The 25+ Best Abstract Anime

It turns out there are some anime best described as abstract, that is stories that don't adhere to traditional narration, character development, or style and choose instead to convey their message through a more singular approach, but which are really worth your time? This list ranks the best anime representative of the abstract, including older titles, as well as new abstract anime that you may not know about.

One example is Mononoke; the title refers to spirits that pull from negative human emotions. The protagonist, known as the "Medicine Seller," takes on the mononoke during his travels and with his intellect, is able to defeat them by figuring them out. This anime falls under the "occult detective" genre. Another good abstract anime is Kaiba, a sci-fi story produced by Madhouse that deals with the heavy topic of memory theft. The main character is Kaiba, who begins the story with no memory, only to find that he is actually the king of memories, Warp.

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  • Mononoke
    79 votes


  • Paprika
    41 votes
  • Angel's Egg
    44 votes

    Angel's Egg

  • Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
    37 votes

    Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei

  • Dead Leaves
    31 votes
  • Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
    39 votes

    Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo