The mind is the soul and the soul is the collective of who we are. The piece of us, that is us. Thus, when someone decides to pull themselves up a chair in the space that is our mind, we risk forever losing ourselves to this foreign presence. As our voice falls silent and sense of self wears thin, it can take some of the most unforeseen things to keep us attached to reality. This is a depiction of how fickle the mind can be; and in the world of anime, the cause behind why some of our most beloved heroes fall to pieces. So we ask that you hold your heads together, because brought to you by Honey’s Anime, is our Top 10 Anime Possessions. Get ready for a mind-blowing countdown.
10. Kukuri Yukizome from K
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct. 2012 – Dec. 2012
There is a world in which seven individuals are bestowed with unimaginable powers. They are no secret to this world in which they live, and are held in high regards. These individuals are known as Kings, and this is the world of K.
When the murder of a Red Clansman is caught on tape and spread virally, a manhunt ensues for the supposed perpetrator; Yashiro Isana. Now on the run, he must outwit the likes of the now tattered Red King; head of Scepter 4, Blue King, and loyal apprentice of the late Seventh King; Kurou Yatogami. While Yashiro fights to clear his name from everyone’s hit list, a devastating battle amongst Kings unfolds in its wake, threatening an all-out war. Will the world be prepared?
History 101; not all kings are as promising as they look. The Seventh, and Colorless, King is a snippet right from this course’s textbook. Confused with his sense of placement in the world, the sadistic king assumes multiple identities in his pursuit of “greatness”; but it isn’t until we see him here at episode 13 of K, that we truly get a glimpse at how pitiful this king truly is. Temporarily commandeering the body of Kukuri Yukizome, the Colorless King seeks to exact his ploy against the additional kings. However, with his own sense of self in fragments, it was only a matter of time before Kukuri’s true mind slipped to the forefront and managed to let out a lonesome cry for help. Unfortunately, that’s about all she’s capable of.
9. Rabura Chichibu from Punch Line
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2015 – Jun. 2015
Yuuta Iridatsu is an ordinary high schooler who suffers from acute light headedness at the sight of women’s; you guessed it, panties. Typical right? That is, up until the day he encountered the bombastic vigilante; Strange Juice. Now with his soul parted from his body, Yuuta uses his newfound ability to get a front row seat at the IMAX theater of women’s crotches. Unfortunately, whenever his feeble mind faints from the overwhelming sight, an asteroid ironically comes crashing down to earth. Now, Yuuta must place his dirty intentions on hold as he hunts the cause of this unwelcomed connection to his true love.
Likewise, this gender swapping body possession comes in the name of good faith here at episode 4 of Punch Line. Looking to give a preemptive warning, Yuuta swoops into the voluptuous body of aimless Rabura Chichibu. Surprisingly without any ecchi intentions. Apparently when the time is right, Yuuta can actually keep his half-witted self on task. Whether or not his efforts are worth it; however, remains to be seen as suddenly it’s time to play 21 questions. Don’t worry Yuuta, we feel your struggle.
8. Subaru Natsuki from Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 2016 – Sep. 2016
Suddenly being summoned to another world may sound mind boggling as is, but the questions may have to wait for Subaru Natsuki, who’ll have to fend for his life beforehand. At the timely appearance of the mysterious girl; Satella, Subaru is saved… momentarily. Everything is soon brought to an abrupt end when the pair find themselves victims of murder. However; having hit the reset button, Subaru is revived a few hours back in the past thanks to his attainment of an ability he calls “Return by Death”, allowing him to resurface prior to his demise. But can everything in life be fixed with a do-over?
Let’s hope so, because Subaru could certainly use a temporal reset here at episode 23. Things get a little creepy once Subaru’s secret is blown. Subaru’s as in, not Subaru. With his body hijacked by Petelgeuse, the insane spirit doesn’t hesitate to take his new toy for a ride. At the brandish of Julius’s sword, the crazed Betelgeuse satisfyingly glides his face across its edge, seemingly enjoying the pain as any madman would. Menacingly ranting off the word “love” over and over again before Subaru begs for Felis to off him only helps to make this scene that much harder to forget. Seriously, this is one hell of an anime worth watching!
