Psychological Anime - The best thriller, thrillers and mysteries

WRITTEN BY

Open enrollment for Ricardo Cruz Nihongo Premium's Japanese course! Click make your registration!

While most people find satisfaction in action with struggles and violence, many can only be satisfied with a good Psychological Thriller. In this article we will see a list of the best psychological thriller anime, thrillers and mysteries.

For those who do not know a psychological thriller anime fits into the suspense category, but most of the time the action is present not only with fights but with battles of intelligence, of the mind, strategies, terror and several points that drive your mind crazy.

Psychological thriller or suspense anime address tension, climax with excitement designed to hold from beginning to end. Others you watch totally confused without understanding, but when it comes to the end it becomes your favorite anime (steins; gate). 

In these stories there are always threatening, mysterious situations with escapes and complicated and impossible situations. In this article we have separated a list of best psychological anime for you to watch without fail. In my opinion this is one of the best genres of all time.

I do not like to roll in synopses, I will briefly summarize a synopsis. If he's on that list, it's worth it! The best psychological anime are made by Mad House. Remembering that I do not organize in ranking from best to worst, but by the comments you should know which ones are my favorites.

Psychological anime with mystery

It is strange to separate anime in this category, since all psychological anime tend to have mysteries. So let's put here the anime with the best mysteries:

Boku dake ga Inai Machi / Erased - A young person has the power to travel in time to avoid events. One day his mother is killed and he returns in his childhood to try to solve a mystery that has to do with his future. (12 episodes) BEST OF 2016! 

Animes psicológicos – os melhores thriller, suspenses e mistérios

Death Note - I don't even need to talk about this anime, it is mandatory! It belongs to a boy who finds a notebook that lets him kill whoever writes his name on it. He wants to rid the world of evil, the problem is that he is hunted by a detective. This anime is very intelligent and holds from beginning to end. (37 episodes) INDISPENSABLE!

Zankyou no Terror - It tells the story of terrorist bombings that are happening in Japan, and are caused by only 2 boys. (11 episodes)

Now with mystery but a little action ...

Another - Inexplicable deaths happening in a terrible way, a great mystery surrounding students of a school, with scenes of traumatizing their mind. (12 episodes)

Animes psicológicos – os melhores thriller, suspenses e mistérios

Monster - Being old (2004), I ended up trying to watch it. Only he became one of the best anime I have ever seen in my life. It is a great mystery, suspense, terror and even action happening all the time. The anime tells the story of a doctor who ends up being accused of murdering people, only in reality the culprit is a psychopath, sociopath and serial killer that he saved as a child. (74 episodes) PERFECT!

Detective Conan - An anime for all ages and with more than 800 episodes. Despite seeming cliché and kind of childish, anime is very intelligent, perhaps responsible for educating Japanese children to be so intelligent, because it addresses several complex subjects. Each episode is a different criminal case, always full of suspense, mystery and intelligence.

He is so good that even my mother watches, he is always at the top of the weekly ranking in Japan, but unfortunately he is unknown in Brazil. Perhaps the fact that it was released in 1996 has discouraged people from watching it, but it is worth it. The story shows a young detective who ends up becoming a child and solving cases using a failed detective. MY FAVORITE! 

Animes psicológicos – os melhores thriller, suspenses e mistérios

There are other psychological anime with mystery that deserve your attention, but in order not to get too long the list will mention just the name below: 

  • Death Parade (sinister);
  • Last !! (confused);
  • Mirai Nikki (famous);
  • Hyouka;
  • Baccano;
  • Darker than Black;
  • Gosick;
  • Serial Experiments Lain;
  • Boogiepop Phantom;
  • Shiki;
  • Paprika;

Psychological Anime with Action

Kiseijuu - In one night, alien creatures invade the earth and stay in human brains. When trying to enter the brain of a young man, this parasite ends up failing and dominating the boy's arm. Without the desire to eat humans and dominate their minds, the 2 come together to end these murderous aliens. One of the best anime I've ever seen, with a lot of action, suspense and terror. (25 episodes) WATCH!

Animes psicológicos – os melhores thriller, suspenses e mistérios

Psycho-Pass - The story takes place in a future where it is possible to measure people's criminal coefficient and determine whether they are necessary in society or not. The anime shows a government group that fights crimes using this system of measuring a person's mental state and personality. The main backstory is very good and it holds you back, there are two seasons and a movie. WATCH!

Hunter X Hunter - Although it is not placed most often in psychological anime rankings, but in action anime. This classic that already had 2 anime adaptations and one by Mad House (2011), has several scenes that move our psychological with a lot of action, and is disputing my TOP 1 of favorite animes. The synopsis tells the story of a boy who is going to take an exam to become Hunter (hunter), but the story goes on much longer with several arcs full of action, suspense and adventure. (148 episodes) SEE NO LACK !!! PERFECT! THE BEST! 

There are other psychological anime with action that deserve your attention, but in order not to get too long the list will mention just the name below:

  • Ergo Proxy;
  • Elfen Lied (bloody);
  • Re: Zero (Worth it);
  • Ajin (CG but it's great);
  • Texhnolyze;
  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka ★ Magica (famous);
  • Zetsuen no Tempest;
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (psychopath);
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (classic);
  • Ghost in the Shell (classic);
  • Perfect Blue;

Intelligent psychological anime

The anime below shows that no action is needed to trap or mess with the mind. Of course we have already talked about Death Note, Erased and Conan that also fall into this category.

