Japanese Horror and Anime Counterparts

Japanese horror has marked its place in the world as one of the most horrifying industries in today’s market. With the popularity of titles such as Ringu and Kuroneko, Japanese horror have made a cult following like no other. Though abundant in numbers, its animation counterpart suffers from a sheer lack of love. There are only a few horror anime out there that is worth taking a look at. Let’s dig deeper into some of the most horrifying anime series that will leave you sleepless for days:


1. Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni

Anyone who have watched this are now having a difficult time with small children. Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni revolves around the mysterious events happening around a village named Hinamizawa. Maebara Keiichi, our protagonist, is a carefree person who loves goofing around with his friends at school. Unfortunately, after a few unfortunate events, his friends might not be his friends after all – in which the story takes on a different route towards gore.

If you love gore, mystery and horror combined, Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni will leave you satisfied whilst wanting for more. Remember, looks can be deceiving, so watch carefully who you hang out with.



2. Corpse Party – Tortured Souls

Corpse Party is, indeed, one of the more popular horror anime out there that has been given recognition worldwide. Corpse Party revolves around the story of a group of students who decided to tell ghost stories.

Before finishing their meet-up, they were shocked when an earthquake hit their school and were teleported to another dimension and all were thrown into different parts of the school. What’s worse is that, the school is haunted by ghosts who delved in murder!

Corpse Party is an instant recommendation to those who love the horror genre. A touch of scare plus a really witty play of gore is its greatest selling point. The mere touch of fear into the character designs are really lovely. All horror and gore fans would love this amazing show!



3. Jigoku Shoujo

Now, here’s a classic. Every single one who has been into anime has probably heard of Jigoku Shoujo – most commonly known in the West as, Hell Girl. The story of Jigoku Shoujo revolves around a Shinigami, or a soul reaper, named Enma Ai.

Ai uses the internet as a way of getting clients for reaping souls. People would go to her website and enter the name of who they want to exact their vengeance at, in exchange for their lives as well.

Jigoku Shoujo isn’t all that scary but it teaches us something important. It teaches us about the darkest horrors of the human heart and why it becomes dangerous. It also teaches us that we are neither evil nor good, we do things because of the way the System leads us.

Jigoku Shoujo strikes you with not just the fear of getting on the internet late at night, but also strikes you to refrain from doing anything stupid.



4. Genocyber

Genocyber is quite popular to the old-timers, this is because it has been deemed as the world’s goriest anime of all time. Gore may not be horror, but the horrors are there. Genocyber revolves around the story of the Kuryu Group who discovered a weapon that would one day give them the world – the Genocyber. Many people desire the power of Genocyber, but its power cannot be contained single handedly, because of this, battle erupts and brings the world into chaos.

Another instant recommendation to those who are into gore. Genocyber has proven itself to be on top of the gore list for decades and continues to be. Make sure to have a stomach for gore if you decide to check it out, as Genocyber isn’t an easy ride for the weak-minded.



5. Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied has become a classic and is still being recommended to people who are interested in trying out the gory side of anime. Elfen Lied revolves around Lucy, an artificial human called Diclonius.

One day, she was able to escape the facility she was being held at and started attacking people with her invisible arms. Due to the torture she endured during her time in a certain government facility, she has developed another personality within her: a harmless, innocent child with limited speech.

Elfen Lied is a basic recommendation to those who are new to the genre. Not because it’s that scary but because of its own perfect execution. Elfen Lied is not only gory, bloody, and scary, it also has some of the cutest female anime characters that makes any new comers into the subculture fall into a trap.




There aren’t many good horror titles in the anime industry, but there are definitely good ones. The ones listed above are some of the many horror anime I’ve seen. I would recommend Corpse Party and Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni for the viewing pleasure – they’re fun to watch! Especially loli killing loli.


What are you waiting for? Try watching one of these horror anime now!