If you take a closer examine the word “dark anime” and you’ll realize it could mean a variety of things. Some people interpret it as intense, deep, and inspired by the concept of psychological anime. It may also contain violence or sexual content.
Some believe that some dark anime are far in comparison to Hentai or porn. It is true that the majority of shows are for the age group 12+, so it is important to recognize what you’re getting yourself into. Let’s get started…
1. Psycho Pass
Warnings about head-ups are required for Psycho Pass. It’s a truly horrific movie that has shocking sexual violence.
The series is dark and takes its place within a future, futuristic society which I would like to see we will never live in. Psycho Pass is a very frightening show and is not suitable for people who easily get angry.
Do I need to point out that there’s no way anyone who is twelve years old, or even 15 could watch this show. I believe that this should be an 18-year-old certificate.
2. Death Parade
Death Parade explores the subject of death and life and asks what happens after we pass away.
According to the makers of Death Parade, you are stuck between hell and heaven,having to prove that you’re worthy to be a part of heaven.
If you aren’t then your financial future is going to be a shambles. This is not for the faint of heart and will keep you at the edge of your seat . But, if you love being entertained by your thoughts I’m sure you’ll enjoy this dark-themed series.
With a name as intriguing as that , I expected to see a Viking anime, but this is not what I received. Instead, I was greeted with in this horrifying show about arms dealing.
It is a fact that it provided me with an understanding of the life as an arms trader. Jormungand helped me to realize that there are many facts concerning the global scene. It is clear that we have set our priorities wrong.
The dark story is populated by child soldiers, which some people might be irritated by. I’m not sure if the majority of females who normally enjoy anime will enjoy this one even though it has female characters.
4. Gunslinger Girl
I wasn’t sure how to decide after having watched the initial episode. I felt that the Gunslinger Girl world was a somewhat bizarre and maybe even deficient.
The storyline is extraordinary. It’s hard to imagine how one could have managed to come up with this idea. In essence, teenage girls with serious illnesses or near death are saved, but they become killing machines.
In addition, It addresses issues like brainwashing, and other ideas that make you uncomfortable. There is one thing for certain it will make you think.
I’m not sure of the meaning of Parasyte. When I watched this show for the first time I felt like being transported into a imagination.
It is a solid plot, but can be a little out of the ordinary. However, this is what people would consider dark anime that is good about.
Parasyte is the tale of a young man who comes across an infection. The parasite is trying to take control of his brain, but it is able to take over his arm.
Strange, isn’t it? It’s really bizarre, but there are those who believe that the dark anime is all about.
6. Hell Girl
Let’s take a look the main character, you’re not sure you’d consider her hell Girl. If you start watching, you’ll soon make a change in your opinion.
It is clear that there are people that can be identified as having negative influences. If you’re not sure of the issues I’m talking about, you’ll be able to better understand the issue after watching the very first season on Hell Girl.
7. Classroom Of The Elite
Classroom of the Elite is initially a novel, which was later made into an animated. It’s perhaps more popular than other anime in this genre, but it may at times leave you thrilling.
This is the reason it’s on this list of the darkest. I think it’s the top of the line in anime and I enjoy watching it.
It’s one of those series of anime shows that you are able to dip in and out of while you stay on top of the plot.
So, the first episode of Classroom of the Elite was released in September 2017 and is still fresh.
8. The Promised Neverland
For me, as concerned, The Promised Neverland is a must-watch. The series will keep you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning and I’m sure you’ll be awed by this series If you enjoy gore and fantasy.
This is not a show designed for youngsters. So, I believe you have at least 15 years old to watch these dark anime shows.
9. School Live
You wouldn’t have believed that this dark show could tackle issues like PTSD or psychosis. It appears that the producers of School Live are not frightened by touching upon the most sensitive subjects.
The main character of School Live world often finds herself in a lot of emotional stress. In the end, she decides to develop delusions to manage her everyday life.
You are likely wondering why I’m talking about this anime with a psychological theme? I am seeing a lot of young children who are having difficult times managing their lives today.
Then, while they’re playing at home, the next day they are confronted with the mass shooting that took place at the high school they attend. Another day in Trump’s America…
Shiki is the most dark screen I’ve seen in any of my anime show. I’m not sure what to call Shiki.
