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Anime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season

Our top minds have worked round the clock to bring you this list of thematically appropriate anime for the Hallowe’en season. Given the unfortunate dearth of truly relevant titles, we’ve had to stretch the definition – so what we’ve got for you is likely either high octane action, blood-spurting gore, heart-pounding thriller, or kawaii witches. Hopefully you’ll be able to find something that can get you into the Hallowe’en mood!

Akame ga Kill!Akame ga Kill! anime key visual

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy Producers: Square Enix, White Fox, Sentai Filmworks, TOHO animation
Airing: Jul 7, 2014 to Dec 15, 2014 Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Promotional Videos: PV1, PV2, PV3

In a fantasy world, fighter Tatsumi sets out for the Capitol to earn money for his starving village, and finds a world of unimaginable corruption, all spreading from the depraved Prime Minister who controls the child Emperor’s ear. After nearly becoming a victim of this corruption himself, Tatsumi is recruited by Night Raid, a group of assassins dedicated to eliminating the corruption plaguing the Capitol by mercilessly killing those responsible.

AnotherAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Another Anime

Genres: Mystery, Horror, School, Thriller Producers: Lantis, Kadokawa Shoten, P.A. Works, Toho Company, Sentai Filmworks, The Klock Worx, Bandai Namco Live Creative, NTT Docomo
Airing: Jan 10, 2012 to Mar 27, 2012 Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Promotional Videos: PV1, PV2

When Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Kouichi is immediately drawn to her mysterious aura, but then he begins to realize that no one else in the class is aware of her presence.

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Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Super Power Producers: Production I.G, FUNimation Entertainment, Mainichi Broadcasting, Pony Canyon, Kodansha, Mad Box, Wit Studio, Shingeki no Kyojin Team
Airing: Apr 7, 2013 to Sep 28, 2013 Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Promotional Videos: PV1, PV2

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.

Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.

Ayakashi: Japanese Classic HorrorAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Ayakashi Samurai Horror Tales Anime

Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Horror Producers: Toei Animation, Geneon Universal Entertainment, Fuji TV
Airing: Jan  13, 2006 to Mar  24, 2006 Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Promotional Videos: Trailer

A collection of three classic Japanese horror stories: “Yotsuya Kaidan,” the story of a wife betrayed by her husband who seeks vengeance even in death. “Tenshu Monogatari,” the story of forbidden love between a goddess and a human, and “Bakeneko,” the story of a mysterious cat monster with a vendetta against a certain family.

Blood-CAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Blood-C Anime

Genres: Action, Horror, School, Vampire, Supernatural Producers: Production I.G, Aniplex, FUNimation Entertainment, Mainichi Broadcasting, Dwango
Airing: Jul 8, 2011 to Sep 30, 2011 Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Promotional Videos: Trailer

Saya is a seemingly normal girl living with her father in a shrine. During the day she goes to school and spends time with her friends at a local cafe. But when night falls Saya is called upon to protect her village from strange monsters.

Corpse Party: Missing FootageAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Corpse Party Missing Footage Anime

Genres: Horror, School Producers: Asread
Airing: Aug 2, 2012 Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Promotional Videos: PV1

An original video anime bundled with a limited-number edition of Corpse Party -The Anthology- Sachiko no Renai Yuugi Hysteric Birthday 2U (コープスパーティー -THE ANTHOLOGY- サチコの恋愛遊戯Hysteric Birthday 2U) spinoff game.

Death NoteAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Death Note Anime

Genres: Mystery, Supernatural, Police, Psychological, Thriller Producers: Madhouse, VAP, Konami, Viz Media, Ashi Productions
Airing: Oct 4, 2006 to Jun 27, 2007 Type: TV
Episodes: 37
Promotional Videos: PV1

Yagami Light is a 17-year-old genius from Japan who is tired of his life, school, and the state of the world as he knows it. One day, on the way home from class, Light stumbles upon a dark notebook with “Death Note” written on the front. Intrigued by its appearance, Light reads the first few sentences, only to find out that it states that anyone whose name is written inside will die. Discarding it as a joke, Light continues his daily activities. Soon after though, his human curiosity takes the better of him and prompts Light to try the notebook, discovering the truth behind first sentence. Now, with power in his hands, Yagami Light is on a quest to change the world and become God of the New World. His path to holy status won’t be easy however, as another genius, known as L, is working against Light’s beliefs and Light himself. Who will win this power of Gods between humans?

