Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories (2013)
Get a good set of headphones and get ready for short spooky stories based on Japanese urban legends and myths. Each episode is around 5 minutes long, produced in the kamishibai style of popular street theatre storytelling from the 1930s.
A series of unexplained deaths occur in a small town, and a doctor tries to investigate what lies behind the morbid demises. Featuring iconic Buck Tick songs and stellar music themes that will haunt you for days, Shiki will mess with your head and make you think hard about where your loyalties lie.
Full of twists, bloodshed and supernatural secrets, this horror anime will keep you on the edge of your seat. When Koichi meets uncanny Mei, a series of gruesome and senseless deaths connected to their class 3-3 will start to make sense. Plot, artwork and music design will draw you in instantly.
Not to be confused with Princess Mononoke (1997), this series will transport you to feudal Japan, where only one person has the power to fight the mononoke – the evil spirits. Building on psychological horror, this unique animation boasts detailed art and a rare look at Japanese traditions.
Parasyte: The Maxim (2014-2015)
Alien shapeshifters can compete with ghosts in terms of inflicting terror. In this sci-fi horror series, the monsters prey on humans by devouring heads and feasting on their bodies – great nightmare material to upset your subconscious. However, Parasyte is not just gore and screams. It poses serious questions about humanity, including our impact and place in the world.