14 Best Occult Anime & Ghost Stories of All Time

Every culture has their own unique vision of the occult anime that weaves in their societies most important values in hair-raising or heartfelt anime ghost stories.

Through Japan’s occultic Anime Ghost stories, you can uncover many Shinto concepts of purity, punishment, and respect for spirits.

So today we think we need to share these anime ghost stories with you.

14. Another

Another Occult Anime Ghost Stories

Studio: P.A. Works

Episodes: 12 + 1 OVA

Quick Pitch: In this Anime Ghost Stories the spring of 1998, Koichi transfers into Class 3-3 at Yomiyama North Middle School. There is a strange atmosphere in the class and he slowly learns the strange rules that he must follow.

Even more distressing is his classmate Mei, who seems to be ignored by everyone. As he tries to get closer to her, Koichi slowly learns about the dark secret of Class 3-3.

13. xxxHOLiC


Studio: Production I.G.

Episodes: 37 + 4 OVAs

Quick Pitch: In this Anime Ghost Stories Kimihiro Watanuki can see spirits and supernatural creatures. While he finds his power bothersome, it leads him to a strange woman named Yuuko.

She claims that she can get rid of Kimihiro’s power, but he must work at her store and grant customers’ wishes first.

12. Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo)

Hell Girl

Studio: Studio Deen

Episodes: 90

Quick Pitch: In Anime Ghost Stories Bullied and tormented people can visit the Hell Correspondence website. They can submit requests to have their tormentor taken to hell and receive karmic punishment.

After the request, Ai Enma will appear to hand the person a doll, which will result in their tormentor being sent to hell once pulled. Upon doing so, the requester must pay with their soul and be taken to hell as well.

11. Mononoke


Studio: Toei Animation

Episodes: 12

Quick Pitch: Kusuriuri is a wandering medicine seller who seeks out malevolent spirits called mononoke. Once Kusuriuri arrives in an area, he must discover the Shape, Truth, and Reasoning of the spirit before it can be exorcised.

10. Ghost Hunt

Ghost Hunt

Studio: J.C. Staff

Episodes: 25

Quick Pitch: Mai and her friends love to share ghost stories. While telling a story in an abandoned building, they get interrupted by Shibuya, who is the president of the Shibuya Psychic Research Company.

The next day, Mai accidentally breaks Shibuya’s camera and injures one of his assistants. To repay for the incident, Mai is forced to join Shibuya’s group.

9. Occult Academy

Occult Academy

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Episodes: 13

Quick pitch: In 2012, the world is invaded by aliens. To stop this from happening, Fumiaki Uchida is sent back to 1999 to prevent the apocalypse from occurring by destroying the Nostradamus Key.

In order to find the key, he forms a partnership with a girl with a strong hatred for the occult.

8. Gosick


Studio: Bones

Episodes: 24

Quick Pitch: Kazuya Kujo moves from Japan to the fictional European country of Sauville. While visiting the school’s library, he meets a girl named Victorique de Blois. She possesses a brilliant mind that she uses to help her detective brother solve crimes.

7. Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

Studio: Brain’s Base

Episodes: 1 Movie

Quick pitch: Six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in an ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Hotaru meets a masked spirit named Gin when she is alone and desperate for help.

Gin is willing to help Hotaru but he warns her not to touch him or else he will disappear forever. As she grows older and develops feelings for him, their resolve is put to the test.

6. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Studio: Studio Deen

Episodes: 50 + 11 OVAs

Quick Pitch: Keiichi Maebara moves to the quiet village of Hinamizawa during the summer of 1983. He quickly becomes friends with schoolmates since all of the grades share a single classroom.

While Keiichi’s life seems idyllic and laid back, there is a darkness lurking in the town’s history of murders and disappearances that occur in connection with an annual festival.

5. Monogatari


Studio: Shaft

Episodes: 97 +3 Movies

Quick Pitch: Koyomi Araragi is a vampire trying to return back to his human form. One day, he meets the weightless Hitagi Senjougahara and offers to help solve her problem.

After that fateful meeting, Koyomi gets roped into helping other girls with supernatural problems.

4. Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100

Studio: Bones

Episodes: 12

Quick Pitch: Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama was born with powerful psychic powers, but he tries his best to live an ordinary life. As he enters adolescence, his emotionally-fueled powers become harder to suppress and threaten to break through its limits.

3. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Episodes: 11 + 1 Movie

Quick pitch: Jinta Yadomi lives life as a shut-in. One hot summer day, Jinta sees Meiko Honma, who is an old childhood friend. She spends the day pestering Jinta about a wish but he ignores her since she died several years ago.

Thinking this was a hallucination, Jinta is convinced that he has been seeing Meiko’s ghost. He must reunite their old friends so that Meiko’s soul can be put to rest.

2. Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yuujinchou)

Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yuujinchou)

Studio: Brain’s Base (seasons 1-4) / Shuka (seasons 5-6)

Episodes: 67 (74 when season 6 ends) + 2 OVAs

Quick pitch: Takashi Natsume has always been able to see spirits, which was inherited from his grandma. When she dies, she passes him the Yuujinchou (Book of Friends), which contains spirits that she formed a contract with.

Takashi wishes to dissolve the contracts, so the spirits would stop harassing him. But, he slowly warms up to Madara and his classmates due to his interactions with the spirits.

1. Mushishi


Studio: Artland

Episodes: 46 + 2 specials + 1 movie

Quick pitch: Mushi are basic lifeforms that exist without goals or a purpose outside of living. Ginko is a mushishi: a person who can see mushi and help people who are being troubled by the beings in this slow burn drama.

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Anime and gaming enthusiast with a passion for sharing my knowledge and insights. I've watched over 1000 anime and spent countless hours playing video games.

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