The 25 best psychological anime of all time
Not all horror tales use cheap tricks to make that scare effective. Some anime achieve this disturbing sensation, affecting their mind and altering their heart rhythm. Other anime Choose the drama about emotion, tells a profound story in which the value on the small things must be decided.
1. Boku Peak ga inai Machi (ERASED)
Struggling manga author, Satoru Fujinuma is sated by his fear of expressing himself. However, he has a supernatural ability in which he returns in time and is forced to avoid any death or catastrophe, returning in time until he avoids such an incident. One day, he's accidentally considered a murderer. Desperate with the situation his supernatural ability comes into action, but he does not return for a little before the murder but rather for his period of life when he was a primary student.
Kenzou Tenma has an unbelievable ability as a brain surgeon, a beautiful and wealthy bride, and a promising career. However, after being disappointed with the policies of his hospital, he decides to save the life of a young boy who was shot in the head, saving the life of the mayor of the city as the boy had arrived first, contradicting the high level of the hospital. As a consequence, he loses the support he had of the hospital director, as well as his position at the hospital and his fiancée. Shortly thereafter, the hospital director and the doctors who replaced him are mysteriously murdered, and once again he returns to the top where he was. But as suspected of leading the murders, Tenma initiates a process to clear his name and correct the mistakes of the past, going to the bottom of these and other murders, and investigating the truth behind the monster behind all this.
3. Zetsuen in Tempest
Hakaze Kusaribe is the self-proclaimed Maga/most powerful witch in the world, but ends up being isolated on an island shrouding in an antisorcery barrier, with only one dress and one sandal. She swears vengeance against Simon, the one who betrayed him. Yoshino Takigawa feels lonely after his friend, Mahiro Fuwa, disappeared after having his family murdered. The series is interspersed between flashbacks of Mahiro's happy moments with his sister Aika, and his best friend, Yoshino. This, in turn, ends up threatened by a mysterious woman, who seems to be part of an organization and seeks for Mahiro. The story gains objective contours, when Mahiro reappears, after making a pact with the Hakaze Witch, through a puppet thrown into the sea. Now they're going to look for your sister's killers and, break, save the world.
4. Death Note
Yagami Raito is a brilliant teenager, but bored with the perfect life it takes. He finds the death Note that the Shinigami Ryuuku dropped in the world of humans. When you type a person's name, visualizing it or thinking about your face, in Death Note, it will die 40 seconds later. Light will kill bandits, corrupt, etc. (getting even known as Kira-reading in katakana "killer"), until Interpol finds it strange the many deaths occurring and begins to investigate, led by Detective L (Eru), whose identity is unknown. Little Light will discover many unknown details about the Death Note while also having to escape the investigation of the Japanese police, headed by his own father.
5. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
The story follows the unnamed protagonist who is a third-year college student. The protagonist looks at the early years of his university life and his adventures with a private club. An anime half insane and completely unpredictable.
6. Kiseijuu: Sei No Kakuritsu
Young 17-year-old Izumi Shinichi lives with his parents in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. In one night, an alien creature called Parasyte invaded the Earth, taking the brains of the host humans, entering their bodies by their ears or nose. A parasite tried to get into Shinichi's ear while he was sleeping, but it failed because he was wearing headphones. Then he enters Shinichi's arm and gets stored in his right hand, forcing both of them to coexist.
7. Mahou Shoujo Madoka ★ Magica
The story is about Kaname Madoka, a normal sophomore of a 14-year-old gym who lives a normal life, until a strange encounter happens. She does not know whether the meeting is coincidence or whether it is only fate, but two things are certain: this is the moment when your destiny will change, and also the moment when a magical girl's story begins.
This anime that is geared more to the adult audience leads to the fore demonstrations and issues that are usually not crafted in Mahou traditional shoujos that are directed to the children's audience, which makes Madoka Magica an innovative anime. Obs: Those who like the traditional Mahou Shoujo may not like this anime.
8. Psycho Pass
The story takes place in a near future where it is possible to measure and qualify the personality and mental state of a person instantly. This information is processed and recorded, and the term "Psycho Pass" refers to the pattern used to measure the spirit state of an individual. In Psycho-Pass we follow the protagonist Shinya Kogami, a government agent who fights crime.
9. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
The story is during June 1983, in a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa, which has the population of approximately 2000 inhabitants. The main character of the series, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Ua village and becomes a friend of his classmates: Rena Ryuugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika furude and Satoko Hoojoo. The village of Hinamizawa, apparently is normal and peaceful. However the tranquility ends when the annual Watanagashi Festival is initiated, which celebrates and thanks the local god, Oyashiro-sama. Keiichi learns that on the day of the festival, in the last four years, one person is murdered and another disappears and is never seen again. He then begins to investigate the strange events involving the Watanagashi festival and the god Oyashiro-sama. In every arch of history, one of his friends becomes paranoid and commits the murders. Usually the murders involve the murder of their own friends.
10. Neon Genesis Evangelion
In 2000, a major meteor impact in Antarctica melted the icy continent, raising the level of the seas. It came to the conclusion that God would be trying to eliminate the human race, and the sending of "Angels" was predicted to end mankind. Preparing for this, a large organization was created, funded all over the world: Nerv. His goal would be to protect mankind by researching forms of defense. Thus were born the Evangelelions (EVA): Gigantic robots piloted by someone with the gift of "synchronize" with the system.
11. NHK NI Youkoso!
Satou Tatsuhiro is a guy in the age of 21 years, is a "Neet" (Not in Employment, Education or Training-person who does not work or study) and has abandoned the university course many years ago. Satou is also a "hikikomori" (in the west the relative term would be someone with a marked degree of social phobia). In this way the character ended up arresting himself in a universe of conspiracy that he believes to be commanded by the secret organization titled "NHK (Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai)". However, Satou encounters Misaki Nakahara, a girl who selects him to participate in his "project" promising to heal him from his condition, provided he signs a contract to participate in this "project". Another central character in the story is Kaoru Yamazaki, a former colleague of Satou. He is an "otaku" and student who aspires to be a game maker, remembering that the friendship of the two will be responsible for the most hilarious moments of the series.
12. Death Parade
After death, humans are sent to heaven or to hell. But some end up going to the Queen Decim, a bar where a mysterious white-haired man, called DECIM, works. Everyone who stops in this place is challenged to play a deadly game where their true personalities are revealed, and the loser of the game will die.
13. Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell passes after 2029, marked by the emergence of a new technology that allows the fusion of the brain to computing, to the World Network. With this, the barrier between the physical and digital world is undoing, creating new levels of existence, even though this technology is not restricted only to the brain, but to the whole body with special prostheses that increase the body's yield. The protagonist is Kusanagi Motoko, nicknamed Major by the team itself because of the excellent sense of tactics that she possessed. She runs a special team, under the command of Aramaki Daisuke, head of Section 9, a secret agency.
14. Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
A stormy night, Nangou is playing a Mahjong game with the local yakuza. Soon, he finds himself in a series of defeats. If Nangou loses, you will pay with your life. Suddenly, a young teenager, Shigeru Akagi, comes in, drenched in rain. After watching a couple of games, it offers to replace the fight Nangou. At that moment, a new legend was born.
15. Zankyou in Terror
On a summer day, a terrorist bombing suddenly reaches Tokyo. It is discovered that the culprits behind this act that woke the nation of their complacent sleep are only two boys. Now, the guilty, known as "Sphinx" begin a grand game that encompasses the entire Japanese territory.
16. Mirai Nikki
Yukiteru is a boy who could be considered strange. With difficulty making friends, for him life is nothing but a great reality show, where he is more a spectator. Everything he sees, he notes on his cell phone, making him his diary. Even stranger are the attitudes of the boy, who imagines, within his thoughts, a Dominator God of time and space. But it wasn't really an imagination… Yukiteru gains from this God the power to predict the future with his cell phone, his "Diary of the future." But not everything is so good: Yukiteru will have to use his power to survive in a game involving dangerous killers and psychopaths, each with a special power in hand. All of them will be competing for ultimately being the successor of God. How will Yukiteru win this game? And who is the mysterious, passionate, dangerous yuno?
