The 25 Best Horror Animes To Watch Right Now

Best Horror Animes
Tokyo Ghoul scaring the pants off us.

It's hard to find good horror stories. Whether you're a fan of gore, questioning humanity, or the supernatural, there's something off: the gore looks fake, the characters are annoying, or the ending feels half-assed.

To combat every horror lovers’ dilemma, I've compiled a list of the best, and the often overlooked, anime that any horror lover would be proud to add to their collection.

1. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

Corpse Party Tortured Souls Trailer

Nine students gather in their high school to say farewell to their friend. As is customary, they perform a ritual that will allow them to stay friends forever. However, if done wrong, the ritual will awaken Sachiko. She will ensnare, torture, then kill you because you made her angry.

Corpse Party Tortured Souls

2. Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing Ultimate Trailer: Volumes 1-4

In a world of vampires, one of the most powerful is Alucard. He works for the secretive Hellsing, a British organization dedicated to protecting the public from their nocturnal predators. It's unclear how Alucard feels about working for humans, but one thing is certain: he loves hunting. If you get on his bad side, don't bother running, you're already dead.

Hellsing Ultimate          

 

3.  Another

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pKXybVXbtyo

Another Official Trailer (Anime)

There's something chilling going on, a secret that's never supposed to be spoken. When Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to his new school, he's drawn to his classmate, the mysterious Mei Misaki. However, it soon becomes clear that no one else knows of her existence. Then classmates and their family members start dying. Why, and does Misaki have anything to do with it?

Another

 

4. Goblin Slayer

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7qnhoB_cHSg

Goblin Slayer Official Preview:

Set in a beautiful fantasy wonderland, Goblin Slayer follows a young priestess hoping to make a name for herself. She has formed her first adventure party, but they find themselves in trouble. The Goblin Slayer - a man who has vowed to destroy all goblins - comes to the party's rescue. How far will this Slayer go to complete his goal?

Goblin Slayer

 

5.  Puella Magi Madonna Magica

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6CTHwEZK2JA

Puella Magi Madonna Magica Trailer:

If you could have any wish your heart desired, would you take it without a second thought? Madonna Kaname got that chance when one day she was offered the chance of a lifetime when a creature named Kyubey promised to make her a magical girl. All Kaname has to do is make a wish she's willing to die for and spend the rest of her life fighting witches. Do not be fooled by the cuteness, you have been warned.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

 

6.  Devilman Crybaby

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ww06yGPM7Kc

DEVILMAN CRYBABY Trailer

In a world where only the strong survived Akira, joins with a demon, becoming the dangerous Devilman, a creature with the powers of a demon but with a human soul. The country is plagued with fear of the awakened ancient demons, forcing Devilman to join the desperate war against the forces of evil that run rampant while also trying to save other half-demons.

Devilman Crybaby

 

7.  Ghost Stories

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jbXkfSG-rpg

Ghost Stories Promo Trailer 2

Ghost Stories was originally one of the worst animes to air in Japan, so when it came time to dub it they had some fun. Warning the following contains: lude humor, fourth wall breaking, anime trope bashing and content that insults people form every demographic. If this is not for you, then please watch the sub instead. However, for people who love horror and can laugh at themselves, you'll get an anime that mixes horror and comedy.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xgmquiFKgjM

Bonus Clip- "Drop the Krispy Kreme Serpico!"

Ghost Stories

 

8.  Highschool of the Dead

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3T1_L9DQ2aQ

Highschool of the Dead (2018) Official Trailer

A disease is spreading worldwide, turning everyone into mindless zombies. Forcing a group of high schoolers and the school nurse to do whatever it takes to survive. Society has fallen, it's kill or be killed, use fetish fuel or don't get screen time. Do a band of high school misfits have what it takes to survive the apocalypse?

 Highschool of the Dead

 

9.  Psycho-Pass

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YzuJnyebc40

Psycho-Pass Season One Official Trailer

In a future society where mental health is primarily valued, detectives work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take on the role of bad guys to help Inspectors get into the heads of criminals. Inspectors make sure that their Enforcers don't get out of control. If they do, it's their duty to eliminate them with the weapon called the Dominator - a gun that can predict when a citizen will become mentally ill. Anyone can be targeted with a Dominator, anytime.

Psycho-Pass

 

10.  The Future Diary (A.K.A Mirai Nikki)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KfznTm8mJA4

The Future Diary Official Trailer

If given the chance, what would you do to become a God? Twelve people are given that chance by the current God of Time, Deus Ex Machina. He throws the students into a battle royal, where the last one standing will take his place. One of these students, Yukiteru Amano, will do whatever it takes to survive: even team up with his fellow royal member and obsessive stalker, Yuno Gasai.

The Future Diary

 

11.  Black Butler - Book of Circus

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2H4DjqSEdS8

Black Butler-Book of Circus-Official Trailer (Dub)

Black Butler fans have no fear, the second season we deserved has arrived. Children have been going missing all across England. Ciel and Sebastian infiltrate the circus to find them. What they find could destroy Ciel's soul, and Sebastian's appetite.

