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15 Anime Characters Who Can See Ghosts And Spirits

Anna Lindwasser

Vote up your favorite anime characters who have the ability to see ghosts or spirits.

What's it like to see ghosts and spirits ? If you ask Miko Yotsuya from Mieruko-chan, who is trying desperately to ignore the horrifying spirits she sees everyday, it's pretty terrible. But if you ask Kotoko Iwanaga from In/Spectre, who gladly gave up her leg and her eye to become a liaison between the Spirit World and the human world, it's actually pretty cool. For Chise Hatori from The Ancient Magus' Bride - whose childhood trauma is due largely to being able to see spirits but who later made a lot of friends she would never have met otherwise - it's kind of a mixed bag.

We're counting down a bunch of anime characters who can see ghosts and spirits. Which one is your favorite?

Most Of The Cast Of 'Jujutsu Kaisen'

Most Of The Cast Of 'Jujutsu Kaisen'

In the world of Jujutsu Kaisen , Cursed Spirits - that is, spirits created from negative human emotions that can become monstrously powerful and dangerous - are the primary opponent the Jujutsu Sorcerers must face. Not everyone can see them; usually, whether or not a person can see them correlates with how much cursed energy they have (with some exceptions we won't talk about too much because they're manga spoilers).

Seeing these spirits is a major part of being able to defeat them, which is why Maki Zenin has to wear special glasses that allow her to do so, despite her extremely low levels of cursed energy.

Ichigo Kurosaki - 'Bleach'

Ichigo Kurosaki - 'Bleach'

Ever since he was a child, Ichigo could see “Pluses” - harmless ghosts that have yet to either be purified by Soul Society or turned into Hollows. As a child, he saw them so frequently that he couldn't tell the difference between Pluses and humans. Because of this, people around him often thought he was talking to himself.

Once he joins Soul Society, he learns a lot more about Pluses and how to best interact with them. He also no longer has to worry about whether he's just hallucinating them.

Takashi Natsume - 'Natsume's Book Of Friends'

Takashi Natsume - 'Natsume's Book Of Friends'

For Takashi Natsume, seeing yokai started off as a huge burden. Although he inherited his ability from his grandmother, she wasn't alive to help him figure out how to use it. What's more, since nobody around him could see yokai, his family and community ostracized him, and he suffers frequent bullying and harassment.

Despite all these troubles, he still goes out of his way to help the yokai he encounters with their various problems - and to return the names his grandmother collected from them.

Miko Yotsuya - 'Mieruko-chan'

Miko Yotsuya - 'Mieruko-chan'

For Miko Yotsuya, the ability to see spirits is pretty much the most annoying thing in existence. She can see all but the most powerful spirits clearly, something that most people are completely unable to do. But all Miko wants is to live a normal life, and these intrusive spirits seem hellbent on preventing that.

They tend to leave her alone if she ignores them, so she does her best not to react in any way, no matter how horrifying they are. But if they mess with her friend Hana Yurikawa, all bets are off.

Chise Hatori - 'The Ancient Magus' Bride'

Chise Hatori - 'The Ancient Magus' Bride'

For Chise Hatori, the ability to see spirits started off as a curse. She found them utterly terrifying, but because she's a Sleigh Beggy, she attracted them in droves. Her parents could also see these spirits. Her father and younger brother left, forcing Chise and her mother to contend with the spirits on their own.

Driven to desperation by both the constant spiritual attacks and the cost of raising a child alone, Chise's mother tried to end her daughter's life. Horrified by her own actions, she ends up taking her own life instead, leaving Chise orphaned. This situation is what brought her to the auction in which she sold herself at the start of the story.

Luckily, her interactions with spirits improve significantly after that. Interacting with people who not only understand that they exist but know how to deal with them really helps.

Shigeo Kageyama - 'Mob Psycho 100'

Shigeo Kageyama - 'Mob Psycho 100'

Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama has a whole host of psychic abilities, including telekinesis, chlorokinesis, astral projection, and more. One of his most noteworthy things he can do is sense the psychic energy of spirits and ghosts. This is how he's able to tell when an exorcism actually needs to be performed - something that his non-psychic boss Reigen cannot do.

Once he senses a hostile spirit, he can also use his powers to exorcise it.

Hiyori Iki - 'Noragami'

Hiyori Iki - 'Noragami'

At first, Hiyori Iki only possesses a minimal ability to sense the spirits in her world - called ayakashi or beings from the Far Shore. She inherited this from a relative. But after her soul slipped out of her body and turned her into a half-ayakashi, her abilities have expanded to the point where she can now see gods.

But she doesn't just see them - she can also smell them. This means that she can sense ayakashi from far away and tell the difference between individuals through scent alone.

Ginko - 'Mushishi'

Ginko - 'Mushishi'

Ginko works as a Mushi-shi - a person who solves problems related to beings called Mushi. Mushi aren't animals, minerals, or vegetables, but a wholly different type of life form. They seem to be spiritual in nature, since they're capable of fantastical things like creating traveling swamps or granting magical powers.

Ginko has always been able to see Mushi ever since he was a child, but after an incident involving the Mushi, he's started drawing them to him. This aids him greatly in his work, but it also means that he has to constantly move from town to town so that no one place is overwhelmed by potentially dangerous Mushi.

Jinta Yadomi - 'Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day'

Jinta Yadomi - 'Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day'

When the ghost of Jinta Yadomi's deceased childhood friend Menma appears before him, he thinks she's a hallucination caused by stress. The idea that she's actually a ghost seems too far-fetched to even contemplate - it's not like he's ever seen a ghost before.

Eventually, Jinta realizes that Menma is the real deal. Not only that, but he and his friends are going to have to make her wish come true if they want to start to heal from losing her in the first place.

Nene Yashiro - 'Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun'

Nene Yashiro - 'Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun'

The reason why Nene Yashiro is able to see ghosts has yet to be revealed in the anime, but it's clear that she can. After accidentally getting cursed after eating mermaid scales, she turns to Hanako, the ghost who haunts the girls' bathroom at her school.

Hanako agrees to help her, but only if she'll assist him in his mission to protect the school from the various “school mysteries” and other supernatural threats. Well, that and clean toilets - some of her assisting isn't all that glamorous.

Reita Toritsuka - 'The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.'

Reita Toritsuka - 'The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.'

Not everybody who can see ghosts uses that power for good. In Toritsuka Reita's case, he mostly uses them to do creepy things like find out what kind of underwear the girls in his class are wearing. It's a shame, because his abilities have a lot of potential.

Not only can he see ghosts, he can also speak to them and be possessed by them. No wonder Saiki thinks he's so annoying.

The Medicine Seller - 'Mononoke'

The Medicine Seller - 'Mononoke'

The Medicine Seller, who doesn't have a name, has dedicated his life to tracking down and destroying mononoke - dangerous spirits that are created from human emotions and which undergo terrifying transformations when fed by that emotion.

In order to exorcise them, he must first determine their Katachi (physical shape), Makoto (truth or origin of something), and Kotowari (reasoning behind an action). After that, he unsheathes his sword and transforms into a more powerful version of himself, one capable of taking the mononoke down.

Kazuma Kuwabara - 'Yu Yu Hakusho'

Kazuma Kuwabara - 'Yu Yu Hakusho'

Without his high spiritual awareness, Kuwabara would have a hard time keeping up as a member of Team Yusuke. Before he trained his powers, he was able to hear and sense ghosts and spirits, but he couldn't actually see them except for in his dreams. After some training, however, he started being able to see them, too.

This ability amped up his spiritual power and allowed him to do things like create his signature Spirit Sword.

Ryousuke Hazuki - 'Natsuyuki Rendezvous'

Ryousuke Hazuki - 'Natsuyuki Rendezvous'

Ryousuke Hazuki might not be able to see normal things particularly well, but when it comes to ghost, his eyesight is perfectly clear.

After he starts working at a flower shop, he falls in love with the owner, Rokka. He wants to pursue his crush, but there's a problem - Rokka's late husband Atsushi has been haunting the shop as a ghost. He doesn't want Rokka to move on and be with anyone else. Normally, this works, but since Ryousuke can actually see him, things might turn out a little bit differently this time around.

Kotoko Iwanaga - 'In/Spectre'

Kotoko Iwanaga - 'In/Spectre'

When Kotoko Iwanaga was a little girl, she traded her right eye and left leg to a group of yokai in exchange for an interesting role: the Goddess of Wisdom. As the Goddess of Wisdom, Kotoko serves as a “bridge” between the spirit world and the human world. She solves the problems of spirits while also making sure that humankind stays safe.

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15+ Anime Where Girl Sees Ghost (RECOMMENDATIONS)

  • Updated on: July 21, 2022

Hello guys, welcome back. In this blog, we will be focusing on anime where a female character can see a ghost . If you enjoy Yokai themed anime, then get ready to be entertained. Spirit, ghouls , whatever the case may be … all the anime in this list will incorporate elements of the supernatural genre and be sure to be amazed by the mysteries that follow.

When you need an anime to take you far away from reality , spooky contents showing paranormal activities are the easiest option. Among this list of 16, some might be scary , others just hilarious , however these are the most loved anime with a female character that can see ghosts … the plot might not be too consistent but it is supernatural and anything goes in this genre.

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16. a letter to momo.

a letter to momo

A 2012 anime film by Production I.G , it belongs to the supernatural genre and this drama provides a lot of suspense . The little Momo Miyaura and her mother relocate to an old remote island after the death of her father.

All Momo has left of her dad is an unfinished letter with the words ‘Dear Momo’ . She tries to settle into her new environment and she discovers some mysterious abandoned shrines . She finds a picture book about Yokai and it becomes her new companion, but then strange things begin to happen and some yokai arrive on her remote island. How will Momo Miyaura fare in this strange world of yokai?


Beyond the Boundary 2013

Kyoto Animation went all out for this anime featuring Yokai. The supernatural anime also involves fantasy and slice of life elements, this anime excels in the way both worlds meet and interact… the mysterious spirit world and the human world.

The story follows Mirai, she is a blood bending spirit world warrior and the only surviving member of her clan. The young girl is tasked with killing the ‘ youmu’ , a group of creatures that are the manifestation of negative emotions . She comes in contact with the weird Akihito. It is revealed that he is an immortal and also a half breed of youmu and human.

They form a partnership and along with some other spirit world warriors, they must take down the youmu. Their mission gets more difficult when the most powerful youmu crosses the boundary and now it is a battle for life and death .


Kamisama Kiss

Also known as Kamisama Hajimemashita , the supernatural fantasy anime caters to the Shoujo demographic. The comedy is amazing and the romance will certainly get you in your feelings, it aired in 2012 and is animated by TMS Entertainment .

The story follows the life of a school student known as Nanami Momozono… She is going through a lot of problems, most important being her absent father who has lost everything after owing numerous debts . The story takes an unexpected turn when she saves a man from thugs, and he gives her his home …The house is a shrine and she gets acquainted with the shrine spirits and a familiar fox spirit .

Now dedicated to her new divine life as a Goddess , along with the familiar spirit she navigates the incoming threat of a Youkai, her romantic feelings, and some contract troubles with the fox spirit.


into the forest of fireflies light

The short anime film is action packed, laced with highly emotional scenes that will leave you crying your eyes out. Studio Brain’s Base outdid themself on this animation, the forest of the Yokai is realistic and everything matches the romantic laid back feel of the anime film . The supernatural drama is not afraid to take on romance, featuring a pure but impossible love .

The young Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in the woods and when she is about to give up, she finds a tree spirit named Gin. A human’s touch will make the spirit disappear but Gin still helps her find her way out of the forest, and warns her never to return.

Hotaru refuses his warning, and even though they are separated by different planes of existence , she finds a way to visit the spirit every summer . Everything seems to be going well as their relationship blossoms, it feels too good to be true and it will surely be put to the test.



Noragami is a well-known anime, it aired in 2014 and features stunning animation from studio bones . The supernatural anime is a thrilling action and adventure laced with comedy , it follows the regular shonen trope so don’t expect something too different. Yato is a self-proclaimed God, he has an unrealistic dream of being worshipped by several people.

Yato’s partner abandons him, then the young school girl, Hiyori Iki, saves him from an accident by endangering herself… Luckily for her, she survived. The effect of this accident is that her soul is now loose and can easily leave her body at intervals. She demands that Yato restore her to her former state, however, he claims he needs a partner to do that.

Hiyori Iki decides to team up with him, helping him look for a partner and this is the start of their supernatural adventures .


fuse memoirs of a huntress

Action, drama, historical, supernatural … just what we ordered. The 1 hour 50 minutes anime film by TMS Entertainment premiered in 2012. It involves some cool samurai fights during the warring states era so get ready for some bloody violence.

This anime follows a cycle of retribution , it is a very playful anime that thrives on taking materials from several other historical pieces. This is the story of Hamaji, a hunter girl who goes to the city of Edo to stay with her brother after the death of their grandfather. In this city, fuse – half dog, half humans are being killed for sport.

She has befriended a fuse and now it all gets more complicated as her brother and every samurai in the city are trying to claim the bounty on the heads of the fuse.


Ghost Stories

Ghost stories is an early 2000s classic by Studio Pierrot , it gives a good account of the horror , mystery and supernatural genre … this anime is non-stop entertainment . After years of banishment, the ghosts are back, and their quest for revenge is insatiable. Two siblings, Satsuki and Keiichirou, move to their mother’s hometown and now have to attend the school where the ghosts were banished from.

The school is in a haunted old building , and not even their lack of belief will save them when the ghosts start coming after them. This is a thrilling anime of school kids trying to survive a ghost attack.


ghost hound

The 22 episode anime by Production I.G aired in 2007, strange things begin to happen in the mysterious small town of Suiten. This anime has a psychological theme so if you love stuff like that mixed with science fiction and a flair of the supernatural , then this should be at the top of your watch list.

There has been a breach between the spiritual and the corporeal world, three kids are caught in the middle of it all. Ghosts are roaming the mountains, kids having weird dreams and visions and memories that have been suppressed now come to the forefront … things are not looking good but these kids must find a way to survive the horrors that are coming.



Inuyasha is a popular anime, and an excellent one at that. This is an anime that delivers several intense Yokai battles and also perfectly blends numerous genres such as romance, supernatural, fantasy, adventure and comedy. The anime premiered in the year 2000. It follows the teenage girl Kagome who is dragged into the past and now has a jewel inside her.

Kagome teams up with Inuyasha, a dog-demon, human hybrid and what follows are some thrilling adventures that will never be forgotten in the anime world. Other supernatural adventurers join them, and they must now search for the now shattered jewel across the violent Sengoku Period of Japan … This might be too much for a young girl to handle, however, Kagome is no ordinary girl.


Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun

Toilet Bound Hanako-Kun is a comedy for the shonen demographic. It is set in a school and like other anime on this list, it belongs to the supernatural genre. One of the more famous Japanese urban legends is the tale of Hanako-san – in this legend, the ghost of a young girl haunts a school’s bathroom.

In Kamome academy, rumours hold that If anyone successfully summons Hanako-san, the person will be granted any of their wishes . Students have tried their best and failed. Then here comes Nene Yashiro, obsessed with changing her romantic fortune, she tries to summon the ghost and discovers that it is a boy rather than a girl.

As fate would have it, Nene becomes Hanako-san’s assistant, helping the ghost in its secret mission.



Brain’s base studio gets the credit for this one, it is a supernatural romantic comedy set in a school. Sakura Mamiya has been able to see ghosts since she was a kid. One day, the ever absent Rinne Rokudou comes to school and only she can see him. This anime follows the life of Sakura, and in her eyes, we explore the boundaries of the supernatural world.

re kan

This 2015 anime follows a high school girl, Hibiki Amami, with the ability to see ghosts .She is not scared of these supernatural beings rather she makes it a duty to help them. This comedy follows Hibiki and her friends as they all come together to help these apparitions including the stubborn Narumi Inoue, who doesn’t believe in the supernatural.


In Spectre

Also known as In/Spectre , this is a typical yokai story. If you love yokai anime and you haven’t seen this, then you are missing out on a lot. It aired its 12 episodes in 2020, it is animated by Brain’s Base studio and its use of mystery , demons and other supernatural creatures is unmatched. There is also a romantic twist to this anime that will keep you highly engrossed.

