22 Best Gory Anime of All Time

Do you remember my best rom com anime list when I talked about best rom com anime (I mean what else would I talk about in that list)? Yep today we are going to do the literal same with that, except today's topic will be full of bloodshed. Quite literally. 

It is all because we are going to discuss 22 best gory anime of all time. I find it strange that so many people have taken a liking towards this kind of anime. I mean I do, but upon researching all of these anime, I found it strange that this genre has been loved by so many fans. 

Just like usual, I took all of these entries from Myanimelist (this website helped me out a lot lmao). I also took a deliberation to include the members and ratings simultaneously to prove that not all popular shows have higher ratings than the less popular one.

I also did the math to find out the rating of the overall show if the anime has more than one season. You are very welcome. And just like our previous best anime list, I would not put sassy, cheesy, or annoying comments and will only explain the synopsis of the anime. So yeah, this is the last time you will see my sassiness for this list. Say goodbye. 

On the final note, I took the definition of gory simply by looking at Oxford Languages Dictionary that provides an explanation for Google users. I suggest you have a look at it to avoid any misunderstanding or misconception regarding what gory is. 

If you already did that, let us start from our number 22:

22 Best Gory Anime of All Time

22. Tokyo Ghoul

Gory Anime: Tokyo Ghoul

Members: 2,343,916

Score: 6.90

Ken Kaneki, barely surviving after a deadly encounter with Rize Kamishiro, a woman who was revealed to be a ghoul, a human-like creature that hunts and eats human flesh, is taken to a hospital in critical condition. After recovering, Kaneki discovers that he somehow underwent an operation that turned him into a half-ghoul, and like them, must consume human flesh to survive as well. After that, he is taken in by the ghoul who runs the coffee shop “Anteiku”, the first to find him by Yoshimura and Touka Kirishima who teach him to face his new life as a ghoul. 

21. High School of The Dead

Gory Anime: High School of The Dead

Members: 1,287,218

Score: 7.10

One day when the world begins to be shaken by a “deadly pandemic” that can turn humans into zombies. The zombies are called “Them” by the main characters, who consist of Takahashi Komuro, Miyamoto Rei, Busujima Saeko, Kouta Hirano, Saya Takagi, and Shizuka Marikawa. This is the story of the journey of these high school students and a sister from Fujimi School, and a little girl who struggles desperately to survive this disaster. During the journey, they also have to deal with social controversies and meet other survivors.

20. Deadman Wonderland

Gory Anime: Deadman Wonderland

Members: 1,076,818

Score: 7.18

Ganta Igarashi, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture's high school, lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange person covered in blood and red armor floats through his classroom window. Grinning madly, the “Red Man” slaughters Ganta's entire class. Instead of killing him, “Red Man” embeds a red crystal shard in Ganta's chest. A few days after the massacre, Ganta was tried as a suspect. Due to evidence rigged against him, he is sentenced to death in Deadman Wonderland, a prison that doubles as an amusement park and is run by warden Tsunenaga Tamaki.

19. Btooom

Gory Anime: Btooom

Members: 757,915

Score: 7.33

Ryouta Sakamoto is unemployed and lives with his mother, his only real achievement is that he is Japan's top player of the popular online video game Btooom! However, his peaceful life is about to change when he finds himself stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere, with a small green crystal embedded in his left hand and no memory of how he got there. Surprisingly, someone has decided to recreate the game he loves so much in real life, with the stakes being life or death. Players are tasked with killing seven of their fellow participants and retrieving their green crystal to return home. 

18. Goblin Slayer

Gory Anime: Goblin Slayer

Members: 878,145

Score: 7.33

In a fantasy world, adventurers come from far and wide to join Guilds, in order to complete contracts for whatever work is available. An inexperienced priestess joins her first group of adventurers, but is caught up in danger when their first task of eliminating the goblins ends badly. Except for the priestess, they are all slaughtered and murdered into death. After her group of friends are wiped out, she is saved by a man known as Goblin Slayer, an adventurer whose goal is to wipe out the goblins with extreme prejudice.

17. Another

Gory Anime: Another

Members: 1,423,832

Score: 7.39

This storyline starts from a story 26 years ago in 1972, there was a person named Misaki Yomiyama who attended Yomiyama North Middle School. She has been popular since 7th grade. She is smart and has an attractive personality. When she was in 9th grade, Misaki died in an accident. Everyone is shocked. However, one of the students pointed at Misaki's desk and said “Misaki is there. She is not dead.” Until in the end the entire 9th grade believed that Misaki was still alive. This continues until they graduate. Even the headmaster provided an empty seat for Misaki's graduation ceremony.

