Top 30 Dark Anime Series List [Best Recommendations]

What makes a 'dark' anime? It's more than just monsters and scares. Check out the 25 Best Dark Anime for a glimpse into some of the industry's most twisted stories.

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21. Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)

On a summer day… Suddenly, an immense terrorist bomb struck Tokyo.

The culprits behind the act that woke up this complacent nation, were just two boys.

The culprits known as Sphinx now, begin a massive game that envelopes Japan.

Terrorism is a hot topic in the world today, and nothing puts that into perspective quite like fiction.

Zankyou no Terror is a dark anime that brings up topics of nature vs. nurture through the eyes of its “protagonists” fighting for individual identity and recognition in a world hell-bent on burying its mistakes.

They do this through fear, terrorism and chaos. There are no “good guys and bad guys”, and it does a good job of skewing right and wrong in the face of justice.

Zankyou no Terror

Definitely fits the bill for the thriller anime genre with content that makes it relatable for adult viewers, despite the main characters being adolescents.

Genre: Psychological, Thriller, Dark Anime

20. BLACK BULLET

A near future, where humans have been defeated by the viral parasites named Gastrea.

They have been exiled into a small territory and live in despair, side-by-side in terror.

In this world trapped in darkness— Rentaro, a boy living near Tokyo and member of the “Civil Security”—an organization specializing in fighting against the Gastrea—is used to accomplishing dangerous tasks.

His partner is Enju, a precocious young girl. They fight thanks to their peculiar powers until one day, when they receive a special assignment from the government.

BLACK BULLET

This top secret mission is to prevent the destruction of Tokyo… Set in a near future, this thrilling heroic-action story… starts now!

Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Dark Anime

19. JIGOKU SHOUJO (HELL GIRL)

There is a rumor. There exists a message board called Jigoku Tsushin where one can access only at midnight.

It is said that if one writes his grudge against someone, Jigoku Shoujo appears and she takes the person to the Hell.

An eye for an eye takes on new meaning in Jigoku Shoujo, where you can curse someone to Hell but are also sentenced to Hell yourself.

The anime explores the many reasons why a person would give up their soul to curse another, be they a tormentor or bitter enemy.

JIGOKU SHOUJO

It shows the dark side of human nature, as it discusses a different sort of immoral action in each episode.

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Dark Anime

18. TABOO TATTOO

Seigi, a martial arts trained middle schooler, often feels driven to protect the weaker people around him.

One day, he defends a homeless man against some punks, and the man gives him a strange tattoo on his palm in return.

The tattoo is a secret weapon produced in the arms race between America and the Serinistan Kingdom.

Seigi finds himself in over his head when a powerful girl, using the same secret weapon, violently pursues him in order to retrieve it.

TABOO TATTOO

His skill at martial arts may not be enough to keep him alive, but will he be able to learn how to trigger the power of his tattoo in time?

Genre: Action, Comedy, Martial Arts, Mystery, Super Power, Supernatural, Dark Anime

17. TOKYO GHOUL

Tokyo is haunted by mysterious ghouls who are devouring humans.

People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery.

An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like he is, at the café he frequents.

Little does Kaneki realize that his fate will change overnight.

Blood, guts, and monsters – Tokyo Ghoul is a classic story with a dark new twist.

This anime explores loss, bigotry, prejudice, literal racism, questionable philosophy and morals.

TOKYO GHOUL

It begs the question of what makes a murderer, if one must kill to survive? It throws the irony of human standards for murdering another human vs. killing an animal into almost stark relief.

Although it lacks any intense psychological twists, it’s a fresh addition to the horror genre.

Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Dark Anime

16. Another

In 1972, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki passed away during the school year.

Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark secrets hidden deep within.

Twenty-six years later, 15-year-old Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North and soon after discovers that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students.

He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious, eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki; however, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist.

Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Kouichi begins to get closer not only to her, but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 of Yomiyama North.

Another

Another follows Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates as they are pulled into the enigma surrounding a series of inevitable, tragic events—but unraveling the horror of Yomiyama may just cost them the ultimate price.

Genre: Horror, Mystery, School, Supernatural, Thriller, Dark Anime

15. GHOST IN THE SHELL

In the year 2029, the world is made borderless by the net; augmented humans live in virtual environments, watched over by law enforcement that is able to download themselves into super-powered, crime busting mecha.

GHOST IN THE SHELL

The ultimate secret agent of the future is not human, has no physical body and can freely travel the information highways of the world, hacking and manipulating whatever and whenever required.

