What are the best mystery anime?

Anime is always fun to watch. But if you love detectives, crimes, and tricky questions, your better option is to choose from hundreds of anime with a mystery theme wherein the characters must uncover answers. Below are the most gripping mystery anime you must watch. 

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    Durarara!! is a Japanese action mystery-thriller television series that aired on MBS in 2010 with 25 episodes. It was based on the manga of the same name by Ryogo Narita and Suzuhito Yasuda. 

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    Diana Shaw
    Written on April 25, 2019
    "I'm a huge fan of American mystery series that's why I gave this anime a try because they say it has good action mystery plot and the reviews are 100% true! Durarara has a very unique and interesting storyline. The first few episodes were a little slow but the rest of the episodes made up for it "
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    Erased is a Japanese mystery science fiction television series which is also known as Boku Dake ga Inai Machi. It was based on the manga of the same name by Kei Sanbe and aired on 2016 with 12 episodes. 

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    Cynthia Rodriguez
    Written on August 8, 2018
    "Woah! That kind of town is just... that is where the mystery started. "
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    #3Made in Abyss

    Made in Abyss

    Made in Abyss is an anime television series released in 2017 based on the Japanese manga series written by Akihito Tsukushi, which follows young girl Riko who befriends a humanoid robot in search for her mother. 

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    Anna Zhu
    Written on September 18, 2019
    "If you think Made in Abyss is for kids. You're wrong! This is a bout a girl and a robot boy toy who have decided to travel down the abyss. I also want to point out that there were scenes that left me speechless and dumstruck. "


Did you know that Japan honors detective fiction literature every year? The Mystery Writers of Japan Awards are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of Japan beginning in 1948. They award the Edogawa Rampo Prize to that year’s best mystery. It is an award similar to the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Rampo Prize honors the best critical/biographical work in the crime/detective genre published the previous year. Japanese detective fiction is a popular genre of Japanese literature. It is generally called "Suiri sh?setsu" in Japan. Edogawa Rampo is the first Japanese modern mystery writer and the founder of the Detective Story Club. He gained his fame in the early 1920s when he began to bring to the genre many bizarre elements. This genre was partly influenced by elements of Western literature.

After World War II, the detective fiction genre was renamed deductive reasoning fiction. This is seen as the predecessor of the mystery genre. Today, the mystery genre has gained a lot of popularity. It also has included non-fictional stories and more realistic elements. There have been different variations such as horror mystery anime, thriller anime, and supernatural anime. It has also been a predominant genre in anime. There are different mystery anime shows and mangas that have been published in Japan. A lot of these have been translated into English for Western audiences. You can watch these mystery anime in different websites available.

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    #4Death Note

    Death Note
    Death Note is Japanese animated series directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse. Before turning into an anime, Death Notes was originally a manga of the same name written by Tsugumi Ohba.
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    Jerry Huang
    Written on April 25, 2019
    "I know that there are lots of supernatural anime out there but Death note is in another level! The creepiness of the plot and animation especially the death god made it thrilling 👍"
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    #5The Promised Neverland

    The 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.

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    Wayne Jones
    Written on September 18, 2019
    "It is hard to explain how well made this mystery anime was without spoilers. I won't talk about its plot nor the characters. But I have to say that there were plenty of twists that blindsided me entirely. "
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    Hyouka is a 22-episode slice of life anime television series directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto and written by Shoji Gatoh. It originally aired from April 22, 2012 to September 16, 2012.

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    Victoria Vázquez
    Written on September 18, 2019
    "Nearly perfect wholesome mystery themed anime! It's just disappointing that this series has ended. I wanted more eh"
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    #7The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a sci-fi comedy anime TV series based on a light novel written by Nagaru Tanigawa. Released from 2006-2008. This anime was directed by Tatsuya Ishihara. This tells the story of Haruhi, Kyon, etc.

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    Walter Griffin
    Written on September 18, 2019
    "One of the best mystery anime that i have watched aside from being categorized as a sci-fi comedy anime. But tbh the first time I watched it I just thought it was pretty good but when I watched it for the second time it was much better. "
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    #8The Garden of Sinners

    The 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.