Animes psicológicos – os melhores thriller, suspenses e mistérios

Steins; Gate - Without a doubt the best psychological and mysterious and intelligent anime that I watched, but you need to strive to reach halfway through the anime, because the first half can be confusing and boring for some, since every episode has connections with each other and this is amazing. It tells the story of a group of young people who end up creating a time machine using a microwave, it looks confused and crazy but WATCH! Mysteries shrouded all anime! (25 episodes + 1 movie) DO NOT DOUBT THE BEST STORY! THE BEST ANIME I HAVE WATCHED IN MY LIFE! 

Animes psicológicos – os melhores thriller, suspenses e mistérios

Kaiji - A smart psychological anime involving games of chance. After watching the drama Liar Game I was excited about these genres of gambling and I highly recommend it. This anime has 2 seasons and tells the story of a young man who was in default, was in a huge debt and ended up in a place of games that can be deadly! Don't be put off by the lines, the anime is great! VERY GOOD! I STRONGLY RECOMMEND!

Animes psicológicos – os melhores thriller, suspenses e mistérios

NHK ni Youkoso! - This anime addresses social issues and issues. It tells the story of a hikikomori trying to heal, very good! This anime is proof that action is not necessary to arrest and mess with psychological and make us reflect on life. INDISPENSABLE! 

We cannot forget this…

Code Geass - This anime has a lot of action, mystery and involves a lot of intelligence and strategy. Lelouch the protagonist is considered one of the most intelligent guys in anime, with the help of a mysterious power and his intelligence he will try to free the world from the Empire of Britania! There are 2 seasons totaling 50 episodes that I watched in one day, because it held me from beginning to end and became one of my favorites. WATCH WITHOUT LACK! 

Animes psicológicos – os melhores thriller, suspenses e mistérios

Below we will leave a list with more intelligent and psychological anime for you to watch: 

  • No game No life;
  • Akagi;
  • To Aru Majutsu at the Index;
  • Mushishi;
  • Higashi no Eden;
  • Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin;
  • Oreigaru;

List with TOP 100 Psychological Thriller Anime

Suspensions are characterized by tension. These anime usually create a complex story with a variety of dangerous elements, plot twists and possible outcomes, and try to resolve it in a way that keeps the suspense level high, keeping you guessing what might come next.

Anime NameTypeDate
Steins; GateTV2011
The Promised NeverlandTV2019
ERASEDTV2016
Steins; Gate Movie: Load Region of Deja VuMovie2013
Death NoteTV2006
Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2TV2020
MonsterTV2004
Psycho-PassTV2012
When They Cry: KaiTV2007
Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-TV2016
Puella Magi Madoka MagicaTV2011
Detective Conan Movie 20: The Darkest NightmareMovie2016
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: EternalMovie2012
Death ParadeTV2015
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 3: RebellionMovie2013
Psycho-Pass 3: First InspectorMovie2020
Detective Conan Movie 13: The Raven ChaserMovie2009
Detective Conan Movie 15: Quarter of SilenceMovie2011
Kaiji - Against All RulesTV2011
Steins; Gate: Kyoukaimenjou on Missing Link - Divide By ZeroDVD Special2015
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: BeginningsMovie2012
From the New WorldTV2012
Terror in ResonanceTV2014
Tokyo GhoulTV2014
Kaiji - Ultimate SurvivorTV2007
Detective Conan Movie 10: The Private Eyes' RequiemMovie2006
Death BilliardsMovie2013
When They Cry: HigurashiTV2006
Detective Conan Movie 16: The Eleventh StrikerMovie2012
Psycho-Pass: The MovieMovie2015
Perfect BlueMovie1998
Detective Conan Movie 1: The Time Bombed SkyscraperMovie1997
Detective Conan Movie 17: Zekkai in the Private EyeMovie2013
91 DaysTV2016
ID: INVADEDTV2020
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte CristoTV2004
Psycho-Pass 3TV2019
Psycho-Pass 2TV2014
AkagiTV2005
Aoi Bungaku SeriesTV2009
Tokyo Ghoul √ATV2015
Ling Long: IncarnationWeb2019
Jin-Roh: The Wolf BrigadeMovie2000
Tokyo Ghoul: PintoOVA2015
Paranoia AgentTV2004
Angels of Death (Web)Web2018
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku OutbreakOVA2013
Duan NaoWeb2014
Angels of DeathTV2018
The Empire of CorpsesMovie2015
The King of PigsMovie2011
Yugo the NegotiatorTV2004
The FakeMovie2013
BabylonTV2019
Japan Sinks 2020Web2020
91 Days SpecialDVD Special2017
Chaos; HEAdTV2008
Under the DogOVA2016
Loups = GarousMovie2010
Okamikakushi: Masque of the WolfTV2010
SanctuaryMovie1996
Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People DieWeb2011
Dorei-ku The AnimationTV2018
BatonMovie2009
Ling Long: Incarnation Part 2Web2020
Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2: Part IITV2021
Talentless NanaTV2020
The Window (2012)Movie2012
TimingMovie2015