Best Thriller Anime

by CyrilMartin | created - 4 months ago | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Anime that have at least 10,000 votes and an IMDb rating of at least 7.5 are considered.

Which of these is the best thriller anime?

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1. Death Note (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: 317,056

2. Steins;Gate (2011–2015)

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

After discovering time travel, a university student and his colleagues must use their knowledge of it to stop an evil organization and their diabolical plans.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa, Ashly Burch

Votes: 61,330

3. Dragon Ball Z (1989–1996)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

With the help of the powerful Dragonballs, a team of fighters led by the saiyan warrior Goku defend the planet earth from extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Doc Harris, Christopher Sabat, Scott McNeil, Sean Schemmel

Votes: 129,895

4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019– )

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

A family is attacked by demons and only two members survive - Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko, who is turning into a demon slowly. Tanjiro sets out to become a demon slayer to avenge his family and cure his sister.

Stars: Natsuki Hanae, Zach Aguilar, Abby Trott, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

Votes: 98,486

5. Code Geass (2006–2008)

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

After being given a mysterious power to control others, an outcast prince becomes the masked leader of the rebellion against an all-powerful empire.

Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Johnny Yong Bosch, Yukana

Votes: 67,663

6. Monster (2004–2005)

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

A brilliant neurosurgeon finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopathic former patient.

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

Votes: 30,188

7. Jujutsu Kaisen (2020– )

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

A boy swallows a cursed talisman - the finger of a demon - and becomes cursed himself. He enters a shaman's school to be able to locate the demon's other body parts and thus exorcise himself.

Stars: Junya Enoki, Adam McArthur, Yûichi Nakamura, Yuma Uchida

Votes: 57,428

8. Samurai Champloo (2004–2005)

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

Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers."

Stars: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi, Steve Blum

Votes: 48,523

9. Mushi-Shi (2005–2014)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Ginko is an expert travelling around to investigate a primeval life-form, the "Mushi," and helping people with Mushi-related supernatural problems.

Stars: Yûto Nakano, Travis Willingham, Kôjun Itô, Jennifer Seman

Votes: 13,490

10. Ghost in the Shell: 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, Atsuko Tanaka, Osamu Saka, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Votes: 19,784

11. Rurouni Kenshin (1996–1998)

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

The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Richard Cansino, Rebecca Forstadt

Votes: 19,417

12. Erased (2016)

TV-14 | 264 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

29-year-old Satoru Fujinuma is sent back in time 18 years to prevent the events leading to his mother's death, which began with a series of kidnappings while he was in 5th grade.

Stars: Ben Diskin, Tao Tsuchiya, Michelle Ruff, Minami Takayama

Votes: 46,412

13. Detective Conan (1996– )

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

The cases of a detective whose physical age was chemically reversed to that of a prepubescent boy but must hide his true mental development.

Stars: Minami Takayama, Wakana Yamazaki, Hoang Khuyet, Akira Kamiya

Votes: 13,241

14. The Promised Neverland (2019–2021)

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

When three gifted kids at an isolated idyllic orphanage discover the secret and sinister purpose they were raised for, they look for a way to escape from their evil caretaker and lead the other children in a risky escape plan.

Stars: Sumire Morohoshi, Mariya Ise, Shinei Ueki, Lynn

Votes: 37,229

15. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The story of the Joestar family, who are possessed with intense psychic strength, and the adventures each member encounters throughout their lives.

Stars: David Vincent, Matthew Mercer, Daisuke Ono, Unshô Ishizuka

Votes: 22,854

16. Black Clover (2017–2021)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Asta and Yuno were abandoned together at the same church and have been inseparable since. As children, they promised that they would compete against each other to see who would become the next Emperor Magus.

Stars: Dallas Reid, Jill Harris, Cris George, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 22,547

17. Parasyte: The Maxim (2014–2015)

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

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 a human as part monster, part person.