In a world where yokai live along with humanity, hidden in plain sight, Kotoko Iwanagi has agreed to be the Yokai’s God of Wisdom . Kotoko senses something supernatural about her romantic crush – the university student, Kurou Sakuragawa. She then enlists his help in dealing with the Yokai. Together, they head out to solve the mysterious death of an idol.


Mokke is a collaboration by Madhouse and Tezuka Productions . It is a slice of life with elements of mystery and supernatural , it was released in 2007 and consists of 24 episodes. This is a story about two sisters and their supernatural abilities .

Shizuru can see ghosts , her sister, Mizuki, is haunted by these supernatural entities … fed up with the kids, their parents send them to live with their grandparents in the countryside . It is in the countryside that the siblings learn to balance and interact between the supernatural and the corporeal world.


Mieruko Chan

Miko’s ability to see ghosts makes her life a living hell , the horror anime has some hilarious spooky moments and underneath the supernatural theme, you are sure to get some good long laughs. Miko has always enjoyed watching horror shows but everything changed when she became able to see the ghosts hovering around humans.

The young girl decides to ignore these monsters . Even though they disturb people around her, she thinks not acknowledging them will be the best way to make them go away. Miko focuses on her school activities but there is only so much a young girl can take.


Spirited Away

Spirited away will always be in the discussion of best anime films , it is action packed and it also excels in conveying the best emotions at all times. It follows the 10 year old Chihiro Ogino, who ventures into an abandoned amusement park and strange things begin to happen. Now trapped in the spirit world she must find allies and find a way to survive here and maybe return to her world someday.

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In most media, ghosts are there to scare, frighten, and terrify. Whether it's a vengeful spirit out for blood or a haunted house that drives a family to madness, ghosts play on our fears of the unknown.

But not every ghost is scary, especially in anime. There are plenty of friendly spirits who have helped guide young heroes on their journeys. The main character themself may even be a ghost sometimes.

From spooky to uplifting, here are the best anime about ghosts and spirits and other beings from the afterlife.

10. Ghost Stories

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Horror, Mystery, Supernatural

Originally aired 2000 to 2001

20 episodes (1 season)

7.74 on MAL

Ghost Stories feels like an anime version of Scooby Doo . It follows a group of kids and their demon-possessed talking cat as they try to exorcise the ghosts and spirits that haunt their small town.

The mood varies between lighthearted and spooky in nearly every episode, so the series can feel a bit uneven at times. Even so, Ghost Stories is an iconic show that's worth checking out.

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9. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

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Originally aired 2013

4 episodes (1 season)

6.44 on MAL

As you can probably guess from the title, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls is much darker than your average anime.

It's based on the horror adventure game Corpse Party and it's only four episodes long, but it packs a big punch despite its short runtime.

The story centers on a group of schoolmates who perform an occult ritual that ends up transporting them to a twisted and cursed version of their school, from which they need to escape.

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls isn't afraid to kill off its characters, and it often does so in the most gruesome and horrific ways. Watch this only if you've got a strong stomach and an appetite for the macabre.

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8. Yu Yu Hakusho

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Action, Fantasy

Originally aired 1992 to 1994

112 episodes (4 seasons)

8.46 on MAL

Only a bold writer would kill off the main character in episode one, but Yusuke Urameshi's death is just the start of his troubles.

In Yu Yu Hakusho , Yusuke spends the first arc as a ghost who's trying to convince his loved ones to help him return to life. After that, the rest of the show is about him cleaning up the messes caused by various ghosts and demons of the Spirit World.

Yu Yu Hakusho is a fantastic shonen anime with memorable characters and one of the best English dubs of its time.

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Originally aired 2004 to 2012

366 episodes (16 seasons)

7.92 on MAL

It can be easy to forget between all the scheming and sword-fighting, but the Soul Reapers in Bleach actually serve a purpose: to help deceased people pass on to the next life.

In Bleach , every Hollow that the Soul Reapers run into is a dearly departed human who couldn't pass on. More than that, every Soul Reaper (aside from Ichigo) is actually a ghost themselves.

You probably don't think of Bleach as a ghost anime, but it's actually one of the best anime about ghosts when you think about it.

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6. Death Parade

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Drama, Supernatural, Suspense

Originally aired 2015

12 episodes (1 season)

8.15 on MAL

In Death Parade , everyone you see is the ghost of someone who has recently died, matched up against someone else who also happened to meet their own end at the same moment.

These ghosts must now compete against each other in the Death Games, with the winner winning the opportunity to be reincarnated while the loser gets cast into the void forever.

Not only is the concept of Death Parade fascinating to watch, the opening theme song is an absolute jam.

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5. Ghost Hound

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Mystery, Supernatural, Suspense

Originally aired 2007 to 2008

22 episodes (1 season)

7.41 on MAL

Ghost Hound is another anime series about a group of young kids who investigate the supernatural occurrences in their small town.

As they attempt to find out why the barrier between their world and the Unseen World is weakening, they also explore the roots of the different traumas they all experienced as children.

There are some spooky moments here, but the focus of Ghost Hound is firmly on how the boys deal with their trauma and how it relates to this strange new world they must explore.

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4. Psychic Detective Yakumo

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Originally aired 2010

13 episodes (1 season)

7.31 on MAL

Psychic Detective Yakumo is, at its heart, a detective noir story. It just happens that the detective in question can see ghosts with his left eye and sets out to help them pass on to the next life if they're willing.

This anime about ghosts centers on the tragic ends that all of these spirits have met, along with the pain that they've left behind on their loved ones as a result of their passing.

As it turns out, protagonist Yakumo usually feels a closer kinship with the ghosts he encounters than any of the humans in his life.

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3. Mob Psycho 100

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Action, Comedy, Supernatural

Originally aired 2016 to 2022

37 episodes (3 seasons)

8.49 on MAL

You wouldn't know it just by looking at him, but mild-mannered Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama is one of the most powerful psychics on the planet.

It's a talent that he's been trying to contain his entire life, only putting it to use for important things—like exorcising spirits and impressing girls.

He encounters many different spirits in his world, and they usually underestimate him because of his calm exterior. However, that often ends up being a mistake that leads to their undoing.

Despite being an anime about ghosts, Mob Psycho 100 sometimes feels like a superhero anime, what with his psychic ability.

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2. Mononoke

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Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural

Originally aired 2007

8.43 on MAL

In Mononoke , a nameless character who's only referred to as "Medicine Seller" wanders around feudal Japan, hunting and destroying ghosts.

Each episode of Mononoke feels a bit like a detective story, as the Medicine Seller must first learn the spirit's shape, truth, and reasoning before he can successfully exorcise them.

The animation is stellar and there are plenty of tense, terrifying moments mixed in. Horror fans will find plenty to enjoy in Mononoke .

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1. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

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Horror, Mystery, Romance, School, Supernatural

Originally aired 2012

7.83 on MAL

Death can be a sad, lonely existence. In Dusk Maiden of Amnesia , Yuuko has spent 60 years wandering the halls of her school, unable to remember her life or interact with anyone.

That is, until she meets Teiichi. Together, they work together to unravel the mystery behind Yuuko's death and figure out why she's unable to pass on to the next life.

This anime ghost story has horror elements to it, but the focus is firmly on the oddly sweet relationship between the living boy and the dead girl. It's one of the best ghost anime series we've seen.

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5 Must-See Ghost Anime for Fans of the Paranormal

Are you interested in the supernatural or the netherworld? Do you get the sense that something unknown walks among us? If so, then you might find the ghost subgenre of anime entertaining. From traditional hauntings to supernatural stories about friendship, the subgenre has something for everyone. Here are the five best ghost anime for fans of the paranormal.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

Ghosts come in different shapes and sizes, and the spirit in Dusk Maiden of Amnesia appears in the form of a beautiful school girl. Seikyou Academy is unlike any other school. Instead of focusing on cultural festivals and school trips, the student body tells tales about the occult.

According to a rumor, there’s a ghost on campus. The apparition, known as Yuuko , apparently died in the basement of the old school building. But what the students don’t know is that the rumors are true. It’s a good thing Yuuko is a friendly ghost.

The series follows  Teiichi Niiya , a middle school student discovers Yuuko while roaming around the campus’ old building. Initially frightened by Yuuko, Teichi overcomes his fear and befriends the beautiful girl. But he soon learns that Yuuko possesses no memories of her life or death. Determined to help his new friend, Teiichi founds the Paranormal Investigation Club  to investigate Yuuko’s life and the cause of her death. But Yuuko’s death isn’t the only mystery that needs solving.

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

A longtime favorite of horror and gore anime fans, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls  is actually about a sadistic, vengeful ghost of a little girl. Students like to tell spooky tales, and the scariest of all are the ones based on true stories. A few years ago, Heavenly Host Elementary School was shut down after a string of serial kidnappings and murders rocked the community. Years later, they foolishly build a new school in its place.

Fast forward to the present, where nine high schoolers conduct a ritual to remain friends forever. The ritual seems harmless at first. That is until they are transported to another dimension — the place where those heinous murders took place all those years ago.

One by one the school kids suffer gruesome deaths, like getting their eyes poked out or being gutted like a fish, at the hands of the dead girl and her minions. The ones remaining must find a way to escape before they fall victim to these vengeful ghosts.

Le Portrait de Petite Cossette

Only three-episodes long, Le Portrait de Petite Cossette offers a different take on the supernatural. The short series follows  Eiri Kurahashi , an art student who works at his uncle’s antique shop. One day, while at the shop, he sees the image of a beautiful girl in one of the antique glasses.

Upon touching it, he finds himself transported to the world where this beautiful young woman,  Cossette d’Auvergne , resides. She reveals to Kurahashi that her betrothed, Marcello Orlando , killed her due to his obsession with Cossette’s beauty. To free her spirit, Kurahashi must suffer the consequences for Marcello’s sinful act.

Le Portrait de Petite Cossette is, in every sense of the word, a refined ghost story about love and obsession. In only three episodes, the series immerses viewers in Cossette’s tragic world, which is an artistic portrayal of nightmarish scenes. So, if you’re looking for something visually unique featuring ghosts, then give this short anime series a try.

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Not every ghost anime has to be about brutal murders or spooky hauntings. Some series can produce beautiful and heart-wrenching feelings, as is the case with Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day .

Instead of spending the summer holidays with friends or traveling, Jinta Yadomi stays home and plays video games. One day, his childhood friend, Menma , suddenly appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He ignores her — which annoys Menma even more. But Jinta doesn’t care. After all, Menma died years ago.

Initially attributing his sighting to the extreme heat, Jinta soon realizes that he’s actually seeing his childhood friend. When Menma dies, Jinta and the rest of the gang can’t handle the loss and grow apart. Now they must come together to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. But can they endure the pain and guilt that comes with such a heavy task?

It seems that mystery and the paranormal go hand in hand, as each one drives those affected to discover the truth behind them. The supernatural anime  Ghost Hunt   evokes these same emotions.

When high school student  Mai Taniyama  meets 17-year-old Kazuya Shibuya , a detective from Shibuya Psychic Research investigating paranormal activities at Mai’s school, all hell breaks loose.

Mai accidentally knocks over some of Kazuya’s equipment and is saved by his assistant, Lin . Unfortunately, Lin gets injured in the process and can no longer assist Kazuya. Now without help, the young detective demands Mai become his new assistant. Throughout the series, Mai and Kazuya, along with other supernatural investigators, solve various ghost-related mysteries.

Ghost Hunt has several plots, ranging from lighthearted scenes to creepy hauntings to several jump-scares. But, the nightmare factor comes into play in one particular arc, where the villain copycats the heinous crimes of Vlad the Impaler and Elizabeth Báthory . You might want to leave the lights on for that one.

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Top 10 Anime Ghost Girl [Updated]

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Spooky season is almost upon us! Taking into account the changing seasons and approaching Halloween, we thought it’d be great to pick out an old list and bring it back to life! Our favourite anime ghost girls, revisited! To find the earlier list, scroll down, but be careful – these lists are haunted. With a wide variety of supernatural anime out there, the presence of ghosts in anime also has its variations. Read to find out more!

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10. Yanagi Fuyumi – Blood Lad

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  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: July 2013 – September 2013

Staz C. Blood is a powerful vampire ruling over the East District of the Demon World. Rumour has it Staz is a vicious tyrant, but in reality, he’s just a vampire totally obsessed with Japanese culture. He lets his underlings do the admin of governing the east side while he plays video games, watches anime and reads manga all day long. Yanagi Fuyumi is a human girl who accidentally wanders through a portal into the Demon World. Staz is excited to meet a real-life Japanese girl; however, they’re soon attacked and Fuyumi is killed. She turns into a ghost and Staz vows to resurrect her because she’s his ticket to seeing the human world! Together, they meet other characters and traverse the Demon World in search of magic that could lead to Fuyumi’s revival.

Fuyumi is your average girl and that is one of the reasons why her untimely death greatly affected Staz. She has no special abilities or traits, she just finds herself in a state of limbo as her ghastly form is besieged with the prospect of disappearing forever. Despite the terrible situation she’s in, Fuyumi seems to have a fair amount of trust in Staz and his journey to bring her back to life.

9. Dash Granny – Mob Psycho 100 II

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: January 2019 – April 2019

Now coming into his own, Mob has matured and is more understanding of the impact that he could have on other people. He and Arataka continue with their exorcism work; however, things aren’t quite like they used to be. Mob now makes his own decisions, understanding that his growth as an esper comes in a time where there are heinous elements at play. With things now more dangerous than ever, can Mob come to grips with his endless power and become one with his emotions?

Dash Granny is a minor character in the most recent season of Mob Psycho 100; however, her presence was quite incredible. She gained notoriety as a ghost due to the fact that she’s really quick for an old person (an old ghost?) and that’s 100 times scarier than merely haunting a building or a patch of land. Why does Dash Granny dash? Is she late for something? Guess we’ll never know.

8. Yunohana Yuuna – Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san (Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs)

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2018 – September 2018

Fuyuzora Kogarashi is a broke psychic looking for a place to stay. He finds Yuragi-sou, an old hot springs inn-turned boarding house with extremely cheap rent. Rumour has it the place is haunted, so Kogarashi seeks to exorcise it; however, it turns out to be rather docile – it is a beautiful silver-haired girl who has no memories other than her name: Yuuna. Another thing he discovers is the fact that all the Yuragi-sou tenants have supernatural abilities over and above being able to see Yuuna. While settling in to his new life in his new home, Kogarashi tries to figure out what is keeping Yuuna affixed to the world of the living before she degenerates into an evil spirit destined for the pits of Hell.

Yuuna is a kind ghost, but her circumstances rather mysterious. For some reason, she remains in the world of the living – harbouring a regret of some kind. However, without her memories of the time when she was alive, figuring out what exactly that regret may be is definitely no easy task.

7. Ryuugajou Nanana – Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin (Nanana’s Buried Treasure)

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  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: April 2014 – June 2014

Located in the Pacific Ocean, Nanae Island is a man-made island which hosts all that is needed for a thorough education and training of children. Created by the Great Seven, a group of adventurers led by one Ryuugajou Nanana, Nanae Island is intended to be a place where young people can pursue their dreams. After being exiled by his family, Yama Juugo arrives on the island and moves into his new room… where he encounters the ghost of none other than the Great Seven leader, Ryuugajou Nanana. Bound to the room after her unsolved murder ten years prior, Nanana informs Juugo of a set of powerful items which each possess incredible power that she has spread all over the island. The items, known to those who are aware of their existence as the “Nanana Collection” could very well be the key to solving the mystery of Nanana’s death, so Juugo, alongside self-proclaimed Master Detective Ikkyuu Tensai and her assistant Hoshino Daruku, sets out to find them and lay Nanana to rest for good.

Ryuugajou Nanana was a brilliant adventurer and leader; however, she was murdered in her room on the island she helped create. Now, Nanana is a NEET, spending her time playing online games and inhaling snacks in the same room where she died. Her memories remain, but she has no idea who killed her. As a result, she remains, plagued by a regret she may not completely understand.

