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The Top Horror Anime of All Time

Updated May 7, 2021 207.0k votes 54.2k voters 4.0m views62 items

There are plenty of scary movies and horror films for film lovers to choose from, but what about anime fans? Don't worry, there's lots of dark anime and good horror anime for fans to enjoy! This list of horror anime has been ranked from best to worst by fans of the genre. When it comes to scary, creepy, and zombie anime, if you want only the best, this list of top horror anime will help you find it! Don't forget about our list of the best horror manga too if you're a reader or the goriest anime if you like blood and guts.

This list contains the first episode of each dark animes series listed, so you can watch horror anime online right here at Ranker. If you're not a fan of anime, you might think it's all about school girls and giant robots. However, the top ten+ shows below can be downright terrifying, as they're some of the scariest anime of all time. Some are psychological horror like Paranoia Agent, while others involve zombies and creatures, like High School of The Dead.

Either way these animated shows are all guaranteed to creep you out, make you scared, and make you want to lock your door. We also have lists for things like the best vampire anime and the best gore anime, so check those out as well!

If you enjoy horror anime check out the best Blood+ quotes and the best Serial Experiments Lain quotes.

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  • 1
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    Another

    Mystery, Horror
    Another (P.A. Works, 2012) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the 2009...  more
  • 2
    8,813
    1,848
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is a TV Program based on the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni video...  more
  • 3
    10,511
    2,610

    Elfen Lied

    Action, Horror
    Elfen Lied (Arms, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the manga...  more
  • 4
    9,347
    2,424
    Corpse Party is a survival horror adventure dōjin soft video game series originally created by...  more
  • 5
    6,351
    1,398
    Shiki is a horror novel by Japanese novelist Fuyumi Ono.An anime adaptation of the manga by...  more
  • 6
    7,019
    1,816

    Parasyte: The Maxim

    Action, Sci-Fi
    Parasyte: The Maxim (Madhouse, 2014) is a Japanese sci-fi horror anime series based on the...  more
  • 7
    2,965
    325

    The Promised Neverland

    Dark Fantasy, Sci-Fi
    The Promised Neverland (CloverWorks, 2019) is a Japanese mystery anime series based on the...  more
  • 8
    11,341
    2,988

    Tokyo Ghoul

    Action, Mystery
    Tokyo Ghoul (Tokyo MX, 2014) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime series based on the manga by Sui...  more
  • 9
    3,189
    899
  • 10
    9,725
    3,154

    Future Diary

    Action, Mystery
    Future Diary (Asread, 2011), also known as The Future Diary or Mirai Nikki, is a Japanese...  more
  • 11
    1,696
    373
    Perfect Blue is an upcoming Japanese television drama series. It is based on the novel Perfect...  more
  • 12
    6,058
    1,780

    Deadman Wonderland

    Action, Horror
    Deadman Wonderland (Manglobe, 2011) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 13
    2,171
    548

    Angels of Death

  • 14
    5,102
    1,748

    Hellsing

    Action, Horror
    Hellsing (Gonzo, 2001) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 15
    1,011
    216

    Happy sugar life

  • 16
    2,122
    767
    Monster is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. The manga was...  more
  • 17
    1,429
    443
    Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex....  more
  • 18
    9,208
    3,713

    Attack On Titan

    Action, Military
    Attack on Titan (MBS, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from the...  more
  • 19
    2,338
    812
    Blood+, pronounced as "Blood Plus", is an anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex...  more
  • 20
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    969
    Danganronpa: The Animation is a 2013 anime television series based on Spike Chunsoft's mystery...  more
  • 21
    1,743
    533
    Devilman Crybaby (Netflix, 2018) is a Japanese anime series directed by Masaaki Yuasa, based...  more
  • 22
    2,576
    886
    Blood-C is a 2011 anime/manga series that is produced in collaboration by Studio Production...  more
  • 23
    2,110
    763
    School-Live! (Gakkougurashi!) is a Japanese manga series written by Norimitsu Kaihō and...  more
  • 24
    2,630
    1,045
    Ghost Hunt, originally titled Akuryō Series, is a light novel series written by Fuyumi Ono. It...  more
  • 25
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    489

    Yami Shibai

    Akin to TV Tokyo’s Folktales from Japan, YAMISHIBAI: JAPANESE GHOST STORIES takes a narrative...