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Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

  1. Drama
  2. Fantasy
  3. Psychological
  4. Thriller
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
4.4
Apr 4, 2016 at 1:05am JST

Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, encounters a beautiful silver-haired girl from another world. Subaru wants to stay by her side and help her, but the burden she carries is far beyond anything Subaru imagined. They're faced with one attacking monster after another, betrayal, irrational violence... and finally death. Subaru doesn't want to see her get hurt, so he vows to take down any enemy, any fate that comes his way, to protect her. And so this powerless boy obtains "Return by Death," a unique ability that allows him to turn back time by dying. It becomes the potential to guide all people to a world where everyone can always be smiling, dependent on Subaru's life and loneliness. By using his power, the past can be lost, and memories can be rewritten. Subaru must now fight the fate that dooms him to keep all those forgotten memories hidden within, to be perpetually beaten, to see his own heart wearing down, to wager his life... all to protect the people he cares about. To get back the precious times that he's sure must have happened.

"Even if you forget me, I will never forget you."

(Source: Crunchyroll)

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Steins;Gate 0

  1. Sci-Fi
  2. Thriller
Steins;Gate 0
4.6
Apr 12, 2018 at 1:00am JST

An alternate ending to Steins;Gate that leads with the eccentric mad scientist Okabe, struggling to recover from a failed attempt at rescuing Kurisu. He decides to give up and abandons his lively scientist alter ego, in pursuit to forget the past. When all seems to be normal, he is seemingly pulled back into the past by meeting an acquaintance of Kurisu, who tells him that they have begun testing a device that stores the memory of a human and creates a simulation of them with their characteristics and personalities. Okabe begins testing and finds out that the simulation of Kurisu has brought back anguish and some new unexpected tragedies...

(Source: MyAnimeList)

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Satsuriku no Tenshi

  1. Adventure
  2. Horror
  3. Psychological
  4. Thriller
Satsuriku no Tenshi
4.1
Jul 6, 2018 at 8:30pm JST

13-year old Rachel awakens to find herself trapped in the basement of an abandoned building. Without any memories, or even a clue as to where she could be, she wanders the building, lost and dizzy. In her search, she comes across a man covered in bandages. He introduces himself as Zack and he wields a grim-reaper like sickle.

A strange bond is struck between them, strengthened by strange, crazy promises…

These two, trapped in this strange building, don't know why fate has placed them there. But they will work together desperately to find a way out…

(Source: Baka-Updates Manga, edited by MAL)

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Death Note

  1. Mystery
  2. Police
  3. Psychological
  4. Shounen
  5. Supernatural
  6. Thriller
Death Note
4.5
Oct 4, 2006 at 12:56am JST

Bored with his deteriorating world and the laconic way of his fellows, shinigami Ryuuk drops his Death Note on Earth and watches to see if it stirs up anything interesting. His plan succeeds beyond his wildest expectations when the Death Note is found by brilliant high school senior Light Yagami, who is also bored with a world he considers rotten. Although initially he regards the book as a prank, Light soon discovers, through experimentation, that the book's claim is true: picture a person in your mind as you write the person's name in the Death Note, and that person dies 40 seconds later of of a heart attack (although a different time frame and manner of death can be specified). Armed with that power, Light sets out on a quest he sees as noble: make the world a better place by eliminating all its criminals using the Death Note. Soon cast as the mysterious "Kira" (a Japanese pronunciation of the English "killer") in the media and on the Internet, some take exception to his playing god, most notably the police and the enigmatic master detective L, who resolves to do everything in his power to stop Kira. Light counters by doing everything in his power to prevent people from identifying or interfering with him, even if that means getting rid of people investigating him.

(Source: AniDB)

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Mirai Nikki (TV)

  1. Action
  2. Mystery
  3. Psychological
  4. Shounen
  5. Supernatural
  6. Thriller
Mirai Nikki (TV)
4.1
Oct 9, 2011 at 11:00pm JST

This psychological thriller, based on the manga written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno, is about Yuki, a loner who's not very good with people. He prefers to write a diary on his cell phone and talk to his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina – The God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is more than a figment of his imagination when he makes Yuki participate in a battle royale with eleven others. The contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future, each diary possessing unique features that give it both advantages and disadvantages. Within the next 90 days, the contestants must try to survive until there is only one left standing. The winner will become the new God of Time and Space.