Dusk Maiden of AmnesiaAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Tasogare Otome x Amnesia Anime

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Romance, School, Shounen, Supernatural Producers: Square Enix, Media Factory, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks, Tasogare Otome×Amnesia Production Partners
Airing: Apr 9, 2012 to Jun 25, 2012 Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Promotional Videos: PV1

60 years ago, a young woman was left to die in the abandoned school building behind the exclusive Seikyou Academy. No one knows why. No one knows how. But the horrifying tale and the legends of the ghostly haunting that followed live on to this day. Perhaps it’s not so surprising then, that among Seikyou’s many school clubs is one for students interested in “paranormal investigations.” What might raise more than a few hairs, however, is that the founder of the club is the ghost herself. Unable to remember how she died and trapped in the grey land between life and death, Yuuko latches onto Teiichi Niiya, a freshman who can inexplicably see her, and together they and the other unsuspecting members of the club begin to unravel the many dark mysteries that surround Seikyou. Will unlocking the secret of Yuuko’s gruesome death finally free her? Or will her sudden close association with a mortal have even stranger repercussions on both of their existences?

Elfen LiedAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Elfen Lied Anime

Genres: Action, Drama, Ecchi, Horror, Romance, Psychological Producers: VAP, Arms, Genco, ADV Films, A Line
Airing: Jul 25, 2004 to Oct 17, 2004 Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Promotional Videos: Trailer

The Diclonius, a mutated homosapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possess two horns on their heads and have a “sixth sense” which gives them telekinetic abilities. Due to this dangerous power, they have been captured and isolated in laboratories by the government. Lucy, a young and psychotic Diclonius, manages to break free of her confines and brutally murders most of the guards in the laboratory where she is being held, only to be shot in the head as she makes her escape. She survives, falling off a cliff into the ocean and manages to drift along to a beach where two teenagers, Kouta and Yuka, discover her. Having lost her memories, she was named after the only thing that she can now say, “Nyuu,” and the two allow her to stay at Kouta’s home. However, it appears that the psychotic side of Lucy is not dead just yet…

Ghost StoriesAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Gakkou no Kaidan Anime

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Supernatural Producers: Studio Pierrot, ADV Films, Discotek
Airing: Oct 22, 2000 to Aug 24, 2001 Type: TV
Episodes: 20
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Kids and ghosts. When young Satsuki finds an old book of spells from her passed away mother, she gains the power to fight ghosts that are haunting her new school. With the help of her friends, and of a really wicked devil cat, she must protect everyone around her or be haunted for ever more.

HellsingAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Hellsing Anime

Genres: Action, Horror, Vampire, Supernatural, Seinen Producers: Gonzo, FUNimation Entertainment, Fuji TV, Pioneer LDC
Airing: Oct 11, 2001 to Jan 17, 2002 Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Promotional Videos: Trailer

Hellsing follows the antiheroic vampire, Alucard, and a police girl-turned-vampire, Seras Victoria, two vampires employed by the vampire-extermination group of England, the Hellsing Organization. Slowly but surely, through their active duty, they find a new breed of vampires beginning to arise.

Hellsing UltimateAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Hellsing Ultimate OVAs Anime

Genres: Action, Horror, Vampire, Supernatural, Military, Seinen Producers: Madhouse, Geneon Universal Entertainment, Satelight, FUNimation Entertainment, StudioRF Inc., Graphinica
Airing: Feb 10, 2006 to Dec 26, 2012 Type: OVA
Episodes: 10
Promotional Videos: PV1, PV2, PV3

Hellsing, a secret organization of the British government, has long been battling supernatural threats to keep the people safe from creatures of the night. The current leader, Integra Wingates Hellsing controls her own personal army to eliminate the undead beings, but even her highly trained soldiers pale in comparison to her most trusted vampire exterminator, a man by the name of Alucard, who is actually a powerful vampire himself. Along with Integra’s mysterious butler and Alucard’s new vampire minion, Seras Victoria, The Hellsing Organization must face not only regular ghouls and vampires, but a rivaling secret organization from the Vatican, and Millennium, an enigmatic group of madmen spawned by a certain war over 50 years ago… A bloody battle between monsters is about to begin. The dead are dancing, and all hell is singing…

Highschool of the DeadAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Highschool of the Dead Anime

Genres: Action, Ecchi, Horror, Supernatural Producers: Madhouse, Geneon Universal Entertainment, AT-X, Sentai Filmworks, H.O.T.D Production Committee, Showgate
Airing: Jul 5, 2010 to Sep 20, 2010 Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Promotional Videos: Trailer

A mysterious, lethal disease is on the loose worldwide, resulting in a catastrophic death rate of humanity, and the increasing rise of attacks, caused by the living dead.

In Japan, several high school students and a school nurse have banded together to escape Fujimi High School shortly after it was attacked by zombies. The group now attempts to figure who or what was responsible for this plague, and in the meantime, attempt to survive the present apocalypse.

The story is initially narrated through the eyes of Takashi Komuro, one of the students who had survived in the initial outbreak.

