Hey guys! Welcome to the first ever top 10 on My Anime Blog. In this list, I’ll be covering the top 10 psychological anime of all time. Now, these anime are in no particular order and are just my personal opinion. So, let’s get started!
10. Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (Erased)
When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back several minutes before the accident occurs. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon, which he calls “Revival,” to save many lives.
However, when he is wrongfully 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 connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates, the solitary and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, that took place when he was a child. This is his chance to make things right.
Boku dake ga Inai Machi follows Satoru in his mission to uncover what truly transpired 18 years ago and prevent the death of his classmate while protecting those he cares about in the present.
The story was full of emotion with likable characters and memorable lines that mix the dark story with child like humor of the simple things in life. Satoru finds himself with the ability to jump back in time (he calls it ‘Revival’) to stop terrible things from happening but he remembers a rash of disappearances from his town as a child and he does more then jump back a few minutes, but jumps from being a teenager to being a kid in grade school.
As we follow him on his journey for justice and to find out who was kidnapping the kids, Satoru digs himself into a difficult position that his good friend Kenya notices. Kenya ends up helping Satoru who has a fixation with getting Kayo away from her mother and saving her life. As Satoru digs deeper into who was responsible the eventual truth is shocking to him and somewhat expected but shocking to the viewer.
What makes this series so great is the emotional elements of the characters and the plot lines. Whether its Kayo’s response to a simple hot meal with Satoru and his mother or Satoru’s emotional reunion with his mother when he jumps back to being a child. The anime ends with a neat and completely satisfying finish to the story which is not always the case with anime.
9. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
Yukiteru Amano is a young man who shuts himself off from reality, escaping to the pages of his observational diary, which he fills with whatever is going on around him, as well as to his own imaginary land where the God of Time and Space resides. It’s an isolated lifestyle but Yuki is alright with it, until the god proves himself to be quite real after all, gifting Yuki with a incredible upgrade to his diary that lets him foresee the future. Yuki is ready to take full advantage of this strange new power, but things aren’t so simple. There’s eleven other people with their own future diaries and the God of Time and Space has started a sinister game, wherein all the diary owners must fight to the death for the right to ascend to godhood. Now Yuki’s life is resting on his own ingenuity to make the best use of his foresight, as well as on the support of Yuno, a possibly insane girl from his class with her own future diary.
Mirai Nikki is a masterpiece of execution that surpassed its less than stellar animation and improved on the source material (the original manga, was full of plot-holes that ended up being the plot itself). This show does not disappoint in any aspect. It has suspense, drama, romance and incredible plot twists that keep you on the edge of your seats.
The main selling point of this show is the characters, mainly that of Gasai Yuno, the queen of yanderes who jumps back and forth between “just your average adorable middle schooler” to “raging, calculated, cold-blooded killer”, the juxtaposition is all the more striking and all the more interesting to observe. And with twist after twist flying at the audience, its use of the suspense/thriller genre keeps the show from ever having a “dull” moment.
8. Ergo Proxy
Ergo Proxy is a very complex anime, using a different way of storytelling than most animes. It also uses a lot of psychological and philosophical references.
Within the domed city of Romdo lies one of the last human civilizations on Earth. Thousands of years ago, a global ecological catastrophe doomed the planet; now, life outside these domes is virtually impossible. To expedite mankind’s recovery, “AutoReivs,” humanoid-like robots, have been created to assist people in their day-to-day lives. However, AutoReivs have begun contracting an enigmatic disease called the “Cogito Virus” which grants them self-awareness. Re-l Mayer, granddaughter of Romdo’s ruler, is assigned to investigate this phenomenon alongside her AutoReiv partner Iggy. But what begins as a routine investigation quickly spirals into a conspiracy as Re-l is confronted by humanity’s darkest sins.
Elsewhere in Romdo, an AutoReiv specialist by the name of Vincent Law must also face his demons when surreal events begin occurring around him. Re-l, Iggy, Vincent, and the child AutoReiv named Pino, will form an unlikely faction as they struggle to uncover Romdo’s mysteries and ultimately, discover the true purpose of the mythical beings called “Proxies.”
