Fueled with some really dark films like ‘Interview with the Vampire‘ and ‘The Crow’, the goth culture was starting to take over the west in the 1990s. While in the west it’s associated more with Victorian romance, death and even vampire-themed stories, in Japan, it had a lot to do with a particular character archetype known as the gothic lolita. Gothic, in the world of anime, is not a genre but more of an indicator of style that typically involves themes like darkness, deaths, resurrections, black magic, terror and medieval setups. This ghastly celebration of macabre often attracts a lot of viewers, especially the ones who have a thing for cosplaying. With all that said, here’s the list of top Gothic anime ever made. You can watch several of these best Gothic anime on Crunchyroll, Netflix or Hulu.
10. Le Portrait de Petit Cossette (2004)
‘Le Portrait de Petit Cossette’ is about an art student named Eiri Kurahashi who works at an old antique store that roofs all kinds of weird objects. While working there one day, the image of a girl comes to life right before his eyes and he instantly feels attracted to her. He gets in contact with her the same night and that’s when she reveals that she was murdered and entrapped by another artist named Marcelo Orlando. The only way she can now be free is by convincing another man to take the punishment of Marcello’s sins on his head.
9. Ergo Proxy (2006)
‘Ergo Proxy‘ takes place in an alternative advanced world where humans live with robots known as AutoReivs. But one day, an unknown virus starts to take over these robots and grants them a sense of self-awareness. With this newfound ability, a lot of them go crazy and commit the most brutal murders. When detective Re-l Mayer devotes her entire life to solving the mystery behind the virus, she discovers that all of it leads her to an even bigger conspiracy.
Undeniably, ‘Ergo Proxy‘ has quite an interesting plot that will keep you hooked all the way to the end. But what really gives this anime an edge is its dark washed out background colors that create this sense of tension in the atmosphere. And not to mention, the main character, Re-L, is the perfect embodiment of the goth culture with her pale complexion, heavily dark eyeshadow and all-black clothing.