Anime!? ANIME! you say? Yes anime. Underrated and overlooked by many horror fans is the artistic balance that is created inside these animated series. You cannot simply brush off these mind blowing anime horror series, they are absolutely amazing and hold storylines that are absolutely fantastic.
“Shinigami love apples.”
During the period of October 2006 to June 2007, Nippon Television broadcast an anime adaptation of 37 episodes produced by Madhouse and directed by Tetsuro Araki. Where a young man named Light stumbles upon an old note book. This book however is the book of death owned by a mythical creature known as a Shinigami or God of Death. Anyone who has their name written in this book will die the exact way that has been written inside the book. This sparks a serial-killer style story where nobody could ever guess how it unfolds, the story is epic, there were even live action full feature adaptions of the animated series, including video games but nothing will beat the original anime Death Note series.
Elfen Lied focuses on a series of events that happen after an experiment is performed on Diclonius, a mutant human with telekinetic powers and horns. While held in a facility built for experimentation located off the coast of Kamakura, she escapes and wreaks havoc, but during the process, she is injured, resulting in her developing a new, childlike personality called Nyu. The star of the show, Lucy, has a dual personality that lets her take on the roles of either the evil Phantom Hands or the sweet, unassuming Nyu, who is her alter ego. Although the amount of blood can get ridiculous at times, the series is undeniably frightening. The research facility is pretty much at a standstill with Lucy just steam-rolling everyone in her way.
One of the best gateways into Japanese horror is Another. Another is one of those shows you stumble upon and end up getting hooked on before you realize what you’ve been missing out on. Following a series of gruesome, bizarre deaths surrounding a mysterious group of students, it reads more like a movie than an episodic adventure. A curious transfer student is assigned the task of trying to learn why his peers keep dying over and over again. One of the girls is wearing an eyepatch, however, and she is the only one who is able to see what might be happening. The enigma surrounding a series of inexplicable, tragic events surrounds Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates in Another-but unraveling the horror of Yomiyama may prove too costly.
While many people would simply write off anime as being for children, this would be totally incorrect these top 3 horror anime series are not for the feint of heart and should never be watched by children as they are created for a more mature audience.
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