“What should I watch now?” Thus is the question we, as anime fans, will ever wonder, for ever and ever. With an endless list of shows available for us to watch, it is sometimes complicated to filter out which ones are good and which ones would be better off disappearing into a deep abyss. This column serves exactly this purpose; in whichever category appears from one week to the next, the best shows will be picked out, leaving you with a good amount – enough to watch anime for entire days without pondering over the incessant question that attacks all anime fans.
Yay for gore, limbs flying, creepy children and psychotic killers! Whether we watch it to be thoroughly frightened or simply to see a group of friends get brutally murdered, horror is a genre which always seems impressing when turned into animation; somehow, looking at the kind of animation which pleased us as kids suddenly turn into something incredibly dark makes horror anime so much more interesting than just a regular live action movie. Unfortunately, the genre of horror is so broad in anime, that it’s sometimes hard to distinguish bloody action from genuinely terrifying anime. For this reason, I have decided to separate this post into 2 categories, one for gory horror and the other for frightening material. With this, my speech here is done, and I shall let you judge for yourself which other shows you think should have made the list.
Episodes: 10 OVA which last between 40-60 mins
Synopsis: Hellsing, a secret organization of the British government, has long been battling supernatural threats to keep the people safe from creatures of the night. The current leader, Integra Wingates Hellsing controls her own personal army to eliminate the undead beings, but even her highly trained soldiers pale in comparison to her most trusted vampire exterminator, a man by the name of Alucard, who is actually a powerful vampire himself. Along with Integra’s mysterious butler and Alucard’s new vampire minion, Seras Victoria, The Hellsing Organization must face not only regular ghouls and vampires, but a rivaling secret organization from the Vatican, and Millennium, an enigmatic group of madmen spawned by a certain war over 50 years ago… A bloody battle between monsters is about to begin. The dead are dancing, and all hell is singing…
Oh, so you said you like blood and gore? I sure hope you weren’t kidding if I recommended this show to you. As a mixture of horror and action, Hellsing Ultimate is disgusting, bloody, revolting and absolutely awesome to watch. The blood and gore depicted in the show is so heavy that despite it being animation it actually made my stomach turn at times. Add to that really, really bad ass characters and an actual story which makes sense (Not pointing any fingers, especially not at *AHEM* Hellsing TV *cough cough*), and you end up with a show which brings horrific entertainment to its best. This is not a show meant to frighten you – it is meant to be extremely gory yet bad ass, and it fulfils its purpose extremely well.
Episodes: 25 episodes
Synopsis: A millennium from now, in Japan, exists a utopia. The Protagonist, Saki Watanabe, lives in an idyllic village barred from the outside world. Her world is ruled by the people who possess the “gods’ power” of psychokinesis. After finally obtaining her own powers, Saki enters the Zenjin Academy to train along with five other children: Satoru Asahina, Maria Akizuki, Mamoru Itou, Shun Aonuma, and Reiko Amano.
Not all is as it seems, however. In this utopian village, strange rumors about a monstrous cat that abducts children circulate, and students are said to disappear from the academy. The world and its history are much darker than they appear and humanity is on the verge of collapse.
Alright, so I’m cheating, because this show isn’t technically horror… In fact, many lists don’t even include the title when looking through the horror tag. Despite this, however, I cannot deny that the show is genuinely scary, and would put it as a psychological horror title any time. The feeling of dread which accompanies the show as a whole leaves you feeling uncomfortable from beginning to end, and the final episode literally makes the viewer feel like an absolutely terrible person. Intellectually meaningful, Shinsekai Yori is meant to point to and expose human flaws which we tend to overlook willingly, and has a plot which, although slow at first, becomes thoroughly intense, almost unlike any other show. It is well worth getting past the tedious first 8 episodes in order to fully enjoy the rest; Shinsekai Yori has been my favourite anime ever since the release of its final episode, and well deserves its spot.
**Thanks to MAL for the summaries and info!**