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Everyone loves exploring a good exciting mystery, mainly mystery anime! There’s pure excitement exploring a mystery story, discovering secrets and unlocking the clues. Anime have provided viewers with plots unknown, and we can’t help but sink in, be curious, and gather speculation from start to finish. With that being said, in the following anime, we present ten recommendations for the best mystery series. We know there are many more intriguing and inquisitive shows, but here’s what we’ve gathered so far! Here we go!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2018 – March 2018
Kokkou centers on the life of Juri Yukawa. Juri comes from a dysfunctional family and wants out to build a better life for herself and her nephew, Makoto. When things couldn’t be any worse, Juri’s brother Tsubasa and her nephew are abducted by a mysterious organization and held for ransom. With limited time, Juri has to come up with five million yen. Fortunately, Juri’s grandfather offers her hope to this life and death dilemma.
By a blood sacrifice to her grandfather’s mystical stone, the three enter the world of “Stasis,” very much a place like their own, except that time stands still for the users. The rescue isn’t as easy as they imagine because they discover that others somehow found a way to navigate through Stasis. Their rescue effort seems hopeless, but not completely gone as a giant named Herald comes to save the day.
Kokkoku contains a fantastic story of adventure and mystery in a parallel world similar to the characters’ reality. The concept of this is new and fresh, unlike any series commonly aired in the last few seasons. Questions upon questions form as viewers watch each episode and the element of the supernatural makes the plot more intriguing. Moreover, the characters bring the story to life, inspiring us to never give up until the mission is complete.
9. Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider (The Perfect Insider)
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: October 2015 – December 2015
The Perfect Insider shares the story of Shiki Magata, a genius programmer who inhabits a research facility located on a remote island. A recluse, Shiki rarely has guests, except for Souhei Saikawa and Moe Nishingono from the university. While entertaining visitors, the three of them unexpectedly get swept into a locked-room murder mystery. Hidden secrets, illusions and wrong turns, Saikawa and Moe, must solve the puzzle, revealing the truth behind the murder and Magata’s murky past.
As simple as it may seem, The Perfect Insider is not just about a murder plot that needs solving; it involves so much more. Based on a mystery novel, the bizarre circumstances surrounding Magata and the research facility are dark and grim, drawing viewers deeper into its nightmare-ish maze. Heavy on dialogue and character interaction, The Perfect Insider is riveting.
8. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (Beautiful Bones -Sakurako’s Investigation-)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2015 – December 2015
Beautiful Bones –Sakurako’s Investigation- is the story of Sakurako Kujou and Shoutarou Tatewaki. As lovely as she may appear, Sakurako has an affinity for the study of bones, or osteology. Using her unique skill, civilians and government agencies call upon her to help solve complex cases. An interesting pair from the start, we are presented the gradual development of Sakurako and Shoutarou’s working relationship, as they complement and aid one another throughout this 12-episode mystery anime.
Sakurako’s fascination with bones is in and of itself appealing, something that is uncommon but nevertheless enchanting. Sakurako and Shoutarou make an interesting pair, constantly caught up in the most peculiar cases. With an imaginative storyline, Beautiful Bones -Sakurako’s Investigation- reminds us that there is much to learn around us, unlocking mysteries in order to find closure.
7. Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
Braves of the Six Flowers entails the story of six legendary heroes. The Braves are chosen by the Goddess of Fate and bestowed supernatural abilities with a mission to destroy the Demon God who threatens the fate of the world. We are introduced to Adlet Mayer, a macho guy who reeks of self-confidence and Nashetania Loei Piena Augustra, princess of Piena. The two become Braves and embark on the journey to meet the other Braves, ultimately to take on the Demon God. However, when the heroes are all united, there is tension as the members suspect a traitor in their midst.
Braves of the Six Flowers is an excellent mystery anime that deals with a puzzling scenario appearing uncomplicated on the surface but which is more complicated as viewers explore more into the core. We investigate background information on the Braves, discover who the traitor is, and dive into all things supernatural. We aren’t bombarded with everything from the get-go, but facts and events are slowly introduced to us, making the viewing experience truly enjoyable.
