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The Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time

Updated February 26, 2021 51.1k votes 11.1k voters 218.7k views51 items

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 Note1
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    Death Note

    Mystery, Police
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the...  more
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  • The Promised Neverland2
    1,162
    144

    The Promised Neverland

    Dark Fantasy, Sci-Fi
    The Promised Neverland (CloverWorks, 2019) is a Japanese mystery anime series based on the...  more
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  • Monster3
    2,279
    385
    Monster is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. The manga was...  more
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  • Erased4
    2,765
    502

    Erased

    Mystery, Psychological
    Erased (A-1 Pictures, 2016), also known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi, is a Japanese...  more
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  • Parasyte: The Maxim5
    1,620
    291

    Parasyte: The Maxim

    Action, Sci-Fi
    Parasyte: The Maxim (Madhouse, 2014) is a Japanese sci-fi horror anime series based on the...  more
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  • Steins;Gate6
    2,824
    578

    Steins;Gate

    Thriller, Sci-Fi
    Steins;Gate (White Fox, 2011) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series based on the 2009 visual novel...  more
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  • Terror in Resonance7
    1,638
    313
    Terror in Resonance, also known as Terror in Tokyo in Japan, is a Japanese anime television...  more
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  • Code Geass8
    2,131
    463

    Code Geass

    Action, Military
    Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Sunrise, 2006), often referred to as simply Code Geass,...  more
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  • Psycho-Pass9
    2,312
    531

    Psycho-Pass

    Action, Sci-Fi
    Psycho-Pass (Production I.G, 2012) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series. Policewoman Akane...  more
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  • Perfect Blue10
    852
    185
    Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by...  more
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  • Future Diary11
    2,418
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    Future Diary

    Action, Mystery
    Future Diary (Asread, 2011), also known as The Future Diary or Mirai Nikki, is a Japanese...  more
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  • Tokyo Ghoul12
    1,940
    514

    Tokyo Ghoul

    Action, Mystery
    Tokyo Ghoul (Studio Pierrot, 2014) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime series based on the manga...  more
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  • Another13
    364
    41

    Another

    Mystery, Horror
    Another (P.A. Works, 2012) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the 2009...  more
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  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood14
    1,646
    487
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Bones, 2009) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the...  more
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  • Danganronpa The Animation15
    734
    214
    Danganronpa: The Animation is a 2013 anime television series based on Spike Chunsoft's mystery...  more
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  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica16
    849
    263
    Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex....  more
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  • Deadman Wonderland17
    1,203
    401

    Deadman Wonderland

    Action, Horror
    Deadman Wonderland (Manglobe, 2011) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by...  more
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  • Higurashi no Naku Koroni Kai18
    653
    190
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is a TV Program based on the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni video...  more
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  • Paranoia Agent19
    554
    152
    Paranoia Agent is a Japanese anime television series created by director Satoshi Kon and...  more
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  • Serial Experiments Lain20
    496
    130
    Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design...  more
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  • Mirai Nikki - Another: World21
    773
    254
    Mirai Nikki - Another: World is a 2012 comedy TV series written by Sakae Esuno and Sayaka...  more
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  • Berserk22
    604
    192

    Berserk

    Action, Adventure
    Berserk (OLM, 1997) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime series based on the manga series by...  more
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  • Durarara!!23
    779
    281

    Durarara!!

    Action, Mystery
    Durarara!! (Brain's Base, 2010), often shortened to DRRR!!, is a Japanese supernatural anime...  more
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  • Blood-C24
    4
    0
    Blood-C is a 2011 anime/manga series that is produced in collaboration by Studio Production...  more
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  • Hellsing Ultimate25
    395
    117

    Hellsing Ultimate

    Action, Military
    Hellsing Ultimate (Satelight, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural horror OVA anime series based...  more
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