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I originally thought of just making this thread for anime specifically, but thought "hey, let's diversify this a bit." So for this thread name a fictional work (anime, book, movie, video game etc.) and describe a certain moment from that work that left you feeling not scared or angry per say, but made you very uncomfortable or unsettled. Hell, if you think it counts then you can even describe why an entire character or the whole work itself unsettled you. If you believe the moment in question constitutes a significant spoiler for a fairly recent piece than be mindful please.

For me four things spring immediately to mind.

Shiki: When we start to see humans fight back against the Shiki it honestly left me feeling really uncomfortable. Prior to this I wasn't overly sympathetic to the Shiki as a whole, but by God that last third of the anime is so brutal and nasty as you watch these villagers absolutely destroy people who were once their friends and neighbors. Plus the scene where Dr. Ozaki finally gets his "live" specimen to experiment on. You know the sene .

Saving Private Ryan: The knife fight between Mellish and the SS soldier. Especially at the part where the SS soldier has Mellish pinned on his back and he sloooooowly pushes the knife downwards into Mellish's chest while Mellish desperately tries to push back, frantically pleading "Stop! No, no! Stop stop! and then his pain reactions when it goes in. That was hard to watch

LoZ: Ocarina of Time: The Forest Temple, just all of it. From the music to the interior, everything about this place creeped me out when I was a kid, more than even the shadow temple.

Zeta Gundam: When the AEUG Crew are exploring the interior of 30 Bunch Colony, the one the Titans gassed to suppress anti-Federation protests. It was really unsettling to see a dead colony populated only by the floating corpses of its former inhabitants.
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Offhand, a number of scenes from Fate/Zero comes to mind pretty quick. I might add more stuff later.

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Shou Tucker.
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The entirety of Fullmetal Alchemist is pretty unsettling, especially in the original series. It's strange to me how many different subjects they pulled that were actually really dark, and yet it got a TV10 rating. And they were all well written. It's creepy to me how universal the themes were. I mean in the original FMA you had a character raped ffs. And the death of Izumi's child? So fucked dude...so fucked.

Or what about the last episode of Kino's Journey? Holy shit was that sad.

The entirety of Neon Genesis : The End of Evangelion.
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Shou Tucker.


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In movies...

Your Saving Private Ryan is the one that got me.

In books. I have recently been reading 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 again. Great books, but the make me scared. I see so many parallels in them to the USA atm.

In anime/manga/LA... Well, it isn't SFW so I cant put it on the boards. Lets say it was about an immortal girl who had... various forms of torture used on her for "fun" of the clients.
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In movies...

Your Saving Private Ryan is the one that got me.

In books. I have recently been reading 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 again. Great books, but the make me scared. I see so many parallels in them to the USA atm.

In anime/manga/LA... Well, it isn't SFW so I cant put it on the boards. Lets say it was about an immortal girl who had... various forms of torture used on her for "fun" of the clients.


What was that manga???

That reminds me of the torture/sex scenes in berserk. Shit was wack.
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I definitely agree on the Forest Temple in OOT, that was some awesomely creepy atmospheric work from the developers.

1984 was also one of the books that left me generally unsettled, due to how many similarities it has with our world today and the fact that George Orwell could depict the future so 'accurately' 70 years ago. It's uncanny.

I also clearly remember the scene in Quake 4 when you get turned into an alien/machine thing. I was pretty young while playing that so it definitely made me feel uncomfortable. Also Manhunt. Amnesia also had that great atmosphere.
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Too many to list them all so I'll just go with the one thats on my mind rn, which is from Coraline.

For those who arent aware Coraline is a story about a little girl who leaves her mundane life by going through a mysterious crawlspace in her new home into an initially welcoming but later frightening world that mirrors her own, but with some peculiar differences. It was adapted into film, but what I'm talking about exists solely in the written form of the story for the understandable reason that the producers probably did not want auditoreums of children shitting their pants.

