Are you bored of watching the usual slice-of-life, romance anime? Then maybe, you should try to browse for these best bloody anime of all time that is guaranteed to satisfy your thirst of adventure and bloody visuals.
Over the years, horror and thriller anime as a genre has evolved so much, from simple animation with blood to complex action scenes involving swift character movements and vigorous attacks. Not only that, but the storyline of these anime has also developed into so much more.
Now, let’s take a look of the list. For a side note, these anime recommendations are not for the faint of heart and should be watched with viewers’ discretion. These anime contains graphic violent content that may disturb viewers that are new to the genre.
Best Bloody Anime of All Time
21. When They Cry
When we talk about the best bloody anime, of course, Higurashi needs to make it on the list. When They Cry is a murder mystery doujin soft visual novel produced by 07th Expansion that comprises the first two entries of the When They Cry franchise.
The games are built on the NScripter game engine and the Microsoft Windows operating system. The first game in the series, Onikakushi-hen was released on 2002, and the eighth and final game in the original PC series, Matsuribayashi-hen was released on August 2006.
The first anime series was licensed by Geneion entertainment in English on 2007, but the license expired in 2011. Sentai Filmworks has licensed both anime seasons and the 2009 OVAs. When They Cry then was made into a live-action film adaptation directed and written by Ataru Oikawa, premiered in Japan theaters in 2008, with a sequel in 2009.
When They Cry Plot
Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983, and quickly become friends with Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks underneath the life they lead.
As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in the recent years, and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the village’s patron god, Oyashiro. Keiichi tries to ask his new friends about these incidents, but they are suspiciously silent and refuse to give him the answers he needs. As more and more bizarre events occur, he wonders just what else his friends might be keeping from him, and if he can even trust them at all.
20. Violence Jack
Violence Jack is a Japanese manga, co-written and co-illustrated by Go Nagai from 1973 to 2008. It has had several serializations and one-shot stories in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Violence Jack is credited with creating the post-apocalyptic manga and anime genre.
Three independent OVAs were released in 1986, 1988, and 1990. These OVAs also have been released in the United States, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. In some of these countries, the contents of the OVAs have caused censorship issues, while the second OVA was fully banned in Australia.
Violence Jack Plot
Kanto Hell Earthquake has demolished the metropolitan completely. After the earthquake, Slum King is kidnapping girls and sell them as sex slaves. Mari is wandering on the devastated field looking for her lover, Ken. But she is also kidnapped by them. While she is tortured and trained as a sex slave, Ken saves her. Ken has become the member of Slum King. The king offers condition to him; in return for releasing her, he has to kill Violence Jack.
19. Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between 2011 to 2014. A prequel, Tokyo Ghoul [Jack] was published online on Jump Love in 2013 and a sequel titled Tokyo Ghoul:re was serialized in Weekly Young Jump between 2014 to 2018.
A 12 episode anime series adaptation by Pierrot studio was made and aired on Tokyo MX between July and September 2014. Not long after, its second season, Tokyo Ghoul √A was aired from January to March 2015. A live-action movie based on the manga was released in July 2017.
Tokyo Ghoul Plot
Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city where it become a place where vicious creatures called “Ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society.
Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookworm college student, who is drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress, Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.
Shigurui is a manga series made by Takayuki Yamaguchi, based on the first chapter of the novel Suruga-jo Gozen Jiai by Norio Nanjo. An anime adaptation based on the first 32 chapters of the manga was aired on Wowow from July 19 to October 12, 2007.
The series was directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki, written by Seishi Minakami, and produced by Madhouse. The anime was licensed in North America by Funimation. The manga and anime are both known for their graphic violence and sexual content.
At the beginning of the Edo Era, when people enjoyed a time of peace, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga holds a fighting tournament. In the past, matches were fought with wooden swords. This time, real swords will be used.
One-armed Fujiki Gennosuke and blind Irako Seigen will fight each other in this match. Both are disciples of Iwamoto Kogan, who is known as Japan’s greatest swordsman. Each of them are determined to prove himself the successor of Iwamoto’s school.
17. Parasyte -the maxim-
Parasyte is a science fiction horror manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki. the manga has been adapted into two live action movies in Japan back on 2014 and 2015. An anime series then was made by Madhouse studio, with the title of Parasyte -the maxim- in between 2014 and 2015.
Parasyte has won the Kodansha Manga Award for the general category in 1993 and the Seiun Award for the best manga in 1996. As of December 2020, the manga had over 24 million copied in total.
Parasyte -the maxim- Plot
All of a sudden, parasitic aliens descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. These insatiable beings acquire full control of their host and are able to morph into a variety of forms in order to feed on unsuspecting prey.
