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5 scary anime that you should watch perfectly at Halloween time

 Are you still looking for spooky entertainment for Halloween on October 31, 2023, and the cold season? Here we have 5 anime that will give you a spooky atmosphere.

Even if “horror” and “anime” don’t go well together at first glance, there are still a number of series that at least evoke an uneasy feeling. Because it's exactly the kind of scary series you're looking for, we've picked out a series of anime for you that are perfect for the cold season.

Hell Girl

Hell Girl

  • Alternative names: Jigoku Shoujo
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Supernatural
  • Episodes: 26 (Season 1 only)
  • Stream available on: Currently no streaming provider is known, only available for purchase.

Every night at midnight, the mysterious website for contacts with hell becomes active for a few minutes. There is a rumor about the website: If you want to take revenge on someone, you enter the name of the person you want to take revenge on. If you do this, “Ai Enma”, the hell girl, appears. She grants supplicants a pact. The victim is sent to hell - but the person who carries out this revenge is also sent to hell at the end of his life.

What makes Hell Girl worth watching? Most episodes of Hell Girl tell small, self-contained stories about people who seek revenge and then get it. It's sometimes cruel, sometimes fascinating and always entertaining. In later episodes you learn a lot more about Ai Enma - but the focus of the plot is always on the sometimes cruel fates of the revenge victims and also the psychological consequences that this has for the person taking revenge.

From the New World

From the New World

  • Alternative names: Shinsekai Yori
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
  • Episodes: 25
  • Stream available on: Currently no streaming provider is known, only available for purchase.

In an almost utopian world, 12-year-old Saki Watanabe's psychic abilities awaken. Therefore, she is sent to a special academy that takes care of and trains children with such powers. But the idyll is spoiled when the children begin to question what happens to the students who cannot adequately control their powers. There is also the rumor of the “tainted cats” that come at night and kidnap children.

Little by little the utopia crumbles and the more secrets and intrigues are revealed, the more the children understand what kind of world they actually grew up in.

What makes From the New World worth watching? Despite the many genres, the series never manages to seem overloaded. The whole story is divided into two large sections that take place at different times. What begins as a comparatively harmonious story with a lot of time for character depth later turns into a brutal and cruel trip that disturbingly shows how quickly a society can go out of control - and that death does not stop at the main characters.

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

Alternative names: Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Supernatural
Episodes: 4
Stream available on Crunchyroll

Nine students gather at their old school to say goodbye to a friend. As is customary, they perform some kind of ritual to vow to remain friends forever, even if they lose touch with each other.

But the little lucky charms they use have a connection to a primary school that was demolished after a few gruesome murders and on whose ruins the new school now stands. Trapped in this strange, alternate dimension, they encounter the hateful ghosts of the past and must cooperate to escape the horror - or join the tormented souls for eternity.

What makes Corpse Party worth watching? Corpse Party shows that anime can also have an extreme depiction of violence and cruelty that makes many “real” splatter films look old. Severed bodies, severed limbs, and flying intestines, along with a haunting and brutal story, make for an experience you won't soon forget.

In any case, please note that this short series is in no way suitable for children - and some adults may need a strong stomach to cope with it.

Devilman Crybaby

Devilman Crybaby

Alternative names: /
Genre: Action, Horror, Supernatural
Episodes: 10
Stream available on: Netflix

Demons are trying to break into the mortal world, but to do so they need a body they can take over. After attending an orgiastic party, Akira also realizes that he has been possessed by the demon “Amon”, whose powers he can barely keep under control.

From then on, he tries to save his friends from the increasing power of the demons as a hybrid of devil and human, as the so-called “Devilman”, but the creature inside him keeps rebelling. Amon intensifies longings and baser urges and tries to seize control.

What makes Devilman Crybaby worth watching? This series has a completely different drawing style than other anime and is perhaps more reminiscent of animated series from the 90s. But that fits wonderfully with the crazy and cruel world shown here. The anime sometimes has psychedelic moments and the wild orgies of the demons - whether in a blood or sex frenzy - have a disturbing effect.

An interesting, adult plot and exciting characters make Devilman Crybaby a must-watch for anyone who likes horror or demons in general. Don't let the strange name scare you away.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

Alternative names: Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural
Episodes: 12
Stream available on: Currently no streaming provider is known, only available for purchase.

Seikyou Private School has a dark secret - or rather a rumor that is circulating among the students. The ghost of a young woman is said to live here and occasionally kills people. However, this spirit is Yuuko - who died many years ago and, as a dead woman, no longer has any memories of her life or death.

In order to find out anything at all, she gets in touch with the school's “Occultism Club” and reveals herself. Together with the club members, they try to solve the mystery behind the “7 secrets of the school” - and perhaps learn something about Yuuko's past and her strange amnesia.

What makes Dusk Maiden of Amnesia worth watching? Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is by far the shallowest anime on this list and is generally suitable for the whole family. While there are definitely scary moments, it's more of a story with heart and less horror than others on this list. Nevertheless, the plot is exciting, the story is endearing and the last episode alone will stay in your memory for a long time.

Do you have any other anime you would recommend for Halloween?