Top 5 Horror Anime based on MAL Scores

Monster

Madhouse

Score: 8.73

Monster tells the story of Dr. Kenzou Tenma, “an elite neurosurgeon recently engaged to his hospital director’s daughter, is well on his way to ascending the hospital hierarchy.” When Dr. Tenma is preparing to perform surgery, the hospital director tells him to perform life-saving brain surgery on a famous performer, instead of a poor immigrant. The immigrant dies, causing Dr. Tenma guilt. A similar situation occurs later, but Dr. Tenma chooses to save a young boy instead of the mayor. This costs him his standing in society. Eventually, the death of several doctors results in Dr. Tenma becoming hospital director. Almost a decade later, Dr. Tenma saves the life of a criminal eventually he “comes face to face with the monster he operated on. He must now embark on a quest of pursuit to make amends for the havoc spread by the one he saved.”

The Promised Neverland

Cloverworks

Score: 8.65

The Grace Field House is an orphanage surrounded by a forest and a gated entrance. The orphans are raised as a happy family with their “Mama” Isabella. The children take daily tests but are generally allowed to do what they pleased. However, when a child is adopted, they are never heard from again. The three oldest and smartest siblings become suspicious and they discover the horrific truth of the world they live in.

Kenpuu Denki Berserk

OLM

Score: 8.48

Guts is a young mercenary born from his mother’s corpse. He eventually meets the Band of the Hawk, a group of mercenaries. Guts climb the ranks within the group becoming the head of the offensive faction. Kenpuu Denki Berserk “is a dark, gritty tale that follows one man’s struggle to find his path while supporting another’s lust for power and the unimaginable tragedy that begins to turn the wheels of fate.”

Parasyte -the maxim-

Madhouse

Score: 8.42

Parasitic aliens descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. When they acquire full control of their host, they’re able to morph into a variety of forms to dominate their prey. A teenage boy named Shinichi Izumi becomes a victim of one of these parasites, however, it fails to take over his brain, resulting in his right hand being taken over. Without the means to take over his head, the parasite, now named Migi, must rely on Shinichi to survive. The pair must coexistence, as they face dangerous parasites. 

Mononoke

Toei Animation

Score: 8.42

The “Medicine Seller” is a master of the occult who travels searching for malevolent spirits called “Mononoke.” The seller aims to kill these spirits. Before he can kill them, he must “first learn its Form, its Truth, and its Reason.” The Medicine Seller eventually reaches an old-fashioned inn. There a pregnant woman, Shino, rests in the last vacant room. However, the room is “infested by a lethal band of Mononoke, the Zashiki Warashi.” The Medicine Seller investigates, hoping to kill the Zashiki Warashi before they can kill again.

Top 20 Anime from the 2010’s (Part 2)

15. Goblin Slayer (2018)

Studio: White Fox | MAL: 7.60 | Genre: Dark Fantasy

On the surface it is a standard fantasy series,with mages, elves, goblins and guilds. In reality the world of Goblin Slayer is brutal. Adventurers come from all over the world to join the Guild, competing for contracts. Based on the light novel series from Kumo Kagyu, Goblin Slayer, follows a 15 year old Priestess. On her first day as a Porcelian-ranked adventurer, she joins a group of inexperienced adventurer. Their first mission is a disaster. Their ambushed by goblins in a cave, with many of the members killed and the females raped. The Priestess is rescued by the Silver-ranked Goblin Slayer, who’s obsessed with killing goblins. Known for their smarts and rapid reproduction, goblins are still considered the lowest level of monster. Goblin Slayer hopes to prove why thinking that is a mistake.

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14. Banana Fish (2018)

Studio: MAPPA | MAL: 8.32 | Genre: Shoujo

Aslan Jade Callenreese better known as Ash Lynx, was a street kid that was raised by mafia don, Dino Golzine. The story of Banana Fish picks up when Ash is 17 years old. He forms his own gang and aims to discover the secret of a mysterious drug, “Banana Fish.” However, Dino interferes, sending his men to retrieve the drug from Ash. He’s introduced to Shunichi Ibe and Eiji Okumura as they photograph American street gangs. While at a bar they’re kidnapped by Dino’s men. Now, Ash is tasked with rescuing them, while discovering the secret behind Banana Fish. The series is highly regarded, featuring a complicated plot, sophisticated dialogue and action sequences. Banana Fish is also known for it’s depiction of a gay relationship between Ash and Eiji.

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13. Parasyte: The Maxim

Studio: Madhouse | MAL: 8.47 | Genre: Sci-Fi

Parasyte: The Maxim (Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu) focuses on high school student Shinichi Izumi. His right hand is replaced by an alien Parasite named Migi. Generally, these Parasites consume the head of the human taking over the entire body. Shinichi and Migi are forced to work together to survive as other Parasite’s arrive on Earth aiming to kill them. I think this series started of better than it ended and by the end I was glad it was over. However, the themes on what makes someone a human being, dealing with death and the hypocrisies that humanity possess. Parasyte: The Maxim is a well animated series with complex theme, get action and body horror.


12. Little Witch Academia (2013)

Studio: Trigger | MAL: 8.03 | Genre: Magic, Fantasy

Little Witch Academia doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but remains compelling regardless. Akko Kagari dreams of becoming a witch. Inspired by her childhood idol, Shiny Chariot, she enrolls in Luna Nova Magical Academy. Clumsy and hyper, Akko and her friends, Sucy and Lotte get into hi-jinks. Little Witch Academia begins with a light hearted tone but pivots to darker themes. Akko is the heart of the series, you end up sharing her enthusiasm for magic. Anyone familiar with the Harry Potter series will see parallels between the two. The characters in Little Witch Academia are variety, likable but predictable. As expected of Studio Trigger, the animation is fluid and consistent. Overall, Little Witch Academia is a well done series, even if it’s not groundbreaking.

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11. Dr. Stone (2019)

Studio: TMS Entertainment | MAL: 8.49 | Genre: Sci-Fi

If there’s a series that will make wish you paid attention in science class, Dr. Stone is it. While it certainly takes liberties with science, Dr. Stone manages to make the subject engaging none the less. The series focuses primarily on the genius Senku. After several millennia, Senku frees his classmate, Taiju. The modern world is completely non-existent and nature has flourished. Taiju learns that Senku plans to return humanity to it’s original glory. With Taiju’s brawn and Senku’s brains will they be successful? Senku’s ideologies are challenged by the powerful Tsukasa. The story takes an unexpected turn when we learn that Senku’s father is an ancestor of a village that formed after they world was stoned.

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