16. Mirai Nikki

Gory Anime: Mirai Nikki

Members: 1,752,720

Score: 7.40

Yukiteru Amano is a 14 year old, shy and dreamy loner who observes life and records events on his cell phone. His only friend is Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space, who turns Yukiteru's cell phone into a Future Diary, capable of predicting the future for up to ninety days. Yukiteru discovers he and eleven others are part of a survival game orchestrated by Deus. The goal of the game is to eliminate the other diary holder, the winner to replace Deus. Yukiteru finds himself protected by Yuno Gasai, a charming yet psychopathic classmate who is obsessively stalking him.

15. Akame ga Kill

Gory Anime: Akame ga Kill

Members: 1,729,307

Score: 7.48

Tatsumi is a warrior who fails to enlist in the army and must experience the cruelty of life in the capital city. Living like a tramp on the streets, he is then taken in by a noble family, but when a group of assassins called Night Raid attacks, he learns that his hosts have tortured and killed him just as they had done to his two friends, Sayo and Ieyasu. Eventually, he joined Night Raid, which consisted of an Akame Swordsman; Leone's Fierce Fighter; Sniper Mine Girl; Sheele Scissors Holder; Lubbock Yarn Manipulator; The Armor Soldier named Bulat; and their leader Najenda. 

14. Higurashi: When They Cry

Gory Anime: Higurashi When They Cry

Members: 709,418

Score: 7.51

Keiichi Maebara had just moved to the quiet small village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983, and quickly became inseparable friends with his schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks beneath the seemingly beautiful life they lead. As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends around him. He then discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in recent years, and they all appear to be related to the festival and the village's patron deity, Oyashiro. As more and more strange things happen, he wonders what else his friends might be hiding from him. 

13. Elfen Lied

Gory Anime: Elfen Lied

Members: 1,327,203

Score: 7.52

Lucy is a special kind of human known as “Diclonius,” born with a pair of short horns and invisible telekinetic hands that make her the victim of inhumane scientific experiments by the government. However, once circumstances give her a chance to escape, Lucy, ravaged by confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors. During her escape, she receives a crippling head injury that gives her a split personality: someone with a harmless child mentality who has a limited capacity for speech. In this state of instability, she finds 2 college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who have unknowingly brought an injured fugitive into their care, oblivious to her murderous tendencies.

12. Psycho Pass

Gory Anime: Psycho Pass

Members: 1,395,842

Score: 7.64

The story takes place in an authoritarian future dystopia, where public censors everywhere are constantly scanning the mental state of every citizen. The data collected, both mentality at the time and aggregate personality are used to measure the probability of these citizens committing crimes. The data assessment is referred to as the citizen Psycho-Pass. The authorities will receive a warning every time an excessive assessment is detected and send officers from the Public Security Bureau equipped with weapons called “Dominators”, energy guns that modulate their power on Psycho Pass targets. The main characters of this story are Akane Tsunemori and Shinya Kogami who are members of Unit One of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Public Safety Bureau.

11. Claymore

Gory Anime: Claymore

Members: 594,031

Score: 7.76

Claymore is set in a medieval world. In the Claymore universe, humans are not the top species in the food chain, because above humans, there are Yoma who eat humans. Yoma can also disguise himself as a human by eating the human and by eating the human brain, a Yoma can have the memory and attitude of the human, so detecting a Yoma disguised as a human is very difficult and even impossible, except for a Claymore. By eating Yoma, the Claymores who were originally just a human are turned into half Yoma and can have Yoma's strength, speed and endurance, even exceeding it.

10. Overlord

Gory Anime: Overlord

Members: 1,729,307

Score: 7.87

In Overlord, After operating for 12 years, the Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game or DMMORPG server named Yggdrasil will soon be shutting down. A member of The Great Tomb of Nazarick's guild, Momonga, discovered that the game had not been lost. Instead it seemed as though Yggdrasil had been recreated as his own reality along with his various NPCs having been revived while Momonga had been trapped in his game avatar form, rendering him unable to use normal player functions, such as Messages, or even exit. With no other choice, Momonga began to learn that there were people from the real world who were also in this new world with him.

9. Black Lagoon

Gory Anime: Black Lagoon

Members:  825,417

Score: 8.08

The story is about Rokurou Okajima, an average Japanese businessman who has lived a boring and monotonous life, when he finally gets a chance to change pace with a delivery trip to Southeast Asia. His business trip quickly goes downhill when Rokurou is captured by a mercenary group operating in Roanapur, called the Black Lagoon. The group planned to use him as a bargaining chip in negotiations that ultimately failed. Now abandoned and betrayed by his former master, Rokurou decides to join the Black Lagoon. In order to survive, he must quickly adapt to his new surroundings and prepare for the bloodshed and tribulations to come.

