As Halloween approaches, anime fans should tune in to these horror shows to get into the Halloween spirit.
With Halloween just around the corner, now is an excellent time for horror anime to emerge from the shadows. There is a horror anime for everyone, whether anime fans are ready to binge their favourite horror anime for the hundredth time or are timidly dipping their toe into the genre for the first time.
Horror anime has something for everyone, from demons and ghouls to dangerous killers roaming the night. These creepy anime will have something for everyone, whether fans want to watch a spooky anime as Halloween approaches or some anime to binge on the holiday night. This Halloween, we’ll be counting down the top 12 horror anime to watch!
Best Horror Anime
The “Medicine Seller” is a dangerous and mysterious occult master who travels to feudal Japan to slay “Mononoke,” malevolent spirits. To fight one of these spirits with the powerful Exorcism Sword, he must first learn its Form, Truth, and Reason. He must start his strange exorcisms with intense psychological analysis and meticulous investigation, which is a risky step because he must first confront and learn about the Mononoke before defeating it.
The journey of the Medicine Seller leads him to an old-fashioned inn where Shino, a pregnant woman, has finally found a place to rest. The owner has reluctantly assigned her to the last vacant room, but as she settles in, it becomes clear that the room is infested with the Zashiki Warashi, a deadly band of Mononoke. Before the Zashiki Warashi kills again, the Medicine Seller begins his investigation with hunter’s intuition in order to discover the Form, Truth, and Reason.
Sotoba is an idyllic and unassuming small town where everyone knows everyone. Megumi Shimizu, a young girl with high hopes, tragically dies unexpectedly from an unknown illness. As more unexplained deaths occur throughout the village during the hot summer months, the town’s doctor, Toshio Ozaki, suspects that something more sinister than a simple disease is at work.
To solve the dark mystery surrounding the deaths in Sotoba, Toshio teams up with Natsuno Yuuki, an aloof and apathetic adolescent, and Kaori and Akira Tanaka, two of Megumi’s friends. The investigation leads them to an eerie secret concerning the new family in the Kanemasa mansion as a result of their combined efforts.
10. Highschool of the Dead
The dead began to rise unexpectedly, and Japan was thrown into complete chaos. Takashi Kimuro is forced to kill his best friend after he becomes one of the walking dead and terrorises a high school. They narrowly avoid their school’s death trap, vowing to protect Rei Miyamoto, the girlfriend of the man he just executed, only to be met by a fallen society.
Takashi and Rei quickly band together with other students to find their family members and learn what caused this massive pandemic. Saeko Busujima, the lovely Kendo Club president, Kouta Hirano, an otaku with a gun fetish, Saya Takagi, the daughter of a powerful politician, and Shizuka Marikawa, their hot school nurse, join them. Will their combined strength be enough to defeat the undead apocalypse?
9. Angels of Death
Rachel Gardner wishes to die with lifeless and dead eyes. She awakens in a building’s basement, having no idea how or why she got there. She encounters Zack, a bandaged murderer attempting to flee. Rachel and Zack set out to climb the building floor by floor until they could escape, with Zack promising to kill her once he was free.
As they progress, they come across more twisted people, all of whom appear to know Rachel. What is her relationship to the structure, and why has she been assigned to it? Will Rachel and Zack be able to fulfil their wishes with a new boss on each floor?
8. Parasyte: The Maxim
They appeared out of nowhere: parasitic aliens who descended on Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into vulnerable targets’ brains. In order to feed on unsuspecting prey, these insatiable beings gain complete control of their host and can morph into a variety of forms.
Shinichi Izumi, a sixteen-year-old high school student, contracts one of these parasites, but instead of infecting his brain, it settles in his right hand. Migi, the parasite, is unable to relocate and must rely on Shinichi for survival. As a result, the pair is forced to coexist in an uneasy manner and must defend themselves against hostile parasites in the hope of eradicating this new threat to their species.
7. Hellsing Ultimate
Dark and evil creatures prowl the night, devouring any human who falls into their clutches. Hellsing, on the other hand, is an organisation dedicated to annihilating supernatural forces that threaten humanity’s very existence. Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a powerful military and spends her life fighting the undead, is at the helm.
Integra’s vast army, however, pales in comparison to her ultimate weapon: the vampire Alucard, who works as an exterminator against his own kind for Hellsing. Alucard must battle not only monsters but anyone who stands in Hellsing’s way, good or evil, with the help of his new vampire servant, Seras Victoria.
