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The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head

Updated October 27, 2020 26.9k votes 5.9k voters 176.3k views62 items

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!)

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion1
    Neon Genesis Evangelion (Gainax, 1995), commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a...  more
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  • FLCL2
    FLCL is a 2001 animated fantasy drama film written by Yoji Enokido and Kazuya Tsurumaki and...  more
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  • Paprika3
    Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on...  more
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  • Steins;Gate4


    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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  • Serial Experiments Lain5
    Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design...  more
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  • Akira6
    Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written...  more
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  • Death Note7

    Death Note

    Mystery, Police
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the...  more
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  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica8
    Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex....  more
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  • Spirited Away9
    Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki...  more
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  • Death Parade10

    Death Parade

    Mystery, Psychological
    Death Parade (Madhouse, 2015) is a Japanese supernatural anime series. Decim, the lone...  more
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  • Future Diary11

    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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  • Elfen Lied12

    Elfen Lied

    Action, Horror
    Elfen Lied (Arms, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the manga...  more
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  • Paranoia Agent13
    Paranoia Agent is a Japanese anime television series created by director Satoshi Kon and...  more
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  • Tokyo Ghoul14

    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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  • Space Dandy15
    Space Dandy is a 2014 Japanese anime series produced by Bones. The series follows Dandy, an...  more
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  • Samurai Champloo16

    Samurai Champloo

    Action, Adventure
    Check out episodes #9 (Beatbox Bandits) and #22 (Cosmic Collisions)
    Samurai Champloo (Manglobe, 2004), often stylized as SAMURAI CHAMPLOO, is a Japanese action...  more
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  • Mushishi17
    Mushishi is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. It was serialized in...  more
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  • Kill la Kill18
    This series is an anime television series produced by Trigger. It follows vagrant schoolgirl...  more
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  • Noragami19


    Action, Adventure
    Noragami (Bones, 2014) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the manga by...  more
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  • Durarara!!20


    Action, Mystery
    Durarara!! (Brain's Base, 2010), often shortened to DRRR!!, is a Japanese supernatural anime...  more
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  • Akame ga Kill!21

    Akame ga Kill!

    Action, Adventure
    Akame ga Kill! (White Fox, 2014) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by...  more
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  • Aeon Flux22
    Æon Flux is an avant-garde science fiction animated television series that aired on MTV in...  more
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  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai23
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is a TV Program based on the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni video...  more
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  • K24
    K is a 2012 anime series animated by the studio GoHands and directed by Shingo Suzuki, who...  more
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  • Another25
    26 years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki....  more
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