Higurashi no Naku Koro niAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Anime

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Supernatural, Psychological, Thriller Producers: Geneon Universal Entertainment, Studio Deen, Frontier Works, Sotsu Agency, FUNimation Entertainment, DAX Production
Airing: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006 Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Promotional Videos: Trailer

After moving into the quiet town of Hinamizawa, Maebara Keiichi spends his days blissfully in school often playing games with his local friends. However, appearances can be deceiving. One fateful day, Keiichi stumbles upon news of a murder that had occurred in Hinamizawa. From this point on, horrific events unfold in front of Keiichi, as he soon learns his close friends may not be all that they seem. Based on the amateur mystery game by 07th Expansion, the story is told in a series of different scenarios.

Jigoku ShoujoAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Jigoku Shoujo Anime

Genres: Mystery, Horror,Supernatural, Psychological Producers: Aniplex, Studio Deen, FUNimation Entertainment, SKY Perfect Well Think
Airing: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006 Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Promotional Videos: Trailer

Somewhere in the vast sea of the Internet, there’s a website that can only be accessed at the stroke of midnight. Known as the Jigoku Tsushin, rumor has it that if you post a grudge there, the Jigoku Shoujo will appear and drag whoever torments you into the inferno. Very little is known about the girl—all we know for sure is that she lives with her equally enigmatic grandmother, that three magical straw dolls accompany and serve her, and that whenever a posting on the Jigoku Tsushin moves her, she becomes the Jigoku Shoujo.

Kaidan RestaurantAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Kaidan Restaurant Thriller Restaurant Anime

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Kids, Supernatural Producers: Toei Animation
Airing: Oct 13, 2009 to Jun 8, 2010 Type: TV
Episodes: 23
Promotional Videos: Trailer

TV Asahi announced a new kids anime “Kaidan Restaurant (Thriller Restaurant)” based on a picture book. Each episode will consist of three stories or “dishes”: the appetizer, the main dish, and dessert. The first two “dishes” will deal with an ordinary sixth-grade schoolgirl named Ako Ozara and the bizarre occurrences that befall her classmates. The third “dish” will be a standalone short ghost story told by Ako and her friends.

Little Witch AcademiaAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com little witch academia Anime

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, School Producers: Trigger
Airing: Mar 2, 2013 Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Promotional Videos: Trailer

Little Witch Academia is one of the four anime works that each received 38 million yen (about US$480,000) from the “2012 Young Animator Training Project.” Just like in 2010 and 2011, the animation labor group received 214.5 million yen (US$2.65 million) from the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, and it distributed most of those funds to studios who train young animators on-the-job.

MononokeAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Mononoke Anime visual

Genres: Demons, Mystery, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Supernatural, Seinen Producers: Toei Animation, Fuji TV, Flatiron Film Company
Airing: Jul 13, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007 Type: TV
Episodes: 12
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In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the spirits using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the evil spirits in his wake.

Perfect BlueAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Perfect Blue Anime

Genres: Drama, Horror, Psychological Producers: Madhouse
Airing: Feb 28, 1998 Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Promotional Videos: Trailer

Mima Kirigoe, a member of a pop-idol group called “CHAM!”, decides to quit singing to pursue a career as an actress. Some of her fans are displeased with this decision though, particularly a stalker named Me-Mania. As Mima progresses into her new career, those close to her are violently murdered one by one, and Mima begins to lose the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy.


Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen Producers: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen
Airing: Oct 9, 2014 to ? Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Promotional Videos: Trailer

Based on Iwaaki Hitoshi’s science-fiction horror manga by the same name.

The 17-year-old Izumi Shinichi lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. One night, worm-like aliens called Parasytes invade Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasyte attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but fails since he is wearing headphones, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead, taking over his right hand and is named Migi.

Because Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from traveling further up into his brain, both beings retain their separate intellect and personality. As the duo encounter other Parasytes, they capitalize on their strange situation and gradually form a strong bond, working together to survive. This gives them an edge in battling other Parasytes, who frequently attack the pair upon realization that Shinichi’s human brain is still intact. Shinichi feels compelled to fight other Parasytes, who devour humans as food, while enlisting Migi’s help.

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Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Shounen, Psychological Producers: Studio Deen, Earth Star Entertainment, Pupa Production Committee
Airing: Jan 10, 2014 to Mar 28, 2014 Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Promotional Videos: PV1, PV2

The “life-and-death sibling” story follows Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa, a boy and his little sister who find themselves all alone. One day, Yume sees a mysterious red butterfly and her body undergoes a strange metamorphosis—into a creature that eats humans. Utsutsu struggles to find a way to restore his sister.

