With a growing pool of anime viewers being adults, a demand for dark and gritty shows is on the rise. While some of these shows solely rely on gore and violence to be appealing to a mature audience, there are others that adopt darker themes that delve into the deepest of human emotions to offer you an unforgettable experience. But be warned, some of these anime have such extremely desolate aesthetics that they’ll make you feel miserable and hopeless.
The anime mentioned below either have some very twisted and unorthodox thematic concepts or they simply have disturbing characters and stories that give you a darker reflection of the real world. So without further ado, here’s the list of the darkest anime ever made. You can watch several of these top dark anime on Crunchyroll, Netflix or Hulu.
14. Attack on Titan (2013-)
‘Attack on Titan‘ has always been known for its bold depiction of gore and violence. It revolves around giant monstrous creatures trying to take over a small human civilization. The recent seasons of the anime go beyond the mere portrayal of darkness through bloodshed. Season 3 of ‘Attack on Titan’ has been a complete game-changer for the anime as it dives deep into the murkiness of human nature and shows how politics can completely destroy even the smallest of civilizations. What was once a story of characters uniting with each other to destroy a greater threat has now turned into a tale of corruption where allies are being pitted against each other to become enemies of their own people.
13. Rainbow (2010)
‘Rainbow‘ is one of those lesser-known gems that leaves no room for you to breathe. In the very beginning, it gives a warning that claims that what follows will have explicit disturbing content and it sure does live up to that. Think about it, in a medium where fan service and gore are considered to be pretty normal, you’re being warned that you need to be prepared for what lies ahead. It has a simple plot that revolves around the atrocities that are faced by 7 young teenagers at a Special Reform School. They are forced to go through brutal humiliation that is inflicted upon them by a sadistic guard and pedophile doctor. But the only thing that keeps them alive is their unbreakable bond and hope that they’ll again get to be on the other side of the prison walls someday.