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Top 10 Horror Anime Titles

By Dindrane - posted 11.25.07 @ 11:06 pm
Vampire Princess Miyu

Editor's Note: This list is from 2007. An addendum with seven more titles of anime horror has been published recently. To check out that list, go here.

As we all know, anime is legion and contains multitudes. One of the things it does very, very well is scare the pants off you. But when you want something scary (or at least bloody) and don't know where to start, what should you watch? Here is Needcoffee.com's list of Top 10 Horror Anime. Left off the list are things like Uzumaki that were manga and maybe even live-action, but never animated; I've also avoided things that are "horror" only because of where tentacles are put or what sadists will do to children (see the Director's Cut of Kite for what I mean here, or rather don't see it). Those aren't fun, and anime should be fun.

And so it begins….


10. Mermaid Forest.

You wouldn't think a mermaid tale would be horror, but in the hands of an anime master, it is. Rumiko Takahashi's moody and affecting series is based upon a Japanese folktale that suggests that those who eat mermaid flesh will gain eternal life. However, it seems that sometimes, the diners will instead become monsters. The main characters, Yuta and Mana, didn't intend to become immortal, and now wander the world trying to find mermaids who they think can make them normal again. The world, however, is full of nasty people and monsters, and the quest is never easy. The video excerpt we picked provides a nice sample of the show's animation and style, as well as lost souls, murder, and human sacrifice. For my reviews of the title--check those out here. (Find Mermaid Forest titles at Amazon.)

Direct link for the feedreaders.

9. Trinity Blood.

In a post-apocalyptic future, the Roman Catholic Church is at war with vampires, who themselves prey upon the struggling humans. Part of the horror is in seeing how both sides use "lost technologies" such as computers and missiles to wage war. Various vampires (or "Methuselahs") have varying powers, and they use these abilities to devastating affect. There is also a quartet of man-made vampires, known as Crusniks, who feed upon the Methuselahs and come complete with nanomachines. Thanks again to YouTube for providing a space for this snippet; the quality isn't the best, but it provides a look at the show's feel and aesthetic. (Click here to buy the title at Amazon.)

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8. Vampire Princess Miyu.

This eerily beautiful series relates the tale of the forever-young Miyu, born a vampire, who feeds upon and is charged with the destruction of the shinma, who cause human suffering. With her is a mysterious demonic protector known only as Larva. The main character, a spiritualist named Himiko, relates the tale as she learns more about the object of her fascination, Miyu; a twist is that Himiko might have some vampiric secrets of her own. Our video selection here is an interesting Anime Music Video (AMV) that does a good job of summing up Miyu's life and quest.

That video has been taken down...we've switched to a bit from the first episode. (Click here to buy the title from Amazon.)

Direct link for the feedreaders.

7. Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek.

This short film is a chilling tale of what happens on the street where no one lives after dark. A group of children gather together to help find the missing sister of one of their number, but they don't quite know what to expect when the darkness falls and the lights start to flicker on by themselves. What is a child's game really like? Like the greatest of live-action horror, just enough is left to the imagination to make the sucker-punches of the plot really hit home. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

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6. Boogiepop Phantom.

Boogiepop Phantom

The disjointed storytelling style of this series is the perfect accompaniment to the scattered terror and mystery of this series. Five years ago, the city was shocked by a series of brutal murders, and now the murders may be starting up again. Is a demon death-god responsible? Or is it the ghost of a murdered child? The various characters develop different themes of the story, which is itself a commentary on the evolution of human consciousness. The YouTube music video we've selected, set to the show's closing theme, gives you a pretty good look at what the show is about. Are you ready?

That vid's been taken down as well, but we've replaced it with an image from the series since we can't find another decent embeddable video. (Click here to buy the title from Amazon.)

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5. Perfect Blue.

An example of a slasher flick in anime, Perfect Blue shows the psychological disintegration of a J-pop star with a seriously disturbed stalker. This is horror in part because it could actually happen. In order the stave off the typical fate of the aging pop idol, the singer in question has reinvented herself as a sensual actress, dropping her good-girl image and infuriating fans. A scathing critique of the pop idol system in Japan, as well as a finely wrought psychological horror, Perfect Blue is well-worth its fame. The rape scene, a dramatic and disturbing play within a play, gives us Mimi's character realizing that her identity is entirely a construct at the same time we realize Mimi's disassociation is increasing. It's affecting and brilliant. Nine Inch Nails' "Perfect Drug" was an inspired choice for the AMV we've posted up there. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

Direct link for the feedreaders.

4. Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade.

A retelling of the faery tale of Little Red Riding Hood set in a fascist-run near future, this is psychological horror of the first order. It's a classic in itself, as well as a classic of situational and possible horror. What has been done to the soldiers to make them such perfect killing machines? Why is the little girl carrying a bomb...or is she? The mysteries and the tragedies blend into a horror that isn't about the blood you see, but about the blood you feel. If you want to say Jin-Roh isn't horror, think for a minute about how very easily this world could become the world we live in--chilling. I can't think of anything more perfect and inspired than an AMV for this series set to "Paint It Black." (See up top there.) Beware the big bad wolf. You can read Doc's review of the DVD here. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

Direct link for the feedreaders.

3. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

It's the less-campy sequel to the anime classic and a classic in its own right, Bloodlust provides another chapter in the life of the much-beloved and dashing dhampire, D. This time, Our Hero faces off against a creepy-as-Hell group of circus-freak vampires, other vampire hunters, and a master vampire or two, along the way providing enough atmospherics, chills, and bits of moody scenery for a dozen lesser films. The AMV we've selected provides an interesting visual introduction to the movie.

Again, the AMV's been taken down, so we've reverted to the trailer. Doc's review of the film is here. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

Direct link for the feedreaders.

2. Gantz.

Gritty and modern without being painfully post-modern, Gantz puts normal people into an impossible situation and forces them to do things they never thought they'd do… but will. Before Saw's hopelessly cockeyed interpretation of will they-won't they, Gantz creates a fresh idea--people who are already "dead" and don't want to die again--trapped in a room and at the beck and call of a mysterious black sphere. Sartre's "Hell is other people" never had such proof as this, nor did the idea that humans are still animals. What is Gantz? A game? A secret government project? Who knows? This is one anime that forces you to care about people you know are probably damned and is a rare example of how to be mysterious without just being ham-handedly confusing. Awesome. See our assassins at work in the AMV, which does a great job of addressing the themes of death and resurrection.

This seems to be a trend...that's taken down and now a replacement vid is in place. Read my review of Vol. 1 here. (Click here to buy the title from Amazon.)

Direct link for the feedreaders.

1. Hellsing.

Hellsing is among the best of anime, period. Combining fantastic characterizations and an interesting world with an engrossingly complex, but not ridiculous, plot, this short series manages to combine standard horror tropes—vampires, blood, Cthulhu-esque monsters, and more—while never forgetting it should also entertain. Along the way, we also get a huge helping of action, complete with one of anime's best soundtracks, high-caliber weaponry, explosions, endangered national buildings, the best boss ever, and lots of shooting people in the face. What more could you possibly want? Rammstein provided the music for this Hellsing AMV. Check out Alucard's smile. My reviews of the title are here. (Click here to buy the title from Amazon.)

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Dindrane is a writer, scholar, translator, professor and freelance classicist for hire. When she is not assisting the animal kingdom in the overthrow of humanity, she reads. She has, in fact, read more books than you. Do not test her on this. When she is not reading, she is serving as Minister of Anime and Manga Studies at Need Coffee Dot Com. She lives and works in North Alabama and is under the misguided assumption she is boring. She can be found on Twitter at @DindraneErin. She has written 340 posts. See them all here.

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    1. 

    apperantly you havent higurashi no koro ni , watch it , youll be suprised

    Comment by moneyapple — July 24, 2008 @ 12:43 am

    2. 

    no "Monster" series here. No good list. Johan is the scariest character in Anime history

    Comment by tnosugar — August 28, 2008 @ 9:11 am

    3. 

    Higrashi no Naku Koro ni should definitely be on this list somewhere... anyways, thanks for the list, was wondering what to watch next.

    Comment by Alex — September 20, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

    4. 

    Yeah Higurashi should definitely be here, you can add ghost hunt as well.

    Comment by stephen — October 24, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

    5. 

    nobody seems to mention lady death thats a great anime horror

    Comment by shadowwolfe — December 7, 2008 @ 11:47 am

    6. 

    what about elfen lied?

    Comment by inuyuuta — December 9, 2008 @ 2:38 am

    7. 

    I'm not sure Elfen Lied counts, it's not horror so much as it is twisted and violent.

    Comment by Blank-Mage — December 11, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

    8. 

    But then again, I'm not sure I'd count Hellsing as horror either...

    Comment by Blank-Mage — December 11, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

    9. 

    Mononoke, Mokke, Blood + are also great.

    Comment by WendyM — December 16, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

    10. 

    Wendy: You would consider Mononoke as horror? Interesting...

    Comment by Widge — December 16, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

    11. 

    Widge: Yeah, its actually classic japanese horror tales or legends. And also, well, in this post they consider perfect blue, mermaids forest, gantz and hellsing horror, and at least for me theyre definitely not that genre either, haha :)

    Comment by WendyM — December 19, 2008 @ 6:08 pm

    12. 

    Wendy: Cool, thanks for the info.

    Comment by Widge — December 19, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

    13. 

    Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni should be there. Im glad to see Hellsing there, I Don't find it scary or in anyway a "Thriller" Type to be considered one. Still It is a good list.
    elfen Lied Should be on there aswell, Even though it's more Psychological Horror then blood and gore type. Though there was alot. Im Surprised to see the anime "School Days" Is not in this list. Despite it's surprising and shocking ending.

    Comment by Angel — March 24, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

    14. 

    ive havent seen 4-9 but if 1-3 are the scaiest in the list, then i dont expect much. but higuashi no naku koro ni (When They Cry - Higurashi) should be on there.

    Comment by mike — April 10, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    15. 

    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is hands down the BEST horror anime of all. The 'cute' look is the ultimate deception for the downward spirals of tragedy and madness the characters go through.

