Gore Anime: The best scary and horror anime series that adult fans should watch
What are the best gore anime to watch?
Today will give you a list of the 33 best gore anime with horror, blood, and scary themes and a lot of screwed-up sh*ts going on.
You don’t have to see the blood and guts to get a good scare. There are plenty of anime series that can fill your cup with terror with the use of gore scenes. Therefore, If you’re looking for something that won’t make you sleep with the lights off, these anime can provide a frighteningly good time.
Here we go:
33. Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne
Kicking off the list of the best gore anime with Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-Tachi, which is a horror anime that highlights a spooky story. In this series, for normal people, getting stabbed to death would constitute the end of the road. For Rin Asagi, it’s a mere inconvenience. Rin is immortal, a nice perk to have when you’re a private detective constantly finding yourself in dangerous situations.
She has eaten a “time fruit”: a fruit from the guardian tree Yggdrasil, which, when consumed by a woman, makes her unable to die. Rin’s immortality doesn’t stop others from trying to kill her, of course; over her long lifetime, she has been shot at, cut up, maimed, tortured, and suffered countless other violent deaths.
This time, it’s different. The year 1990 sparks the beginning of a series of events in Rin’s life that sends her spiraling toward her fate. Someone is hunting down immortal women like Rin, and Rin’s life may be in actual danger.
Mnemosyne no Musume-Tachi spans 65 years in Rin’s life, during which she watches those around her get old while she herself remains unchanged. Higher forces are after her, and Rin must use every means at her disposal—or her next death may just be her last. And it all begins when she goes searching for a lost cat but finds the amnesiac Koki Maeno instead…
Bokurano is a good horror psychological anime with gore and bloody scenes that gives chills. The story chronicles the scary adventures of 15 children, 8 boys, and 7 girls, who are enjoying their summer camp together when they suddenly discover a grotto by the sea.
When they enter the mysterious place they find a room full of computers, as well as a man named Kokopelli, who introduces himself as the owner. He claims to be working on a game that involves a giant robot that has been designed to protect the Earth from 15 different alien invasions.
Kokopelli hasn’t been able to test the game yet, so he persuades all but one of the children to sign a contract in what he claims will be a fun adventure. However, as soon as the contracts are signed things start to take a much darker turn.
In Bokurano, the children must now pilot the giant robot Zearth one at a time in the hopes that they will have what it takes to defeat all of the upcoming enemies. But Kokopelli has left out one very important piece of information: the giant robot Zearth’s energy source.
Basilisk is romance historical anime with some bloody scenes. The story follows the Iga and Kouga ninja clans who have been engaged in a bitter war for centuries. However, when a ceasefire is ordered by the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, the two clans are forced to put down their arms.
Years later, Gennosuke Kouga, heir of the Kouga clan, and Oboro Iga, heir of the Iga clan, have fallen in love. Through marriage, both heirs aim to bring peace to the clans. But their hopes are dashed when flames of rivalry between their clans are reignited, and they are dragged into another war.
Ieyasu’s two grandsons have both claimed to be the next heir to the shogunate. To resolve this dispute, both the Kouga and Iga are ordered to send their 10 best warriors to fight in a bloody battle royale, with each clan representing one of the potential shogunate heirs.
Two scrolls with the names of the fighters are given and are to be marked in blood upon the given fighter’s death. The prize for winning is the favor of the Tokugawa shogunate for a thousand years. Torn between their love for each other and duty to their clans, Gennosuke and Oboro must ultimately decide the fate of their clans.
30. Akudama Drive
Akudama Drive is beyond mad. It has a lot of the mindless frenzy of good, gore-themed anime and a huge display of epic bloody scenes. It uses a classic cyberpunk look to tell an ever-escalating story with awesome animation and interesting characters.
The story follows an ordinary person, a girl mistakenly labeled as Akudama; one of the most dangerous and skilled criminals in the city of Kansai. Despite being falsely accused, she becomes known as a “Swindler” for her skills. Accompanied by other six Akudama, they are relentlessly pursued by a militarized police force that is determined to get them. It looks like they’ll need to get away safe & sound, and accomplish their mission of finding a package for a bidder, in order to get a reward of 10 million dollars. Yeah, the stakes are high!
29. Juuni Taisen
Among the best survival gore anime series of all time is for sure Juuni Taisen, a series that follows a bloody Zodiac Tournament that happens every 12 years, where warriors of the highest caliber of strength and wit gather for this deadly survival tournament. These overpowered warriors bear the name and attributes of one of the 12 animals in Chinese astrology.
With many lives at stake, those warriors often compete fiercely to be the last ones standing. With only one wish waiting to be granted at the end of this tournament, the 12 Zodiac Warriors will start off their cutthroat game of survival.
Dorohedore is all about the disorder, darkness, and full chaos where the strong prey on the weak, and death is something normal in such an uncommon society. It’s safe to say it doesn’t live up to its name. Not only is it an uncharted society, but it’s a place where magic users stand above all.
Set in a bloody, nightmarish world, Dorohedoro is a gore anime that manages to maintain a healthy balance of comedy and lightheartedness with death and tragedy.
27. Terra Formars
There have been a lot of notable gore anime tv shows over the years. Some good ones include Elfen Lied, Gantz, Mirai Nikki, Deadman Wonderland, and now Terra Formars. As humans begin to consider the idea of colonizing Mars and making it habitable for the human population, they attempt to send some plants and cockroaches to see if they can survive on a planet.
Now in the 26th century, a disease appeared and infected the Earth and it is suspected that the cure could only be found on Mars. However, at the present, Mars is overrun with deadly creatures known as Terraformars. These are humanoid giant cockroaches that mutated from the ones sent there in the first place. Therefore, It’s time for a team that consists of 100+ skilled human warriors, to be transported to Mars and their mission is to find out what caused the Alien Engine Virus and help cure humanity.
26. Devilman: Crybaby
Netflix‘s Devilman Crybaby is a horror dementia anime where there are so much bloodshed and disturbing scenes. The series is about those devils who cannot take form without a living host. However, they can overcome the demon and make its power their own with their strength, becoming Devilman.
Weak and unassuming, Akira Fudou has always had a bleeding heart. So, when his childhood friend Ryou Asuka asks for his help in uncovering devils, Akira accepts without hesitation. However, to Akira’s surprise, the place they go to is Sabbath: an immoral party of debauchery and degeneracy. Amidst bloodshed and death, demons possess the partiers, turning their bodies into grotesque monsters, and begin wreaking havoc.
In a reckless attempt to save his best friend. Akira unwittingly merges with the devil Amon and becomes a Devilman, gaining the power to defeat the remaining demons. Though it grants him great power, this new partnership awakens an insatiable and primeval part of Akira. Therefore, Akira works alongside Ryou, destroying those that harm humanity and his loved ones.
Spanning genres of horror, thriller, and action, Blood+ is a dark anime with gore and bloody themes about a group named Red Shield, who are fighting ugly creatures named Chiroptera, that survive by feeding on humans and can shape-shift to look like humans.
In modern-day Okinawa, high school student Saya Otonashi is living peacefully with her family even though she has no memory of her life before the past year. As her power and destiny are to stop the violent Chiroptera, she must try to remember how to fight and how it all began.
‘Ajin’ is a good action gore anime that takes place in a fictional world where humanity discovers a new subspecies of beings dubbed “Ajin” lurking around. The Ajins are thought to be immortal while having several supernatural abilities. And because of their rarity, they’re quickly considered superstitious beings. This is a refreshing show with a deep story, with interesting characters, and also has a number of twists and turns throughout about cruel experimentation, government conspiracies, and betrayals. it’s a worth-watching series.
23. Highschool Of The Dead
Highschool of the Dead is a popular anime that has everything you need from a wholesome ts show like gore, ecchi, harem, action, and heavy fanservice themes.
The plot focuses on some unlucky Japanese High school students, who find themselves in the middle of a survival war caused by an apocalyptic outbreak that turned humans into zombies. Therefore, they’re forced to work together to fight for their survival. Takashi Komuro and Rei journey together with other students to find their family members and discover what caused this apocalypse. But will the combined strength of these students be enough to conquer this crisis?
Claymore is a gruesome anime that revolves around shapeshifting demons that feed on human flesh, known as “youma,” who arrives in Raki’s village, a lone woman with silver eyes walks into town with only a sword upon her back. She is a “Claymore,” a being manufactured as half-human and half-youma, for the express purpose of exterminating these monsters.
After Raki’s family is killed, a claymore girl saves his life, but he is subsequently banished from his home. With nowhere else to go, Raki finds Claymore, known as Clare, and decides to follow her on her journey. This is the story of the hybrid warrior Clare and her human friend who fight to protect their land from those blood-thirsty shapeshifting demons.