Sixteen year old high school student, Shinichi Izumi falls victim to one of these parasites, but it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to relocate, the parasite has no choice but to rely on Shinichi in order to stay alive. Thus, the pair is forced into an uneasy coexistence and must defend themselves from hostile parasites that hope to eradicate this new threat to their species.
16. Ninja Scroll
Ninja Scroll is a 1993 animated animation movie written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The film was a co-production between JVC, Toho and Movic, with Madhouse serving as the animation studio. It was theatrically released in Japan on 1993, and received an English-dubbed release in Western countries through Manga Entertainment in 1995.
Ninja Scroll Plot
Jubei Kibagami wanders feudal Japan as an itinerant swordsman-for-hire. After a past betrayal left him masterless, he has no more patience for warring political factions and their schemes. Unfortunately, both past and political intrigue collide when he meets and saves a female ninja named Kagero from a man with the ability to make his body as hard as stone.
The sole survivor of a ninja clan, Kagero continues her team’s last mission: investigate a mysterious plague that wiped out an entire village. Jubei wants nothing to do with this, but the stone-like man’s allies, a group of ninja with supernatural powers known as the Devils of Kimon, make that option difficult.
15. Murder Princess
Murder Princess is originally a manga series written and illustrated by Sekihiko Inui. an OVA series based on the manga was later produced by Marvelous Entertainment and animated by Bee Train. The anime itself had been licensed by ADV films, but was transferred to Funimation in 2008.
Murder Princess Plot
In the kingdom of Forland, a coup d’etat occurs which leads to the death of the King. In the last moments of his life, the King sends his second child, Princess Alita Forland to escape. Unfortunately, while fleeing, a life and death situation between Alita and the bloodthirsty bounty hunter Falis causes the two of them to switch bodies. Desperate for the safety of her Kingdom, Alita begs Falis to return and protect the Kingdom, offering herself as collateral. After a swift beating on the rebel forces, Falis resumes the title of Princess of Forland, leading to the birth of the most savage princess in their land, the “Murder Princess.”
14. Shojo Tsubaki – Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show
Shojo Tsubaki is a stock protagonist of kamishibai during its revival in early Showa period Japan. The character and her story is traditionally attributed to a creator known as Seiun, through the plagiarism and retelling in sundry variants that was the norm for popular-proving tales make its true origin uncertain. The character is a stereotypical adolescent or pre-adolescent ingenue, a daughter of a penniless family who went from selling camellias on the streets to being sold to perform in a revue show.
The graphic novel is considered a classic of Suehiro Maruo, the creator’s 1920 inspired brand of ero guro. A live action film adaptation of the manga was then released in May 2016.
Shojo Tsubaki – Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show Plot
The series is about an orphan girl named Midori, whom is taken in (enslaved) by a traveling freak show. The freak show includes such unsavory characters as a mummy man, a snake woman, and a drooling man with no limbs. The owner of the freak show, the eponymous Mr. Arashi, is a strict man who allows his freaks very little freedom or joy in life. He is especially cruel to Midori. Midori works, not as a freak since she is normal, but as a sort of caretaker of the freaks.
Mnemosyne, also known as RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne, is a six-episode anime series produced by Xebec and Genco. The anime was produced to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the AT-X network, which originally aired on Funimation.
For over the centuries, Rin Asougi, an immortal private investigator, has met many grisly ends. But each time, she returns to life as if nothing had happened.
In 1990, while looking for a lost cat, Rin runs into Kouki Maeno, a man who feels that his memories are wrong. Agreeing to help him, Rin discovers that Kouki is not what he seems, all the while drawing closer to her true enemy. This adversary knows Rin and her kind all too well, and if she dies by his hand, she may stay dead permanently.
12. High School of The Dead
Highschool of The Dead or also known as Apocalyptic Academy: Highschool of The Dead is a horror anime based on manga of the same name. The illustrations were made by Daisuke Sato and Shoji Sato. The anime’s publication was done from September 2006 until May 2013, but the work was not finished after Daisuke Sato passed away in 2017.
A 12 episode anime adaptation produced by Madhouse was aired from July to September 2010. Madhouse also produced an original video animation (OVA) episode in 2011.
Highschool of The Dead Plot
The series is set in a post-apocalyptic Japan where a worldwide pandemic turns many of the Japanese citizens into vicious zombies. The story then follows a group of survivors made up mostly of a teacher and her former students who try to survive the pandemic. Along with so many ghastly zombies, the group also has to interact with another group of survivors, many of whom are not nearly as kind as they are.
