Zankyou No Terror is not a show about terrorism. Before you roll your eyes and point your finger at the obvious “Terror” emblazoned in the title, I am serious on this one. While the topic is addressed at times, the crime thriller genre is merely a tool the show wields to sculpt out its socio-political commentary on Japan.
Psycho-Pass - ( Action, Police, Psychological, Sci-Fi) I was hesitant about Psychopass because of a weak second season and the more obvious Ghost in the Shell (which was ground breaking in itself). However the first season of Psycho-Pass deserved this place for me.
Serial Experiments Lain is a paragon of many dimensions, and completely unparalleled in many more. It's a masterpiece of intellectuality, and utterly unparalleled in providing a mind-warping trip into extreme psychological and philosophical themes whose impact lingers and haunts like nothing I've ever experienced.
Ergo Proxy is a highly experimental show, and just like all shows of that kind it always divides the viewers into two camps: while the ones enjoy its complex story and thought-provoking symbolism, the others fiercely criticize it for "pretentiousness" or simply scratch their heads in perplexity, wondering what this whole thing is supposed to mean.
Find out more with MyAnimeList, the world's most active online anime and manga community and database. Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983, and quickly becomes inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude.
Looking for information on the anime Death Parade? Find out more with MyAnimeList, the world's most active online anime and manga community and database. After death, there is no heaven or hell, only a bar that stands between reincarnation and oblivion.
Perfect Blue (パーフェクトブルー, Pāfekuto Burū) is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller film directed by Satoshi Kon and written by Sadayuki Murai. It is based on the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis (パーフェクト・ブルー 完全変態, Pāfekuto Burū: Kanzen Hentai) by Yoshikazu Takeuchi.
Evangelion is a well-known and divisive anime that nevertheless finds itself squarely inside this list of the best psychological anime of all time. There may be mechs, action, and world saving, but the anime is more about character development and flaws.
Tokyo Ghoul was one of the most hyped titles of summer 2014 but it quickly proved to be far weaker than what its first episode promises. It starts off as a psychological thriller about the main character suddenly turning to a man eating monster.
Looking for information on the anime Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim-)? Find out more with MyAnimeList, the world's most active online anime and manga community and database. All of a sudden, they arrived: parasitic aliens that descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets.
Looking for information on the anime Texhnolyze? Find out more with MyAnimeList, the world's most active online anime and manga community and database. Texhnolyze takes place in the city of Lux, a man-made underground city that has crumbled after years of neglect and lack of repairs.
Paprika is another work coming from the twisted mind of Satoshi Kon (what, did you think we'd have a list of the best psychological anime without including his work at least twice?). Paprika (literally) jumps into the mind and digs into what makes us, well, us.
Psychological anime play with the human psyche, messing with your perception and beliefs, and leaving you thinking about the anime long after it's over. The anime below are some of the best psychological anime, according to MAL ratings, tags, and the columnist's own biases - perfect anime for those times when you're craving a more cerebral viewing experience.
Looking for information on the anime Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom? Find out more with MyAnimeList, the world's most active online anime and manga community and database. Mafia is rife in America where assassinations are a regular occurrence on the streets.
Paprika throws viewers into a world where it’s possible to enter into the subconscious of another person through the use of a DC Mini. Captaining the rise and use of this technology is Dr. Atsuko Chiba, whose alternate identity of Paprika, when entering another person’s mind, can benefit society to great lengths by analyzing and resolving deep-rooted issues in people.