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 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

3 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.

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 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

Darkest shxt ever

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6 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from June 2002 to August 2005, with the 107 chapters collected into twelve tankōbon volumes.

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

7 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

8 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.
9 Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki
10 Texhnolyze

The Newcomers

? Ringing Bell
? Black Bullet Black Bullet

Between the borderline racism or pure abuse these young girls go through you never get a break from the pure sadness and hopelessness humanity faces

The Contenders

11 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?!

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 Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014, and it has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014.
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?!

Should be higher

Just 4 de lolz

20 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

21 Monster Monster Monster (Japanese: モンスター Hepburn: Monsutā, sometimes referred to as "Naoki Urasawa's Monster") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. Monster has been critically acclaimed, with the manga having won several awards and its anime adaptation being called one of more.
22 Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland is a Japanese manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga, and published in Shōnen Ace since 2008.

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

23 Death Parade Death Parade Death Parade is a 2015 Japanese anime television series created, written, and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and produced by Madhouse.
24 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.

so dark - Not_A_Weeaboo

25 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
26 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.
27 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!

28 Akame Ga Kill Akame Ga Kill Akame ga Kill! (アカメが斬る!, Akame ga Kiru! is a manga published in Gangan Joker authored by Takahiro and Tashiro Tetsuya. It received an anime adaptation that premiered on July 6, 2014 and ended on December 14, 2014.

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

29 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

30 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!

31 Corpse Princess

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

32 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.
33 Akira
34 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

35 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

36 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.
37 Cat Soup
38 Magical Girl Raising Project

I'm reading the light novels this is based off of, so far it's basically Hunger Games as a magical girl anime. - SailorSedna

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

39 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

40 Barefoot Gen

That Atomic Bomb scene will haunt me forever.

41 Tenchi Muyo in Love!
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Top Remixes

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


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