5 best psychological anime to watch


5 best psychological anime to watch

By Marla Anonuevo
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June 23, 2021

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The anime covers a wide range of genres, which means that it also includes dark and psychological topics that may not be suitable for everyone. Some prefer to watch only light stuff like a slice of life, or maybe something from shôjo kind. However, some love watching psychological cartoons that are sure to make your brain work (or maybe even cry).

So here is a list of the best psychological anime to watch.

1Death threat

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What is justice? What good will the elimination of “evil” bring?

This anime follows the story of Light Yagami, a genius high school student who stumbles upon a notebook called Death Note, which has the power to kill someone as long as the notebook owner knows the face and name of their target. With this new power, Light decides to take on the role of god and create a “new” world by aiming to eliminate all criminals. As the serial killings continue, Japanese police enlist the help of L, the world’s best sleuth, resulting in a series of mind games between him and Light.

2Steins; Gate

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It’s pretty much sci-fi time travel that is sure to confuse your brain if you’re not really a scientist or can’t easily keep up with the concepts of time travel.

Rintaro Okabe is a self-proclaimed mad scientist who enjoys creating various gadgets alongside his lab members, Mayuri Shiina and Hashida “Daru” Itaru. They create a gadget called Phone Microwave, which they discover can send messages to the past tense. Okabe ends up going through multiple timelines in order to prevent various tragic events from happening, which clearly affects him emotionally.

3Perfect blue

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Thought Black Swan, but in a visually pleasing anime form.

A film by the iconic Satoshi Kon, Perfect blue revolves around the story of Mima Kirigoe, who leaves her idol group J-pop to become a full-time actress. This career change is not really good for her – eventually, she begins to feel immense pressure from the demands of acting. Not to mention that an obsessed fan begins to stalk her, among a series of various events that make her tip over and become unbalanced. Eventually, she fails to distinguish fantasy from reality.

4Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Mech? Fresh. Traumatized characters? Maybe also cool, depending on your taste.

Created by Hideki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion takes place in a world where there are beings called Angels, who terrorize the world. An organization called Nerv, headed by Gendo Ikari, is tasked with fighting the angels using mecha. Shinji Ikari, Gendo’s teenage son, becomes one of Evangelion’s pilots. Having the fate of the world on his shoulders besides knowing more about their enemies and Nerv sends Shinji into a spiraling mess.

5Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Magic girls aren’t so happy anymore.

This series revolves around Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki, who end up meeting Kyuubey, a magical cat-like familiar. Kyuubey tells them that he has the power to grant wishes, but in return, they must become magical girls. With great power comes great responsibility, and all is not what it seems as the plot darkens.

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