The story develops slowly and then suddenly it moves at a quicker speed. Yes, it’s a dark manga , and can be quite terrifying at times. I would guess that it contains all the components to be an iconic horror anime.There are plenty of classic films from the cinema as well as anime lovers I would guess Shiki could be top of the list If you know what I’m talking about.
11. Death Note
Okay, I’m going to describe the Death Note in one word: frightening. It’s scary, disturbing and dark and also represents the most distorted perspective on the universe.
Who’s had this come from? It makes me think? Whatever the case, you cannot remove anything of Death Note. It’s possibly one of the most enjoyable dark anime series on the planet.
Fantastic art work if you enjoy art on this kind of scale.
12. Goblin Slayer
This is one of the most terrifying anime I’ve ever watched. Of all the dark anime that have come from Japan I believe it is the most frightening one.
If you’re into that darknessof the world of anime, you will be aware about the fact that Goblin Slayer has become a kind of cult TV show. It’s best described as stomach-churning. Although it’s animated it is among the series that can affect the way you feel.
Yes, I enjoy it , but if you’re new to the style, it’s not the only dark anime show to watch.
Monster first appeared onto North American screens back in the year 2006. It’s like a long time since. It is possible to imagine that this particular series might be ” gone out of fashion” as it were, however that isn’t the case.
It is still very loved by anime enthusiasts. If you’re just beginning to learn about anime, it’s one of the series you should take the time to. I will not reveal too much about the plot , as you’ve likely realized that it is about monsters.
The only thing I will declare is Monster has won numerous awards around the globe and has was well-received by critics.
14. Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World
I’ve been following this woman for a while on YouTube who travels the globe with her motorbike. You can follow her YouTube channel, which is known as “Onherbike“. It’s not Kino however she does appear to have an interesting life.
Like Kino, she also stops in cities or towns for 2 to 3 days and gets to know new people. She doesn’t get relaxed and is quick to move around, which is another thing she shares with Kino.
If you’re looking for a little excitement, suspense and great storytelling, go to Kino show. Fantastic piece of story telling in all honesty.
15. School Days
I’m not certain what the reason is I’m not certain why School Days is sometimes a part of the genre of romance anime. In my opinion, as concerned it’s an extremely dark, gritty and intense anime to watching that will leave you trying to follow the story.
If you enjoy cartoons with a rough look then this is the right one for you.I love School Days, but I don’t know why anyone believes it’s acceptable for a teen of a younger age to enjoy this. It is essential to be between 15 and 15 in order to be able to appreciate the School Days.
16. Taboo Tattoo
It’s not hard to make the addition of a historical antique. This is precisely the reason Taboo Tattoo is about. In many ways it is reminiscent of a adventure.
I have read that the show’s anime is extremely well-liked among women. It’s not hard to understand why. includes a martial hero as well as lots of violent action. Whatever girls be saying, they are sure to like a little the macho look.
17. Berserk (Kenpuu Denki Berserk)
The plot of the darkest anime masterpiece is centered around Guts and his past that was dark and twisted, which resulted in him being condemned to death and is destined to be pursued by demons until the day he passes away. As a result Guts decided to set out on a mission to thwart this dreadful fate.
in his ultimate determination upon his final determination, he takes the massive blade Dragonslayer and vows to take revenge on the person who is who is responsible for his misfortune.
Therefore, when he is hunting for the man who was a total scourge who he used to admire and thought of as a friend and ally, he’ll meet unlikely allies, like an elf of a small size named Puck and Isidro the young thieves.
The band of rogues slowly begins to come together, having made the decision to join Guts on his quest They will be faced with a huge danger.
18. Future Diary
I’m not sure what the concept of Future Diary came from, but I am a fan of playing alongside the characters. It’s one of the dark anime series can be a lot of fun to get into. On a scale of 1-10 It certainly is the 9th.
In this show, the characters are a part of a game , and have to bet their lives. It could be best described as a thriller that is psychological.
19. Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul deserves a mention. Sure, it’s a normal anime series. The 12 episodes of this series are a blast and you’ll be enthralled by these episodes. After episode 12 , you’ll likely be thinking about what’s next.
You’re not worried, you’ll be able to keep enjoying because of Tokyo Ghoul: Re. Wonderful animations and you can see that the person who came up with that concept Sui Ishida was involved in the development of each episode.