The plot is going too fast for some viewers too; it happened so suddenly. The dead began to rise and Japan was thrown into chaos. As these zombies start terrorizing a high school, Takashi Kimuro is forced to kill his best friend that got bitten and joins the walking dead. Swearing to protect Rei Yamamoto, his best friend’s girlfriend, they escaped their deadly school, greeted with a society that has already fallen.
After all that, Takashi and Rei join together with other students survivor on their journey to find their family members and uncover the truth behind the pandemic.
11. Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate is a manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It was serialized in Young King OURs from 1997 to 2008. A 13 episode anime series adaptation by Gonzo, directed by Umanosuke Iida and Yasunori Urata, with screenplay by Chiaki J. Konaka was broadcastesd on Japan’s Fuji Television from 2001 to 2002. An OVA Hellsing Ultimate was followed right after.
Hellsing Ultimate Plot
Creatures of darkness exists and evil that plague the night, devouring any human unfortunate enough to be caught in their grasp. On the other side is Hellsing, an organization dedicated to destroying these supernatural forces that threaten the very existence of humanity. At its head is Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a powerful military and spends her life fighting the undead.
Integra’s vast army, however, pales in comparison with her ultimate weapon: the vampire Alucard, who works against his own kind as an exterminator for Hellsing. With his new vampire servant, Seras Victoria, at his side, Alucard must battle not only monsters, but all those who stand to oppose Hellsing, be they in the guise of good or evil.
Genocyber is a cyberpunk manga series made by Tony Takezaki in 1992. One volume of the manga was published and the story remains unfinished. It was adapted by Koichi Ohata into five parts of OVAs series in 1994. Even though the plot of the manga and anime differs significantly, both are still notable for extreme graphic violence.
The OVA was produced by Bandai Visual and released in North America by U.S Manga Corps.
As the nations of the world begin to rise, world peace is threatened by the private armies of individual corporations. The Kuryu Group has just discovered a weapon that will tip world power in their favor. The Genocyber: a combination of cybernetics and psychic potential. Many desire to control this monstrosity, but can its hatred be contained… Battle erupts, and the cyberpunk world of the future is about to explode with violence.
Gantz is a manga series written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku. It was serialized in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump from 2000 to 2013. An anime adaptation then was made under the direction of Ichiro Itano and animated by Gonzo.
It was broadcasted for 26 episodes that got divided into two seasons in 2004. A series of two live-action movies were also produced and released in January and April 2011. A CGI anime movie, Gantz: O was released in 2016.
A word of warning: Gantz is not for the faint-hearted. Gore, rape, and violence is expected, as are portrayals of greed, violence, and all the ugliness that one sees in society today.
Kei Kuruno is killed and was thrown into a game, fighting green aliens and robot monsters for the chance to survive. The game test of his skills, morals, and will to survive. His life is not his own; his death is spat and trampled upon over and over again.
Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. It made its first debut in Shueisha’s shonen manga magazine Monthy Shonen Jump in 2001, where it continued until the magazine was shut down in June 2007. The seires then continued to be serialized in Jump Square from 2007 to 2014.
A 26 episodes anime series adaptation was made by Madhouse, broadcasted on Nippon Television from April to September 2007.
When a shapeshifting demon with a thirst for human flesh, known as “youma,” arrives in Raki’s village, a lone woman with silver eyes walks into town with only a sword upon her back. She is a “Claymore,” a being manufactured as half-human and half-youma, for the express purpose of exterminating these monsters. After Raki’s family is killed, the Claymore saves his life, but he is subsequently banished from his home. With nowhere else to go, Raki finds the Claymore, known as Clare, and decides to follow her on her journeys.
Blood-C is an anime series co-produced by studio Production I.G and the manga artist CLAMP. It is the second anime series in the Blood franchise following the 2005-2006 series, Blood+.
The original 12 episode series aired in 2011, with a movie Blood C: The Last Dark released in Japan in the following year. The anime was then adapted into two manga, a 2011 novelizaion and a 2015 stage play set.
Normal schoolgirl by day, fearsome monster slayer by night, Saya Kisaragi is leading a split life. Equipped with a ceremonial sword given to her by her father for sacred tasks, she vanquishes every monster who dares threaten her quiet little village. But all too soon, Saya’s reality and everything she believes to be true is tested, when she overhears the monsters speak of a broken covenant—something she knows nothing about.
Basilisk in an snime series based on the manga series written and illustrated by Masaki Segawa. The series first premiered between April to September 2005. It has also been aired across the world. On July 2017, it was announced that Yamada’s sequel, Basilisk: The Oka Ninja Scrolls will premiere, and it finally got premiered on January 8, 2018.
