Top 10 Paranormal Anime [Updated Best Recommendations]

The anime world is filled with different themes. Some viewers like romance, comedy and shoujo, others like mecha, violence, and shonen. However, there is one genre that eclipses those all as we approach this Halloween season. Paranormal anime is a genre that is rarely touched on but chills us to the core. As the nights become longer, we itch for that certain anime that will keep us up and satisfy our craving for something supernatural.

There are many anime that make our skin crawl and whether adapted from a manga or coming directly from the creator’s imagination, the anime listed below are certainly ones that will go down in history. Halloween isn’t just for scariness and not all paranormal anime are for those looking for something that goes bump in the night. Paranormal anime can be filled with humor, love and amusement. The anime listed below are the ones that we feel fit the paranormal genre perfectly while spanning across and incorporating many other genres making them perfect for any viewer looking for something new and interesting.

10. Chaos;Child

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2017 - March 2017

Set in an apocalyptic world ravaged by an earthquake, a new world must be built. Six years later, a repeat of horrific deaths plague Shibuya. Takeru Miyashiro and the newspaper club at the local high school must find the pattern without involving themselves too deeply in the chaos.

Chaos;Child focuses on the mass hysteria revolving around the unknown. When paranormal influences are introduced, it is confusing and scary for everyone in the city as well as the viewer. This anime is for anyone looking for a serious anime that will constantly surprise you and keep you guessing until the very last episodes.

9. Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2019 - Present as of September 2019

Tanjirou Kamado has to take the brunt of working to support his family after the passing of his late father. After going down to the village one day he discovers a horrifying truth, the existence of demons that feast on flesh. He returns to find his whole family slaughtered and his sister turned into that which he hates most. With his sister’s humanity on the line, he must battle demons and seek to restore what remains of his family.

Tanjirou must become an adult much sooner than any child should have to. The responsibility that he has shouldered is nothing to shrug at but he is also an admirable figure. Defeating the demons that go bump in the night makes him a hero. He seeks to hold on to what he has left rather than inane material items. While this is a powerful, paranormal anime, it also teaches the value of family, love and responsibility.

8. Devilman: Crybaby

  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: January 2018

Devils are known to exist but only by a select few. When Ryou Asuka asks Akira Fudou to help prove the existence of devils there is no way he can refuse. At the ceremony called the Sabbath, Akira goes far beyond his comfort zone and in order to save his friend, makes a deal with the Devil, Amon. With Amon taking over his body, Akira must learn to control his worst impulses and live his life as he had before.

Devilman:Crybaby gives us a scary look into the life of a person possessed. While Akira is still somewhat himself, he also is trying to not become solely the devil. This battle of willpower is exhausting to watch but impossible to tear your eyes away from. Akira Fudou will inspire you to persevere even through the toughest of times and even through paranormal influences.

7. Elfen Lied

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2004 - October 2004

Lucy is a superhuman being with telekinetic hands. Born and kept in a facility for testing, she escapes in a murderous breakout only to find herself with an injury that will affect her forever. With a seemingly innocent girl one moment and a murderous human with inhuman abilities the next, she must learn to live her life while running from the government and dealing with her split personality with the help of local human, Kouta.

Conspiracies surround this anime as the government conducts lethal and inhuman testing. Genetic testing can get tricky in any country but Lucy is an example of an experiment gone horribly wrong. This girl is relatable and deadly, making her the perfect paranormal person to bond with this Halloween season.

6. Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2019 - March 2019

Grace Field House seems like the ideal place to be if you are an orphan. The children can spend their days as they please. However, once a child is adopted they completely disappear. The sinister adoptions continue and become more ominous and questionable, particularly by the older residents.

While Grace Field House may initially seem like a dreamland, questions are raised. The childrens’ disappearances are anything but ordinary. Yakusoku no Neverland combines a tension-filled atmosphere and the innocence of children to create a sense of dread in the viewer. This newer anime is on par with older, classic paranormal anime.

5. Occultic;Nine

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2016 - December 2016

When Yuuta Gamon starts a blog that disproves supernatural beings, the most unlikely group of people come together. Each of them must overcome their own shortcomings and band together to confront murders and other cases that will make them question everything they believe to be true. This chilling anime allows the group to work together to protect their town.

