Top 20 Most Dark Anime of all Time

It’s interesting to note that some of the most gloomy and depressing anime shows also have some of the most astounding character arcs and endlessly captivating plots. Few television shows use an upbeat premise and gradually reveal the horrors hidden beneath. Good examples include Happy Sugar Life and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Other animes deliberately shock their viewers from the off with a dark theme or twisted characters. For example, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Attack on Titan. Furthermore, dark anime need not always involve horrifying monsters and graphic violence. Viewers can be alarmed by tense mental games and psychological dangers. Dark anime, in short, comes in a variety of forms.

Le Chevalier D’Eon

The plot begins in 1753 in Paris when the body of a woman named Lia de Beaumont is discovered in a casket floating down the Seine. The only clue to her death is the word “Psalms,” which is written in blood on the casket lid. D’Eon de Beaumont, Lia’s younger brother and a knight in the service of King Louis XV investigate his sister’s mysterious death. As well as the strange disappearances of several French women. On his journey, he meets three companions who will assist him. It is one of the Top Most Dark Anime of all Time.

Selector Infected WIXOSS

Each WIXOSS deck in Selector Infected WIXOSS includes an LRIG card, which serves as a player’s avatar during matches. Except for one thing, everything appears to be straightforward. The girl on Ruuko’s card moves and speaks! Is that typical? When a fellow student at her school approaches her and challenges her to a WIXOSS battle, she soon finds out. First and foremost, she is a Selector, a special girl endowed with a living LRIG. Second, Selectors have the opportunity to grant a wish. If they lose three matches, they lose their chance to grant a wish and are cursed instead. Ruuko’s battle for her heart’s desire begins right now. It is one of the Top Most Dark Anime of all Time.

Le Portrait De Petit Cossette

Eiri, a gifted artist, works part-time in an antique shop in a quiet neighborhood. He discovers a delicate Venetian glass with a startling secret one afternoon. When Eiri looks into the glass, he sees a young blond girl. Her life playing out in front of him like a movie. He looks into the glass, curious, hoping to learn more about the lovely girl inside. Cossette is a mysterious beauty that haunts the glass. Waiting for someone to see her and set her free after 250 years. Eiri becomes obsessed with Cossette and vows to do whatever he can to help her. Will Eiri be able to see past the illusions and learn the tragic truth about Cossette? It is one of the Top Most Dark Anime of all Time.

Black Bullet

In 2021, a parasitic virus called “Gastrea” infects humans and transforms them into monsters. What remains of humanity now lives within the Monolith walls. Which are made of Varanium, the only material capable of harming Gastrea. To counter the threat that the Gastrea pose, “Cursed Children”—female children whose bodies contain trace amounts of the virus that grants them superhuman abilities—are given Promoters. The people who work to guide and protect the young Initiators by the Tendo Civil Security. These two-person teams are sent on missions to combat the Gastrea virus’s monsters and keep them at bay. It is one of the Top Most Dark Anime of all Time.

Happy Sugar Life

This is a shivering pure love psycho horror story about a girl named Sat Matsuzaka who has a crush on someone. When she sleeps with her, she gets a sweet feeling and assumes it’s love. Everything will be forgiven as long as she protects her love. Even if it means committing crimes or even killing people. It is one of the Top Most Dark Anime of all Time.

Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki

Midori is a young girl who is orphaned after her mother dies. Then she is duped and forced into slavery by the owner of a traveling freak show. He falls into the arms of the troupe’s newest member, the dwarf magician Wonder Masamitsu. After suffering all manner of bizarre abuse at the hands of the performers. It is one of the Top Most Dark Anime of all Time.

Red Garden

Kate, Rachel, Rose, and Claire are all students at a private school on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. When they wake up one morning, they are all uneasy and restless. Mainly because none of them can recall anything from the previous night. Their fear grows when the school announces the death of Lisa, another classmate, and friend to all four girls. It is one of the Top Most Dark Anime of all Time.

God Eater

The year is 2071, and the setting is post-apocalyptic Japan. The Aragami, a mysterious race of monsters, have largely destroyed the world. Fenrir was formed to exterminate the Aragami by using ‘God Arcs,’ weapons made from Aragami cells. God Eaters are those who specialize in demolishing Aragami. It is one of the Top Most Dark Anime of all Time.

Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

When the Disas, a dangerous race of beasts, attacked, spirits from another world allied with Earth and granted certain girls the power to transform into magical girls to fight them. Three years after the war against the Disas, one of the magical girls, Asuka Otori, is attempting to resume normalcy. However, Disas Bears reappear from an unknown source, prompting Asuka to leave retirement and join a squadron of magical girls to combat this new threat. It is one of the Top Most Dark Anime of all Time.

