Hey guys Anime Girl here. Since it’s Halloween I’d thought I’d share some horror/gore Anime recommendations. These are the ones that I’ve watched and are in no particular order.
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Synopsis: Another is based off a mystery horror novel by Yukito Ayatsuji. In 1972 partway through the school year, Misaki, a student of Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 died suddenly. The students and teachers were devastated by the loss, so they behaved like Misaki was still alive. Fast forward to spring 1998 the main character Kouchi Sakakibara is transferred into Yomiyama’s class 3-3. He meets Mei Misaki, who is completely ignored by the other students and teachers. Every year this happens to one student in class 3-3. Suddenly students of class 3-3 and their relatives start dying in gruesome ways. Realising these deaths are related to the ‘Misaki of 1972’, Kouchi and Mei try to figure out how to stop this strange phenomenon before it kills anymore of their classmates or them!
Review: I really enjoyed this Anime; the more blood & gore the better! The artwork is beautiful as well. Even though there is a lot of blood the story is a very good one. You think you’ve got it figured out then it throws a curve ball at you! I can’t say too much without giving away anything, but if you like mysteries and don’t mind blood & gore I would definitely recommend watching Another. They’ve also made a live action movie of Another but I have yet to watch it yet, looks really good though.
Genre: Supernatural, Horror, Mystery, Fantasy
Synopsis: Shiki is based off of a series of horror novels by Fuyumi Ono. It has also been made into a manga. Shiki takes place in a small quiet village called Sotoba; set in the 1990s during a hot summer. After a strange family moves into the abandoned Kanemasa mansion, mysterious deaths begin to take place. Doctor Toshio Ozaki, head of Sotoba’s only hospital suspects that the villagers are dying of severe anaemia. As the deaths continue he becomes convinced that the deaths are due to the work of ‘Shiki’ – vampire like creatures. So he sets out to prove this. It would look like the doctor is the main character but I would say Natsuno Yuuki, a 15 year old who lives in Sotoba is.
Review: I really enjoyed this anime – one because they show vampires for what they really are – blood thirsty creatures who see humans as walking blood bags; two the story is really good. Obviously as the watcher you know they are vampires but it’s seeing how everyone finally finds out and how they react & deal with it. The artwork is also beautiful. As you can see from the picture the Shiki’s eyes are creepy; black holes just staring into your soul…
Genre: Psychological Horror, Romance, Science Fantasy
Synopsis: Elfen Lied was a manga first then made into an Anime. The title is German and Dutch for ‘Elves’ Song’ / ‘Song of the Elves’; this song is featured in the story. The story takes place in Kamakura, Japan and focuses on a newly mutated species called Diclonius. They look like humans with one difference physically, horn like protrusions from their head that looks like cat ears. They can use telekinetic invisible arms called vectors. The main character of this story is a Diclonius called Lucy. She was held in a facility built for experimentation but escaped and is injured. This causes her to develop a secondary childlike personality called Nyu. She is found by two locals Kouta and his cousin Yuka and they take her in. The facility that had Lucy imprisoned tries multiple times to recapture her, other Diclonius helping.
Review: There is a lot of violence, gore, and nudity in this anime. But if you get past that the elements that they touch on in the story is touching. Elfen Lied involves themes of regret, prejudice, identity crisis, social alienation, abuse and the value of humanity. I would definitely recommend this anime for the story alone. If you don’t mind gore, violence or nudity I would say you should definitely watch this anime; it’s so much more than the violence and gore. I think people who haven’t seen Elfen Lied will think that’s all that it is looking at it from the outside but it’s not, just give it a try.
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Synopsis: The story takes place at Kisaragi Academy; and nine students gather to say good bye to a friend. They perform what they think is a ritual for good luck with a paper charm shaped like a doll; but are in fact transported to Heavenly Host Academy. This was a primary school that was destroyed years ago due to a series of gruesome murders. This primary school rests under the foundation of Kisaragi Academy. The nine students are now trapped in an alternate dimension with ghosts from the past looking for solace and revenge. The students must work together to escape, or join the ghosts that hunt them.
