Halloween is quickly approaching, so anime fans should watch these horror shows to get into the Halloween spirit.
With Halloween approaching, now is an excellent time for horror anime to emerge from the shadows. 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, there is a horror anime for everyone.
From demons and ghouls to dangerous killers roaming the night, horror anime has chills and thrills for everyone. These creep-tastic anime will have something for everyone, whether fans are looking for a spooky anime to watch as Halloween approaches or some anime to binge on the holiday night. Today we’ll be counting down the top 12 horror anime to watch this Halloween!
Best Horror Anime
The “Medicine Seller” is a dangerous and mysterious occult master who travels to feudal Japan to slay malevolent spirits known as “Mononoke.” He cannot simply kill one of these spirits; he must first learn its Form, Truth, and Reason in order to fight it with the powerful Exorcism Sword. He must begin his strange exorcisms with intense psychological analysis and meticulous investigation—a risky step because he must first confront and learn about the Mononoke before defeating it.
The Medicine Seller’s journey takes him to an old-fashioned inn where Shino, a pregnant woman, has finally found a place to rest. The owner has reluctantly placed her in the last vacant room, but as she settles in, it quickly becomes clear that the room is infested by the Zashiki Warashi, a deadly band of Mononoke. The Medicine Seller begins his investigation with hunter’s intuition in order to discover the Form, Truth, and Reason before the Zashiki Warashi kills again.
Sotoba, a small town where everyone knows everyone, is idyllic and unassuming. Tragically, Megumi Shimizu, a young girl with high hopes, dies unexpectedly from an unknown illness. As more unexplained deaths occur throughout the village during the hot summer months, Toshio Ozaki, the town’s doctor, begins to suspect that something more sinister than a simple disease is at work.
Toshio teams up with Natsuno Yuuki, an aloof and apathetic adolescent, and Kaori and Akira Tanaka, two of Megumi’s friends, to solve the dark mystery surrounding the deaths in Sotoba. As a result of their combined efforts, the investigation leads them to an eerie secret concerning the new family in the Kanemasa mansion.
10. Highschool of the Dead
Unexpectedly, the dead began to rise, and Japan was thrown into complete chaos. Takashi Kimuro is forced to kill his best friend after he is bitten and becomes one of the walking dead, terrorising a high school. They narrowly escape their school’s death trap, vowing to protect Rei Miyamoto, the girlfriend of the man he just executed, only to be greeted by a fallen society.
Takashi and Rei quickly join forces with other students on a quest to find their family members and learn what caused this massive pandemic. They are joined by Saeko Busujima, the lovely president of the Kendo Club, Kouta Hirano, an otaku with a gun fetish, Saya Takagi, the daughter of a powerful politician, and Shizuka Marikawa, their hot school nurse. Will the combined strength of these people be enough to defeat the undead apocalypse?
9. Angels of Death
Rachel Gardner wishes to die with dead and lifeless eyes. She awakens in the basement of a building, having no idea how or why she got there. She comes across Zack, a bandaged murderer who is attempting to flee. Rachel and Zack set out to ascend the building floor by floor until they were able to escape, with Zack promising to kill her as soon as he was free.
However, as they progress upward, they encounter more twisted people, all of whom appear to know Rachel. What is her connection to the structure, and why was she assigned to it? With a new boss on each floor, will Rachel and Zack be able to fulfil their wishes?
8. Parasyte: The Maxim
They appeared out of nowhere: parasitic aliens that descended on Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. These insatiable beings gain complete control of their host and can morph into a variety of forms in order to feed on unsuspecting prey.
Shinichi Izumi, a sixteen-year-old high school student, becomes infected with one of these parasites, but instead of taking over his brain, it settles in his right hand. The parasite, now known as Migi, is unable to relocate and must rely on Shinichi to survive. As a result, the pair is forced to coexist in an uncomfortable manner and must defend themselves from hostile parasites in the hopes of eradicating this new threat to their species.
7. Hellsing Ultimate
Dark and evil creatures stalk the night, devouring any human unfortunate enough to fall into their clutches. Hellsing, on the other hand, is a group dedicated to annihilating the supernatural forces that threaten humanity’s very existence. At the helm is Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a powerful military and spends her life fighting the undead.