6. Aisaka Sayo – Mahou Sensei Negima (Magister Negi Magi Negima)

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  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: January 2005 – June 2005

Negi Springfield is a ten-year-old Welsh wizard-in-training. In order to become a Master Wizard, he is faced with one more test: become an English teacher at a Japanese all-girls high school! Upon his arrival, Negi accidentally embarrasses one of his students and to make things worse, he is the replacement for her favourite homeroom teacher. Having earned Kagurazaka Asuna’s hatred on the very first day, things only get worse for Negi when she discovers that he is a wizard. She blackmails him into helping her in exchange for her silence; however, the both of them soon encounter more obstacles than they ever imagined.

Mahora Academy is an old institution with a rich history. 60 years prior to the events of Negima, Aisaka Sayo was a student at the school. She and her little sister had spent a long time tending to the clocktower’s garden. Legend had it that if they could fill the garden with tsuwabuki flowers, their mother would come back. On a stormy night, Sayo headed out to tend to the flowers and protect them from the elements. She died of pneumonia not too long after that. Despite having been dead for over 60 years, Professor Takahata had her included in Negi’s class’s registry and her seat had never changed. Eventually, she was integrated into the class and Negi began being able to see her too.

5. Ibuki Fuko – Clannad

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  • Episodes: 23
  • Aired: October 2007 – March 2008

Okazaki Tomoya is a cynical delinquent who believes he’ll never become anything. He often skips school with his friend, Sunohara Youhei. One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a girl from his school muttering to herself. She then exclaims “sweet bread!”, catching Tomoya’s attention. Her name is Furukawa Nagisa and she quickly thinks of Tomoya as a friend, but he isn’t too moved by their encounter. However, he starts seeing more of her around school and so he eventually befriends her. He learns that Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness and she wishes to revive the school drama club. Tomoya decides to help her, with the assistance of four others. As Tomoya interacts with each girl, he learns more about them and their problems, trying to help each one overcome her obstacles.

Fuko is a first year at the same school as Tomoya and Nagisa. She is introduced as a childish girl who really loves starfish; to the point of carving starfish shapes out of wood. However, she gives these wooden starfish out to people as an invitation to her sister’s wedding. Her sister was the art teacher at the school about three years prior, so no one currently at the school knows who she is. Fuko was involved in an accident that left her comatose, so the vast majority of interactions the other characters had with Fuko were with her ghost.

4. Honma “Menma” Meiko – Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day) (AnoHana)

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  • Aired: April 2011 – June 2011

Yadomi Jinta lives the life of a recluse; refusing to go to school on most days and playing videogames all day. His long-deceased childhood friend, Honma “Menma” Meiko, appears to him on a hot summer day in order to get him to grant her forgotten wish. Initially thinking himself to be hallucinating, Jinta soon realises that he’s seeing Menma’s ghost. He and his childhood friends grew apart after Menma died but they find themselves patching things up in order to finally lay Menma to rest. Forced to revisit the past, the group must confront their own guilt in addition to granting Menma’s final wish.

When Jinta and the other characters were still children, they played with Menma a lot; however, on one day, Menma dies and the trauma shatters the friendship dynamic in the group. Years later, Jinta is a reclusive teenager, but Menma’s ghost appears before him, imploring him to grant her final wish. For the majority of the series, only Jinta is able to see Menma.

3. Dee Ensy Stratmitos – Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi (Sunday Without God)

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God has turned his back on the world, rendering it a land where life cannot be born nor taken away. The dead walk among the living; however, before leaving forever, God created Gravekeepers, being capable of putting the dead to rest. Ai is a young girl who is her village’s Gravekeeper in her late mother’s place. One day, a man named Hampnie Hambart arrives and kills everyone in the village. He claims to be Ai’s father. With her village wiped out, Ai sees no future there and accompanies Hampnie on his journey all while trying to live true to her job as a Gravekeeper.

Dee Ensy is a ghost without a true form. She can appear anywhere at any time, possess people and even grant wishes. She has a crush on Alis Color and possesses him too. She and Ai have formed a friendship based on love and mutual respect; however, due to her feelings for Alis, Dee can’t quite help feeling jealous whenever Ai gets more attention from Alis than she does.

2. Sakura Megumi (Megu-nee) – Gakkou-gurashi (School Live!)

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  • Aired: July 2015 – September 2015

Takeya Yuki loves school so much that she never wants to leave. Attending Megurigaoka High, Yuki gets to enjoy her life as a senior student and member of the School Living Club, alongside the president Wakasa Yuuri, the athletic Ebisuzawa Kurumi, their junior, Naoki Miki, their supervisor Sakura Megumi and their dog, Taroumaru. Life is good; as long as Yuki continues to be ignorant of the reality of the situation around her. The School Living Club is a ruse to avoid the crushing reality of the zombie apocalypse which has left them barricaded inside their school as the only survivors.

Sakura Megumi was a Japanese teacher at Megurigaoka High and the advisor for the School Life Club. This is apparent when you see how close she is with the members of the club. Her last ever act was to take on a horde of zombies in order to protect the School Life Club from harm. The trauma of knowing that their teacher died while protecting them greatly shakes Yuki and so she continues to see, hear and interact with a vision of Megu-nee to the point of it not being immediately obvious that Megu-nee is merely a spectre from Yuki’s imagination.

1. Elaine – Nanatsu no Taizai (Seven Deadly Sins)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 2014 – March 2015

In an era akin to the European Middle Ages, the Holy Knights of the Britannia of the Kingdom of Liones use powerful magic to maintain order and protect the region. Despite this, a small squadron of Knights turned their blades towards the kingdom in an attempt to overthrow the ruler of their country, Liones. This treason was subdued by the Holy Knights, but rumours of their, of the “Seven Deadly Sins”’ survival. Ten years later, the Holy Knights staged an insurgence of their own, becoming the new tyrannical rulers of Britannia. Elizabeth, the third princess of Britannia embarks on a personal mission to find the Seven Deadly Sins and ask for their help in order to take back her kingdom from the Holy Knights.

King’s sister and the love of Ban’s life, Elaine tragically lost her life when a demon attacked the Fountain of Youth, of which she is the guardian. She and Ban were fatally wounded and he’d wanted her to drink the water in order to gain immortality, but she tricked him into drinking it. Her death greatly affects Ban; however, she makes an appearance when the Boar Hat gang travel to the Capital of the Dead.

Final Thoughts

Ghosts are quite the standard when it comes to supernatural apparitions. In anime, the wide variety of ghost-type characters cannot be understated – even Ghost-type Pokémon are a thing! Who is your favourite ghost anime girl? How did they die? Drop a comment below and tell us all about them – and don’t forget to check out the older list below this one for more information on some great anime ghost girls!

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Author: Hoshi-kun

I’m South African, harbouring an obsession for anything remotely related to Japan, mostly anime, of course. I draw sometimes. Some people call me Naledi, it’s my real name, or something like that. People think I’m stoic because I don’t smile often (I do sometimes). I like languages. Hoshi-kun and Naledi are the same side of the same coin.

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One of the amazing things about anime is that there’s such a variety of ways to interpret certain aspects of it. Certain genres branch into more detailed stories within the genre, certain anime take unique takes on the very drawing style that defines anime, and certain character tropes are exaggerated upon and parodied at the same time. Even when it comes to certain character roles, certain anime will take a different approach as to how that type of character will move the story forward. Having a ghost like character is just one of many character types that this happens for.

Ghosts themselves allows anime to vastly expand the creative opportunities for these kinds of characters. They can be adapted to many different genres, and they can be interpreted differently depending on the characters interacting with said ghosts characters. Gender difference especially increases those changes, with both male and female ghosts leading to different types of anime. Keeping all that in mind, here are the top 10 ghost girls.

10. Alma, MAR

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  • Episodes: 102
  • Aired: Apr 3, 2005 – Mar 25, 2007

Something to keep in mind when it comes to ghosts is that only very people if not a single person may see them, and Alma’s role is the best definition of that. A former Vestrian soldier, Alma was in a relationship with Phantom until he adopted the Zombie Tattoo from Queen Diana, causing a rift due to his appreciation for immortality. Alma left him and fought with her crew in the 1st Mar Heaven War only to be killed and cursed by the King to remain as ghosts and forever haunt Vestry’s underground cave, the place Alma left Phantom. However, Alma is able to escape this fate years later thanks to Ginta, and as a reward gives him not only a Magic Stone, but also the Holy ÄRM Purific Avea, the only ARM that can undo Phantom’s Zombie Tattoo and defeat Phantom as a result. In addition to appearing to Ginta, Alma also makes one last appearance to Phantom to help him reach salvation before his death. Even though her appearances are brief and she only appears to a few characters, Alma’s impact on the events of the series cannot be ignored.

9. Perona, One Piece

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  • Episodes: 737 (as of now)
  • Aired: Oct 20, 1999 - present

Even though she’s technically not a ghost, you’d be hard-pressed to find characters that use ghost like powers as well as ghosts as their method for fighting, and “Ghost Princess” Perona comes through in spades in this category. Eating the Hollow-Hollow Fruit allows Perona all kinds of ghost-like abilities, from creating multiple types of Hollows that can fight for her to creating an astral image of herself that can fly and change sizes. Perona can also hear and see whatever her ghosts can hear and see, allowing her to pick up information in a variety of ways. Perona’s abilities definitely make her stand out among those related to the ghost genre.

8. Mayoi Hachikuji, Bakemonogatari

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  • Episodes: 15
  • Aired: Jul 3, 2009 – Jun 25, 2010

Most people tend to think of ghosts as terrifying, not cheerful, but Mayoi is one of many that has helped to break that way of thinking. A fifth grade girl that was run over by a truck while looking for her mother’s home, Mayoi is definitely the complete opposite when it comes to being scared by ghosts. Constantly cheerful, curious, and just full of energy, Mayoi is quite a lot to handle, and it’s a surprise that someone so happy actually has a sad past. Yet despite her past as well as her extremely youthful appearance, Mayoi is actually pretty mature, and as the story progresses, her character is developed a lot more, especially when she and Koyomi end up going back in time. Mayoi certainly turns the tables on the typical ghost character in traditional stories by setting a new standard definition for ghost girls when it comes to anime.

7. Enma Ai, Hell Girl

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  • Aired: Oct 5, 2005 – Apr 5, 2006

Not all ghost are good, and Enma Ai, or Hell Girl, is the go to example for that. Ai’s main responsibility is to carry out the grudges on behalf of the people who choose to request her services. By giving the requester a special doll, they can pull a red string around the neck of said doll if they choose to have Ai carry out their grievances over the person of their choosing, where Ai will take that person directly to Hell. The condition, however, is that once the requester die, they too will go to Hell. Ai carries herself in a way where expressing little emotion, no matter what the circumstances are, is normal for her, making her that much more of an antihero as opposed to the good guy. As the series progresses, we get a much better understanding of why Ai chooses to be this way, especially based on the things she’s seen as well as the length of time she has been performing these services. Certainly a much scarier ghost girl than most.

6. Misao Minakami, Asura Cryin

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  • Aired: Apr 2, 2009 – Jun 25, 2009

Misao Minakami is a great example of the ghost girl that is the best friend of the main character. The childhood friend of Tomoharu Natsume, Misao died in a plane accident that Tomoharu barely survived. However, Misao returns as a ghost that only Tomoharu can see and remains as devoted as ever to him. As the series progresses, Misao begins to develop strong feelings for Tomoharu, which only complicates their relationship even more as their adventures get more dangerous. Definitely a solid example of a ghost girl that is 100% devoted to their best friend

5. Eliza Faust, Shaman King

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  • Episodes: 64
  • Aired: Jul 4, 2001 – Sep 25, 2002

Not all romances occur without their share of bumps in the road, and Eliza’s story very much reflects that. Born with a fatal disease, Eliza’s life seemed to be bleak until her meeting with Faust XIII. Because of her devotion to him, Faust worked on and eventually found a cure for her, leading to their marriage and opening a clinic together. Unfortunately, Eliza ended up losing her life to a burglar that shoots her point blank in the head, leading to Faust’s obsession with necromancy as a way to bring her back. Although Faust succeeds, the Eliza he brings back is only an image as opposed to her true spirit, raising an important question of whether we’re really seeing Eliza or not. Eliza’s story luckily as a happy ending due to Anna summoning her back for Faust and Faust finally becoming a strong enough shaman to bring back her true spirit herself. Eliza’s story really calls into question about who someone’s true self really is, something that can be applied to any of the ghosts on this list.

4. Sayoko Arashiyama, Natsu no Arashi

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  • Aired: Apr 6, 2009 – Jun 29, 2009

One of the unique aspects explored when it comes to ghosts in general is their connection to time, especially since the ghost character in turn usually remains the age they died throughout the length of their respective series. Sayoko Arashiyama’s story is unique in the sense that it goes 1 step further by involving time travel. A beautiful 16 year old girl during the time of World War 2 that later becomes a ghost, Sayoko’s mission is to rescue the people in her community from the air raids done by American fighter planes. Sayoko discovers that by making a connection with a living person in the present day, she can achieve her goal, leading to the events of the series. Despite her simple mindedness, Sayoko is a good person at heart, and her purity of trying to save her community shines through and through.

3. Mavis Vermillion, Fairy Tale

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  • Episodes: 175
  • Aired: Oct 12, 2009 – Mar 30, 2013

The 1st Guild Master as well as a cofounder of the Fairy Tail Guild, Mavis Vermillion is over 100 years old despite having the appearance of someone barely in their teens. Even though Mavis’ body is sealed in Lacrima, Mavis herself exists in a ghostlike form that interacts with the current members of the Guild. Despite acting like a child at times and having unique quirks (such as wanting to be barefoot all the time), Mavis has had a traumatic past that not only causes her to be serious at crucial moments, but has also made her quite powerful. When it comes to creating a complex backstory for how a ghost girl came to be, Mavis’ backstory is certainly worth putting in the time to get to know.

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2. Elaine, Seven Deadly Sins

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  • Aired: Oct 5, 2014 – Mar 29, 2015

The Guardian Saint of the Fountain of Youth, Elaine definitely serves as a great example of a ghost girl with a classic romantic story. Tasked with protecting the Fountain of Youth, Elaine grows to distrust humans due to the number of them that attempted to take control of the Fountain. It was only after meeting Bandit Ban and learning his intentions for wanting immortality that Elaine began to open herself up again after hundreds of years of guarding the Fountain. However, Elaine loses her life to a demon that attacks them and saves Ban by giving him the water from the Fountain at the cost of her life. Elaine is eventually resurrected later in the story and appears as a ghost before that happens, and the events that take place between her, Ban, and her brother King stand out in a romantic sense, serving as a model romance for ghost girls in general.

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1. Menma, The Flower We Saw That Day

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  • Aired: Apr 15, 2011 – Jun 24, 2011

In addition to the happy stories and scary stories we’ve seen with ghost characters, there are also sad ones that cause some deep thinking about those who have died too early, and Menma in The Flower We Saw That Day nails that feeling on the head. Six childhood friends drift apart after one of them, Menma, dies in a tragic accident; 10 years later, the leader, Jinta, is living as a recluse until Menma appears to him saying that she can’t pass on until her wish is granted. Since she can’t remember what it is, it’s up to Jinta to find the rest of their friends and work together to discover what that wish is. A lot of feelings are experienced mainly due to the strong connections people can make with each of the characters based on how each of them dealt with what happened. In Menma’s case, the pain of not being able to communicate with most of her friends because she’s a ghost as well as not being present for 10 years takes an incredible toll on her despite her selflessness and childlike innocence. Even though none of us can technically never directly relate to this, how we imagine how those who have passed on would act in certain situations is one of the hardest things to overcome if we were close to that person. In a way, we can forever be haunted by their ghost until we find inner peace and the strength to move forward. Menma stands as a ghost character who can have quite the impact if the storytelling is masterfully done as this one is.

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Each of these characters on this list either represent a different take on how ghosts can be used in anime or different directions within the same genre. One thing is certain: they certainly make each of their respective stories more entertaining whether they’re making you laugh or making you think. Anybody missing from this list you feel should be on here? Let us know in the comments!

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Hi, my name's Ian. I grew up in the United States, but I've traveled to and lived in many different countries, including Scotland, Japan, and New Zealand. Some of my hobbies include reading, writing, chess, running, playing video games, and watching anime. I started getting more into anime after watching Dragon Ball Z on Toonami as a kid, and have been hooked by the amazing stories and characters in anime ever since.

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When it comes to school life in anime, it’s uncommon to find any that may be dark, horrific, or gory. In most cases, school life anime series are a mixture of fun, silliness, drama, and heartwarming moments... all of the things you’d expect from the popular slice-of-life genre.

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The reason is that the main demographic watching this specific genre of anime are in high school themselves. They want to watch a show that they can relate to without having to deal with bullies, deadlines, and the stress of studying and exams. While much rarer, there are some anime series that contain these common school elements, but with a dark twist to them.

10 Vampire Knight – Secret Classes Filled With Beautiful Vampires

In this dark shojo anime, Yuuki Cross and her friend Zero Kiryuu are members of the disciplinary committee at Cross Academy. However, this school has a dark secret. It houses two different classes, the Night Class and the Day Class. What the Day Class doesn’t know is that the beautiful and intense students of the Night Class are vampires, and not all of them are the good kind. This series is filled with dark supernatural events and does grow darker as the character’s stories are revealed, but it’s not overly gory or violent.

9 Death Note – Cleansing The World One Corrupt Person At A Time

Death Note is one of the most popular and highly ranked shonen anime series, for good reason. This series follows Light Yagami, a high school student from a prestigious school who stumbles upon the Death Note. Inside it is a message that states that the person whose name is written inside the notebook will die, so long as the user follows the rules . This then leads this high school student down a very dark path as he attempts to cleanse the world of corrupt individuals.

8 Kakegurui – Psychological Manipulations From The Elite

To everyone else, Hyakkaou Private Academy is an elite school that prepares its rich students for the outside world. It follows the normal curriculum and ensures students are ready to take over their family's businesses.

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But at night, this academy takes a dark turn as students learn to gamble and manipulate people. Those who come out on top in these gambling games sit at the pinnacle of the academy. This series doesn’t focus on fantasy or gore to make it dark. It focuses on the darkness of psychology and manipulating people for money and power.

7 Another – A Town Shrouded In Fear And A Class With A Gruesome Secret

The town of Yomiyama is plagued by a fearful atmosphere after the death of a popular student, Misaki of class 3-3 from Yomiyama North Middle School. Twenty-six years after this death, a fifteen-year-old boy named Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North but discovers a gloomy darkness engulfing the class.

For some reason, he’s drawn to Mei Misaki, who everyone treats as if she doesn’t exist . Instead of listening to their warnings, he grows closer to the girl and discovers the gruesome phenomenon surrounding the class. Another is a dark supernatural horror and thriller anime series that is worth watching.

6 Gosick – A Historical Academy With Ghosts And Sinister Plots

Gosick is an unusual supernatural anime with a historical and mystical twist. Kazuya Kujou is a Japanese exchange student now enrolled at Saint Marguerite Academy, a luxurious boarding school in a Southern European country.

To his fellow classmates, he’s known as the Black Reaper (an urban legend about the traveler who brings death in the spring) due to his black hair and dark-colored eyes. In search of ghost stories, he makes his way to the school’s luxurious library and meets Victorique de Blois, a doll-like girl who believes their fates are now intertwined. Together, the two explore the unsolved mysteries of their school and uncover a dark and sinister plot that surrounds them.

5 Erased – Transported Back In Time To Save A Classmate And His Mother

Satoru Fujinuma is a 29-year-old manga artist with an ability known as Revival . During this phenomenon that only he can experience, he is transferred back to a moment just before a life-threatening event occurs. It's almost as if someone is forcing him to stop these events from taking place.

But when he’s wrongfully accused of murdering his own mother, he’s transported eighteen years into the past. It’s here that he realizes the murder is somehow connected with the abduction and killing of one of his classmates. In this psychological mystery series, Satoru must uncover what happened to his classmate in order to protect the people closest to him.

4 School-Live! - Denial And A Zombie Apocalypse

School-Live! Is an incredibly unsuspecting horror anime series. This series follows Yuki Takeya, a young girl who loves school so much that she’s a member of the “School Live Club,” a club for students who live at their school.

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For some, it sounds like an average, boarding school-style anime... but it’s not. None of the students want to go home, and for good reason. Due to a zombie outbreak, the girls are unable to go home, or they risk death. Yuki, unfortunately, has convinced herself that nothing bad happened as a coping mechanism  and her friends help her by creating a somewhat normal environment for her despite the hell they are living in.

3 Dusk Maiden of Amnesia – A Ghost With Amnesia And A School Full Of Mystery

Seikyou Private Academy has a dark past. For the past sixty years, it’s been haunted by the ghost of a former student, Yuuko, who died mysteriously in the basement of the old school building. In Dusk Maiden of Amnesia , Teiichi Niiya enrolls at Seikyou Private Academy. One day, while getting lost in one of the school's old buildings, he meets Yuuko, who reveals herself to be a ghost with amnesia. They quickly become close and work together to investigate the mysteries of the school and Yuuko’s death.

2 King's Game – A Game With Deadly Consequences

Nobuaki Kanazawa transfers to a new school with no intention of making any friends. But the reason why soon becomes clear to his new classmates. His class received a text message from “The King” with instructions on how to play the “The King’s Game.”

Everyone in the class needs to participate or there will be deadly consequences. Nobuaki has played this game before and has seen his friends die because of it. But his classmates don’t believe him until the game claims its first casualty. Now he has a choice but to save himself or attempt to save his classmates - something he couldn’t achieve before.

1 Danganronpa: The Animation – A Bear, A Trap, And A Deathmatch

Danganronpa: The Animation follows Makoto Naegi, who was recently accepted into Hope's Peak Academy, an elite high school that only accepts the most talented of students.

In the beginning, the fifteen students accepted into Naegi’s year are thrilled to be there. That is until they meet the principal of the school, who happens to be a bear that traps them in the school. Their only escape is to murder one of their classmates without getting caught. If they are caught, the murderer is executed, and the students must continue their deathmatch.

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[Top 10] High School Horror Anime

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High School is a scary time for all of us: acne, grades, worrying about what your peers think about you and to be fair I could probably go on forever. However, I assume none of us had a high school experience like some of these anime characters have. So whether you are procrastinating on doing some homework or looking for something to watch while you're skipping school, here’s a great list of eerie education at it’s finest.

10) School Days

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What at first sounds like a just a story of a love triangle, School Days is yet another anime that isn’t what it seems at first glance. The story starts with Makoto Itou, a school boy who notices pretty girl Kotonoha at school one day, immediately smitten. Friend and classmate Sekai takes notice of his attraction for Kotonoha and promises to help him get them together, for a price. This anime is filled with lies, deceit, sexual abuse and perhaps go as far as murder, what sounds like a modern day Shakespearean tragedy this story will keep you on your toes the deeper it gets.

School Days cover art, showing off all the main characters. Little do we know what grusome horror awaits these students.

9) School-Live!

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It is the job of the School Living club at Megurigaoka High School to make school life the best for its students, but things are not always as they seem. We soon learn that these adorable girls have a much bigger problem at hands, a zombie apocalypse. Poor Yuki Takeya is unable to perceive what is going on around them as she acts blissfully unaware of the zombies, how will these girls make it out alive if one of their club members can’t even comprehend the horrors at hand?

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Kurumi with her trusty shovel, ready to take on some zombies.

8) Ookami Kakushi

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After moving to a new village with his father and sister, Hiroshi Kuzumi soon realizes the odd traditions that have been kept alive by local villagers. After winning the affection of a new classmate of his, and finding out many of his other classmates have mysteriously died he grows suspicious. All he’s told by his aloof classmate Nemuru is to “stay away from the old part of the village.”

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Nemuru Kushida as she dawns her reaping attire, which she uses to hide her identity when slaying humans.

7) high school of the dead.

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In a zombie ridden town, Highschool of the Dead focuses on a group of highschoolers and their companions as a zombie outbreak starts to affect their school, and ultimately the world. The unique group goes on a quest to hopefully find their family members, beat the zombies with their impressive combat and hopefully stay safe. We watch as this unlikely group of heroes navigate the undead world around them and try their best to make it out unscathed.

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Rei and Takashi, two of the main characters from High School of the Dead. Rei is covered in blood.

6) Hell Teacher Nube

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A fun, loving teacher who wants nothing more to protect his students and keep his secret hidden. What is his secret? Under his glove he has a monster hand and he is a trained exorcist that is ready to defeat any ghosts or demons that come near his students. A More lighthearted horror than some of the other entries on this list, Hell Teacher Nube  deals with all kinds of supernatural entities but has enough of a humor value to give you a warm fuzzy feeling by the end of it.

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Cover art for Hell Teacher Nube, which perfectly shows off Nube's monster hand.

5) From The New World

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In a future world, not much like our own, we meet Saki Watanabe, a girl whose psychic powers have awakened in her. She is thrilled to be able to attend Sage Academy, a school for psychic students where all her friends attend. But the happiness doesn’t last long as we see her and her friends realize the dark truths to their society and uncover the darkness around them.

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One of the antgonists, known as "Fiend" after being lured into a trap set by Saki and friends.

4) Boogiepop Phantom 

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5 years prior to the events of the story, serial killings started happening all over town. Now in the present, the urban legend that is Boogiepop is back, once you meet Boogiepop you are no longer seen again. Is Boogiepop real? Or is it all in our minds. And where do these highschool students end up when they disappear?

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Boogiepop Phantom cover art which features a close up on Boogiepop. She is very strange.

3) Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

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After 9 students at Kisaragi Academy perform a “charm” of sorts so they can stay friends forever, an unruly evil gets released instead. Now, they are trapped in an alternate dimension of the school that once stood in their schools place. What awaits them in this new world is a bloodbath of their worst nightmares where they will be tortured beyond belief. Will they escape?

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The very gruesome cover art for Corpse Party: Tortured Souls. It really captures the gore that this series has.

2) Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

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High School student Teiichi Niiya stumbles across the ghost of Yuuko Kanoe, a girl who died many years ago and is the topic for a popular ghost story that is often spread throughout the school. After noticing he can see and talk to her he decides to help her find out the truth of how she died, because she cannot remember. He begins a Paranormal Club at the school to help dive deep into her past and give her the peace she so desperately searches for.

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Teiichi after being pushed down the stairs by Yuuko’s ghost

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Kouichi Sakakibara just transferred to a new school. This new school sort of has a gloomy aura surrounding it, but what's even weirder is the girl with the eye patch that everybody ignores, even the teacher. Other students tell him not to befriend her but he does and suddenly his life is changed, as he feels he must get to the bottom of what's going on behind the scenes in class 3-3. Will him and his new friend be able to break the curse plaguing their classmates, or are they destined to meet the same fate?

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Mei and Kouichi, the two main characters, standing on the cover art. What could Mei's eyepatch be hiding ?

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25 Best Anime On Ghosts, Paranormal & The Supernatural (Series & Movies)

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I think we can all agree: anime serves as a great escape from reality.

Sometimes it’s enough to simply see our world from someone else’s eyes, a different place, different people… but sometimes we want to remove ourselves even further from reality.

Ghosts and spooky paranormal stuff should do the trick! And for this ranking I’ll share the best anime that deal with all things supernatural, be it demons, espers, ghosts, or anything in between.

25. A Letter to Momo

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This movie is bound to be something you’ll really enjoy if you like spirits & supernatural beings.

It’s all about youkai and how much they can befriend(or irritate) our city girl protagonist, Momo.

That’s all you really need to know as far as the plot is concerned. Where this show really shines is the atmosphere it so brilliantly builds in such a short amount of time.

The animation is top-notch and the youkai have been made into actual three-dimensional characters, so it hits both that “suspension of disbelief” and “relatability” right on the head.

24. Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

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In order to hunt, you have to see your prey as non-human. Or at least as something below you.

But what happens when you realize that the hunted is just as alive & human as you are?

This is not an ad for veganism, but rather the central premise of Fusé.

In its universe, the Fusé are supernatural creatures. Something between a dog and a man, and are being relentlessly hunted.

Our protagonist, being a huntress herself, meets one by accident and makes it her goal to get him out of harm’s way.

It’s a very touching story and can even teach you a thing or two about how you should treat others.

23. Natsuyuki Rendezvous

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This show has such an odd premise that it’s really hard not to love it.

Our protagonist, Ryousuke Hazuki, goes to a flower shop and falls in love with the owner.

He then tries to slide into those DMs by getting a part-time job there. But oh oh, what’s this?

He can see the spirit of the owner’s deceased husband. And that’s it.

Only he can see him, and as you might imagine this old husband doesn’t want anyone smooth talking his wife.

So they just form this very odd and yet lovable trio that never ceases to put a smile on my face.

22. Another

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Personally, Another is the first show that pops into my head when I think about ghost stories.

It nails that creepy atmosphere, the dark and stagnant air and the questions that hang around our necks like a noose.

There’s one central mystery in the show and I didn’t find the answer to be super obvious, so kudos for that.

The stakes are very high, however, as with every passing moment tragedy seems to strike. And finding the answer is the only way to stop it.

I’m being rather vague because believe me, you want to go into this show completely spoiler-free.

21. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

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At times, this show really lulls you into a feeling of security. It offers nice, bright colors, a cheerful cast, the whole nine yards.

But then you remember that Satan is the antagonist.

This is where the smiles drop, the tension rises, and your eyes are glued to the screen.

The pairing of Rin and Yukio make the story both a lot more wholesome, but also a lot more dynamic, with Rin having his latent powers.

It definitely has that shounen vibe , and isn’t as “spooky” as some other entries.

But it makes for a good time nevertheless.

20. Bakemonogatari

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With the Monogatari series you get all of the supernatural stories you want.

A bee? A curse.

A monkey? A demon.

A vampire? What are you doing, run away from the vampire.

There are so many stories interwoven within the series and its characters, that there always seems to be this sense of intrigue. As there are always questions left unanswered.

The show does a good job at keeping each plot point consistent with the ones already established, sometimes even making them run simultaneously just to screw with you.

I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the supernatural, urban legends, folklore and the like.

19. Death Note

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I honestly didn’t plan to put Death Note on here. I viewed it as a purely psychological thriller , but then I remembered that two meter tall apple loving gods of death are just a bit supernatural.

So here we are.

Hailed by many as one of the greatest anime to have ever aired, Death Note at its core represents two great minds clashing while an ominous dark presence watches over and gives them powers to slay the other.

The first dozen episodes are especially hyped, as we watch a normal high schooler divulge into a pseudo-god, all while eating his chips.

18. Death Parade

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What happens after death?

A question that has plagued humanity since it could make rational thought.

Will we be judged by Haruhi and sent to Heaven or Hell? Is it just darkness?

Well, I don’t think anyone envisioned ourselves playing pool or throwing darts to decide their fate.

Death Parade is like a Limbo where the deceased are taken to be judged.

They play different games, usually brutal stuff, that are supposed to show their true colors and determine whether they’ll be reincarnated or sent to the shadow realm.

And never has an existential crisis come with this good of a soundtrack.

17. Devilman: Crybaby

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Get out your devil horns, sacrificial goat, and a bottle of the blood of the innocent, because it’s devil time.

As in the title, and this not so subtle introduction. Might have suggested Devilman: Crybaby is predominantly focused on different demons, their fights, their goals, and their killer nightclub parties.

It’s chaotic as all hell with nudity, blood, flashing colors, dope rapping, angry mobs, more music, motorcycles, and limbs flying everywhere.

And it is definitely the type of show you’d binge in a single day , hold no regrets, and them bother someone else to watch it.

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Hold the Dororo is a story about revenge. Very brutal and very justified revenge.

Hyakkimaru was probably dealt the worst hand at birth out of any character ever, with demons claiming all of his senses, his limbs, his skin, everything.

We see him as a literal shell of a man armed, literally, in pursuit of the very demons that robbed him of a normal life.

The fighting choreography in this show is brilliant. Especially during the latter episodes.

And Hyakkimaru’s wild, almost savage anger will send shivers down your spine when he finally faces those who have wronged him.

15. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

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Make no mistake, I’m specifically talking about the first season of Jojo’s, so the first two manga arcs. This is the most “supernatural” if that makes sense.

Before there were Stands and it basically became a superhero show, JoJo’s was a lot more… bizarre.

The atmosphere was a lot darker, and the legend known as Dio is set upon the world.

