10 Scariest Anime Episodes Ever (From Non-Horrifying Anime)
Anime is obviously a medium, and within this medium there can be many shows of various genres. Among them is a wide variety of horror anime, full of eerie atmosphere and terrifying imagery that could make even the strongest spines shiver. That being said, there are times when even non-horror anime spend a scene or even an entire episode dipping their toes into the creepy end of the pool.
There are plenty of anime titles that can balance other themes with horror-centric ones, but it’s always interesting to see ones that aren’t known for pushing the envelope just how scary they can be.
10/10 Naruto and his friends investigate a haunted castle (Naruto)
It’s no secret that the naruto The franchise is home to plenty of filler episodes, and while many are despised by fans, there are a few gems among them. As for the episode “The Mysterious Curse of the Haunted Castle,” that might be as close as naruto happened to a Halloween episode.
It focuses on Naruto and Hinata, as they investigate a disappearance that leads them to enter a spooky castle that may well be cursed. Despite the truth about the “haunting” of the castle at the end, this episode has all the hallmarks of being trapped in a haunted house with a being who wants the young ninjas dead.
9/10 Popuko and Pipimi turn a segment into a horror movie (Pop Team Epic)
Pop Team Epic is a sketch comedy that is, most often, known for its surreal sense of humor that has poked fun at other genres throughout its run, which, of course, includes horror. In its eleventh episode, “Cursed Mansion”, the anime takes a left turn towards horror as the main segment features a group of college students staying in a mansion cursed by the ghostly Popuko and Pipmi.
Ironically, the ghostly duo don’t do much for the victims themselves, their paranoia eventually getting the better of them. In the end, they all end up killing each other, while the ghostly Popuko and Pipimi are unsurprisingly uninterested in these events.
8/10 Atsushi and Junichirō get trapped in Anne’s estate (Bungo Stray Dogs)
The world of Bungo Stray Dogs is a dangerous place full of characters with their own signature abilities, but some are more terrifying than others. In the final episode of the first season, Atsushi and Junichirō investigate a series of mysterious disappearances only to find themselves trapped in an alternate dimension ruled by Lucy and her ability, a creepy doll-like creature called “Anne”.
Lucy challenges them to a game of hide and seek between them and Anne, with the reward of releasing everyone she is trapped in, a game harder to win than it looks. While Lucy would become an ally in future episodes, her first appearance made her a fearsome force to be reckoned with.
7/10 Thriller Bark’s Plot Thickens (One Piece)
In all honesty, just about all One Piece “Thriller Bark Arc” was a chilling departure from the usually colorful high seas adventure the series is known for. Full of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies, this arc of the Straw Hats’ journey makes it hard to identify an episode among them for its spookiness, but not impossible.
The episode “Nami in Big Trouble! The Zombie Mansion and the Invisible Man” sees Nami, Usopp, and Chopper moving into Dr. Hogback’s mansion only to be jumped by an Invisible Man and a number of zombies hiding in plain sight. of all. This episode begins with a false sense of security before revealing that there is more to Thriller Bark than meets the eye.
6/10 The digital world turns into spooky territory with The Dark Ocean (Digimon Adventure 02)
The Digimon the franchise has dipped into darker and creepier territory here and there; even its more upbeat early seasons took a trip to the spooky side of things. One episode in particular Adventure 02 “His Master’s Voice” is one of them, featuring Kari having strange otherworldly visions, tormenting her until she disappears into the black ocean.
To make matters worse for Kari, she is attacked by a hostile Airdramon and threatened by a rather creepy Scubamon who tries to make her his queen and warns her about their dark master, Dragomon. It’s a dark and eerie episode that stands out from the rest of the season.
The pursuit of humans trying to play God is seen more than once in Fullmetal Alchemist, many of which have disturbing implications and results. Even with the Elrics’ attempts to bring their mother back, one particular episode of the original series stands out, “Night of the Chimera’s Cry.”
Ed becomes suspicious of their host, Shou Tucker, and decides to investigate and eventually discovers that he has created a new talking chimera and the horrible truth that Tucker sacrificed both his wife for the former and his young daughter, Nina. , for the second. This episode transforms Tucker from a benevolent father into a mad scientist straight out of Frankenstein.
4/10 Griffith reaches the point of no return (Berserk)
Despite its terrifying images, Berserk is technically not considered a horror anime. That being said, this iconic dark fantasy is no stranger to mature themes and a horrifying atmosphere, and no episode of this anime is more recognizable than the final episode of the original series.
Broken both physically and mentally, Griffith marks the Hawk Band as sacrifices for the Demonic Apostles who turn him into the demon, Femto. Most of the episode sees the characters being devoured and bloodily torn to pieces by monstrous demons. Guts is barely able to make it out alive, and the anime ends with him swearing revenge on his former friend.
3/10 Malamar is practically a horror movie monster (Pokémon)
Even most often suitable for children Pokemon anime has managed to produce a few episodes that highlight its darker side. There have been episodes about ghosts, psychic gym leaders, and cursed objects, but one of the scariest comes from a scary Pokemon itself.
In the XY episode “A Conspiracy to Conquer!” a mysterious figure named Madame X sets her sights on Ash’s Pikachu, using her mind-controlling Malamar. No one is safe from Malamar as he takes away the free will of Team Rocket, Ash’s friends, and even Pikachu and turns them into mindless zombies. The tone of this episode is unsettling, making it sound less like a Pokemon and more like a monster movie.
2/10 Mad Pierrot’s Evil Smile (Cowboy Bebop)
cowboy bebop has many episodic stories of Spike and the Bebop crew and their many jobs as bounty hunters, and some go to darker places than others. Probably the most haunting of these would be “Pierrot Le Fou”, an episode that sees Spike encounter a strange killer called Mad Pierrot, whom he barely survives.
Spike’s pursuit of Pierrot eventually takes him to an abandoned theme park, where he is hunted and nearly killed in a gun-filled cat-and-mouse game. While Pierrot isn’t actually a ghost or a ghoul, but a genetic experiment that gave a man superhuman abilities, his creepy face, mental regression, and glee for murder make him as terrifying as a slasher villain. .
1/10 Yoshikage Kira’s Intro is Beyond Cold (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Considering this anime started out with vampires and ghouls before getting to stand battles, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is no stranger to spooky horror elements. Yet the scariest and most unsettling episode in this anime’s long run doesn’t have a monstrous creature of the night, but a monstrous human being, The diamond is unbreakable main antagonist, Yoshikage Kira.
In the first part of “Yoshikage Kira Just Wants to Live Quietly,” viewers are introduced to serial killer Kira and get a long look at his psyche, including his distorted view of reality that involves severed hands. The way Kira goes about her day-to-day life and her gruesome deeds makes this episode all the more uncomfortable.
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