A fare warning: This article contains violent and bloody images and videos. Not for the faint of heart or easily offended please. Videos may also contain spoilers.
The wonderful month of October brings us many joys the rest of the year unfortunately cannot compare with. We are blessed with beautiful orange moons, the smell of pumpkins, more candy than we know what to do with, an excuse to dress up everyday, and a never-ending urge to watch violent, disgusting and completely fucked up shows and movies.
As any anime fan knows, Japan has some pretty intense and horrific animes. Yet, the horror genre of anime isn’t really quite like the genre out here in the US. At times, horror themed anime can be quite beautiful; from the crimson color of blood splatter seeping out of a torn to the glowing eyes of the demon who ripped out said throat tied in with a compelling and actual story line, anime has the right idea when it comes to horror. At other times, there are those so disturbing I feel I have to question my own humanity. I’m looking at you Higurashi.
The following are a few series’ I find rather appreciate during this month.
~Highschool of the Dead
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who was waiting for a really good zombie anime. H.O.T.D. was originally a manga created in 2006; I hadn’t even heard of something like it back then. The story is centered around a group of high school students caught in the middle of the zombie apocalypse destined to fight it out together. Combined with humor, violence, weapons of all sorts, tons of fan service and of course, zombies, H.O.T.D. was destined to be under the title of an ‘ultimate series’. Sometimes the fan service is a little too much for me however. But that’s hat a lot of men like, right?
With the whole zombie craze taking over the horror genre, it wasn’t long before H.O.T.D. was was discovered by anime and zombie fans alike. Then, out of no where, it was announced that there would be an anime adaptation of the suddenly popular series. Come to think of it, I believe it was me who told all my guy friends about it. It’s definitely a must watch.
~Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)
Take one new guy, pair him up with the ‘typical’ harem of five seemingly normal, cheerful girls, put them in a remote mountain town with a secret and you’ve got Higurashi. Oh, don’t forget to add weapons, torture devices, mass murder and psychotic intentions. This anime started off as a game series then adapted into a manga and novel series, then made into an anime. I for one simply cannot follow all this story has to offer due to so many versions, universes and story lines. The thing I liked most about Higurashi, was the fact at how mentally deranged the characters were.
Something is seriously not right here. . . Especially since the characters usually act like ‘typical’ anime characters in the ‘typical’ situations. Each episode starts off like a normal situation with them ending with a brutal death scene. If you’re a fan blood and psychotic and tormented school girls, this may be something for you. Just try not to read too much into the story. You may hate yourself afterwards.
Quite possibly the best horror and vampire series I’ve ever seen, Hellsing‘s main plot consists of Englands elite underground Hellsing Organization, run by Sir Intergra Hellsing, as it tries to keep the kingdom peaceful by doing away with supernatural beings such as vampires and ghouls. Ironically, their secret weapon happens to be the original and most powerful vampire known to all, The Vampire Alucard. Along with his progeny Sreas Victoria, and Sir Integra’s right hand man, Walter Dornez, the four make a deadly team of skilled fighters no one should cross paths with. Let’s not forget the derranged priest who keeps coming after Alucard. Thank God he does; we would have nearly as many amazing fights as this one:
Hellsing started as a manga over 10 years ago and was adapted into an anime series a few years later, following its own story line rather than the original. In 2008, we got a real treat with Hellisng Ultimate, an OVA series the follows the original more closely. Ultimate isn’t an understatement. The animation is sharper, the fight scenes are wickedly more brutal, and the English dub is actually better than the Japanese. *waits for rocks*
For your consideration: