Best Horror Anime

The title says it all. Which horror anime freak you out the most?

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.

Of all the horror anime I've watched, this is the best. Everything about it just has this horror vibe to it without being cheesy

This is so scary and like every else said some of the deaths are so shocking and will haunt you

The concept is so cool! Mind you, the deaths will scare the hell out of you. Very gory and bloody, but it adds to the essence, no doubt. The characters are so riveting and the suspense is far too good for words! The music is also very creepy! Loved it!

My favorite anime. I read the book first and I love both. The art is great and the deaths are creepy. But don't watch it if you like umbrellas

2 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.

I do love horror things, such as Another, Tokyo Ghoul, Higurashi, plenty others. But none of them scared me. Ellen Lied scared me so much, yet it’s such a great series. If you’re looking for a good horror anime to watch, I totally recommend Ellen Lied, if you want a good scare.

I loved this anime. It's very bloody and gorey, but it's also heartbreaking and sad. I feel bad for all the diclonii and I really hate that organization that they have. It's a very good anime, and if you say it's horrible and that all there is is blood and gore, you only watched 5 minutes of the anime. Finish watching the series

This is one of my favourite anime series of all time. Lucy is amazing my favourite character. The gore is perfectly balanced with the story line. I just wish there was more. The ending disappointed me a little. But is still my favourite...

This anime connected with my emotions. I have no words. This anime was perfectly executed and beautiful. I'm looking forward to watching the OVA today.

3 Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni

This should be at number 1 - Metalblade94

100 times better than Another

Season 1 scares and confuses the crap out of you, then Season 2 wraps everything up satisfyingly and beautifully, while still scaring the crap out of you. It's characters are all deep and realistic to some extent and the mystery and story is excellently laid out for us

As much as I love Elfen Lied, this show fits the horror genre perfectly. I have watched most of it and it is so creepy. It isn't entirely gore like Elfen Lied but has a really creepy atmosphere keeping the suspense and half way through you can almost predict what will happen. Best horror anime. Recommended by me. ( I haven't actually watched another though ) - Animeemmy

4 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.

Love it

I just loved the plot and the lack of fan service

Love it when kaneki fights jason in episode 12 then eats him

Tokyo ghoul is the best serie I ever watched

5 Future Diary Future Diary Future Diary is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. The plot surrounds a battle royale in which each combatant has a diary with entries from the future. The manga was serialized in the Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace between January 2006 and December 2010.

This anime was one of the best I have ever watched I had to vote for it

A survival game for those who are chosen to participate fight to the death and the last standing becomes god and prevents the apocalypse from taking over. Beware of Yuno.

Truly amazing! So many plot twists it left me wanting more!

Yuno is my spirit animal. She and I are of like mind.

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6 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.

It is dark and scary

Don't be fool be the park's appearance

It is hell

This anime is so amazing! - Romano_Vargas

This Prison is hell

Can't wait to see second series of this totally awesome and gripping anime. Deadman wonderland is so bizzare and so brilliant. Love it.

7 Corpse Party (Tortured Souls)

Good grief... I made a mistake of watching SOME of this... Even the RPG is so scary. I get easily scared of paranormal stuff

The game is less spooky but this is just STRAIGHT DOWN GORE

OH MY GOD! My bff dared me to watch this at home in my room in the dark while my rents were asleep and again... OH MY GOD THIS ANIME SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME! I LITERALLY COULD NOT SLEEP WITHOUT THE LIGHT FOR 2 MONTHS AFTER WATCHING THIS SHOW. THIS ANIME SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE

Honesty it isn't so bad. In fact I saw all of the deaths on my phone and didn't bat a single eye.

8 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".

Not traditionally spooky, but certainly has the best story ever for a horror anime. Are you smart enough to predict what will happen before it does? Will you guess what happens at the end before you see it? Make sure Kira does not write your name on the notebook, for otherwise, your time is short.

I love Death Note but it's not a horror. It's suspenseful and mysterious but in no way is it meant to be scary.

Lol this is NOT horror, just the fear of showing anybody your name...

Make sure your name is not written on the notebook.

