Top 10 Psychological Horror Anime to disturb your mind.

psychological horror anime

Many genres have been loved after the mainstream popularity of anime and one of the most discussed genres remains the psychological horror anime. Unlike the other categories, this genre combines drama, suspense, thriller, and psychological twist to enforce a chill down the spine. The elements of fear, gore visuals, and the disturbing mind-shaking psychic keep the adrenaline rush at its best. As the line between human sanity and the true meaning of right and wrong thins, ranging from Texhnolyze to the thrilling journey of Death Note. Here is the list of the top 10 psychological horror anime to keep you awake at night.

10. Ghost Hunt

Ghost Hunt, psychological horror anime
AIREDOct 4, 2006 to Mar 28, 2007
GENREHorror, Mystery, SUpernatural

Ghost Hunt is a thrilling anime with a supernatural twist for fans, adapted from the light novel series of Fuyumi Ono. The investigating drama focuses on paranormal activities.

The plot revolves around a sixteen-year-old girl Mai Taniyama, who gets involved in paranormal research after her encounter with Kazuya Shibuya, a researcher at Shibuya Psychic Research.

Perfectly executed mini-arcs present some of the best narration with thrilling paranormal episodes beginning from haunted mansions to cursed schools.

The suspenseful drive keeps fans on the edge of their seat with complementing animation and soundtracks.

9.Death Parade

Death parade
AIRED Jan 10, 2015 to Mar 28, 2015
GENREDrama , Suspense, Supernatural
CREATORYuzuru Tachikawa

Exploring the afterlife and the concept of death emerges as a game for those who died at the same time in the human world.

Welcome to Queindecim where the Decim decides the game for the souls and finalizes whether the soul will be reincarnated or drift into the void.

The suspense grapples as the characters are driven on a rollercoaster of emotions and memories. The narration shows redemption, morality, and the consequences of choices. With the complexity of life and death, the animation serves with the background music.

8.Parasyte: The maxim   

Parasyte: The maxim
AIREDOct 9, 2014 to Mar 26, 2015
GENREHorror, Action, Sci-fi, Psychological
CREATORHitoshi Iwaaki

Blending multiple genres like horror, philosophy, and sci-fi into one, Parasyte: The Maxim offers the theme of species war anime with morality.

The anime dwells around the protagonist, seventeen-year-old Shinichi Izumi who prevented the attack of a parasite from taking over his mind. Now the parasite settled in his hand named Migi has its intellectual mind.

As the other parasytes destroy their hosts, Migi must survive with Shinchi to eradicate the parasite to save humans from getting extinct.

The horror anime with dramatic and thrilling plot and perfectly carved characters provides some nail-biting scenes and moments.

7.Devilman Crybaby

Devilman Crybaby
AIRED Jan 5, 2018
GENREHorror, Action, Supernatural
CREATORKiyoshi Nagai

Devilman Crybaby is an original animation adaptation of Kiyoshi Nagai, also known as Go Nagai’s classic manga DevilMan with a modern twist.

Released on Netflix, the plot portrays the story of Akira Fuodo as a soft-hearted kid, wailing all the time. The fragile Akira lends a helping hand to his best friend to uncover the devils.

To save his best friend from such devils, Akira binds a deal with a demon named Amon. As his humanity starts to blur but his wailing fights against the devil and defeats the other devils.

With an emotional impact, the fluid animation reignites the magic of the original Devilman of the 90s.

6. Texhnolyze

Texhnolyze, psychological horror anime
AIREDApr 17, 2003 to Sep 25, 2003
GENREAction, Drama, Crime, Psychological
CREATORHiroshi Hiyashaki

With dark and gloomy settings Texhnolyze brings a slow-paced series with a great power narrative that deals with a group of gangs with lots of dark materials.

The story follows the underground fighter, Ichise in the city of Lux that is corrupted by crime and discrimination. As he loses his arm and leg, receives cybernetic limbs with a process called texhnolyzation.

