Anime For Horror Fans- Part 1

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love anime. I love anime almost as much as I love horror, so it can be difficult to decide if I’m going to binge watch shows on Crunchyroll or watch a couple slashers. Still, there are times when I get really lucky and I manage to find a creepy anime that allows me to have my cake and eat it too.

The horror sub-genre of anime seems minuscule when compared to categories like mecha and high school romance. However, there are some spine-tingling shows out there that are bound to appeal to fans of horror. Ok, let’s list some!

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Shiki

Shiki is like Salem’s Lot, if Salem’s Lot was anime and set in rural Japan. I like Shiki, because it takes its time, developing characters and letting the dread build. It’s slow moving, but it never feels stagnant.

The particularly interesting thing about Shiki is that morality is not black and white. The humans have solid reasons for what they do, but the reasons of the vampires are just as valid. Both groups are desperate to assure their own survival. In this tragic vampire story, no one is good, no one is bad, and no one is safe.

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Hell Girl

Like Shiki, Hell Girl, or Jigoku Shoujo has an overall somber mood. The protagonist is Ai Enma, a young servant of the underworld who helps people get revenge, in exchange for their souls. Of course this plot is nothing new, but Hell Girl is unique because of the details.

Each person’s reason for forming a contract with Ai is different, and the viewer is able to observe a variety of characters and the situations that lead them to selling their souls. Then of course there’s the character of Ai herself. She struggles with understanding human emotion, and often spends time pondering the ways people think and act. She may be scary as hell, but she’s more sad than evil. If you want to see a new take on the underworld, give Hell Girl a watch.

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Another

If you want pure J-horror, Another is the way to go. Another follows a boy who starts at a new school, only to meet a girl that no one else seems able to see. He quickly comes to learn that his class is cursed, and the other students believe that his presence has set the curse in motion.

Another comes complete with ghosts, creepy dolls, and gory deaths. Some of the deaths are pretty spectacular, too. One girl manages to trip on the stairs, and impale herself on her own umbrella!

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni/When They Cry

If someone asked me which horror anime is the best, I’d have to go with Higurashi. Higurashi is so special in terms of structure and plot that nothing compares. Like Another, Higurashi revolves around a teen boy who moves to a small village that may be cursed. The more he learns about the town and the curse, the more he begins to suspect that his friends are out to get him.

Higurashi is intriguing, because the story is told in arcs that span 4 episodes. Then, things reset and we’re presented with a new situation. Though, every arc is different, the story keeps some things consistent, so the plot is able to keep moving forward. Something that seems insignificant in one arc, may be a huge aspect of a different arc. In that respect, Higurashi forces you to pay attention, and try and put the pieces together. If you’re looking for a complete mind screw, here you go.

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Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent is one of the creepiest, most psychologically intense animes I can think of. I’ve often heard creator Satoshi Kon’s works compared to those of David Lynch or Darren Aronofsky. While it’s a fair comparison, Kon has a style that is all his own.

I don’t want to give too much away about Paranoia Agent, but I will give you a brief overview. The 13 episode series follows a young animator who created a popular “Hello Kitty” type character. She begins to suffer severe anxiety over her efforts to spawn another hit mascot. Then, late one night she is attacked by a mysterious rollerblading boy who carries a bat. Her assailant is dubbed Lil Slugger, and reports start pouring in of people being attacked by him. If you’ve ever secretly wished for something bad to happen in order to get out of a tough situation, then you need to see this anime.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to horror anime. Even if you hate anime, I hope that you’ll give these shows some attention. I promise they’re well worth it. I’ll be doing a whole series of anime articles like this one, so be sure to follow us right here (AHH Blog) and on Twitter (@HallowsHaunts) for more.

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8 Yandere Girls That Will Stab Their Way Into Your Heart

Yandere – Yandere is a type of character trope in anime. These girls start out as cute, but go totally psychotic when they fall in love. Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect time to shine the spotlight on these violent vixens.

Note: These are not ranked in any particular order, and there are plenty of spoilers.

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1. Yuno Gasai – Mirai Nikki/Future Diary

Abusive parents, traveling between parallel universes, and competing in a survival game are definitely contributing factors, but what really brings out the homicidal in Yuno is Yukiteru Amano. The premise of Future Diary is that 12 contestants must kill each other in order to become the god of time and space. They are given a diary that gives them information about the future. Each person’s diary is tailored to their own personality and style. Yuno’s diary keeps track of Yuki and all of his actions. Yuno is prepared to kill anyone, to protect Yuki and their love. Fortunately for Yuno, Yuki warms up to her terrifying methods of expressing her devotion.

