Top 10 Darkest Anime

I've not watched many animes but I HAVE watched some animes which define the dark. Here's the list of animes which define the word 'Dark' itself. You can say they are manifestation of darkness themselves.

The Top Ten

1 Another Another Another is an anime based upon the Novel and Manga of the same name by Yukito Ayatsuji. There also exists a live action movie based on the novel.

Sad atmosphere, dead feelings & immense mid-scene horror images and cool sound FX... This is the darkest anime I've ever watched in my whole life and I can bet there isn't any more darker anime than this one. - dhruvchauhan1333

I Love this story how many times I repeat it

2 Mirai Nikki Mirai Nikki Future Diary is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. It depicts a battle royale in which each combatant has a diary with entries from the future.

Ah... This pick is a perfect mixture of dark within action. It's a must-see. It defines two-sided personality of a girl & consists truly sad fates of the heroes. - dhruvchauhan1333

I saw the first six episodes of this anime, and I gotta say. I never thought they would be able to make texts seem scaring.

Definitely one of the darkest shows out there. - Elric-san

Wow, This is the first anime I ever watched.

3 Attack on Titan Attack on Titan Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, more.

Not much to say about this one. Just... Watch it! - dhruvchauhan1333

I was literallyl

4 Ergo Proxy Ergo Proxy Ergo Proxy is a science fiction suspense anime television series, produced by Manglobe, directed by Shukō Murase and written by Dai Satō.
5 Death Note Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

This show is emo, not 'dark'. Plus it's really, REALLY bad. - Brobusky

Yeah, death note fans, I know it deserves a higher place but this list is made for 'Dark' O.O anime. No doubt, this epic anime is dark but the formers are more. This is a must-see foo. - dhruvchauhan1333

6 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied

"An amazing show, dark, gory and sad, this show doesn't leave out or hide from the dark"

7 Berserk Berserk Berserk, also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1997 to 1998. An adaptation of the manga Berserk, it comprises 25 half-hour episodes produced by Oriental Light and Magic and first aired on Nippon TV.

This is by far the darkest series I've ever seen

Why is this not higher, its very dark.

Berserk deserves so much higher

Dude this show(season 1) will knock you on your ass!

8 Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki
9 Serial Experiments Lain Serial Experiments Lain Serial Experiments Lain is an avant-garde anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design by Yoshitoshi ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda for Triangle Staff. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to September 1998. The series is influenced by more.
10 Corpse Party

! Even the name gives it away. This series is wonderfully dark and twisted. It deserves to be much higher on the list, in my opinion.

Why isn't this higher?!

The Contenders

11 Texhnolyze
12 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.
13 Higurashi When They Cry

AHHH BESIDES GORE AND ALL, THIS IS SUCH A DARK ANIME! The plot twists and yanderes and paranoia in this anime make it the darkest of all time, for sure!

This is a sad anime �" My favorite was mion

14 Perfect Blue
15 Psycho Pass
16 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, written by Gen Urobuchi, music by Yuki Kajiura, opening sang by ClariS, ending by Kalafina (sometimes by the seiyuus) and original characters by Ume Aoki. It also has 3 movies, more.

This should be higher. - FluffyBanana

This series will BREAK YOU.
That's a guarantee.

17 Shinsekai Yori

Not many people have actually seen this anime which is why I think it's so low on the list, In my opnion this one one of the darkest animes out there, After watching this it really messed me up emotionally for awhile. If you have not seen this yet it is seriously a MUST watch.

18 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul
19 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

What idiot put this on the list?!

Just 4 de lolz

20 Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland

Blood, death, gore, and a theme park full of criminals. Oh, and the theme park is controlled by a psychopath. No further explanation needed.

It's probably more dark than Attack on Titan and Tokyo Ghoul. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

21 Black Butler Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and premiered in October, 2008.

This anime should be before Tokyo ghoul its much darker in its own way.

Pretty dark in my opinion

22 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
23 Paranoia Agent Paranoia Agent

It's kind of in the name. You get to watch as the main character slowly turns from innocent animator to paranoid victim. Also, the town also turns paranoid, too because of Shounen Batto (Lil slugger). It's very very dark. Don't believe me? Just watch the opening and you'll know what I mean!

24 Akame Ga Kill Akame Ga Kill

The first episode starts out fairly lighthearted...until it suddenly takes a 180 and becomes really dark. It's amazing how lighthearted this show can be one moment and EXTREMELY dark the next. - TwitchandVinegar

25 Death Parade Death Parade Death Parade is a 2015 Japanese anime television series created, written, and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and produced by Madhouse.
26 God Eater God Eater God Eater is an anime adaptation of the God Eater video game series. It is animated by Ufotable and began airing on July 12, 2015 after a one-week delay.

I swear, this was probably one of the darkest anime of 2015. My God, the flashbacks to Soma's violent birth CREEPED the hell out of me! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

27 Fate / Zero

Spoiler alert! Second half is pretty dark considering how light-hearted and sweet Fate Stay Night was.Watched the second half in one go.Please! don't make the same mistake!

28 Monster Monster
29 Gurren Lagann Gurren Lagann Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is an anime series animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It was also directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima.

Of all anime, how is Gurren Lagann even dark?! It's actually quite fun and inspirational actually! Although there were some dark moments... - ModernSpongeBobSucks

30 Gurren Lagann Gurren Lagann Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is an anime series animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It was also directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima.

This was by far the darkest anime ever to exist, the characters can rape the universe and eff a galaxy with one hand.

Wrong adjective! Gurren Lagann is the most EPIC anime ever to exist. I love Gurren Lagann, but it is in no way a dark anime! It's like saying SpongeBob SquarePants is the darkest cartoon ever. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

31 Darker Than Black Darker Than Black Darker than Black, known in Japan as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. In 2007, the 26 episode anime named Darker Than Black: The Black Contractor aired with a huge commercial success. It was more.
32 Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable more.
33 Boku No Pico Boku No Pico Boku no Pico is an anime series of three OVA episodes created by Katsuhiko Takayama. It was released to DVD on September 17, 2006.
34 Cat Soup
35 Magical Girl Raising Project

Episode 1: it's so cute!
Episode 3: what!?!
Episode 12: They're all dead. Oh well, time to start cutting.

36 Corpse Princess

There's no happy moments at all in this anime. - Nonpointed

37 Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Insanely dark but still a bad anime in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I actually like a lot of dark anime but this isn't one of those I like. - SelfDestruct

38 Barefoot Gen

That Atomic Bomb scene will haunt me forever.

39 Naruto Shippuden Naruto Shippuden Naruto: Shippuden is the ongoing sequel to the original Naruto anime and covers the Naruto manga from volume twenty-eight on. The TV adaptation of Naruto: Shippuden debuted in Japan on February 15, 2007 on TV Tokyo. It is developed by Studio Pierrot and directed by Hayato Date.
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Top Remixes

1. Another
2. Attack on Titan
3. Mirai Nikki
1. Corpse Party
2. Ergo Proxy
3. Serial Experiments Lain
1. Texhnolyze
2. Serial Experiments Lain
3. Neon Genesis Evangelion


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