Dark means a lot of things. So by dark, what I mean is: violent, deep, psychological
Some of which includes sexual content and violence.
Not surprisingly, most
Usually Shounen or Shoujo.
So if you’re sick of seeing that, check out these 29+ dark
1. School Live
What makes School Live such a dark series? This
The main character: Yuki Takeya is put through a large amount of emotional distress… And she becomes delusional in order to deal with her reality.
Going as far as “talking” to herself as if she’s having a real conversation with someone who’s already dead.
The story takes place during the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. I’ve never enjoyed or experienced a horror series like School Live before.
I’d recommend it if you want something short and captivating.
2. Kino’s Travels (The Beautiful World)
The motivation behind this behavior is to avoid getting too comfortable with her surroundings.
I’ve never enjoyed such a strange
If you like philosophy, mystery, violence and storytelling, Kino’s Travels does it better than any other.
Have you ever tried an
Shiki feels like this at first. But it was enough to spark my curiosity. I’m thankful I kept going.
Once you get deeper into the story, it starts to get horrific, disgusting, ugly and unpleasant.
Mystery, immorality and philosophy is at the core of Shiki’s plot.
4. Higurashi: When They Cry
Probably the first horror series I decided to watch.
Higurashi’s plot starts out in the cursed village of: Hinamizawa.
All I’ll say is if you want something unpredictable, psychological and well-played out, try Higurashi.
You won’t know what to think, because the plot is so brilliant, unexpected and unconventional. Yet intense enough to keep you hooked.
5. School Days
Does this sickening anime even need an introduction?
This is a romance
I’m not even sure there’s an
It’s an understatement to say it’s crude.
Due to family circumstances, Yuki has only one belief: money will make his little sister happy. And thus, he works part-time jobs late into the night.
6. Future Diary
In Future Diary you’re forced to play a game which involves your own life.
But the downside is: once you die, you DIE. And each character has their own perks.
That aside, the main character: Yuno Gasai is dangerously insecure and clingy.
And that’s not even the least violent,
7. Black Bullet
Similar to AOT, a type of monster called: Gastrea is driving the human race to extinction.
Or I should say it has the potential to. Not the most original story, but the action, mystery, and
Easily one of the most enjoyable action series I’ve watched.
8. Taboo Tattoo
A type of ancient relic, called: Tattoo’s are in danger of being captured by the Kingdom.
A martial artist called: Justice is dragged into this mess when a strange man merges a tattoo into his hand.
Akame Ga Kill
The government is corrupt, society basically lives their lives like slaves, and one group of assassins are sick of it.
So: they form a group called Nightraid, with the intention to overthrow the capital and create a revolution.
At Yomiyama North Middle School, students and teachers have been known to die at random. Because of a dangerous event that occurred in the past.
It’s not my most favorite horror/mystery series, but the main character is satisfying enough.
As far as gore, this
11. Death Parade
What happens when you die? Death Parade answers that question with a twist.
When you die, you’re sent somewhere between heaven and hell.
You’re then put through a series of tests to see whether you deserve to be sent to heaven or hell.
This is a game/psychological series with seriously dark,
12. Elfen Lied
When you create a human-like experiment that goes wrong, you can’t be surprised by the consequences.
And yet that’s exactly the basis of this story.
A girl named
The ending is depressing, and what happens in between is full of horrific, maddening violence. Including themes like Child Abuse.
13. God Eater
The world is being overrun with a monster called: Aragami.
God Eaters (a type of militant soldier) are trained to use God Arcs. A weapon that fuses with its user to destroy the Aragami.
Not original, is it? But the story is well-done. The violence will tear your soul in half. And the bloody scenes will disturb you.
All this is shown with impressive CGI Animation.
14. Fate Zero
Fate Zero’s a classic fantasy series with alternative animes in alternate universes.
Every now and then, something called the Holy Grail will choose a master and a servant.
Whoever is chosen gets forced to fight in the Holy Grail war, with the promise of having 1 wish fulfilled if you win.
Compared to Fate Stay Night, Fate Zero is obscene and disgustingly more vile in almost every way.
The life of an arms dealer is gruesome, immoral and dangerous.
Jormungand paints a realistic image of an arms dealers lifestyle.
For example: An arms dealer is the reason countries go to war, or why child soldiers exist.
And it’s also the reason the US spends more
After watching this
16. Samurai Champloo
Fan of Hip Hop? Good, Samurai Champloo has plenty of hip hop
In fact it’s one the animes major influences, and it’s why this Samurai/historical series is so fresh and unique.
If you love Cowboy Bebop, the same creators were behind Samurai Champloo. And they both share similar vibes.
17. Full Metal Panic
I’ve never been more surprised by an
I don’t even like Mecha
If it’s Mecha, military, action and some romance you’re looking for, this is the perfect recipe.