9 Hellsing Ultimate Hellsing Ultimate Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Hellsing Organization, as it combats vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural foes who threaten England.

Can somebody tell me how this anime is, I am REALLY hyped to pre-order the full set for 50.00$. But I'm 12, and it is NR so I'm kind of sad that I might not be able to watch it

MArY mE AlUcArD. he is so badass to be honest.

This one should be higher on this list - AnimeFan2000

This one should be higher up on the list. It's
one of my most favorite horror anime - AnimeFan2000

10 Violence Jack Violence Jack

The Contenders

11 Ghost Hunt


This Anime has a ton of jump scenes and it's really spooky. Will send shivers down your spine. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

This anime was entertaining and several times had me scared to go into any room alone.

The only anime that left me wanting more,but had the most perfect ending I don’t know how they could continue. Love this anime!

12 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.
13 Hellsing Hellsing Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It premiered in Young King OURs in 1997 and ended in September 2008.

Vampires and Zombies. Am I missing something?

This is a b***** vampire hero

14 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.

The first episode made me feel sick due to its use of gore, but I have to admit it remains one of my favorites. It's relatively disturbing and not for the faint of heart, but it's beautiful and has a nice payoff. It definitely deserves a higher position.

This is relatively disturbing. You honestly cannot tear your eyes away. Although you may get used to the gore, you are always excited for the next chomp out of a person. The art is great and really gets the you!

Literally the first episode scares anyone who watches it and it totally scarred me for life. Amazing action and horror, definitely deserves to be in the top ten.

A time when giant creatures called Titans try to break into the secured city and kill everyone.

15 Hell Girl

Love it. But it didn't freak me out a whole lot. The second episode was the main one that scared me cause I was watching it when an old man walked on to the front porch and attempted to open the door. I went and got a knife and stood there mentally dating him to open that door and see how long he lasted. Also my second fear is being stalked do it freaked me out anyway.

The animation was great. The music was incredible. The story line towards the end of the season was really good, horror wise. This has become one of my favorite anime of all time.

The first episode is scary as hell! The rest was meh. But the animation was great. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

16 Devilman Devilman

I love devilman. Its probably my favorite anime (both crybaby and the 80s ovas)

17 Shiki Shiki

One of the first anime I've ever watched and it was amazing

Made me cry but good anime

Not scary just stupid

A frikin amazing anime! My 6th favorite of all time! This is a must watch horror anime!

18 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.

A creepy and mysterious psychological horror anime that is (in one word) AWESOME!

It's awesome...! A must watch!

Best anime ever! psychological! horror! thriller! every thing you want.YOU SHOULD WATCH IT
(coming from a person who don't waste time on watching stupid anime..)

19 Highschool of Dead

If you say that this is a anime version of the walking dead then you haven't seen this

It wasn't very scary to be honest but I think it was still pretty good

Anime version of The Walking Dead.

Hentai version of walking dead

20 Terra Formars
21 Parasyte Parasyte The anime was simulcast by Crunchyroll outside of Asia. Aside from the manga and anime, the series also has two live-action film adaptations. The Chinese Ministry of Culture blacklisted Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu as well as 37 other works on June 9, 2015. more.

Way better than a lot of the horror animes on here, should be third to elfen lied and future diary.

Absolutely Wicked! Must Watch

Screw Tokyo Ghoul. This is obviously better.

Oyee. It's so creepy. And all I did was watch the commercial!

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22 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.

With all honesty I respect this anime as a form of artistic expression as it says at the beginning of every episode. I don't personally like it but you could show some respect by taking it off the list

I am scared forever. Nothing can terrify me more than this anime. I can't sleep at nights because of this. Its very traumatic. Watch at your own risk!

Scariest thing ever. I heard audio of it because I was watching pewdiepie react to it and... Yeah awkward scary

Why is this erotic anime on this list, respect the horror anime list and don't put on non horror's just because you think your funny - germshep24

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24 School Days School Days An anime series was developed by TNK with joint production by Avex Entertainment, Lantis, Marvelous Entertainment, Pony Canyon and Jinnan Studio. more.

I heard it's bad, but I kinda want to watch it because it seems so absurd and I just want to see what it is.. - UndisputedLunatic

... This story is fairly interesting, but I would say that the scene at the end was very eventful and it escalated quickly...

