Anime Underground The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head  

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If you ended up on this page, you're one of two people. If you're a nerd like me, then you're looking for some good trippy anime because you love unique art styles and want to watch some different. Then there are those of you who are about to eat some mushrooms, and want to know what anime they should watch while tripping. Either way, we've thrown together a great selection that includes trippy anime movies, as well as god anime. These shows are all very visually stimulating, playing off a wide selection of colors and shapes that are guaranteed to blow your mind at least a little bit. We've included classics like FLCL and Akira, but if you've been out of the game for a while then you'll be delighted to discover some newer trippy anime titles, especially Space Dandy.

There are a few titles on here that are more psychologically trippy, so if you want lots of colors and don't want to think too much you should definitely stay away from Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent. Vote up your favorite anime that is visually or mentally trippy, or simply use this as a guide for anime to enjoy during your next trip (or not, shout out to us sober people!)

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FLCL FLCL is a 2001 animated fantasy drama film written by Yoji Enokido and Kazuya Tsurumaki and directed by Takeshi Ando, Shôji Saeki, Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masahiko Ôtsuka

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Spirited Away Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more

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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
flex capacitor added 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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Akira Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more

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Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Franco Ferrer added Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Tatsunoko Productions and Gainax and directed by Hideaki Anno. It was ...more

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Paprika Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name, about a research psychologist who uses a device that ...more

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Howl's Moving Castle Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The ...more

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The Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Oscar Lee added The 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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Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Oscar Lee added 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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Serial Experiments Lain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
flex capacitor 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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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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Samurai Champloo Check out episodes #9 (Beatbox Bandits) and #22 (Cosmic Collisions)

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My Neighbor Totoro My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more

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Kill la Kill Kill la Kill is an anime television series produced by Trigger. It follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search for her father's killer, which brings her into violent conflict with the ...more

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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Tatyonna added 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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Space Dandy Space Dandy is a 2014 Japanese anime series produced by Bones. The series follows Dandy, an alien hunter who is "a dandy guy in space," in search for aliens with his robot assistant QT ...more

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Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
andrewjuel27 added Mushishi Mushishi is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. It was serialized in Afternoon Seasons Zōkan from 1999 to 2002, and in Monthly Afternoon from December 2002 to August 2008. ...more

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Noragami is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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K is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Lynn Black added K K is a 2012 anime series animated by the studio GoHands and directed by Shingo Suzuki, who also serves as character designer for the series. It began airing on MBS on October 5, 2012. The anime ...more

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Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Ron Kokopelli Le Mat Heyoka added Aeon Flux Æon Flux is an avant-garde science fiction animated television series that aired on MTV in various forms throughout the 1990s, with film, comic book, and video game adaptations following ...more

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Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshio Sawai, published by Shueisha, and serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is a comedy ...more

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Ninja Scroll is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
flex capacitor added Ninja Scroll Ninja Scroll is a 1993 Japanese animated action thriller film written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The critically acclaimed film was theatrically released on June 5, 1993, and received a ...more

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Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Simca Wood added Charlotte Charlotte is a 2015 Japanese anime television series directed by Yoshiyuki Asai. In an alternate reality, a small percentage of children manifest superhuman abilities upon reaching puberty. High ...more

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
ShamHussain added Higurashi no Naku Koro ni 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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Shiki is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Durarara!! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Fiona Gan added 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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Monster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Dead Leaves Dead Leaves is a 2004 Japanese anime science fiction film produced by animation studio Production I.G. It was distributed in Japan by Shochiku, in North America, Canada and the U.K. by Manga ...more

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Shinsekai Yori is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Excel Saga is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Angela Crocker added Excel Saga Excel Saga is a manga series written and illustrated by Rikdo Koshi. It has been serialized in Young King OURs since 1995, and its individual chapters were collected and published in tankōbon ...more

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Beelzebub is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Lynn Black added Beelzebub Watch the latest episodes of Beelzebub on Crunchyroll now. Oga Tatsumi is a first year student in Ishiyama High, a notorious school for delinquents. One day while taking a nap by the river he ...more

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Mind Game Mind Game is a 2004 Japanese animated feature film based on Robin Nishi's Japanese comic of the same name. It was planned, produced and primarily animated by Studio 4°C and adapted and ...more

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RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Boogiepop Phantom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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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Redline is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Trippypedia added Redline Redline is a 2009 science fiction auto racing anime film produced by Madhouse and released in Japan on October 9, 2010. The directorial debut feature of Takeshi Koike, it features the voices of ...more

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Memories is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Robert Shea added Memories Memories is an anime anthology film produced in 1995 by artist/director Katsuhiro Otomo which were based on three of his manga short stories. The film is composed of three episodes: ...more

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Boku no Pico is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
1526837550804 added Boku no Pico Boku no Pico is a Japanese series of adult shotacon anime OVAs produced by Natural High designed to appeal to the homosexual male market. The producer has described it as "the world's ...more

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Blast of Tempest is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Welcome to the N.H.K. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Honza Binar added Welcome to the N.H.K. Welcome to the N.H.K. is a Japanese novel written by Tatsuhiko Takimoto, with a cover illustration by Yoshitoshi ABe, and was published by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan on January 28, 2002. The novel ...more

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The Boy and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Genius Party is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Trippypedia added Genius Party Genius Party is an anthology of short animated films from Studio 4°C released on July 7, 2007. A sequel called Genius Party Beyond was released on February 15, 2008, and includes most of the ...more

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Mawaru Penguindrum Penguindrum, known in Japan as Mawaru Penguindrum is a 2011 Japanese anime series produced by Brain's Base. The series is directed and co-written by Kunihiko Ikuhara and was broadcast in Japan ...more

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