides 1 or 2 exceptions, changing in not predictable ways, will make you want to watch this anime again.
    Episodes: 24
    Type: tv
    Duration: 23 min.
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    Another

    Another

    It is production we are encouraged to solve the secrets before anime characters can figure them out. There is a class in which student has died, but for some reason, other students and teachers agreed to pretend like the dead classmate was still alive to the end of school year, because some of them felt like he is still present with them. 26 years later after this scene in the right track of story-line main character, Kouichi Sakakibara goes to the hospital instead of going to school on the first day of it because of an accident. He met there a strange girl during his night walk and apparently she could be seen only by him, all other students, teachers and even strangers acted like she would not exist. Kouchi is a curious protagonist, because of that he wants to find out why is it like that, but what he finds is beyond his expectations.
    Episodes: 12
    Type: tv
    Duration: 24 min.
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    Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

    Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

    The very romantic story with a bit thrill into it about a young student who fell in love with a ghost girl, who was a student from the same school but she died several dozen years ago. Kanoe Yuuko is our main character, she barely resembles anything from her past and actually how she died. With the first view the Yuuko looks like perfect girlfriend material, but when the story-line moves on we are able to see her different side. We don't have many characters in this series but they are well written, and small amount of roles works actually very nicely for the anime mood.
    Episodes: 12
    Type: tv
    Duration: 23 min.
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    Japanese Ghost Stories

    Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

    Yamashibai is a series of ghost stories based on Japanese folklore and urban legends. The terrifying myths are shown as a set of images with narration, instead of normal animations. This works very well for the vibe and the arts itself are nicely drawn. Some of these legends are really good and and they could be very frightening. This is only our opinion so it depends on the viewer. The extremely good thing about this show is the duration of episodes, which is only 4 minutes and it allow us to go easily through all of them within barely 2 hours.
    Episodes: 13
    Type:
    Duration: 4min.
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    Corpse Party

    Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

    Ova series based on the Japanese horror game. Four episodes, 30 minutes each one and all of them are fulfilled with a macabre, gore and bloodshed. The view of bodies and limbs cut in a half is a constant thing for this series so if you like this kind of vibe you will feel like in home. The main plot starts right after some school event, students stayed until the night to farewell one of them. They prepared some sort of occultist ritual for this occasion, so it would keep them as friends forever even if they disband in time. Right after the ritual, the earthquake takes place and it is making a hole in the floor. The students had no chance of escaping and they fall into this pit yet they didn’t realize that they fell into the hell.
    Episodes: 4
    Type: ova
    Duration: 29nin.
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    When They Cry Kai

    When They Cry: Kai

    This is the second season of anime filled with series of tragic and mystery events, where main characters are struggling through many conflicts to reach the answers. This season actually serves us answers for most of the questions instead of just pulling another mystery. Answers we got in the first season puzzles are equally interesting. Producers give us more time to see the back story of main characters that were shown from their twisted and sadistic side however, it doesn’t mean that they will change immediately. Those two seasons should work definitely as one part and you just have to watch both of them to understand it completely.
    Episodes: 26
    Type: tv
    Duration: 24 min.
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    Elfen Lied

    This anime shows a very cruel world (such ours) with no cover, so this positions might be not good for fainthearted people. Main plot tells us the dramatic story of the first people from the new race that is used as the experimental rabbits. The World in this series seems to be out of love, kids of new race embittered by their anger and hatred are killing whoever they can in return for the harm they received. The story tells also how one innocent lie could break down a life of a lot of people, and how all the hatred can be stopped by only a few simple words. In 13 episodes, authors somehow managed to show us a couple of interesting stories of few peripheral characters, which is a quite hard to achieve in such short series like this.
    Episodes: 13
    Type: tv
    Duration: 25 min.
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    AJIN

    AJIN is an anime about new kind of humans named like the anime title. They have the power to regenerate after death, so they are basically immortal. Governments want to exploit their abilities by doing horrible experiments on them. Nagai Kei who is the main character is also Ajin and he's trying to live a peaceful life, as you probably guess it would be pretty hard for him to stay unnoticed.
    Episodes: 13
    Type: tv
    Duration: 24min