3. Elfen Lied:
This psychological horror has a very complex and wonderfully concocted story. One thing this anime is the most famous for is its opening theme. The opening theme of this anime is very creepy. This anime has a very unique concept and the art style is also quite good. The one thing that I didn’t like about this anime was the unnecessary fanservice. This anime is filled to the brim with unneeded fanservice which really killed the whole experience for me.
This anime follows the story of Lucy. Lucy is a special breed of humans referred to as “Diclonius”, born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that lands her as a victim of inhumane scientific experimentation by the government. However, once circumstances present her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by the confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors. During her breakout, however, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality.
2. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni:
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is another unsettling and extremely creepy show on this list. Higurashi epitomizes how you should never judge something by its cover. At first glance, it looks like a simple, generic harem series. In reality however, it is nothing short of genius. The plot at first looks very generic. Just a new kid moving to a new town. Beneath this fake exterior, however, lies a horrifying story filled to the brim with suspense.
The story of this anime follows Keiichi Maebara. Keiichi 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.
Another is number 1 on this list, and for good reason. This anime is unlike any other horror series. The suspense, the animation, the soundtracks, the voice acting, and the pacing, are all perfect. The show maintains a horrid tone throughout its run and does not stray from its root. I myself, actually watched another back when I was just a little kid, and this anime really stuck with me! I still remember the story crystal clear even after all these years.
The story of this anime follows 15-year-old Kouichi Sakakibara. Kouichi transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North 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.