Sometimes, anime can make you think, can make you wonder, and sometimes, it can leave you confused or even crying as some of these series really do play with your mind. Japanese media website, Goo, has recently asked 500 anime fans to vote for the anime series which they think is the most psychological is cerebral.

Of the 500 voters who participated, 250 were male while 250 were female. The rankings were based on which anime series showed the most intense use of a person’s mind from simple problem solving and detective skills to all-out psychological warfare and a battle of wits. Here are their Top 20:

20) Paprika

19) Pumpkin Scissors

18) Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

17) Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

16) Higurashi: When They Cry

15) The Tatami Galaxy

14) Bakemonogatari

13/12 tie) No Game, No Life and A Certain Magical Index

11) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

10) Mushishi


9) Parasyte the Maxim


8) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure


7) Psycho-Pass


6) Attack on Titan


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