Bloody anime. Watch if you dare. Or if you just have nothing to do.

, This anime just went from Romantic comedy, to ecchi harem kinda, and romantic Drama, then plain out GORE.. Voted the worst anime ever in Japan and has the worst main character. lol, I do hate this anime and I can't watch that ending!

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25 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.
26 Umnieko No Naku Koro Ni

Umineko is the best manga I ever read, the anime is crap, but come on, BeatricexBattler, also the whole: Everyone trapped on a island and slowly being killed off in the order of a creepy epitaph to revive a witch is awesome. Plus you have all of the previous backstories of Rosa, Kinzo and all the other bits including all the other Beatrices, and with Manga volume 7 and 8.

Sorry to all those who never read the manga, you missed out on Leon, Willard H.Wright, Clare and all these other wonderful characters. Nobody can tell I'm a fanatic :)


Bloody sacrifices for the resurrection of the Golden Witch Beatrice.

One of my favorite animes ever, good story, amazing music, and great art work. It's starts a bit boring but then it continues to become very bloody, ( don't LET MARIA TRICK YOU INTO WATCHING THIS IF YOUR SCARIED OP BLOOD AND GORE, THERE IS a lot. ) I cryied a bit at the end, laugh out loud.

27 Shinsekai Yori

Had a really creepy atmosphere at times :S

28 Blood-C
29 Danganronpa

I cried for so many characters deaths but the main character is so boring and annoying

Not much of a horror (especially the pink blood,sooo scary ) but let's just admit it,the plot was amazing,the characters were amazing,and everything was amazing. - Mais-Chan

30 Blood+ Blood+ Blood+ pronounced "Blood Plus," is an anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex and directed by Junichi Fujisaku.

My favorite horror anime, and also the best anime I've ever seen.
Powerful storyline, good characters - except for Diva - splendid backstory, badass female lead, amazing fight scenes, lots of variation, awesome weapons, beautiful art style, epic battles, literally IN-CRE-DI-BLE.
My top 3 horror anime:
3. Elfen Lied
2. Another
1. Blood+ (Also my favorite anime)

31 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 isn't even horror, why did this get mentioned? Sure there may be a few blood scene but it isn't really physiological or gruesome. Great anime in all comparisons but not scary

WHAT THE CRAP?!?! What the heck is this on here for?!?! This is not a horror it's just depressing

This anime was amazing!

Most beautiful anime I've ever seen.

32 Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

This show is awesome! I don't care if everyone says how bad seasons 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are. I love 'em all. Some episodes can even be sad or bittersweet.

Art Styles and Stories. Always give me chills!

33 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.
34 Corpse Party
35 Bible Black
36 Urotsukidoji
37 Wicked City
38 Ghost Stories

Greatest anime of all time - Kuro

Best anime

€Not because you’re a rabbit, but because you’re blaack” - Meredy_FT

39 Erased Erased
40 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.

Ergo proxy was kind of a mix between sci fi and horror. It reminded me of the Animatrix.

41 Gantz

This anime will have you gripped from first episode.
It's a bit confusing at first but you will get the jist of it eventually.
The gore is perfectly balanced.
And also has a little sex if your into that.
But it is a very awesome anime in deed.

42 Paranoia Agent Paranoia Agent Paranoia Agent is a Japanese anime television series created by director Satoshi Kon and produced by Madhouse about a social phenomenon in Musashino, Tokyo caused by a juvenile serial assailant named Lil' Slugger.
43 Vampire Princess Miyu
44 Genocyber
45 Bio Hunters
46 Terror in Resonance Terror in Resonance
47 Puella Magi Cream Bagel Magica Puella Magi Cream Bagel 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.
48 Popee The Performer Popee The Performer
49 Satsuriku no Tenshi

Rachel is a 13 year old girl who wakes up with amnesia in the basement of a building only knowing that she went to the hospital for therapy. Moving up the lift onto the next level she misses being killed by infamous serial killer Isaac (Zack) Foster on B6. As the story goes on she learns more about the building and the 'angels' that live on each level.

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