7. Ritsu Kageyama from Mob Psycho 100
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul. 2016 – Sep. 2016
Spoon bending and all from when he was just a young child, 8th grader Shigeo Kageyama; aka Mob, has a magical mind. However; his abilities didn’t amuse everyone, and instead drew a lot of negative attention; thus pushing him to avoid using his wonderful talents. But with someone as special as Shigeo, something is bound to get interesting sooner or later.
Surprisingly, it’s his troubled younger brother; Ritsu, who takes the spotlight at episode 7. Much like his older brother, Ritsu possesses latent psychic abilities; so when the fallen spirit, Dimples, searches for a means of restoring his past might, Ritsu becomes his delightful target. After he is fooled into allowing Dimples to possess his body, Dimples; unfortunately, realizes that he’s not even capable of a full body takeover. Forcing him to simply fine-tune Ritsu’s power output. Exacting revenge now takes a funny turn in this quirky supernatural series as the improbable duo hopscotch around town making a name for themselves by pummeling delinquents. Perhaps Mob will have to put this loose cannon back in its place.
6. Soul Eater Evans and Maka Albarn from Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Apr. 2008 – Mar. 2009
Death City; a world of Death Scythe wielding Shinigami, and home to the technical academy Shibusen. All of which sit lovingly under a chuckling sun. Shibusen; headed by Shinigami-Lord Death, is famous for one thing; raising “Death Scythes”. Born of human hybrids whom have the ability to shift into Demon Weapons, these scythes are paired with talented meisters as they hunt to consume 100 souls in the fantastical world of Soul Eater.
Demon Scythe Soul Eater Evans, and his meister Maka Albarn get their fair taste of blood in this grim world when Soul falls to the darkness of the Black Blood. Presented through the likes of a demonic Little Ogre, Soul walks a fragile path as he fights off the grim essence. The “best” part about watching your friends lose themselves to manipulation is being forced to play a part in it. One word to describe watching Soul’s possession trickle over to Maka at the height of episode 20 is “invigorating”. The more the merrier. After all, it takes two to tango.
5. Elena Arshavina from World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman (Seiken Tsukai no World Break)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2015 – Mar. 2015
Ever wanted to know who you were in a past life? Well, at Akane Private Academy, three students; Moroha Haimura, Satsuki Ranjou, and Shizuno Urushibara, learn to use that knowledge to their advantage as they train in the use of Ancestral Arts. These students are known as saviors, and their purpose is to protect the world against beings called Metaphysicals. Following these three progress forward while constantly being weighted down by the past in the intricate world of World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman is all the reason to tune in for yourselves.
Speaking of intricate, sometimes possession isn’t as obvious as it can often be depicted. Such is the case here on episode 8 of World Break, where we get a taste of the multifaceted outreach of what possession really is. As Condrat infests the disrupted mind of Elena (Leshya), she quickly loses herself to his malevolent influence. However, it was only moments prior when the real extent of his consumption had been revealed. Believing all this time that she had a brother, Condrat proves that memory to be untrue as it was he who had implanted the false belief into her head. Slowly bringing her to a breaking point like a growing infection. Now that’s painful.
4. Yukio Okumura from Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 2011 – Oct. 2011
Troublesome teenager; Rin Okumura, finds his life turned inside out when he comes to the devastating revelation that he is the son of Satan, and his father has ordered for him to return home. With demons safely stowed in Gehenna, and humans going about their lives in the world of Assiah; there is only one way to travel the path between the two realms. That is through possession. In his desperate attempt to conquer Assiah, Satan birthed a human child with hopes of him eventually becoming a vessel for his possession; and now it is time to make good on that debt. Unwilling to follow through, Rin trains to become an exorcist and, alongside his brother Yukio, fight to defend Assiah from the demon king.
As any exorcist should know, hanging around demons means that you’re constantly under the threat of falling victim to possession. The question is, do your skills work when the target vessel is yourself? This might not be the easiest question to answer, as Yukio is a bit occupied keeping Satan from taking custody of his body here at episode 23. With a struggle as tough as this, not even his brother Rin is exempt from his wrath. This demon purge is going to take more than just a few magic tricks; Yukio’s going to have to find his inner strength if he hopes to remain whole.
