Sometimes, you just want to kick back and watch an anime that delivers nothing but mindless violence and gore. Their stories may not be top notch, but they make up for it with fluid animation and entertaining dismemberments!
Here are some gore anime fans should check out, but you might need a barf bag!
© Production I.G. / CLAMP / Project BLOOD-C
The sequel to Blood+ may fail to live up to expectations story wise, but the series is filled with tasty gore, unintentional comedy (human blender anyone?), and decent fight choreography. Fans of the TV series should check out The Last Dark, which serves as the series’ finale.
2Fist of the North Star
© Buronson / Tetsuo Hara / Shueisha Inc. / Toe Animation Co., Ltd.
Fist of the North Star is one of the most influential shounen series from the ’80s. The series challenge TV broadcast regulations with its ultra violence, which included exploding heads and twisted bodies. The 1986 movie was so bloody that all home video versions released so far have been censored.
© Lynn Okamoto / Shueisha Inc. / Arms Corporation
Elfen Lied is the most unsubtle series about the harm that bullying and discrimination bring to society, but it makes up for it with high impact violence and buckets of blood!
© Kentaro Miura / Hakusensha, Inc. / OLM, Inc.
The 1997 adaptation of Berserk is a must watch for fans of Miura’s sense of gritty violence. Much of the gore is intact, and it does a decent job of adapting The Golden Age arc at the expense of cutting most of the supernatural elements.
© Kouta Hirano / Shonen Gahosha / Wild Geese
Hellsing Ultimate manages the rare feat of being able to tell a good story that doesn’t get lost in all of the gore. Who knew that a tale about a vampire that slays Nazi zombies would have some well-written characters?
6Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
© Team GrisGris / 5pb. / Asread / Corpse Part Production
Fans of the Corpse Party: Blood Covered might balk at the 4 episode OVA for cutting and re-arranging so much of the story, but gorehounds will find a lot of scenes to love.
© Yoshiaki Kawajiri / Madhouse Inc.
Ninja Scroll was in huge for introducing anime to adult audiences during the ’90s. The dark tale of a wandering swordsman and a ninja combating demons looks simple on the surface, but Ninja Scroll is filled with twists and turns. It doesn’t hurt that it has some of the most fluid animation from the era.
© Hiroya Oku / Shuiesha Inc. / Gonzo K.K. / Gantz Partners
The twisted world of Gantz takes place in a universe where life doesn’t end with death. Some people take part in a futile death game, which leads to very grisly moments while examining the frail human psyche.
9Rin – Daughters of Mnemosyne
© Xebec, Inc. / Genco, Inc. / Yggdrasil Executive Committee
Rin – Daughters of Mnemosyne is a sadistic series that takes joy in torturing the immortal Rin Asougi. While it may seem like torture porn at first, the series tell an interesting story that incorporates Viking and Christian mythologies.
© Go Nagai / Kodansha Ltd. / Ashi Productions
Violence Jack is an OVA series that follows a violent dude named Jack. A massive earthquake has split the world in half and has thrown the world into chaos. The series is notorious for its graphic violence and fantastic English dub.
© Central Park Media Corporation / Koichi Ohata / Riku Sanjo / Nippon Columbia Co.
MD Geist is an OVA from 1986 and was largely ignored by Japan. However, the series has a cult following the U.S. due to being one of the first OVA projects to be dubbed and distributed in the early ’90s. It follows a genetically engineered soldier whose function is to be a killing machine. Naturally, Geist goes insane and embarks on a killing spree.
© Tony Takezaki / Byakuya Shobo / Artmic
Genocyber is another cult series that never gained an audience in Japan. It follows two disabled twin sisters who are experimented on for the sake of creating a psychic superweapon. Things don’t work out well, and body parts fly everywhere. If you are going to watch Genocyber, do so for the action, because the story is terribad.
© Takayuki Yamaguchi / Akita Shoten Co., Ltd. / Madhouse Inc. / Shigurui Partners
Shigurui takes place during the early Edo period and centers around a tournament where contestants have to use real blades. What makes the series different is that it only focuses on the first match, and highlights the circumstances that brought the two warriors to the tournament. Keep a barf bag, because the violence is crazy graphic.
© AIC Inc. / Toshiba EMI
Blue Gender is a post-apocalyptic mecha series that weaves a decent horror tale among the violence. You don’t have to be a mecha fan to feel connected to Yuji Kaido and Marlene Angel.
© Yukito Ayatsuji / Kadokawa Shoten / P.A. Works Corporation / Team Another
Depending on your view, Another is either a thrilling supernatural mystery or a slapstick comedy. The story of a deadly force that haunts class 3-3 leads to some disturbing (and silly) deaths.
© Yoshiaki Kawajiri / Madhouse Inc.
From the creator of Ninja Scroll comes a neo-noir horror film about demons invading the human world after peace treaty expires. The story is not as good as Ninja Scroll, but it is filled with great visuals for horror fans.
What are your favorite gore anime regardless of story quality?