Mostly Awake Halloween Celebration! Horror Anime!
So Halloween season is upon us and it is time for all good bloggers to review candy, old horror films and other creepy things! Mostly Awake is going to celebrate with 31 days of non-stop Halloween goodness, and we kick things off with some recommendations for creepy anime.
I’m a huge anime fan, and as you probably know, the Japanese are no strangers to horror. Here is a sampling of some of the best free and legal horror and supernatural anime available to get you into the mood for the season.
In the year 1999 a naked man appears on the rooftop of the a strange private school where many supernatural events occur. There is met rather nastily by the surprised daughter of the former principal of the school, Maya Kumashiro. The man is Fujimaki Uchida, and he claims to be a Time Agent from the future. The pair now have to unravel the strange events that occur around the school and find out the truth of Fujimaki’s time travel before it’s too late.
While not all that scary by itself, Occult Academy is a fun ride, and does have the creepy ghostly stuff out the wazoo. It also has some very funny moments, but at it’s heart it’s a supernatural mystery show.
In 1972 at Yomiyama’s North Middle School, there was the death of student in Class 3-3. In their grief, the remaining students act as if their classmate was still alive, going so far as to keep the desk in the classroom and even bringing it to the graduation ceremony. They are all still stunned though when the dead girl show’s up in the graduation picture.
Since then there is always an extra desk in Class 3-3, and there is always an extra student who was not originally on the class list, who is not quite as alive as the others. The trouble is, no one can tell just who out of the class is this “extra.”
It is 26 years later, in 1998 that Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into Class 3-3, and finds the beautiful, mysterious girl Mei Misaki, that no one else seems to acknowledge.
Creepy, twisted and truly scary, Another is a great series that will hook you in, wring you out, and screw with your mind. It’s fun and unpredictable, though the ending is kind of over-the-top.
Yamishibai is a series of short anime featuring horror stories told in a paper cutout style of animation.
Kamishibai is an ancient Japanese art form for children where a performer would use paper cutouts and background scenery to illustrate a story he told. The stories can be incredibly complex, or very simple, but they were very popular.
Yami is the Japanese word for darkness, so by combining that with Kamishibai gives you the title Yamishibai, or Theater of Darkness.
These shorts are creepy, creepy, CREEPY! The short running time and the odd style of animation definitely add to the atmosphere of the anime very effectively.
Some shorts are more weird and scary then others. The fourth episode “Hair” is one of my favorites so far, but episode two “Zanbai” is good too. The scariest is probably the seventh episode “Contradiction.” It strongly reminds me of good creepypasta I’ve read. The series is ongoing, so there is more creepiness on the way!
Seras Victoria is a policewoman, and when her entire squad is slaughtered by vampires and their ghoul servants she is saved by yet another vampire in a red coat named Alucard who slaughters all the others. She is given a choice by this new vampire, become one of his kind or die. She chooses to become a vampire and is drawn into the shadowy world of the Hellsing organization.
The Hellsing organization is dedicated to protecting the British empire from all things supernatural. At its head is the young noblewoman Integra Hellsing, who made a contract with the very powerful vampire Alucard. Together they and their soldiers fight to save Great Britain and the Queen from a rising horde of evil vampires, and from the overly enthusiastic servants of the Vatican.
A true classic, Hellsing is a great show with deep and interesting characters. It also has incredibly kickass fight scenes. Be sure to give the dub a shot, as it’s very well done and actually uses several British actors (unlike the Japanese, who don’t often succeed at doing a good British accent).
Hellsing also has a sister series available, Hellsing Ultimate which features many of the same characters, but has a story that is more true to the original manga.
So there are my four picks for spooky anime series. Have any others to add? Leave a comment and tell me what I should add!