Renkin San-kyuu Magical? PokaanAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Renkin San-kyuu Magical Pokaan Anime

Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Magic, Parody, Vampire Producers: Remic, Genco, Lantis, Media Factory
Airing: Apr 4, 2006 to Jun 20, 2006 Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Promotional Videos: Preview

Four Netherworld Princesses have come to the human world; witch Uma, vampiress Pachira, werewolf Liru, and android Aiko. But they know nothing about human life and their mistakes make up their daily adventures. Meanwhile, the evil Dr. K-ko wants proof of the supernatural to gain admittance into the scientific elite and what better than one, or all, of the princesses — if her plans didn’t have a tendency to go awry.

ShikiAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Shiki Anime

Genres: Mystery, Vampire, Supernatural, Thriller Producers: Aniplex, Daume, Dentsu, FUNimation Entertainment, Fuji TV
Airing: Jul 9, 2010 to Dec 31, 2010 Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Promotional Videos: PV1

When citizens of a secluded village begin dying off in alarming numbers, the sole hospital’s head doctor tries desperately to save his patients—but his efforts are in vain. Entire families are wiped out while others desert their homes. All hell breaks loose as the villagers discover their loved ones’ corpses are rising from the grave with an insatiable thirst for human blood. Who is safe when the urge to kill in order to survive blurs the line between man and monster?

Soul EaterAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Soul Eater Anime

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural Producers: Bones, TV Tokyo, Aniplex, Dentsu, FUNimation Entertainment, Media Factory
Airing: Apr 7, 2008 to Mar 30, 2009 Type: TV
Episodes: 51
Promotional Videos: Trailer

Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon meisters, the series revolves around 3 groups of each a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to make the latter a “Death Scythe” which is the highest title for a weapon and thus fit for use by the Shinigami, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch.

Maka & Soul Eater, Black Star & Tsubaki, and Death the Kid with Patty and Liz Thompson are the characters Soul Eater revolves around. Besides taking the time to gather souls, these students of Shibusen defend Death City from some of the most powerful of creatures while still attending school and trying to become stronger.

TerraformarsTerra Formars anime visual haruhichan.com TERRAFORMARS

Genres: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Space Producers: Warner Bros., LIDENFILMS, Mages
Airing: Sep 27, 2014 to ? Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Promotional Videos: Teaser PVPV1 

With the space program attempting to travel to Mars, 21st century scientists were tasked with warming up the planet so that humans could survive on its surface. They came up with an efficient and cost-effective plan of sending cockroaches and mold to the surface so that the mold would absorb the sunlight and the insect corpses would serve as a food source for the mold.

It is now the year 2577 and the first manned ship to Mars has landed on the planet and the six crew members are ready for their mission. But what they find are giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength. The crew members are easily wiped out, but not before sending a transmission back to Earth. Now, humanity will send elite warriors to exterminate the mutated bugs and claim back Mars.

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Genres: Action, Mystery, Drama, Horror, Supernatural, Psychological Producers: Studio Pierrot, FUNimation Entertainment, Marvelous AQL
Airing: Jul 4, 2014 to Sep 19, 2014 Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Promotional Videos: PV1PV2

The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious “ghouls” who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.

Witch Craft WorksWitch Craft Works anime

Genres: Action, Fantasy, Magic, Supernatural, Seinen Producers: J.C.Staff, Lantis, Kodansha
Airing: Jan 5, 2014 to Mar 23, 2014 Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Promotional Videos: Trailer

Takamiya Honoka is a regular student whose only problem seems to be that he sits next to Kagari Ayaka, the school’s #1 beauty. They have never spoken to each other before and any small interaction between them immediately results in her fanclub beating him. Yet when a falling part of the school’s building is about to send him to the afterlife, it’s Kagari that comes to his rescue. Only… she’s dressed as a witch, carrying him in her arms and floating on a broom?! Kagari tells him it is her mission to protect him and that now she can finally protect him openly rather than undercover.

Youjuu ToshiAnime Series You Should Check out during the Halloween Season haruhichan.com Youjuu Toshi Anime

Genres: Action, Adventure, Demons, Drama, Horror, Super Power Producers: Madhouse, Japan Home Video
Airing: Apr 25, 1987 Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Promotional Videos: Trailer

There is Earth, our familiar world, and then there is the Black World, a parallel dimension that very few people are aware of. For centuries, a pact between the two worlds has been observed to maintain peace, and terms must be negotiated and renewed soon to continue relative harmony.

This time around, there is a militant faction that will stop at nothing to prevent the signing of a new treaty for inter-dimensional peace. Two agents of the elite organization known as the Black guards—defenders of the balance between the two worlds—are charged with insuring the success of the treaty.

Director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll) blends stylish eroticism, graphic horror and pulse-pounding action as these two race to consummate the peace treaty in time.

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