Top 5 Best Horror Anime Series – 2023 (Ranked)

Top 5 Best Horror Anime Series - 2023 (Ranked)

The world of anime has an uncanny ability to tap into our deepest fears and curiosities, and 2023’s horror anime lineup is no exception. From hair-raising ghost stories to mind-bending psychological thrillers, this year’s offerings promise a rollercoaster ride through the realms of terror and suspense.

Top 5 Best Horror Anime Series – 2023

5) Nanashi Kaidan (2023)

A still from Nanashi Kaidan
A still from Nanashi Kaidan (Image via Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions)
  • MyAnimeList rating: 5.71/10
  • Streaming Platforms: Unavailable on global streaming channels

Nanashi Kaidan (Nameless Horror Stories) is a 2023 Japanese horror anime series (Anthology) produced by Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions. The series is directed by Hiroko Utsumi and features stories written by Tokyo Animation College students and graduates. The anime premiered on TV TOKYO’s children’s variety program Oha Suta in August 2022, and ran for 10 episodes.

The series tells a collection of horror short stories that center on those uneasy feelings of “something out there” that children sense in their lives. The stories are all set in different locations and feature a variety of characters, but they all share a common theme of the supernatural and the unknown.

4) Make My Day

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A still from Make My Day anime (Image via Netflix)
  • MyAnimeList rating: 5.85/10
  • Streaming Platforms: Netflix

Make My Day is a 2023 Japanese science fiction action anime series produced by 5 Inc. The series follows James “Jim” Mirror, a young man who works as a prison guard on a remote ice planet. When a mysterious creature attacks the prison, Jim and a group of other survivors must find a way to escape the planet before they are all killed.

The series is set in a future where humanity has colonized the solar system.  It follows the story of a young man named Jim who works as a prison guard on a harsh planet called Coldfoot. When a group of prisoners go missing, Jim and a team of guards go looking for them and discover that the planet is being overrun by mysterious creatures. The creatures are small, fast, and deadly, and they seem to be impervious to bullets. Jim and the other guards must find a way to survive on the planet and escape the creatures before they are all killed.

3) Itou Junji: Maniac

A still from Itou Junji: Maniac anime
A still from Itou Junji: Maniac anime (Image via Netflix)
  • MyAnimeList rating: 6.59/10
  • Streaming Platforms: Netflix

Itou Junji: Maniac is a 2023 Japanese horror anime series based on the works of Junji Ito, a famous Japanese horror mangaka. The series adapts 20 stories from Ito’s manga, including Tomie, Souichi, and The Hanging Balloons.

Each episode of the series tells a different story, all of which are characterized by Ito’s signature blend of horror, gore, and body horror. The series is sure to disturb and unsettle viewers, but it is also a must-watch for fans of Ito’s work.

2) Dark Gathering

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A still from Dark Gathering anime (Image via OLM Team Masuda Studio)

Dark Gathering is a 2023 Japanese supernatural action and horror anime series based on the manga series of the same name by Kenichi Kondo. The series follows Keitarō Gentouga, a college freshman who has a natural predisposition to attract ghosts. After a dangerous encounter with a malevolent spirit, Keitarō wants nothing to do with the supernatural. However, he is forced to confront his fears when he is hired as a tutor for Yayoi Houzuki, a young girl who can see spirits. Yayoi is on a quest to find the ghost that took her mother away, and she believes that Keitarō can help her.

Together, Keitarō and Yayoi travel to haunted locations around Japan, where they encounter a variety of dangerous and terrifying spirits. Along the way, they must learn to work together and trust each other if they want to survive.

1) Zom 100: Zombie ni Naru made ni Shitai 100 no Koto

A still from Zom 100: Zombie ni Naru made ni Shitai 100 no Koto
A still from Zom 100: Zombie ni Naru made ni Shitai 100 no Koto (Image via Bug Films Studio)

Zom 100: Zombie ni Naru made ni Shitai 100 no Koto (Zom 100: 100 Things to Do Before I Become a Zombie) is a 2023 Japanese zombie comedy anime series based on the manga series of the same name by Haro Aso. The series follows Akira Tendo, a 24-year-old office worker who is trapped in a dead-end job and a meaningless life. When a zombie apocalypse suddenly strikes Tokyo, Akira sees it as an opportunity to finally experience life to the fullest before he turns into a zombie. He creates a bucket list of 100 things he wants to do before he dies, and sets out to complete it with his friend, Kencho.

Along the way, Akira meets a variety of other survivors, including a group of high school students, a former soldier, and a young woman who is trying to find her missing boyfriend. Together, they must learn to survive in a world where the dead have risen, and where the living are just as dangerous as the zombies.

Conclusion

The horror anime series of 2023 invite us to explore the depths of fear, the allure of the supernatural, and the mysteries that lie just beyond our comprehension. With narratives ranging from ghostly encounters to psychological mind games, this year’s lineup is a testament to the genre’s enduring appeal. So, dim the lights, gather your courage, and follow the list of top 5 best horror anime series of 2023– if you dare.

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