Japanese anime is a medium that has stellar titles in virtually every genre.
One genre, though, that I believe that is filled with too many low-quality titles in both anime, television and film is horror. I love horror stories, but when I say “horror” I mean tales that actually inspire fear. Whether it be films, books, TV or anime, true horror doesn’t always require excessive gore, jump scares or even gratuitous violence.
What it does need is to do is create a genuine, unsettling feeling of fear — and that is a difficult thing to do.
When people know they’re reading, watching or playing a work of fiction it’s hard to get them to forget that it’s make believe. Making the reader, viewer or gamer forget the real world for a moment and truly be terrified is the art of horror. Recently, one horror series that did just that — becoming a big hit with Western audiences in the process — is "American Horror Story." But with its own terrifying films like "The Ring" and "The Grudge," Japan has a lot of scary titles that can compete with American franchises in the horror industry.
Horror anime, however, are few and far between. So, if we’re going to compare Japanese shows with a current Western trend, then here are five rare anime titles that are just as scary as — if not, scarier — than "American Horror Story" or others of its ilk.
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