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【BEWARE!】 20 Horror Anime Recommendations for Adults to Enjoy 【Summary by Genre】

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Specters, zombies, and the darkness of the human mind. In fact, there are many different genres of “horror anime”. In this article, we’re going to introduce 20 horror anime that even adults can enjoy, broken down by genre! We’ve collected a wide range of major and minor titles, so be sure to check them out until the end.

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Hell Teacher Nube

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This anime is based on a horror manga that traumatized many children when it was first serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. The story is about a psychic teacher “Eno Narusuke” who has a “demon hand” in his left hand, and defeats monsters and evil spirits that attack his students. Since it was a children’s anime that was aired during prime time, the grotesque expressions are kept to a minimum, however, episodes from the original manga such as “Hatamonba”, “Hitomegara”, “A” ga Kita”, and “Hyakumonogatari”, which are famous for their traumatic episodes, have been adapted into anime. The vivid colors of the old anime emphasize the scary nature of the yokai, and even now, more than 20 years after the show, it is still quite creepy and scary, even for adults.

Hakaba Kitaro

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It is no exaggeration to say that the most famous horror anime in Japan, Gegege no Kitaro, was based on Mizuki Shigeru’s manga “Graveyard Kitaro”. The main character “Kitaro” is not the human ally as he is imagined to be today, and the other characters have different settings and appearance from the “Gegege” version. In addition, the story has a strong ironic “bizarre” feel to it, making it a work for adults. The title and settings were changed to “Hakaba Kitaro” and it has been well-liked for a long time, but in 2008, the original work was made into an anime in the frame of Noitamina. The atmosphere of the original work is well expressed with monochrome drawings with low color saturation, and you can enjoy the “Creepy Kitaro World”.

Kousetu Story

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In this historical novel by Natsuhiko Kyogoku, known for his “Hyakkiyoko yakou” series, a foursome of three villains, “Gogyo no mataichi”, “Wildcat Mawashi no ogin”, and “Jippei Kotochi no Jippei”, plus the storyteller “Yamaoka Hyakusuke”, solve incidents that cannot be exposed to the public by using a bizarre method. Although there are no actual yokai in the story, it is a very popular work of unusual horror with the use of ghost stories and old tales such as “Azure Washing”, “Hakuza Master”, and “Shibaemon Raccoon”. The anime version is based on the original work, and the occult flavor of the work becomes stronger towards the end of the anime, so you can enjoy a different atmosphere from the original work. The stylish OP and ED that combines Japanese horror with western music is also worth a look.

Yamishiba

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A short animation series that began in 2013 and has been running for a long time. The first season was based on an urban legend, the second season was a full-blown horror series with the participation of the director of “The Grudge”, and the third season was filled with creepy monsters. The series is characterized by its fairly short broadcast time of 5 minutes, and there are many episodes that end in a way that the audience is left to decide how the story ends, and the “easy-to-watch but frightening” nature of the series has become popular. There is also a comic book version of the series that contains the original episodes, so if you are interested in the series, I recommend you to start with the manga.

Junji Ito Collection

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An omnibus anime based on “The Masterpiece Collection of Junji Ito” and “Fragments of Demon” by Junji Ito, a genius of the horror manga world. Tomie” which has been made into a live-action movie, and “Soichi’s Selfish Curse” in which the popular character(?) who is a milestone in horror gags appears. and “Griselid” which is one of the creepiest works by Mr. Ito. It has been considered difficult to make an anime adaptation of this work because of its unique atmosphere and design, but the director, who is a fan of the original work, has finally made it into an anime in 2018. It’s not just pure horror, but also a grotesque story, a mysterious story, and a roundabout gag story, all packed into one work, so I recommend watching it as an introduction to the manga version. There are many episodes that have not yet been made into an anime, and there are hopes for a sequel to this work.

Ayakashi

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This omnibus horror anime was produced by famous creators such as Yoshitaka Amano, who is known for character design of Final Fantasy, and Sakamoto Yuji, the screenwriter who worked on the TV dramas “Mother” and “Woman”. Three famous Japanese ghost stories, “Yotsuya Kwaidan”, “Tenshou Monogatari”, and “Ka-Neko”, have been produced by different staffs. This work is a Japanese horror work with a unique interpretation of the classic and high quality drawings, and has been highly acclaimed for its freshness in spite of its Japanese horror style. Especially in the original story “KAKENKO”, the character “Medicine Peddler” became popular, and the sequel “Mononoke”, in which the medicine peddler played the main role, was later broadcasted.

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