21 Best Psychological Anime Series of All Time

Psychological anime series have there own fan base these are among the most loved and watched anime series among all fans.

This anime genre never miss a chance to play with our minds and emotions. These psychological anime series may not be fit into horror anime genre but I can bet some of them will terrify you.

So, with no Further ado Lets start this list of Best psychological anime series recommendations.

21. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Shortly after being summoned to a new world, Subaru Natsuki and his new female companion are brutally murdered. But then he awakes to find himself in the same alley, with the same thugs, the same girl, and the day begins to repeat.

  • Episodes: 25
  • Studios: White Fox
  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Psychological Anime, Thriller

20. Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer’s life.

  • Episodes:  23
  • Studios: Manglobe
  • Genres:  Sci-Fi, Mystery, Psychological Anime

19. Death Parade

Death Parade

After death, humans go to either heaven or hell. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim.

18. Future Diary

Future Diary

A young man competes with people around the world for a chance to become the succesor of God, with a diary that is able to tell the future.

  • Episodes: 26
  • Studios: Asread
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Psychological Anime, Shounen, Supernatural, Thriller

17. Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

A pop singer gives up her career to become an actress, but she slowly goes insane when she starts being stalked by an obsessed fan and what seems to be a ghost of her past.

  • Movie
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Dementia, Drama, Horror, Psychological Anime

16. Zankyou no Terror

Zankyou no Terror

Tokyo has been decimated by a terrorist attack, and the only clue to the culprit’s identity is a bizarre internet video. While paranoia spreads, two mysterious children form “Sphinx,” a clandestine entity determined to pull the trigger on this world.

  • Episodes: 11
  • Studios: MAPPA
  • Genres: Mystery, Psychological Anime, Thriller

15. Shinsekai yori

Shinsekai yori

In a post-apocalyptic world set a thousand years after our era, the remaining humans, now with telekinesis, live in a seemingly peaceful society, but dark secrets of the past will soon be discovered by a small group of friends.

  • Episodes: 25
  • Studios: A-1 Pictures
  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Psychological Anime, Supernatural, Drama

14. Parasyte -the maxim-

Parasyte -the maxim-

17-year-old Shinichi Izumi is partially infected by a Parasyte; monsters that butcher and consume humans. He must learn to co-exist with the creature if he is to survive both the life of a Parasyte and human, as part monster, part person.

  • Episodes: 24
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Horror, Psychological Anime, Drama, Seinen

13. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

A girl is offered a wish in exchange for a commitment to battling witches, a group of magical beings whose souls have been tainted by darkness.

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Shaft
  • Genres: Psychological Anime, Drama, Magic, Thriller

12. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

The story of a group of young friends and the mysterious events that occur in the rural village of Hinamizawa.

  • Episodes: 50 / Two Seasons
  • Studio: Deen
  • Genres: Mystery, Psychological Anime, Supernatural, Thriller

11. Danganronpa


A group of 15 elite high school students are gathered at a very special, high class high school. To graduate from this high school essentially means you’ll succeed in life, but graduating is very difficult.

The school is presided over by a bear called Monokuma, and he explains to them that their graduation hinges around committing a murder.

The only way to graduate is to kill one of your classmates and get away with it. If the other classmates discover the identity of the killer, the killer is the only one executed.

However, if they fail to catch the killer, only the killer graduates and the others are annihilated. Which of the 15 will survive the bloodbath to come?

  • Episodes:  36 / Three Seasons
  • Studios: Lerche
  • Genres: Mystery, Psychological Anime, School

10. Welcome to the N.H.K.

Welcome to the N.H.K.

This surreal dramedy follows Satou Tatsuhiro as he attempts to escape the evil machinations of the NHK.

  • Episodes: 24
  • Studios: Gonzo
  • Genres: Comedy, Psychological Anime, Drama, Romance

9. Ayashi no Ceres

Ayashi no Ceres

Now, in modern day time, Aya Mikage is a descendent of Ceres, and has quite an amount of tennyo blood.

  • Episodes: 24
  • Studios: Studio Pierrot
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Psychological Anime, Supernatural, Drama, Romance, Shoujo

8. Gakkou Gurashi

Gakkou Gurashi

A young girl pretends to live a normal school life with her friends, unable to perceive what is truly happening around her.

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: Lerche
  • Genres: Slice of Life, Psychological Anime, School, Horror, Mystery

7. xxxHOLIC


Kimihiro Watanuki, a high-schooler, is troubled by monsters and spirits who are magically attracted to him. However, nobody else can see them but him.

One day, Watanuki stumbles into a shop that grants wishes, and encounters Yuko Ichihara, a beautiful, seemingly all-knowing witch.

Yuko doesn’t waste time, she offers to grant Watanuki’s wish to not be able to see those bothersome monsters and spirits any longer, however, there is a price.

Yuko soon sees that Watanuki is a hard worker and would be useful for housework and other chores Yuko wishes for him to do until he works off enough to pay for the amount of power that needs to be used to grant his wish.

  • Episodes: 37 / Two Seasons
  • Studios: Production I.G
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Psychological Anime, Supernatural

6. Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of “The Wired”.

  • Episdoes: 13
  • Studios: Triangle Staff
  • Genres: Dementia, Drama, Mystery, Psychological Anime, Sci-Fi, Supernatural

5. Erased


29 year old Satoru Fujinuma is sent back in time 18 years to prevent the events leading to his mother’s death, which began with a series of kidnappings in his 5th grade year.

  • Episodes: 13
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genres: Mystery, Psychological Anime, Supernatural, Seinen

4. Psycho-Pass


Believing in humanity and order, policewoman Akane Tsunemori obeys the ruling, computerized, precognitive Sibyl System.

But when she faces a criminal mastermind who can elude this “perfect” system, she questions both Sibyl and herself.

  • Episodes: 33 / Two Seasons
  • Studios: Production I.G
  • Genres: Action, Police, Psychological Anime, Sci-Fi

3. Monster


A brilliant neurosurgeon living in Germany finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.

  • Episodes: 74
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Police, Psychological Anime, Seinen, Thriller

2. Yakusoku no Neverland

Yakusoku no Neverland

A group of the smartest kids at a seemingly perfect orphanage uncover its dark truth when they break a rule to never leave the orphanage grounds. Once the truth is discovered, they begin to plan an escape to save all of the children.

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studios: CloverWorks
  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Psychological Anime, Thriller, Shounen

1. Death Note

Death Note Psychological Anime

An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.

  • Episodes: 37
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres:  Mystery, Police, Psychological Anime, Supernatural, Thriller, Shounen

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