6. Bungou Stray Dogs (Bungo Stray Dogs)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
Bungou Stray Dogs is an action, supernatural anime following Atsushi Nakajima, an orphan who is recruited by the Special Detective Company. This group of detectives tackles seemingly impossible cases in addition to fending off their counterparts, the “Port Mafia.” Aside from their intellect and talents, these detectives have incredible abilities that are extremely helpful in violent and intense confrontations. Bungou Stray Dogs focuses on the development of each character and how they came to be, as well as countless, stirring mysteries to solve.
Bungou Stray Dogs is an enjoyable series that delivers action, drama, and mystery. Having that old-school vibe, it is reminiscent of Sherlock, Eliot Ness, and other similar classic detective series. Its impressive animation and action sequences stand out. An appealing mystery anime, Bungou Stray Dogs provides viewers with circumstances that are exciting to investigate.
5. Magic Kaito 1412
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2014 – March 2015
Nearly a decade after the peculiar death of his father, Kaito Kuroba, a slightly mischievous but otherwise ordinary teenager, discovers a shocking secret. The Phantom Thief Kaito Kid, better known as "The Magician Under the Moonlight" was none other than his father. A criminal organization seeking a mystical stone called the Pandora Gem killed the former thief. Legend has it the gem will shed a tear with the passing of the Valley Comet appearing every ten thousand years. When the tear is consumed, the gem shall grant immortality. Promising to bring those responsible for his father's death to justice, Kaito puts on the Phantom Thief's disguise, stealing priceless jewels at night before his enemies can use the power of immortality for themselves.
Magic Kaito 1412 is episodic, with each plot focusing on Kid the Phantom Thief attempting to steal some jewel or precious object, but only finds himself in trouble with the police, other thieves, royalty, teenage detectives, and a particular child detective. The most interesting chunk of this story is learning the mystery behind the magic tricks performed, most of which are pretty witty. Many scenarios contain surprises and suspense; overall, very delightful.
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: April 2012 – September 2012
Hyouka follows the story of Oreki Houtarou, who has made it his life motto to conserve his energy, doing things in moderation. At the request of his sister, Oreki joins the Classics Club and meets a girl named Chitanda. A curious and peculiar girl, she has a significant pull in influencing Oreki in helping her solve many mysteries, particularly one that surrounds the very room that they conduct meetings in. With the aid of other Classics members, Hyouka gives us a glimpse of modern, realistic everyday exploring, ideal for any novice who is interested in discovering local mysteries.
In Hyouka, the overall structure is composed of distinct animation to capture the surroundings. The series also matches musical accompaniment to appropriate scenes. The theme of mystery and case solving is present with a lead guy and girl complimenting each other with their strengths and skills.
3. Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2017 – December 2017
Houseki no Kuni, also known as Land of the Lustrous, is set in Earth’s distant future, in a fantastical, supernatural setting. Earth’s old era has disappeared and a new population of immortals inhabits the plane. Also known as “Gems,” the 28 distinct species must fight against a dangerous foe called the Lunarians. Under repeated abductions and attacks, the Gems have their forces always at the ready, assigned to various roles in the line of defense. In the spotlight, we meet 300-year-old Phosphophyllite. A baby, compared to the rest of her jewel peers, Phosphophyllite (Phos) has finally received the task of creating an encyclopedia. With a war going on, will Phos find worth in this terrible conflict?
Land of the Lustrous has a little bit of everything, which is why it is so intriguing. The characters are superb with qualities that match well with their gems. How they interact with one another in addition to how they deal with particular circumstances is interesting, never falling out of the scene. The story develops into something memorable, as there are mysteries to be solved!
2. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2016 – March 2016
Erased follows the story of 29-year-old Satoru Fujinuma who is an aspiring manga artist but feels he doesn’t have the potential to make it in the business. Leading a pretty ordinary life and putting his manga dream on hold, Satoru works as a pizza delivery guy. Contrasting this, Satoru possesses a supernatural ability that he doesn’t share with many people. The skill ‘Revival’ allows him to move into the past to correct tragedies and wrongdoing. As Satoru is accused of murder and arson, he uses revival to go back 18 years to fix a string of murders.