Black Butler - Book of Circus

 

12.  Deadman Wonderland

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=d6ye7BSkxuk

Deadman Wonderland Trailer

Sentenced to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Ganta Igarashi is forced to fight his fellow inmates daily. Ganta’s only hope for freedom is to find the mysterious "Red Man" and clear his name. However, every day is a gamble for his life and saintly.

Deadman Wonderland

 

13.  Happy Sugar Life

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LpW4FRiGMII

Eng Sub Happy Sugar Life Trailer - Summer 2018 Anime

A classic story of girl meets girl and falls in love. Satou Matsuzaka has found someone she experienced a sweet moment with and falls in love. She believes that everything will be all right for the two, as long as she steals, tricks, committs crimes and even kills, Satou thought. A perfect anime for fans of obsession stories, questioning reality and the human psyche.

Happy Sugar Life

 

14.  Hell Girl (A.K.A Jigoku Shoujo)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo5wuctIMWk

Jigoku Shoujo: Hell Girl Trailer

If you could send anyone you want to hell, would you do it? At the cost of your own soul? Everyone holds grudges, I can satisfy yours. Just pull the string of fate. The rest is up to you to decide.

Hell Girl

 

15.  Death Parade

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wxDlIFZFP7M

Death Parade - Official Clip - Death Seven Darts

(Official Trailer not available)

There is a place after death that is neither heaven nor hell. Welcome to the Quindecim, a bar for the dead to relax and play games. However, play to win, because the price for losing is your soul. So pull up a chair, have Decim pour you a drink and learn who you truly are.

Death Parade

 

16.  Erased

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DwmxEAWjTQQ

ERASED English Trailer

Whenever tragedy strikes, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back several minutes before the accident occurs. He uses this strange gift to save many lives, until someone frames him for the murder of a loved one. This sends him back eighteen years, back when one of his classmates disappeared. Releasing the events are connected, and Satoru sets out to erase history.

Erased

 

17.  The Promised Neverland

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eBwApg_nAvY

The Promised Neverland - Official Trailer

These orphans live in paradise: they aren't related, but have a lot of siblings; they have no parents, but have a loving mom and everyone gets adopted at twelve. There is only one rule: never leave the grounds. One day, two orphans, Emma and Norman, venture out and find the numbing secret behind their entire existence. Now the orphans have to outwit their "mom" and escape before fate finds them.

The Promised Neverland

 

18.  Elfen Lied

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cJz1YsnIwaw

Elfen Lied Trailer

Diclonius, born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands. This subspecies of human is considered precious by the government. They capture one named Lucy and subject her to horrendous experiments, driving her mad. She gets the chance to escape, leaving a trail of corpses in her path. However, during this escape she gained a split personality; a harmless little girl and a violent, murderous sociopath

Elfen Lied

 

19.  Gakkou Gurashi (A.K.A School Live)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kiHvYbezuI4

School Live! (Gakkou Gurashi!) Complete Season 1 Trailer

Everything was normal for these girls, until while staying at their school the apocalypse starts. Discovering that they are the sole survivors, they do the best they can to maintain some normalcy. It's a fight every day as tensions rise and sanity slips. But who will break first? The barricades holding back hungry zombies or the girls’ wills to live?

Gakkou Gurashi

 

20.  Yami Shibai

Trailer not available.

A series of short horror stories, each story is more terrifying, more appalling, and more sickening than the last as the Storyteller’s - a nameless man in a yellow mask - audience is sucked into the vicious world of his words.

Yami Shibai

 

21.  Petshop of Horrors

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n9FhZFs0KZs

Petshop of Horrors Trailer

There's something for everyone here. I sell everything you could ever imagine, from gorgons to rabbits. However, if you do not abide by the contract, then we cannot guarantee your safety. But don't let that discourage you. Have a look around. We got a lovely shipment of mermaids that any fish lover would die for.

Petshop of Horrors

 

22.  Shinsekai Yori (A.K.A From the New World)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WtWiMTDhCUo

From the New World Trailer

Saki Watanabe has become a psychokinetic and can join Zenjin Academy to train with five other children. The world seems perfect. However rumors of monsters that abduct children spread as children disappear from the academy. Nothing is what it seems. Hopefully Saki can find the truth before it's too late.

From the New World

 

23.  Parasyte: The Maxim

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xWtUMR1BveU

Parasyte -the maxim- (Anime-Trailer)

Shinichi Izumi is infected by a Parasyte - monsters that butcher and consume humans. He must learn to coexist with the creature if he is to survive. At the same time, Shinichi must remember what it means to be human, as the Parasyte called Migi takes over his heart.

Parasyte: the Maxim

 

24.  Shiki

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xL-xBUx6Qzs

Shiki Trailer

A young doctor named Toshio Ozaki doubts the nature of a disease and comes to understand that to discover the truth, he must abandon his humanity. Meanwhile, Natsuno Yuuki, an antisocial youth from the city, is haunted by the sudden death of Megumi, and must realize the pain of friendship in the face of his own tragedy.

Shiki

 

25.  Tokyo Ghoul

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ETHpMMV8rJU

Tokyo Ghoul Official English Trailer

Ghouls are creatures that resemble and consume humans. A Ghoul attacks a college student and he barely survives. However, he becomes part Ghoul after having his attacker's organs transferred into him. Now he fights his nature to consume human flesh, including his own friends.

Tokyo Ghoul

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