Coraline is never alone when moving through the crawlspace. There is a creature with her, hiding in the darkness. It cannot be seen, it cannot be heard and it cannot be detected by any sense whatsoever but it has a heavy presence that makes Coraline always aware of its presence whenever she travels through the crawlspace and she is equally aware that it has a violent nature. The book uses this creature to great effect, making scenes within the crawlspace frightful and tense beyond comparison. It's one of those rare things in children's fiction that can frighten both kids and adults.
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I have only four words to say:

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
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TheAngryLittleAlchemist wrote:


Dark_Alma wrote:

In movies...

Your Saving Private Ryan is the one that got me.

In books. I have recently been reading 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 again. Great books, but the make me scared. I see so many parallels in them to the USA atm.

In anime/manga/LA... Well, it isn't SFW so I cant put it on the boards. Lets say it was about an immortal girl who had... various forms of torture used on her for "fun" of the clients.


What was that manga???

That reminds me of the torture/sex scenes in berserk. Shit was wack.


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Too many to list them all so I'll just go with the one thats on my mind rn, which is from Coraline.

For those who arent aware Coraline is a story about a little girl who leaves her mundane life by going through a mysterious crawlspace in her new home into an initially welcoming but later frightening world that mirrors her own, but with some peculiar differences. It was adapted into film, but what I'm talking about exists solely in the written form of the story for the understandable reason that the producers probably did not want auditoreums of children shitting their pants.

Coraline is never alone when moving through the crawlspace. There is a creature with her, hiding in the darkness. It cannot be seen, it cannot be heard and it cannot be detected by any sense whatsoever but it has a heavy presence that makes Coraline always aware of its presence whenever she travels through the crawlspace and she is equally aware that it has a violent nature. The book uses this creature to great effect, making scenes within the crawlspace frightful and tense beyond comparison. It's one of those rare things in children's fiction that can frighten both kids and adults.


Makes me think of some of HP Lovecrafts greatest works. He can make things so horrifying... yet without gore or the normal. Just the state of beings beyond human comprehension.
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I used to be much more sensitive to stuff as a kid, but over time I've become desensitized. Like, the human sacrifice scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was absolutely horrifying when I was 12, but I saw it again a few years ago and didn't bat an eye.

There's a lot of 'good' choices in anime and manga (especially manga) to pick from.
The scene in episode 4 of Durarara where Celty's naked body is experimented on by Shinra and his dad was really uncomfortable, it made me drop it for a while. Luckily I came back...

The scene in Nisemonogatari where Araragi brushes his sister's teeth...I was out after that.

In Murcielago there's a scene in which the hitwoman protagonist curbstomps a bully teenage girl...it was too far.

The 2016 Berserk anime, in general


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Shiki: When we start to see humans fight back against the Shiki it honestly left me feeling really uncomfortable. Prior to this I wasn't overly sympathetic to the Shiki as a whole, but by God that last third of the anime is so brutal and nasty as you watch these villagers absolutely destroy people who were once their friends and neighbors. Plus the scene where Dr. Ozaki finally gets his "live" specimen to experiment on. You know the sene .

Same here, those episodes were brutal. Not watching it again.


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In anime/manga/LA... Well, it isn't SFW so I cant put it on the boards. Lets say it was about an immortal girl who had... various forms of torture used on her for "fun" of the clients.

That sounds vaguely familiar; was it Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne? I remember that anime being pretty uncomfortable...
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In Hellsing Ultimate, when London is bombed to pieces by the Nazi Vampires and one extreme scene, where one vampire is eating a baby.
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In Hellsing Ultimate, when London is bombed to pieces by the Nazi Vampires and one extreme scene, where one vampire is eating a baby.


Watch Hellsing Ultimate Abridged by Team Fourstar. You will never be able to take the show seriously again.

I watched HU once, it was amazing. I watched the abridged than HU again and I couldn't stop laughing. It will trip you up hard!
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