In a battle for humanity’s survival, Hellsing Ultimate demonstrates that appearances are not always what they seem and that the greatest weapon can sometimes take the form of one’s worst nightmare.
6. Devilman: Crybaby
Demons cannot manifest themselves without a living host. However, if a person has enough willpower, he or she can defeat the demon and claim its power, becoming a Devilman.
Akira Fudou has always been frail and low-key, with a bleeding heart. So when Ryou Asuka, Akira’s childhood friend, asks for his assistance in finding devils, he gladly accepts. Much to Akira’s surprise, the destination is the Sabbath: an immoral party of debauchery and degeneracy. Demons take possession of revellers in the midst of bloodshed and death, transforming them into grotesque monsters and wreaking havoc. Akira unwittingly merges with the devil Amon and becomes a Devilman, gaining the power to defeat the remaining demons in his reckless attempt to save his best friend.
Despite the fact that this new alliance gives him great power, it awakens an insatiable and primal part of Akira. Akira, who has the body of the devil but the heart of a baby, collaborates with Ryou to eliminate those who harm humanity and his loved ones.
5. From the New World
Saki Watanabe, 12, has recently discovered her psychic abilities in Kamisu 66 and is relieved to be reunited with her friends at Sage Academy, a special school for psychics, including the mischievous Satoru Asahina, the shy Mamoru Itou, the cheerful Maria Akizuki, and Shun Aonuma, a mysterious boy Saki admires. Unease looms, however, as Saki begins to wonder about the fate of those who are unable to awaken their powers, and the children become involved in shadowy matters such as the rumoured Tainted Cats, who are said to abduct children.
Saki and her friends in From the New World grow into their roles in the ostensibly utopian society. Accepting these roles, however, may be difficult when faced with society’s dark and shocking truths, as well as the impending chaos of the new world.
4. When They Cry
Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983 and quickly becomes inseparable friends with classmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. Darkness, however, lurks beneath their seemingly idyllic existence.
Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding the village’s annual festival as it prepares for its annual festival. To his horror, he discovers that several murders and disappearances in the village have occurred in recent years, all of which appear to be linked to the festival and the village’s patron god, Oyashiro. Keiichi confronts his new friends with these incidents, but they remain suspiciously silent and refuse to provide him with the answers he seeks. As strange occurrences continue, he begins to wonder what else his friends are keeping from him and whether he can trust them at all.
When insanity and paranoia take root in Keiichi’s heart, he will be drawn directly into the mysteries at work in the multi-arc story Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
3. Elfen Lied
Lucy is a “Diclonius” human, which means she was born with short horns and invisible telekinetic hands, making her a victim of the government’s inhumane scientific experiments. Lucy, corrupted by confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she flees her captors when the opportunity to flee presents itself.
During her breakout, she suffers a crippling head injury, leaving her with a split personality: a harmless child with limited speech capacity. She meets Kouta and his cousin Yuka in this state, two college students who unknowingly take in an injured fugitive, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will forever alter their lives, luring them into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy.
Transfer student Kouichi Sakakibara returns to Yomiyama North Junior High after missing the first month of school due to illness. He is strangely drawn to Mei Misaki, a reserved girl with an eyepatch he met in the hospital while he was away, who is one of his new classmates. None of his classmates, however, are aware of her existence; they caution him against becoming acquainted with things that do not exist. Despite his friends’ warnings, Kouichi befriends Mei, only to discover the sinister truth behind his friends’ fears.
The unsettling rumours centre on a former class 3-3 student. No one, however, will tell Kouichi the entire story of what occurred. Kouichi is intrigued by the curse that afflicts his class and sets out to learn more about it and how it relates to his new friend. As a series of tragedies unfold around them, Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates must solve the eerie mystery—but at a high cost.
1. Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo is being invaded by a sinister threat: flesh-eating “ghouls” who look and act exactly like humans. To avoid hearing about the escalating crisis, Ken Kaneki, a reserved college student, hides his face behind his books. When an attractive woman named Rize Kamishiro approaches him and asks him out on a date, his solitude is shattered.
Kaneki discovers while walking Rize home that she isn’t as sweet as she appears, and that she has duped him. After a tragic struggle, he awakens in a hospital to learn that his life was saved by transplanting the now-deceased Rize’s organs into his own body.
Kaneki’s body degrades, transforming him into a human-ghoul hybrid. Kaneki clings to his humanity as he embarks on a new terrifying journey in the bloody conflict between society’s new monsters and the government agents tasked with hunting them.
That concludes the list; let us know in the comments what horror anime scared the hell out of you!