    Comment by LaughingMan — April 17, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    16. 

    Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni

    Comment by mao — April 24, 2009 @ 11:39 am

    17. 

    I love how everyone is mentioning Higurashi. xDD

    But that's the only anime that actually scared me. Especially watching it at midnight in a pitch black room. The first arch was one of the best. :]

    Comment by Alora — May 12, 2009 @ 7:15 pm

    18. 

    i think jigoku shoujo should be there

    Comment by kirameki — May 26, 2009 @ 11:25 am

    19. 

    Higurashi no naku koro ni is a horror anime and Also Elfen lied is...*remembers the day when I put in the corner of the chalk board in church Elfen lied rocks*

    Comment by ElfenliedwasTooSad — May 28, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

    20. 

    [...] is a site that has videos that u can watch of horror anime http://www.needcoffee.com/2007/11/25/top-ten-horror-anime/ here are some anime u can look up Black Lagoon Blue Gender Claymore Ergo Proxy Hell Girl I hope [...]

    Pingback by What are some really good supernatural anime shows? | Anime — June 16, 2009 @ 5:46 am

    21. 

    Why don't I see Higurashi no Naku Koro ni or Pet Shop of Horrors?

    Comment by Tenchi — September 9, 2009 @ 12:35 am

    22. 

    mmm...higurashi no naku korko ni/ni kai and ghost hunt didn't make the list!!!! i'm glad kakurenbo made it..it deffo is a freaky short film

    Comment by krystalK — September 18, 2009 @ 1:18 am

    23. 

    You know, I'm watching Higurashi no naku koro ni right now. I accidently watched up to episode 7 of Higurashi (Kai) before it though, so that made it much easier to understand.

    Also, I'm up to the kidnapping arch. The one before that was definetly the scariest so far. When Sakoto saw Keiichi with the axe, the dawning of realization was hilarious. "Oh, hey Sakoto. Why the long face?" * turns head to look at axe* ........ O_o Priceless. lol

    Comment by eternallytimeless — September 20, 2009 @ 4:44 am

    24. 

    [...] is a site that has videos that u can watch of horror anime http://www.needcoffee.com/2007/11/25/top-ten-horror-anime/ here are some anime u can look up Black Lagoon Blue Gender Claymore Ergo Proxy Hell Girl I hope [...]

    Pingback by What are some really good supernatural anime shows? | desdelaxarxa.net — October 19, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

    25. 

    Higurashi no naku koro ni was the first anime i saw, i wonder if there are other animes with cute girls which later show themselfs scary and stuff. Btw i think the one with them focusing on shion is the most scary, and the first 4 episodes!

    Comment by Gerdano — October 26, 2009 @ 5:19 am

    26. 

    VIOLENCE FOR ME IS ALSO HORROR...HAHA...

    Comment by leya — October 27, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

    27. 

    [...] but I havent seen them.. hope that gives you a little more to go on ^_^ Heres a list of others: http://www.needcoffee.com/2007/11/25/top-ten-horror-anime/References [...]

    Pingback by What are some really violent and gory anime movies? | Hunt for Animes — October 28, 2009 @ 3:18 am

    28. 

    Great list of Anime horror genre. Hellsing and Trinity are really great.

    Comment by TopAnimes.Net — November 18, 2009 @ 6:06 am

    29. 

    I think Uzumaki should be added, excellent horror.

    Comment by Jackie — November 23, 2009 @ 6:35 am

    30. 

    VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU IS THE BEST VAMPIRE ANIME

    Comment by ALYSSSSS — December 12, 2009 @ 6:07 am

    31. 

    Can't believe there is no Higrashi no Naku Koro ni, lol. This anime puts everything on this list to rest. It's the only scary anime I've ever seen, it's the most disturbing thriller ever!

    I think my list makes more sense (if you just ignore Elfen Lied at the top, since it was choosen by votes ;/)

    Comment by Ghost In The Shell — December 22, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

    32. 

    I've seen most of the anime on the main top 10 list here, and by recommendation recently watched a number of the more popular series listed in these comments. Most listed, particularly among comments, are disappointing.

    Most rely on the same character archetypes, low production quality, and lackluster plotlines. Despite reviews in these comments, I found Higurashi and Ghost Hunt to be the most offensively predictable and uninteresting of the bunch.

    If you are looking for something with some interest and good atmosphere, the best recommendation would be Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. The art and animation is absolutely stunning. The characters are not copied and pasted in from every other teen anime series you've seen before, and they actually DEVELOP as the story unfolds. The atmosphere is dark, the action is great, the music is solid, and it doesn't stick around for another 20 episodes until it drives its appeal into the dirt.

    If you insist on a series, I would vote Hellsing. It is more predictable, but the art and story are much more engaging. Alucard is an entertaining anti-hero if nothing else. The girl, however...

    Trinity Blood, for the record, shows potential early in the series. Do be warned that it takes a sharp decline due to the fact that the series' creator passed away before its completion and did not pass on the rest of the story. The middle becomes dredged in over-discussed politics and the end is sloppily assembled, full of loose ends, and most of all extremely dissatisfying.

