What are the best horror anime of all time?

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.

  1. 1Another


    Another is an animated adaptation of a Japanese mystery horror novel by Yukito Ayatsuji. It was aired in Japan from December 26, 2011 to March 27, 2012 with 12 episodes. The voice actors were Atsushi Abe and Natsume  Takamori.

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  1. 2Corpse Party


    Corpse Party is the horror anime adaptation of Corpse Party Game from PSP directed by Akira Iwanaga. It was released July 24, 2013 by Asread studios. The voice actors were Hiro Shimono and Rina Sato.

  2. 3Ghost Hunt


    Ghost Hunt is the animated adaptation of Ghost Hunt manga written by Shiho Inada. It was produced by TV Tokyo and was aired from October 4, 2006, to March 28, 2007. It runs for 25 minutes per episode and has 25 episodes.

  1. 4When They Cry


    Keiichi Maebara has just moved to Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983 and becomes inseparable friends with Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks underneath the seemingly idyllic life they lead.

  2. 5Elfen Lied


    Elfen Lied is a horror-thriller anime series released in 2004. It tells the story of 2 university students coming across a girl named Lucy. The two are unaware that despite her harmless appearance, she is a mutant serial killer with a split personality.

  3. 6Hellsing Ultimate


    Hellsing Ultimate is a popular anime under the action and supernatural genre. It first aired in 2006 and features the story of an organization called Hellsing. Hellsing is dedicated to destroying evil creatures of darkness.

  4. 7Danganronpa: The Animation


    Danganronpa: The Animation is an anime adaptation of the PSP game. Makoto Naegi and 14 other students from other schools are accepted into the elite Hope's Peak High School realizing that it's an elaborate trap designed to force them to murder one another.

  5. 8Tokko


    Tokko is a supernatural horror anime series that tells the story of the Special Public Safety Task Force, or "Tokko" comprised of individuals with demonic powers tasked to stop the 108 demons that terrorize their city.

  6. 9Hell Girl


    Hell Girl is a supernatural horror anime series that came out in 2005. When someone wants revenge, they post about it on a special website at midnight. Then Hell Girl appears to do their bidding.

  7. 10Future Diary

    A young man competes with people around the world for a chance to become the successor of God, with a diary that is able to tell the future. Future Diary (Mirai Nikki) also spawned a live-action television show with a different plot from the manga and anime, as well as a visual novel.
  8. 11Blood-C


    Blood-C tells the story of Saya is a seemingly normal high school girl living with her father in a shrine. She goes to school and spends time with her friends. When night falls though, Saya protects her village from strange monsters.

  9. 12School-Live!


    School-Live! is a 12-episode horror anime TV series telling the story of a young girl pretending to live a normal school life together with her friends as she is unable to deal with what is truly happening around her.

  10. 13Blood+


    Blood+ is a dark fantasy suspense anime series directed by Junichi Fujisaku and produced by Aniplex and Production I.G. The horror anime aired from 2005 to 2006 with fifty episodes. 

  11. 14Paranoia Agent


    Paranoia Agent is an anime series that tells the story of a young boy who has been randomly attacking citizens of Tokyo with a golden baseball bat. Detectives discover that after the assaults, the lives of the victims have somehow become better.

  12. 15Gantz


    Gantz is a  26-episode anime TV series that came out in 2004. It tells the story of a group of people being resurrected from the dead by a mysterious black ball called GANTZ to combat alien criminals hiding on Earth.

  13. 16Monster


    Monster is a 75-episode anime TV series that was released back in 2004. It recounts the story of a neurosurgeon named Kenzo Tenma living in Germany finding himself in danger when he gets involved with a former psychopathic patient of his. 

  14. 17Parasyte: The Maxim


    Parasyte: The Maxim is a science fiction Japanese anime series directed by Kenichi Shimizu and written by Shōji Yonemura. It follows the story of a 17-year-old Shinichi Izumi as he gets partially infected by a Parasyte, monsters that butcher and consume humans.

  15. 18Serial Experiments Lain


    Serial Experiments Lain tells the story of an adolescent girl who develops a unique connection to a virtual reality network known as The Wired. Since then, strange events has started happening and no can explain why.

  16. 19Yami Shibai


    Yami Shibai is a 78-episode anime short TV series released in 2013. An old man in a yellow mask shows up at a children's playground every week at 5 p.m. and tells ghost stories based on Japanese myths and urban legends.

  17. 20Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress


    Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a 12-episode anime TV series released in 2016. During the Industrial Revolution, mankind is threatened by the sudden emergence of undead monsters, the Kabane, who can only be killed by piercing their heart through an iron plate.

  18. 21Deadman Wonderland


    Deadman Wonderland is a 13-episode anime TV series released in 2011. A young man is framed for murder must learn to survive in a mysterious prison with a perverted take on incarceration that he has been sent to while trying to clear his name.

  19. 22Tokyo Ghoul


    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.

