It’s that time of year once again when ghouls and goblins break break loose, vampires and vengeful spirits terrorize the streets and the dead rise. Yep, it’s Halloween once again and everybody seems excited for the annual fright night.

It’s no secret that the Japanese know horror. With classic hits like The Ring, The Grudge, One Missed Call, Audition and from way back in 1959, Gojira or Godzilla, the Japanese know how to get inside a person’s mind and scare the day lights out of them. But what about anime? We here at SGCafe have taken a look at five horror anime that you may want to watch this All Hallow’s Eve.

Yami Shibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

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Yami Shibai, which literally means theater of darkness is a narrative look at Japan’s ghost stories. It mimics the traditional Japanese story-telling method known as Kami Shibai as the narrator tells stories based on scary rumors and urban legends all over Japan. You might not want to watch this one alone as some of their ghost stories are really scary. You can watch it via Crunchyroll

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One of 2012’s most highly rated anime, there is no doubt this series makes it to our list. It’s gripping story line about a cursed class where students and the people around them would often suffer gruesome deaths certainly struck a chord among die hard horror fans with its gripping and suspenseful tale as well as its gory, blood-spattered deaths. You can watch it via Cruncyroll

Hell Girl

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Perhaps one of the most successful horror anime around, spanning three seasons and at least one death per episode, it has the hall marks of a true Japanese horror story from the vengeful spirit with a sad origin named Ai Enma to the psychological horrors her victims suffer as she drags them to hell. The story follows a mysterious website where you can immediately send someone you don’t like to hell, but there’s a price, when you die, you go to hell as well. You can watch this series via Crunchyroll

Shiki

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Many have admitted having goosebumps while watching this anime and I don’t blame them as this anime made the hairs at the back of my neck stand.  It is quite graphic and definitely not for the weak of heart. The story follows a young boy named Natsuno Yuuki who reluctantly moves to a small Japanese village called Sotoba. There, mysterious deaths occur to the people around him. You can watch this series via Funimation

Pupa

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This anime hasn’t even aired yet along with the rest of the Fall 2013 anime but it has already gotten into the radar of many horror fans, not just anime fans for its graphic and gory scenes. Like most of the anime in the list, it is not for the faint of heart as it depicts cannibalism and a whole lot of blood. It follows the Hasegawa siblings, Utsutsu and Yume (Not to be confused with that other pair of Hasegawa siblings from Haganai). One day, Yume sees a mysterious red butterfly and then, she undergoes a metamorphosis as she transforms into a man-eating monster. Here’s the trailer

So grab your popcorn, blankets and night lights and be sure to look around you because who knows? Maybe something is hiding behind you…

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