8. Parasyte: The Maxim

Gory Anime: Parasyte The Maxim

Members: 1,529,326

Score: 8.32

It tells the story of a worm-shaped alien named Parasyte who attacks the earth and takes over the human brain by entering through the ear. One night, when the teenager Shinichi Izumi lived with his parents in the Tokyo neighborhood, the alien attacked the teenager who was sleeping, but Shinichi was wearing headphones in his ear. The alien couldn't enter the teenager's ear, but he managed to enter the right arm. the teenager. The creature is named Migi which means right. They both share a personality, namely fighting other Parasytes to prevent terror in society.

7. Hellsing Ultimate

Gory Anime: Hellsing Ultimate

Members: 777,723

Score: 8.37

Hellsing, an organization that specializes in dealing with supernatural threats, is called in to eliminate the vampires who turned the villagers of Cheddar into ghosts. To end this, the organization's leader, Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, sends his most formidable asset: the powerful vampire known as Alucard. Armed with only one gun, Alucard wreaks havoc on the monsters that plague Cheddar. However, a young police officer, Seras Victoria, gets caught up in the chaos and is seriously injured as a result. Feeling sorry for the girl, Alucard gives her a choice: die as a human or live as a vampire. Seras accepts his offer and starts a new life as a member of Hellsing.

6. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Gory Anime: Re Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Members: 1,811,152

Score: 8.39

Subaru Natsuki was suddenly transported to another world. Without knowing who transferred him, Subaru befriends a silver-haired half-elf girl named Emilia. When he and that girl are mysteriously killed, Subaru awakens and realizes that he has the “Return by Death” ability, allowing him to return to the time before he died. Subaru then needs to adapt to his new life in another world with that mysterious power, while using it for the greater good. In his journey finding out the truth behind his transfer and power, he experiences multiple death experiences and everytime he needs to loop over again and solve the mystery. 

5. Demon Slayer

Gory Anime: Demon Slayer

Members: 2,158,743

Score: 8.64

Set in Japan during the Taisho period, Tanjiro Kamado is a kind and intelligent boy who lives with his family and earns money by selling charcoal. Everything changed when his family was attacked and slaughtered by a demon. Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the only survivors of the incident, even though Nezuko is now a demon. Surprisingly she still shows signs of emotion and thinking like a human. Tanjiro then becomes a demon slayer to turn Nezuko back into a human again, and to prevent the tragedy that happened to him and his sister from happening to others.

4. Made in Abyss

Gory Anime: Made in Abyss

Members: 1,055,851

Score: 8.69

In Made in Abyss, An orphaned girl named Riko lives at the Belchero Orphanage in the city of Orth. This city surrounds a strange giant hole that goes deep into the earth, which is commonly called the Abyss. Riko's longing in life is to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a White Whistle, adventurers who travel in the depth of the Abyss. One day he finds a robot resembling a human boy in the Abyss and names him Reg. Riko, determined to find her mother, bids farewell to her friends and sets off for the Abyss with Reg as her friend.

3. Jujutsu Kaisen

Gory Anime: Jujutsu Kaisen

Members: 1,588,789

Score: 8.72

High school student Yuuji Itador's laid-back lifestyle immediately takes a strange turn when he unknowingly stumbles upon a cursed object. Triggering a chain of supernatural events, Yuuji finds himself suddenly thrust into the world of Curses, monstrous beings formed from human hatred and negativity. He somehow swallowed the finger belonging to the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, “King of the Curse.” Yuuji experiences firsthand the threat this Curse poses to society as he discovers his own new powers. Introduced to the Tokyo Metropolitan High School of Jujutsu Engineering, he begins to walk a path he cannot return to, the path of a Jujutsu sorcerer.

2. Attack on Titan

Gory Anime: Attack on Titan

Members: 3,186,565

Score: 8.72

Eren Yeager lives with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and her best friend, Armin Arlert, in the Shiganshina District adjacent to Wall Maria, the outermost wall of the three circular walls, which protects humanity from the Titans who are said to have killed all other humans a hundred years ago. . When Shiganshina and Wall Maria were uprooted by the Colossal Titan and Armored Titan, the incoming Titans attacked forcing the humans to retreat into Wall Rose. After a Titan devours his mother while his father disappears, Eren bent on revenge enlists in the military along with Mikasa and Armin.

1. Vinland Saga

Gory Anime: Vinland Saga

Members: 977,467

Score: 8.73

Young Thorfinn grew up listening to stories of old sailors who had sailed the seas and reached the place of legend, Vinland. However, he currently lived in the era where war between England and Denmark grew worse year by year. Death had become commonplace, and the viking mercenaries loved every moment of it. Aligning with either side would cause a huge swing in the balance of power, and the vikings were happy to make a name for themselves and pick up the spoils they earned along the way. In the midst of the chaos, Thorfinn must take revenge and kill Askeladd, the man who killed his father.