There are vampires now, and Pillar men , and like a super powerful method of breathing.

I never said it made more sense than the later installments.

But it does get you that supernatural fix as god knows, this show is anything but ordinary.

14. Demon Slayer

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Speaking of super powerful ways of breathing, we have Demon Slayer.

Can you guess what the show is about? As far as animation and fight choreography goes, this show absolutely blew me away.

Yet the ragtag group of Tanjirou, Zenitsu and Inosuke bring a lot of comedy to the objectively dark and gloomy storyline.

Each with a special breathing technique and fighting style, they make the show very dynamic. Rarely does the story wonder off or get boring.

And Nezuko is just adorable. Terrifying at times, but mostly adorable. God I love this show.

13. Mob Psycho 100

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Now to take a break from all the demons, we move on to espers.

It’s easy to see why people came into this show expecting One Punch Man.

But the show stands on its own with absolutely no issues.

In fact, since it’s less focused on being funny, the heartwarming moments hit a lot harder. And the sad moments, we don’t talk about them.

It’s no secret that Mob is the strongest esper. But the world is so much larger than just his power. You’ll end up fully immersed and just as hyped for the side characters as you are for the protagonists.

12. Tokyo Ghoul

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I find Tokyo Ghoul to be in a similar boat like Jojo’s, with the first season really delivering on the topic of what it was like to be a ghoul, how they lived, organized themselves, the different factions, you know cool supernatural stuff.

It does become more of a superhero flick by the end.

But it is overall pretty enjoyable.

Our protagonist Kaneki has one of the most memorable, edgelord-y transformations ever to hit the media. As well as an iconic soundtrack to boot.

I don’t care much for it after the first season, but you can absolutely have a blast watching this show and learning why people drink so much coffee.

11. Durarara!!

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Durarara!! Is a mixture of three things: gang culture , the supernatural, and chat rooms.

Lots and lots of chat rooms.

It takes place in Ikebukuro where everything seems fine and dandy on the surface. But the shadows hide plenty of unusual stuff.

We have a dullahan in the form of a motorcyclist, Hulk’s younger brother in a bartender uniform , somehow an even creepier Stain, and sword possession.

There’s a lot here.

Most of the time, the show doesn’t take itself too seriously. But there are definitely some “oh god why” moments throughout.

10. Mononoke

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Mononoke takes a very different approach to spirits, as rather than blasting them away with energy beams, the protagonist actually does a ritual.

But in order to do the ritual, he has to know the Form, the Truth, and the Reason for that spirit being there. Getting a bit occult now, huh?

You can already see how this opens up the gate to a ton of backstories and narratives.

And if that abundance of stories isn’t enough to satisfy you, just take a gander at the anime’s artsy style.

It’s definitely not something you’ve seen before.

9. Hell Girl

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To understand Hell Girl, all you have to do is mix together Death Parade, Alucard, and 4chan.

The central premise is as follows: there exists a website that you can only access at midnight, through which you communicate with miss Hell girl.

You can then pick out the person that’s making your life miserable and regardless of who they are, she will make sure they do not see the light of day.

The only catch being that you’re now condemned to Hell.

But hey, you knew what you were getting into.

Definitely not as laid back as some of the other shows on this list, but a delight for true fans of the occult and supernatural.

8. Ghost Stories

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Ghost Stories is an absolute classic when it comes to the paranormal.

The mere fact that it’s 20+ years old and still holds up today is proof of that.

The story is simple, think Scooby-Doo but an anime.

Just instead of de-masking George the milkman, they banish ghosts. And instead of a lovable talking dog, we get a possessed, somewhat mean-spirited yet hilarious cat .

The cat is honestly half of the enjoyment for me.

But heed my warning: watch the dubbed version.

The subbed actually takes itself seriously and can become a bore, while the dub is a bit insane, kind of offensive, and just beautiful .

7. Ghost Hound

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There are two main feelings I got from watching Ghost Hound: curiosity and depression.

Okay it wasn’t that bad. But you will see what I mean.

The story is a real mystery: spirits start crossing into our world and it’s on our protagonist trio to figure out why.

The answer is neither obvious nor out of left field, so the conclusion is satisfying as hell.

I will give you a hint, though. It has a lot to do with the mental state of the boys; their previous traumas, fears, thoughts, everything has to be laid bare to crack the code.

So if you’re a wimp like me staring into the eyes of a good psychological anime, strap in.

6. Witch Hunter Robin

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If you’re into the Salem Witch Trials, this show is bound to intrigue you.

Yes, it’s a show all about witches.

But instead of putting a witch in the protagonist’s seat and have her deliver baked goods, we actually see the world from the eyes of Robin, a witch hunter.

It’s also not just another villain of the week show, as Robin doesn’t kill the witches.

No, she tries to understand them through them her own organization.

The story is really riveting and culminates in the most glorious fashion. Definitely give it a try.

5. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

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Saiki is a bit of an oddball on this list, as it’s purely a comedy .

But hey, the protagonist is an esper. And throughout the show we also get to know a medium and a fortune teller, so thematically it fits into the “supernatural” category quite well.

I’m a huge fan of this show because it takes every anime trope and just makes it so much weirder, and so much funnier.

Never have I seen a character as dumb as Nendou. Or a princess as egotistical as Kokomi.

But they make it all work somehow.

The show is episodic with a very loose overarching plot, and I promise you every episode is a blast.

4. Colorful: The Motion Picture

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This movie gets very real. There is no other way to put it.

Without spoiling too much, I will say that the central premise is that of reincarnation. Feeling the pain of others, finding happiness in a grain of sand, and the toxicity one’s surroundings.

I don’t really have any jokes for this one.

The story is mystical in that its portrayal the afterlife, and the task that’s set before us.

But it is also extremely realistic to the point of human suffering, and also compassion.

So if you’re having a rough time, or just want some anime for retrospection, give this one a watch.

3. Natsume’s Book of Friends

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Natsume’s Book of Friends is the type of show that actually makes you wish you could see spirits.

The central end goal of the series is for Natsumi to basically say farewell to all of the spirits his grandfather signed a contract with.

A man was given power, and his goal is to give it all back, as he doesn’t want the spirits to be indentured to him.

Talk about a stand-up guy.

It’s exactly Natsume’s kind heart that makes the spirits also seem human, and every episode gives you a sense of resolution with tranquility.

Add to this the best traveling companion: a puffy, stuck up cat named Madara, and you’re in for a good time.

2. Spirited Away

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Studio Ghibli always manages to wheeze into my lists!

Because how can I leave out a classic like Spirited Away?

In true Miyazaki fashion, the story doesn’t take on this grand narrative of the battle between humans and the spirits.

But rather plops our protagonist into a world unknown, and she explores what it can offer through the eyes of the child.

Plenty of Japanese youkai are represented here, and the world is so meticulously woven that you can almost see it.

On a side note, No Face definitely wants you to return the slab and creeped me out to no end when I first watched the movie.

I love him now though, so it’s okay.

1. Hotarubi no Mori e

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Fun fact: the AMV for this movie of “you will be king again” is one of the most popular AMVs ever made.

Another fun fact, that song(just like this movie) requires some tissues handy.

This is a beautiful story of a girl, Hotaru, who comes across a spirit, Gin.

Gin saves Hotaru when she gets lost, and before you know it the two become really close.

The catch is that Hotaru can never touch Gin, because if she does, he will disappear forever.

It’s such a simple plot device. One that requires almost no other characters, but it tugs at the heart strings as the two characters are so beautifully written that there seems to be little dividing the supernatural, us, and love.

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25 Best Ghost Anime & Paranormal Anime Series

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Do you like ghost anime & Paranormal Anime series ? then you come to the right page of the web, Today, We are going to create a list of best ghost and paranormal anime series.

We all can agree on this that anime is a great way to escape from reality and sometimes its also help us to see our world with a different prospective but sometimes we want to remove our self even further from reality.

So here are some of the best ghost anime and paranormal anime series for you to enjoy.

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25. A Letter to Momo

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This ghost anime start with the unexpected death of her father , 11-year-old Momo Miyaura leaves Tokyo with her mother and moves to an old remote island in Seto Inland Sea.

The only memento she has from her father is an unfinished letter with only two words inside: “Dear Momo”—along with her heart’s unrest from it. In the new and unfamiliar small town, Momo reluctantly tries to adjust to the outmoded wooden buildings, silent crop fields, and mysterious isolated shrines.

One day, while exploring the attic of her new home, she finds a worn out picture book about youkai. Following this discovery, strange things begin to happen around town, and Momo is greeted by the arrival of three troublesome youkai.

Momo e no Tegami tells the story of a young girl as she struggles to adapt to her bizarre new life and ultimately come to terms with her father’s mysterious letter.

24. Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

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In this ghost anime Kyokutei Bakin’s classic Japanese epic novel Nansou Satomi Hakkenden, eight samurai serve the Satomi clan during Japan’s tumultuous Sengoku (Warring States) era.

The Edo-era samurai are the reincarnations of the spirits that Princess Fuse mothered with a dog named Yatsufusa. In Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden, the female hunter Hamaji comes to her brother in order to hunt Fuse.

Thus, the karmic cycle of retribution that began long ago with the Satomi family begins anew.

23. Natsuyuki Rendezvous

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This ghost anime is about Ryousuke Hazuki who is a young man whose heart has been stolen away, stopping by the local floral shop daily in order to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Rokka Shimao, the shop’s owner.

In hopes of getting close to her, he decides to get a part-time job at the shop, but before he is able to make his move, he runs into a major roadblock: in her apartment dwells a ghost who claims to be Rokka’s deceased husband. Atsushi Shimao has quietly watched over his widowed wife ever since he passed three years ago.

However, Hazuki is the first person to ever notice him, and the two quickly find themselves at odds: the jealous Shimao attempts to thwart the suitor’s advances and possess his body, while Hazuki simply wants the ghost to pass on for good, allowing Rokka to move on from the past and him to be with the one he loves.

As both men refuse to let go of their desires, an unusual relationship forms between a troubled woman, an unrelenting ghost, and a stubborn man in love.

22. Another

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In this ghost anime, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki passed away during the school year. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark secrets hidden deep within.

Twenty-six years later, 15-year-old Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North and soon after discovers that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students. He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious, eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki; however, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist.

Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Kouichi begins to get closer not only to her, but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 of Yomiyama North.

Another follows Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates as they are pulled into the enigma surrounding a series of inevitable, tragic events—but unraveling the horror of Yomiyama may just cost them the ultimate price.

21. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

Ao no Exorcist

This ghost anime is about Humans and demons who are two sides of the same coin, as are Assiah and Gehenna, their respective worlds. The only way to travel between the realms is by the means of possession, like in ghost stories .

However, Satan, the ruler of Gehenna, cannot find a suitable host to possess and therefore, remains imprisoned in his world. In a desperate attempt to conquer Assiah, he sends his son instead, intending for him to eventually grow into a vessel capable of possession by the demon king.

Ao no Exorcist follows Rin Okumura who appears to be an ordinary, somewhat troublesome teenager—that is until one day he is ambushed by demons. His world turns upside down when he discovers that he is in fact the very son of Satan and that his demon father wishes for him to return so they can conquer Assiah together.

Not wanting to join the king of Gehenna, Rin decides to begin training to become an exorcist so that he can fight to defend Assiah alongside his brother Yukio.

20. Bakemonogatari


This ghost anime is about Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, manages to survive a vampire attack with the help of Meme Oshino, a strange man residing in an abandoned building. Though being saved from vampirism and now a human again, several side effects such as superhuman healing abilities and enhanced vision still remain.

Regardless, Araragi tries to live the life of a normal student, with the help of his friend and the class president, Tsubasa Hanekawa. When fellow classmate Hitagi Senjougahara falls down the stairs and is caught by Araragi, the boy realizes that the girl is unnaturally weightless.

Despite Senjougahara’s protests, Araragi insists he help her, deciding to enlist the aid of Oshino, the very man who had once helped him with his own predicament. Through several tales involving demons and gods, Bakemonogatari follows Araragi as he attempts to help those who suffer from supernatural maladies.

19. Death Note

Death Note

This is not exactly a ghost anime but it has some of the best paranormal anime features which starts with A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note . One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.

High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.

With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police , however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit.

To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.

18. Death Parade

Death Parade

This ghost anime is about what happen After death, there is no heaven or hell, only a bar that stands between reincarnation and oblivion. There the attendant will, one after another, challenge pairs of the recently deceased to a random game in which their fate of either ascending into reincarnation or falling into the void will be wagered.

Whether it’s bowling, darts, air hockey, or anything in between, each person’s true nature will be revealed in a ghastly parade of death and memories, dancing to the whims of the bar’s master. Welcome to Quindecim, where Decim, arbiter of the afterlife, awaits!

Death Parade expands upon the original one-shot intended to train young animators. It follows yet more people receiving judgment—until a strange, black-haired guest causes Decim to begin questioning his own rulings.

17. Devilman: Crybaby

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This ghost anime is about Akira Fudo who is informed by his best friend Ryou Asuka that the demons will revive and reclaim the world from the humans.

As the humans do not stand a chance against the supernatural power of the demons, Ryou suggests fusing with a demon. Akira becomes Devilman, with the power of a demon and the heart of a human.


This ghost anime is about The greedy samurai lord Daigo Kagemitsu who’s land is dying, and he would do anything for power, even renounce Buddha and make a pact with demons. His prayers are answered by 12 demons who grant him the power he desires by aiding his prefecture’s growth, but at a price.

When Kagemitsu’s first son is born, the boy has no limbs, no nose, no eyes, no ears, nor even skin—yet still, he lives. This child is disposed of in a river and forgotten. But as luck would have it, he is saved by a medicine man who provides him with prosthetics and weapons, allowing for him to survive and fend for himself.

The boy lives and grows, and although he cannot see, hear, or feel anything, he must defeat the demons that took him as sacrifice. With the death of each one, he regains a part of himself that is rightfully his.

For many years he wanders alone, until one day an orphan boy, Dororo, befriends him. The unlikely pair of castaways now fight for their survival and humanity in an unforgiving, demon-infested world.

15. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

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This ghost anime is about Kujo Jotaro who is a normal, popular Japanese high-schooler, until he thinks that he is possessed by a spirit, and locks himself in prison. After seeing his grandfather, Joseph Joestar, and fighting Joseph’s friend Muhammad Abdul, Jotaro learns that the “Spirit” is actually Star Platinum, his Stand, or fighting energy given a semi-solid form.

Later, his mother gains a Stand, and becomes sick. Jotaro learns that it is because the vampire Dio Brando has been revived 100 years after his defeat to Jonathan Joestar, Jotaro’s great-great-grandfather.

Jotaro decides to join Joseph and Abdul in a trip to Egypt to defeat Dio once and for all.

14. Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer

This ghost anime start in Ancient Japan which is under attack by powerful beings called “Kamikui,” and it is up to the “Oni” and his band of eight beautiful female warriors to stop them. Each of these girls have unique skills, abilities, and personalities.

They partner themselves with the Oni, Jin, to stop the miasma of darkness sweeping across Japan. Onigiri follows the escapades of Jin and his merry companions as they strengthen their bonds and fend off the demonic invasion.

13. Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100

This is not a ghost anime but it has paranormal anime activities Eighth-grader Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama has tapped into his inner wellspring of psychic prowess at a young age. But the power quickly proves to be a liability when he realizes the potential danger in his skills.

Choosing to suppress his power, Mob’s only present use for his ability is to impress his longtime crush, Tsubomi, who soon grows bored of the same tricks.In order to effectuate control on his skills, Mob enlists himself under the wing of Arataka Reigen, a con artist claiming to be a psychic, who exploits Mob’s powers for pocket change.

Now, exorcising evil spirits on command has become a part of Mob’s daily, monotonous life. However, the psychic energy he exerts is barely the tip of the iceberg; if his vast potential and unrestrained emotions run berserk, a cataclysmic event that would render him completely unrecognizable will be triggered.

The progression toward Mob’s explosion is rising and attempting to stop it is futile.

12. Tokyo Ghoul

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This ghost anime starts with Tokyo which has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh.

However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society. Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself.

However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.

