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27 Oct 2016 - 3:13 PM  UPDATED 21 Nov 2016 - 10:30 AM

Whether you think the only red stuff that should be seen during Halloween is lollies that taste of strawberries, or the only way you know you've had a good time is if you've spent half the night rocking backwards and forwards convinced the zombies are coming...anime - as always - is the answer.

There's something for everyone this Halloween.



1. Overlord

A guy logs into the server of his favourite MMORPG, which is about to be shut down, falls asleep in-game and wakes up as the un-dead avatar he used to play!

Who's it for: The Dreamer

You like Halloween because you get to be someone else for the night. You enjoy supernatural themes, far away, mysterious lands. Maybe you're into RPGs and tabletop gaming. While everyone else is dressed as a zombie, you're dressed as a knight. You KEK at nerd jokes and think George should hurry up and finish the books.

From the Devil working at a fast-food restaurant to a boy who has to re-live his own death to save the ones he loves, anime has it for you. 

If you want to keep your Halloween cred, but don't really feel like being scared of the dark, check out the Yokai Watch series (yes, like the game) Sword Art Online, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Fairy Tail and Assassination Classroom.

For fantasy anime with a bit more bite.... but still in keeping with supernatural themes, check out Re:Zero, Servamp, Noragami and Black Butler.

2. Actually I am


It's a story as old as time itself, a guy falls in love with a girl, who's actually a vampire. Then he discovers that he goes to the kind of school that makes Sunnydale High look like Ouran High.

Who's it for: The Romantic

You think EVERY day is Valentine's Day and why not? If the world needs more of anything right now, it's love. So what if it's Halloween? You're already wearing rose tinted glasses, so all that 'other' red won't phase you. You draw hearts on everything and you know what I mean when I say “Second Lead Syndrome”.

Romantic supernatural plots in anime usually go along the lines of “Human meets fellow human, falls in love with human, one of them isn't a human, war of monsters and humans ensue”.

They're not all funny though. They can be serious, like the complex love mess that is Vampire Knight. It's kind of like a really, really dark version of that time the Ouran High Host Club helped Nekozawa. But with more blood.

There are plenty of anime with horror feels that can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, while making your heart flutter because romance feelings.

If this is your style, then check out Rosario + Vampire or Dance With Devils.

For more supernatural, without so much of the blood stuff, Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura are a go!

3. Psycho-Pass

You didn't seriously think I was going to make a Halloween anime list and leave out the scary stuff, did you?

Psycho-Pass is a futuristic crime thriller, where people who think dangerous thoughts are arrested before they can get out of hand. But there are people, serial killers, who go undetected until it's too late.

Who's it for: Thrill seeker!

You want gore, but dragons and vampires aren't really your thing. You're a super sleuth, or want to be, and think the only good movie is the one you white knuckle the whole way through. All your seats have fingernail marks on the edges.

For more of a supernatural thriller vibe, you should also check out School Live, Erased and Death Note. Plus, it's Halloween, what says 'lollies and horror' more than L?

4. Shiki

A quiet village falls victim to a fatal illness when a new and strange family move into a mansion. It's a race against time to see who will live and who will perish. And there's a really creepy puppet.

Who's it For: Creatures of the Night.

If someone says a movie “bites” or “sucks” you're there, with a glass of something red, ready to watch! Vampires brighten up your dreary days. You wish you lived in Sunnydale and are just a little bit into anyone who sparkles in the day. You always carry a recording device, in case an interesting interview subject should present themselves.

No one deals with the vampire theme quite like anime, so you're spoilt for choice from Blade, Vampire Hunter D, Hellsing and more.

5. Death Parade

Out of all the bars, in all the cities, why'd I have to walk into this one? The choice between heaven and hell is decided by bartenders who aren't what they seem, as souls play horrifying games to reveal their true colours. It's like a slightly less frightening game of UNO.

Who's it For: Horror Hound.

You love gore, but you also want to get caught up in a character's story. You want to feel scared for them. You can survive the Ghoosebumps Choose Your Own Adventure because you've read all the other books and you're heavily invested in Skulduggery Pleasant.  You turn the lights off and tell yourself ghost stories because your friends banned you from telling THEM stories.

For equal parts gore and storyline, you can go for something like Deadman Wonderland which is set in a privately run prison where inmates are pitted against one another in life or death battles. Or the Fate series, which mixes fantasy, horror and humour for the perfect dark mix.

6. Blood C

A teenager fights monsters by moonlight, but she's not like Sailor Moon at all.

This series has it's critics, which I totally understand, but for gore you can't go past it. It starts out rather innocently, but soon evolves into a whole other beast completely (and not to spoil anything, but you're going to view blenders very differently after this series is done).

Who's it for: Gore Ghouls.

You don't really care too much about storylines, they're good and you'll put up with angsty monologues from main characters, as long as you get to see someone turned into jam. Your favourite colour is red.

And if you think vampires suck (LOL, A PUN!) then don't be mistaken in thinking gore and horror in anime is limited only to those who feast on humans and turn into bats. From ghouls that walk amongst us preying on humans, like in Tokyo Ghoul to giants eating humans in Attack On Titan or what about like in Parasyte where aliens come to Earth, invade humans and then eat humans....

But then, there's also High School of the Dead, which is about zombies who eat humans....I'm seeing a pattern here.

There is far too much anime to fit into the one list, but I hope this gets you started.

What's your favourite anime to watch on Halloween?

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