Most Yandere Moment: When she force feeds Yuki in her underwear, in a dark room next to her dead parents.

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2. Lucy – Elfen Lied

Lucy is a Diclonius, meaning that she is part of a new powerful species, that poses a massive threat to humans. She has seen very little kindness in her life, so when she made friends with young Kouta, she resorted to violence of Carrie level proportions in order to keep him.

Most Yandere Moment: When she decapitates Kouta’s father and tears his sister in half.

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3. Toko Fukawa- Danganronpa

Toko seems like a shy, reserved girl. She is a young romance novelist with a large amount of success, but underneath it all she is a deadly serial killer known as Genocide Jack. Genocide Jack only comes out when Toko becomes obsessed with a boy. In the anime, Toko lapses into her Genocide Jack personality when she sneezes or faints. Keep a tissue and a straight jacket handy!

Most Yandere Moment: Genocide Jack is known to crucify her victims with her Genoscissors.

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4. Kaede Fuyou- Shuffle

Shuffle is a pretty standard harem anime, but it’s one of the first harems to include a yandere. Kaede Fuyou is pretty, talented, and athletic. Unfortunately she’s also insecure, self loathing, and suffering from a bad case of unrequited love. When her crush/roommate Rin gets a girlfriend, she snaps. She goes as far as to try and murder her in order to eliminate the competition.

Most Yandere Moment: Kaede does pretty much all the household cooking. That’s fine except for that time she was intensely stirring an empty pot with an expression of pure madness on her face.

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5. Misa Amane- Death Note

Crazy attracts crazy in Death Note. Misa and her love, Light prove that. Misa is a popular young model/actress, who’s not afraid to go after what she wants. She has a cute gothic style and a bubbly personality, but many consider her to be annoying. Misa devotes herself to Light, after he kills the man who murdered her family. Both Light and Misa are able to hold the lives of others in their hands. This makes them a deadly combination. Although Misa is willing to do anything for Light, but Light feels nothing for her. I’d compare their relationship to the one between Harley Quinn and the Joker.

Most Yandere Moment: Misa tells Light that she’ll kill any other girl he shows an interest in. Little does she know, Light was planning to kill her after she ceases to be useful.

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6. Kotonoha Katsura – School Days

Kotonoha, seems like she has it all. She’s beautiful, rich, and charming. However, she’s hiding a seriously sinister side. At the beginning of the series, she is quiet and polite, and always seems to be alone. Then she starts dating Makoto and it’s all downhill from there. When their relationship begins falling apart, Kotonoha becomes desperate. She started out as a prude, but in order to keep Makoto she transforms into a straight up nymphomaniac. She even encourages Makoto’s other yandere love, Sekai, to get an abortion. She also does crazy shit like pretending to talk to Makoto on the phone, when no one is on the other end.

Most Yandere Moment- In order to prove Sekai was lying about her pregnancy, Kotonoha stabs her in the stomach then goes digging for a baby. Then she sails into the sunset with Makoto’s severed head.

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7. Sekai Saionji – School Days

Sekai may act like a sweet tomboy, who only wants her best friend Makoto to be happy. Go beneath the surface, and she’s a manipulative bitch, pulling strings to get Makoto and Kotonoha to do as she wants. Sekai is the one who initially sets them up, she gives them relationship advice, then she steals him from her. When Makoto wants to got back to Kotonoha, she pretends she’s pregnant to force him into staying with her.

Most Yandere Moment: Sekai texts Makoto “goodbye” before stabbing the hell out of him.

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8. Yuka Minase- 11 Eyes

Yuka and Kakeru met as children, they grew up together at an orphanage. Like many other yanderes, Yuka is kind and reserved but has a jealous side that is powerful when unleashed. Yuka is so powerful that she creates a whole world just for her and Kakeru. Unfortunately, this new world is populated by pretty girls that love Kakeru.

Most Yandere Moment: When Yuka decides, Kakeru is getting a little too close to Misuzu, she hides a razorblade in her tea.

Do you agree with my list? Who else would you add? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.