When you hear "horror anime", you probably think something along the lines of The Ring. You'd be right to think that way but Japan loves its horror stories and offer so much more than that. Japan loves it so much that odd customs have been born out of it. The would do horror houses during the summer. Why would they, you may ask. Well, they would intentionally give themselves a good scare as they believe it would help them beat the summer heat. There's just something about anime that gives the horror genre a robust medium to work with. Anime, if done well, can transport you to a different world full of spooky surprises and eerie vibes. Add to this a properly scored music and sound effects and prepare for a hair-raising experience.
Depending on how you present it, even the most seemingly harmless of settings can turn ugly real quick. Come to think of it, some of the best horror anime feature some clever designs that you would make you think that they're anything but scary. We guess that's really the power of anime and the many ways that you can change it to suit specific needs. Enough of that though and let us go to what you came here for, and that's seeing what are the best horror anime of all time. Check our list below and we hope you find them to your liking and provide you with a good scare.
Enter a post-apocalyptic Tokyo where ghouls populate the land to terrorize human beings. This is the premise you need to be prepared for if you're planning to binge-watch Tokyo Ghoul. This 2015 dark fantasy anime series is based on the hit manga of the same name by Sui Ishida. Explore the ghoul-eat-man world through the eyes of Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives an encounter with a ghoul disguised as a pretty lady.
Did you know that the horror anime series Elfen Lied was one of the inspirations of The Duffer Brothers for Stranger Things? Anyone who is a big fan of the science fiction horror television series may hint that its creators drew admiration from a lot of films in the 80s. And that includes film adaptations of books by Stephen King, John Carpenter, and Steven Spielberg. And they are right. Of course, there is no denying that these artists' craft had a huge impact on The Duffer Brothers. Yet, what a lot of fans and viewers don't know is that anime was just as significant as these works in creating the widely-acclaimed Stranger Things.
According to co-creator Ross Duffer, the post-apocalyptic cyberpunk film Akira, which debuted in 1980 as well, specifically became a huge influence in their series conception. To his twin brother, Matt Duffer, it was also a point of reference. However, he admitted that a more recent series gave him a few ideas too. Yes, you guessed it right! It's Elfen Lied, which was also inspired by Akira. Many elements and themes from the anime series were incorporated into Stranger Things. This particularly holds true for the character of Eleven. If you've seen an episode of Stranger Things, you'd surely see the palpable similarities of Eleven and the characters in both anime. Akira and Elfen Lied both deal with young people who developed psychic abilities while kept in a facility. This is exactly what Eleven experienced early on in the show.
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