Talking about the top gore anime tv shows without including Gantz would be a shame! Gantz is a good series with gore, bloody, and death scenes that you will never forget. The show follows Kei and Masaru, who died and found themselves in a strange new world but they quickly learned they were part of something more sinister. Armed with futuristic weapons, these two along with others must find and kill the aliens. They’re playing this deadly game to get their next life. After they finish all of Gantz’s rules, it may or may not be possible for them to return to their normal lives.
Gantz is not an anime for soft fans, as it is particularly horrific, gruesome, and disturbing at times. But it features some engaging scenes throughout, so it makes for a great time even on the edge of your seat.
Some people love Hellsing because it has a good story and an op main character, but others love it for the violence, vampires, and gore moments that the series offers.
Hellsing is an action-packed, dark-themed anime that spans genres of horror, supernatural, and action and takes place in a fictional alternate universe that follows the powerful vampire Alucard and Seras Victoria, two vampires employed by the vampire-extermination group of England, the Hellsing Organization. Together they both took up their task with diligence and find new ways to fight for humanity as they go on active duty with each other.
19. Afro Samurai
Afro Samurai is a valid gorecore anime with epic sword-fighting scenes that have marked Japanese history. The story follows Afro, who as a child, witnessed his father being defeated in a duel by Justice. One day, before an important event in which they were going to represent their respective numbers, Justice came to challenge his father. Tragically, the result was Afro’s father’s death and the number 1 headband going to Justice as the mightiest fighter.
Years later, Afro got the number 2 headband and is now moving forward in his quest to defeat number 1. But there’s just one problem—everyone wants to challenge him first. The number 1 can only be challenged by the number two, but the number two can be challenged by anyone. As enemies and fighters gather to challenge Afro, he must fight through a series of foes and obstacles if he hopes to make it out alive and finally stand against number one to exact his revenge.
18. The Future Diary
Produced by Asread studio, Mirai Nikki is a bloody, horror, and gore anime with romance that revolves around a lonely high school student, named Yukiteru Amano, who spends his days writing a diary on his cellphone while conversing with his two seemingly imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina, who is the Master of time and space, and Murmur, the god’s servant.
Revealing himself to be an actual entity, Deus grants Yukiteru a “Random Diary,” which shows highly descriptive entries based on the future and forces him into a bloody battle royale with 11 other holders of similarly powerful future diaries. With the last person standing designated as the new god of time and space, Yukiteru must find and kill the other 11 in order to survive.
He reluctantly teams up with his obsessive stalker Yuno Gasai (who also possesses such a diary), and she takes it upon herself to ensure his safety. But there’s more to the girl than meets the eye, as she might have other plans for her unrequited love…
Psycho pass is a good police anime where there are themes of gore, psychological, and bloody action scenes that highlight the enforcement of justice in a futuristic world. In the 22nd century, Japan enforces the Sibyl System, an objective means of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass.
Inspectors uphold the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone harboring the slightest ill-will; alongside them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors that have become latent criminals, granted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors’ dirty work. Into this world steps Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with an honest desire to uphold justice.
However, as she works alongside veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she soon learns that the Sibyl System’s judgments are not as perfect as her fellow Inspectors assume. With everything she has known turned on its head, Akane wrestles with the question of what justice truly is, and whether it can be upheld through the use of a system that may already be corrupt.
16. Goblin Slayer
Goblin Slayer is a good anime with gore that is set in a fantasy world and follows the adventures of a lone hero who makes his living by almost exterminating every goblin he meets. But one day he stumbles across a priestess, and his life begins to become more intense. The Goblin Slayer is a highly qualified adventurer, and now the priestess has been given the honor of accompanying him on any Goblin-related matters.
Each group of heroes worked hard to protect the frontier lands, including making sure that goblins were wiped out. A battlefield of battles erupted, and the armored warrior along with his group will not stop until all goblins are killed for good.
15. Deadman Wonderland
Deadman wonderland is a horror gory anime that doesn’t shy away from showing some epic bloody scenes. This is a series that follows the story of Ganta and his classmates, as If It looked like it would be a normal day for them. They were preparing to go on a class field trip to a certain prison amusement park called Deadman Wonderland. However, Ganta’s life is quickly changed when his whole class gets massacred by a mysterious man in red.
Framed for the incident and sentenced to death, Ganta is sent to the very jail he was supposed to visit. But Ganta’s nightmare is only just beginning. The young protagonist is thrown into a world of sadistic inmates and enigmatic powers.
