Top 10 Horror Anime To Get The Creeps From

Top 10 Horror Anime To Get The Creeps From

How do the macabre and the eerie translate into anime? Well, we think it stands equally with its contemporaries in film and literature. 

Several anime have achieved and transcended the conventions of this ghoulish genre. So if you happen to be a fan of both anime and horror, this list is meant for you.

10. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

Step into the shadows, where chilling tales of the supernatural await. In the realm of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, darkness intertwines with ancient folklore to deliver spine-tingling narratives that will haunt your dreams. 

With each episode that is only about five minutes long, inspired by kamishibai, a traditional paper theater storytelling technique, you'll be drawn into a world where yokai roam and spirits lurk. 

Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing art style and transported into a realm where the line between the living and the dead blurs, leaving you breathless with anticipation for the next bone-chilling tale.

Get ready to unlock the door to the unknown as Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories unfolds its eerie secrets before your very eyes

9. Tokyo Ghoul

Amidst the bustling city streets, a young college student named Ken Kaneki finds himself thrust into a nightmarish existence after a fateful encounter with a ghoul—an insatiable creature that feeds on human flesh. 

As Ken grapples with his newfound half-ghoul identity, he is plunged into a dangerous underworld where survival is a constant battle. Trapped between his human instincts and the insidious desires of his ghoul side, he must navigate treacherous alliances, face grotesque adversaries, and confront the depths of his own humanity. 

Brace yourself for a visceral and bone-chilling journey as Tokyo Ghoulnimmerses you in a world where the line between monstrosity and morality blurs, leaving you questioning the very nature of what it means to be human.

8. Devilman Crybaby

As the forces of heaven and hell clash in a cataclysmic battle for dominance, a young man named Akira Fudo finds himself thrust into a harrowing journey of self-discovery.

When Akira becomes fused with a powerful demon, he awakens as the fearsome Devilman—a being with the heart of a human and the power of a demon. 

Balancing on the razor's edge between light and darkness, he must navigate a treacherous landscape where sinister forces seek to manipulate and destroy.

Devilman Crybaby delves deep into the darkest corners of the human psyche, exploring themes of identity, morality, and the fragility of the human soul. This anime is not for the faint of heart, as it contains graphic violence, nudity, and disturbing themes.

7. Parasyte -the maxim-

Witness the extraordinary tale of Shinichi Izumi, an ordinary high school student whose life is forever altered when a parasite takes hold of his right hand.

Unbeknownst to him, this alien entity possesses its own consciousness and an insatiable hunger for human flesh. 

As Shinichi grapples with his newfound symbiotic existence, he must confront a world teeming with these sinister creatures, whose insidious infiltration threatens the very fabric of human society

Based on the manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki, Parasyte, this anime is a mix of horror, sci-fi, and comedy, with some philosophical questions thrown in.

6. Hellsing Ultimate

Set in a world teetering on the edge of chaos, the clandestine organization known as Hellsing stands as Britain's last line of defense against the legions of the undead. 

Led by the enigmatic and formidable Alucard, a vampire of unmatched power, Hellsing's mission is to eradicate the malevolent creatures that lurk in the shadows.

As Alucard and his lethal allies, including the defiant Seras Victoria, face off against fanatical vampires and ancient forces of evil, a symphony of carnage unfolds.

5. Perfect Blue

Mima Kirigoe, a former pop idol seeks to reinvent herself as an actress. As she steps into the unforgiving realm of showbiz, her life takes a nightmarish turn.

Plunged into a harrowing spiral of stalking, paranoia, and fractured memories, Mima's sanity hangs by a thread.

Directed by Satoshi Kon and based on the novel by Yoshikazu Takeuch, Perfect Blue weaves a web of psychological torment, exploring the dark side of fame and the price one must pay for pursuing their dreams. 

4. Boogiepop Phantom

Based on the light novel series by Kouhei Kadono, Boogiepop Phantom revolves around an urban legend of Boogiepop, a mysterious figure who appears when something strange happens in the city.  

With 12 interconnected episodes. prepare to be immersed in a world where phantoms lurk in the darkest corners of the human psyche, where the fears and desires of individuals intertwine, and where the truth is as elusive as the flicker of a dying streetlight.

3. Paranoia Agent

This anime is an original series created by Satoshi Kon. Here, the enigmatic and elusive Lil' Slugger emerges from the shadows, wielding a golden baseball bat and preying upon those tormented by their own fears.

The victims are all people who are under some kind of stress or pressure in their lives. 

As the city descends into collective madness, a diverse cast of characters becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy, guilt, and repressed desires, turning the anime into a surreal and twisted journey into the human mind.

2. Higurashi: When They Cry

Join Keiichi Maebara as he immerses himself in the seemingly peaceful and close-knit community in the idyllic village of Hinamizawa.

However, beneath the cheerful facade lies a sinister cycle of gruesome murders and inexplicable events. Every year during the annual festival, someone dies or disappears in mysterious circumstances.

As Keiichi and his friends become trapped in a nightmarish loop, their trust in one another wavers, and the true nature of the village unravels before their eyes. Each arc reveals more clues and secrets about the village's dark history and the curse that plagues it.

Based on the visual novel series by Ryukishi07, The innocence of childhood collides with the horrors lurking within the human heart in the enigmatic world of Higurashi: When They Cry.

1. Death Note

Witness the fateful encounter between Light Yagami, a brilliant high school student, and a supernatural notebook known as the Death Note. 

With the capacity to murder anybody whose name appears in its pages, Light takes on the roles of judge, jury, and executioner, attempting to rid the world of criminals.

However, his self-proclaimed quest for justice piques the interest of the eccentric investigator known as L, resulting in a mind-bending game of cat and mouse that sends tremors around the world.

Based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note is an anime where the power to decide life and death lies within the turn of a page.