10 Best Anime that will mess with your Psychological!

Death Parade

Hello, how are you? If you like anime that works both psychological horror and suspense very well then this list of the 10 best animes that will mess with your psychological is for you!

To start we always add the names of the anime at the beginning of each post here on the blog so you can see right away all our recommendations to watch.

See the list of psychological anime below:

Name in English

  1. ERASED
  2. Parasyte -the maxim-
  3. Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
  4. Psycho-Pass
  5. Death Parade
  6. Death Note
  7. Tokyo Ghoul
  8. The Future Diary
  9. The Promised Neverland
  10. Elfen Lied

Japanese name

  1. Boku dake ga Inai Machi
  2. Kiseijuu: I know no KakuritsuParasyte -the maxim-
  3. Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
  4. Mirai Nikki
  5. Yakusoku at Neverland

Boku dake ga Inai Machi

Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Boku dake ga Inai Machi
  • Name in English:   ERASED
    Japanese name: Boku dake ga Inai Machi
  • Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Seinen
  • Episodes: 12
  • Displayed: Jan 8, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll BR / PT

Synopsis:

When the tragedy is about to occur, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back a few minutes before the accident.

The prominent 29-year-old manga artist took advantage of this powerful and mysterious phenomenon, which he calls “Revival”, to save many lives.

However, when he is unfairly accused of murdering someone close to him, Satoru is sent back to the past once again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past.

Soon, he realizes that the murder may be related to the kidnapping and murder of one of his classmates, the lonely and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, which occurred when he was a child. This is your chance to do the right things.


Kiseijuu: I know no KakuritsuParasyte -the maxim-

Kiseijuu: Sei no KakuritsuParasyte -the maxim-
Kiseijuu: I know no Kakuritsu
  • Name in English:   Parasyte -the maxim-
    Japanese name: Kiseijuu: I know no Kakuritsu
  • Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Horror, Psychological, Drama, Seinen
  • Episodes: 24
  • Displayed: Oct 9, 2014 until Mar 26, 2015
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll BR / PT

Synopsis:

Suddenly, they arrived: parasitic aliens that descended on Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burying themselves in the brains of vulnerable targets.

These insatiable beings acquire full control of their host and are able to transform themselves into a variety of forms in order to feed on unwary prey.

The 16-year-old high school student, Shinichi Izumi, is the victim of one of these parasites, but he doesn't dominate his brain, ending up in his right hand.

Unable to move, the parasite, now called Migi, has no choice but to trust Shinichi to stay alive.


Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai SeikatsuRe:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
  • Name in English: Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
    Japanese name: Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
  • Genre: Psychological, Drama, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 25 + 1 Movie
  • Displayed: April 4, 2016 to September 19, 2016
  • Studio: White Fox
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll BR / PT (on Crunchyroll you will find dubbed)

Synopsis:

When Subaru Natsuki leaves the convenience store, the last thing he expects is to be pulled out of his everyday life and sent to a fantasy world.

Things don't look good for the confused teenager, however, shortly after his arrival, he is attacked by some bandits.

Armed with just a shopping bag and a now useless cell phone, he is quickly beaten.

Fortunately, a mysterious beauty named Satella, in pursuit of those who stole her family coat of arms, happens to Subaru and saves him.

To thank the honest and kind girl, Subaru offers to help in her search, and later that night, he even finds the whereabouts of what she is looking for.

But, unbeknownst to them, a much darker force pursues the pair of shadows, and just minutes after locating the coat of arms, Subaru and Satella are brutally murdered.


Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass
Psycho-Pass
  • Name in English: Psycho-Pass
    Japanese name:
  • Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Police, Psychological
  • Episodes: 22 + 2 seasons
  • Displayed: Oct 12, 2012 until Mar 22, 2013
  • Studio: Production IG
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: ??

Synopsis:

Justice and its application has changed. In the 22nd century, Japan imposed the Sibyl System, an objective means of determining the level of threat of each citizen, examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as Psycho-Pass.

Inspectors defend the law by subduing, often with lethal force, anyone who harbored the slightest ill will; beside them are Executors, tired inspectors who have become latent criminals, with relative freedom in exchange for doing the inspectors' dirty work.

Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with a sincere desire to defend justice, enters this world.

However, when working with veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she soon discovers that the Sibyl System judgments are not as perfect as her fellow Inspectors assume.


Death Parade

Death Parade
Death Parade
  • Name in English: Death Parade
    Japanese name: デ ス ・ パ レ ー ド
  • Genre: Games, Mystery, Psychological, Drama
  • Episodes: 12
  • Displayed: Jan 10, 2015 to Mar 28, 2015
  • Studio: Mafdhouse
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: ??