However, Integra’s vast army pales in comparison to her ultimate weapon: the vampire Alucard, who works for Hellsing as an exterminator against his own kind. With the help of his new vampire servant, Seras Victoria, Alucard must battle not only monsters but anyone who stands in Hellsing’s way, good or evil.
Hellsing Ultimate demonstrates in a battle for humanity’s survival 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 take form without a living host. However, if a person’s willpower is strong enough, he or she can defeat the demon and claim its power, thereby becoming a Devilman.
Akira Fudou has always been frail and unassuming, with a bleeding heart. So when Akira’s childhood friend Ryou Asuka asks for his help in finding devils, he gladly accepts. The destination, much to Akira’s surprise, is the Sabbath: an immoral party of debauchery and degeneracy. Demons possess the revellers in the midst of bloodshed and death, transforming their bodies into grotesque monsters and wreaking havoc. In his reckless attempt to save his best friend, Akira unwittingly merges with the devil Amon and becomes a Devilman, gaining the power to defeat the remaining demons.
This new alliance awakens an insatiable and primal part of Akira, despite the fact that it gives him great power. Akira, who has the body of the devil but the heart of a baby, works alongside Ryou to destroy those who harm humanity and his loved ones.
5. From the New World
Saki Watanabe, 12, has just discovered her psychic abilities in the town of 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. However, unease looms as Saki begins to wonder about the fate of those who are unable to awaken their powers, and the children become involved in secretive matters such as the rumoured Tainted Cats, who are said to abduct children.
Saki and her friends grow into their roles in the ostensibly utopian society in From the New World. Accepting these roles, however, may be difficult when confronted with society’s dark and shocking truths, as well as the new world’s impending chaos.
4. When They Cry
In the summer of 1983, Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa and quickly becomes inseparable friends with classmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks beneath their seemingly idyllic existence.
As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that several murders and disappearances have occurred in the village in recent years, all of which appear to be connected to the festival and the village’s patron god, Oyashiro. Keiichi questions his new friends about these incidents, but they remain suspiciously silent and refuse to give him the answers he seeks. As strange occurrences continue, he wonders what else his friends are hiding 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 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a multi-arc story.
3. Elfen Lied
Lucy is a “Diclonius” human, meaning she was born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands, making her a victim of the government’s inhumane scientific experimentation. When a chance to escape presents itself, Lucy, corrupted by confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she flees her captors.
She sustains a crippling head injury during her breakout, leaving her with a split personality: a harmless child with limited speech capacity. In this state, she meets Kouta and his cousin Yuka, two college students who unknowingly take in an injured fugitive, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will change their lives forever, drawing them into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy.
Kouichi Sakakibara, a transfer student, 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 whom he met in the hospital while he was away, among his new classmates. However, none of his classmates are aware of her existence; they warn him against becoming acquainted with things that do not exist. Kouichi befriends Mei despite his friends’ warnings, only to discover the sinister truth behind his friends’ fears.
The ominous rumours centre on a former class 3-3 student. However, no one will tell Kouichi the entire story of what happened. Kouichi becomes fascinated by the curse that afflicts his class and sets out to discover how it relates to his new friend. As a series of tragedies unfold around them, it is up to Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates to solve the eerie mystery—but it will come at a high price.
1. Tokyo Ghoul
A sinister threat is invading Tokyo: flesh-eating “ghouls” who look and act exactly like humans. Ken Kaneki, a reserved college student, hides his face behind his books in order to avoid hearing about the escalating crisis. His solitude is shattered when an attractive woman named Rize Kamishiro approaches him and asks him out on a date.
Kaneki discovers while walking Rize home that she isn’t as sweet as she appears, and that she has led him on with sinister intent. He awakens in a hospital after a tragic struggle to learn that his life was saved by transplanting the now-deceased Rize’s organs into his own body.
Kaneki’s body begins to deteriorate, transforming him into a human-ghoul hybrid. Kaneki clings to his humanity as he embarks on his new terrifying journey in the bloody conflict between society’s new monsters and the government agents who hunt them.
That was it for the list, let us know what’s that one horror anime that actually scared the hell out of you in the comments below!
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