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Anime that messes with your head
Posted 11/10/13 , edited 11/10/13
What is the darkest, most screwed up, sanity destroying anime out there?

And I don't just mean gory shows like Elfen Lied, shows that have one over the top dark moment like School Days, or shows that just have a dark tone/atmosphere, but still have cheery parts like Another. I mean anime that when you finish the show, you are mentally drained, you just sit there, wondering how you are supposed to go on with life after seeing what you have seen.

Mine is Serial Experiments Lain. I can't look at the world, anime, or the internet the same way anymore.

Anyone have there own? Post yours!

MODERATORS: I checked if there were other threads like this and there were, but they were all locked, and I couldn't find an overarching "Dark Anime" thread that was still open, so I figured it would be fine to start this conversation again.
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Higurashi no naku koro ni (and it's second season, kai)

It's very twisted and dark with an overarching theme of how paranoia can do terrible things. I don't want to spoil anything, but it's worth watching.

It's so twisted that any funny/innocent parts are more uncomfortable than relaxing. The show brings you on a roller coaster of suspicion and doubt, and I enjoyed all of it haha.

Also, yanderes. Oh do I love my yanderes lol.
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Serial Experiments: Lain
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Posted 11/10/13
How about Akira? Or Neon Genesis Evangelion?
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From what I've seen I guess I'd pick Ghost Hound, not sure if that's exactly the kind of thing you're looking for.
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Psycho-Pass. There is middle episode that literally has you and the main female lead going bat shit crazy together because HOW well its done to make you feel the same things as her. Your going "THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING."
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Posted 11/10/13

EmpReb wrote:

Psycho-Pass. There is middle episode that literally has you and the main female lead going bat shit crazy together because HOW well its done to make you feel the same things as her. Your going "THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING."


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Posted 11/10/13
You mean like Narutaru?
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Serial Experiments Lain was something I though I'd pick up on, but lol after reading this should I? xD
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Kara no Kyōkai honestly if you have not watched this then your missing out on one of the best anime mind screws that there is
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karen_wan wrote:

Serial Experiments Lain was something I though I'd pick up on, but lol after reading this should I? xD


Absolutely! It's something you have to watch through multiple times to even slightly get a grasp on what is happening though, it's one of those shows. I have only watched it twice through, but the imagery used is so dark and twisted that it's crazy. Everything is a metaphor and you never know if what you are watching is reality or not; it really messes with your head. You will see what I mean if/when you watch it. It's the type of show that could be talked about in a thesis/dissertation. It's an animated masterpiece that unfortunately is not talked about as much anymore (although it came out in the late 90's so I suppose it's to be expected).

I'm done ranting now



uncletim wrote:

Kara no Kyōkai honestly if you have not watched this then your missing out on one of the best anime mind screws that there is


I misread this and thought you said Kyōkai no Kanata. I was like "Huh....interesting choice."

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oh no no Kara no Kyōkai is like 100 times better then Kyōkai no Kanata honestly they aren't even in the same league
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I'll agree with Higurashi. Lain didn't really mindfuck me at all. I was expecting something extremely trippy when I decided to watch it, but... Things made sense to me. *shrug* I dunno. I really like that anime, though.
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Elfen Lied? That was just weird 0.o
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