Dark Animes have been the crowns of the Japanese Anime industry since early 90’s. They explore strange themes like Mystery, Horror, Violence, Gore, Nudity and above all Psychological disorders. Ironically, they often present the naked reality of human existence in the most supernatural ways.
So without delay, let’s see some of the darkest anime ever to exist:
You Will Know About:
- 1 DARK ANIMES – Best Dark Anime Shows:
- 1.1 1. WHEN THEY CRY:
- 1.2 2. TOKYO GHOUL:
- 1.3 3. AKAME GA KILL:
- 1.4 4. SHIKI (One of the best dark animes):
- 1.5 5. ANOTHER:
- 1.6 6. HELL GIRL:
- 1.7 7. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (One of the best Dark Animes):
- 1.8 8. ERGO PROXY:
- 1.9 KINO NO TABI: THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD (HONOURABLE MENTION):
- 1.10 FINAL LIST OF DARK ANIMES:
- 1.11 CONCLUSION:
- 1.12 You May Also Like:
DARK ANIMES – Best Dark Anime Shows:
1. WHEN THEY CRY:
“A Psychological Classic and an outstanding dark anime”
The story sets in the summer of 1983, Hinamizawa, a small village in Japan. Keiichi Maebara relocates to the quaint town due to some reasons. He soon becomes good friends with his new school fellows, especially Rena Ryuuguu.
Although the village has a mysterious feel to it, Keiichi soon becomes settled in the calm atmosphere. However, an annual festival is coming up and no one wants to tell him the details. With so much suspicion going around, he discovers a string of disappearances, all linked to the previous annual festivals.
This all leads him to believe that something really sinister is going on in the seemingly harmless place.
When they cry, like Shiki and Another, follows an atmosphere of hidden human/inhuman evil. A really gritty anime, with dark anime characters.
“Every phenomenon that happens in the human world is caused by people for their own convenience.” -Takano Miyo from When they Cry
2. TOKYO GHOUL:
“A tale of Sadness and Sorrow”
Feeding on human flesh, Ghouls live as a separate species alongside humans in the society. Ghouls are battled by human inspectors, which belong to the CCG, A Ghoul elimination organization. Ken Kaneki is a normal college going student with a dark abusive past. He has a kind best friend, a love for books and a place to live.
One day while sitting in the cafe, he decides to go on a date with the beautiful Rize Kamishiro, a girl he feels attracted to. At the end of their date, Rize comes out as a ghoul and attacks Kaneki however, he is saved by heavy, falling metal beams which kill Rize. Doctors use Rize’s superhuman organs to save Kaneki.
Therefore, Kaneki is now thrust into Ghoul World as he becomes a One-Eyed Ghoul himself.
What trials await him?… Find out in this dark anime led by some of the most evil anime characters.
Tokyo Ghoul is a shocked anime whose season 1 or 2 are super awesome while other seasons are trash. Apart from this fact, Tokyo Ghoul’s OST “Unravel” is an absolute masterpiece both of lyrics and of composition. This anime also boasts some of the best Dark anime wallpapers. See our super Kaneki Ken dark anime wallpaper too!
“Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t mean they are bad people. It means they’re human.”―
3. AKAME GA KILL:
“Violent, Sexy and Gritty Anime”
MAL Rating: 7.62/10
In a world ruled by a child emperor, Prime Minister Honest has manipulated the child emperor to rise to power. His corruption has ruined the country and fueled hatred for his regime. Tatsumi a young man from a poor village has joined the Night Raid, a gang of assassins fighting for a revolution.
The story follows the Night Raid and Tatsumi as they keep everyone out of their way, usually by permanent silence. Being another classic, Akame Ga Kill has quite an emotional package in it. The darker aspects are mostly aspects of violence and gore.
Akame Ga Kill also features one of the best anime love stories of our time. A cold darkness anime indeed! Like Overlord, this anime features different individual quirks as a whole.
“The weak are destined to lie beneath the boots of the strong. If that angers you, overcome your deficits.” – Esdeath from Akame ga Kill
4. SHIKI (One of the best dark animes):
“Horror & Philosophy, A perfect Combination”
Shiki is an anime like “When they cry” & “Another”, having the best dark anime girl vibes. The story locks on a small hill protected Sotoba Village where a young girl Megumi Shimizu desperately wants to escape to a big city. A new family is in the village and with them, a fearful disease has come.
People are disappearing one by one and there are strange reports about. Toshio Ozaki, the local doctor believes something otherworldly to be the cause of this epidemic while Muroi, the local priest finds himself deep in the clutches of demons.
A well managed but slow to start anime, Shiki explores the truth behind human survival. Forsaken by God, the Shiki (Term literally means “Corpse Demons”) are bound by survival and hunger. What difference is between a Man and a Monster? Shiki is a dark anime which successfully answers this question while exposing the hypocritical world of today.
“Death is terrible for anyone. Young or old, good or evil, it’s all the same. Death is impartial. There is no especially terrible death. That’s why death is so fearsome. Your deeds, your age, your personality, your wealth, your beauty… They are all meaningless in the face of death.” –Sunako Kirishiki
“A Ghastly mystery surrounded by Evil”.