One of the most intriguing mystery and psychological anime, Erased will keep you on edge from start to finish. Touching on many deep and complex issues, Erased brings awareness to these topics and their lasting effects on families and communities. When Satoru uses his revival, he is caught in a time loop, traveling to the same winter period to save his friend Kayo Hinazuki, as well as the other victims. As this season is a cold and somber time, the tone does pick up as the snow melts into spring.
1. Made in Abyss
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2017 – September 2017
Made in Abyss takes place in an environment surrounding a ginormous chasm called the Abyss. The mysteries surrounding this magnificent place have drawn many to study its history. Brave and courageous individuals known as Divers are incredibly bold explorers who take significant risk in sharing their findings with others. The White Whistles are some of the many famed and legendary Divers, highly recognized figures in society. White Whistle Riko is a girl who wants to be just like her mom. As she explores, Riko bumps into a boy-like robot named Reg. Reg is lost, needs her help, and must recover technology in an area Riko isn’t permitted to explore. As the two proceed deeper, they both discover something about the Abyss.
Made in Abyss is a great, lighthearted adventure that is thrilling and action-packed throughout. The animation adds suspense and as the characters delve deeper into the pit, the mystery element progresses. The journey can only move forward, and the actors bring to life the gloom and darkness of their environment.
We hope you enjoyed our recommendations for top mystery anime! If you haven’t already, make sure to check out all of these great titles! As always, we truly appreciate you guys tuning in. Also, let us know if we’ve missed any other great awesome mystery anime by commenting below! Thanks, and see ya!
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
I went to the local grocery store one day and saw some pastry booths giving out free samples. I tried a very tasty chocolate cake and complimented the clerk that the cake sample was delicious. She paused for a moment and said it’s a brownie, not a cake, and gave me a vague explanation on what makes a brownie not a cake.
I eventually left the store and pondered on, trying to analyze what the clerk said to me. “It’s a mystery!”, I yelped. “I must find out what makes a brownie a brownie!”, I continued.
If you’re like me ever so curious, go grab a box of brownies and check out our Top 10 Mystery Anime. If you already know what brownies are, go grab a box of muffins or cupcakes, or something...
The list is very straightforward: we will list 10 mystery anime that have crime-solving elements and stories with mysterious plot going on which the characters must unravel. We’re gonna start with the staple police drama anime and act as an entry point, and then proceed to mystery shows with strange and bizarre themes and unworldly atmospheres to set the mood.
Hop into the Mystery Van and let’s go solve some mysteries!
10. Detective Conan
- Episodes: Ongoing
- Aired: January 1996-Ongoing
Already a great mystery expert, Kudou Shinichi age 17 has gained reputation for solving seemingly impossible cases. His life takes an unexpected turn when the two suspicious men he was following gave him a drug that reversed his aging to that of a seven year-old. Even with a body of a child, his intellect remained and continues to fight crime under the new name, Edogawa Conan, while hiding his identity to everyone including his childhood friend, Mouri Ran.
Detective Conan is HUGE with 800+ episodes and can get very overwhelming. However, it’s a very good police/detective story with tons of mysteries for Conan and his gang to solve. Stories range from murder mysteries, to catching a gentleman thief. Honestly, I was burnt out seeing Conan doing the “Conan tranquilizing ‘guy’ and use the voice changer to expose culprit” routine for the millionth time. Please don’t hate me for saying that.
The reason why Detective Conan is at top 10 because it’s an entry level anime for anyone who’s dying to be the next Sherlock Holmes… with an aging problem who won’t age after 800+ episodes… and manages to solve everything under everyone’s noses.
09. Punch Line
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2015-June 2015
What if a girl flashes her panties in front of Iridatsu Yuuta? The world ends! No seriously, this ‘guy’ can destroy the world if you flash them panties. Iridatsu Yuuta is your typical young man who apparently got his soul separated from his body. With the vague guidance of a cat spirit, he watches the tenants of an apartment building and oftentimes play pranks on them. Eventually, Yuuta decides to try and figure out why Earth will be destroyed.
At first the first few episodes made it seem like Punch Line is just another ecchi harem anime, but as soon as the story picks up, it’s rather a grim story of Yuuta failing to save those he loves in both past and present. Punch Line may not have the same story writing pedigree on the list, but it does show that not all mystery anime has to be something gloomy all the time with lots of blood.