Stars: Aya Hirano, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Rinka H.B.B., Brittney Karbowski

Votes: 37,283

18. Psycho-Pass (2012– )

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, Miyuki Sawashiro, Takahiro Sakurai, Shizuka Itô

Votes: 19,221

19. Fate/Zero (2011–2012)

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

Seven chosen mages and their summoned heroic spirits fight against each other to try and win the Holy Grail: a magical device that can grant any wish.

Stars: Ayako Kawasumi, Kari Wahlgren, Sayaka Ôhara, Jôji Nakata

Votes: 13,099

20. Baccano! (2007–2008)

TV-MA | 384 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A crazy fantasy caper involving alchemists, immortals, gangsters, outlaws and an elixir of immortality, spread over several decades.

Stars: Michael C. Pizzuto, J. Michael Tatum, Caitlin Glass, Akemi Kanda

Votes: 11,836

21. Re: Zero, Starting Life in Another World (2016– )

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

Shortly after being summoned to a new world, Subaru Natsuki and his new female companion are brutally murdered. But then he awakes to find himself in the same alley, with the same thugs, the same girl, and the day begins to repeat.

Stars: Yûsuke Kobayashi, Rie Takahashi, Sean Chiplock, Rie Murakawa

Votes: 18,387

22. Elfen Lied (2004)

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

Two university students come across a seemingly harmless girl named Lucy, unaware that she's actually a mutant serial killer with a split personality.

Stars: Sanae Kobayashi, Chihiro Suzuki, Mamiko Noto, Sam Saletta

Votes: 33,457

23. Paranoia Agent (2004)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

Stars: Shôzô Îzuka, Toshihiko Seki, Mamiko Noto, Michael McConnohie

Votes: 12,124

24. Black Lagoon (2006)

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

A Japanese businessman, captured by modern-day pirates, is written off and left for dead by his company. Tired of the corporate life, he opts to stick with the mercenaries that kidnapped him, becoming part of their gang.

Stars: Megumi Toyoguchi, Daisuke Namikawa, Brad Swaile, Maryke Hendrikse

Votes: 15,151

25. Death Parade (2015)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Mystery

After death, humans go to either heaven or hell. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim.

Stars: Jamie Marchi, Alex Organ, Asami Seto, Tomoaki Maeno

Votes: 16,017

26. Zankyou No Terror (2014)

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

Tokyo has been decimated by a terrorist attack, the only clue to the culprit's identity is a bizarre internet video. Two mysterious children form Sphinx, a clandestine entity determined to pull the trigger on this world.

Stars: Kaito Ishikawa, Sôma Saitô, Atsumi Tanezaki, Shunsuke Sakuya

Votes: 11,076

27. 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, Liam O'Brien, Rachel Hirschfeld

Votes: 14,403

28. Tokyo Ghoul (2014)

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

A Tokyo college student is attacked by a ghoul, a superpowered human who feeds on human flesh. He survives, but has become part ghoul and becomes a fugitive on the run.

Stars: Natsuki Hanae, Austin Tindle, Brina Palencia, Sora Amamiya

Votes: 52,658

29. Akame ga Kill! (2014)

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

A countryside boy named Tatsumi sets out on a journey to The Capital to make a name for himself and met a seemingly dangerous group of Assassins known as Night Raid. Their journey begins.

Stars: Sôma Saitô, Corey Hartzog, Sora Amamiya, Molly Searcy

Votes: 24,094

30. Darker Than Black (2007–2010)

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

In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as "Hell's Gate" appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. Hei is ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Liebrecht, Kate Oxley, Christopher Sabat, Brina Palencia

Votes: 11,863

31. Sword Art Online (2012– )

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

In the year 2022, thousands of people get trapped in a new virtual MMORPG and the lone wolf player, Kirito, works to escape.

Stars: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook, Cherami Leigh

Votes: 45,515

32. The Future Diary (2011–2013)

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

A young man competes with people around the world for a chance to become the succesor of God, with a diary that is able to tell the future.

Stars: Brina Palencia, Josh Grelle, Leah Clark, Emily Neves

Votes: 17,498



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