Occultic;Nine is an anime filled with mystery. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes-type stories, this one is for you. Its eeriness is unparalleled and being from the imagination of Chiyomaru Shikura, who also created Steins;Gate, allows for this story to have excellent pacing. This paranormal anime will have you on the edge of your seat and binge watching until the very end.

4. Saiki Kusuo no w-nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.)

  • Episodes: 120
  • Aired: July 2016 - December 2016

Psychic abilities may seem like something that only occurs in dreams, however for Kusuo Saiki, it is just part of his daily life. He must learn to juggle his parents constant praising and his schoolmates persistent pestering daily to live a normal life. Despite Saiki trying to keep his secret, many guess at his powers but are unable to place their finger on his paranormal skills. Dealing with daily life for him is a chore and more difficult than anyone could ever expect.

Saiki provides a much more comedic look into paranormal anime than the others on this list. Saiki, while psychic, must maintain secrecy of his abilities while dealing with the many troublesome and incompetent people around him. If you are looking for an entertaining and light-hearted anime with paranormal elements, you won’t find one much more perfect than this.

3. Mushishi (Mushi-Shi)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: October 2005 - June 2006

In the world of Mushishi, Mushi exist. These are creatures of being that are trying to be proved the existence of by Ginko. While he searches for these elusive creatures, he encounters many scenarios that make him question the world and the life forms that inhabit it. Ginko’s research of Mushi helps him gain a deeper understanding of life, not just among the creatures that are easily visible but the ones that rarely seen as well.

While Mushishi is more drawn out and the pacing is slower than others on this list, it holds its head high as one of the best paranormal anime. The mushi are not frightening but rather spirits that hold their own power. This anime breaks down the paranormal into more than just good and bad. It holds no black and white imagery but makes you think further about the complexity of a character and how it is difficult to place not just the paranormal, but anything in life into more simplified categories.

2. Another

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2012 - March 2012

Mei Misaki is a name that is cursed at Yomiyama North Middle School. When Kouichi Sakakibara transfers in, he finds a dark and gloomy mood in the classroom as well as a mysterious girl that appears only visible to him. Despite the cautions from his classmates, Kouichi tries to learn more about the girl and the dark secrets that his new school holds.

Another not only is a spooky anime as it appears on the surface but also touches on more serious aspects that may hit closer to home such as bullying. Another, while intense and ominous, allows you a closer look at how the inner workings of the school appear and how far people are willing to go to adhere to their own superstitions regardless of how silly it may seem from the viewpoint of an outsider.

1. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls - Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou (Corpse Party: Tortured Souls)

  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: July 2013

Charms can go horribly wrong if you don’t know what you are doing. This is discovered by nine students at the local high school. As they weave their charms together, they unknowingly connect to the Heavenly Cross Academy which is now rubble underneath their very own school. Waking the dead has its own challenges which they will soon learn as they go to an alternate dimension.

If you are looking for a scary, paranormal anime, this one has it all. The ghosts, alternate dimensions and charms are all combined to make a truly frightening night. This anime is not for the faint of heart but it allows for you to realize the true enjoyment of horror and gore when facing this Halloween season.

Final Thoughts

There are many anime that have paranormal themes in them. It takes a certain something extra to make it onto the list of our top 10, whether it be humor, gore or adventure. Every viewer faces the decision to start a new anime for a different reason and with Halloween coming up, many are focusing on ghosts, ghouls and beings unknown. The list above is our top picks and we bring them to you with our own excitement for this fear-filled holiday.

We hope that you have enjoyed our top 10 picks for paranormal anime. As always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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Case No. 00010
Project: Paranormal Anime Investigation
Status: Unsolved

Humankind finds comfort in situations they can explain, it's a species fascinated with reason, calculations and definition of the world around them… but what happens when things are just… unexplainable? Many things in this universe are beyond our understanding and experiencing or witnessing something incomprehensible can shatter our perception of reality. However, with the reassurance that the story we're hearing or the things we're seeing are completely fictional, the paranormal becomes an excellent subject of entertainment.

Anime is no exception and, in fact, many famous series like Another, Death Note or The Monogatari Series, have plenty paranormal events mixed in with mystery and supernatural to keep the fandom on the edge of their seats. But if you already saw all the popular titles, what's left? Here are ten anime series that will quench your thirst for the paranormal.

10. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2012 - June 2017

We like to think that our dearly departed are somewhere better, resting in eternal peace. Some of us more aware than others have noticed strange phenomena most intensively around the time of someone’s death. Moving objects, the sensation of an invisible presence and sometimes unexplainable encounters with those who have departed. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia deals with the entity of Yuuko, a student that mysteriously died on school grounds but after 60 years still lingers there.

After so long, Yuuko has forgotten much about her living days and currently spends her eternity playing tricks on students who of course, can't see her. It was until one day, a freshman that by chance stumbled into the Paranormal Club and could actually see Yuuko that the friendly ghost finally had a shot at resting in peace; that is, if Teiichi Niiya and the rest of the club can solve the mystery behind her untimely death.

9. Kara no Kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners)

  • Episodes: 8 Movies
  • Aired: December 2007 - August 2009

In 1998 the investigation of several suicides has begun. What seemed like mere coincidence started to raise eyebrows to the Detective Agency of Paranormal Occurrences who, using agent Shiki’s supernatural power, will get to the bottom of the case. All eight movies are related to Shiki’s life, the case and the girl's victims of the incident in 1988.

The start of this chain of movies is slower than many people would like, but it doesn't make it less unnerving than the rest of the list. The art style is not quite spooky but the atmosphere of the story is quite gloomy and dark.

8. Le Chevalier D'Eon

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: July 2006 - February 2007

It was a dead cold night when the corpse of Lia de Beaumont was found floating in a coffin down the Seine river. Her brother, Charles D’Eon was baffled by the news but he was more disturbed when he discovers that the loss of his older sister was a case of murder. Charles, driven by grief and vengeance joins the French secret police with a personal agenda: finding out the meaning of the word ‘Psalms’ that cost his dear sister her life. Shortly after his investigation, many lives has ceased to be, leaving only the flesh behind, an empty carcass now the house of the walking dead.

Is there life after death? This is one of the biggest questions in human history that is still unresolved. Many religions and scientist alike have tried to quell this curiosity of human nature but we never quite receive a solid answer. In most cases, the answer is simply “No”, but in some rare cases the dead have shown signs of life, consciousness, movement, speech and many other things us, in this plane of life, would consider either a miracle or a very eerie paranormal experience. The anime Le Chevalier D’Eon tries to portray this very subject while delighting our eyes with an art style à la Rococo.

7. xxxHOLiC

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 2006 - September 2006

“Nothing happens by chance, everything happens for a reason” are the words that Yuuko Ichihara lives by. The mysterious woman is known as the Space-Time Witch, a powerful magic user that can grant any wish for the correct price. Her ability knows no boundaries but she knows well the limit of equivalent exchange her client can pay when seeking her services in the store of wishes; for everything granted, there's a bizarre ‘price’ to pay. Yuuko’s shop can only be encountered when something extraordinary is needed, often being related to paranormal origins.

Watanuki, like many others, came across Yuuko’s shop when he had finally had it with his ability, or curse, of being able to see and interact with every kind of youkai. Yuuko saw something special in this tormented student and decides that the price to pay for his wish was that of becoming her subordinate. This is how Watanuki comes to work for the witch and is able to witness first-hand the daunting cases of those who step into the store of wishes.

6. Ajin

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: January 2016 - April 2016

Immortality has been the ambition of many rulers throughout time; a person that can live comfortably in this life, with power, money and everything they desire. They see death as an unfortunate event which they so desperately seek to avoid. What happens when immortality can be obtained? What happens when immortality actually comes with a shape, as a being that defies the understanding of the living; but most importantly, what happens when immortality is granted to twisted sinister souls?

Humans will stop at nothing to obtain the key to immortality even if it means torturing its own kind countless times in any possible way imaginable. This is the reality for the Ajin, humans that discovered immortality only at the time of their deaths. Ajin are considered a threat to mankind because along with their immortality comes superhuman strength. Everything is not how it seems, the humans are not Ajin and they can very well still feel pain, it’s more like they possess a creature called Ajin that takes over their bodies at the very moment of death to bypass the afterlife and bring their Human hosts back to life.

5. Death Billiards

  • Episodes: Movie
  • Aired: March 2013

Before anyone lashes out, yes, we are aware that this is Death Parade, but only a few may know that Death Billiards is actually a prequel, the “beta” version that gave birth to the renown series.

