10 Best Dark Anime Series You Cannot Find in Million Years!

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Dark anime shows explore the depths of cruelty, unexpected situations, and even some psychological storylines.

So, if you’re here looking for some great dark anime series, then you’re in the right place. Well then, Let’s get started with our list of best dark anime.

Best Dark Anime 2022!

10. Psycho-Pass

Psycho Pass- Best Dark Anime

It takes place in the near future where a device named Psycho-pass measures the people’s Crime Coefficient Index.

If it is too high, then a specialized team of potent criminals known as Enforcers takes care of it. The protagonist is one of the members of Enforcers.

This anime is futuristic, but at the same time, it is so dark. There are numerous violent scenes in the anime, and it doesn’t hold back in presenting them.

Psycho-pass is interestingly a premise plot that has no mistakes in presenting each aspect. Overall, the concept and the way of presenting are the two things I liked the most in it.

9. Terror in Resonance

Terror in Resonance- Best Dark Anime

This 11-episode dark anime series starts with a terrorist attack that takes place in Tokyo. And the news spreads throughout the country through a video sent by the terrorists.

They’re two boys who call themselves “Sphinx.” But the attack is just a trigger to start the game they are going to play to bring down the country. But what is their actual goal?

Terror in Resonance is an anime that sets the barrier of hopes high, and in the end, it’ll make your hopes true. I mean, it’s amazing and worth the watch.

The only drawback you can find in the anime is its starts slowly, but once the situations heat up, there’s no stopping the excitement.

8. Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss- Best Dark Anime

The Abyss is a place filled with carnivorous monsters and natural hazards that is so hard even for an experienced adventurer.

But two young students Riko and Reg, set out on a journey through the Abyss to find Riko’s lost mother. What they don’t know is the physical and mental pain they need to endure to complete their mission.

Made in Abyss is a fantastic anime with unique characteristics. Notably, its animation and character designs are uncommon from the rest of the anime. This anime is so near to perfection.

Every minute it keeps you on the edge of your seat, and with each episode, the situations intensify. In the meanwhile, you also get to some cute scenes which are quite rare in such types of anime.

7. The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland- Best Dark Anime

The story sets in an orphanage where kids grow as a family. Emma, Norman, and Ray find the dark truth behind the orphanage and the outside world.

This trio of kids is now planning to escape the orphanage by seeking out a perfect plan. But it isn’t easy to win against Mom of the orphanage who is highly intellectual.

The Promised Neverland is a perfect example of a dark anime thriller. Adorableness, Sorrow, Intense Situations, Emotional setting, and what else.

In other words, The Promised Neverland is a thriller package of all emotions. If you’re thinking of watching a dark anime series, it is the first recommendation you should go through.

6. Devil Man: Crybaby

Devilman Crybaby- Best Dark Anime

An enigmatic friend of Ryu named Akira attends an underground party and becomes possessed by a demon lord known as Amon.

But due to his pure heart, he has full control over his body, and he can transform into a demon at his will. Ryo uses this opportunity to fight against the demons that are trying to take over the human world.

Besides being a dark anime, it also reveals the nature of how humans can become sadistic devils when they possessed true intentions behind them.

However, it still stays fierce when it comes to presenting the scenes. In the end, you’ll like it for both plot and its pace.

5. Akame Ga Kill

Akame ga KIll- Best Dark Anime

Tatsumi is a country boy who goes to the capital to make a name for himself and save his village from poverty. He encounters a band of assassins known as “Night Raid” who saves him.

After discovering their goal, he joins the Night Raid to fight against injustice. But going against the capital isn’t as easy as they think. It could involve some serious sacrifices.

Akame Ga Kill is one of the most splendid shows out there, yet it could have been made better. I mean, there aren’t many negative points, but when it comes to violence, it is just too much.

With characters possessing different types of Imperial Arms, you get to watch some rare combinational abilities of the users.

4. Goblin Slayer

Goblin Slayer- Best Dark Anime

When an inexperienced priestess goes on a journey, she gets in trouble with goblins. However, a goblin slayer rescues her, and thus, he realizes his journey isn’t just slaying some mere goblins but far challenging.

In this adventurous anime, you have all types of ingredients like lust, love, violence, and emotional appeal. Well, if you’re looking for a dark anime that sets in a fantasy world, the Goblin Slayer is the one you need to check.

3. Parasyte: The Maxim

Parasyte- Best Dark Anime

Shinichi is a high school who is in possession of a parasite named Migi. Migi is only able to take control over his right hand. But Migi is not the only parasite on the earth.

Are the Parasites evil, or do they just want to place to survive? Can both humans and parasites co-exist? Migi has a tough time surviving in this world, but he eventually adjusts and fights against some cruel nightmares.

Imagine some strange invading the earth and taking residence in the human bodies. They could be controlling your neighbors, your friends, or anyone from your family.

Anything can happen at any moment, and who knows when those parasites attack others. The plot is intriguing, and the situations are pure intense. But you need some bravery to watch it because when it comes to violence, it doesn’t hold back.

2. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul- Best Dark Anime

Due to an accident, Kaneki gets organ transplantation from a Ghoul’s body. However, now he turns into a half-ghoul who has a place to leave in both humans and ghouls world.

Even though he struggles in the beginning, he soon recognizes that the world is wrong. Kaneki wants the world to change. In a world where ghouls and humans can co-exist, can he do it?

Tokyo Ghoul is one of those anime where love and hatred lie equally. Some people hate it and some people simply love it.

But when into comes to violence and dark concept, Tokyo Ghoul is the first anime you need to check. Its story is like a dilemma and the characters are lovable.

1. Future Diary

Future Diary- Best Dark Anime

The story sets in a world where Twelve people get nominated to become a god of the world. But to achieve the title, they must kill the other nominees with their strange diaries.

The protagonist Yukiteru Amano is one of those Twelve persons. He teams up with a girl named Yuno who does anything to protect Yukiteru, but what might be waiting for him out there?

If you think this is just a typical psychological dark anime, then you’re wrong. Despite presenting us with regular antagonists, the female lead Yuno is also a character to look upon.

In terms of thrill, you’ll become pleased throughout the series. In the end, you’ll get to watch a survival-related psychological anime with a slight touch of Romance and Love.

Concluding Dark Anime List!

There you go! The ultimate list of best dark anime that can make you go nuts with violent scenes and thrill.

So, what do you think about our list of best dark anime? Have you any of those? If so, which one is your favorite from the above list? Feel free to express your thoughts in the comment section.

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Hanumanth Reddy

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