Synopsis:

After death, there is no heaven or hell, just a bar between reincarnation and forgetfulness.

There, the attendant will challenge one after another the pairs of the newly deceased to a random game in which their destiny of ascending to reincarnation or falling into the void will be bet.

Be it bowling, darts, air hockey or anything else, the true nature of each person will be revealed in a hideous parade of death and memories, dancing to the whims of the bar master.

Welcome to Quindecim, where Decim, the arbiter of life after death, awaits!


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Death Note

Death Note
Death Note
  • Name in English:   Death Note
    Japanese name: デ ス ノ ー ト
  • Genre: Mystery, Police, Psychological, Supernatural, Shounen
  • Episodes: 37
  • Displayed: Oct 4, 2006 to Jun 27, 2007
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: ??

Synopsis:

A shinigami, like a god of death, can kill anyone, as long as he sees the victim's face and writes the victim's name in a notebook called the Death Note.

One day, Ryuk, bored with the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, places one in the human realm.

The high school student and the prodigy Light Yagami are faced with the Death Note and he, who hates the current state of the world, begins to test the deadly notebook, writing on it the name of a criminal.

When the criminal dies immediately after his experiment with the Death Note, Light is very surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that fell into his hands could be.

With this divine ability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god.

The police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to arrest the culprit.


Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul
  • Name in English:   Tokyo Ghoul
    Japanese name:
  • Genre: Action, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Seinen
  • Episodes: 12 + 3 seasons
  • Displayed: Jul 4, 2014 to Sep 19, 2014
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: ??

Synopsis:

Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city, a place where cruel creatures called "Ghoul" exist alongside humans.

The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and thirsty for human flesh.

However, the biggest threat that these ghosts pose is their dangerous ability to disguise themselves as humans and blend into society.

Based on Sui Ishida's best-selling supernatural horror manga, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy and studious college student, who is attracted to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like him.

However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate encounter pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the inhuman world of the Ghouls.


Mirai Nikki

Mirai NikkiThe Future Diary
Mirai Nikki
  • Name in English: The Future Diary
    Japanese name: Mirai Nikki
  • Genre: Action, Mystery, Psychological, Shounen, Supernatural, Thriller
  • Episodes: 26
  • Displayed: Oct 9, 2011 to Apr 15, 2012
  • Studio: Asread
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: ??

Synopsis:

Lone high school student, Yukiteru Amano, spends his days writing a diary on his cell phone, talking to his two seemingly imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina, who is the god of time and space, and Murmur, the god's servant.

Revealing himself to be a real entity, God grants Yukiteru a “Random Diary”, which shows highly descriptive entries based on the future and compels him to a bloody battle royale with 11 other equally powerful future diary owners.

With the last person designated as the new god of time and space, Yukiteru must find and kill the other 11 to survive.

He reluctantly joins his obsessive stalker Yuno Gasai (who also owns a diary), and she takes care of ensuring his safety.


The Promised Neverland

the promised neverland
The promised neverland
  • Name in English: The Promised Neverland
    Japanese name: Yakusoku at Neverland
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Thriller, Shounen
  • Episodes: 12
  • Displayed: January 10, 2019 to March 29, 2019
  • Studio: CloverWorks
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll BR / PT

Synopsis:

Surrounded by a forest and a closed entrance, Grace Field House is inhabited by orphans who live happily together as one big family, cared for by their “Mama”, Isabella. Although they are required to take tests daily, children are free to spend their time as they see fit, usually playing outside, as long as they don't venture too far from the orphanage, a rule that is to be followed, no matter what. However, all good times must come to an end, as every few months a child is adopted and sent to live with his new family, and is never seen again.

However, the three older brothers suspect what is really going on at the orphanage and are about to discover the cruel fate that awaits children living in Grace Field, including the distorted nature of their beloved mother.


Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied
Elfen Lied
  • Name in English:   Elfen Lied
    Japanese name: エ ル フ ェ ン リ ー ト
  • Genre: Action, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Romance, Seinen
  • Episodes: 13
  • Displayed: Jul 25, 2004 until Oct 17, 2004
  • Studio: Arms
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll BR / PT

Synopsis:

Lucy is a special breed of human beings known as “Diclonius”, born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that take her as a victim of an inhuman government experiment.

However, since circumstances offer her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed when she escapes from her captors.

During her escape, she receives a disabling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child who has limited speech ability.

In this state of instability, she is faced with two university students, Kouta and her cousin Yuka, who unknowingly take the wounded fugitive under their care, unaware of their murderous tendencies.


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