17. Shoujo Kakumei Utena
It all starts with the 14-year-old Tenjou Utena, who ran down the street in the middle of the rain feeling sad and lonely, until a prince approached her and gave him a ring with a symbol of the rose. He says this ring will make them meet again. Delighted with the prince in which she only remembers the smell of roses, Utena returns to Ootori Academy. To defend the honor of a friend, who had a love letter discovered by the entire school, Utena challenges Saionji for a duel in the forest behind the school. Utena goes to the combined location and discovers a totally different world within the forest. There she finds a huge gate with the symbol of the rose equal to her ring. Traveling all the way beyond the gate, she reaches the Arena of the duels and there, she finds Saioji with a school girl, Himemiya Anthy. Utena ends up winning saioji and goes away without wanting to know what she's involved in. Only, as the winner of the tournament, she is now the conste of the "Bride of the Rose" in the case of Anthy, who will live with her! From there begins all the confusion.
18. Perfect Blue
Mima Kirigoe, a member of a group of pop called "CHAM!", decides to stop singing to pursue a career as an actress. Some of his fans are unhappy with this decision, particularly one called Me-Mania. As Mima progresses in her new career, people close to her are violently murdered one by one, and Mima begins to lose the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy.
Get ready to enter the world of fantasy and imagination, where reality and dreams turn into a succession of brilliant visual effects in this impressive animated film by acclaimed director Satoshi Kon. The center of the magical Fable is a revolutionary machine that allows scientists to access the brain and record dreams. Shortly after it was stolen, a fearless detective and an excellent therapist join forces to recover the device before it goes into the hands of a "dream terrorist".
20. Kuuchuu Buranko
Based on a book of the same title, Kuuchuu Buranko (or Trapeze) is an anime that gathers several tales of Ichirou Irabu, an eccentric psychiatrist who attends the most varied situations. His unusual behaviour surprises his patients throughout each story.
21. Serial Experiments Lain
Lain is a young solitary teenager who develops a fascination with computer science and Wired after the death of one of her schoolmates. An email, sent by this after his death, explains that his body ceased to live and that she lives now in Wired. The anime itself is quite complex, but very interesting, because it catches the attention.
22. Ergo Proxy
The story begins in a futuristic city called Romdo, built for the protection of citizens after the global environmental apocalypse. In this utopia, humans and androids coexist with each other in an environment of total control. A series of murders committed by uncontrolled robots infected by a virus called Cogito begins to spoil the delicate social order. Behind the scenes, the government has been conducting secret experiments with a mysterious form of humanoid life called Proxy, which supposedly would have the key to the survival of mankind.
The base of the story of Texhnolyze is the city Lux, a city created by man in the basement of the earth with the purpose of collecting the mineral lafia, an important component for the process of "texhnolyze", the implementation of Bio-mecânicas prostheses in people of members Amputees. In this city, three organizations fight for general control. Organ, a company responsible for the exploration of Lafia and the implementation of prostheses; Racan, an organization of young texhnolyzed with anarchist ideals; And lastly, the Union, a fanatic-religious group that is against implants. There is also the Class, a group of elders who were the first to try to live by themselves away from the civilized area of Lux, and remain distant from the city and its conflicts, but Organ receives direct orders from them.
24. Shinsekai Yori
In a Japan to a millennium of now, five children – the protagonists Saki, Satoru, Maria, Mamoru and Shun – were born and grew up in a tranquil city that can be described as a utopia, flooded with water and green foliage. The world is governed by people who have the "cursed power" or the "power of the Gods" of telekinesis. After a certain incident, Saki and the others perceived the true nature of their world. Shortly thereafter, they learned everything, including the bloody story that brought mankind to this state. The five shoot themselves on an adventure that threatens their lives, and fights to protect friends in a world on the verge of collapse.
25. Elfen Lied
The story begins with the escape of Lucy, a powerful diclonius, of an island, a research center, heavily protected by armed people, with a huge scientific facility. In an attempt to stop her, a sniper ends up hitting his helmet and knocks it overboard. Then she is found by Kouta and her cousin, Yuka, with no clothes, no memory, with a small child's behavior and the only thing she could talk about was Nyuu. Then she ends up moving in with Kouta, in an old closed boarding house, which he rented to live while studying at the university. Meanwhile, the staff working in the lab is desperate behind Lucy, and they send professional killers and other Diclonius after her.
Yes, the best psychological anime to keep your brain at constant alert pace at all costs!
Psychological animes play with human psyche, stir with their perception and belief, letting him think about the anime long after it's over, that disturbing sensation will be borne forever and the feeling of knowing that you are another victim among so many Others is constate. If you want to see something heavier, see the anime that picture the depression.
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