Death Billiards is a concentrated dose of what later became the anime Death Parade, this movie was a test to see how well the audience dealt with the idea of a limbo where your soul awaits the final judgement. Quindecim is the realm where two unsuspecting men meet the expressionless bartender that will decide whether their souls go to heaven or hell. Unaware of this fact, the two protagonists; one a young man and the other an elder, are forced to being opponents in a game of billiards in order to exit Quindecim.

The catch of the game is that they will lose one of their five senses as well as any vital organ marked on the sphere set each time their opponent scores. A simple game of pool turned into a deathmatch… can this really be their final judgement?

4. Kowabon

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: October 2015 - December 2015

There is more to what the naked eye can see. In this digital era, it is easy to record or capture any kind of thing… even things we’re not aware are among us. The paranormal world has lots of evidence to back up their theories, mostly in the form of old pictures almost as old as the camera itself. Unexplainable orbs of lights, faces, shadows among other things are often captured by paranormal investigators; but now basically anyone owns electronic devices that can record, making more frequent the encounters with the unexplainable. Kowabon’s plot is exactly that.

Using the technique of rotoscoping animation, this series delivers short stand-alone scary stories of hauntings, possessions and many other paranormal activities that the cameras of phones, security or computers can capture. The length of the animation makes everything more unsettling, as they only show the moment that each Japanese character has an otherworldly encounter, before knowing many details, the transmission is cut off.

3. Shisha no Teikoku (The Empire of Corpses)

  • Episodes: Movie
  • Aired: October 2015

Ever since the amazing creation of Frankenstein the world was never the same… how could a corpse think and move without a soul? But better yet, without the basic needs of those living? It was the ultimate monetary solution for the labor industry, but before anything could be done, Frankenstein and his creator vanished along with all the data from his creation.

The government didn't stop there, by any means they needed to imitate this Frankenstein. After many attempts, they succeeded but not quite as the original, these were named ‘the Frankensteins’, preserved bodies of the deceased who were given a fake soul; a soul that possessed no consciousness but it was good enough to perform basic labor, much like rotting slaves but with no thought or speech.

Zombies that magically come to life are pure fiction but there is a more paranormal version of zombies that actually traces back to old Haitian folklore in which corpses were “manually” brought to life by witchcraft rituals and medicine; much like in this animated movie.

2. Gyo

  • Episodes: Movie
  • Aired: February 2012

In a quiet countryside town of Japan, three friends will soon discover a strange creature, a putrid fish that ran from corner to corner… ran? That’s right, this fish had attached to its belly a strange shell from where sharp metallic-looking spider legs grew. What sounded like a really bad joke suddenly becomes a horrifying reality. A revolting smell suddenly comes out of the ocean, all the marine animals are now coming out to land and they are aggressive towards anything that stands in their way.

All these sea creatures have something in common, aside from being dead, there seems to be an unknown, legged cryptid parasite moving their bloated cadavers. Just as our trio discovers how lethal a bite or scratch from these monsters can be to humans, the entire World has been completely flooded by them; now not only fish but any living creature alike.

1. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls - Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou (Corpse Party: Tortured Souls)

  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: July 2013

Apparitions, rituals, hauntings and extrasensory perception are things commonly associated with the paranormal. In Corpse Party, it all comes in one uncanny package filled with gore and extreme violence. If you are - by the slightest - weak for these things, we advise you to stay away from this anime. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of the occult, we suggest to watch it at night, if you dare.

As for the story, it’s simple enough to say that if we give you more than what we will, it’ll spoil all of it. As a farewell to a friend, a group of kids decide to stay in school after dark and make a friendship pact using an innocent ritual, but it goes all sorts of wrong when suddenly they are swallowed by the ground, ending in a sort of parallel dimension. Most of the plot is relentless murders provoked or done by ghost children. Aside from that, characters suffer from vast amounts of psychological damage seeing how their friends, one by one, are killed, possessed or turned against each other in a macabre haunted school setting that makes hell look like a playground.

Final Thoughts

Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, the anime in this list will give you shivers and nightmares for a while, especially around the month of October, the month all the creepy things come out to play. Hopefully, this top 10 has broadened your personal list of ‘must watch’ if you like gore and horror anime (or maybe put some in your blacklist if you dislike creepy stuff).

As always, you’re welcomed to point out in the comment section here or in facebook or twitter, if you think there’s scarier anime than these. Thanks for reading!

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