Welcome to our Top 10 Horror Anime Picks including both anime movies and TV shows. Our Anime Top 10 includes Hellsing, Hellsing: Ultimate OVA, Highschool of the Dead, Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Devil May Cry, Blood+, Yu Yu Hakusho, Death Note and Berserk. Basic synopsis and trailer/opening video for each anime is included. There is no particular order and if you feel that we missed something please comment below.
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Top 10 Horror Anime to Watch Now
10) Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek (2005)
1 episode - Kakurenbo is yet another Netflix recommendation where children are in a dismal town that is so immensely terrifying that the fear oozes from every character and that fear transfers to you, the viewer. Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek is a 1 episode anime that gets increasingly scarier as the story progresses. We see numerous Japanese Demons and they are huge and gruesome to see and leave a lasting impression.
9) Gakuen Mokushiroku Highschool of the Dead (2010)
12 episodes - Highschool of the Dead was actually recommended by Netflix and I said what the hell, let’s see a zombie horror anime. I was totally shocked by the enjoyment I had with this anime. Like most animes, this one comes from a popular manga but is very close to the manga. We start off at the high school and are characters are immediately exposed to the virus plague creating these zombies. With great characters that are both funny and exciting, this horror anime is extremely recommended to all. There was never a dull moment way in most animes, you have this huge lag period where characters are sharing some huge back story, not here. Battles with the zombies and humans are great and there is lots of guts getting knocked around. Season 2 is on everyone’s tongue once they see this anime and I am one of the fans, we may see something before 2011 ends, can’t wait.
8) Blood+ (2005)
50 episodes - Blood+ is the immense story of Saya. First introduced to us in Blood: The Last Vampire, we get to see the back story of how Saya came to be and exactly what she is fighting for. Saya has a twin sister in which she must put down because she has zero value for anyone or anything and will bring about the total destruction of mankind if left alone. Saya’s blood alone is the only thing that can kill her sister and her sisters’ guardians. A bit slow at most instances but really picks up extremely fast in the end when the final battle ensues.
7) Yu Yu Hakusho (1992)
112 episodes - Yu Yu Hakusho is here at the Top Horror Anime List because of it’s great storyline and characters who really grow on you. Yusuke is our hero who possesses a spirit gun power which evolves into a spirit shotgun like power. Yusuke has a great team who are not just tag along characters but who also progress the story in great ways. Hei is one of favorites as well because he is the real bad ass of the bunch who carries a sword. Trying not to spoil the ending but the ending really takes the characters from high school bullies to a bigger destiny that has been laid out from the start.
6) Devil May Cry (2007)
12 episodes - Devil May Cry comes from the popular video game series true to the franchise, delivers a kick, laugh and a few bad ass moments that only Dante can deliver. Dante is our hero who just can’t be beat and does it all in such an ease that we are left wondering just how powerful is this guy. Dante takes on huge monsters that claim to be the worst demon in hell with nothing more then a stylish execution of pain and punishment. Duel wielding his favorite sword and gun, he is a true demon who is in fact the offspring of Sparta, the great demon of hell.
5) Berserk (1997)
25 episodes - Berserk is one of my favorites as well and one of my first full anime series that I watched. Berserk tells the tale of Gatts, an incredibly powerful warrior who loses a battle with Griffith who holds the powerful pendant called the Eye of God. Gatts and Griffith travel together and build an incredible army in which Griffith is the leader but that is when all goes totally crazy. Griffith becomes a crazy mad man who cares not for anyone and with the power of the pendant transforms himself into a bringer of death. In this transformation, he abuses the only woman that Gatts has ever loved and tries to kill Gatts with the help of his new army of monsters. Gatts goes insane with rage and destroys everything in sight but loses Griffith as he runs away. Now Gatts trails Griffith with one goal in mind, destroy his former best friend at whatever cost for the betrayal and evil he has left behind.
4) Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2001)
Movie - Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is what the original Vampire Hunter D made in 1985 should have been. Based on the popular Vampire Hunter D novels and manga, this vampire hunter is hired to bring back a kidnapped girl taken by a vampire. D for Dracula presumably, I am still reading the horror novels, faces off against other vampire hunters, a race of warriors who are closer to monsters then any human and his very own step-mother, The Queen of All Vampires Carmilla. Vampire Hunter D has his hands full in this installment and can’t wait for a third movie.
3) Death Note (2006)
39 episodes - Death Note has us cheering on a killer. This killer named Light has found a notebook in which any name written on it will kill that person in 40 seconds. The notebook belongs to a Shinigami (Death God) named Ryuk. Light begins killing off all criminals until he finally playing mind games with an extremely intelligent detective with the help of the top minds of the police force, including Light. Light must keep himself out of the focus while still carrying out his killing spree. A nice change to the regular horror genre. Throw in another notebook/user and we have all a great storyline.
2) Hellsing (2001)
13 episodes - Hellsing stars Alucard which is Dracula spelled backwards of course and just like Dracula, Alucard is a monster vampire. This master vampire creates a new vampire fledgling, which he has never done before in all his untold years and is a loose master at best. He protects his fledgling at the last moment. But enough of that, what makes Alucard a real bad ass is that he has no equal. Every vampire that shows their face gets decimated by Alucard. Fun and exciting and leaves you guessing what new power will he use this time.
1) Hellsing: Ultimate OVA (2005)
10 episodes - Hellsing Ultimate OVA is a direct adaptation of the original manga. Improvements to the art direction and graphics scream awesome with new vibrant colors. The scenes are in your face gruesome and crazy as hell. Alucard ups the intensity with an even darker mood and theme that takes Hellsing into new levels of horror. Too bad this series didn’t see more episodes but you definitely need to see these episodes.