08. Darker than Black
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2007-September 2007
It has been 10 years since Heaven's Gate appeared in South America and Hell's Gate appeared in Japan, and the purpose is unknown. What is known however is people with supernatural powers known as ‘contractors’, emerged after the gates appeared in the world.
In the Japanese city surrounding Hell’s Gate, Section 4 Chief Misaki Kirihara finds herself at odds with an infamous Contractor, codenamed Hei. Called "Black Reaper" in the underground world, Hei, like his associates, undertakes missions for the mysterious and ruthless Syndicate while slowly peeling back the dark layers covering a nefarious plot that threatens the very existence of Contractors.
The show is structured around Hei and his jobs assigned by the Syndicate. His tasks usually involve tracking down other contractors and eliminate them, and like any typical thriller, Hei is soon dragged into a web of conspiracies involving the mysteries of the gates and the nature of the contractors. Will Hei continue to become the Syndicate’s tool, or break away and become a free man?
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: October 2012-March 2013
A crime solving mystery anime that takes place in the far future. Seriously, a majority of the shows that set in the future are either dystopian worlds of man merging with machine or post apocalyptic worlds where technology was lost and… I’m going off on a tangent here.
The story revolved around the Psycho-Pass system that determines the role of a person in society and detects people with criminal intent. These people with criminal intent, depending on the severity of the crime, will be brutally erased from existence using the Dominator gun. Like all technology, the system is abused by a lot of people and it’s up to rookie Tsunemori Akane and detective Kogami Shinya to stop them.
This show is not for the faint of heart and it has one of the most disturbing themes you can imagine ranging from typical murder to using corpses as works of art. If you want to see how far a human being can go to commit crimes, then you might want to check this out.
06. Mnemosyne (Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: February 2008-July 2008
Private investigator Asougi Rin has the gift of immortality given to her by the Yggdrasil, an enormous tree only immortals like Rin can see. Little is known about this tree, more so, why it gave Rin the gift of immortality. On a typical day at work, Rin saved the amnesiac Maeno Kouki from unknown assailants. Kouki has no recollection of anything that happened even though he remembers his name. Rin caught interest in Kouki’s problem and sets out to find out what’s going on. Soon after Rin discovered that Kouki is connected to a series of events that spans many lifetimes involving the mysterious man named Apos, and angels that are out to kill immortals like Rin.
We planned to put this in our Top 10 Yuri Ecchi anime, but decided not to because it’s more fitting on this list. What that means is Mnemosyne contains some lesbian sex. What’s that? You’re interested in checking this out?
We’re pretty sure not a lot of you are aware of this anime and that’s understandable because Mnemosyne is one of those hidden gems that got overshadowed by popular and mainstream anime. Mnemosyne is a psychological thriller that tells a grim story of an immortal woman living her life as a human and her job gets her into a lot of trouble with powerful beings that could finally end her life. This anime has gore, lots of gore, but not too obnoxious enough that makes anyone extra queasy. What’s the name of the fetish of getting eaten alive? Vore?
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: July 2010-December 2010
Shimizu Megumi has always dreamed of making it big in a big city, but she’s stuck in her hometown of Sotoba and hates the town because it doesn’t have the modern amenities a big city has, except for that huge Western-style mansion at the top of a hill, seemingly out of place against the mundane rural landscape. However, things turned out for the worse as Megumi met her untimely death, and a series of deaths followed after the Kirishiki family moved into the mansion.
Shiki, or Corpse Demon, tells the story of a town trying to survive from this undead plague that’s ravaging the town. Initially, the town doctor Ozaki Toshio thinks the town is suffering from an epidemic and soon after, they discovered the dead are walking amongst the living. It appears science is not enough to explain what’s going on.
Shiki is a good supernatural thriller that shows both sides and blurs the line of what is considered good and what is considered evil.
04. Dennou Coil (Cyber Coil)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: May 2007-December 2007
I know, I know, the list is kinda grim with these depressing stories, but don’t worry, this entry will lighten your mood!
Imagine cyberspace is part of real space and augmented reality is fully realized, and with the aid of special cyber visors, you can interact with things that are physically non-existent, this is the world of Dennou Coil. Okonogi Yuuko and her little sister, Okonogi Kyoko, moved to Daikoku City, the technological center of the emerging half-virtual world. Yuuko joins her grandmother’s investigation agency which helps the neighborhood find lost virtual pets to patching up corrupted space. Yuuko and the gang repeatedly cross paths with expert hacker Amasawa Yuuko who seeks to find answers to the mysterious computer virus that emerges from corrupted space.
