A.E. Lily Presents: My Favorite Horror Animes

Hello book nerds and weebs, this is another not a book installment of my blog that I decided to do because TIS THE SEASON.

I am a weeb and have been a weeb since I was a wee Amanda. Growing up I watched Sailor Moon with my momma and sister, went full anime nerd into my teenagedom and now I’m raising my daughter on it.

I love it all and of course I especially love

HORROR AHAHAHAH

So, just sharing a few of my favorite horror/creepy animes I think you nerds should watch!

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

Every week at 5 p.m. an old man in a yellow mask (the kamishibaiya or kamishibai narrator) shows up at a children’s playground and tells them ghost stories based on myths and urban legends of Japanese origin. The man tells the stories on the back of his bicycle using a traditional kamishibai (紙芝居, Paper Drama) method and features a new tale each week. 

So I’m behind on this show but the first two seasons are pretty good and they really are creepy. Some of them can be confusing but the majority are scary. My personal favorite is Contradiction. A couple breaks into an abandoned hospital for fun and the woman enters a room and exits with a distorted face causing her terrified boyfriend to flee. The boyfriend then calls a friend and is talking gibberish over the phone repeating the phrase “I can leave? I can leave?” over and over. The end makes it. It’s just insane. The show is composed of 5 minute shorts basically. It hits you and then it’s done so you’re like what the hell is even going on. It’s really worth a watch and I believe it is free on Crunchyroll.

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation

I could post a million gifs of this anime and never get tired. It is simply beautiful.

Sakurako Kujō is a genius beauty in her mid-twenties whose life is centered around one thing and one thing only: bones. With little tolerance for others, she would be completely isolated in her study full of skeletons if it weren’t for high school boy Shotaro—her new assistant and constant companion. Why exactly she has taken a shine to him remains a mystery, but one thing is clear: Whenever the two go out together, the chances are high that they will come across a human corpse

Why…is she a girl exactly after my own heart? Like I said, this is such a beautifully done anime and it’s not so much as scary as it is laden with mystery. It’s CSI in anime form. Sakurako loves bones. I mean she really loves bones and seeing her solve a case is enchanting to watch. This also airs on Crunchyroll so if you want to watch a series with gorgeous graphics and a girl obsessed with skeletons head on over!

Blood: The Last Vampire

The story is set in 1966. Its main protagonist is a girl named Saya, who hunts bat-like creatures called chiropterans. Saya is introduced on a subway train, where she assassinates a man in a suit. Her American contacts or handlers arrive. One of them, David, begins to brief Saya on another mission, while the other, Louis, discovers that the man Saya has just killed was probably not a chiropteran.

I like vampires I suppose. I just don’t like the vampires that shimmer and glide. I like the ones that kill and crush and I think I have Saya to thank for that.

I saw and fell in love with Blood: The Last Vampire when I was a freshman in high school and I watched it over and over again ON REPEAT. It’s relatively short for a movie. Only 45 minutes or so and that will always piss me off even though it’s perfect the way it is.

The plot is simple and Saya is merciless. She’s badass and I LOVE HER. She’s gorgeous and just ugh, everything I want to be. I loved her so much that when we had an English project in the 10th grade to write a screenplay about the grim reaper the main character’s name was Saya. I won 1st place btw 🙂

This will always be one of my favorite vampire and anime movies. Don’t talk to me about the live action version, it doesn’t exist.

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories tells the tale of Satsuki Miyanoshita, who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother. On her first day of school, Satsuki; her brother Keiichirou, a first-grader; their neighbor Hajime Aoyama; Momoko Koigakubo, an older schoolmate; and Leo Kakinoki, a classmate and friend of Hajime’s with a penchant for the paranormal visit the abandoned school building adjacent the current school complex and discover that the building is haunted.

This is literally the funniest dub in existence. Do not ever watch the original Japanese version because apparently it’s really boring. You might get some minor scares but when there’s a cat screaming at you that he belongs in a castle and not a kitty carrier you’ll be too busy laughing to be scared.

Gantz

A pair of high school students, Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato, are hit by a subway train in an attempt to save the life of a drunk homeless man who had fallen onto the tracks. Following their deaths, Kurono and Kato find themselves transported to the interior of an unfurnished Tokyo apartment, where they meet Joichiro Nishi, a Gantz veteran, and other clueless participants. The pair soon realizes that they are not allowed to leave the apartment. At one end of the room there is a large black sphere known as “Gantz”.

I was debating on whether or not to put this on here but there was a time in my life that I really enjoyed this show and watched every episode faithfully up until a point until I was like okay, this is WAAY too much for me. Massive trigger warnings but there is sexual assault, gore, and a ton of death. I mean this happens in the first episode. This show is intense. And confusing. And intense. Don’t get attached to any character. Ever. The opening scene is literally the first two characters getting decapitated. For some reason I watched this show with my mom and uh…there are graphic nude scenes and that’s always fun.

One great point is that the opening theme song is an amazing Japanese rap song by RIP SLYME. It’s great check it out here:

Super Shooter

Some other animes I love but I haven’t watched in a long time but I should tbh/didn’t want to make this a superlong post/perhaps I’ll make a part 2:

  • Boogiepop Phantom
  • Serial Experiments Lain
  • Deadman Wonderland
  • Hellsing
  • Paranoia Agent

And that’s all! Thanks for joining me for this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Have you seen any of this anime? Any recs for me? Let me know!

13 thoughts on “A.E. Lily Presents: My Favorite Horror Animes

  1. Sakurako’s Investigation is immediate must-watch, those gifs!! 😮 ❤ ❤ ! I have seen very very few horror/suspense anime, really need to watch more. The only ones that come to mind are some way older anime like Lain, Paranoia Agent, Hellsing, Nightwalker, the screaming-worthy ending of Berserk, Petshop of Horrors, and Vampire Princess Miyu. OK maybe these are a lot lol. x'D Anyway, fantastic post. ❤

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    1. ITS SOO GORG I definitely need to pick it up again.

      YEEES. I love lain, hellsing, paranoia agent!! i’ve never seen princess miku and have heard a lot about berserk. I loveee petshop of horrors too. LMAO you definitely do know a lot more than you think.

      thanks my love 💜

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  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVED Ghost Stories! There were a few places where it got really weird, but I couldn’t help but laugh through the whole show.

    I feel like any time I try to think of anime I’ve seen … my mind just goes blank. xD I enjoyed xxxHolic, and that’s a nice creepy-ish show. Mushishi was also good, though maybe not as creepy. I loved Monster, which wasn’t so much spooky as it was psychologically creepy.

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