Wednesday, October 10, 2012

TOKYOPOP's Spookiest Horror Anime

We ask, you answered - together we can cower in fear!

For some people, October means apple picking, breaking out mothballed sweaters and football on Sundays, but for us October is all about scaring ourselves silly with the spookiest horror anime we can get our hands on. To figure out just what to watch, we turned to you guys, the readers, and the results are shocking(ly good).

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Easily the most popular answer, Higurashi is a fantastic twist on the age-old whodunit. The franchise spans videogames, manga and anime with various storylines attached to each form of media. One thing's for certain: being friends with Keiichi Maebara will probably get you murdered. No matter how you get your Higurashi fix, you’ve got to admit hearing the word “Watanagashi” will always send a shiver down your spine.

Akira – One of the most famous anime movies of all time, Akira is less “keep-you-up-at-night-looking-for-the-Bogeyman” horror and more “make-you-think-about-the-possible-future-destruction-of-the-world” horror. Although, using someone else's severed arm to take the place of your own is totally something the Bogeyman would do. 

Another – Ah, the ol’ creepy school set-up. Nothing bad ever happens at a creepy school, right? Another follows two middle school students as they set out to solve a series of mysterious deaths that involve their classmates. A live-action movie adaptation was released in Japan earlier this year, so pick it up and look forward to a semester of crippling social anxiety.

 Elfen Lied – Another anime full of haunting images - like main character Lucy using a woman’s decapitated body as a human shield. Elfen Lied probably won’t keep you up at night, but, like any good thriller, it will certainly unnerve you. If only being born with those sweet horns and telekinetic powers made you a little less, you know, murder-y.

 Boogiepop Phantom – Fear isn’t something the Boogiepop series takes lightly. In fact, fear is something an evil doctor in the series actually craves. Nothing’s scarier than someone who thrives on scaring others. Except maybe that purple outfit Boogiepop wears. That thing is just awful.

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