(Source: FUNimation)

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Another

  1. Horror
  2. Mystery
  3. School
  4. Thriller
Another
4.1
Jan 11, 2012 at 1:00am JST

When Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Kouichi is immediately drawn to her mysterious aura, but then he begins to realize that no one else in the class is aware of her presence.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Steins;Gate

  1. Sci-Fi
  2. Thriller
Steins;Gate
4.7
Apr 6, 2011 at 2:05am JST

The eccentric mad scientist Okabe, his childhood friend Mayuri, and the otaku hacker Daru have banded together to form the "Future Gadget Research Laboratory," and spend their days in a ramshackle laboratory hanging out and occasionally attempting to invent incredible futuristic gadgets. However, their claymore is a hydrator and their hair dryer flips breakers, and the only invention that's even remotely interesting is their Phone Microwave, which transforms bananas into oozing green gel. But when an experiment goes awry, the gang discovers that the Phone Microwave can also send text messages to the past. And what's more, the words they send can affect the flow of time and have unforeseen, far-reaching consequences—consequences that Okabe may not be able to handle...

(Source: Anime Planet)

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Fate/Zero 2nd Season

  1. Action
  2. Fantasy
  3. Supernatural
  4. Thriller
Fate/Zero 2nd Season
4.6
Apr 8, 2012 at 12:00am JST

The battle for the Holy Grail continues, with more lives lost and more secrets revealed. When the curtain falls, who will emerge victorious is anyone's guess... And what "victorious" truly means, is even more questionable.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Zankyou no Terror

  1. Psychological
  2. Thriller
Zankyou no Terror
4.3
Jul 11, 2014 at 12:50am JST

On a summer day…

A massive terrorist bombing suddenly struck Tokyo.

The culprits behind the act that woke up this complacent nation from its slumber, were just two boys.

Now, the culprits known as "Sphinx" begin a grandiose game that encompasses all of Japan.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

  1. Drama
  2. Magic
  3. Psychological
  4. Thriller
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
4.3
Jan 7, 2011 at 1:25am JST

After experiencing a bizarre dream, Madoka Kaname, a kind 14-year-old girl, encounters a magical creature named Kyube. Madoka and her friend Sayaka Miki are offered the opportunity of gaining magical powers if they agree to make a contract with the strange little being. He will also grant them one wish, but in exchange they shall risk their lives by accepting the responsibility of fighting witches. Invisible to human eyes, witches are catalysts of despair in the areas they inhabit. An ally of Kyube, a magical girl named Mami Tomoe, befriends and encourages the two girls to accept the contract. For an unknown reason, another magical girl named Homura Akemi is determined to prevent Madoka from accepting the deal.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

  1. Action
  2. Mystery
  3. Super Power
  4. Thriller
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
Apr 15, 2011 at 1:05am JST

The Japanese government was rescued from the brink of financial collapse by the Sovereign Wealth Fund. For its citizens, however, life has not improved and unemployment, crime, suicide, and despair are rampant. Kimimaro, raised by his maternal aunt after the disappearance of his father and the death of his mother, is a scholarship student whose only dream is to live a stable, ordinary life. One day he meets a man who offers him a large sum of money if he will allow his "future" to be held as collateral. From then on his fate is radically altered as he's drawn into a mysterious realm known as the Financial District, where he must compete in weekly tournaments called "deals" in order to keep his money and avoid losing his future.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Gaiden

  1. Drama
  2. Magic
  3. Psychological
  4. Thriller
Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Gaiden
2019

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Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku

  1. Action
  2. Fantasy
  3. Magic
  4. Supernatural
  5. Thriller
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
Oct 2, 2016 at 12:00am JST

In a world where a social game called The Magical Girl Raising Project allows one in tens of thousands of people to be a "magical girl" — possessing extraordinary physical capabilities and looks, as well as special magical powers that set them apart from the rest of the human race. But one day, in a district containing 16 magical girls, the administration announces that it must halve the number of magical girls to solve the problem of magical energy. At first, the 16 magical girls race to collect more "magical candy" than their competitors, but the rules quickly become twisted, and it quickly becomes a murderous battle for survival among them.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Itou Junji: Collection

  1. Comedy
  2. Demons
  3. Drama
  4. Horror
  5. Mystery
  6. Psychological
  7. School
  8. Supernatural
  9. Thriller
Itou Junji: Collection
2.8
Jan 5, 2018 at 10:30pm JST

The works of one of the most famous Japanese horror manga artists, Junji Ito, finally gets animated! This will be an omnibus animation where each episode will star different protagonists such as the famous Tomie, Soichi, and Fuchi!

(Source: Crunchyroll)

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Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku Hen

  1. Game
  2. Psychological
  3. Seinen
  4. Thriller
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku Hen
Apr 5, 2011 at 1:29am JST

After the events at the Starside Hotel, Kaiji Itou finds himself living his miserable lifestyle once again. Captured by the Teiai group to which he owns a lot of money, he is thrown into an underground forced labor camp where he must pay off his debt by doing harsh manual work. Kaiji becomes desperate as it is expected that he lives in this hellhole for the next 15 years.