Now he lives in constant fear of the lethal collar placed around his neck that is slowed only by winning in the prison’s deathly games. As a result, Ganta must bet his life to survive in a ruthless place where it isn’t always easy to tell friends from foes! All while trying to find the mysterious “Red Man” and clear his name, in Deadman Wonderland.
Madhouse’s Shigurui is another epic gore anime with samurai and historical themes that everyone should really watch. The plot is set at the beginning of the Edo era when people enjoyed a time of peace, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga holds a fighting tournament.
In the past, they fought with wooden swords in matches. This time, they will use real swords. One-armed Fujiki Gennosuke and blind Irako Seigen will fight each other in this match. Both are disciples of Iwamoto Kogan, who is known as Japan’s greatest swordsman. Each of them is want to prove himself the successor of Iwamoto’s school. However, there can only be one champion. Therefore, begins a story of intertwining fates, conflict, and strange destinies.
13. Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
Spanning genres of isekai, fantasy, and thriller, Re: Zero is a good anime with gorecore scenes, drama, and tragic moments, as well as so many horrific death sequences. The synopses kick off when Subaru Natsuki leaves the convenience store. Suddenly, he finds himself in a strange fantasy world. Things aren’t looking good for the bewildered teenager. However, not long after his arrival, he is attacked by some thugs. Armed with only a bag of groceries and a now useless cell phone, he is quickly beaten to a pulp.
Fortunately, Satella, in hot pursuit of the one who stole her insignia happens upon Subaru and saves him. In order to thank the honest girl, he offers to help in her search. Later that night, he even finds the whereabouts of that which she seeks. But unbeknownst to them, a darker force stalks the pair, and after locating the insignia, they are murdered. However, Subaru immediately reawakens to a familiar scene—confronted by the same group of thugs. Meeting Satella all over again—the enigma deepens as history inexplicably repeats itself.
12. When They Cry
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a horror anime where there are gory, bloody, and horror scenes that will send chills down your spine and it’s a 2006 Studio Deen production.
The plot of this mystery horror anime follows Keiichi Maebara, who has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983 and quickly becomes inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude.
However, darkness lurks underneath the seemingly idyllic life they lead. As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in recent years and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the village’s patron god, Oyashiro.
Keiichi tries to ask his new friends about these incidents, but they are suspiciously silent and refuse to give him the answers he needs. As more and more bizarre events occur, he wonders just what else his friends might be keeping from him, and if he can even trust them at all. When madness and paranoia begin taking root in Keiichi’s heart, he will stumble straight into the mysteries at work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a story told across multiple arcs.
11. Corpse Party
Corpse Party comes with a story that features, deaths, gore, and horrific scenes that will bump your heart. The show is set in Heavenly Host Elementary School, which was torn down following the murders and disappearances of several of its staff and students. By the start of the story, another school called Kisaragi Academy has been built over the elementary school site.
One night, a group of students from Kisaragi is telling ghost stories when a sudden earthquake transports them to another dimension. Where Heavenly Host Elementary still exists and is haunted by the ghosts of the school’s murdered children. The students of Kisaragi Academy students try to find their way home and survive the other mysterious forces that haunt the school.
Inuyashiki is an outstanding anime tv show. All the elements are crafted to perfection, producing solid tension building and a fast-paced story with complex characterization.
The story of Inuyashiki focuses on the two main characters of the series. They were ordinary people until they got bestowed with futuristic powers. As a result, one of them uses his newfound powers for good, while the other uses his for evil. They will in the end, and since both of them have different ideals crashing like two planets together.
Berserk is a horror anime with gore themes, it’s a 2016 release; and it spans genres of drama, action, and adventure. The series follows Guts, now branded for death and destined to be hunted by demons until the day he dies, he embarks on a journey to defy such a gruesome fate. Steeling his resolve, he takes up the monstrous blade Dragonslayer and vows to exact vengeance on the one responsible.
Also, hunting down the very man he once looked up to and considered a friend. Along the way, he encounters some unlikely allies, such as a small elf named Puck, and Isidro, a young thief. As the ragtag group slowly comes together after having decided to join Guts in his quest, they will face incredible danger.
8. Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte is a really good anime that revolves around a phenomenon called alien parasites, which can get into this earth by combining it with a living body. In the story, opportunistic parasites quickly infiltrated humanity’s brains and have been wreaking havoc on Earth! These entities are able to take control of their hosts and morph into different forms in order to feast on unsuspecting humans.