Genre: Mecha, Police, Psychological, Sci-Fi

14. Death Parade

“Welcome to Queen Dekim.” What greets two unsuspecting guests is a strange bar, Queen Dekim, and the white-haired bartender, Dekim.

“From here you two shall begin a battle where your lives hang in the balance,” he says to introduce the Death Game.

Death Parade

Before long the guests’ true natures become apparent. As a matter of course, at the game’s end Dekim is revealed to be the “arbiter.” Dekim’s judgement on the two guests is…

Genre: Game, Psychological, Dark Anime

13. LE CHEVALIER D`EON

During the time when Louis XV still ruled France, a certain woman was found dead in the coffin floating through the Seine river.

D’Eon, the woman’s brother, determines to seach for the killer of his sister, Lia.

LE CHEVALIER D`EON

But there are some strange movements in France. And things become more strange when Lia’s soul enters D’Eon’s body…

Genre: Historical, Magic, Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural, Dark Anime

12. ELFEN LIED

The “diclonii” (singular: “diclonius”), otherwise known as a two-horned human, are mutants of the human species, may well be the next step in human evolution.

The diclonii have horns and strong telekinetic powers represented by arms. However with this great power, they could easily destroy the human race.

Fearful of their power, humans quarantined the diclonii into secret research facilities to study.

However, in a freak accident, a enraged female diclonius escaped, killing many guards in the process.

ELFEN LIED

Interesting enough, the female escapee appears to have suffered amnesia after her escape and floated to Yuigahama of Kamakura city.

There, she meets two people named Kouta and Yuka, who name the female diclonius “Nyuu”, and decide that they all should live together.

Genre: Action, Drama, Ecchi, Horror, Psychological, Romance anime, Dark Anime

11. GHOST HUNT

Telling ghost stories is a favorite past time of Mai Taniyama and her friends–that is, until she meets 17 year-old Kazuya Shibuya, the man sent by Shibuya Psychic Research Center to investigate paranormal activity at a supposedly haunted school.

When Mai gets caught in a dangerous situation, she is rescued by Kazuya’s assistant.

GHOST HUNT

Saving her lands the assistant incapacitated, and Kazuya demands that Mai become his assistant, instead…

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Shoujo, Supernatural, Dark Anime

10. God Eater

Set in Japan in the year 2071 where the world has been mostly destroyed by mysterious monsters known as the Aragami.

An organization known as Fenrir was made to exterminate Aragami using weapons called God Arcs which is made from the cells of an Aragami.

Those who specialize in exterminating Aragami are known as God Eaters.

Originally God Eaters had one type in which their God Arcs can only keep gun form or blade form.

God Eater

however a new type has been discovered that can switch between gun and blade form.

Since then, they have been classified new-types and the previous as old-types.

Genre: Action, Demons, Fantasy, Military, Supernatural, Dark Anime

9. ERGO PROXY

Sometime in the distant future, humanity has managed to survive, but only in isolated cities and through the use of cloning and robotic servants called Autoraves.

Life in the cities is strictly controlled by management dedicated to preserving their ‘utopian’ way of life.

But something is causing the Autoraves to become independent and is driving them to seek to escape the city.

Re-l Mayer, a female inspector from the Citizen Information Board, learns that the awakening of the Autoraves is caused by an encounter with something called a Proxy.

ERGO PROXY

In seeking to learn more, Re-l stumbles into a secret that management is desperately trying to hide and will go to any length to keep suppressed.

Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Dark Anime

8. FATE ZERO

Taking place 10 years before the events of Fate/stay night, this series chronicles the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War.

Fate Zero’s a classic fantasy series with alternative animes in alternate universes.

Every now and then, something called the Holy Grail will choose a master and a servant.

Whoever is chosen gets forced to fight in the Holy Grail war, with the promise of having 1 wish fulfilled if you win.

FATE ZERO

Compared to Fate Stay Night, Fate Zero is obscene and disgustingly more vile in almost every way.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural, Dark Anime

7. SHINSEKAI YORI (From the New World)

About one thousand years into the future, civilization has been retrograded and humans are living dispersed within small communities.

People in this era have a psychic power called “Juryoku” which materializes things they imagine.

In the absence of advanced scientific technology, people are using this power as a major source of energy.

One day, a girl called Saki, along with her friends, finds a small archive robot outside the town.