As the feud between multiple gangs continues, Ichise is trapped in the chaos to bring change to the city. With darker hues and color grades, the crisp animation anticipates the suspense blended with background music.

5.Madoka Magica

Madoka Magica
AIRED Jan 7, 2011 to Apr 22, 2011
GENREDrama , Suspense, Supernatural, Psychological
CREATORMagica Quartet.

Perfectly defying the cute poster, Madoka Magica is one hell of a dark psychological horror anime matching the levels of Death Note and Perfect Blue.

The plot explores the two high school girls, Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki who are approached by a magical cat to become the appealing magical girls.

As fascinating as it sounds, the originality behind the magical girls’ power requires an immense amount of sacrifice. The anime celebrates its low-key plot twist with wisely intricate emotional depths.

The world of magic and witches will set aside your prejudice to justify the Mahou Shoujo category.

4.Higurashi: When They Cry

Higurashi: When They Cry
AIREDApr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
GENREHorror, Mystery, Supernatural, Psychological

The gripping mystery of Higurashi: When they cry, shows some of the most horrific gore content that the fans have ever seen. The number of crippling violence and mental torture scenes is not for the audience under the age of 18.

This bloodbath of anime focuses on the teenager Maebara Kinichi recently transferred to the new village Hinamizawa. As he struggles with the new life, he befriends a group of girls around the village.

On the arrival of the annual Watanagashi festival, he uncovers some brutal truths about recent murders and disappearances that occurred around the festival.

The pulpable sequence heightens as the POV dwindles between multiple timelines portraying the gruesome history of Hinamizawa. This anime is one of the most unsettling psychological horror anime.

3.Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue
AIRED Feb 28, 1998
GENREHorror, Psychological, Adult, Drama
CREATORYoshikazu Takeuchi

One of the best directorial debuts in the anime industry from Animator Satoshi Kon resulted in the best psychological thriller of all time “Perfect Blue”.

The Story focuses on the former young pop star Mima Kirigoe, a member of CHAM, leaving behind to pursue an acting career. As her debut work skyrockets her life becomes hectic and dramatic.

As the series of unfortunate events unfold, a stalker claiming to be her and uploading each detail of her daily life. And murders happening all around her, she seems to lose her sanity bit by bit.

The innovative story-telling and psychological twists further explored the societal obsession with fame and money. Though the visuals are quite disturbing, gore, and brutal it will surely keep you at the edge of your seat.

2.Death Note

Death Note
AIREDOct 2, 2008 to Dec 25, 2008
GENREHorror, Action, Supernatural, Psychological
CREATORTsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

The unique and compelling storytelling that Death Note serves has to be one of the best suspense anime out there to cherish for all time.

The narrative shows Light Yagami, who finds a Death note of Shinigami which had fallen into the lands of Earth. The Death Note has a simple rule if you write a person’s name and reason for their death while imagining the person, they will be dead in the same manner you mentioned.

As the will to create a utopia world free of criminals, Light also known as Kira comes face to face with detective “L” who leads the special team to catch Kira.
With the smooth animation, Death Note’s popularity spread like wildfire.


AIREDOct 8, 1997 to Apr 1, 1998
GENREHorror, Action, Drama, Psychological
CREATORKentaro Miura

Over the years the most talked anime and loved all around the world is probably the masterpiece from Kentaro Miura’s manga “Berserk” with the same name.

The overwhelming narration showcases the life of a mercenary with a traumatized past. Guts who would take up any job just for money in a world full of evil and brutality.

Guts known as the Black Swordsman collides path with the Band of the Hawk. As the ambitions of Griffith dominate, the unknown supernatural forces start to step out from the shadows.

The slicing gore scenes, the violent sword battles, and the philosophical conversation make it the most appreciated anime of all time. Its cliffhanger remains one of the best to date making it top psychological horror anime.

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