Also, In 2017, it was made into a film and I’m sure we can anticipate future offerings from the group who created Tokyo Ghoul.
20. Black Bullet
If you love monsters, you’ll enjoy Black Bullet as it includes the Monster that is one of his greatest characters. The story is packed with action suspense, and tension. You will appreciate it due to its mature themes.
I was thinking that it was going to appear childish initially, but after watching some the episodes I realized it wasn’t at all childish. Also, a great dark suspense series as well as a few the cliffhangers you’ll truly enjoy.
21. God Eater
Again, we get the privilege of encountering a monster. The monster’s name is Aragami and it is chased down by God Eaters, who are soldiers.
It might not be the most distinctive theme of dark anime. However, I believe it is worthy of being in the top ten because it is a great storyline as well as animation that is amazing.
22. Ghost In Shell
Ghost in Shell was released to 1995, and was directed by veteran Director of dark animation Mamoru Oshii.
The year 2029 is here and our world has been to be controlled by cybernetics. It is controlled through a person known as the Puppet Master and brain-hacking has become the latest in technology.
Yes, it’s violent , but it’s extremely chilling, as it leaves you wondering what the future holds when technology takes over. Amazing storyline with lots of twists and twists. It’s one of those shows that stick in your head and prompt you to think.
23. Elfen Lied
Okay, I’m going to declare this: Elfen Lid is an charming character. But, it is important be aware that she was made in a lab.
The story may have many twists and turns and can create a lot of drama, the final scene could cause you to be upset. I just thought I’d mention it so that you’re prepared with boxes of tissues.
So, This is a show majority of women enjoy. As I looked it up I was not surprised to find that the show was extensively reviewed by female viewers.
24. Full Metal Panic
The Mecha series isn’t my favourite, but I do like their version in Full Metal Panic. The show has everything and it’s difficult to get your eyes off the screen.
Fantastic anime series with many action scenes, romance , and heroic characters I expect that you’ll enjoy the show and be remembered in history as one of the most enjoyable darker anime.
25. Akame Ga Kill
Okay, I know this Akame Ga Kill pops up nearly everywhere. Because it is an incredibly diverse series of anime and a variety of anime, it’s hard to pinpoint a specific category of anime series which it is a good fit.
The majority of you have heard of Akame Ga Kill, but in case you’re unfamiliar, let me bring it up.
Also, in the show, the government is corrupt, and the vast majority of the population live as slaves. Then, a group of assassins referred to as Nightraid attack the society in the hope to take control and get rid of corrupt officials.
26. Higurashi – When They Cry
There’s nothing like a cursed town to stimulate the imagination. It’s exactly what you will find when you visit Higurashi.
If you’re just beginning to get into anime, this anime is perfect for you. It will at times leave you soaring out of your chair contemplating whether it’s safe to be tucked away in the couch cushions. A very intense show that is sure to keep you addicted.
It’s among the top dark anime series so in my opinion.
Again, I believe that this isn’t one of those dark anime shows I’d like my 12-year-old -year old sister to go to.
To make a long tale short, the teachers and students in Yomiyama North Middle School Yomiyama North Middle School begin to suddenly die. A great main character. But I must point out that it’s a very violent film. This is the reason I wouldn’t want my daughter to see it.
28. Ninja Scroll
Ninja Scroll first aired in 1993, and it’s still stunning. The show is traditional ninja stories with a the added twist of a dark side. There is everything you need in Ninja scroll. Finally, The search for a gorgeous girl as well as a plaque an even demon clan.
Does it have the right to be listed as a dark-anime series or an adult-oriented anime? Absolutely. Sometimes, it can be extremely violent, and can even contain sexual violence, so it isn’t recommended suitable for children in the family. If you’re seeking action and fantasy then this is the right choice option for you.
29. Magical Girl – Spec Ops Asuka
This anime will leave you confused. It begins by giving the appearance of being an ordinary Japanese anime, with adorable and cute characters.
But before you know that, you’re in a tangle of mental health and violence problems that manifest in various ways
Finally in all of the films that are listed, this is among the most dark ones. A word of caution. If you’re not familiar with Dark anime the Spec Ops Asuka doesn’t always make the most easy watching, but if you know what I’m talking about.
30. Made in The Abyss
The series was supposed to premiere in April 2020, however it was delayed due to the Covid epidemic. If you have access via Netflix as well as Amazon prime You can watch the series on both platforms.
