Halloween may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good horror anime! The following shows truly emit spooky season 24/7/365 and are a must watch for the remainder of 2020.
5. Devilman: Crybaby
Devilman: Crybaby is the more explicit cousin to its predecessor, Devilman. Animated by Science SARU, who’s known for Ping Pong: The Animation, the story feels like one long acid trip. Masaaki Yuasa is known for his loose animation style, which gives more life to each of the characters since they’re not completely bound by rigid artistic expectations.
Akira Fudo, the protagonist, reunites with his childhood friend, Ryou Asuka, who asks for his help in uncovering the existence of devils. The two attend a gathering called The Sabbath, where the participants’ bodies transform into that of devils. In an attempt to save his friend, Akira merges with the devil Amon and turns into a Devilman. Using his newfound power, Akira works with Ryou to hunt down and destroy the devils that threaten humanity.
Devilman: Crybaby is known for taking its viewers on a wild ride. It’s unique soundtrack, captivating visuals, and explicit scenes make for one amazingly told story. Just a warning though, the show does not care to censor gore and nudity.
Make sure to watch Devilman: Crybaby alone or with trusted friends and watch all the episodes in one sitting. It’ll be worth your time.
Next is Mononoke, which is one of the lesser-known titles on this list. The anime follows the Medicine Seller as he visits a variety of places to exorcise monsters. He wields a powerful blade that can be used to slay these monsters. However, he must know the shape, truth, and reason of the monster before using it. Each arc delves into the relationships and backstories of the characters, no matter how disturbing they may be.
Mononoke is unique for its painting-like art style since the texture of the entire screen resembles paper. The lack of shading also makes the show resemble a paper-theatre. There are also beautiful paintings in the backgrounds of each scene, which serve as a hint to what will happen during its respective arc.
While there are no jump scares and censored gore in Mononoke, it is still a must watch horror anime because of its shock factor. Each arc spans around 2-3 episodes and each episode serves as a slow build up to the finale. There are also a bunch of hints dropped throughout the episode, so it may be fun to watch for those who like to solve mysteries.
3. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
If you think that Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a harem show, you’re very wrong. The show, which was originally adapted from the popular visual novel game bearing the same name, follows Keiichi Maebara, who recently moved to the small town of Hinamizawa. He quickly becomes friends with Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, each of these girls holds a dark secret.
Before watching Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, you should know the show consists of a series of disjointed arcs. However, these arcs are essential to solving the mystery of Hinamizawa. It’s up to the viewer to come up with their own solution, as the show doesn’t hold their hand and guide them to the right answer.
The show was so successful and beloved by fans, that Passione is currently airing a re-adaptation of the original anime, titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou.
Another blends mystery and horror into one masterpiece of a show. The story follows Sakakibara Kouichi, a 15-year old high school student, and his entrance into the mysterious Class 3-3 of Yomiyama North. Kouichi meets a girl named Misaki Mei, who bears an eyepatch, and begins to grow close to her. As a result, gruesome events unfold.
P.A Works, who’s known for Angel Beats! and Charlotte, bring a truly gripping horror mystery. Each episode leaves the viewer on a major cliffhanger, edging them to continue to watch the series. The storyline isn’t rushed and events unfold one by one at a decent pace as well. So, it doesn’t feel like the horror is forced onto the viewer.
The show isn’t shy about showing gruesome and bloody scenes. Make sure you’re able to stomach blood and dead bodies before trying to watch Another.
1. Elfen Lied
Despite being released in 2004, Elfen Lied is still regarded as one of the top horror anime to this day. The story follows Lucy, a girl with telekinetic abilities, as she escapes her captivity from the government. However, she receives a head injury during her escape that causes her to have two personalities, with the new one posing as a harmless child. She is taken in by Kouta and Yuka, who are unknowingly thrown into the Lucy’s underworld.
The first 10 minutes of the first episode are regarded as the most horrific moments of the anime due to the intense amount of gore, violence, and nudity. However, if you can stand the first 10 minutes, you can survive the rest of the show.
The show has a well-written and extremely engaging plot, which is why it has stood the test of time and is considered one of the masterpieces of the early 2000s.
Gabriella is a 21-year-old writer and artist from Texas and currently goes to university in New York. Her favorite anime shows include Mob Psycho 100, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, and Kill la Kill. In her free time, Gabriella likes to watch anime, read manga, and play the newest games on her Nintendo Switch.
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