The more you watch FMP, the darker and more
18. Hell Girl
What would you do if getting revenge was as easy as logging into a website at 12AM. And typing in the culprits name?
This is how each victim seeks out revenge in Hell Girl.
There’s so few series that paints a more realistic and brutally honest image of how negative certain people can be.
19. Psycho Pass
You can see the obvious “mature” themes the moment you step into episode 1 of Psycho Pass.
After all, a woman is almost raped in a gritty run-down part of the city.
Other than violence, Psycho Pass does a good job of storytelling, portraying a futuristic society, and staying on track.
A lot of animes seem to forget about that.
20. Terror In Resonance
On the surface you’d think this
But a darker theme is revealed along the way.
To avoid spoilers I won’t say too much, but this is a decent
Death Note is an obvious choice and I originally didn’t bother mentioning it because it’s SO famous.
But even still – this
It makes some films look like P.G for its depth, disturbing plot and a protagonist who borders on the lines of insane.
Courtesy of having too much power for his age and a warped view of the world and what “justice” represents.
22. The Promised Neverland
The Promised Neverland’s anime didn’t live up to the quality of the original
Especially in the first episode.
And the messed up circumstances each kid is born into without even knowing why or how. Only to be killed off like farm animals and “groomed” unknowingly.
It was one of the most shocking dark
23. Magical Girl: Spec Ops Asuka
Just like The Promised Neverland, Spec Ops Asuka is uncomfortably deep and will make you think about what’s going on.
It takes the typical magical girl series, which is known to be
The way this grim reality is painted onto a canvas, and the mental health issues some characters have no choice to deal with – makes this
24. Gunslinger Girl
Gunslinger Girl is so sad.
Imagine taking advantage of a set of teenage girls who are on their deathbeds, and “saving” their lives with the intention of turning these girls into “hit men” for the government.
That’s the story behind Gunslinger Girl. And each character is brainwashed and “conditioned” to make sure they obey and follow orders at ALL times.
As you follow main characters like Henrietta, a soft-spoken girl, and Triella – the “big sister” of the group, you start to empathize for their circumstances and what they’re put through.
Not to mention the underlying “dark” theme that ties it all together.
25. Goblin Slayer
Goblin Slayer doesn’t need much of an introduction when it comes to the sickening violence and disturbed plot.
You’ll know that without even watching a single episode (courtesy of Studio White Fox).
But it’s still worth saying: Goblin Slayer is the most chilling series released in the last 2 decades.
- The 1st episode is too hard to stomach for “some” fans.
- The remaining episodes while not as “dark”, still have strong themes with cold violence.
- And the trauma that follows certain characters is a story in itself.
Parasyte isn’t my favorite horror show, but the depth and story is easy for me to understand.
It’s about Shinichi Izumi, the main protagonist who’s forced to live with a parasyte that fails to take over his brain, but absorbs his right arm instead.
Similar to Kino’s travels, the main character (and the Parasyte) go back and forth. Talking about morality, ethics, what it means to be human, the boundaries of “right” and “wrong”, and some deep topics I won’t mention.
You’ll feel challenged on an intellectual level. Because it makes you think about uncomfortable topics that your everyday person loves to ignore.
Because it’s a hard pill to swallow.
Madoka Magica is a classic magical girl series. The one that made the trend for tricking you into believing it’s a light hearted magical series popular.
Everything seems innocent until some episodes later, and things spiral down hill for the rest of the series.
It’s dark, ugly, and a pioneer when it comes to magical girl
28. Made in Abyss
Made In Abyss takes after
29. Talentless Nana
Talentless Nana is a dark
These super-humans happen to be main characters as well. Some of them. And they’re purpose in being there is to train to defeat “the enemy’s of humanity”.
I won’t say more to avoid spoilers, but things take a dark turn within the first episode. And it doesn’t stop there.
30. Happy Sugar Life
Happy Sugar Life is an
They weren’t wrong when they said it’s dark.
The first episode seems fluffy on the surface, but it gets dark, fast.
Especially when you realize this
- domestic abuse
- Twisted concepts of “love”
And some some pretty twisted themes from start to finish.
One thing that I loved about this series is how it portrays “innocence” on the surface, and separates it from the madness that goes on underneath it.
31. Redo Of Healer
You’ve probably heard about this
It’s about Keyaru, a “healer” in a fantasy world. A guy who was a hero.
All that was stripped away from a princess who is kind in public, but demonic in private.
She has attendants rape, abuse, drug, and manipulate Keyaru. And so he seeks revenge in the most barbaric ways possible by “redoing” time itself.
Goblin Slayer can’t even stand next to the evil this
- Classroom Of The Elite.
- Selector Infected Wixoss
- Tokyo Ghoul.
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