The story begins with a simple premise. A girl is thrown into the abyss , hoping to find her mother’s lost soul.
The Abyss she uncovers the remnants of an ancient civilization. The story of Miya Tomita begin from there.
Finally, the characters in this show are very good and I love it. It is possible to consider it to be a kind of an “safe” watch if you know what I’m talking about. It’s not one of the dark anime that will have you hanging on to an edge.
31. Fate Zero
A classic horror genre that is set in various universes. The overlord, also known for his role as Holy Grail will ever so frequently choose a master or servant.
In addition, Fate Zero has a touch of Star Wars to it and all it’s lacking is a light saber or two. It is among the most deplorable and disgusting anime series. If you are a fan of this kind of thing, you’ll definitely want to watching Fate Zero.
32. Samurai Champloo
My friend YaYa states that her character from Samurai Champloo is sexy and I believe that’s one of the reasons she loves the show so well. She’s always had a fascination with guys wearing glasses and it seems like that trend is going to continue.
Even though this dark-themed series features hip-hop music in it but it manages to stay on the right track and tell the story in a coherent manner. If you’re a fan of Samurai action and horror then this is the series to watch.
33. Terror In Resonance
I’m not going to talk on Terror In Resonance apart from saying that its characters are great. It’s dark and is, at its core all about terror.
Also It would be fair to say there’s a certain evil underlying it. Certain scenes are quite shocking. It’s definitely an anime series that should be to this list.
34. Madoka Magica
Madoka Magica is turned into a hugely popular anime film. The fans of both the movie and the series frequently refer to it as Madoka.
In addition, the show is possibly one of the most enjoyable anime series ever created. It’s got everything If you love to be entertained, as well as being a little scared out from time to time it’s the show for you. Excellent scenery and a great plot.
If you are like some excitement and magic Madoka is the most popular character. Madoka is a fantastic film to.
35. Angel’s Egg
Angel’s Egg is one of the greatest animes ever. It first came to the first light in 1985. Yes, I am aware of what you’re about to say, but 1985 is an extremely long time ago.
Because of the high quality of the production, this show remains stunning. It’s a blend of dark and sci-fi based anime. Angel’s Egg tells the story of a young girl who is guarding an enormous egg. Her hideout is a gothic-themed city that she explores and encounters various adventures.
Very dark and even somewhat disturbing at times. Wonderful animation, and a compelling storyline that will not cause you to be bored quickly. The show gets 5 stars from me.
New thrilling darker anime are released every day. So, I’ll do all I can keep you informed and up to current…
36. Ergo Proxy
Ergo Proxy is one of the Best Sci-Fi and Psychological Anime of all Time and it’s so disappointing to see such a classic Unknown and underrated to people who love anime.
The plot of the Mystery Dark Anime starts After the methane hydrate layer explodes layer. After that, all humans are trapped in domed and isolated cities.
They are part of a controlled society and are supported in everyday life by robots that are autonomous known as AutoReivs.
Within one city Romdo Inspector Re-l Mayer, is in charge of an investigation of AutoReivs that are possessed after being infected by Cogito virus.
In the course of her work she comes into contact with a creature known as Proxy.
In the city, a migrant Vincent Law is on the on the run after being accused of involvement in multiple Cogito cases.
Together, they set off on a trip towards the capital city of Moscow to find out what the mysteries of Proxies.
37. Ajin: Demi-Human (Ajin)
This is a supernatural anime packed with intricate ideas about death and life, and also the dark aspect of humanity. This show tries at answering the query What is it that it means to be human?
17 years ago A specific species of Ajin came to light in Africa. They are thought to be immortal, possessing a myriad of supernatural abilities which look like every other human being.
Are these Ajin simply random events of nature , or were they deliberately sent to Earth to eliminate it?
Since their initial discovery there have been numerous Ajin sightings were reported around the world. For most people but, these creatures are more of something you can see occasionally in a textbook or in the news.
This was the way it went for the protagonist in the show, Kei. Finally, this was until a sudden event transformed his life completely…
38. Terra Formars
Terra formars is a good place to be and the animation is dark as is the Story is dark and deep Overall, the darkness is well-constructed the Horror Bloody Anime that takes place on the planet of Mars and where six members of the crew are ready to go on a mission.