11. Durarara!!


This ghost anime starts In Tokyo’s downtown district of Ikebukuro, amidst many strange rumors and warnings of anonymous gangs and dangerous occupants, one urban legend stands out above the rest—the existence of a headless “Black Rider” who is said to be seen driving a jet-black motorcycle through the city streets.

Mikado Ryuugamine has always longed for the excitement of the city life, and an invitation from a childhood friend convinces him to move to Tokyo. Witnessing the Black Rider on his first day in the city, his wishes already seem to have been granted.

But as supernatural events begin to occur, ordinary citizens like himself, along with Ikebukuro’s most colorful inhabitants, are mixed up in the commotion breaking out in their city. 

10. Mononoke


This ghost anime is about The “Medicine Seller” who is a deadly and mysterious master of the occult who travels across feudal Japan in search of malevolent spirits called “mononoke” to slay. When he locates one of these spirits, he cannot simply kill it; he must first learn its Form, its Truth, and its Reason in order to wield the mighty Exorcism Sword and fight against it.

He must begin his strange exorcisms with intense psychological analysis and careful investigative work—an extremely dangerous step, as he must first confront and learn about the mononoke before he even has the means to defeat it. The Medicine Seller’s journey leads him to an old-fashioned inn where Shino, a pregnant woman, has finally found a place to rest.

The owner has reluctantly placed her in the last vacant room; however, as she settles in, it quickly becomes clear that the room is infested by a lethal band of mononoke, the Zashiki Warashi.

With his hunter’s intuition, the Medicine Seller begins his investigation to discover the Form, the Truth, and the Reason before the Zashiki Warashi can kill again.

9. Hell Girl

Hell Girl

This ghost anime is about the concept of hell and its goes like this … Have you heard of Hell Correspondence? Those with a powerful grudge may only access this mysterious website at midnight , allowing them to enter anyone’s name and have that person be ferried straight to hell.

Ai Enma, the Hell Girl, will not judge whether or not the chosen target deserves punishment; she will merely exact revenge on them for you. Not much is known about this young girl other than that she swiftly carries out her tasks with the help of three straw dolls.

There is just one catch, however—as payment for carrying out such a request, the user must condemn themselves to an afterlife in hell. 

8. Ghost Stories

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This ghost anime starts Years ago, all of the ghosts in a haunted schoolhouse were banished by a certain student. Now, they’re back—and they want revenge… Satsuki and Keiichirou Miyanoshita are two siblings recovering from the tragic loss of their mother.

After moving to their mother’s hometown, they learn that the local school they have transferred to is an old building—one said to be haunted. Despite initially brushing it off as a silly rumor, the two soon discover that ghosts are indeed real and that they’re after them!

Gakkou no Kaidan is the creepy tale of the lives of these siblings and their newfound friends as they try to survive the school’s ghosts—with a little help from their pet cat along the way.

7. Ghost Hound

Ghost Hound

This ghost anime is about an isolated region of Kyushu lies the town of Suiten. Though seeming small and modest, Suiten is not a picturesque place for a vacation, unless it is from the “Unseen World.”

Taro, Makoto, and Masayuki, three boys with traumatic pasts, learn to let their souls cross between the two parallel worlds. However, the Unseen World is no mere copy of the real Apparent World.

The Unseen World is the home of ghosts, but changes are now allowing the souls of the dead to pass over into the Apparent World, with unpredictable effects. Follow the journey of Taro, Makoto, and Masayuki, as they cross between the two worlds, trying to unravel a great mystery.

6. Witch Hunter Robin

Witch Hunter Robin

This ghost anime is all about Witches which are individuals with special powers like ESP, telekinesis, mind control, etc. (not the typical hogwart and newt potions).

Robin, a 15-year-old craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a replacement for one of STN-J’s witch hunters who was recently killed.

Unlike other divisions of STN, STN-J tries to capture the witches alive in order to learn why and how they became witches in the first place.

5. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

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This ghost anime is not about ghost but actually is a paranormal anime To the average person, psychic abilities might seem a blessing; for Kusuo Saiki, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Gifted with a wide assortment of supernatural abilities ranging from telepathy to x-ray vision, he finds this so-called blessing to be nothing but a curse.

As all the inconveniences his powers cause constantly pile up, all Kusuo aims for is an ordinary, hassle-free life—a life where ignorance is bliss. Unfortunately, the life of a psychic is far from quiet.

Though Kusuo tries to stay out of the spotlight by keeping his powers a secret from his classmates, he ends up inadvertently attracting the attention of many odd characters, such as the empty-headed Riki Nendou and the delusional Shun Kaidou.

Forced to deal with the craziness of the people around him, Kusuo comes to learn that the ordinary life he has been striving for is a lot more difficult to achieve than expected. 

4. Colorful: The Motion Picture

Colorful: The Motion Picture

The plot of this ghost anime as follow : “I” died and was kicked out of the cycle of reincarnation because of the sin “I” committed. An angel told me that “I” won a lottery and he gave me a chance to remember the sin.

My spirit possessed the body of the 14-year-old boy Makoto, who committed suicide and “I” tried to recollect my memory. “I” felt distressed by the terrible circumstances of Makoto and the fact that “I” was borrowing his body.

“I” have started to realize that people are hurting each other because the world is too colorful to distinguish the true color of themselves from others.

3. Natsume’s Book of Friends

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This ghost anime is about a 15 year old boy. While most fifteen-year-old boys, in one way or another, harbor secrets that are related to girls, Takashi Natsume has a peculiar and terrifying secret involving youkai: for as long as he can remember, he has been constantly chased by these spirits.

Natsume soon discovers that his deceased grandmother Reiko had passed on to him the Yuujinchou, or “Book of Friends,” which contains the names of the spirits whom she brought under her control. Now in Natsume’s possession, the book gives Reiko’s grandson this power as well, which is why these enraged beings now haunt him in hopes of somehow attaining their freedom.

Without parents and a loving home, and constantly being hunted by hostile, merciless youkai, Natsume is looking for solace—a place where he belongs. However, his only companion is a self-proclaimed bodyguard named Madara. Fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Madara is a mysterious, pint-sized feline spirit who has his own reasons for sticking with the boy.

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yuki Midorikawa, Natsume Yuujinchou is an unconventional and supernatural slice-of-life series that follows Natsume as he, with his infamous protector Madara, endeavors to free the spirits bound by his grandmother’s contract.

2. Spirited Away

Spirited Away

This ghost anime is about a Stubborn, spoiled, and naïve, 10-year-old Chihiro Ogino is less than pleased when she and her parents discover an abandoned amusement park on the way to their new house. Cautiously venturing inside, she realizes that there is more to this place than meets the eye, as strange things begin to happen once dusk falls.

Ghostly apparitions and food that turns her parents into pigs are just the start—Chihiro has unwittingly crossed over into the spirit world. Now trapped, she must summon the courage to live and work amongst spirits, with the help of the enigmatic Haku and the cast of unique characters she meets along the way.

Vivid and intriguing, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi tells the story of Chihiro’s journey through an unfamiliar world as she strives to save her parents and return home.

1. Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

This ghost anime is about Intrigued by the tale of a mountain god, six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in the ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Exhausted and desperate for help, Hotaru is thrilled to find a masked forest spirit named Gin. She learns the hard way that she should not touch the boy, or he would disappear.

In spite of this, Gin leads Hotaru out of the forest and warns her never to return when she promises to come again with a gift.Paying no heed to his cautionary words, and despite being separated by both distance and planes of existence, Hotaru and Gin become close friends as she visits him every summer.

However, their relationship and resolve are put to the test, when romantic feelings conflict with the one and only rule.Based on Yuki Midorikawa’s manga of the same name, Hotarubi no Mori e is a tale of friendship and compromise of two people who should never have crossed paths, as their lives become hopelessly intertwined.

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13+ Anime Where Girls Sees Ghost!

Updated September 26, 2022 by Jacob Steinlen

Ghostings had bee–Oops! Wrong kind of “ghost”! Hi, folks. Have you ever felt someone watching you and then you turn around only to see there’s no one there? You could be dealing with the supernatural at this point! Well, you are in luck! Did you know there are female characters who have dealt with and felt the same? 

The supernatural can be a very interesting yet nasty place to be in. Without a doubt, it is an adventure full of mysteries to solve from left to right, but the thrill of knowing what others don’t hits the spot differently when compared to other genres.

Also spoiler alert for everyone .This blog has a lot of them.

If you are scared, do not worry, you are not alone in this one. Grab your snack and leave the lights on! Spooky, here we come! Here are 14 anime where girls see ghosts!

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14. kishin douji zenki series.

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Let us start with a classic that not many people of this generation are quite familiar with. Kishin Doujin Zenki follows a newbie miko, a Japanese shrine maiden, named Chiaki Enno and her struggles in her daily life. Being the descendant of a famous exorcist, our main character is your typical student who didn’t know much about her abilities or lineage, yet. Along with her ability to control a powerful protector demon named Zenki. 

As a miko , of course, we know things can get in a crossfire with the yokais (ghosts) so what else could go wrong when our protagonist has awakened a sealed demon? It’s a classic that is quite darker than those in the same genre, but it is enjoyable and light-hearted. 

13.Ginban Kaleidoscope 

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Forget about one million dollars; our female lead here is literally called “ten billion dollar beauty”! Starting off with a bang, Tazusa Sakurano, is a well-known young figure skater who strives to be the Japanese representative at the Olympics . There is this small problem; she has lost the ability to smile. 

So what did God do? He literally sent a ghost to her with the name of Peter Pumps, a former airplane pilot, to help her out. How does that even work? 

Considering that this is released in late 2005, the animation may not be on par with other animes in the same genre, but yes, there is a ghost and she cannot just see him- she is possessed by him . 

This anime did set a nice balance between sports and romance. We see Peter Pumps’ actual connection to our female protagonist with a twist of comedic banter and heartwarming encouragement.

12. Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress

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Say it with me now, “Foo-say”. This animated film elegantly puts together feudal fantasy during Japan’s Edo period like never before. Our female lead, Hamaji, is not a damsel in distress in this one . She is out to hunt down Shino, a fuse that is a half-human and half-dog entity that devours human souls. What if she falls in love with the one she is supposed to kill? 

Again, it’s “foo-say” and not fyus. We have to nail this pronunciation down.

But going down, perhaps one of the film’s advantages to many was the way the mood shifted from one scene to another, and though its focus wasn’t entirely romance, the film made it as natural as it can be. It’s easy to watch, and the animation style is light and vibrant.

11. Gegege no Kitaro 

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A whopping 50 years, folks. No, you’re not mistaken, the original anime series was released way back in 1967 ! Talk about half a century later. 

This remake was released to honor the 50th anniversary of the Gegege no Kitaro, which is well loved because of its moral messages and details in showing how the yokai live through their lives during the modern age. 

One of the main protagonists is named Mana Inuyama. At first, she did not really have the ability to see yokai, but eventually, after her encounter with them, she developed a sense of supernatural awareness of the unknown around her. This made her all the more a perfect vessel for malice, but later on, after being saved, she helps Kitaro along with his friends in missions to strive for a world where yokai and humans live in harmony. 

Known for the quote, “ Yōkai and humans can be friends after all!” (Episode 47)- One cannot really argue that Mana is a girl who rose from challenges and definitely was able to hold her ground well. 

10. Noragami 

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Entering the Top 10, “There is no such thing as a free wish.” This is the walking premise of this anime, as it follows the extraordinary life of a “stray god” named Yato. But it does not just revolve around him. Oh, no. 

In the series, we encounter Hiyori Iki, a girl who tried to save Yato. She became half-ayakashi after this, prompting Yato to take responsibility by granting her wish to become fully human one day.  Now, she helps him attain his goal of being a God of Fortune. 

This anime is a juicy mix of comedy and the supernatural and with how the story and characters are so very well developed, one can easily relate to their struggles. 

9. Kamisama Kiss 

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What if you suddenly become God? 

No, I’m not kidding.

Nanami Momozono certainly had her fair share of unfortunate events in her life, from losing her mother to losing her house from her father’s gambling addiction. After stumbling into a nearly abandoned shrine, she becomes a God overnight. Talk about divine intervention right there and then. 

With her familiars, a snake shikigami (servant spirits) named Mizuki and a fox yokai named Tomoe, we follow her adventures through the world of not only yokai but also the gods. You’ll find yourself laughing and grow fond of how Tomoe and Nanami’s relationship would blossom throughout the series as their pasts are slowly uncovered.  

Perhaps, even God has her unexpected moments.

8. Ghost Hounds 

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Prepare yourselves, we’re in this for a dive.

Viewed for its enjoyable and mysterious plot , this anime is for those who fancy the psychological side of the genre.

The famously known author of the Ghost in the Shell Series comes back with a 22-episode anime exploring three male leads’ traumatic life experiences and their abilities to transfer their souls through a parallel world .  A girl named Miyako Komagusu ‘s ability to see ghosts come into play as they help each other sustain the balance between the parallel world and their own.

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7. InuYasha

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Who could forget our favorite dog demon, Inuyasha and his gang? 

We venture to modern Japan, where Kagome Higurashi stumbles upon an old well and is brought back to the feudal era . At first, it was all good until she was targeted by monsters because a certain Shikon no Tama (Sacred jewel) was in her possession, and along with them is a half-demon, half-human, she accidentally released from his slumber named Inuyasha . 

This sought-after Shikon no Tama was once under the protection of a miko named Kikyo who met a tragic end, and now our protagonist inherits this job. Never mind, it shattered and now spread out throughout the whole land, and since she’s the only one who can see it, it’s now her task to assemble them back together . As fate would have it, InuYasha is dragged into this whole mess along with a child fox demon, Shippo,  demon slayer Sango and her pet Kirara, and a perverted monk with a cursed hand, Miroku. 

Balancing this with her academics in the Modern Era and her responsibility in the feudal era–how do you think this will all balance out? What if she was more connected to InuYasha in more than one way? 

It’s a long and arduous journey but a much-beloved classic nonetheless.

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6. Kyoukai no Rinne

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What if your classmate one day just came to school and you’re the only one who can see him? Creepy, right? That’s what Sakura Mamiya felt when she was face-to -face with Rinne Rokudou.

From the author of Inuyasha, we now follow the life of Sakura Mamiya and her extraordinary adventure to the unknown world. Is it wrong to fall in love with a ghost and feel sad when he’s asked to leave her? What do you mean, she has to manage her student life while exploring other spirits? 

Like any of its genres, comedy takes a principal stage but jokes aside, it’s a slice of life because of how Rinne, even as a ghost, is in constant worry about money of all things!

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Two sisters and Ghosts . This anime explores the daily struggles of two sisters with their spiritual abilities enough for their parents to move to the countryside. Shizuru sees the spirits, and Mizuki is possessed by them . Both sisters do their best to maintain the normal life they wanted, but much to their dismay, it just isn’t meant to be. 

Overall, the anime’s mood is quiet, calm, and unusual. You’ll explore their fears and hobbies. Their wants and their needs. And of course, the fact that they just want to deal with their abilities and how to co-exist with the unknown. 

4. Toilet Bound Hanako-kun

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Coming directly from one of the famous tales in Japan, Toilet bound Hanako-kun is relatively different to its counterpart, where it says a girl would haunt a bathroom stall. 

Hanako-kun in this anime turns out to be a guy!

Taking this into consideration, our protagonist, Nene Yashiro finds herself wishing for a boyfriend. To fulfill this, she helps Hanako-kun in solving mysteries of the unknown . She finds this endearing, however, as she adores the occult, but what gives this comedy anime its bittersweet taste is the possibility of Nene wanting to be with Hanako-kun. 

What would be Hanako-kun’s resolve by then? No one knows.

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3. Kyokou Suiri (In/Spectre)

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Using evidence and logic, Kotoko Iwanaga became a mediator between the spirit and human , even going as far as becoming the “ God of Wisdom” at the cost of none other than her right eye. 

The anime explores the intellect and wits of the main protagonist and her companion, Kurou Sakuragawa, not to mention that Kotoko shows romantic interest in him being her husband one day. It clearly deviates away from the usual shy female protagonist to new territorial waters in this genre. Talk about an unforeseen fate that began in front of a local hospital. Who would have thought huh?

2. Meiruko-chan

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A golden rule of the thumb passed down from one generation to another is to “ Never let them know you can see them” . This anime goes about the literal struggle of a girl who does her best to be indifferent toward the hideous and skin-crawling yokais she sees lurking around her. 

