Top 5 Underrated Anime to Watch for Halloween
Happy Halloween everybody! I know that I usually would open the askbox or do some kind of event for the holidays, especially my favorite one, but I just didn’t have time this Halloween and think that I have enough requests in the askbox to work on without adding others. So I decided to continue with this new thing I’m doing or anime analysis with a recommendation of the top 5 underrated anime I think you guys should watch this or any other Halloween. I worked hard on this so please enjoy!
5. Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro
This is probably my favorite series
of all time. Written by the author of Assassination Classroom, Yuusei Matsui, Majin
Tantei Nougami Neuro is an occult detective fiction that tells the story of
Neuro Nougami, a mystery-eating demon that, due to eating all the mysteries in
demon world, comes to the Human World to find the ultimate mystery. With the help
of teenager Yako Katsuragi, he founds a detective agency and the two go around
solving cases around Japan. It’s not so much a straight-up horror or
Halloween-themed show, which is why I have it so low on the list for how much I
adore this series; it has very dark comedy and the characters definitely come
across a lot of horrible things and characters as they investigate murder after
murder. It’s a villain of the week type of show with a few recurring villains,
especially when you go farther and read the manga, but you’ll, as messed up as
it is, never get bored with the way the antagonists murder their victims. The
show is highly stylized in just the way I love and the main characters Neuro
and Yako have an amazingly original and fun friendship you loved to watch. The
recurring protagonists are dynamic and original (one of them is a sentient
braid of hair named Akane), the story arcs are fun, and it expertly plays hopscotch
with the line between light-heartedness and fucked upness in an absolutely
delicious way that makes it a juxtaposingly dark and fun show with the same
weird, wacky, and twisted humor of Assassination Classroom, but about demons
you won’t be afraid to watch at night but will definitely get you in the dark
and spooky mood. I cannot recommend it enough.
4. Blood: the Last Vampire
The Blood Series (Plus, C, etc.) are an anime Halloween classic and the original animated film did not used to be considered underrated at all, in fact, it was a staple, and for good reason! The artwork is beautiful with a stylized realism and amazing shading work that is just stunning to see. And the animation is just as smooth, crisp and realistic to match. The story is actuall pretty compelling and scary too, and pretty straight-forward. In the year 1966, Saya is the last of the pureblood vampires and is a stone-cold badass that spends her days killing the blood-sucking, bat-demons: chiropterans. The story takes place on her mission at a high school near the Yokota Air base where she is to pose as a student and hunt down the hiddern chiropteran. It’s a straight-forward but bloody story with terrifying artwork and just amazing direction, writing, and animation in both the sub and dub that, despite its loss of relevance over the last 16 years, still holds up remarkably well. If you’re looking for something bloody, edgy, and dark that isn’t Hellsing, this is a classic place to start.
3. School Live!
If Japanese Horror has taught us
anything, it’s that it can do a whole lot, by showing very little, and
School-Live freaking nails that concept. The series follows the girls of the
Megurigaoka School Living Club, specifically the super cheerful and optimistic
Yuki Takeya, who experienced delusions of a regular moe-moe school life while
the girls live in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. It tricks the audience by
setting the show up like a traditional moe club girl anime to be fully immersed
in Yuki’s delusions, but tbh, I don’t feel totally guilty spoiling that because
it’s pretty easy to predict that there’s something seriously wrong with it
about five minutes in and it’s one of those shows you really enjoy a lot more
once the secret it out. It’s ridiculously smart in the way it portrays it’s
zombies and horror, far more unnerving than The Walking Dead’s gratuitous use
of shock-value gore and violence (although I do also love that show), it really
just plays double-dutch with how it comforts and yet at the same time alarms
you through Yuki’s expertly portrayed delusions and growth, and especially in
watching the growth in both the characters and the show openings—it’ll have you
on the edge of your seat the whole damn time AND give you a couple best girls
to choose from. What better way to spend your Halloween?
2. Highschool of the Dead
Now on the opposite side of the zombie spectrum. Highschool of the Dead is a very straightforward zombie invasion story with overly-straightforward ecchi, harem themes to it—understandably so, it was written by a hentai artist after all—about a group of high schoolers trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. It’s the straight up horror of The Walking Dead and 28 Days Later. Now I’m not saying this show is underrated because it’s not well known—it’s on every horror anime list and the manga, although on hiatus, is still a top seller. I’m calling it underrated because I don’t think that people give it nearly enough credit. Yes, the fanservice is ridiculous at times as is the way all the girls are constantly falling for Takumi, but the characters are all really dynamic and interesting, including the main audience-insert character Takumi, who actually, isn’t a totally pathetic, Gary-Stu audience insert. He’s funny, strong, courageous, and handsome with some real emotional baggage, and it’s actually pretty easy to see WHY girls fall for him. Similarly, the girls all have personalities, even if they do fall along the lines of harem tropes, these are pretty strong, independent and interesting women. And don’t even get me started on Kohta. I love that chubby little gun otaku so much I can’t even fucking stand it. Overall, I just think it’s a really solid story with one of the greatest English dubs I’ve ever seen that I think people are way too quick to drop because of its fanservice and if you stopped watching after the third panty shot in the first 10 minutes, go back and power through because you’re really missing out on a great dumb, fun series.
And at number one is…
1. Blood Lad
GREAT fucking show and I am shocked that not as many people are as crazy about it as I am. Blood Lad tells the story of Staz Charlie Blood a powerful vampire in the Demon World who is obsessed with humans, anime, and Japanese culture. One day, a human girl, Fuyumi Yanagi, stumbles into the Demon World, which he’s thrilled about! …until she’s eaten alive by a carnivorous plant and turned into a ghost and he then takes on the responsibility of bringing her back to life. Huge Halloween-esque fun as they go about battling werewolfs, Staz’s vampire relatives, and even Frankenstein-themed monsters—seriously, I’m shocked this isn’t on at least one Halloween list I’ve watched. Maybe that’s because even with all these horror themes and references, it’s a really fun show. It’s an action and supernatural black comedy with cute and funny romantic tensions and love triangles, ridiculously fun and likeable characters, and just a fantastically entertaining occult story. I adore this anime and while it won’t have you screaming, it’ll get you pumped for a fun Halloween in the same way the American film Hocus Pocus would. It’s ironic, satirical, and just absolutely wonderful, and is a must watch, for Halloween or otherwise.
So yeah, those are my recommendations! Let me know what animes all of YOU recommend for Halloween or otherwise and I’d be happy to post them. And remember, to celebrate this blog’s first anniversary, I’m accepting fanworks for sports and shounen anime that YOU all produce so send those in if you’ve got them! Thanks for all the support and keep on sinning!