    The rest belong to the "Thriller" and "Action" genres, not "Horror". If you desire something beyond the cliche themes of teen anime and has a good scare in it, I would love to find it myself. As it stands now, I don't believe one currently exists.

    Comment by Mobri — December 26, 2009 @ 4:28 am

    33. 

    PS. Gantz has a fantastic premise and higher quality than most anime. Don't become too optimistic, however. The main characters are painfully one-dimensional, inconsistent, and on numerous occassions immensely FRUSTRATING. It was one of the few occassions I audibly begged the a main character to either shoot the obviously deadly, non-human, flesh-rending monster (after extensive and unnecessary internal conflict over the "morality" of it all) or to shoot himself square in the face and rid us all of his self-involved jibberish.

    Once again, a good premise trashed on account of poor characters and a weak plot.

    Comment by Mobri — December 26, 2009 @ 4:37 am

    34. 

    You call this horror list??? wtf.... where is ghost, where is monster, where is higurashi no naku koro ni, where is the other properly defined horror animes????. 99 % of the anime u listed involves kicking some monster ass. U CALL THAT horror???

    Comment by yucel — January 11, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    35. 

    o yeah as a last note. .. i am glad that u haven't put the Gintama on your list too since u just interested on some blood and stupid looking alien like creatures. bah, the list is fail big time.

    Comment by yucel — January 11, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

    36. 

    Yucel: Thank you for your comments. I think they work best when read as blank verse.

    Comment by Widge — January 11, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

    37. 

    hey guys blood+ is a cool anime

    Comment by natsuki — January 14, 2010 @ 4:50 am

    38. 

    Nice
    Ayakashi (japanese horror folklore) should be added

    Comment by Alexa — January 14, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    39. 

    HIGURASHI NO NAKU KORO NI THE TOP 1 HORROR PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER! You have to understand it by finishing the story not, by watching and skipping a few episodes. If you can't understands it, your not fit to watch it.

    Comment by Ekura — January 16, 2010 @ 3:19 am

    40. 

    I think you don't even need to finish HNNKN to understand that. You just need to watch until the creepy killing and the mistery begins to realize it ranks top, along with Monster.

    Comment by Yuriness - Yuri and Shoujo-ai — January 16, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    41. 

    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni should top this list. It gets credits for being the ONLY anime to ever scare me. It's amazing.

    Jigoku Shoujo should definitely be added as well.

    Comment by Jared — January 17, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    42. 

    Lol these anime horros isnt evn scary or freaky
    for me its
    1.Higurashi no naku
    2.Elfen Lied
    3.Umineko
    4.Jigoku shoujo
    ect i know 1more but i forgot
    the name.

    but im looking up for more horror
    anime but this doesnt seem scary
    please hellsing?
    hellsign more of a action

    Comment by Julian A. 671 — February 1, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    43. 

    Am I the only person who sees Elfen Lied as a drama and not a horror? Sure, there's alot of blood to it, but it's just blood lol

    Comment by Yuriness - Yuri and Shoujo-ai — February 2, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    44. 

    i think the anime MAIL should be there is freaking scary.

    Comment by Faye El-haj — February 15, 2010 @ 11:54 pm

    45. 

    what octopus girl should so be in here. That's the scariest ever!:(

    Comment by clara — February 16, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    46. 

    DUDE!!! When They Cry(Higurashi) should SOOOO be on this!!!! it makes NOOOO sense!!!! i got the SERISLY confused in the middle of it but i figured it out at the end!!! wach the WHOLE series!!!

    Comment by Kat — February 27, 2010 @ 12:53 am

    47. 

    Jigoku Shoujo and Higurashi are definitely the best horror anime ever!

    Comment by Jordan — March 1, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    48. 

    No Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni? I am surprised!!!
    Also, Ghost Hunt is quite a good horror anime that if you watch late at night with no lights, it can be quite creepy.

    Comment by lostty — March 28, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

    49. 

    Jesus. Anyone who says "Higurashi" needs to add how old they are to their comment.

    I really enjoyed Vampire Princess Miyu.

    Comment by scherzo — March 31, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

    50. 

    shameless . . no higurashi . .

    Comment by sigh — April 6, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    51. 

    Form me
    1.Ealfen lied
    2.Hellsing
    3.Serching...

    Comment by Alucad :) — April 21, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

    52. 

    does Death Note count? it's a fantastic anime, a series worth watching!! Lots of twists, numerous killers, mysterious detectives! Killings aren't like any other common killings... these are unusual and doesn't require presence... :D

    Comment by WOWADIN80 — May 2, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    53. 

    ok actually i think elfen lied AND higurashi shuold be there and for the anser of my age is 13 DERGHHHH

    Comment by kat — May 2, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    54. 

    I'm so happy that everyone is giving Higurashi a heads up :) Higurashi should be here. It IS one of the best animes ever! If you find an anime that makes you want to scratch your neck absentmindedly, higurashi should be there!

    Comment by Amber — June 4, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    55. 

    Yeah, a lot of people don't give Higurashi the proper chance it deserves because it seems like 'mindless violence' that 'makes no sense.'

