Here at TokyoTreat Halloween is our favourite time of the year! We get to eat lots of seasonal Halloween candy in our Japanese snack crate whilst cuddling our awesome ghost Pokemon plushies and wearing kawaii Halloween costumes! But it's not all about Japanese candy and Japanese snacks now is it? The best thing to do at Halloween other than eating and dressing up is watching and reading lots of scary things! Last week we told you our 5 favourite Japanese horror movies, so this week we're going to show you our 5 favourite horror anime!
If you're a fan of horror manga then you're probably already familiar with Junji Ito's work. Ito is renown for his horror manga so it's surprising it's taken this long for his work to be adapted into anime form, but earlier this year it finally aired! A collection of Junji's shorter stories, each episode is split into two different short stories (that's 24 spooky tales in total!) and each story is different in what makes it terrifying, be it psychological horror or body horror there's something for everyone! Two OVAs were also released along with it which adapt one of Ito's most popular manga, the story of Tomie; a hellish girl who can't die. A definite watch for those who want to be creeped out!
Ghost hunt is a series adapted from a light novel series which then went on to become a manga from all the way back in 1994! The anime itself was aired in 2006 so is over 12 years old now! It's about a high school student named Mai who ends up helping out a Paranormal Investigation Team with her latent psychic abilities. The episodes vary on fright level but episodes 18 to 21 are particularly scary! It also has some romance for those shojo fans too.
If you're a fan of shorter stories and enjoy myths and urban legends then Yami Shibai is perfect for you! Yami Shibai episodes are only a few minutes long and are in a short story format. Each episode will retell various myths and urban legends of Japanese origin, each and every one of course being terrifying too! If you want a quick fix of some horror whilst you're on a break, etc. then this is perfect for you!
If you're a fan of any of Stephen King's work then we recommend you this anime! Shiki is about a secluded village in the Japanese mountains which suddenly becomes plagued with death and mysterious incidents after a strange foreign family moves into the town. The series follows a group of kids and a doctor as they try to get to the bottom of the occurrences and save their town, tragic and suspenseful it'll keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing as to what comes next. Unlike modern day vampire stories the monsters in Shiki are truly creepy!
Ever wanted to take revenge on somebody who'd wronged you? Jigoku Shojo is about a service straight from hell that allows users to send the person whose name they enter on to the site straight to hell. However, in doing so they also form a contract that means their spirit goes to hell too once they die. Hell girl or Enma Ai and her servants will torment the antagonist whose name has been entered on the site before ferrying them off to hell. Each episode is a short story in itself but the episodes tie together with a longer story throughout the series. It's also interesting for those who enjoy Japanese folklore!
What did you think of these anime? Have you seen any of them before? Let us know in the comments!
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