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2018 is almost out, guys and girls, and that means that another anime year is ready to take its place.
The spooky season has arrived yet again and I can smell the scent of uncanniness and candies in the air. People usually like to go out and celebrate Halloween by trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns (or whatever they fancy), visit haunted attractions, and tell scary stories! Not all countries share the same love for Halloween, however. If you are like me and you are living in a country where they honestly don’t give a poop about the festivities of Halloween (or you don’t celebrate it at all) then what better way to enjoy the season than watching Halloween-y anime series?
But first, a little history. The word Halloween dates back to 1745 and is actually of Christian origin. The word ‘Hallowe’en’ means ‘hallowed evening’ or ‘holy evening’ and it comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day).
I am afraid that there will be nothing hallowed or blessed in the recommended anime in this list, so if you are up for some horror, monsters and overall supernatural vibes, let’s get right into it!
2008 – 2009
There is no other anime title out there that screams Halloween more than Soul Eater. Although it does have its moments of light terror, this anime is particularly fit to get you in the mood for the season as the atmosphere and characters look like they are out of a Halloween special. It is more action and comedy so don’t expect to get scared by watching this, but the overall supernatural side of it and its aesthetics definitely fit the Halloween season.
In a bizarre fantasy world, students known as meisters are paired with a human-like being who can transform into a weapon at will. Their goal is to collect souls so their partners can become an all-powerful Death Scythe. The story follows Maka and her partner Soul Eater along with other students of Shibusen as they take on missions to collect souls and protect the city from the world’s threats.
Do you fancy seeing some handsome demons in action in the obscure setting of a circus? Well then, don’t even hesitate to start watching this series. I tend to be a little biased when I write about Kuroshitsuji, but this season is so appropriate for Halloween. The gothic atmosphere of a 19th century England, the mysterious vibes of the story, and the amazing costumes of the characters will surely make you want to dress-up yourself. The main concept might look all joyful and fun but the swift escalation of the events will give you a worthy and disturbing surprise in the end.
In Victorian London, Noah’s Ark Circus have captured the attention of people all across the city. Yet their fantastic acts seem to come with a price, as children have suddenly begun to disappear, and many suspect these mysterious performers to be responsible. Unsettled by these kidnappings, Queen Victoria sends in her guard dog, Ciel Phantomhive, and his demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, on an undercover mission to find the missing children.
A bit of romance with a bit of horror. Ghost Hunt is a nice subtle anime to get you started with the Halloween season. It can be very creepy and scary at some points but if you are a fan of the paranormal and enjoy a mysterious atmosphere, the series will certainly suit your tastes.
Mai Taniyama is a high school student who likes to tell ghost stories. One day, she meets Kazuya Shibuya, the president of Shibuya Psychic Research and she tags along to help him investigate paranormal activities in a haunted school building. While examining the place, Mai breaks some of his equipment and Kazuya’s assistant gets injured, so Kazuya forcefully hires Mai in order to pay her debt and replace his assistant. Along with a team of other ghost hunters, they uncover the mystery of a strange case, while Mai starts to discover her own abilities.
How is it possible to celebrate Halloween without some witchcraft and witchery? Witch Hunter Robin is the kind of show that draws you in unconditionally. It is dark and mysterious with intellectual stories and a very intriguing noir – gothic setting. Although, technically Robin is not a proper witch, she uses craft to hunt the rest of the witches which works pretty well for us who just seek some minor spookiness.
Robin, a 15-year-old craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN. It is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their ability of the Craft. The witches who abuse their powers seem to be increasing and STN tries to learn the reason why and how they became witches in the first place.
A more stylish and creative way of experiencing horror through some tasteful Japanese folklore. Mononoke, is both original and genuinely frightening. Its abstract art and paranormal elements deliver an extraordinary arthouse horror experience that to-this-day no other anime has managed to equal.
In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague around households leaving a trail of fear in their wake. A man by the name of ‘Medicine Seller’ is looking for these malevolent spirits to slay them using his unique techniques and Exorcism Sword in order to fight against them. In order to defeat the spirits he needs understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke which ends up being extremely dangerous and perplexing.