Miko is just your typical high school student who, just like us, struggles with her social life, academics, and… yokais, big and small, hideous and just downright horrific.  It isn’t necessarily scary, but the anime blends it quite harmoniously with its comedic tones and  immersive environment. 

They’re still there though… they’re still looking at Miko. Could they be wanting something from Miko?

1.  Spirited Away

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And thus we are here at the top one .  

From storytelling, excellent animation, and character design, perhaps, it’s no exaggeration that this anime has taken the number one spot on this list. 

Chihiro Ogino is a mortal girl who finds herself in the great world of the unknown . Things are different. Food is different. The ‘people’ are not people, and worst of all, her parents were turned into pigs. Did I mention a creature called “No-face” becomes obsessed with her? If it wasn’t for the mysterious boy named Haku who helped her here and there, she wouldn’t be anywhere near survival in this weird world. 

She finds herself working in an inn, all the while figuring out a way to get back home. “Don’t look back!” that’s what Haku said, and soon enough, after every hurdle, she finally exits and returns to her own world. Reunited with her parents, she now has newly found confidence that not only is she ready for a change in her life but also to find the friend who helped her escape the spirit world… after all, she managed to survive an entirely different WORLD .  

Now that wasn’t so scary, was it? At the end of this article, we find ourselves still wondering if the spirit world is truly what they write and what people envision it to be. Are Yokais real? How about Ayakashi? And the Yurei?

 No one really knows, but one comforting thing is, you’re here with us… and you finished the list all well and about! That’s it for this one. Thank you for reading and hopefully, this helped you all out. Stay safe!

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Ghosts In Anime

30 Ghosts In Anime You Can’t Ignore: Must-See List

With its limitless ability to bring the impossible to life, anime has always been a wonderful medium for showcasing the mystical and supernatural.

Whether fearsome, friendly, or misunderstood, the portrayal of ghosts in anime often blends traditional folklore and modern storytelling, providing an eerie yet enthralling dimension to your viewing experience.

Ghosts in anime aren’t just wisps in the wind; they’re essential characters, echoing tales of love, revenge, regret, and redemption. So, let’s dive into the ethereal world of anime specters.

Get ready to meet 30 ghostly figures from some of your favorite series, each unique in their haunting charm. These aren’t just casual phantoms; they are the anime ghosts you can’t ignore.

Ghosts In Anime

In this section, we’ll explore the rich tapestry of ghosts as they appear in anime. We’ll unveil how these spectral beings, each wrapped in their own mythos, have become integral elements of plotlines, character development, and thematic symbolism. So brace yourselves as we embark on this phantasmal journey.

1. Yuuko Kanoe – Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

Yuuko Kanoe - Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

Yuuko Kanoe, the spectral protagonist of “Tasogare Otome x Amnesia,” defies many traditional ghostly expectations. Despite dying under tragic circumstances, she is not a vengeful apparition but rather an optimistic spirit seeking understanding.

Kanoe is a paradox of emotions—she’s simultaneously sad yet cheerful, mysterious yet friendly. As the ghost of a high school girl who cannot remember her past, she creates the Paranormal Investigations Club to uncover the tragic truth behind her existence.

Kanoe’s duality of a playful nature concealing her sorrowful past makes her a memorable character. Her story tugs at heartstrings, portraying the longing to be remembered and the fear of being forgotten, making her an unignorable ghost in anime.

2. Sadako Yamamura – Ringu

Sadako Yamamura - Ringu

Immortalized by the “Ringu” franchise, Sadako Yamamura is a chilling depiction of vengeance from beyond the grave. Her haunting image—an eerie girl with long hair obscuring her face—symbolizes Japanese horror. As a vengeful spirit, Sadako leaves a deadly curse on a videotape, leading anyone who watches it to a terrifying end after seven days.

Beyond her spine-chilling demeanor, Sadako’s story is steeped in tragedy. Born with psychic abilities, she was feared and misunderstood during her lifetime. Sadako’s complex character is a grim reminder of the consequences of societal alienation, fear, and vengeance.

3. Beatrice – Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Beatrice - Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Beatrice, the Golden Witch, is the formidable ghostly presence in “Umineko no Naku Koro ni.” As a spectral antagonist, she offers a twisted game of logic and deduction, challenging the protagonist to prove her nonexistence. Beatrice’s character is a puzzle box of intrigue.

She is cunning, cruel, yet strangely charismatic, reveling in intellectual battles. Her compelling blend of malicious intent and deep-rooted pain reflects the complexities of the human spirit, making her a captivating ghost in anime that you cannot ignore.

4. Reiko Mikami – Ghost Sweeper Mikami

Reiko Mikami - Ghost Sweeper Mikami

Reiko Mikami from “Ghost Sweeper Mikami” is not your conventional ghost. Instead, she’s a vivacious exorcist who combats the supernatural with her humor and wit. Her strong personality and powerful spiritual abilities make her a ghostbuster you’d want on your side.

However, after death, Mikami herself becomes an apparition. Despite this, she retains her lively spirit, serving as a humorous and endearing character who reminds us of the persistence of personality, even after death.

5. Casper – Casper the Friendly Ghost

Casper - Casper the Friendly Ghost

An anomaly in the spectral world, Casper, from the classic series “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” is a gentle soul who prefers making friends over haunting. Despite his ghostly existence, Casper showcases kindness and friendliness, setting him apart from the stereotypical frightful phantoms.

His character challenges the common portrayal of ghosts, and his tales are filled with heartfelt messages of friendship, acceptance, and the innate goodness that can exist within us all, whether we’re of the living or the dead.

6. Rinne Rokudo – Kyoukai no Rinne

Rinne Rokudo - Kyoukai no Rinne

Rinne Rokudo is the ghostly hero of “Kyoukai no Rinne” who bridges the living and the spirit world. Born to a human mother and a Shinigami father, Rinne is caught between these two realities. Rather than an apparition, Rinne is more of a spiritual mediator, helping lost souls find their way to reincarnation.

His dual existence brings out a unique aspect of his character — he’s not just fighting spirits but also dealing with the trials and tribulations of everyday human life. Rinne’s plight, the struggle of juggling two worlds, makes him a fascinating character in the realm of ghost-themed anime.

7. Hanako-san – Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun

Hanako-san - Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun

Hanako-san from “Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun” personifies a popular Japanese urban legend about a spirit residing in school bathrooms. However, this anime presents Hanako-san in a new light. Far from being a mere spooky tale, Hanako-san is depicted as a helpful spirit that maintains the balance between the human and spirit worlds.

His story, interspersed with moments of humor, whimsy, and heart, sheds an endearing light on his character. Hanako-san, with his supernatural duties and charm, is a ghost in anime that offers both entertainment and poignant emotional moments.

8. Ryuk – Death Note

Ryuk - Death Note

Ryuk, the enigmatic Shinigami from “Death Note”, is a ghostly presence that incites the series’ primary conflict. As the original owner of the titular Death Note, Ryuk sets the story into motion, dropping the powerful artifact into the human world out of boredom. His fascination with humans adds a darkly humorous yet ominous tone to the show.

Despite his fearsome exterior, Ryuk is more of an observer than a direct antagonist. His detached amusement at the chaos created by his actions paints a complex picture of the supernatural in anime.

9. Chizuru Minamoto – Kanokon

Chizuru Minamoto - Kanokon

Chizuru Minamoto, from “Kanokon”, isn’t a traditional ghost but a 400-year-old powerful fox spirit with the appearance of a beautiful high school girl. She is playful, flirtatious, and deeply loved by the series’ human protagonist, Kouta.

The series explores their unique relationship, infusing it with comedy, supernatural elements, and heartfelt moments. Through Chizuru, the show explores themes of love, acceptance, and the bridging of two very different worlds, making her a must-see character in the spectrum of supernatural anime.

10. Elsie de Lute Irma – Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai

Elsie de Lute Irma - Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai

Elsie de Lute Irma is a fascinating ghost from “Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai”. Rather than a phantom, she’s a ‘devil’, but her role aligns more with the ghost theme — she’s tasked with capturing loose souls haunting young girls’ hearts.

Elsie’s kind-hearted and clumsy personality and her unyielding determination to fulfill her mission make her an incredibly endearing character. Her navigation through the human world, rife with mistakes and victories, underscores the charm and complexity of the supernatural in anime.

11. Misaki Mei – Another

Misaki Mei - Another

In the mystery-horror anime “Another,” Misaki Mei is the main female protagonist and the personification of the unknown. Believed to be the “extra” student whose presence curses Class 3-3, Misaki is shrouded in mystery and dread. She exudes an eerie aura with her eyepatch and taciturn personality.

Misaki’s character delves deep into the fear of the unknown and the dread of death. She is not a ghost in the traditional sense, but her association with death and her uncanny ability to see the “color of death” with her glass eye adds a chilling layer to her character.

12. Yūko Ichihara – xxxHolic

Yūko Ichihara - xxxHolic

Yūko Ichihara, the Dimensional Witch, is a mysterious and powerful entity in “xxxHolic.” Although not a traditional ghost, she has profound knowledge and control over spirits and the spirit world.

Yūko offers wisdom and guidance to the protagonist, Watanuki, often steering him through supernatural incidents. Her flamboyant personality and deep philosophical insights make her a complex character whose influence resonates beyond the mortal realm.

13. Sadaharu Inui – Prince of Tennis

Sadaharu Inui - Prince of Tennis

Sadaharu Inui, from “Prince of Tennis,” is not a ghost but a talented tennis player known for his data-driven strategies.

However, he does have a unique “ghost serve,” a signature technique that seems to disappear mid-flight, confusing opponents and making the ball nearly impossible to return. Inui’s “ghost serve” adds an intriguing supernatural element to this sports anime and showcases the creativity of anime in blending genres .

14. No-Face – Spirited Away

No-Face - Spirited Away

No-Face in “Spirited Away” is a haunting yet deeply symbolic character. As a spirit able to absorb the emotions and traits of those he consumes, No-Face’s character explores themes of identity, desire, and emptiness.

This silent, masked spirit starts as a lonely figure seeking companionship but eventually becomes chaotic when introduced to greed and gluttony. His redemption comes from kindness and understanding, reminding viewers of the transformative power of empathy, making him a memorable ghost in anime.

15. Canti – FLCL

Canti - FLCL

Canti, the enigmatic robot from “FLCL”, could be considered a “ghost in the machine”. Although not a traditional specter, he houses the spirit of a godlike entity within his mechanical form. Canti’s actions and unpredictable consequences drive much of the plot.

His distinctive character design and quiet demeanor are juxtaposed with his powerful abilities and the chaos resulting from his actions. As a symbol of the inexplicable and bizarre, Canti is an unconventional representation of a ghostly presence in anime.

16. Boogiepop – Boogiepop Phantom

ghost school girl anime

Boogiepop, from the dark, psychological thriller “Boogiepop Phantom,” is an enigmatic figure whose existence is shrouded in urban legends. Rumored to be a shinigami, Boogiepop emerges when danger threatens the city, only to disappear as suddenly as he arrived.

His complex character reflects the darker side of society, mirroring the fear and anxiety of urban life. With a phantom-like presence, Boogiepop’s elusive nature and the mystery surrounding him make him a fascinating ghostly figure in the world of anime.

17. Shinobu Oshino – Monogatari

Shinobu Oshino - Monogatari

Shinobu Oshino from the “Monogatari” series is a vampire with a rich and complex history. After a series of events, she becomes a “ghost of her former self,” reduced from a powerful vampire to a childlike existence.

Despite this, Shinobu’s character retains a deep sense of melancholy and wisdom from her long life. Her evolution through the series — as she gradually regains her powers and reconciles with her past — makes her an engaging and layered character in the anime’s supernatural milieu.

18. King Enma – Yōkai Watch

King Enma - Yōkai Watch

King Enma is a ghostly figure from “Yōkai Watch” who reigns over the Yo-kai world. He is a fair and just ruler who ensures Yo-kai live harmoniously with humans. Despite his imposing status, King Enma is compassionate and deeply responsible towards his subjects.

His character provides an intriguing look into the supernatural bureaucracy and explores themes of leadership, responsibility, and the harmony between different worlds.

19. Rea Sanka – Sankarea

Rea Sanka - Sankarea

Rea Sanka, from “Sankarea,” brings a fresh twist to the concept of the living dead. After an accidental death and resurrection, she becomes a zombie trying to hold onto her humanity.

Rea’s struggle to preserve her human emotions while grappling with her new undead status adds a deep, emotional layer to her character. Her story challenges traditional notions of life, death, and what lies beyond, providing a unique perspective in the spectrum of ghost-themed anime.

20. Rukia Kuchiki – Bleach

Rukia Kuchiki - Bleach

As a Soul Reaper in the popular series “Bleach,” Rukia Kuchiki stands as a guardian between the world of the living and the spirit world. While not a ghost, her duty involves guiding departed souls, making her a vital part of the spiritual cycle.

Rukia’s character is marked by her strength, empathy, and sense of justice. Her journey — from an unbending soul reaper to an ally of humans — underscores her evolution, making her an indispensable character in this supernaturally-charged anime.

21. Mayoi Hachikuji – Monogatari

Mayoi Hachikuji - Monogatari

A lingering spirit in the form of a fifth-grader, Mayoi Hachikuji from the “Monogatari” series is a wandering ghost who has been unable to reach her destination due to her tragic, untimely death. Despite her circumstance, she remains bubbly and playful, fond of wordplay.

Her interaction with Araragi, the series’ protagonist, often adds a heartwarming touch to the series. Mayoi’s character beautifully encapsulates the lingering sadness of an unfinished journey while reminding us of the importance of moving forward.

22. Nagisa Furukawa – Clannad

Nagisa Furukawa - Clannad

Nagisa Furukawa, the main female protagonist in “Clannad,” is a poignant character that embodies hope, resilience, and the human spirit.

However, not a ghost in the traditional sense, a supernatural element surrounding her life and eventual death add a layer of mystique to her character. Her story, marked by tragedy and rebirth, profoundly affects all those around her, making her an unforgettable figure in the anime.

23. Nene Yashiro – Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun

Nene Yashiro - Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun

Nene Yashiro is the human protagonist of “Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun” who gets entangled with the school ghost, Hanako-san. As she assists Hanako in his supernatural duties, she unveils the spirits’ emotional depth and complexity.

Nene’s character provides the perspective of the living interacting with the dead, allowing viewers to understand the emotional dynamics between humans and spirits in this unique ghost story.

24. Momoko Koigakubo – Ghost Stories

Momoko Koigakubo - Ghost Stories

In the comedy-horror anime “Ghost Stories,” Momoko Koigakubo is the only character who isn’t afraid of ghosts, thanks to her strong religious beliefs. Though not a ghost, her spiritual interactions add an interesting dimension to the ghost narratives in the series.

Her unshakeable faith and unique perspective towards the supernatural make her a standout character, highlighting the diversity of views towards the spirit world.

25. Lucy – Elfen Lied

Lucy - Elfen Lied

Lucy, the tragic heroine of “Elfen Lied,” is not a ghost but a Diclonius, a mutated hominid with telekinetic abilities. Her story explores the human psyche, trauma, and the chilling lengths to which one can go when pushed to the brink.

Lucy’s character shrouded in fear, sorrow, and fleeting moments of tenderness, serves as a chilling reminder of the horrors of isolation and dehumanization, making her a haunting presence in this dramatic series.

26. Ayame Reikadou – Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase

Ayame Reikadou - Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase

Ayame Reikadou from “Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase” is a captivating character, though not a traditional ghost. She is a spirit specialist with a mission to capture the series’ vampire heroine.

Ayame’s dedication to her mission, her surprisingly gentle nature, and occasional comedic antics provide a fresh take on the interaction between humans and supernatural beings. Her involvement with spirits adds a ghostly presence to the series, making her a character to watch out for.

27. Yūko Aioi – Nichijou

Yūko Aioi - Nichijou

In “Nichijou”, Yūko Aioi isn’t a ghost but a human high school student whose life is filled with a delightful mix of ordinary and supernatural happenings. Yūko’s energetic and comedic personality adds a unique charm to the series.