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    Louis King
    Written on September 18, 2019
    "JSYK the Garden of Sinners' story is in the same world as Fate/Stay series but not with the characters more like in mages and the supernatural stufff. Anyway, don't miss out on this anime. Definitely one of the best mystery anime!"
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    #9Detective Conan

    Detective Conan

    Detective Conan is a mystery anime which is also known as Case Closed. Based on Gosho Aoyama's manga of the same name, this anime first aired on 1996 and still on-going with 27 seasons. 

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    Zachary Duncan
    Written on April 25, 2019
    "Detective Conan is the real definition of Mystery! They will really have you guessing for every crime that took place. I also like how realistic the featured cases are and once it's solved you'll feel that sense of relief. "
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    Gosick is a historical mystery television series based from the manga of the same name by Kazuki Sakuraba. It aired on 2011 with 24 episodes under the license of Madman Entertainment and Funimation. 

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    Susan Ray
    Written on August 8, 2018
    "Solving cases with some romance from the characters? You should check this out. "
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    Psycho-Pass is an anime series directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro and written by Gen Urobuchi. The anime show follows the story of Akane Tsunemori and working with the police and the Sibyl System.

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    Paridhi Sen
    Written on April 25, 2019
    "I swear Japan has the smartest most creative writers in the entire world! The stories from their manga and animes are just mind-blowingly entertaining and one great proof is Psycho-Pass 💪 The futuristic story and the characters' roles 😍 "
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    #12Death Parade

    Death Parade
    The Quindecim Bar hosts games between the recently deceased that determine the fate of their souls. Death Parade spawned from the short film Death Billiards, which was part of the Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai 2013.
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    Carolyn Salazar
    Written on March 2, 2019
    "Aside from being mysterious, I feel like Death Parade is more of a dark anime. I really hesitated to watch it at first but it was sort of cool so it's still a good mystery anime"
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    #13Eden of the East

    Eden of the East

    When Saki Morimi gets into trouble with the police while in Washington D.C., she is helped by a Japanese man who calls himself Akira Takizawa. Akira has only two things, a gun and a cell phone loaded with 8.2 billion yen in digital money.

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    Kathleen Hopkins
    Written on August 8, 2018
    "When I first watched the episode 1, Akira is really a mysterious guy. I guess that's why I was hooked into this anime. "
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    #14Terror in Resonance

    Terror in Resonance
    Terror in Resonance (Zankyou no Terror) tells the story of Nine and Twelve, the two boys behind the masked figures of Sphinx. They should not exist, yet they stand strong in a world of deception and secrets while they make the city fall around them, all in the hopes of burying their own tragic truth.
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    Crystal Gray
    Written on September 18, 2019
    "The story fo Terror in Resonance is quite enthralling and enjoyable. I even got attched with the main characters all throughout its roller coaster plot. "
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    Baccano! is a Japanese adventure-mystery television series that is produced by Brain's Base, Aniplex and Movic with 16 episodes. It was based on the manga of the same name by Ryohgo Narita and Katsumi Enami.

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    Henry Duncan
    Written on March 2, 2019
    "The out of order episodes is not my thing. My friends did watch this and they say it's quite a mysterious anime though"
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    #16Future Diary

    Future 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.
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    Linda Zhong
    Written on April 25, 2019
    "This anime has the perfect blend of drama, action, and mystery ❤️️ I was attached with the characters as soon as I finished the first episode"


Best What are the best mystery anime
1Durarara!!TV Shows 21 Paid
2ErasedTV Shows 16 Paid
3Made in AbyssTV Shows 9 Paid
4Death NoteTV Shows 8 Paid
5The Promised NeverlandTV Shows 6 Paid
6HyoukaTV Shows 6 Paid
7The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaTV Shows 6 Paid
8The Garden of SinnersTV Shows 6 Paid
9Detective ConanTV Shows 6 Paid
10GosickTV Shows 6 Paid

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