For centuries, the Iga and Kouga ninja clans have engaged in a bitter war. But when a ceasefire is ordered by the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, the two clans are forced to put down their arms.
Years later, Gennosuke Kouga, heir of the Kouga clan, and Oboro Iga, heir of the Iga clan, have fallen in love. Through marriage, both heirs aim to bring peace to the clans. But their hopes are dashed when flames of rivalry between their clans are reignited, and they are dragged into another war.
5. Elfen Lied
Do not get tricked by the art-style of this anime that looked cute. Elfen Lied is an anime based on a manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It was originally serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump from 2002 to 2005. It was then made into a 13 episode anime series produced by Arms Studio and broadcasted on AT-X from July to October 2004.
The anime is also noted for the graphic violence, emotional themes of how the character change through, and the overall subject matter of the whole story.
Elfen Lied Plot
Lucy is a special breed of human referred as the “Diclonius”, born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that lands her as a victim of inhumane scientific experiment by the government. However, once circumstances present her an opportunity to escape, Lucy get corrupted by the confinement and torture, as she unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes.
During her breakout, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child possessing limited speech capacity. In this state of instability, she stumbles upon two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who unknowingly took her into care, without being aware of her murderous plan.
4. Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland is originally a manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, published in Shonen Ace since 2008. Tokyopop acquired the licensing rights to distribute the manga in English and released the first 5 volumes of the manga before the company shuts down its North American Publishing division in 2011. It was then made into an anime adaptation by Funimation, aired between April and July 2011, produced by Manglobe.
Deadman Wonderland Plot
Following a middle school massacre of 29 students, fellow classmate Ganta Igarashi was convicted of murder of all cases and sentenced to death at the Deadman Wonderland, a prison amusement park. Deadman Wonderland tells you about the story of Ganta’s struggle on trying to survive at the infamous prison.
To stay alive in the prison, one must participate and win the event chosen for them. But, as any privately owned prison, there are corrupted authorities and conspiracies within the prison. Ganta must risk his life to find the sole reason he was framed to be put into the institution as a slave of entertainment.
3. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls is a four-episode anime OVA based on the video game of the same name. It also serves as a sequel to the Corpse Party: Missing Footage OVA. The OVA was announced by game production company MAGES on 2nd August 2012.
The series was directed by Akira Iwanaga and written by Shoichi Sato, with the production of the studio Asread. Seiki Tanaka provided the series’ character designs, as well as serving as the chief animation director.
The series is a feast for mystery fanatics, gore-lovers, and horror fans. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls shows a sobering look at redemption, sacrifice, and how the past is always right behind, sometimes a little too close for comfort.
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls Plot
Nine students gather in their high school at night to bid farewell to a friend. They perform a sort of ritual for them to remain friends forever, using small paper charms shaped like dolls. However, the students do not realize that these charms are connected to Heavenly Host Academy, an elementary school that was destroyed years ago after a series of murders took place.
Heavenly Host Academy rests under the foundation of their very own Kisaragi Academy. Trapped in an alternate dimension with vengeful ghosts of the past, the students must work together to escape before they join the spirits of the damned forever.
Another is a mystery supernatural horror novel written by Yukito Ayatsuji, published on 2009 by Kadokawa Shoten. A manga adaptation by Hiro Kiyohara was serialized between May 2010 and January 2012 in the issues of Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace. Both the novel and the manga have been licensed in Noth America by Yen Press.
Not long after, a 12 episode anime series produced by P.A. Works aired in Japan between January 10 and March 27, 2012. with an OVA episode released on May 26, 2012 and a live-action movie later on in 4th August 2012.
In 1972, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki passed away during the school year. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere from the dark secrets hidden deep within.
26 years later, 15 year-old Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 Yomiyama North and soon discovers a strange, gloomy mood hanging over all the students. He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious girl, Mei Misaki, who is treated by the rest of the class and teacher as if she doesn’t exist. Paying no attention to the warning from everyone, including Mei herself, Kouichi starts to get closer not only to her, but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 and Yomiyama North.
1. Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The manga was serialized in Kodansha’s monthly shonen manga magazine, Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, from September 2009 to April 2021.
An anime series was produced by Wit Studio (Season 1-3) and MAPPA (Season 4). Attack on Titan has become a critical and commercial issues. As of December 2019, the manga has over 100 million tankobon copies in print worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. Its thrilling yet political story made this series won several awards, including the Kodansha Manga Award, the Attilio Micheluzzi Award, and the Harvey Award.
Attack on Titan Plot
Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the rest of humanity begins to live within defensive barriers, resulting one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that peacefulness is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the creatures.