Staff Picks: Top 15 Horror-themed Anime

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Staff Picks top 15 anime

With today being Halloween and ghostly, ghouly horror themes being on all of our minds, the staff have picked their top 15 favorite horror-themed anime series. These may not necessarily fall into the horror genre, but they do have some horror elements. Grab a snugly blanket, turn off all the lights and prepare yourself for the Staff Picks Top 15 Horrific Anime list! …Or not. Keep in mind that this list is in no particular order for mysterious and creepy reasons that keep us up all night!

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

This psychological thriller was based on the novel, Perfect Blue. Mima Kirigoe is a member of the Japanese pop-idol group CHAM! who, to the displeasure of some of her fans, decides to pursue her career as an actress. She receives a fax that calls her a traitor and someone, who is posing as her online, makes a website called “Mima’s Room” with diary entries that contain a great amount of detail about her life. Creepy, to say the least! Her manager tells her to ignore it, so she tries to and continues with her career. She lands a role where she plays a rape victim and while filming her scenes she is traumatized and begins to not be able to tell the difference between reality and fantasy. As her acting career takes off, some people involved in her current project are murdered and there is evidence that she was involved! With her terrible mental state being, she soon starts to doubt her own innocence. For more information about this anime you can check out our Anime of the Past series.

Ghost Stories (a.k.a. Ghosts at School)

Ghost Stories

This anime is about Satsuki Miyanoshita. She has moved to the the town her mother, now deceased, grew up in. Along with her brother and a few classmates they discover that an abandoned school, located close to the school she goes to, is haunted! Goblins and ghosts, oh my! Satsuki finds out that her mother was involved in some ghostly activity, and then finds a book that gives her some information on exorcising the ghosts! A demon known as Amanojaku gets sealed into Satsuki’s cat and Satsuki must get the demon to help her as danger is threatening the entire town.

Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D

In this horror anime, technology and the supernatural have taken over the world! Don’t you hate when that happens? It’s the year 12,090 A.D and those who remain alive are split into various towns, living in fear of vampires known as The Nobility. They have the technology to create a blood substitute but prefer to feed on humans. Count Magnus Lee hires “D”, a vampire hunter who is a dhampir; half-human, half-vampire, with a mysterious past. He has unbelievable skill and unearthly grace that make him perfect for his job, and being a half-breed, he is often underestimated by those he wishes to kill! For more information about this anime you can check out our Anime of the Past series.

Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust

Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust

This time around, D is summoned by the Elbourne family to rescue their daughter, Charlotte. She is being held captive by Mejer Link, a vampire nobleman. The Markus Brothers have been hired on as well, as backup. The Markus Brothers are a volatile and infamous group of hunters who will do anything to be rid of their competition. Throughout the story D and Leila, a member of the Markus Brothers, talk about her life and that she could have a life that D could never have, that of a normal human. As they work together to get to Charlotte they find out she isn’t too willing to leave her captors!

Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

Tsukiko Sagi is a character designer that has created the very popular pink dog, Maromi. Walking home one night she is attacked by an elementary school boy; when she goes to the police they think she is lying, until they hear of a second attack. The attacker is dubbed “Lil Slugger” and is thought to have committed a series of attacks in Tokyo. With none of the victims being able to recall many details about their attacker, the only things known about the him are that he is wearing golden inline skates and a baseball cap and that he uses a bent baseball bat as a weapon. The detectives aren’t having too much luck tracking the attacker down! The night the Maromi’s show is set to air, a few details about Tsukiko’s past come to light that give those looking for the attacker a few clues! This anime has some twists and turns that are all lined out in the end!

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  • Xx_Kares_xX

    Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni isn’t on the list…. list instantly has no credibility. Especially when High School of the Dead is on here x.x

    • Help! Patchy is choking!

      That’s because the anime is not worth watching when you have the VN.

  • James Fox

    What? NO GREGORY HORROR SHOW?

  • Frost

    Where the heck is Future Diary on here?!

  • Bec66

    You aren’t going to mention how ghost stories has one of the most hilarious dubs ever?

  • Lightthrower

    Hmmmm where’s Shiki…

  • Ryan McConnell

    UHH HAVE YOU NOT SEEN SHIKI THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A TRUE HORROR

  • Dillon

    I AM NOT SEEING CLAYMORE WHERE IS IT

  • Klagmar

    I AM POSTING AN OBLIGATORY COMMENT ABOUT MY FAVORITE NOT MAKING THE LIST WHILE IGNORING THE HARD WORK PUT INTO THIS ARTICLE BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING, APPARENTLY. ALSO, OTHER COMMENTS SUGGEST ALL CAPS IS THE WAY TO GO.

  • katttt

    I found “Another” to be a really awesome and creepy anime. Good music, storyline.. It was really pretty cool!

  • fatima

    I just don’t see why this list is called top horror
    if you guys are seriouse about this go watch these though I cant decide wich one is the best or worst
    higurashi no naku koro ni and its seasons
    ghost hunt -my personal favourite-
    psychic detective yakumo although its not scary but the plot is realy intersting
    ‘ANOTHER’ is a pretty good horror anime too
    shiki is another good one
    I only watched the first episode of mirai nikki ‘ future diary’ so I still cant recommend it but its quite interesting
    actually none of them made me afraid I was looking for a one where I would cry to sleep ( ya like that would ever happen) or atleast sleep with the lights on
    but they didn’t give me the feeling I wanted though I realy loved all of them
    the best one that made my heart beat faster ( although still didn’t make me afraid ) was ‘ corpse party ‘ it is actually a game and the anime is based on the manga
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t recommend higurashi and corpse party for !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! people who are afraid of bloody scenes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!