  20. 23Berserk


    Berserk is a dark fantasy anime television series based on Kentaro Miura's manga of the same name. It follows the story of Guts, a sword-wielding warrior as he engages in non-stop sword fights while joining Griffith and his own mercenary group. 

  21. 24Devilman Crybaby


    Devilman Crybaby is a horror anime TV series based on Go Nagai's manga. It debuted on Netflix on January 5, 2018 as a Netflix Original. It follows a timid boy who merges with a demon to save humanity from an impending invasion.

  22. 25The Promised Neverland


    The Promised Neverland or Yakusoku no Neverland is a psychological thriller anime that premiered on Winter 2019. The shounen anime's first season started airing on January 10, 2019 and will run until March 29, 2019.

  23. 26Dusk Maiden of Amnesia


    Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is a 12-episode horror anime TV series. An old haunted school building is rumored to be the place where a girl was left to die. Niija Teiichi stumbles upon the ghost of this girl and seems to be the only one that is able to see her.

  24. 27Black Butler


    Black Butler is a 37-episode horror anime TV series that was released in 2008. A young boy sells his soul to a demon in order to avenge his family's death and successfully lead their influential toy manufacturing company.

  25. 28Terraformars


    Terraformars is a 27-episode anime TV series released in 2014. A genetically enhanced crew is sent to the surface of Mars in order to terraform it as well as to deal with its mutated humanoid cockroach inhabitants.

  26. 29Attack on Titan

    Attack on Titan or Shingeki no Kyojin is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are forced into hiding as flesh-eating monsters called "titans" rule the land. Mankind created a three-walled city to escape from extinction. And like with any other story, their peace was disrupted when a titan broke their only barrier from death.  Join Eren, Mikasa, and Armin in their journey to cleanse the earth. Just a fair warning though, this is not for the faint of heart.
  27. 30Angels of Death


    Angels of Death is a 16-episode anime TV series released in 2018. A young girl awakes and finds herself in a mysterious and strange facility. With no memories and no idea where she is, she must fight for her life in order to escape.

  28. 31Perfect Blue


    Perfect Blue is an animated psychological thriller film adaptation of a novel with the same title, directed by Satoshi Kon. It was first released August 20, 1999, by Rex Entertainment. It featured the voices of Junko Iwao, Masaaki Okura, and Emi Shinohara.

  29. 32Ajin: Demi Human

    Ajin: Demi Human is a anime fantasy show that you can watch on Netflix. It tells us the story of a teenager discovers that he is an Ajin, a type of supernatural being, and flees before the authorities experiment on him. Other Ajin plan to fight back and he must choose a side.
  30. 33Ninja Scroll: The Series


    Ninja Scrolls: The Series is a tale 14 years after the defeat of the immortal Himuro Genma and the Shogun of the Dark's evil plans. The TV series follows Kibagami Jubei as he continues to roam all over Japan as a Ronin.

  31. 34Highschool of the Dead


    Highschool of the Dead is an action anime series that follows a group of high school students during the start of a pandemic that has turned the populace into mindless zombies. It shows how the lead characters fight, survive, and reach safety.

  32. 35Psychic Detective Yakumo


    Ozawa Haruka goes to her university's movie research association to meet Saitou Yakumo, a rude, unkempt young man with a red left eye, who is said to have spiritual powers. She asks for his help to save Haruka's friend who is possessed by a spirit.

  33. 36The Garden of Sinners


    The Garden of Sinners is a 10-episode anime series released in 2007. A detective agency specializing in paranormal occurrences a series of random suicides that shook Japan on September 1998.

  34. 37Trinity Blood


    Trinity Blood is an anime series, spanning 24 episodes. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name. The story follows the war between vampires and humans after Armageddon. In order to protect the humans from the vampires, the Vatican has to rely on other allies to counter the situation.

  35. 38Kurozuka


    Kuro, a 12th-century man, meets a beautiful woman named Kuromitsu and falls in love with her. Kuro realizes that she is immortal and has lived for thousands of years as Japan evolves into a future society.

  36. 39Shiki


    Shiki is the anime adaptation of the manga by Daume. It is about 15-year-old Megumi Shimizu's unexpected death in Sotoba. This marks the beginning of what appears to be an epidemic that turns the hot summer into a season of blood and terror.

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    April 27, 2018
    "This particular anime has a very distinct art style to it that caters very much to the horror genre. The run time to is perfect since that suspense and thrill ride should not be short or half assed. I would love to pick this up since this is one of the most recommended animes as mentioned in the reviews and yes, Ill pick this one up for my own."
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    Ghost Hunt
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    April 14, 2018
    "If you enjoy anime, I highly recommend this collection. The art is beautiful, the characters have depth and the scenarios that the characters find themselves in are great."
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    April 25, 2018
    "This is truly disturbing. It's sadistic and not at all what I expected."
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    Corpse Party
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