Shinichi Izumi, a 16-year-old high school student, was sleeping when one of these parasites decided to make his life difficult. Shinichi managed to beat the parasite and it ended up inside his hand instead. The parasite had nowhere else to go and so made its decision: trust in Shinichi and stay with him until taking full control of his brain. Therefore, since the two species have been forced to coexist, they need to come up with a defense against these hostile parasites who hope to eliminate the new species.
7. Blood C
Blood-C is an anime series that mixes themes of horror, gore, and action. It was produced by Production I.G in 2011. Saya is a regular girl who lives with her father in a shrine. She seems like an ordinary schoolgirl during the day, but when night falls she turns into a fierce warrior who fights monsters in order to protect her village.
6. Tokyo Ghoul
If you like gore scenes! then, Tokyo Ghoul is a must-watch action-horror series that has been highly popular among anime fans since its debut in 2014, It has also received praise for its interesting characters, awesome soundtrack, gruesome violence, and tension-filled dark moments.
The story of Tokyo Ghoul follows a college student named Ken Kaneki who after a failed date turns into a ghoul. Now, as a human-ghoul hybrid who refuses to feed on humans, goes on an adventure of finding out why he is despised by ghouls and humans alike, while also trying to learn more about the world of ghouls and what is his real identity.
5. Akame ga Kill!
Akami Ga kill is about gore and bloody themes, but it also features a masterpiece story that will keep you hooked till the end. The synopsis centers around a group of warriors named Night Raid, which is the covert assassination branch of the Revolutionary Army.
An uprising was assembled to overthrow Prime Minister Honest, whose avarice and greed for power has to lead him to take advantage of the child emperor’s inexperience. Without a strong and benevolent leader, the rest of the nation is left to drown in poverty, strife, and ruin.
Though the Night Raid members are all professional killers, they understand that taking lives is a bad thing and that they will likely face retribution as they mercilessly eliminate anyone who stands in the revolution’s way. This merry band of assassins’ newest member is Tatsumi, a naïve boy from a remote village who had embarked on a journey to help his impoverished hometown and was won over by not only Night Raid’s ideals, but also their resolve.
Shiki is a show with adult dark themes and lots of gore, where humans are at war with vampires. The story focus on Megumi Shimizu, a pretty girl who dreams of a glamorous life in the big city! However, her unexpected death in the quiet village of Sotoba marks the beginning of what appears to be a ferocious epidemic that turns the hot summer into a season of blood and terror.
Toshio Ozaki a Doctor, begins to doubt the nature of the disease and comes to understand that to discover the truth, he must abandon his humanity. Meanwhile, the sudden death of Megumi hunts Natsuno Yuuki, an antisocial youth from the city, and must realize the pain of friendship in the face of his own tragedy. Toshio and Natsuno form an unlikely pair as they work together to save Sotoba before it transforms into a ghost town of vampires.
Shiki, adapted from the horror novel written by Fuyumi Ono, goes beyond the average vampire story. It tells the tragic tale of survival in a world where one cannot easily distinguish between good and evil. The Shiki, as the vampires call themselves, have only their will to live as they clash with the fear of the paranoid/unbelieving villagers. This is a wonderful Japanese series that explores the boundary that separates humans from turning into monsters.
Another is an anime with mystery, horror, and thriller themes that takes place in a school. Set in 1972, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 “Misaki” passed away during the school year. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark secrets hidden deep within.
Twenty-six years later, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class and soon after discovers that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students. He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious, eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki. However, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist. Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Kouichi begins to get closer not only to her but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing classes 3-3 of Yomiyama North.
2. Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is a fantastic anime with lots of gore and bloody scenes, but it has a really good story behind its gruesome sequences. The show highlights that Centuries ago, titans forced humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls.
What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but out of pleasure. To ensure their survival and living within the walls, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is now over when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall.
Reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations, and after witnessing a horrific personal loss, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to fighting titans. Indeed, he joined the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the titans outside the protection of the walls. Shingeki no Kyojin follows Eren, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert, as they join the brutal war against the Titans and race to discover a way of defeating them before breaching the last walls.
1. Elfen Lied
We will be wrapping up our list with Elfen Lied, a gore anime that has a blood-soaked story but it’s got an amazing plot. The series depicts the story of two students meeting a likely harmless girl “Lucy”, Lucy is a special breed of human a.k.a “Diclonius,”. She is a victim of scientific experimentation by the government. As a result, she is born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands.
However, once circumstances give her an opportunity to escape, Lucy unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors. She was injured during her breakout, and She is unaware that she’s actually a mutant serial killer with a split personality.
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