(Source: ANN)

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Koroshiya-san: The Hired Gun

  1. Action
  2. Comedy
  3. Police
  4. Seinen
  5. Thriller
Koroshiya-san: The Hired Gun
Short-form
Oct 11, 2013 at 1:00am JST

The story follows the title character, who is regarded by himself and others as the best hit man in Japan. He goes by the motto, "If I have an assignment, I will kill anything." However, his "killing" assignments have expanded to include everything from summer vacation homework to housekeeping. "The hit man never fails to kill the target. Though he does not aim to, he also never misses the laughter."

(Source: Anime News Network; modified)

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Mousou Dairinin

  1. Drama
  2. Mystery
  3. Police
  4. Psychological
  5. Supernatural
  6. Thriller
  7. Dementia
Mousou Dairinin
Feb 3, 2004 at 12:00am JST

Mousou Dairinin is about a social phenomenon in Musashino, Tokyo caused by a juvenile serial assailant named Lil' Slugger (Shounen Bat, or Bat Boy in the original Japanese version). The plot relays between a large cast of people affected in some way by the phenomenon; usually Shounen Bat's victims or the detectives assigned to apprehend him. As each character becomes the focus of the story, details are revealed about their secret lives and the truth about Shounen Bat.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Monster

  1. Drama
  2. Horror
  3. Mystery
  4. Police
  5. Psychological
  6. Seinen
  7. Thriller
Monster
Apr 7, 2004 at 12:40am JST

Dr. Tenma Kenzou is a very talented Japanese doctor and he's praised by all doctors in Germany. But after he saw how a woman cried for her man who died because someone else got more priority, he changed. He decides he wouldn't let anyone pass; everyone is equal.

But one day, Tenma has to work on a little boy who was shot during the murder of his parents. He decides he will save the life of the boy, because he was first in line.

But then, the children disappear... and the murders begin. Tenma, feeling both guilt and worry, goes off to investigate the case since he feels that it somehow relates to him... and the horror begins, for both Tenma and everyone he meets in search for the children...

(Source: AniDB)

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Gankutsuou

  1. Drama
  2. Mystery
  3. Sci-Fi
  4. Supernatural
  5. Thriller
Gankutsuou
Oct 6, 2004 at 2:12am JST

Albert was a boy who had been born to a noble family in Paris. He made a journey to the moon with Franz to escape from their tedious lives. On the moon, he met a millionaire calling himself the Count of Monte Cristo.

The Count lived a life of splendour in a rich hotel, with beautiful women waiting on him and strong men guarding him. Albert was fascinated by this Count who seemed to know everything, and the two became friends. Albert eventually invited the Count to visit him in Paris.

The Count's past slowly resurfaces, to the greatest displeasure of everybody involved.

(Source: AniDB)

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

  1. Horror
  2. Mystery
  3. Psychological
  4. Supernatural
  5. Thriller
  6. Dementia
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Apr 5, 2006 at 1:30am JST

Maebara Keiichi, a young teenager, has recently moved from the city to the rural village of Hinamizawa with his family. He is adjusting quite well to his new life, making friends at the small school, playing games, passing time in relative happiness, when suddenly a gruesome murder occurs...

A mystery begins to unravel — tracing back to events five years ago. As Keiichi learns more about these strange events, he wonders if he will be able to face the truth behind all of this.

(Source: AniDB)

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

  1. Mystery
  2. Psychological
  3. Supernatural
  4. Thriller
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Jul 6, 2007 at 2:30am JST

Sounds of cicadas can be heard in the late evening, in the village of Hinamizawa — with a population of 2000 souls. And even though the village may seem normal at first glance, the villagers try to hide a horrible secret from newcomers: The curse of Oyashiro-sama. Unusual murders have been occurring ever since the dam construction plan. Is this a coincidence or part of a sinister plan unfolding?

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

  1. Game
  2. Psychological
  3. Seinen
  4. Thriller
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Oct 3, 2007 at 1:54am JST

Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on a regular basis. However, one day, this routine changes when a man in a trench coat pays him a visit. The man reveals himself as Endou, a debt collector, who has come to claim an unpaid loan of 300,000 yen, which Kaiji had previously co-signed with his co-worker, Furuhata Takeshi.

Because of Takeshi's disappearance, Kaiji is left with an overwhelming balance, but is given the chance to gamble against other bankrupt bums aboard a boat — each gambler is loaned additional money, giving them a chance to pay their dues or become in even deeper debt.