Redo Of Healer

Keyaru’s tragedy began when he was bestowed with the title “Healer Hero.” His healing ability was top-tier, but he lacked offensive capability, so his party regarded him as a tool rather than a person. Princess Flare Arlgrande Jioral, the strongest mage, got him addicted to a particular drug that caused him to lose his sanity, and he became a plaything for her and his party’s sadistic pleasures.

Taboo Tattoo

Shinjirou’s Fighting Series Taboo-Tattoo is about a boy who is given an unusual tattoo on his palm by an old man whom he saves from a thug. Not long after this boy, Seigi (AKA Justice), obtained it, he encounters a mysterious girl who punches him in the face and then steals his phone. Running after her gets him more than he bargained for, and he is drawn into what could be the start of an international war…

School Days

Makoto Itou is a young Japanese high school student who is in his second semester at Sakakino Academy. He takes the train to and from school and one day falls in love with Kotonoha Katsura, a girl who also takes the train and attends the same school. Makoto also meets Sekai Saionji, who discovers Makoto’s secret crush on Kotonoha and assists him by introducing him to her. Makoto and Kotonoha become closer over time and begin dating.


Humans and robots coexist in a future society. Among the mayhem caused by anti-robot factions, detective Shunsaku Ban and his sidekick Ken-ichi are looking for rebel scientist Dr. Laughton to apprehend him and seize his latest creation, a beautiful young girl named Tima. When they find them, Shunsaku quickly realizes that the eccentric scientist is shielded by a powerful man and his fervent desire to reclaim a tragic figure from his past, and thus is beyond their reach.

Mirai Nikki

The city’s mayor and designer of the Future Diaries, John Bacchus, tries to trick Yukiteru’s debt-ridden father Kurou into stealing his son’s diary. Kurou fails, killing his ex-wife Rea unintentionally, and is then assassinated by Bacchus’ men. Yukiteru vows to win the game and bring his parents back to life. He and Yuno set their sights on the last diary holders, Minene, Bacchus, and Kamado Ueshita, who runs an orphanage. Meanwhile, Yukiteru’s astute friend Aru Akise and Nishijima investigate the discovery of three corpses in Yuno’s house, two of which are identified as Yuno Gasai, casting doubt on her identity.

Gunslinger Girl

Set in contemporary Italy, Gunslinger Girl depicts a seemingly endless covert war of terror waged by the Padanians (with benefactors in Camorra) and Section Two, a public-security outfit. The Padanian people want an independent Northern Italy, which is represented by both a legitimate political party and a terrorist wing known as the Five Republics Faction; the government in Rome, on the other hand, is not so enthusiastic and opposes their efforts on both levels. When the FRF’s retaliatory attacks become more ferocious, urbanized, and difficult to combat, the Italian federalists deploy their secret weapon in the suppressive battle: child assassins.

Akame Ga Kill!

Tatsumi is a fighter who travels to the Capital with his two childhood friends, Iyeyasu and Sayo, in search of a way to make money to help his impoverished village. Tatsumi is separated from his friends in a bandit attack and is swindled out of his money in the Capital after failing to enlist in the army. He is taken in by a noble family, but when an assassin group known as Night Raid attacks, he discovers that his noble hosts intended to torture and kill him, just as they had done to his friends.


Misaki, a popular honor student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3, died during the school year in 1972. The rest of the students, devastated by the unexpected loss, decided to go on with their lives as if their classmate was still alive, even keeping the desk in place and bringing it to the graduation ceremony. Nobody could explain why their classmate, who was already dead and buried, was in the graduation photo. Then, in the spring of 1998, a boy named Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to that classroom and becomes suspicious of its fearful atmosphere. Mei Misaki, a beautiful, aloof girl who wears an eyepatch and is always alone drawing pictures, stands out in particular.

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied is about the interactions, perspectives, feelings, and discriminating between Humans and Diclonius, a mutant species that look like humans but is distinguished by two cat-ear-like horns and “vectors,” transparent limbs that can travel through air and things at fast speeds.

Goblin Slayer

In a world of fantasy, a lone hero takes on all of the goblins he meets. But he meets with a friend one day, and his life starts getting intense. A young priestess formed her first adventure party, but they found themselves in distress almost immediately.

Talentless Nana

Shortly, mysterious monsters known as the “Enemies of Humanity” appear, as do children with supernatural abilities known as the “Talented.” To prepare them for the upcoming battle against these Enemies, all the Talented are sent to a school on a deserted island, where they are provided with all of their daily needs until they graduate and communication with the outside world is prohibited. Nana Hiiragi, a new student, arrives at school one day. Her outgoing and cheerful personality allows her to quickly make friends with the rest of the class. In reality, Nana is a Talentless government assassin sent to kill the Talented, whom the government considers to be the true Enemies of Humanity.

That’s all folks! These are the Top 20 Most Dark Anime of all Time. If you know any more dark anime do mention them in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you!

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