Japanese horror has left us jewels that have marked a before and after in the genre. Ring, The curse OR Dark water They have defined a way of provoking awe that few had previously achieved. And it is that there is no sensation like fear, that is, there is no genre like terror, it does not matter how we turn the matter. No matter the usual academic niggles, the crisis of ideas, the most contagious fashions or the classism that comes with the envy of success, there is no genre like terror.
Scary cinema scares us, but it also captivates us, it makes us travel to places impossible to fathom outside of its subject matter, it reveals facets of ourselves that we did not know and, together with comedy, it is the ideal medium to go through censorship of all kinds , preserving itself in time as a witness of past times, future problems and present hopes. A good film demonstrates the power of cinema, that of staging, that of atmosphere, light and shadows. Every movie buff or aspiring filmmaker has ever dreamed of creating a horror movie with which to hit viewers in their seats. But what happens when we apply Japanese horror to anime?
For many years, anime has been niche territory, and we cannot say that it does not continue to be, but that dynamic is increasingly broken thanks to its growing popularity, proof of this is the ironclad bet of the platforms of transmission. Recent hits like ‘Your name‘have reminded, both those grown up with Studio Ghibli movies and those who had never dared with anime, that is one of the best formats to portray the magic of cinema. Whether through series or movies, Japanese animation has been triumphing in our country for decades with completely disparate proposals.
After bringing you 12 awesome anime movies that maybe do not know, this time we embark on a route through the purest terror to bring you jewels of Japanese animation that will leave you trembling with fear.
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It only takes three minutes for ‘Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories’ to leave the viewer trembling. As a tribute to Kamishibai, a way that classical Buddhists used to tell stories, this series of short films has been making an impact for five seasons with their stories of psychological terror.
Kakurenbo is a 24 minute OVA that takes the game of hide and seek to its most terrifying version. The protagonists are children dressed as kitsunes (Japanese foxes) who visit the ancient ruins of Kowloon in a macabre game in which nothing is what it seems.
This hit anime moves to a high school a psychological thriller full of murders, shocks and terrifying surprises. Based on a light novel that became a best seller in the country, Other is one of the creepiest series in recent years.
‘Ayakashi: Classic Japanese Horror’
Feudal Japan brought with it hundreds of stories about spirits, yokais, and beings from other dimensions that fit in perfectly with the dark spirit of the time. Ayakashi he transfers some of them with his particular style of animation. Its spin-off, Mononoke, It is even more terrifying than the original series.
‘The portrait of Petit Cossette’
Between the most classic romanticism and horror it is located the portrait of Petit Cossette, a three-part series starring the spirit of a girl who hides a tragic and terrifying story behind her tenderness.
The movie that inspired Black Swan It is not so much a horror story as a grim and discouraging psychological thriller. Despite this, the good work of Satoshi Kon made it one of the most terrifying films in the history of Japan.
Zombies in the style of classic Japanese horror, a people whose essence emanates from Twin peaks and a more adolescent tone than we would like to admit make up the ingredients of one of the most successful anime of recent years. Shiki you only need 22 chapters (and 2 OVAs) to become a horror anime myth, and reasons are not lacking to be.
Kagewani is an anthology of 13 short films based on mysterious monsters ready to attack every human who gets in their way. With an animation style that already prepares you for terror, this series is one of the ones that has best taken advantage of the genre’s resources.
‘Tenshi no Tamago’
It cannot be said that this movie is horror, but its surreal aesthetic and its science fiction setting propose a pessimistic and spooky story. After more than three decades, this animated classic continues to pose unanswered questions and leaves the viewer in a very defined messy state.
Junji Ito Collection
The titan from the horror manga has a first and last name: Junji Ito. With stories like Uzumaki OR Gyo, the author has drawn a unique name in the industry. From this year, we can also enjoy their carnal and psychological stories through a series that adapts their best classics.
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