The anime pool is filled with all sorts of different anime, but which ones usually stand out? Are they the harem ecchi anime? Maybe the most memorable anime are shoujo romances. Or perhaps it is that one Shounen Jump anime that brings the crowds in. Don’t get us wrong; those anime can be great. Just let’s be frank, the most memorable anime have to be those crazy anime.
A crazy anime can be defined by the vast amount of strangeness contained in an anime as well as how mentally insane the characters can be, but let’s not kid ourselves. Sometimes, the craziest anime are the ones that leave you with the thought: “What the hell just happened?” Can anyone think of a few of those types of anime? Well, let us just give you an idea of what a crazy anime is! Although, let’s make it clear, we are not including hentai anime in here because that’s a whole new level of crazy, but let’s go. Here is our list of top 10 crazy anime!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2010 – December 2010
Sado’s life takes a turn when he discovers that he has a thing for pain and misery. Well, his own anyway. Admitting this fetish has made Sado more miserable, but he is determined to change things. Sato volunteers to join a special club at his school where the members try to help each other cope with their own issues. The club president, Isurugi, has a deathly fear of cats, however believes herself to be a god. Yuno has androphobia. The nurse has a love of forcing people into cosplay. Then we find out that Sado’s best friend Hayama loves to cross-dress….As the girl Sado has a crush on!
MM! might sound like any other school life anime, but there is a lot going on in MM! that quite clearly makes it crazy. The ridiculous jokes regarding the SM fetish can be quite outlandish as Sado has been known to use the power of masochism to save lives. Yes, boys and girls, masochism gives Sado superpowers. Don’t even get us started on the fact that his name is Sado! With his superpowers, Sado is able to help people from their many “issues” or fetishes that plague their everyday lives. Now how’s that for crazy?
9. Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan (Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan)
- Episodes: 4
- Aired: March 2005 – September 2005
Kusakabe Sakura will eventually invent immortality, stopping the aging process in women after the age of twelve, ultimately offending God. The angel Dokuro-chan is sent back in time to kill Sakura before he can invent immortality. Dokuro-chan believes Sakura can spared, so she spends her time occupying Sakura to keep him from inventing immortality. However, there are a few times when Dokuro-chan loses her mind and bludgeons Sakura with her bat, Excalibolg. Luckily, Dokuro-chan has the power to revive him!
At first glance, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan doesn’t appear to be that different from other school life anime, but the crazy factor here can be found in our adorable little Dokuro-chan, who can and will bludgeon you to death. For a four episode OVA, we get to see a lot of bloodshed and gruesome beatings, but you know, it’s done in a “cute” way. Apparently it’s perfectly OK to beat the life out of people so long as you can bring them back and you’re an adorable angel. If that thinking isn’t crazy, then what is?
8. FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: April 2000 – March 2001
Naota’s plagued by confusing advances by his older brother’s girlfriend, Mamimi who is coping after Naota’s brother departure to America to play baseball. Naota is not sure what to do, but it doesn’t help when a woman on a Vespa runs him over. This woman calls herself “Haruko”. Haruko hits Naoto on the head with her bass, causing a conspicuous horn to grow out of his forehead. This one encounter changes Naoto’s life forever.
FLCL is a cult classic that is making headlines because it is finally getting a sequel, twenty years later. Yet, what is FLCL really known for? When you’re a young boy like Naota, cursed by raging hormones yet perplexed by the presence of older women in your life, the last thing you need is a blemish. What happens when that blemish is in the middle of your forehead, in the shape of a horn, and produces a mecha? The shit just hit the fan! Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe FLCL, which is a mixture of preteen awkwardness, mecha battles, and getting smacked in the head with a bass! Perhaps FLCL covers those awkward preteen years perfectly?
- Episodes: 201
- Aired: April 2006 – March 2010
Aliens called the Amanto have taken over feudal Japan, banning swords and shutting down the way of the samurai. Armed with a wooden sword, Sakata Gintoki still follows the way of the samurai even though his sweet tooth and job as a yorozuya might make it hard to believe. Gintoki has passionate meganekko, Shimura Shinpachi, and qipao-clad glutton, Kagura by his side helping him with odd jobs. However, odd jobs are not as easy as you might think. From getting into trouble with the police to facing assassins, these three find themselves in more trouble than they bargained for. Nothing is ever easy for a samurai/errand boy.
Gintama is one of those crazy anime where you are left wondering: “What the hell did I just watch?” From the Amanto to running into kappa in a pond, our main characters are always getting into trouble! Gintoki is always running into the Shinsengumi, who are incompetent, fighting off Amanto, and trying not to get killed by Kagura’s dog! How crazy do you have to be to continue to do odd jobs like Gintoki? Gintama is an anime with a lot of insanity, but you’ll love every gut wrenching minute of it!
6. Katte ni Kaizou
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: May 2011 – October 2011
Katsu Kaizou is very gullible at the age of 17 and believes in just about anything. Kaizou believes that aliens are everywhere plotting to take over the world. After joining the science club at his school, a whole new world opens for Kaizou. He gets to come into contact with many strange things that he never got to experience before. Maybe he’s not so gullible after all!
Katte ni Kaizou is not even close to sane. It may only be six episodes long, but so much kookiness goes on, where to even start? Katte ni Kaizou has comedic nudity, odd creatures, strange people, and unexplainable happenings that often leave you wondering: “What the hell is happening?” Nothing seems to follow a logical course of action, but maybe that’s what makes this anime so fun. Guess you’ll have to watch it to see just how crazy this anime is.