What they discover are giant humanoid cockroaches that have incredible physical power. Thus, the crew members can easily be wiped out but not before they send an email for return to Earth.
In the end humanity will send elite warriors to kill the bugs that have changed and claim the return of Mars.
39. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Nurarihyon no Mago)
Another great and Dark action Japanese anime to check out, Nurarihyon no Mago that Focus on Rikuo Nura who is an average middle schooler.
However, in the shadows, he goes back every day to find a home packed with youkai but no one is aware that he turns into the supreme spirit leader in the evening. To the dismay for many people, Rikuo is determined to lead a normal life as he can.
40. Angels of Death (Satsuriku no Tenshi)
A dark turnout occurs to Rachel as she gets up only to realize she’s trapped within the cellar of an unfinished structure. without any memories or even a concept of who she really is or what she’s doing! she wanders about the basement, confused and confused.
While searching in the woods, she encounters an individual with bandages. He is identified as Zack and is armed with the grim-reaper-like sickle.
A strange bond forms between them, and it is augmented by a series of bizarre, fanciful promise… They who are in a bind, do not know why the fate of fate trapped them. However, they’ll join forces and try their best to figure out a way out…
Satsuriku no Tenshi is a Dark Anime that deals with the deep issue of survival. Oh, and the show has some unique main characterslike zack, who is a psychopath and Rachel, a true psychopath.
41. Steins Gate
The enthralling series is based on Rintaro Okabe, who is a novice scientist who discovers the possibility of time travel using microwaves. He and his team now have the ability to transmit messages that go backwards in time, changing the timeline.
Finally, this revelation leads to important issues that will require every ounce of Rintaro’s brainpower to conquer.
42. Witch Hunter Robin
Welcome to a dark and twisted story that focuses on Witches who have special abilities like ESP and telekinesis, mind control, and many more. Robin is among them and is a craft user. She comes from Italy to Japan to replace one of STN-J’s witch hunter who was recently killed.
Also, in contrast to other divisions of STN The STN-J division is attempting to capture witches in the flesh in order to understand what made them witches in the beginning.
43. Deadman Wonderland
Imagine your friends were murdered, and you’ve been charged for it and then you are sentenced to death and be imprisoned in an extremely vicious cruel prisons that have ever been constructed!
This is the fate of the night that awaits Ganta’s family and is the sole one to survive after a man wearing red kills a class filled with teenagers.
Also, he’s being framed and is awaiting execution and spend his brutal days in one of one of the most criminal jails ever constructed: Deadman Wonderland.
And, not only that, it’s only going to get more gruesome! Because at Deadman Wonderland, criminals are required to participate in brutal death-matches to entertain the general public.
44. The story is from to the New World (Shinsekai Yori)
The Masterpiece Psychological Dark Anime Series is sure to make you laugh! Shinsekai Yuri explores the concept of a massive power that is able to manipulate matter remotely. led to the use of power by many power users into violence, leading to a prolonged period of turmoil.
After a turbulent time marked by the fall and rise of oppressive regimes, human beings who were psychic were able to attain a peaceful peace through the isolation of their society and creating a new society with complex rules.
There, Saki Watanabe has just been able to awaken her psychic abilities and is happy to join her fellow students there at Sage Academy, a special school specifically designed for psychics.
Uncertainty looms, however, as Saki begins to doubt the fate of the people who aren’t able to realize their potential as well as the children begin to be involved in mysteries, such as the reported Tainted Cats that are believed to kidnap children.
Shinsekai yori is an excellent anime that the tale of Saki and her friends as they attempt to become the characters they are in the imagined utopia.
Finally, the reality is that accepting the roles of these characters, may be difficult when confronted with the horrifying and dark realities of society, and the looming chaos that is a result of the new reality.
45. Corpe Demon (Shiki)
Shiki isn’t just an excellent horror anime and a psychological dark tale that can boggle your mind about which are the evil people either humans or Vampires?
The story is based on sudden deaths that begin to occur in the peaceful village of Sotoba.
Dr. Toshio Ozaki initially believes that there’s an outbreak, but then realizes that something unusual occurs.
He will find out the shikis at fault and the battle between people and Shikis start!
Although, the Shikis believe that they are be innocent, they have nothing but their desire to endure as they fight with the fearsome untrusting and paranoid villager.
Shiki examines the boundaries which separates man from monster.