3. Yuichiro Hyakuya from Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (Owari no Seraph)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2015 – Jun. 2015
When humans become endangered thanks to a virus that kills anyone above the age of 13, the hands of darkness get to work, as long-hidden vampires emerge in an attempt to seize power.
Yuichiro and Mikaela Hyakuya are amongst a group of children taken captive by the blood thirsty beasts; but when Mikaela schemes an escape mission sure to fail, it is Yuichiro who has to live with the guilt of being the only one to survive. Now as a member of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, he seeks to exact his revenge against those that stripped him of his family; but the vengeful path in Seraph of the End may come at a cost.
Being possessed can usually be cured by going down a list of home remedies, but things aren’t so bread and butter when the body-possessing demon comes from deep within. In episode 11, Yuichiro unexpectedly loses himself to an inner demonic presence, causing him to go berserk. As with every great demonic possession, Yuichiro’s appearance gets a makeover as he smacks people around left and right. Even better, his demonic overhaul sees to it that his desires are lost entirely in a lust to kill humans. Sometimes it’s all about letting your demon wings spread.
2. Majin Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z
- Episodes: 291
- Aired: Apr. 1989 – Jan. 1996
For those wet-behind-the-ears fellas who may not know, allow us to introduce you to the world of Dragon Ball.
When a young baby is discovered by Grandpa Gohan after crash landing on a planet us humans like to call Earth, the world as we know it changed forever. Soon to be known as Goku, this young boy grew to become one of the greatest heroes we’ve seen in the world of anime. A young Saiyan warrior; he will soon defeat the odds as he triumphs over tyrants such as King Piccolo, Frieza, and many more. All for the better if you ask us, as this blazing, action packed, heartfelt, legendary series just keeps giving.
Much like the entirety of the series, this moment just never gets old. A classic of the classics. The one, the only; Majin Vegeta.
Consumed by his lust for power and eagerness to surpass Goku, Vegeta fell victim to his own greed. After allowing himself to be consumed by the evil power of Bobbidi at the turning point of episode 228, Vegeta set out to overtake Goku with his new found wickedness. Nevertheless, a ray of light still seemed to surge through Vegeta as the presence of something even more malicious than himself soon showed its face. Perhaps there lies true strength in sacrifice; and if so, Vegeta is one to be touted for sure. As we counted the seconds tick by before Vegeta met his culmination, we witnessed the birth of a legacy. Sometimes it takes a tainted mind to truly see the reality that you’re faced with in life. May he rest in peace.
1. Miyako Komagusu from Ghost Hound! (Shinreigari: Ghost Hound)
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Oct. 2007 – Apr. 2008
Suiten; or better yet, the Unseen World is home to ghosts and malevolence. Thus, when Makoto, Taro, and Masayuki manage to let their souls enter this parallel world, things aren’t so uplifting. With changes afoot, spirits from the Unseen World are now jumping ship to the real world; and as you’d expect, the repercussions are prominent ones. Why is this possible? Well that sounds like a mystery worth unraveling. This is Ghost Hound, and we now introduce you to number 1 of Honey’s Anime’s Top 10 Anime Possessions.
Supernatural occurrences are of no surprise to Miyako Komagusu, who has lived with the ability to see ghosts all her life. With connections to the Unseen World, and living at a shrine shrouded by the paranormal; her possession doesn’t come as a big surprise, but doesn’t fail to tingle your nerves either. Episode 14 portrays that ghastly atmosphere with perfection. Looking upon Miyako as she shifts into a possessed, almost trance-like state, it’s as if you’re witnessing her mind elevate beyond existence. Her alluring gawks and slavish flow of her hair seep into the back of your mind like a sickness. Drowning you within her presence. It makes you wonder if she was ever human at all.
Those who lose their sense of self, might as well be holding up a “vacant state of mind for sale” sign. Or perhaps you’d prefer to ride passenger? If so, hopefully this list of Top 10 Anime Possessions has given you a taste of what could come of letting someone - or something - else take the wheel for once. Now, rid yourselves of your demons and swing by the comments section below. We would love to know what kind of possessive anime you’ve stumbled across.