    It takes the entire first season PLUS around half of the second season to figure out what's going on. That's just how the story is. Sadly, it's hard to figure that out because the anime had to cut a lot of things from the novels, such as context clues. Ultimately, Higurashi is a game you're playing as you watch (or play through the novels). Episodes 1-16 are Question Arcs, from then on out they're Answer Arcs.

    I don't understand the person's comment saying to 'put your age.' I'm 19, for reference. I was only creeped out a little by the first arc, the rest was just...interesting and I admit I liked the violence. Knowing the full story just leaves me inspired. There are far more twists and mindfuckery than Death Note could even hope for.

    I just wanted to defend the series on the basis of intelligence. It has a really thought-provoking premise and storyline and once you get to the core of the problem, it's really original.

    Comment by Rin — June 26, 2010 @ 3:14 am

    56. 

    I think Blood: The Last Vampire, the anime version obv, should be there, it was my first one i watched and its a great story. had to watch it in school.

    Comment by Rebecca — June 29, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    57. 

    i havent seen it yet, but i've read that Genocyber is one of the goriest animes around. i'm not sure if it's considered actual "horror" but it definately sounded disturbing & extremely violent. just a thought.

    Comment by Cranberri — June 30, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

    58. 

    How come paranoia adgent wasn't mentioned at all in this.

    Comment by Zoroki — July 29, 2010 @ 4:27 am

    59. 

    Some these are not really scary at all check out school days and high school of the dead

    Comment by Ayu — October 6, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

    60. 

    i dont think VAMPIRE HUNTER D is really horror, more adventure fantasy. still a GREAT movie, though

    Comment by nico — October 18, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

    61. 

    High school of the dead has its scary parts, but the ecchi elements are pretty distracting B). Would be nice, if someone would recommend some anime which DOESN'T have anything to do with Vampires. Love this blog

    Comment by darrell — October 23, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    62. 

    Thanks, Darrell! I'll pass your request off to Din.

    Comment by Widge — October 23, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

    63. 

    DEAD SPACE??? scariest anime horror ever!

    Comment by kickstand — November 7, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    64. 

    These are very good shows :) you are very VERY intelligent to say Hellsing... x3 but, you should have put Elfen Lied or Death Note on the list too ^^ but domo-arigato, and danke~!

    Comment by rachel hignite — November 18, 2010 @ 10:15 am

    65. 

    thank u

    Comment by yaman — November 19, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    66. 

    I watched GANTZ because I saw it on this list and I have to say "Thank you very much" what an terrific anime. I actually watched the entire series in one sitting...

    Comment by 121force — December 9, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    67. 

    I'm gonna tell you... Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni was one of the most amazing anime I've watched after seeing everyone's comments

    Comment by Fake Name — December 13, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

    68. 

    shiki is cool it is vampire

    Comment by roula hasan — January 29, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    69. 

    death note is nvr meant for horror but defenitely worth watching maybe for some shinigami that eat apples r called horror i have no idea either way id say higurashi should be no.1 i mean cute girls going koo koo kiling each other? sure understanding the story is a pain but only way to understand it is through the whole series u miss even 1 episode and u r lost lol and elfen lied this story kinda have hentai on it but instead of concentrating on the boobs the directer made sure that the story itself will drow more attention then the boobs but some people dun call it horror and some does guess its mainly on how u picture the situation that makes it horror

    Comment by Mr L — February 11, 2011 @ 2:02 am

    70. 

    elfen lied and higurashi aren't on here...
    this list is horrible -__-

    Comment by Sandy — February 18, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    71. 

    Sandy: That's not fair. The list had such nice things to say about you.

    Comment by Widge — February 18, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    72. 

    I AM ANGRY OTAKU! Y U NO HAV MY FAV HOROR ANIME TITELS? U ARE NAZI!

    Comment by Isaac — February 18, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    73. 

    Sorry, reading the comments on this made me angry.

    Comment by Isaac — February 18, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    74. 

    Can't tell if commets are trolls or just stupid..
    Well of course Elfen Lied isn't on this its hardly a horror. And Higurashi isn't exactly 'scary'. And the guy that said Death note needs to gtfo LOL.

    Comment by Mii — March 14, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    75. 

    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Hell Girl should definitely be on this list. Why aren't they???

    Comment by Hot-Gothics — April 10, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    76. 

    Creo q el mejor anime de horror, no lo ha visto nadie aca, es BERSERK excelente histiria epica con toques de fantastico, narrado de forma magistral.

    Elfen Lied es para seguidores de Pokemon, no sea irrespetuosos, ven volar una pierna y ya dicen q es obra maestra, no entienden nada

    Comment by funhouse — April 24, 2011 @ 2:34 am

    77. 

    Hay un anime de terror espacial, se llama ALIEN X y en españa se lo titulo Criatura del espacio.

    Lahistoria es una mescla de Alien y Event Horizont. es viejito, finales de los 80s diria yo.
    pero no lo consigo en internet, lo tengo en vhs, alguien sabe de que hablo, como se consigue, es un anime de 40 minutos, de culto, muy bueno!!

    Comment by funhouse — April 24, 2011 @ 2:37 am

    78. 

    I actually really like this list, it's nice to get some more non-mainstream animes rather than the standard Elfen Lied, and so forth.

    And yes, Perfect Blue is a horror, I couldn't sleep the night I watched it. xD

    Comment by Lydia — April 28, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    79. 

    si alguien tiene idea del anime ALIEN X -Criatura dele spacio. AVISEME

    Comment by funhouse — May 1, 2011 @ 6:06 am

    80. 

    alright, listen. there are several breakdowns of horror; the crap that guro, the crap that keeps you up at night, the crap that makes you pee your pants and go oh shi-WHAT WAS THAT AT MY WINDOW?!, psychological, and probably one or two others. either way, YOU PEOPLE NEED TO SHUT UP AND ACCEPT THE LIST! IT MAY NOT HAVE HIGURASHI AND WHATEVER ELSE EVERYONE KEEPS WHINING ABOUT, BUT IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, MAKE YOUR OWN D*MN LIST!!!

    sank yuu. ^^

    (been watching one too many... *nervous laugh*)

    Comment by Kai — May 6, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    81. 

    i like kakurenbo - but like everyone else you can guess what i'm about to say... you need higurashi. also has anyone seen "Innocent"?

    Comment by Mrs Brass knobs — May 26, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

    82. 

    So, I was going through this list like, "Yeah, these are pretty good." Then I saw Hellsing on the list, and I thought, "This list just lost everything good that it had." No offense to anyone out there, but I thought the anime was just plain stupid. Good in the beginning when it kind of followed the manga, but the turn it takes is just terrible. Great manga, awful anime.

    Now, of course I have to say this too, as everyone else is. YOU NEED THE HIGURASHI SERIES! BOTH SEASONS AND THE 5 OVAS AFTEEEER!!!!!! It is very good.

    Comment by Rox — June 10, 2011 @ 3:57 am

    83. 

    Rox: I find it amazing that Hellsing is, in your opinion, so bad that it can negate nine other good series. But to each their own.

    Also, I'd like to point out that I'm not sure when Higurashi was released Region 1-wise, but it looks like 2007 and this list was originally composed in 2007. So Higurashi may not be on here simply because the list pre-dates the show. Perhaps if we ask nicely, Din will give us an updated version.

    Anyway, thanks for the comment. It is appreciated.

    Comment by Widge — June 10, 2011 @ 5:27 am

    84. 

    u have never seen higurashi oviously b/c im the biggest fan of it and those pity shows r an embaressment to it der anyway u have no respect for horror! x_x

    Comment by c.c. — June 23, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    85. 

    Where's Elfen Lied?

    Comment by Hamburger — July 28, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

    86. 

    --SPOILER KINDA?--

    After watching Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, all i hear when I go to bed is Shion insane laughter.

    Comment by Tiff — August 6, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    87. 

    Yeah, question. what happened to Ghost Hunt and HighSchool Of The Dead? i wouldnt really in all honesty call Hellsing a horror. more of an action.

    Comment by Kieran — August 10, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    88. 

    I would add Petshop of Horrors. Its bloody and a bit scary. More creepy, but bloody and violent.

    Comment by Shannibearstar — August 13, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    89. 

    wtf this list is bullshit

    Comment by orion — October 2, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    90. 

    Orion: I know it takes a lot of effort to put together a comment like yours which is thoughtful, well-researched and insightful that adds to the discussion. So we really appreciate you taking the time.

    Comment by Widge — October 2, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    91. 

    whatever , thank u widge .

    Comment by orion — October 3, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    92. 

    thay 4 got Ghost hunt.

    Comment by Crazy Inuyasha fan girl — October 25, 2011 @ 2:05 am

    93. 

    Higurashi +1
    Monster +1
    Gantz (Season 1) +1
    Claymore (Dark fantasy) +1
    Berserk (Dark fantasy) +1

    Comment by Number 9 — November 2, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    94. 

    Since virtually everyone here is mentioning Higurashi, I suppose I should ask if anyone knows a good anime that's similar. Any ideas?

    Comment by Epix — November 20, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    95. 

    I'd say Death Note but I suppose that's more"thriller", but Higurashi no naku koro ni should defintely be on here.

    Comment by Allen Brock — November 27, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    96. 

    Omg Where is Umineko NoNaku Koro Ni ishould be the number 1 I mean with all the guts and gore mystery keeps you on edgwhere is it ? It's even scarier tan Higurashi if you ask me people!

    Comment by Kris — November 27, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    97. 

    'Scuse me. Where the eff is Berserk?

    Comment by Amy — December 18, 2011 @ 2:40 am

    98. 

    You people seem to misunderstand the concept of horror, "an intense, painful feeling of repugnance and fear." I'm sorry, but that makes Higurashi far from a true horror. Anybody who did get truly scared of this anime is the equivalent of somebody saying The Exorcist, a movie you can find in the comedy bargain bin at your local movie store, is the scariest movie ever made. It's leaning more towards the thriller genre than it is towards the horror genre. The only story arc that held my attention in a sense of horror is the first arc, where Rena and Mion are the "culprits". I particularly enjoyed the scenes of when Rena visited his home to bring him food and her being outside his window and the way they went from cute to serious within a moment. I know the latter happens through-out the series, but I feel the first story arc expressed this best. The further you go into the series, the less unnerving it all becomes. 9/10 of the animes you people mention here are action/thriller animes and not horror (Elfen Lied for example). This being said, Elfen Lied is one of the best animes I have ever seen. You should watch it. I mean, right as you read this. That means now. Go watch it.

