16 Best Psychological Thriller Anime You Can’t Miss Out On
In this vast sea of anime, there is so much to anime to watch and the genre which is most loved by an anime fan is a psychological thriller.
There is nothing better than watching something that will question your intelligence along with giving you a lot of excitement.
Psychological anime is a genre that tends to explore the human psyche and play with your thoughts.
In this article, I’ve put together a list of the best psychological anime that will blow your mind.
So, without any further hindrance, let’s start
Terror In Resonance
Genre: Psychological, Thriller
Created by one of the renowned animation studios Mappa, Terror in Resonance is a psychological anime that dives into the journey of two terrorist boys.
Nine and twelve are the main protagonist of this anime and also terrorists.
They run away from a secret experiment whose purpose is to turn children into human weapons.
The main purpose is to wake up Japan with their terror about the experiment which causes the death of a lot of children.
The main point I like in this anime is that in their attack they never kill any person.
Some people find it a slow-paced anime, however for an anime fan who wants to test his intelligence, then this might be the best for you, as before their attack, they give riddles to police to find the place of their next attack.
Genre: Psychological, Thriller, Post-apocalyptic, Cyberpunk
Written by Dai Satō and directed by Shūkō Murase, Ergo Proxy is a cyberpunk anime series. Based in a post-apocalyptic future where humans and cyborgs live together peacefully. Until one day when some androids become self-aware because of a virus. In our language, we can call it the highest level of artificial intelligence.
Re-l Mayer our main protagonist is given the task to investigate this phenomenon deeply along with her android named Iggy.
When she starts her investigation, she discovers more complicated things about Proxy who are the subject of a secret experiment by the government.
With each episode, the story reveals new mysteries. If you are looking for something with an apprehensive concept then you must try this one out.
Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Thriller, Romance
Written and illustrated by Sukae Esuno, Future Diary is an anime filled with crazy twists which will make you think about what the hell is going on.
12 random people are chosen by the god of space and time, Deus Ex Machina, who is gradually deteriorating.
Amongst these 12 people, one is Yukiteru Amano, our main protagonist. He is a 14-year-old shy boy who didn’t have many friends.
All of these 12 people have a diary that can predict the future of the next 90 days.
Now all of these 12 people have to play a survival game in which another person can kill you. The lone survival will become the replacement of the god of time and space.
With the uniqueness in the story and the plot which can bow your mind, Future Basket is an anime with a lot of twists and thrill to engage you till the last episode.
Parasyte The Maxim
Genre: Body Horror, Psychological, Thriller, Sci-fi
Produced by the studio Madhouse, Parasyte is an anime that is popular for its body horror theme and Sci-fi elements.
Imagine one day you woke up in the morning and now your one hand is not your control. Later you find out you are lucky that you only lose control over your hand instead of your full body, what will be your first reaction? , let’s find out.
Parasyte anime focuses on a 17-year-old boy Shinichi Izumi, who lives with his father and mother. One day when he woke up in the morning, he finds that while sleeping, he was attacked by a monster called Parasyte.
Parasytes are mini creatures who attacked the human mind and take control over the full body.
Not only, Shinichi Izumi, but there are also many humans who are attacked by these creatures, and unlike Shinichi Izumi, they lost control over their bodies and start to hunt other humans. In order to survive, they must have to work together and fight against these monsters.
Genre: Psychological, Thriller
The story is centered around Mima Kirigoe, she is a member of a J-Pop idol group named CHAM.
One day she decides to leave the group and pursue a carrier in acting.
After leaving CHAM she becomes a victim of stalking by one of her fan who is not ready to accept that Mima has quit the idol group.
As difficulties in her life keep on increasing, Mima starts to suffer from Psychosis( difficult to distinguish between reality and fantasy).
The story of this anime is completely unique that will leave you in a jaw-drop shocked state.
Serial Experiments Lain
Genre: Cyberpunk, Psychological, Thriller
Serial Experiments Lain is a psychological anime series that focuses on Lain Iwakura.
She is a junior high school girl who lives with her parents.
One day she receives an email from her classmate who had committed suicide.
From then onward, her life gets consumed between real-world and Wired.
Wired is a group of the sum of all communication and networks.
This anime tells how the advancement of technology can affect humans’ identity and consciousness.
Welcome To NHK
Genre: Black Comedy, Psychology, Slice of Life.
The story of anime is set one depression and anxiousness in the life of a young adult, a story to which most of us can relate.
Welcome To The NHK centered around 22-year-old Tatsuhiro Sato, he is a college dropout and unemployed for the past 4 years. He is living a hikikomori(a term used for a person who is antisocial) life.
One girl started to help him to get him out of his depressing life to make him enjoy his life by making him good at dealing with people, she knows a lot about Sato never met him before.
Had you ever felt lost in your life, feeling depressed about not knowing what is going on in life then Welcome To NHK is a must-watch anime for you.
The Promised Neverland
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Psychological, Thriller, Sci-fi
Written by Kaiu Shirai, The Promised Neverland is a psychological thriller anime that become famous among anime fans because of its plot that contains mind-blowing twists in every episode.
In the year 2045, a contract called ‘ The Promised’ was made in order to stop the long war between humans and demons, Humans will give food( other humans especially children) and they will not cross the border of the area where human resides.
The story of this anime focuses on Emma an 11-year-old girl, she lives in an orphanage along with 37 other children.
One day Emma and Norman follow Conny who is sent away to these monsters, due to this incident they realize in which horrible situation they are in.
Now their journey to countless tries to run away from this place starts.
After watching only the first, 2 episodes of this anime, I was in a deep shock about what the hell is this.
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Supernatural
Based on a novel by the same name Another is a series that is liked by anime fans because of its horror theme addon psychological thriller
The story of this anime if revolves around Kōichi Sakakibara. He is a 15-year-old boy who is transferred into Yomiyama North Middle School class 3-3.
In this school, he meets an eyepatched gild named Mie Misaki. He finds it strange that everyone in that school ignores her like she doesn’t exist.
He finds himself and people related to his class falling victim to death in gruesome ways.
The plot of this anime is filled with a new twist in each episode that will engage and entertain you from the first episode.
Genre: Mystery, Science fiction, Thriller
Written by Kei Sanbe, Erased is one of the best underrated psychological thriller anime, with the time travel theme.
The story revolves around Satoru Fujinuma, he is a young man, who possessed a time travel ability known as Revival. With the help of this ability he can go back in time before a life-threatening event occurs to prevent it from happening.
One day when he is falsely accused of the murder of his mother, unlike other times, he wents 18 years back in the time given the opportunity to save his mother.
He later realizes that the murder of his mother is connected to the kidnapping and murder of three of his classmates.
He must have to make the right decisions to prevent these incidents.
Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Thriller, Supernatural.
Written by Seishi Minakami, Paranoia Agent revolves around an assailant named Lil’ Slugger.
Li sluggers roam in the city and beat people in the city with their golden baseball bats.
As the fear of them, Li sluggers keep on increasing, two detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Muniwa were given the task to investigate this case.
With every new attack fear and anxiousness amongst the residents of the city keeps on increasing.
B: The Beginning
Genre: Psychological, Thriller, Suspense, Science fiction
Written and illustrated by Katsuya Ishida, B: The Beginning is a Netflix original anime series that is created by Production I.G.
In the world of advanced technology and crimes, B: The Beginning is psychological thriller anime that revolves around a man known as Killer B, he is a serial killer who has thrown the city into great chaos.
To investigate this case Royal Investigation Service has given this case to Keith, a legendary detective.
He begins to unravel the secret plots which involve a secret organization, terrorism, and human experiments.
With an amazing plot and twist in each episode, this anime will leave you on edge of your seat.
Ghost in the Shell
Genre: Psychological, Thriller, Science Fiction
Ghost In The Shell is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian Japan of 2029 where humans had advanced enough that they can transplant flesh with the machine parts.
Due to this humans acquired an immense increase in their vision, strength, and intelligence, which eventually leads to even more deadly crimes.
Ghost In The Shell focuses on Cyborg public agent security, Motoko Kusanagi.
One day she notices that there is a guy known as The Puppet Master who is illegally messing up with the programming of the minds of cyborg hybrids for his own benefit.
The story will make you realize the disadvantages of the exponential growth in technology.
Genre: Crime, Psychological, Thriller, Cyberpunk
Psycho-Pass is one of the best psychological thriller anime that has been created by one of the renowned studios, Production I.G make its first appearance in 2012, and was liked by many anime fans.
Psycho-Pass receives many critics praised for its psychological thriller theme.
The story of this anime focuses on Akane Tsunemori, a rookie inspector who upholds the desire to give justice to everyone.
She later realizes that the judgment of the Sybil system is not as enacted as her fellow inspector thought.
It is one of the best psychological anime series I’ had ever seen, the plot and animation are very good.
Genre: Psychological, Thriller
The anime series Death Parade is spawned from a short film, released in 2013 by Madhouse titled “Death Billiards”
Unlike other anime in this list, Death Parade is not a crime and thriller anime. The plot of Death Parade is pretty simple and unique, when someone dies, their soul is sent to a bar where they have to play games.
On the result of the game, it is decided that whether they will be reincarnated or fall into a void.
In each game, new circumstances are presented, it describes how will a human react in an extreme pressure situation.
This anime only have 12 episode means you can binge-watch it in a day, and still gets psychological entertainment.
Genre: Psychological, Thriller, Crime, Supernatural, Mystery
Written by Tsugami Ohba and produce by studio Madhouse, Death Note gets an anime adaptation way back in 2006 and is still a top-tier psychological anime many fans prefer it as one of the best anime to start your anime journey with.
Once you start this anime then it will be very difficult for you to stop watching this in middle.
Death Note follows the story of a boy Light Yagami who finds a notebook named Death Note outside his school.
This book grants him the power that he can kill any person just by writing the name of that person in this book, but on one condition, he has to imagine the face of that person while writing the name.
At the start, Light uses this notebook to kill the criminals of the world but as the story goes on he motives change to become the God Of The New World.
With every new episode, the story unravels great mysteries that will leave you in jaw-drop shock.
Believe me, if you haven’t watched this anime then maybe you don’t know anything about anime.
Genre: Psychological, Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Written by Naoki Urasawa, Monster is dark theme psychological anime, there are many scenes in this anime that will leave you with tears.
Consists of a total of 74 episodes, the story of Monster focuses on a brain surgeon Dr.Kenzo Tenma.
One day Tenam saves the life of a boy over the life of the mayor, after that event, his life turns upside down. The boy he saves that day becomes a serial killer who is killing innocent.
After knowing all of this Tenma feels a lot of guilt because of this, and decides to take the life of that boy with his own hand.
Monster is the only series that I put on the same note with Death Note, because of the dark and intense in-depth storyline.
With this, the list of best psychological anime ends here. I hope you liked it. Share your opinions in the comment section, also tell which is your favorite anime from the list.
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