More philosophical than psychological, Ergo Proxy is an examination of the world through a realistic science fiction lens. A post-apocalyptic utopia begins to fall apart as a group of androids gain sentience and go on a killing spree. In addition to many other themes and philosophical points, the series explores the age-old question of “nature versus nurture:” what, exactly, makes us who we are.
7. Zankyou no Terror
In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been stricken by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet.
The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population.While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children—children who shouldn’t even exist—masterfully carry out their heinous plan.
Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form “Sphinx,” a clandestine entity determined to wake the people from their slumber—and pull the trigger on this world.
This anime is filled with suspense and plot twists to make you guys binge watch it all night
6. Elfen Lied
Lucy is a special breed of human referred to as “Diclonius,” born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that lands her as a victim of inhumane scientific experimentation by the government. However, once circumstances present her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by the confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors.
During her breakout, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child possessing limited speech capacity. In this state of instability, she stumbles upon two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who unknowingly take an injured fugitive into their care, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will change their lives, as they soon find themselves dragged into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy.
At first glance, Elfen Lied is a gruesome anime filled with gratuitous violence. But actually give the series a chance and you emerge feeling disturbed and altered, and not just from all the gore. The series pokes holes into how we see others. It questions how humans form relationships, both good and bad. What affects the way we see others? There are many parallels to be drawn to the real world in this psychological anime, and it’s up to the viewer to see past the blood and darkness, and find the lessons to be learned.
With the difficult decision of saving the life of the mayor or the life of the young child, Dr. Kenzo Tenma – a well-renowned doctor in the world of medicine – chooses to save the life of the person who shall soon become the cause of the havoc to his life, to his beliefs, and to the world’s foundations. Just what extreme events would transpire from the root of his decision? Who’s the person that he saved? What’s his true identity and absolute nature? The world shall soon shake from the grave effect of Dr. Tenma’s decision!
The closer something gets to reality, the more bothersome and disturbing it becomes. Standing above most of the rest with a story that’s so close to what we have in reality, Monster depicts the true nature and psyche of humanity and society with extreme relevance. It’s so similar that it’s actually scary and very frightening! Basing on the values and dark truths of ourselves and our society, Monster roars out a howl that shows the mostly unexplored yet undeniable truth about us and our world.
4. No Game No Life
Two Hikikomori N.E.E.T. siblings by the names of Sora and Shiro are together known as the legendary “Blank”, a player who is widely known and famed as one of the best gamers in the world. The exploits of Blank are actually regarded as near-impossible and phenomenal. So, when an email from a being who calls himself god comes to Sora and Shiro asking them to resign from their current world and venture to a much interesting gamer-oriented one, the siblings both decide to take the once-in-a-lifetime chance. The world in question is the world known as “Disboard”, a place where everything is solved by games. There’s no killing, no stealing, and no unwarranted conflicts – everything is decided by games!
3. Code Geass
In the year 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia is establishing itself as a dominant military nation, starting with the conquest of Japan. Renamed to Area 11 after its swift defeat, Japan has seen significant resistance against these tyrants in an attempt to regain independence.
Lelouch Lamperouge, exiled prince of Britannia, unfortunately finds himself caught in a crossfire between the two nations’ armed forces. He is able to escape, however, thanks to the timely appearance of a mysterious girl named C.C., who bestows upon him Geass, the “Power of Kings.” Realizing the vast potential of his newfound “power of absolute obedience,” Lelouch embarks upon a perilous journey as the masked vigilante known as Zero, leading a merciless onslaught against Britannia in order to get revenge once and for all.
With the brilliant minds of the cast of Code Geass and its plot’s action-packed execution, this show blows off some steam that would literally make you say – mindblown! And with actions that don’t just go ahead a few steps front but a multitude step up into the future, you’d basically realize that this show is indeed one heck of a brilliant masterpiece deserving of rightful spot on this list.
2. Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society.
Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.
1. Death Note
A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.
High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.
With this divine capability, 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. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.
The battle of wits between L and Light is enough to secure this anime as the best psychological anime of all time in my opinion.
Thats it for my top 10 psychological anime of all time guys! Hope you guys like it. Now these were just my opinion, yours may be different. Let me know about your favorites in the comments below. Ja ne! 🙂