5. Panty & Stocking with Garter Belt
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2010 – December 2010
Panty and Stocking, also known as the Anarchy Sisters, were booted out of Heaven for being foul-mouthed nasty-ass bitches. Now these sick angels are roaming limbo kicking ghost ass with their main man, Garter Belt. Panty likes Sex and Stocking likes sweets. These two angels are going to paint the Daten City streets with all sorts of bodily fluids. If Panty and Stocking can collect enough Heaven Coins with their deadly lingerie, they just might be allowed back in Heaven. Anything’s possible with Panty and Stocking!
If the summary didn’t make you think this is a crazy anime, watching it will. The comedy is all over the place, the villains are so weird, and damn, they use panties for weapons. Now that’s just crazy. Think of this as a Japanese anime copying an American cartoon created for Adult Swim. Get the picture? From mass crotch slapping to Garter Belt’s wild actions, there’s no end to the craziness here.
4. ChäoS;HEAd (Chaos;Head)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2008 – December 2008
Nishijou Takumi hears about the “New Gen” murders that have been happening around Shibuya, Japan. Takumi dismisses the idea, believing it has nothing to do with him, however strange things begin to occur leaving Takumi horrified as he receives images on his PC of a girl with pink hair at murder scenes. Takumi begins to confuse reality and fiction, adding to his stress. To make matters worse, the murderer seems to be coming for Takumi.
ChaoS;HEAd is one of those anime that centers on a protagonist who is a little less connected with reality. Takumi lives by the age old adage, “I don’t care if it has nothing to do with me”. Watch as Takumi is haunted by images of the murder scenes and who he perceives to be the murderer, but there are so many more mysteries to be found deeper in the story that Takumi has yet to find out. The craziness cannot be described here; you’ll have to find out what happens when an extreme otaku finds himself in the center of a murder mystery and all fingers are pointed at him!
3. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2006 – September 2006
Maebara Keiichi has just moved to the quiet town, Hinamizawa, where he spends his time playing games with his friends in school. Things aren’t as they seem as Keiichi soon hears of a murder in the town of Hinamizawa. Now, terrible things are happening one after another. Worst of all, Keiichi’s new friends may have some gruesome mysteries of their own.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is quite literally based on insanity. This anime is in a continuous cycle of innocent friendship, strange deaths, and psychotic murderers. As you start watching, you will find yourself questioning: “Why?” Each scenario is different, yet oh so much the same. Yet, why is it all happening? Well, that’s some craziness you’ll have to watch to find out. We may not say exactly why, but there’s no doubt that Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is one crazy anime.
2. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 2011 – April 2012
Amano Yukiteru has no other friends except for imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina, the god of time and space, and Murmur, Deus Ex Machina’s servant. Yukiteru usually spends his time writing a cell phone diary. One day, Deus Ex Machina reveals himself to be a real god and gives Yukiteru a future diary which he will need in order to survive the battle royale against 11 other future diary holders to become the next god of time and space. A strange girl, Gasai Yuno, makes it her duty in order to ensure Yukiteru’s survival, but there’s more to Yuno than Yukiteru seems to realize.
Aside from the bloody battle royale that is Mirai Nikki, one of the craziest characters has to be Yuno. Everyone seems to have a somewhat logical course of action, but Yuno is a missing a few screws. From kidnapping to murder, there is no end to the lengths Yuno will go for Yukiteru. Now, that’s true craziness, but if it’s for love, can you really say it’s crazy? We did!
1. School Days
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2007 – September 2007
One day, when Itou Makoto discovers that a schoolmate Katsura Kotonoha rides the same train, feelings of love are sparked within Makoto. At the same time, a rumor has spread saying if you are able to take a photo of someone you like with your cell phone without anyone finding out, that person will return your feelings. Makoto takes a picture of Kotonoha but is found out by his classmate Saionji Sekai, who has decided to help him ask out Kotonoha. Sekai easily gets the two together, but right before Makoto’s date, Sekai kisses him. And so, what will happen in this school life romance?
If you haven’t seen it, read about it, or played it, you have definitely heard of it. School Days is one of the most infamous anime out there that have continued to dance on people’s tongues years after being aired along with Boku no Pico and Bible Black. It’s just something you have heard of at least once. What starts out seemingly as a dramatic shoujo anime soon escalates to something on a whole new playing field. Some girls will talk bad about you, others will slap you, Sekai and Kotonoha’s actions are, to put it mildly, much worse. By the end, you will be so dumbfounded, you’ll ask yourself: “Why did they do it?!”
Combining extremely naive characters, a disgusting protagonist, and a series of bad choices, there’s no denying that the end result is one crazy as hell anime. Teenagers may make mistakes, but this is what happens when you make the mistake of loving crazies.
Crazy anime really seem to stand out above many others. When someone asks you what you have to watch, you are more than likely to blurt out a crazy one that has to be experienced, no matter how bad it may have scarred you. You may love something innocent and sweet like a shoujo anime, but there’s no denying that there’s a crazy anime dwelling in the back of your mind, forever haunting you.
Whether you wanted to or not, haven’t you also seen a crazy anime at least once in your life? Do you have one you think our readers should consider? Please share the craziness? The anime community has not had enough of it!