That’s pretty much it. You follow Yuuko and the gang taking jobs that deal with problems emerging from the virtual space. As they dig deeper while crossing paths a lot with the hacker Amasawa Yuuko, they begin to see new things beyond the virtual visor.
Dennou Coil is one of those shows that’s one of a kind, very fun and emotional. It’s a ride I guarantee you will never forget.
03. Fullmetal Alchemist
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: October 2003-October 2004
The original anime adaption is way better than Brotherhood. There, I said it.Fullmetal Alchemist looks like it’s a shounen fighting anime at first glance, but once you get into the story and characters, it’s actually more of a psychological thriller anime with a dab of humor.
You follow the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, as they go on a quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone to undo the damage they had done and restore Edward’s arm and leg and Alphonse’s body after failing in transmutation. Edward rose up in rank and became a State Alchemist. With their rank, the Elric Brothers dug deep into alchemy and along the way they unraveled corruption, genocide, encountering the elusive homunculus, and discovering the true nature of the Philosopher’s Stone.
Don’t let the funny reactions of Edward after calling him short fool you because Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most thought-provoking, engaging and oftentimes depressing anime out there. Oh did I tell you FMA is one of my favorite anime of all time?
02. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2006-September 2006
Maebara Keiichi is an eccentric city kid who moved to the quiet town of Hinamizawa. He instantly became friends with the town’s kids, and the town openly accepted him. Seems like a great place to live until a murder took place, and the town went to a cheerful place with nice people into something more strange and sinister.
Figuring out the mystery will make your head spin in this anime. The anime has multiple scenarios telling a different story and showing different outcomes, and the outcomes usually involve the bloody brutal death of one of the key characters. You try and piece together the stories by finding something consistent. Keiichi is sort of the sacrificial lamb in these stories as he tries to make sense of everything. The best part of the anime is how unnerving it is, like the entire town of Hinamizawa is possessed by something. NO, KEIICHI! DON’T ENTER THE PHONE BOOTH!!!
01. Death Note
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: October 2006-June 2007
Yagami Light is the perfect boy scout: He’s good looking, smart, raised by an upstanding family, and is good at everything. One day he sees a peculiar-looking black notebook with the name Death Note on the cover after reading the instructions inside, Light discovered he can kill anyone just by writing their name in the notebook. With his new found power, Light took it upon himself to rid the world of evil. Is Light the world’s judge, jury and executioner ridding the world of evil or has he become so obsessed with his power to snuff everyone’s life at the flip of the pen?
This anime is the most unique in the list because the main character is also the main villain. It’s the change of perspective that makes Death Note such a joy to watch. Instead of figuring out how the villain got away with murder by investigating, in Death Note, you watch the villain hatch his plans to kill his targets and avoid getting caught by hiding the evidence and some supernatural help from Ryuk.
In order for Light to kill his targets using the Death Note, he must figure out the real name of the target or otherwise they won’t die. This can lead to some interesting scenarios that I won’t spoil. One of the best parts of the anime is the dangerous cat and mouse game between Light and a mysterious man with strange habits only known as L. The man known as L is equally smart as Light and their interaction as foe and friend is arguably the best part of the series. L knows Light took part in these murders, but he can’t connect the dots, and Light knows L is a threat, but he can’t dispose of him because he doesn’t know his name.
If you’re looking for a show that has a well-written story filled with intrigue, love, hate, deception, and betrayal, and a strong cast of characters, Death Note is an anime you should never miss.
And there you go.
If you failed to figure out the plot, don’t worry. Some shows tend to be sly about their plot twists and you either look up various books referencing the anime or cringe as the author of these works brags that you need to be in the same train of thought as them to figure out the mystery. It happens.
Admittedly doing a top 10 of this kind of topic is difficult because there are lots of great mystery-filled stories that are waiting to be solved, so here are some honorable mentions:
● Paranoia Agent
● Ghost Hound
● Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
● Kamisama no Memochou
● Umineko no Naku Koro ni