The 20 Best Mystery Anime of All Time

Over 3.5K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The 20 Best Mystery Anime of All Time

There's more to the mystery genre than just Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Cristie. If you love detectives, crime, and tricky questions and you're also an anime fan, you need to be watching mystery anime.

What are the best mystery anime? That depends on what you're looking for. If you want a show about professional detectives, you might want to check out Bungo Stray Dogs or Case Closed. If you'd rather watch a show about ordinary people trying to make heads or tails of mysterious circumstances, From the New World or Higurashi no Naku Koro ni might be more your speed. No matter what you're looking for, there's probably a mystery anime on this list that will appeal to you.

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  • 1
    1,386 VOTES

    Satoru Fujinuma has the ability to travel backward in time. At first, he simply uses this to correct small mistakes, but one day he's transported to his childhood with a mission - he must figure out who took his classmates' life, and rescue her. 

    1,386 votes
  • 2
    1,598 VOTES
    Death Note
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    A teenage boy finds a magical notebook that lets him take people's lives, and he uses it to exact justice on criminals. Meanwhile, a world class detective does everything he can to stop him. 

    1,598 votes
  • The Promised Neverland
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    The children of Grace Field House think that they're living an idyllic life, but they're actually living a lie. Actually, they're being prepared to be shipped out to a race of man-eating demons. Can they uncover the mysteries behind their confinement and escape in time?

    1,422 votes
  • 4
    943 VOTES


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    When Kouichi begins attending a new school, he finds himself drawn to a strange girl named Mei. But Mei doesn't seem to actually exist, and the rest of his class is keeping a terrible secret. Will Kouichi be able to figure out what's going on and escape with his life?

    943 votes
  • The Armed Detective Agency is home to a group of detectives who all have powers based on literary figures or works. Using these powers, they solve cases and deal with problems caused by the Port Mafia - and larger forces that seek to destroy them both.

    749 votes
  • 6
    462 VOTES
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    When Dr. Tenma makes the controversial choice to save the life of a young boy instead of a corrupt politician, he thinks he's done the right thing - but that's called into question when the little boy grows up to be a serial killer. Feeling responsible for the boy's actions, Dr. Tenma sets out on a mission to stop him. 

    462 votes