    Comment by Gemini — December 24, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    99. 

    Gemini: Thanks for the comment. I'm not anime-savvy, but I am horror-savvy, and I share your concern that people don't know what horror is. The concept of it as a genre has been diluted by the fact that so many thrillers are indeed classified as horror films. Most slasher flicks, to use my normal example, aren't horror. As Stephen King put it, paraphrased, "Horror should horrify." However, I would say that there is some room for "horror is in the eye of the beholder" in some cases--and I don't just mean those of who find horror in the concept of the Adam Sandler movie Jack & Jill. The Exorcist I find horrific for multiple reasons stemming from the idea of a young girl being turned into a grinning nightmare all to way to "Holy crap, there may actually be a God and He's the kind of bastard who would allow this to happen." So all of that to say, excellent comment but we can agree to disagree on The Exorcist. (Although your main point may have been "scariest movie ever made," and I would definitely say it's not that. And the "Main Event" sequence of the actual exorcism has the thriller vibe to it, so we're not too far out of sync with each other.)

    Comment by Widge — December 24, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    100. 

    hmmm . . . . MIRAI NIKKI! XD

    Comment by flo — January 12, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    101. 

    Um. Most of these titles aren't even horror.

    I mean, Trinity Blood? Really?
    Come on.

    Comment by m — January 27, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    102. 

    Gantz is quite good I must say, but it's not horror.

    Comment by Ezekiel McKnight — February 2, 2012 @ 2:18 am

    103. 

    NO Entiendo Por ke GANTZ ESTA DE 2do, Hellsin es buena pero GANTZ es el que deberia estar de Primera, Aparte Varios de los otros animes no creo no deberian estar alli, e incorporar a "another" a "higurashi no nako koro ni" "DEATH NOTE" y "Elfen Lied"

    Comment by Elvis — February 2, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    104. 

    There's a new one now called "Another" its been really good so far.

    Comment by Liliane — March 5, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    105. 

    Liliane your right I cant make 3 episodes with out wanting to piss my paints

    Comment by Frenchie — March 18, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

    106. 

    actually the most horrifying anime I saw
    lately was Another, you must count this one :p

    Comment by poke — March 30, 2012 @ 12:12 am

    107. 

    104 &106 i agree "another" is a good Anime it sarcry and its a great show

    Comment by sherry — April 4, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    108. 

    I wouldn't exactly consider hellsing a horror series...

    Comment by Le Boss — April 8, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    109. 

    No Paranoia Agent or Monster?
    And the Higurashi visual novel and manga were pretty scary, but all of the QUALITY in the anime made it hard for me to take it seriously.

    Comment by Kacey — April 30, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    110. 

    Where's Hell Girl...and what about Ergo Proxy? Or is that not considered horror, more phycological I suppose. Of course Trinity Blood is up here!

    Comment by Love — May 6, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    111. 

    Sorry guys, but I don't really see Elfen Lied as a horror...it's more of a thriller/maybe some type of suspense. Nothing "scary" ever really happens. A lot of people are just killed. I watched Pet Shop of Horrors, and it can be a little freaky (the rabbit thing..yeah.). I have absolutely fallen in love with the characters and the interactions...I also love how each episode has it's own little story. Love the Count. Lovelovelove. But anyways..I think people are confusing "Horror" with "Action/Thriller" here.
    I'm going to check some of these out and hopefully find some new ones, I'll update ;D

    Comment by Hannah — May 28, 2012 @ 12:22 am

    112. 

    whats with these bs anime -.- most are vampire and elfen lied isn't horror....cmon, give a real horror anime like ghost or something SCARY.

    Comment by -.- — July 14, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    113. 

    1. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni/Kai (I found this scary in a disturbing way. To those failing to see Higurashi as a Horror anime, you're obviously too dense to try thinking from the victom's position, if it were you, I'd see you crying, pissing your pants and scared as fuck ;p so tell me what happened in Higurashi wasn't truly horrific for the characters... :3, btw at whoever was mentioning The Excorcist in comparison, that movie isn't scary its fucking hilarious especially when the little girl tells the priest to eat shit and die! LOL!)
    2. Paranoia Agent
    3. Tokko
    4. Monster (good, but so long -.-)
    5. Highschool Of The Dead
    6. Serial Experiments Lain (Not really horror but I give it props for the atmosphere, its got Paranoia Agent vibes to it, it is also the same amount of episodes long.)
    7. Claymore (Will always bee better than Blood+)
    8. Gantz (It does have it's horrifying and siturbing moments that will wrench your emotions.
    9. When The Seagull's Cry (By the same person who did Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, I warn you now, its even harder to follow than Higurashi and the 2nd half of the series hasn't come out yet so you end with a cliff hanger! Its good though, picture Higurashi fused with Clue)
    10. Elfen Lied?

