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18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime 

Crystal Brackett
Updated October 12, 2018 5k votes 1.8k voters 40.1k views 18 items

List Rules Vote up the horror anime that are too good to be scaring anyone away.

While many horror anime actually rank high in popularity among anime fans, there are some horror anime shows your nerd friends still don't know exist. Those of you in search of some fresh demonic and bloody plot lines need not look further than this list of horror anime no one knows about. Everyone's rightfully heard of Tokyo Ghoul and Hellsing, but many underrated horror anime can go toe-to-toe against these terrifying classics in terms of scare factor and originality.

If anything, these horror anime you should be watching possibly get even creepier given their status as less well-known series, giving them the opportunity to break the mold a bit. Zombies, witches, ghosts, and a wealth of other supernatural entities all appear in these horror anime that only otaku know about, so get caught up on what's happening and horrific with the titles below. 

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Shiki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
Shiki is a horror novel by Japanese novelist Fuyumi Ono.An anime adaptation of the manga by Daume began broadcasting on July 8, 2010. The story takes place in a particularly hot summer in the ...more

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Pet Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
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Ghost Hunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
Ghost Hunt, originally titled Akuryō Series, is a light novel series written by Fuyumi Ono. It follows the adventures of the Shibuya Psychic Research Center as they investigate mysterious ...more

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Paranoia Agent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
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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School-Live! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
School-Live! (Gakkougurashi!) is a Japanese manga series written by Norimitsu Kaihō and illustrated by Sadoru Chiba. An anime adaptation by Lerche aired between July and September 2015. Yuki ...more

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Dusk Maiden of Amnesia ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
The story revolves around a first-year high school student, Teiichi Niiya who had just enrolled at Seikyou Private Academy. When he gets lost in one of the school's old building, he meets a girl ...more

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Boogiepop Phantom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
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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Ghost Hound is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
Ghost Hound is an anime TV series, created by Production I.G and Masamune Shirow, noted for being the creator of the Ghost in the Shell series. The original concept and design was first ...more
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Yami Shibai - Japanese G... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
Yami Shibai - Japanese Ghost Stories
Akin to TV Tokyo’s Folktales from Japan, YAMISHIBAI: JAPANESE GHOST STORIES takes a narrative format to explore the rich occult history from Japan, moreover, the storytelling techniques in this ...more
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Mnemosyne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ is a six-episode Japanese anime television series produced by Xebec and Genco, featuring grotesque and erotic visuals. The anime was produced to commemorate the ...more
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Requiem from the Darknes... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
Requiem From The Darkness
Requiem from the Darkness is a series of novels by Natsuhiko Kyogoku. It was made into a horror anime series, licensed in English by Geneon Entertainment, and into a series of live action TV ...more
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Le Portrait de Petit Cos... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is an original video animation produced by Aniplex and animated by Daume. It spanned 3 episode OVA series and ran in 2004. It was licensed for North American ...more
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Mermaid Forest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
Mermaid Forest
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Tokko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
Tokko is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tohru Fujisawa. It was serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon in 2003 and collected into 3 tankōbon volumes. An anime adaptation directed ...more

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Gyo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
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Genocyber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
Genocyber
Genocyber is a 1993 Japanese Cyberpunk manga series by Tony Takezaki. One volume of the manga was published and the story remains unfinished. It was adapted into a 5-part Original video ...more
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The Severing Crime Edge ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
The Severing Crime Edge
The Severing Crime Edge is a Japanese manga series, written and illustrated by Tatsuhiko Hikagi. An anime television series adaptation by Studio Gokumi premiered on Tokyo MX and other networks ...more
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Denpa Teki Na Kanojo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 18 Criminally Underrated Horror Anime
Denpa Teki Na Kanojo