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It is that time of the year again. The days are growing shorter and the nights are growing longer, when a bump in the night might not be just a sound. The monsters are coming out to play, are you ready?
There is something about being scared that really brings out our hidden side, where we can either be a hero or a chicken. Today’s list will look at those anime characters who have installed a since of fear into our hearts, but remember, a true horror is something that seems innocent at first, but eventually will devour your soul.
10. Takeya Yuki - Gakkou Gurashi (School-Live!)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
For the first horrifying character on this list, I give you Yuki from School Live, one of the newest zombie anime airing in Japan. Now, Yuki isn’t what you would normally call dangerous. She cares about all of her friends, even those the others can’t see. For while this zombie apocalypse is happening, Yuki still thinks that she is a normal high school girl who lives at school.
Now, the thing that makes Takeya Yuki a real horrifying character is that she is innocent. Her ailment is the thing that really scares me about her. She could unknowingly open a door that lets the undead horde into the school. If that happens, her friends are as good as dead.
9. Mad Pierrot – Cowboy Bebop
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 1998 – April 1999
Now we are on a little bit of a trip to an older anime and visit one of the best anime of all times, Cowboy Bebop. The Mad Pierrot is a name that most people won’t remember, but once you see him, you won’t forget how frightening this psychopath really is. Brainwashed in a governmental facility to kill, this assassin hunts out his targets with no hesitation or sympathy.
Mad Pierrot is the second villain that is able to seriously injure Spike, one of the main characters of Cowboy Bebop. Spike was only able to survive because he has the luck of a cat. Mad Pierrot is what happens when you put a little child into a man’s body. It is scary because that child hasn’t learned what is right and wrong yet and is not afraid to do anything.
8. Shou Tucker – Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: April 2009 – July 2010
Shou Tucker was a renowned state alchemist and the first alchemist to make a chimera that could speak. That chimera only said one thing before it starved to death. We first meet Mr. Tucker when he allows the Elric brothers into his house while Ed takes the state alchemist test. Quickly Ed and Al make friends with Shoul’s daughter Nina and their dog. It’s not until Nina disappears that Shoul Tuckers true side comes out into the light.
Some of the true evil in this world comes from the pursuit of knowledge. Those who seek knowledge by any means necessary is when the true evils of humanity comes out.
7. Kyubey – Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2011 – April 2011
There is nothing to suspicious when a little creature comes up to you and says. “Do you want to be a magical girl? Tell me your hearts wish and I’ll make it come true. We need you to become a magical girl to fight against witches, so they won’t destroy the world.” But it is best to read the fine print before you sign a contract with this space kitty, for the bottom line might be something a little more than you are willing to pay.
Kyubey looks innocent and rightly so. He is only doing what is right for his people, even if that means pitting new magical girls up against witches who were once their friends.
6. Lucy – Elfen Lied
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2004 – October 2004
Lucy is a special girl, in more ways than just her lost memory. Just before she lost her memory, Lucy ruthlessly tore through a governmental facility in Japan, ripping through anything that stood in her way, including a poor woman. With every bullet that her psychic powers blocked showed how ruthless this woman could be.
The terror that Lucy portrays is that those we once knew could turn out to be something far more frightening. Lucy was once an innocent girl, but her powers drew the attention of the government who took her and locked her up. They Performed experiments on her and change her from what she once was.
5. Sonozaki Shion – Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (When they Cry)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2006 – September 2006
Being a twin is hard sometimes, especially when you are always confused for your sibling. It might just be bad enough to drive you to murder. Shion was originally born the elder child and was named Mion. As the events in When they Cry progress, Shion slowly slides into insanity and that’s when the true horror of who she is comes into play.
The thing that makes Shion scary is that her innocent exterior pulls you into a since of safety where nothing can go wrong. But, with the loss of Satoshi, a childhood crush, she slips more into the realm of insanity and is only pushed further when her younger sister demands that she performs a distinction of right and wrong ceremony to purge her of sin. She eventually develops a split personality that drives her to mass murder. If that is not scary, I don’t know what is.
4. Gotou - Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2014 – March 2015
When we think of the face of horror, we think of a hockey mask wearing, machete wielding killer from the lake. But when true horror pops up, we are unable to recognize it until it is too late and we're dead. It is able to hide within or society, blending in and becoming one of us before it strikes.
Gotou is like Mad Pierrot, a ruthless killing machine. However, unlike Mad Pierrot, Gotou is able to fit into society when he wants to, which lets his true nature hide until he is ready to strike. Far scarier than a madman, Gotou is made up of several alien parasites that have taken the form of a human office worker. When he discards his human appearance, he turns into an almost unstoppable monster killing machine.
3. Johan Liebert – Monster
- Episodes: 74
- Aired: April 2004 – September 2005
Serial killers come in all forms. Those who hunt them must have some sort of empathic block to keep the serial killers madness from spreading to them. But when the serial killer can cause his hunter to kill himself, then the killer has taken the game to a new level. Johan is what you would think a typical serial killer should be, he is smart, he is well liked and he is deadly.
Sometimes a monster can be stopped before he becomes a monster. At that point, you don’t know about the horrors that he will create down the road, you only know him as a patient that needs to be saved.
2. Yuno Gasai – Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 2011 – April 2013
It is a fine line between passion and rage, a line that is too easily crossed by some people. Yuno had always loved Yukiteru and when she was able to become the god of her world after killing him, she went insane and came to a new world to make him hers. But first, she has to make sure there is no Yuno over here to get in her way.
There is something about the stalker that truly horrifies people. Yuno is a classic stalker, but unlike normal stalkers, her phone always tells here where her prey would be located.
1. Sachiko Shinozaki – Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou (Corpse Party: Tortured Souls)
- Episodes: 4
- Aired: July 2013
Whenever a life is lost, those closest to the soul mourn that loss. But when it is the life of a child, that loss is felt much deeper and is with the community for much longer. It leaves a gap that can’t be filled. When it is a group, then the loss is indescribable. Sachiko is the sole survivor of a group of kidnapped children who were viciously murdered. But what is truly frightening is the murderer of those children was also the only one to survive, still innocent in the eyes of the community.
Sachiko is the sheep in wolves clothing. Something that no one could really see coming, because Sachiko was never there to begin with. She is a ghost from the past that has haunted this school, one that will continue to take her vengeance out on those who never knew her.
Horrifying creatures come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter if they are male or female. They will be true to their nature and hunt, kill and devour what they seek. Horror doesn’t usually take on an exterior form. It is what is inside of the beast that is really frightening. Don’t forget to turn off the light tonight.