5 Supernatural Anime of Winter 2020 that Hit the Spooky Spot

Ghosts, spirits, and undead who yet inhabit this world make for great characters in anime where anything is possible! There can be so many ways to envision the supernatural from types of activity and appearance, to reason for being. This winter season in anime, there was a surprising amount of ecchi and love triangles instead of good-old-fashioned spook. Let’s take a look at what winter 2020 had to offer in regards to supernatural anime!

5. Strike the Blood Kieta Seisou-hen

  • Episodes: 1
  • Aired: January 2020

Strike the Blood is an anime that deals with all kinds of characters with various spiritual powers. When vampire Kojou and his observer/friend Yukina find themselves in the school infirmary on the same futon with no memory of the night before, they try desperately to remember what happened. Meanwhile, other friends are staking out a ship carrying monsters! Kojou and Yukina meet up with other female friends and slowly piece together a mushroom-fueled version of ‘Hangover’ before joining those aboard the ship and saving the day. It’s a one-episode OVA with naked girls who also fight but, at least some of the supernatural feel of the main anime carries over.

4. Da Wang Bu Gaoxing (The Furious Yama)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2020 – March 2020

After her father’s passing, Xiaoluo becomes the next Great King of the Easter Underworld. Unfortunately for her and everyone that expects anything of her, Xiaoluo is a huge coward. She’s terrified of her own subjects and pretty much of any duties she must fulfill as king. With such a ridiculous, albeit understandable, setting, Da Wang Bu Gaoxing still manages to give you the otherworldly spook you look for when you want supernatural anime. The episodes are very short so there’s not much in the way of mood-setting but it’s a fun little show with a good bit of humor.

3. Hatena☆Illusion

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: January 2020 – March 2020

Kana, an aspiring master thief, can’t wait for her old friend and aspiring magician Makoto to come live and study with her. However, she’s shocked to discover what she thought was a cute girl she hadn’t seen in years was actually a cute boy! After a very rocky start, the two become partners and use their personal artifacts to round up dangerous items that would threaten people’s happiness. Everyone’s differing artifacts respond uniquely to their masters. Lots of whimsy and magic, it’s a rather bright fairytale with some dysfunctional family thrown in.

2. Kyokou Suiri (In/Spectre)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2020 – March 2020

Abducted by yokai as a child, Kotoko was robbed of an eye and a leg but was granted the role of Goddess of Wisdom for the spirits. She has grown up mediating problems for all kinds of scary-looking beings yet still seems to be a relatively normal, albeit eccentric, young lady. It just so happens the guy she falls for, Kurou, has his own mysterious circumstances that cause even the spirits to fear him. Kotoko only becomes more interested in making him her boyfriend and partner in spiritual affairs. There are many different spirits and stories amidst the overarching plot with some very dark themes. It’s beautifully animated and detailed to make the hostile spirits particularly terrifying. Mutilated bodies, patricide, and babies dying before they get a chance to be born are usually taboo but In/Spectre doesn’t shy away from shocking its audience with supernatural and human cruelty.

1. Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun (Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2020 – March 2020

Of the 7 School Wonders at Nene’s school, Hanako-san is probably the most infamous. Hoping to get her wish granted, Nene heads to the girl’s bathroom and summons the spirit… who turns out to be a boy! Her surprises don’t end there when instead of granting her wish, Hanako-kun ends up both protecting and making Nene his partner in protecting the school and the other Wonders. The cute and stylistic art helps paint the world of Hanako-kun where things often seem funny and cute yet serious danger lurks in the shadows. Hanako himself has powers he’s not keen on revealing and the large knife he brandishes takes him from a funny schoolboy to a potential murderer. There are all kinds of legends to keep you wondering what will happen next!

Final Thoughts

From fever-dream OVAs to dramatic tales of tortured spirits, winter 2020 had many different supernatural styles. Hanako-kun may have been the most atmospheric with In/Spectre being the grittiest, but they are both excellent examples of supernatural anime, so it’s hard to rank one above the other! We’d like to give a special mention to Pet with its complex and unique story and characters but felt it would be better represented in the list of psychological anime for winter 2020, so keep your eyes out for that! Which creepy spirit or yokai gave you the most supernatural feeling? Let us know in the comments!

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Author: May

Hey friends! I reside in Georgia and use my degree in Japanese primarily to (barely) read doujinshi that hasn’t been translated. Beyond deciding who is best girl in whatever I happen to be watching, I really enjoy ballroom dancing, reading, crying over dating sims, karaoke, and being surrounded by beautiful things~ (You know, scenery, décor, boys, stuff like that). I also love talking about passions with others!

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