Her adventures, interspersed with the unexplainable and bizarre, serve as a humorous commentary on everyday life’s unpredictable and sometimes ghostly aspects.

28. Ai Enma – Jigoku Shoujo

Ai Enma - Jigoku Shoujo

Ai Enma, also known as Hell Girl in “Jigoku Shoujo,” is a ghostly character with a tragic past. As the mediator for revenge, she sends individuals to hell on behalf of her clients. Ai’s quiet demeanor conceals a deep sadness resulting from her experience with betrayal and death.

Her character explores the themes of revenge, damnation, and the moral consequences of one’s actions, offering a deeply haunting and emotional perspective on the supernatural.

29. Keima Katsuragi – Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai

Keima Katsuragi - Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai

Keima Katsuragi from “Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai” is not a ghost but a human who gets entwined in the supernatural. Tasked with capturing loose souls, he applies his knowledge from dating simulations to win the hearts of various girls and free them from their spiritual occupants.

His character provides a comedic and lighthearted take on the ghost genre, entertainingly merging the supernatural with everyday high school drama.

30. Fuyuki Hinata – Sgt. Frog

Fuyuki Hinata - Sgt. Frog

Fuyuki Hinata in “Sgt. Frog” is a young boy fascinated by the supernatural. Despite not being a ghost, his close encounters with various extraterrestrial creatures blur the line between reality and the paranormal.

His open-mindedness and curiosity about the unknown make him an engaging character to follow in the anime’s fun-filled, supernatural misadventures.

Final Thoughts

Anime’s portrayal of ghosts spans various genres, from horror and mystery to comedy and romance. We’ve delved into these supernatural beings’ unique and engaging world, examining the depth and complexity of characters like Yuuko Kanoe, Sadako Yamamura, and Rinne Rokudo.

These spectral figures never fail to captivate audiences with their diverse stories and traits, whether they’re evoking chills, laughter, or even tears. The universes they inhabit provide rich narratives that entertain, enlighten, and sometimes even challenge our perception of life, death, and what lies beyond.

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Anime That Explore The Dark Side Of Virtual Reality

  • Virtual reality is a common theme in science fiction, including anime, often exploring the darker side of technology.
  • Anime like "Expelled from Paradise" and "Log Horizon" delve into the consequences of living in virtual worlds.
  • Shows like "Ghost in the Shell" and "Serial Experiments Lain" raise questions about the merging of virtual and physical realities.

Virtual reality is a common concept that is often explored frequently in science fiction. Video games are the most obvious implementation , but many different applications for virtual reality are explored in both fiction and the real world.

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Virtual reality is used fairly often in science fiction media, and anime is no different. A good deal of anime that get involved with future technology often touch on virtual or augmented reality in some way, with some interpretations being darker than others. Here are some VR anime that explore the darker side of technology.

Updated January 3, 2024 by Danny Guan: Virtual reality continues to be a common subject in popular media, especially as the technology becomes more and more viable. There are many questions and worries that people have about virtual reality that have been explored in many different stories, and anime is home to plenty of them. Here are some more anime that take a look at the dark side of virtual reality.

Expelled From Paradise

A look at life in virtual reality.

In the space station DEVA, all inhabitants have no physical bodies and instead live as data in a virtual world. Angela Balzac is an agent of DEVA sent out to a ruined Earth to find the hacker Frontier Setter, gaining a physical body to do so. As Angela gets used to life in a physical body, she starts to learn the value of living in an organic world.

Expelled from Paradise is a sci-fi anime film that explores a world where most of humanity now lives in a virtual world. While there are benefits, there are aspects of human life that are lost, such as the need or desire to eat food.

Log Horizon

The ramifications of a virtual existence.

Studio Satelight, Studio Deen

Number of Episodes 62

Streaming Service(s) Crunchyroll

While playing the immensely popular MMORPG Elder Tale , thirty thousand players are transported into the game's virtual world as their avatars, with no way of escaping the game. As confusion and worry about their possible fates spreads, Shiroe and his guild Log Horizon do their best to make the most of their new life for the foreseeable future.

Log Horizon is an isekai anime that sees its main characters sucked into a virtual reality world . Much of the story focuses on the consequences of living in a virtual world, such as a lack of permanent death, leading to a rise in player killings.

A Sense Of False Reality

Kyo Sogoru lives a normal life until he discovers a girl named Shizuno Misaki, whom only he can see. In exchange for a favor, Kyo begins piloting a giant robot and fighting against aliens called Gards-orm. As he engages in life-or-death battles, he starts to realize that the place he called home may not have been real at all.

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Zegapain is a mecha anime that initially does not seem like it has much to do with virtual reality. However, fans soon realize that's not the case, as Kyo slowly learns that his world is not real. This existential look at what it is to live in a virtual world without knowing is quite an interesting look at the concept.

A Reality Affected By The Virtual World

In the year 2061, human society and civilization have become completely synchronized with a massive network called the Meta-Real Network, usually referred to as the Metal. As the Metal grew into a sea of information, the virtual world and reality began to merge, creating aberrations. To investigate these aberrations, cyber diver Masamichi Haru braves the sea that is the Metal, searching for the answer.

Real Drive is a sci-fi anime created by Masamune Shirow, the legendary creator behind the Ghost in the Shell franchise. While the technological aspects are not as cyberpunk as the 1995 classic, it still provides an incredibly interesting look at virtual reality and the problems it represents.

Den-noh Coil

A dark mystery in augmented reality.

In the near future of 2026, virtual reality glasses known as Den-noh Megane have become all the rage, allowing its wearer to impose artifacts in the Den-noh world on the real world. Yuko "Yasako" Okonogi moves to Daikoku City, a city with the best technological infrastructure. She soon joins a group of kids in exploring cases surrounding the corruption of the virtual world, and as she continues to explore these mysteries, she realizes that she is missing memories of her previous time in this city.

At first, Den-noh Coil starts as a sort of slice-of-life style anime with very little stakes. However, the story slowly begins to delve into the various mysteries behind the virtual world the series is set in, and the story takes dark turns at times.


A conspiracy hidden in augmented reality.

Akiho Senomiya's dream is to create a real giant robot in the image of her favorite anime, Gunvarrel . However, the only other club member is her childhood friend, Kaito Yashio, who is only interested in playing games with his PokeCom. As Kaito is roped into helping Akiho build her robot, he becomes wrapped up in a conspiracy involving an AI he can only see in augmented reality.

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Robotics;Notes is an anime based on a visual novel from the same company that created the legendary Steins;Gate , though it is focused on different elements of science fiction. While the series might seem to be more focused on robots, the core of this series' story involves augmented reality.

Sword Art Online

A virtual trap where death is a real danger.

Studio A-1 Pictures

Number of Episodes 96

Streaming Service(s) Hulu, Netflix, Crunchyroll

Sword Art Online is a brand-new virtual reality MMORPG utilizing the NerveGear, a virtual reality headset that stimulates all five of the user's senses. On launch day, a large number of players log in, only to discover that they are unable to log out. They are told that they must beat all 100 floors of Aincrad to be free and that dying in the game or removing the headset forcefully means dying in real life.

Sword Art Online is an incredibly popular anime series that has spawned several series, all based around virtual reality MMOs . While the idea behind its main premise isn't exactly original, its exploration of these concepts is quite dark.


Trapped in a virtual reality.

Studio Bee Train

Number of Episodes 26

Streaming Service(s) Tubi

After a catastrophic event that involves a virus attacking and locking off access to the internet, a virtual reality MMORPG known as The World is launched along with the return of the internet, allowing players to delve into a fantasy world where they can make their character however they want. A player named Tsukasa wakes up one day and discovers that he has been trapped within the game, with no way of logging out. As he searches for the reason why he is stuck in the game, he starts to learn about the secret mysteries behind The World .

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.hack//Sign is a part of the .hack multimedia project and is a direct precursor to the .hack video games. The series focuses less on the fantasy world of the game and more on the mystery of Tsukasa's current identity and why he ended up this way.

Ghost In The Shell

A world where digital and physical are ambiguous, ghost in the shell.

Studio Production I.G

Based On Manga by Masamune Shirow

In the future, cybernetic technology has become incredibly commonplace. Most humans have undergone some kind of cyberization , with the most extreme examples leaving some cyborgs with no human parts except for their brains. As a high-ranking member of Public Security Section 9, Major Motoko Kusanagi encounters a bizarre case that causes her to question the depth of her humanity.

Ghost in the Shell is a sci-fi series that explores many aspects of science fiction, including cybernetic enhancement and digitization. Virtual reality is touched on when some of the characters discuss leaving the physical world behind and becoming a being of pure information, existing only in the world of data.

Serial Experiments Lain

A dark journey to the virtual world.

Studio Triangle Staff

Number of Episodes 13

Streaming Service(s) Funimation

Lain Iwakura is a reserved and quiet girl who one day receives a bizarre message from her former classmate Chisa Yomoda, who claims that she gave up her physical body so that she could exist in the Wired, a virtual world where God exists. Intrigued by the message, Lain decides to attempt to access the world herself.

Serial Experiments Lain is a sci-fi horror series that explores the concept of virtual reality in many thought-provoking ways. Surreal, strange, and experimental, the series was almost certainly ahead of its time in both concept and execution.

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10 worst live-action anime adaptations of all time, ranked.

It's difficult to make the transition from anime to live-action, but some adaptations do such a poor job that the results are inexcusable.

  • Live-action adaptations of beloved anime often struggle to recreate the fantastical elements and tone that made the original series great.
  • The popularity of an anime can drive the decision to create a live-action adaptation, but high expectations from fans can lead to disappointment.
  • Many live-action anime adaptations fail to capture the heart and essence of the original, resulting in visual failures, confusing plot choices, and unconvincing performances.

Anime is often defined by its animation style and choices, so undertaking a live-action adaptation of a beloved piece of art can easily go wrong, even with the best intentions. Translating the artwork to real people and set pieces is hard work, and it's no wonder that the result of live-action can often be cartoonish, and not in a good way. The fantastical elements of magic, monsters, or stylized physicality that anime often employs are difficult to recreate in real life and leave lots of room for error.

There are many reasons that certain anime series get chosen to be turned into live-action, and a driving force is usually the popularity of the work. While this might mean that many people will flock to watch the adaptation, it also means that there are just as many critics with high expectations for what the live-action version has to offer. Though visual failures are usually the first sign that the adaptation won't be a good one, what these films and series often forget the most is the tone and essence of what made the anime great.

Though the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender film is one of the worst adaptations of an animated series, the original show is not technically anime, so it will not be included on the list.

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10 parasyte: part 1 (2014), based on parasyte: the maxim (2014 - 2015).

In a tale of possession, Shinichi Izumi has his right hand taken over by a parasite, one of many who have come to Earth to take control of their hosts. Though Izumi and his parasite, Migi, end up working together, other hosts are not so lucky. T he manga and the anime are known for depictions of body horror and fantastic fight scenes. Parasyte: Part 1 is not the absolute worst when it comes to anime adaptations and works hard to stay true to the story. It has some of the elements of a successful film, but the effects do fall flat and the action comes nowhere close to the anime.

9 Devilman (2004)

Based on devilman (1972 - 1973).

The premise of Devilman revolves around Akira, a shy high school boy who is soon transformed, body and mind, by a demon. Though he takes on the physical traits and skills of the demon, he still retains his humanity and joins the fight against evil. This may sound like a straightforward enough concept to grasp, but Devilman failed just about everywhere possible. Character choices were confusing because the pacing was rushed, and this was not helped by performances that didn't live up to the voice acting of the anime. All of this was cemented by the obvious CGI that didn't look good at the time and hasn't aged well.

8 Black Butler (2014)

Based on black butler (2008 - 2011).

Black Butler has some of the aspects that made the anime so successful, but not enough to justify the film being made. It seems that rather than being a direct adaptation of the anime, the movie takes elements and translates them into a new narrative. Some of the biggest changes are the origin story of how The Earl/Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian meet and come to strike their deal. In both, Sebastian is a demon who does the bidding of his master in exchange for their soul. However, the film loses some of the most compelling plot points from the anime, and all the physical combat feels choppy and forced.

7 Attack On Titan (2015)

Based on attack on titan (2013 - 2023).

Attack on Titan is considered one of the greatest anime ever made and one of the most popular. Attempting to translate that impact and popularity into a new set of actors and circumstances was always doomed to fail. In the 2015 film iteration, the story tries to cram in an enormous amount of the complicated plot and ends up leaving the viewer uncertain about what took place in the movie. It's not entirely the fault of the film, as the anime and manga are painfully complex, and without full knowledge of the motivations of the characters, their actions can seem corny and overwrought.

However, the over-reliance on green screen and CGI to try and capture the terror of the Titans just made them look ridiculous, not scary. Without the horror of the anime and manga being fully communicated, Eren and his friends' reactions to the events of the film seem over-the-top, and the stakes are much lower. For anyone interested in, or devoted to, the original story, the live-action adaptation is not the way to go.

6 Cowboy Bebop (2021)

Based on cowboy bebop (1998 - 1999).

There were high expectations for Netflix's recent attempt at adapting the iconic Cowboy Bebop , but the stylization, plot, and overall quality didn't live up to the achievements of the anime. As Spike, the infamous space cowboy bounty hunter, John Cho is charismatic, as are the other actors, but they aren't the central problem, everything else is. The iconic mixture of Western and film Noir esthetics that the anime utilized felt empty in the live-action, as did the action sequences that Spike and his gang were known for. Additionally, as with almost every live-action iteration, the effects only served to take the viewer out of the world.

5 Ghost In The Shell (2017)

Based on ghost in the shell (1995), ghost in the shell.

For the 2017 adaptation of the sci-fi hit Ghost in the Shell , visual effects and action sequences were the smallest problems. The film fell victim to the offensive Western tradition of whitewashing and cast Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi, instead of a Japanese actress. Though she does a fine job portraying the cyborg, she never should have been cast. Overall, the film does take some liberties with the plot and Westernizes it, which pushes it further from the source material. Unlike other anime adaptations, the film had a blockbuster-sized budget, but the sharp look of the film could not save it from missing the heart of the anime.

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4 death note (2017), based on death note (2006 - 2007).

Also produced by Netflix, 2017's Death Note made one major mistake: it needed to be darker. In the anime, Light is a cruel and uncompromising villain, and even though he's the protagonist, he's also supposed to be irredeemable. The Western version of the story that the film created doesn't have the stomach to reckon with the twisted morality of Light or the intricate game he plays with L. Though Willem Dafoe as Ryuk is a bright spot and captures the dark comedy of the god of death, it's not enough to make up for the tonal failures of the film.

3 Fullmetal Alchemist (2017)

Based on fullmetal alchemist (2003 - 2004) & fullmetal alchemist: brotherhood (2009 - 2010).

The magic system of Fullmetal Alchemist involves lots of highly specialized art and visuals that are difficult to portray outside of animation. Though the live-action movie struggles with these aspects, it fails to capture the complete character arcs and Ed and Al. It's a sprawling story, and trying to condense a series into the limited time frame of a film is a downfall of many live-action adaptations. In leaving out certain aspects of the original anime, the big reveals don't carry the same emotional weight. Additionally, though Ed and Al are still likable, and their journey engaging, they're not as compelling as the characters from the anime.

2 Ouran High School Host Club (2012)

Based on ouran high school host club (2006).

The original Ouran High School Host Club has many fantastical elements and larger-than-life characters because this is the style of storytelling. Unfortunately, when translated to live-action acting, the performances become melodramatic and borderline impossible to watch. Most of the fun events that take place over several episodes are cut for time, which rushes the slow-burn romances that are a hallmark of the anime and manga. Additionally, when the love confessions do happen they don't feel earned because the audience has barely seen the characters get to know each other and fall in love.

1 Dragonball Evolution (2009)

Based on dragonball z (1989 - 1996).

Though there have been many iterations of the Dragon Ball manga, the Dragonball Z series is considered the definitive adaptation. Despite this, a live-action film was made in 2009 which cast predominantly white actors and made little to no sense. Though there are plenty of story arcs to choose from, the movies didn't faithfully recreate any of them and instead made the adventures of Goku and his friends into a caricature of the source material. The film might have been saved by the actors if the performances had been good, but they reflected the overall quality of the film, a disappointment to everyone.


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