10) Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, follows Keiichi Maebara as he moves to a small village and quickly becomes friends with classmates Rena Ryuuguu, Satoko Houjou, Mion Sonozaki, and Rika Furude. As the village gets ready for a festival, it starts to make you think that the show is going to be a harem style anime. However, Keiichi starts to learn about murders and other events that seem to have some connection with the festival and the village’s patron god, Oyashiro. Like any one else, Keiichi turns to his friends for advice to find out that they’re not really people he should have ever called friends. I’m not going to lie, this is one confusing anime. Especially when characters that have died come back in the next episode. Don’t worry. It’s designed this way for a reason and gives you the story in small arcs. Just keep watching and enjoying the violence and it will start to piece together for you. Get ready for a violent and psychotic show that will keep you guessing the whole time.
9) Ghost Hunt
Taniyama Mai’s school has been experiencing quite a few supernatural phenomena. To solve these mysteries the principal has called in the president of the Shibuya Psychic Research Company, Shibuya Kazuya. During his initial investigation of the school, Mai happens to interfere and accidentally injure Kazuya’s assistant. Thus, Kazuya drafts her into his service and Mai gets to see behind the scenes of the stories she loves to gossip about.
Ajin takes us into a world of terrorism, misinformation, and immortals. For a long time the Ajin (supernatural/immortal) have lived in relative peace with humanity. However, this all changes when one psychopathic Ajin begins to bomb and terrorize the city all the while wearing his trademark close-eyed grin. The thing that most people might have trouble with is the animation style. Many of the CG animes get a bad rap before they even watch it. Don’t be deterred though. This anime will leave you on the edge of your seat felling creeped and uncomfortable.
7) Gakkou Gurashi
Yuki Takeya understands that her time in high school has been so great at Megurigaoka that she never wants to leave. However, not everything is what it seems and all of it is simply a facade. In truth, a zombie outbreak has left them isolated in their school. The other survivors are split between their psychologically of the horror of their current predicament and their attempts to create a blissful world for Yuki, if not for themselves. The style is a great mix of cute and terrifying.
6) Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen (The Garden of Sinners: Paradox Spiral)
This fifth chapter of the Kara no Kyoukai film series follows the events following a double homicide committed by Tomoe Enjou. Even though it’s fifth installment of a series (which is for sure worth your time) most people can jump right into this movie without feeling completely lost. Whether or a fan that’s been watching from the beginning or looking for a place to start this is a great noir style anime movie.
This show is practically the anime equivalent of Final Destination, however, this has a bit more of a plot. The “Another” haunts us with it’s combination of an extremely tense environment mixed with brutal deaths. From umbrellas to boats, nothing is out of the relm of possability as a potential death machine. Ultimately, Another makes you aware and afraid of everything you do. Is it safe to be twirling this pencil? What if it slips and pierces an eye? You may want to put the pencil down.
4) Yami Shibai
Presented in the style of Kamishibai performances, which uses paper figures and backgrounds, each four-minute episode is a standalone story of horror. Yami Shibai has a few unique qualities that make it stand out. Firs, its animation is an artistic mix of kamishibai, photos, and a moment or two of live action that creates a peculiar static tension that is impossible to get away from. It’s also reminiscent of staring at the dull and lifeless eyes of a doll. Mix these qualities in amazing sound, setting, mood, and you’ll be captivated from season to season. Truly, this show proves that no place is ever safe.
3) Hell Girl
Jigoku Tsuushin (Hell Correspondence) allows people to input the names of their enemies onto a website. The peoples whose names are written are then ferried to hell immediately by Ai Enma, while the prosecutor will join them upon death as payment. Hell Girl’s style and sound come together in harmony to provide the people watching with a terrific taste of horror. From the constant bullying of victims in the real world to the nightmarish traps for those being punished, there is always something haunting.
2) Deadman Wonderland
When Ganta Igarashi’s entire classroom is blown up and gets framed for the crime. He enters the maddening, horror-filled world of the prison Deadman Wonderland. There isn’t an episode that dosen’t have at least one scene that doesn’t make your head turn. A scene in the first episode, in rather sickening detail, portrays a reel of atrocity, including the raping of a dead body. That’s how we start off this show. From there is just violence and dark background stories that just keep you coming back.
1) Corpse Party
During a farewell ceremony for a fellow classmate, nine students spice up the event by doing a ritual using paper dolls. These dolls, however, are connected to an alternate dimension. A maze of sorts, these nine students must work together to get out of this nightmarish environment. Cruel ghosts and traps galore, Corpse Party is the Saw of anime. The gore alone is enough to satisfy most horror fans. However It’s its compelling mysteries and stories will keep you watching even though it might terrorize your dreams.