MAL Rating: 7.6/10
It all starts with Misaki. A girl who dies in class 3-3 of the Yomiyama North School in 1973. Since that time, Yomiyama has been a center for depressed atmospheres. In 1999, Kouichi Sakakibara, a middle schooler becomes a transfer student to Yomiyama. Troubled by the depressing place, he wants to uncover the mystery surrounding it.
Meanwhile, he becomes good friends with Mei Misaki, an Eye-Patch wearing girl whom no one except Kouichi can see. Now he must work together with Mei to understand the haunted phenomenon torturing the class 3-3 of Yomiyama.
Another always keeps you on the edge, It never backs down in suspense or horror. It also has some really creepy anime characters. A Must-Watch Classic!
“No matter how many relationships we seem to have, we’re all alone.” – Mei Misaki
6. HELL GIRL:
“Gothic Anime with the best Goth Girl”
MAL Rating: 7.67/10
Enma AI is the Jigoku Shojo or “Hell Girl”. Trapped by the master of Hell to serve Hell’s purpose, She must avenge those who are oppressed. If you access her site at midnight while bound by a heavy grudge you would be asked to name the one you want to go away into Hell.
You would be given a voodoo doll with a red thread on the neck. If you choose to destroy your target, pull the thread and they will be consigned to Hell by Hell Girl.
However, after you die, you’ll be rotting in hell too. The Dark Anime Characters here include Wanyudoo , Honne Onna and Ren.
Hell for Hell, Evil for Evil, Hate for Hate… AI Enma always delivers. Most importantly, She has been the best dark anime girl ever!! For further reading see our Hell Girl Anime Review.
“Curses come home to roost. When one person is cursed, two graves are dug.” – AI Enma
7. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (One of the best Dark Animes):
Ah! The best dark anime on this list and my personal favorite. Neon Genesis Evangelion is the ultimate psychological masterpiece. The story starts with a near-apocalyptic world where destructive beings called Angels are reducing humanity to ashes. It is the year 2015 and mankind’s solemn hope lies in the Evangelions, monstrous units piloted by special humans.
Ikari Gendou is the chief of NERV, an international organization under the United Nations which combats Angels by Evangelions. Misato Katsuragi is a strategist for NERV while Ritsuko Akagi is the head researcher.
Shinji Ikari is chosen as a pilot of Evangelion Unit -01, an incidence which changes his entire life. Join Shinji as he discovers the darkest corners of human life as the world fights for survival. After all, Survival always defeats Justice, doesn’t it?
As if that’s not enough, Neon Genesis Evangelion is an edgy anime with some of the most realistic-looking plot-lines ever known. The characters are without a shadow of doubt, well balanced and true.
Yes, it would be no exaggeration to call it One of the best dark animes on this list!!! NGE is also kind of like Bungou Stray Dogs in the sense that it deploys a varied character set.
“The fact that you have a place where you can return, home, will lead you to happiness. That is a good fact.” – Kaworu Nagisa
8. ERGO PROXY:
“Humanity’s greatest sin uncovered”
MAL Review: 7.93/10
In the doomed city of Romdo, a civilization survives in deep shadows. After a post-apocalyptic change, the world has suffered so much that humanity’s survival outside special zones is now impossible. Auto-Revis are humanoid robots created just to ensure and facilitate humanity’s survival. Things are going quite well, but all of a sudden, the Auto-Revis start contacting a sudden illness named “Cognito Virion”, a disease that gives them cognition & self-awareness.
Re-Mayer (Grand-daughter of Romdo’s Mayor) is sent to investigate and solve the problem with Iggy (Her AutoRev). The investigation soon reveals humanity’s greatest sins as Mayer tries to solve a conspiracy that may lead to human extinction. They join forces with another AutoRev specialist named Vincent Law and try to find the truth behind the mythical beingo called “Proxies”.
“What the hell is the point of Freedom, if you have to die for it?”.
KINO NO TABI: THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD (HONOURABLE MENTION):
MAL Ratings: 8.36/10
The Story sets on Kino, a girl of 15 years who forms a link with a talking motorbike named Hermes. Together, the duo explores different places and different nations all the while, appreciating the young beauty of life. Their journey through the post-apocalyptic world and various ruins will teach them something useful about life and its unknown depths.
Along their journey, they meet new people and different personalities. But, everyone they meet leaves a part of themselves in form of new memories and new dreams. In every land they visit, they learn something new from the locals and their lives go on, a straight dust road with unknown destinations in the end.
Neither Kino nor Hermes change or try to change the values they encounter on their journey. They simply appreciate the people without judgement. Often times in the post apocalyptic world, they encounter things that are not only unconventional but sometimes inhumane but, they merely view everything as an observer. After all, life is beautiful isn’t it?
“This world isn’t beautiful, and because of that, it is beautiful!!” – Kino
FINAL LIST OF DARK ANIMES:
- HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY
- TOKYO GHOUL
- AKAME GA KILL
- HELL GIRL
- NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (NGE)
- ERGO PROXY
- KINO NO TABI: THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD
So here we end with another list, again, After all it is very true that Dark Anime is an ocean and we are just giving you the daily catch of a sailor. There are still some of the darkest anime like Kino no Tabi or Happy Sugar Life that can outshine many mainstream gritty anime.
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