In the depths of the anime industry, where people often lock themselves out of society, there exists a really powerful subgenre that matches no other. The psychological genre in anime is one of the most pure and untouched genre that anything they try to throw inside it, works out magically. Although, not every psychological anime is good, most of them are just mere clusterfucks that just want to mess with your head to laugh at you.



5. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi is an outstanding anime that revolves around the story of Fujinuma Satoru who wields this amazing power of going back in time to change the wrong to right. Apparently, he’s been involved in a chain of disappearances of which he wants to try to solve because, in his real time, his mother was killed by the person involved in the serial kidnapppings.

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi is an excellent example of good mystery psychological anime where one must think to be able to understand what is really going on. Satoru’s attempts in saving the present will leave you gritting your teeth while holding your chest because of oxygen loss. This amazing short series will definitely not be a waste of time.




4. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of those anime shows that is really difficult to understand if you are not interested in religion. If you are familiar with Kabbalah or any Gnostic teachings, you’d probably get what’s going on. Neon Genesis Evangelion is known for its depressing nature and psychological thrill.

Ikari Shinji’s nonstop bitching about life and how he would be able to overcome the problems of his puberty is, indeed, psychotic in many ways. Aside from that, what Neon Genesis Evangelion wants to teach us is the importance of independence. Relying too much on information and people would often lead to an Impact – or in this case, some major life headache – that would totally make you regret your decisions in life.

Neon Genesis Evangelion will be a tough ride if you aren’t into purely psychological anime as it will totally creep into you and slowly turn you into Shinji himself. That’s fucking scary. Really.




3. Perfect Blue

Here we go, Satoshi Kon’s greatest work to date. Perfect Blue follows the story of Kirigoe Mima, an ex-idol turned actress. Mima later on experiences a lot of unexplainable things where she would question her own sanity already. Mima reached the point where she doesn’t know if she’s in the real world or dream world. It’s so messed up that she actually lost sight of herself.

Perfect Blue is an intense psychological anime. The anime shows us the inner darkness that lies dormant within all of us. It shows us the importance of not regretting your decisions and living the life you truly want – not the life your manager wants.

Perfect Blue is an instant recommendation if you are interested in a one of a kind psychological ride in the anime world. Everything is just so perfectly done in this movie, from art to character designs, to character development. Everything is just perfectly executed – all thanks to Satoshi Kon’s mind.




2. Mirai Nikki

There’s more to Mirai Nikka than meets the eye. This show is overly popular all thanks to its heroine, Gasai Yuno. This show isn’t all about the yandere and how awesome she punishes Akiteru, but more on the importance of what she feels and the actions she does.

Mirai Nikki focuses on the mere fact that everyone feels. If one’s feeling do not reach the other, it usually turns to depression, envy, and slight jealousy. This is what Mirai Nikki is about – the psychology of Yuno.

Most of us probably feel the same way Yuno does when she goes batshit crazy yandere every single day. We see our co-workers holding a new phone we totally want would often lead us to depression and envy – not noticing that we are going yandere over that piece of trash. Mirai Nikki teaches us the importance of contentment above all things.




1. Death Note

Everybody knows Death Note. Everyone loves Death Note. Death Note’s success stems from Light’s and L’s amazing exchanges in which both of them battles through hours of dialogues and nonsense.

But despite all the dialogues, investigations, and Ryuk’s apple munching; Death Note shines in the psychological genre.


The character development in Death Note is truly outstanding. The once perfect model student Yagami Light slowly becomes the shinigami of this world, while L’s amazing brainwork got rusty because he was focused too much on the obvious details – he was there, he just failed to see.

Death Note is a breathtaking adventure into oblivion and the inner workings of the human mind. Death Note shows us how common evil people are and YOU are not an exception. Death Note will hammer you down with psychotic plot twists and engaging mental battles. Be prepared, it comes with a headache.



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