Top 10 Horror Anime of 2013


1. Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural, Horror, Drama

One year has passed since Guts left the Band of the Hawk and Griffith was imprisoned by the Kingdom of Midland for treason.

In the dead of night, at a camping site where they hide, the Band of the Hawk is attacked by Bakiraka assassins led by Silat. When all seems lost, Guts returns from his journey. "You destroyed everything." Crying that Griffith is nothing without Guts, Casca and Guts are joined together body and soul. Griffith is imprisoned in the oldest building in Wyndham Catle, the Tower of Rebirth. They discover that Griffith has been tortured, with the tendons of his legs and arms severed and his tongue removed. Seeing Guts and Casca pitying him, Griffith drags his body along the ground. At that moment, the Egg of the King Behelit that he had thought lost returns to his hand. The Behelit resonated with Griffith's despair and screams, causing a shockwave that creates a twisted dimension. The God Hand descends. A nightmare of magnificent violence erupts as a horde of apostles devour the Band of the Hawk. This is the birth of the fifth guardian and the beginning of an age where darkness overcomes all light.


2. Danganronpa: The Animation

Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-Fi

A group of 15 elite high school students are gathered at a very special, high class high school. To graduate from this high school essentially means you'll succeed in life, but graduating is very difficult. The school is presided over by a bear called Monokuma, and he explains to them that their graduation hinges around committing a murder. The only way to graduate is to kill one of your classmates and get away with it. If the other classmates discover the identity of the killer, the killer is the only one executed. However, if they fail to catch the killer, only the killer graduates and the others are annihilated. Which of the 15 will survive the bloodbath to come?

(Source: MangaUpdates)


3. When They Cry Kaku: Outbreak

Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Thriller

The story is set in the same Hinamizawa village of the previous stories. The village has been completely sealed off due to a mysterious virus in 1983, and Maebara Keiichi and Ryuuguu Rena deal with the outbreak.

(Source: ANN)


4. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

Horror, Supernatural

A picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.

(Source: Crunchyroll)


5. Corpse Party

Horror, Mystery, Supernatural

The story is set in Heavenly Host Elementary School, an elementary school that 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 are 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 try to find their way home and survive the other mysterious forces that haunt the school. (Source: Modified text from Wikipedia)


6. Airy Me

Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Music, Sci-Fi

A test subject is administered daily medication by a nurse in a ward where mysterious medical experiments take place. One day, when the nurse presses the switch of the test subject, it successfully transforms into a chimera. When the test subject continues to hold human desires to take on non-human forms, what spectacle will arise as a result? And what effect will this have on the subject's relationship with the nurse?

(Source: Japan Media Arts Festival)


7. Diabolik Lovers

Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Romance

Komori Yui is an optimistic young lady that has a strong connection with her father. When he allegedly has to travel for work purposes, Yui is sent to what she thinks is the residence of some distant family members. She is immediately greeted by six strange young gentlemen, the Sakamaki brothers, all of whom want one thing from Yui--her blood. Yui must learn to adapt to life while being a constant target of six forceful vampires, as well as uncover Sakamaki family secrets and information about her role and identity.


8. Order Designer

Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Psychological

“Ghost” is an online mobile game that Ye Yinyi always dreamed of completing, and to that end, has poured his blood and tears into it, even missing a date with his girlfriend. However, he learns about an alarming monster attack on a young woman near his house, a photograph of which shows the monster to bear a resemblance to the monster he designed. Why is the world of his mobile game appearing in real life?

(Source: MAL)


9. Adventures in Beauty Wonderland

Psychological, Horror

One of Japan’s foremost pop artists, Keiichi Tanaami, presents a joyfully psychedelic animation inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, unveiling an underworld of kaleidoscopic cosmetics in the form of perfectly made-up third-eyes and chirping lipstick butterflies.

(Source: NOWNESS)


10. Maid of the Dead

Comedy, Horror

An everyday scene at a maid cafe takes a turn for the unusual.

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