It records the ancient history of humans. It tells them that Juryoku was found in the 21st century and the discovery caused a world war between psychics and non-psychics.

The psychics won this war and thus their reign of terror began. When the adults in town figure out that the children discovered this forbidden knowledge, they seal their Juryoku and exile them.

SHINSEKAI YORI

Saki and the others end up in a forest where they meet a huge hairless bipedal mouse known as a “Bakenezumi” and get involved in a violent war the creatures are currently engaged in.

Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Dark Anime

6. Jormungand

Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer sells weapons under HCLI, a shipping corporation.

As one of the company’s unofficial weapon sellers, she secretly sells weapons in many countries while avoiding the local authorities and law enforcements as most of her work is actually illegal under international law.

Travelling with her is her team of bodyguards who are mostly composed of ex-military veterans.

Her latest addition to the crew is Jonah, a seemingly emotionless child soldier who is skilled in combat yet ironically hates arms dealers.

Jormungand

Jonah joins Koko as he wishes to find the arms dealer responsible for his family’s death. What follows is Koko and her crews escapades around the world.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Seinen, Dark Anime

5. PSYCHO-PASS

In the future, it is possible to quantitatively measure a person’s emotions, desires, and every inclination.

In this way, it is also possible to measure a person’s criminal tendency factor, which is used to judge criminals.

This is the story of a team of policemen dedicated to maintaining public order.

PSYCHO-PASS

Some of them work in the Enforcement Division, responsible for the apprehension of criminals, while others belong to the Supervisory Division which oversees their colleagues in Enforcement.

Genre: Action, Police, Sci-Fi, Dark Anime

4. SAMURAI CHAMPLOO

Mugen is a fierce animal-like warrior with a unique Bboying (break-dance) inspired fighting style.

Jin has a more traditional style but don’t think of this as a weakness because his skills are amazing.

The two contrasting samurai warriors are far from friends, yet their separate paths seem to cross anyways.

Mugen is wandering aimlessly through the city when he stumbles upon a teahouse where he meets Jin and Fuu (A ditzy waitress, but don‘t think she doesn‘t have anything hidden up her sleeves).

SAMURAI CHAMPLOO

Fuu convinces them both to come with her in search of a mysterious samurai that smells like sunflowers and their journey begins.

This modernized hip-hop tale breaks the barriers of the common, historical, samurai anime.

Genre: Action, adventure, comedy, drama, Dark Anime

3. BERSERK

Guts, a man who calls himself “The Black Swordsman” looks upon his days serving as a member of a group of mercenaries, the Band of the Hawk, nicknamed “the Grim Reaper of the Battlefield.”

Led by an ambitious, ruthless, and intelligent man named Griffith, together they battle their way into the royal court, and are forced into a fate that may chang… more Guts, a man who calls himself “The Black Swordsman”

looks upon his days serving as a member of a group of mercenaries, the Band of the Hawk, nicknamed “the Grim Reaper of the Battlefield.”

BERSERK

Led by an ambitious, ruthless, and intelligent man named Griffith, together they battle their way into the royal court, and are forced into a fate that may change their entire lives.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Demons, Fantasy, Horror, Military, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural, Dark Anime

2. KISEIJUU: SEI NO KAKURITSU ( Parasyte )

The 17-year-old Izumi Shinichi lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo.

One night, worm-like aliens called Parasytes invade Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses.

One Parasytes attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but fails since he is wearing headphones, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead, taking over his right hand and is named Migi.

Because Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from travelling further up into his brain, both beings retain their separate intellect and personality.

As the duo encounter other Parasytes, they capitalize on their strange situation and gradually form a strong bond, working together to survive.

Parasyte

This gives them an edge in battling other Parasytes who frequently attack the pair upon realization that Shinichi’s human brain is still intact.

Shinichi feels compelled to fight other Parasytes, who devour humans as food, while enlisting Migi’s help.

Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Dark Anime

1. NO. 6

The TV anime series No. 6 is created by studio Bones, based on a sci-fi light novel series authored by Atsuko Asano.

The story is set in a future model city in 2013, called “No. 6?. Raised as a top-ranking elite since the age of 2, a boy named Shion lives in an exclusive area of the city.

On the night of his 12th birthday, he rescues a boy who calls himself “Nezumi” (“Rat”).

NO. 6

Nezumi ran away from the city’s Special Security Area. From that moment on, Shion’s life is changed forever now this is a Dark Anime.

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Dark Anime

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