Anime Underground The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time  

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The best thriller anime all have one thing in common- they keep you on the edge of your seat at all times. From Death Note to Psycho Pass, this list takes every good psychological thriller anime and ranks them from best to worst. Some of these shows are downright disturbing, including Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent, a series that exposes some of the uglier parts of social behavior between humans. Even the intro and outro to that show are creepy, just look them up on YouTube if you don't believe me!

Anyways, vote up your favorite thriller anime below, and please add any psychological thriller anime to the list if you think it deserves to be here!
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Death Note The fictional universe that contains the anime, manga and television films that deal with the world of Death Note.

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Steins;Gate Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime series created by the animation studio White Fox, based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's video game of the same name. It is set in 2010, and follows Rintaro Okabe, who ...more

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Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
Future Diary Future Diary is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. It depicts a battle royale in which each combatant has a diary with entries from the future. The manga was ...more

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Psycho-Pass Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that was produced by Production I.G, directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and written by Gen Urobuchi. The series was aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina ...more

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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with ...more

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa. Developed by Bones, the series is directed by Yasuhiro Irie and written by Hiroshi ...more

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Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
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Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland is a manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga, and published in Shōnen Ace since 2008 ...more

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Terror in Resonance Terror in Resonance, also known as Terror in Tokyo in Japan, is a Japanese anime television series produced by MAPPA. The anime was directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, with character designs by ...more

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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
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Monster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
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Parasyte: The Maxim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
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Durarara!! Durarara!!, often shortened to DRRR!!, is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita, with illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda, that has also been adapted into a Japanese anime series. ...more

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Berserk Berserk is a 1997 anime series adaptation of the dark fantasy manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura.

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High School of the Dead Highschool of the Dead is a Japanese manga series written by Daisuke Satō and illustrated by Shōji Satō. The story follows a group of high school students caught in the middle of a zombie ...more

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex. It was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and written by Gen Urobuchi, with original character designs by ...more

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Higurashi no Naku Koroni Kai Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is a TV Program based on the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni video game series.

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Fate/Zero Fate/Zero is a light novel by Gen Urobuchi, illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi, and is a prequel to Type-Moon's visual novel, Fate/stay night. The first volume was released on December 29, 2006, ...more

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Mirai Nikki - Another: World is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
ShrishVashishth added Mirai Nikki - Another: World Mirai Nikki - Another: World is a 2012 comedy TV series written by Sakae Esuno and Sayaka Kawamura and directed by Michiko Namiki and Shogo Miyaki.

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Paranoia Agent Paranoia Agent is a Japanese anime television series created by director Satoshi Kon and produced by Madhouse about a social phenomenon in Musashino, Tokyo caused by a juvenile serial assailant ...more

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Perfect Blue Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by Satoshi Kon and written by Sadayuki Murai, based on the novel of the same name by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The ...more

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Hellsing Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
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Btooom! Btooom! er en japansk manga-serie.

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Serial Experiments Lain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
shreyashi247 added Serial Experiments Lain Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design by Yoshitoshi ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda for ...more

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ERASED is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
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Eden of the East Eden of the East is a Japanese anime television series, which premiered on Fuji TV's noitaminA timeslot on April 9, 2009. Created, directed and written by Kenji Kamiyama, it features character ...more

The Best Thriller Anime on Netflix

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Boogiepop Phantom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
Kristina Sabin added Boogiepop Phantom Boogiepop Phantom is a twelve-episode anime television series produced by Madhouse Studios, based on the Boogiepop light novel series by Kouhei Kadono, particularly that of Boogiepop and Others ...more

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
EurekaHyakuya added Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a Japanese anime television series that premiered on Fuji TV's noitamina timeslot on July 9, 2009, where it ended its original run on September 17. Directed by Masaki ...more

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B: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
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Noir is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time
Alec Eustice added Noir Noir is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced in 2001 by the Bee Train animation studio. Kōichi Mashimo directed Noir; it was written by Ryoe Tsukimura, and the soundtrack was ...more

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Rainbow - Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin, is a Japanese manga series written by George Abe and illustrated by Masasumi Kakizaki. It began serialization in 2003 in Shogakukan Publishing's Weekly Young ...more

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Spiral

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Selector Infected Wixoss

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C – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility

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MAOYU The story is set in a world embroiled by war between Humans and Demons. The Humans' greatest hero invades the Demon Queen's castle determined to vanquish her. However, instead of fighting back, ...more

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Night Raid 1931 Night Raid 1931, is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and Aniplex and directed by Jun Matsumoto. The 13-episode anime aired in Japan on the TV Tokyo television network ...more

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Shigofumi - Letters from the Departed

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Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku-hen Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor is a 2007-2008 animated TV Program based on Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji.

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Tears to Tiara