7 Underrated Horror Anime for Halloween or Wheneveron October 31, 2018 by Max Williams
Round out October with some fantastic underrated horror anime suggestions for prime Halloween viewing! Well, some of them are more supernatural than straight up horror, but still spooky and still well worth a watch!
Vampire Princess Miyu
What would you get if Buffy the Vampire Slayer was also a vampire and played a magic flute to send demons back to hell? Something similar to Vampire Princess Miyu, a bittersweet series following a vampire whose job it is to protect us silly humans from giving into despair and getting preyed upon by the vicious, demonic Shinma. Vampire Princess Miyu primarily focuses on individual, unconnected cases and the people unfortunate enough to get wrapped up in them, so it’s great for bite-size viewing (haha). It’s got a distinctive style and a pretty, yet eerie soundtrack from Kenji Kawai too. All in all, a good combo.
Good horror anime can be hard to come by. Good horror anime that also delicately works in comedy in a successful manner even more so. Ghost Hunt follows hapless teenager Mai Taniyama, who soon finds herself working with an eccentric team of ghost hunters to pay off a debt. Think of it as Ouran High School Host Club gone bad, in a way, with more investigating local mysteries and tangling with the undead. While it may leave out some important stuff from the manga, which also leaves out some important stuff from the original light novels, Ghost Hunt is a great series for monster-of-the-week style scares hand-in-hand with emotional writing and some good-natured comedy.
Le Chevalier D’Eon
If you didn’t think anime had zombie-fighting French Revolution period drama to offer, you were wrong. Le Chevalier D’Eon is exactly that, complete with political intrigue and flouncy dresses. Protagonist D’Eon finds himself torn between his country and his family as he tries to uncover the truth behind his sister’s murder. If things weren’t hard enough, she also periodically possesses him to enact her righteous vengeance. It’s beautiful aesthetics serve as a nice contrast to its grim action and heavy themes, neatly tying the whole morbid package with a bow. The bow in protagonist D’Eon de Beaumont’s enigmatic murdered sister’s hair, if you like. Oh, and yeah, there’s a little history in there too somewhere, so, you know. Spoilers.
Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust
Before the Netflix Castlevania anime, we had the iconic Vampire Hunter D. If you find yourself in the mood for some creepy anime viewing but don’t want to commit to a whole series, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a great movie to tide you over. As is the way with much of the Vampire Hunter D light novel material, Bloodlust focuses on a self-contained story, so you don’t have to worry about being familiar with Vampire Hunter D as a whole. With a mature style, fantastic writing, and a plot full of action, Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust is a must-watch title for any fan of darker anime.
Don’t let the bright colours and the ridiculous hairstyles fool you, Shiki is an intriguing horror anime that doesn’t pull any punches. The small town of Sotoba becomes home to a series of bizzare deaths after the appearance of the mysterious Kirishiki family. Soon, the town is inflicted with a deadly epidemic that turns the once peaceful citizens into bloodthirsty vampires.
Le Portrait de Petite Cosette
I kind of understand why I never hear anyone talk about Le Portrait de Petite Cosette because I have absolutely no idea how to describe it. It’s a 3 part OVA with monsters, a creepy Lolita girl, a whole lot of painting and overt Nabakov-inspired undertones. It’s not Evangelion weird, but it’s getting there. Still, it’s not long and it’s an interesting, quirky watch. Give it a look! Actually, maybe watch it twice and if you can figure out what’s going on get back to me.
Descendants of Darkness
This one’s been around for a while, but doesn’t seem to get much attention. While it’s not totally surprising for an anime with shounen-ai content to not be the most well-known thing, Descendants of Darkness is an enjoyable supernatural beyond its BL elements, following two agents of the afterlife sent to make sure people only die when they’re meant to. And that they actually do. If there’s some UST between the two main guys and maybe a kiss or two, well, that’s a bonus!
These are 7 underrated horror anime that don’t get nearly the attention they deserve. Do you have any obscure horror anime to recommend? Let me know in the comments!