Kaiji accepts the challenge in hopes of repaying the compounded debt of 3,850,000 yen and, with luck, winning additional cash...

(Source: Crunchyroll)

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Ga-Rei: Zero

  1. Action
  2. Supernatural
  3. Super Power
  4. Thriller
Ga-Rei: Zero
Oct 6, 2008 at 12:00am JST

※ NOTE: The chronological order of episodes is 3-9, 1-2, and 10-12

Will you kill someone you love because of love?

An elite squadron trained to combat supernatural forces is called in to investigate reports of invisible monsters terrorising Tokyo, but their mission is complicated by the interference of a rogue exorcist. When the mysterious female slaughters the outmatched attack force, her former comrades are ordered to lock down the crime scene — and forever silence their old friend.

(Source: AniDB)

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Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

  1. Action
  2. Drama
  3. Seinen
  4. Thriller
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Apr 3, 2009 at 2:15am JST

In the American underworld, Mafia leaders are being killed one after another, with rumours of Inferno and the organisation's top assasssin Phantom circulating around them. A boy, traveling alone in America becomes involved in one of these incidents and unexpectedly encounters Phantom.

(Source: AniDB)

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Higashi no Eden

  1. Action
  2. Comedy
  3. Drama
  4. Mystery
  5. Romance
  6. Sci-Fi
  7. Thriller
Higashi no Eden
Apr 10, 2009 at 12:45am JST

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called "Careless Monday", does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten. Then, three months later... Morimi Saki, a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip, gets into trouble in front of the White House in Washington DC, and only the unexpected intervention of a fellow countryman saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Takizawa Akira, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and a mobile phone in the other. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.

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Aoi Bungaku Series

  1. Drama
  2. Historical
  3. Psychological
  4. Seinen
  5. Thriller
Aoi Bungaku Series
Oct 11, 2009 at 1:50am JST

The series consists of adaptations of six modern classics of Japanese literature: Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) & Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos!), Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro, Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) & The Spider's Thread (Kumo no Ito), and Ango Sakaguchi's In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita).

No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) - A high school student becomes lost and alienated. Despondent and aimless, he falls into a cycle of self abuse, depression and drugs that taints his life for years. Told in four chapters, each chapter deals with a different point in his life and the final chapter leaves him standing alone - an empty and hollow caricature of his former self.

In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita) - A love story between a 12th-century woman and a mountain bandit who abducts her.

Kokoro - A 1914 tale of a young man's life journey during the Meiji era. The work deals with the transition from the Japanese Meiji society to the modern era, by exploring the friendship between a young man and an older man he calls "Sensei". It continues the theme of isolation developed in Soseki's previous works, here in the context of interwoven strands of egoism and guilt, as opposed to shame.

Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos!) - An updated retelling of a classic Greek tale of the story of Damon and Phidias. The most prominent theme of "Run, Melos!" is unwavering friendship. Despite facing hardships, the protagonist Melos does his best to save his friend's life, and in the end his efforts are rewarded.

The Spider's Thread (Kumo no Ito) - The Buddha Shakyamuni chances to notice a cold-hearted criminal suffering in Hell. But this criminal did perform one single act of kindness in not stepping on a spider in a forest. Moved by this selfless act, Shakyamuni takes the silvery thread of a spider in Paradise and lowers it down into Hell, but it falls upon the criminal to seize the opportunity and pull himself out - if he can.

Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) - A famous artist is commissioned by a great lord to create a series of paintings depicting scenes of the "Buddhist Hell." The artist is unable to paint scenes that he has not seen himself, prompting him to torture and torment the Lord's staff to create his imagined images of hell. His creative efforts taint the household, as the story descends into madness and destruction.

(Source: AniDB)

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Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

  1. Drama
  2. Historical
  3. Seinen
  4. Thriller
Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Apr 2, 2010 at 12:00pm JST

Around 10 years after World War II, a group of delinquents are sent to the Shounan Special Reform School. Upon arrival they meet Sakuragi Ryouta who becomes their guide to adulthood. Depending on each other to survive the brutal conditions at the facility they make a promise to one day all meet up on the outside.

(Source: AniDB)

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Shiki

  1. Horror
  2. Mystery
  3. Supernatural
  4. Thriller
  5. Vampire
Shiki
Jul 9, 2010 at 1:15am JST

Sotobamura is a small village with around 1300 residents; so small the village isn't even connected to a single highway. An isolated village in which old customs, such as the burial of the dead, are still practiced. One day, the bodies of three people are found dead. Although Ozaki Toshio, the village's lone doctor, feels uncertain, he treats the deaths as a normal occurrence. However, in the days following, the villagers start to die one after the other.

(Source: Anime News Network)