Pro tip: Make sure to watch Ayakashi – Japanese Classic Horror, before watching this. The third story of the anime named ‘Bake Neko’ can act like a small introduction of the original Mononoke series.
2013 – 2018
You think that you can’t get scared in less than five minutes? Well, think again. Honestly, it is hard to believe that Yamishibai can have this much effect on you while you watch it. Each episode is a different story told by a mysterious man with a yellow mask who appears at dusk to tell children creepy Japanese urban legends. He uses a kamishibai (a ‘cut-out style’ or ‘paper play’ miniature set of illustrated boards that was popular for storytelling in the 1930s) which makes the art style unusual, something that adds up even more to the mysterious atmosphere.
The stories vary from existing tales to made-up ones just for the show, and honestly some of them are so scary that will make you fall off your seat. Even though the episodes are short, trust me they sure know how to scare the hell out of you.
Of course this list should include something about the Undead Apocalypse! Let me ask you now, do you like stories about zombies? Do you enjoy some female cleavage? Well then, you are in luck because this anime has both! If you like seeing people struggling to not get eaten alive by zombies and you enjoy random boob and panty shots, then this is the Halloween choice for you! There is more fan service in this anime than actual horror but it is a survival story that involves a lot of explicit violence and physical abuse, so be prepared.
The dead began to rise, and they threw Japan into total chaos. When Takashi’s high school starts being terrorized by the undead, he gathers up with the rest of the survivors and set forth to find their families in a world that is rapidly collapsing. The government has fallen, the disease is out of control, and people everywhere just struggle to survive another day.
For me, Higurashi is the ultimate Halloween anime since it’s an absolute masterpiece when it comes to disturbing content. It is gore-y, violent, mysterious and I am not going to lie: traumatizing. I have seen many horror related anime in my life but I have never experienced anything similar to the atmosphere and the discomforting scenes of Higurashi. A horror anime that is actually scary, both visually and psychologically, and that will definitely bring you nightmares.
Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high school boy has just transferred in the school of Hinamizawa, a small rural village. He leads a quite peaceful life where he becomes friends with a group of what-they-seem-to-be innocent and kind schoolgirls. Suddenly after a series of bizarre events that happen in the mysterious city of Hinamizawa, he becomes entangled in a never-ending cycle of violence, fear, and death.
Featuring monsters with superpowers that devour humans in order to survive, Tokyo Ghoul is not the definition of what you would call ‘scary’ but it can get to you with its overall concept, gore, and violence. Seeing someone driven to cannibalize his own species just because of the circumstances along with the very graphic scenes of people being killed or eaten alive, will satisfy your appetite for blood.
In modern day Tokyo, society leaves in fear of Ghouls, creatures who look human but feed on human flesh. Kaneki Ken, a young man, finds himself turned into a half-human, half-ghoul after a violent encounter with a girl he had a crush on. Trapped between the word of humans and ghouls, he tries to survive the violent conflicts that happen around him and learn to control his new powers.
This anime combines both a terrifying story and violence that is not for those with a weak stomach. It has its fair share of notable and shocking moments, gore, and clever twists that you’ll never see coming. If gruesome deaths with a lot of blood scenes are your cup of tea, then Another is a must-see Halloween title for you.
The year is 1998, and Kouichi Sakakibara has just transferred in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3, where twenty six years ago something terrible happened to the talented student named Misaki who suddenly passed away. Ever since, each third year class lives in fear of the tragic event. As Kouichi tries to grasp the situation, he is drawn to the enigmatic girl named Misaki and everyone around him warns him not to get involved with her. As he starts to become closer to Misaki and to the truth behind the horrible events that happened years ago, people start to violently die.
So there you have it! A list that includes a variety of titles to choose your Halloween anime title, depending on your preferences. So grab yourself a nice big bowl of popcorn or treats and enjoy the spookiness of this list to the fullest.