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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 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 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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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) 4 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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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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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who stumbles across a mysterious ...more
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The Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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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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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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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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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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Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. Elfen Lied takes place in Kamakura and Kanagawa, and focuses on the "Diclonius", a newly mutated species. ...more
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Serial Experiments Lain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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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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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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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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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives an encounter with Rize Kamishiro, ...more
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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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This series is an anime television series produced by Trigger. It follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search which brings her into conflict with the iron-fisted student council ...more
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Check out episodes #9 (Beatbox Bandits) and #22 (Cosmic Collisions) Samurai Champloo is a Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe. It featured a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, character designer Kazuto Nakazawa and mechanical designer ...more
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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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Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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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) 19 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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Noragami is a Japanese manga series by Adachitoka. An anime television series adaptation by Bones aired in Japan beginning from January 5, 2014 to March 23, 2014, with a total of 12 episodes. ...more
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Akame ga KILL! 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 a Japanese shōnen manga series written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro. An anime television series adaptation of the main series premiered in Japan in July 2014. ...more
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Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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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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K is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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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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Durarara!! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head
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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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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