It’s that time of the year again: the time where we get to scare ourselves and our friends just because we enjoy it so much! And of course we can’t forget all those creepy and horrifying anime, that are even spookier on a Halloween evening!
If you feel like frightening yourself tonight with some Japanese animation, but don’t know where to start, check out these 5 horror anime we recommend if you haven’t watched them yet!
#1 Yami Shibai
Episodes: 13 (3 Seasons total)
Aired: Juli 2013 – Sep 2013
Genres: Horror, Supernatural
The episodes of this anime may be very short, but they sure know how to frighten you in just 4 minutes!
In this story we have a mysterious man with a yellow mask, who always appears at dusk to tell children spooky Japanese urban legends. He uses a “kamishibai” (“paper play” – a miniature set of illustrated boards that was popular for storytelling in the 1930s) to make his stories even more horrifying. This also makes the art style very unusual and unique, which gives the anime an even more mysterious atmosphere.
#2 Shikabane Hime: Aka
Aired: Oct 2008 – Dec 2008
Genres: Action, Horror, Material Arts
Makina Hoshimura and her family are murdered – but instead of leaving earth just like her family members, she turns into a so-called “Shikabane Hime”, which is basically a living corpse. The only way for her to reach heaven is to kill 108 other corpses. Luckily her friend Keisei Tagami is a priest and ready to help her in this abnormal situation. But once his little brother gets involved with everything that’s happening, Makina’s goal to reach heaven starts to become even more difficult.