    Oh, FTR, grow up kids Death Note IS horror, just because it doesn't terrify you doesn;t mean its any less of a horror than any of the others I listed. A teen plays god to get a stranglehood of paranoia over the entire world, crime rates go down because people are horrified of what fate their actions will cause if they catch "god"s eye. That is definately horror ;p I love how people these day don't know their genres' "Its not horror because it's not scary!" Thats not what horror is lmao, Elfen Lied is horror because the scenarios can be considered "horrific" by the characters stand-point.

    Comment by Kierin — July 15, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    114. 

    For the retards here who don't know what horror is:

    hor·ror/ˈhôrər/Noun: An intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust.

    BAMF, congratulations, Death Note and Elfen Lied are most definitely horror by definition. So is Higurashi, you people are seriously like fucking retarded. Reading these comments is pissing me off, like either the majority of you are retarded, in 4th grade, and don't know the definition of Horror, or you're like hardcore trolling and its working! All 3 of the above anime have inspired fear, shock, and disgust in me at some point or another through each series, mostly, I thought about it from the character's points of view. Until you put yourself in the character's shoes, you'll never experience the true horror they're going through. Get high and watch House of 1,000 Corpses, pretend you're one of those cheerleaders tied to the bedpost next to your friend's corpse. If you don't start feeling like having a panic attack then you can't sympathize very well, and if you can't sympathize, you'll never experience ANYTHING from the horror genre for what its worth. *sage nod*;p

    Comment by Kierin — July 15, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    115. 

    Kierin: Just wanted to say... Epic Rant. Thank you.

    Comment by Widge — July 15, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    116. 

    Add Another and Mirai Nikki to my list!

    Comment by Kierin — July 24, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    117. 

    I have to the creepiest anime that has completely made me scared to sleep is when they cry. It's really good and really scary. It might even kinda make you question who your friends really are.

    Comment by Kori — July 27, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    118. 

    I love horror anime thanks I'm loving this because I'm running out of animes to watch

    Comment by lilly — July 28, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    119. 

    A mysterious message coming from nowhere...

    Comment by Perry Como — August 14, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    120. 

    Hellsing is indeed number one. no doubt 'bout it.
    i know y'all probally won't agree with me on this one but....
    Elfen Lied
    Should be on this list.
    Despite the nudity, EL really spoke to me. It shown the cruel ways of people and shown the horrible tests scientists would do to figure out what they don't know. There are characters i hate in it but otherwise it is an overall great anime in my opinion.

    Comment by Marista — August 16, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    121. 

    the list from 2007!!!!!

    Comment by Paul — August 18, 2012 @ 3:46 am

    122. 

    Amarajaku gave me creeps . . . Also d medicine seller

    Comment by Vayu — October 2, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    123. 

    no way is Gantz horror, its action echhi

    Comment by Igknigt — October 9, 2012 @ 4:30 am

    124. 

    i think that is this a zombie is really bloody and scary but funny at the same time

    Comment by amber — November 5, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    125. 

    How about Corpse Party manga?

    Comment by NL — November 25, 2012 @ 3:32 am

    126. 

    Or game

    Comment by NL — November 25, 2012 @ 3:53 am

    127. 

    Another is the best horro I've seen but came out after this list was made.
    Blood + is excellent, Deadman Wonderland and Gantz are scary bloody fun and I liked High School of the Dead except for the distracting jiggling jelly boobs. Really guys? Have you never actually felt or seen a real girls boobs. So weird.
    Scariest chill I ever got was when I was reading Copperlion when Japan got hit with all its problems. Now that was creepy, I was looking forward to seeing this in anime but can understand why it didn't happen...

    Comment by Jen — December 18, 2012 @ 1:17 am

    128. 

    I agree, Hellsing sits at the TOP of anime listing. Everyone I know including myself has watched Hellsing at least three times over.

    Comment by DemonousNight — March 16, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    129. 

    yeah higurashi when they cry and elfen lied must be here

    Comment by nana — May 16, 2013 @ 3:59 am

    130. 

    wow...thanks for thiis list :)

    Comment by Rival Edogawa — July 1, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    131. 

    the most scariest I've ever seen so far
    1)Ghost Hunt (the scariest i guess)
    2)Another (2nd Scarier too)
    3)High School of the dead (3rd scariest)
    4)Elfen Lied (I have but haven't watch yet)
    5)Ayakashi Ayashi Japan Classic horror

    I haven't much horror anime but I got jigoku shoujo live action xP...
    Haha i guess its not scarier than the anime one..

    btw do correct if i make some mistake here^^

    Comment by Devilhand — July 20, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    132. 

    I have a question that I hope someone can answer, I saw this Japanese Anime about these 2 guys who went into business together and one kills the secretary and the friend and business partner kills him out of greed and jealousy. so he goes to hell and comes back o warn his old friend and business partner. His warning is not heeded and he dies by his own hand later (chokes himself to death). Has anyone seen this movie? its the scariest anime I've EVER seen, but I cant remember it ):

    Comment by Katita — September 24, 2013 @ 1:45 am

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