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The 40+ Trippiest Anime That Mess With Your Head

Updated February 23, 2021 26.1k votes 6.0k voters 178.7k 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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  • Steins;Gate2


    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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  • FLCL3
    FLCL is a 2001 animated fantasy drama film written by Yoji Enokido and Kazuya Tsurumaki and...  more
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  • Paprika4
    Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on...  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 Parade7

    Death Parade

    Mystery, Psychological
    Death Parade (Madhouse, 2015) is a Japanese supernatural anime series. Decim, the lone...  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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  • Future Diary10

    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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  • Death Note11

    Death Note

    Mystery, Police
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the...  more
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  • Paranoia Agent12
    Paranoia Agent is a Japanese anime television series created by director Satoshi Kon and...  more
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  • Elfen Lied13

    Elfen Lied

    Action, Horror
    Elfen Lied (Arms, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the manga...  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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  • Durarara!!16


    Action, Mystery
    Durarara!! (Brain's Base, 2010), often shortened to DRRR!!, is a Japanese supernatural anime...  more
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  • Perfect Blue17
    Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by...  more
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  • Samurai Champloo18

    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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  • Mushishi19
    Mushishi is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. It was serialized in...  more
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  • Aeon Flux20
    Æon Flux is an avant-garde science fiction animated television series that aired on MTV in...  more
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  • Noragami21


    Action, Adventure
    Noragami (Bones, 2014) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the manga by...  more
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  • Kill la Kill22

    Kill la Kill

    Action, Comedy
    Kill la Kill (Trigger, 2013) is a Japanese action anime series. Ryuko is a vagrant schoolgirl...  more
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  • Another23


    Mystery, Horror
    Another (P.A. Works, 2012) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the 2009...  more
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  • Mononoke24


    Mononoke (モノノ怪) is a Japanese animated television series produced by Toei Animation. A spin-off of 2006's horror anthology series Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales, Mononoke follows the character of the medicine seller as he continues to face a myriad of supernatural perils. Mononoke takes place during the Edo period Japan with the four class system, Samurai being the highest class and merchants (such as the medicine seller himself) being in the lowest class. Only Samurai were permitted to carry swords, which is why it comes as a shock to many of the characters that the medicine seller would be carrying a sword. Mononoke follows a wandering, nameless character known only as the "Medicine Seller" (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai). The series is made up of individual chapters in which the medicine seller encounters, combats and subsequently destroys mononoke. The "mononoke" are a type of ayakashi, unnatural spirits that linger in the human world by binding themselves to negative human emotions.

    The Medicine Seller always proceeds in the same manner, using his knowledge of the supernatural to fend off the mononoke until he can learn the spirit's shape (Katachi), truth (Makoto) and reasoning (Kotowari). Only then can he unsheathe his sword and exorcise the demon. The English subtitles translate these three necessities as Form, Truth, and Reason. (source: )

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  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai25
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is a TV Program based on the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni video...  more
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