This weekend get your favorite sweet treats, turn off all of the lights, and spend Halloween with one of these binge-able horror animes.
I’ve mentioned this one before but it definitely makes my spooky list of horror anime to binge for Halloween because it’s a pretty fun horror mystery and a show that I personally did watch all of in one night. Class 3-3 is cursed and everyone in the class will die unless they figure out who doesn’t belong. It’s a little like the premise of Among Us if the imposter didn’t know that they were the one slowly killing everyone and if it were way less cute. It’s a little bit gory, a little bit suspenseful, and at times a little sweet and funny.
Serial Experiments Lain
Years and years later, Lain is still one of my very favorite animes of all time. It’s relationship with horror is a little odd and after reflecting on it for a pretty long time I can only really compare it to Black Mirror. Technology is weird and Lain doesn’t totally understand it. She definitely doesn’t understand why her dead classmate is sending her emails or why there is suddenly a second version of herself or why the electrical wires seem to sing to her. I don’t think I would consider this a “horror” show per se, but it is truly one of the most unsettling shows I have ever seen with a theme song that I still sing along with.
Disappearances and deaths are piling up in a small rural town and while some believe it to be some illness or pandemic sweeping the community, it turns out to be vampires. There are a lot of vampire movies and a lot of vampire tropes, but Shiki subverts all of them, creating characters and a story all its own. It’s a show that makes it hard to root for or against the monsters, but are they really monsters?
The Medicine Seller wanders from place to place and everywhere he goes there seem to be unnatural and unhappy spirits lingering. Mononoke isn’t as much a single continuous story as the others, instead showing us a collection of exorcisms in the Medicine Seller’s adventures. The creepy nature of these spirits and the beautiful but unsettling art style work together to create something almost artistically spooky and captivating.
Junji Ito Collection
In my mind anime horror and Junji Ito are as good as synonymous. The art style alone is evocative and unnatural in a way that’s so simple and still so frightening; a perfect example of how to make your art tell a story as much as your words. This collection mixes a few of Jnji Ito’s more popular manga with some more obscure titles, creating an anthology of the unexplainable and weird that will leave you wanting more.
Have you seen all of the shows on my list? Do you like it when horror anime is unsettling and weird or actually completely terrifying? Which scary anime is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
Ja ne, Adventurers!