The Best Top 20 Psychological Anime Ever

by Alexandrspyr | created - 29 Nov 2014 | updated - 13 Feb 2017 | Public

This is a list of anime which focuses on the psychological aspects of the characters and story, either it's mind games or characters changing and questioning themselves and the world around them. Most of them are aimed at adult audiences and some don't have a tag in genres "psychological" but rest assure they surely feel like it and/or their source material does have this tag. This is strictly just my personal opinion.

P.S. After many comments about Code Geass and why it isn't on the list the answer is simple. Code Geass is not a psychological anime, at least according to MAL, and honestly it never felt like one to me. I really like Code Geass and if you check my other list "..Top 100..", you'll spot it there. Peace guys, have fun.

P.S.#2 Steins Gate is not a psychological anime. Have fun.

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1. Death Note: Desu nôto (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong, Ryô Naitô

Votes: 163,681

Genres: Mystery, Supernatural, Police, Psychological, Thriller

2. Monster (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

A brilliant neurosurgeon living in Germany finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.

Stars: Hidenobu Kiuchi, Liam O'Brien, Mamiko Noto, Karen Strassman

Votes: 14,404

Genres: Mystery, Drama, Horror, Police, Psychological, Thriller, Seinen

3. Shin Seiki Evangerion (1995–1996)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Spike Spencer

Votes: 34,041

Genres: Action, Dementia, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological

Plus the movie "The End Of Evangelion" for the last 2 episodes.

4. Yojôhan shinwa taikei (2010)

TV-14 | Animation, Comedy, Drama

When a nameless student at Kyoto University encounters a demigod one night, he asks to relive the past three years in order to win the heart of Ms. Akashi, the object of his affection.

Stars: Shintarô Asanuma, Keiji Fujiwara, Yuki Kaida, Rin Mizuhara

Votes: 1,804

Genres: Mystery, Romance, Psychological

5. Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A tomboyish schoolgirl finds herself forced into repeated duels for another girl who has a role in a world revolution.

Stars: Leah Applebaum, Roxanne Beck, Sharon Becker, James Carter Cathcart

Votes: 937

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Shoujo, Psychological

Extensive use of symbolism, needs deciphiring.

6. Ping Pong the Animation (2014– )

TV-14 | Animation, Drama, Sport

Five ping pong prodigies learn to navigate the harsh climate of competitive sport and the even more frightening realm of self realization.

Stars: Koki Uchiyama, Alan Chow, Micah Solusod, Terri Doty

Votes: 1,560

Genres: Sports, Psychological, Seinen

7. One Outs (2008–2009)

Animation, Drama, Sport

Hiromichi Kojima, the star batter of the Lycaons, heads to the southern Japanese island of Okinawa to train and find a new pitcher for the team. There, he meets Toa Tokuchi, a 134-kmph ... See full summary »

Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Tsutomu Isobe, Kenji Utsumi, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 847

Genres: Sports, Psychological, Seinen

It's baseball with mind games(like the mind games in death note anime)

8. Texhnolyze (2003– )

TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

In a man-made underground society, descendants of a banished generation vie for control of the crumbling city of Lux. Ichise, an orphan turned prize fighter, loses a leg and an arm to ... See full summary »

Stars: Justin Gross, Satoshi Haga, Shizuka Itô, Carrie Savage

Votes: 1,889

Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Psychological

9. Wolf's Rain (2003–2004)

TV-14 | 701 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Animation

In a post-apocalyptic future where humans live in domed cities surrounded by wasteland, wolves are assumed to be two hundred years extinct.

Stars: Darren Pleavin, Kenta Miyake, Akio Suyama, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 6,412

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Psychological

Plus the 4 Ova episodes for the ending of this.

10. Gyakkyô burai Kaiji (2007–2011)

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Thriller

Kaiji Itou is a good-for-nothing loiterer who spends his days drinking beer and stealing hubcaps-that is, until he ends up being tricked by his former co-worker. Unable to suddenly repay ... See full summary »

Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Hakuryû, Naoya Uchida, Hideo Ishikawa

Votes: 1,301

Genres: Game, Psychological, Thriller, Seinen

Kaiji Itou is a drifting deadbeat who releases his frustration with life through vandalism. One day he learns that by unthinkingly co-signing on a former workmate's shady loan he has made himself liable for a crippling amount of compound interest... Survival and psychological mind games at their best. Nice characters and a gripping story.

11. Haibane renmei (2002– )

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A young girl is reborn as an angel-like creature called a haibane, with no memory of who she once was.

Stars: Ryô Hirohashi, Junko Noda, Eri Miyajima, Fumiko Orikasa

Votes: 2,697

Genres: slice of life, mystery, psychological, drama, fantasy

12. Mawaru-Penguindrum (2011– )

TV-14 | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A terminally ill girl is revived by a magical penguin spirit. In return, her brothers are sent on a quest for the mysterious 'Penguindrum'.

Stars: Shelley Calene-Black, Maggie Flecknoe, Adam Gibbs, Illich Guardiola

Votes: 537

Genres: Comedy, Mystery, Drama, Psychological

Extensive use of symbolism.

13. Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Crime

The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter intelligence agent and her support team.

Stars: Shirô Saitô, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, William Knight, Richard Epcar

Votes: 15,201

Genres: Action, Military, Police, Sci-fi, Mecha, Seinen, Psychological

14. Psycho-Pass (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Crime

Believing in humanity and order, policewoman Akane Tsunemori obeys the ruling, computerized, precognitive Sibyl System. But when she faces a criminal mastermind who can elude this "perfect" system, she questions both Sibyl and herself.

Stars: Kana Hanazawa, Robert McCollum, Kate Oxley, Tomokazu Seki

Votes: 11,088

Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Police, Psychological

15. N.H.K ni yôkoso! (2006– )

TV-MA | Animation, Comedy, Drama

This surreal dramedy follows Satou Tatsuhiro as he attempts to escape the evil machinations of the NHK.

Stars: Yutaka Koizumi, Yui Makino, Michael C. Pizzuto, Wataru Hatano

Votes: 4,358

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Psychological

16. Serial Experiments Lain (1998– )

TV-14 | 316 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".

Stars: Kaori Shimizu, Bridget Hoffman, Dan Lorge, Randy McPherson

Votes: 8,674

Genres: Dementia, Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Psychological

This is pretty "heavy".

17. Ergo Proxy (2006)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer's life.

Stars: Kôji Yusa, Akiko Yajima, Rachel Hirschfeld, Liam O'Brien

Votes: 10,055

Genres: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Psychological

18. Maho Shojo Madoka Magica (2011)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A creature named Kyubey offers Madoka and Sayaka a wish if they agree to become 'magical girls' and fight abstract beings called 'witches'. However, a magical girl named Homura is, for uncertain reasons, determined to stop this agreement.

Stars: Aoi Yûki, Chiwa Saitô, Emiri Kato, Christine Marie Cabanos

Votes: 4,989

Genres: Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller

19. Akagi (2005–2006)

Animation, Sport, Thriller

Genius gambler Shigeru Akagi competes with members of the mafia in mahjong.

Stars: Tôru Furuya, Masato Hagiwara, Rikiya Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 389

Genres: Game, Psychological, Thriller, Seinen

20. Parasyte: The Maxim (2014–2015)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Horror

17-year-old Shinichi Izumi is partially infected by a Parasyte; monsters that butcher and consume humans. He must learn to co-exist with the creature if he is to survive both the life of a Parasyte and human, as part monster, part person.

Stars: Adam Gibbs, Aya Hirano, Brittney Karbowski, Nobunaga Shimazaki

Votes: 14,572

Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen



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