Review: I mean I love gore but if you’re looking for some f##cked up s##t you’ve come to the right place. The gore I can handle, it’s just the story line is crazy. You think it’s one thing then it twists and turns into something else. And people don’t just die in this story they are tortured first…I think what makes it weird is it’s little kids getting killed or seeing their ghosts with missing body parts…So I didn’t really enjoy this one; luckily it only has four episodes and I was watching it with someone else. But hey if you’ve been intrigued from reading about it, go and watch it – I just wouldn’t watch it before bedtime…
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni
Genre: Mystery, Psychological Horror, Supernatural
Synopsis: Higurashi is based off of a visual novel of the same name. The main character Keiichi Maebara has just moved to Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983. He makes friends with Rena Ryuuguu (redhead) Mion Sonozaki (green hair) Satoko Houjou (blonde) and Rika Furude (purple hair). As you can see from the picture it looks all peaceful and fun & games. But danger lurks beneath the surface! As the village prepares for the annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends, and discovers there have been several murders and disappearance in the village in recent years. They somehow are connected to the festival. He asks his new friends about it but they refuse to answer him, which makes him question if he can trust them at all. This is a story told across multiple arcs.
Review: It’s really good. When you finish the first arc and the second one starts you’re like ‘What the hell, but…’ Once you get to the end everything is put into place and it finally makes sense; my brain was always trying to figure out what the hell was going on. See how everyone looks so cute & normal – don’t let that fool you!!
Notes: The title means ‘When the Cicadas Cry’. If you enjoyed Higurashi there is also Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Nekogoroshi hen, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Kai, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Rei, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Kira. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Synopsis: This anime is based off of a game of the same name. The story takes place in a town in the mountains called Jouga. Hiroshi Kuzumi has recently moved there. The town is separated into new and old streets which are kept apart by a river. There is a prominent town legend about local wolf spirits. Soon thought people mysteriously ‘move away’ or ‘transfer school’ but no one seems to pay any attention. Hiroshi ignores this at first but after seeing a girl with a giant scythe kill someone who is supposed to be ‘moving away’; he soon comes to know about the dark secrets Jouga holds.
Review: I really liked this anime, the artwork is beautiful. The story is really intriguing as when you first start watching it looks all peaceful and like it’s a slice of life anime. But then things start to happen and they get you wondering why this and why that. When the secret finally comes out it’s like ‘whoa!’ Sounds like I’m being sarcastic but I really mean it. This anime focuses more on the mystery so the gore is kept to a minimum.
Notes: The title means ‘Wolfed Away’ – it is wordplay on Kamikakushi (spirited away). There is also a manga and a light novel.
Genre: Action, Horror, Police Procedural, Supernatural
Synopsis: Ranmaru Shindo lives in Tokyo with his younger sister Saya. They lived in Machida 5 years earlier but left due to the massacre of their parents. This happened because unknown assailants brutally killed almost everyone in the apartment complex where Ranmaru and Saya used to live. Ranmaru has been having recurring nightmares from the massacre – of a tattooed girl covered in blood holding a sword. But they have increased in frequency lately. Ranmaru joins The Special Mobile Investigation Forces or Tokko to learn about his parents’ death. But maybe what killed his parents wasn’t even human at all!
Review: I liked this anime, but it’s not one that sticks out. The story is good but it feels incomplete. So for that reason I don’t think this be one that I would recommend.
Danganronpa: The Animation
Genre: Murder Mystery, Action-Adventure
Synopsis: Danganronpa is based off of a murder mystery visual novel called Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. It takes place at an elite high school called Hope’s Peak Academy (Kibougamine Gakuen) which accepts exceptionally talented students in various fields. The main character is Makoto Naegi and is your average student but is relatively optimistic. He is selected to attend the school through a raffle. Only problem is once the 14 students chosen enter the school the only way they can graduate is by murdering another student and getting away with it! Their ‘headmaster’ is Monokuma a very sadistic black & white toy bear – looks cute but don’t let that fool you!
Review: I really enjoyed this anime; it had a good story and a great twist at the end. The artwork is lovely. I’m definitely going to watch the second anime series they did of Danganronpa – Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School (it’s called 3 because since it was based on a game they did a sequel to the game first then a sequel to the anime series). I know the genre isn’t horror/gore but it is quite creepy at times, I mean Monokuma – I don’t even know what to say you’d have to watch it just to see how creepy he is. You do get to see some blood and gore (it’s tame compared to the other anime in this list) but it’s mainly trying to work out who the murderer is.
Hope you enjoyed reading about horror anime!
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