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I'm putting together a list of anime that messes with people's heads in general, either in minor or major ways.

<<-- those shadow plays in Utena

I've seen a lot of stuff over the years but I think I've forgotten many of them.

These are off the top of my head + what I managed to look up quickly but feel free to add and discuss.

I've seen these
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Neon Genesis Evangelion
Paranoia Agent
Psycho Pass
Berserk (1997)
Shoujo Kakumei Utena (wtf ending)
Fushigi Yuugi (cheap emotional manipulation from beginning to end but I liked it)
Mirai Nikki
Madoka Magica
Perfect Blue
Ga-Rei: Zero
Elfen Lied
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Death Note
Code Geass
Kiznaiver
Night Head Genesis
Interlude
Scum's Wish
FLCL (more like "what did I just watch")
Terror in Resonance
Erased
Parasyte
Attack On Titan

Below I haven't watched
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Steins Gate (I don't know why but it didn't grab me so I stopped after a few episodes)
Another (on my "watch it someday" list)
Paparika
The Lost Village
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Definitely go back to Steins Gate. I think after episode 8 or 9 is when it kicks into overdrive. Your mind will be blown after each episode, I kid you not. I was the same as you and almost dropped it after a few episodes but was encouraged to stay with it. I'm glad I did.

Aijin gets pretty messed up. A warped take on immortality.

Kino's Journey maybe?
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Steins Gate for real
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Little Busters-Subtle at first but becomes more and more apparent the further you get into the series. Masterfully done.

We Without Wings-Is outright a psychological anime (and harem).

Chaos;Head-Even more so than Steins;Gate is.

Wixoss-Like We Without Wings, a psychological anime outright.

Serial Experiments Lain also but it's handled in a really awfully written way.
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Serial Experiments Lain is one of the best examples out there, along with Steins Gate, which you should really go back to one day, it's totally worth it.

Shinsekai Yori (From the New World in english) is another one that left me scratching my head a few times in some episodes.

Jin-Roh The Wolf Brigade has a lot of twists that make you think about everything that happened throughout the movie.

The original Ghost in the Shell movie
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zangeif123 wrote:

Definitely go back to Steins Gate. I think after episode 8 or 9 is when it kicks into overdrive. Your mind will be blown after each episode, I kid you not. I was the same as you and almost dropped it after a few episodes but was encouraged to stay with it. I'm glad I did.

Aijin gets pretty messed up. A warped take on immortality.

Kino's Journey maybe?


Looks like I'll have to start over on Steins Gate.

I did see Ajin up to about the 10th or 11th episode... I guess I'll keep watching just to find out the answers to those obvious questions.


dwilson2000 wrote:

Little Busters-Subtle at first but becomes more and more apparent the further you get into the series. Masterfully done.

We Without Wings-Is outright a psychological anime (and harem).

Chaos;Head-Even more so than Steins;Gate is.

Wixoss-Like We Without Wings, a psychological anime outright.

Serial Experiments Lain also but it's handled in a really awfully written way.


When I first watched Lain all those years ago I totally did not get it. At all. I'll have to watch it a second time but I'm not sure since the spoiler is blown...


JosephJoestar01 wrote:

Serial Experiments Lain is one of the best examples out there, along with Steins Gate, which you should really go back to one day, it's totally worth it.

Shinsekai Yori (From the New World in english) is another one that left me scratching my head a few times in some episodes.

Jin-Roh The Wolf Brigade has a lot of twists that make you think about everything that happened throughout the movie.

The original Ghost in the Shell movie


I've never heard of Shinsekai Yori- I'll have to check it out.
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Steins:Gate gets a lot more serious halfway through so you should definitely give it another chance.

Gakkou Gurashi (School-Live!) does a nice job of blending psychological horror with moe slice of life. Just don't quit before making it to the end of the first episode. Don't let the cheery OP fool you either.

Death Parade is a pretty fun look at the afterlife with some dark moments. People have to play games to determine whether they're reincarnated or sent to a void. Another one with a deceptively upbeat OP.

If you like or can at least tolerate ecchi harem anime, Grisaia is also good. First season is kinda rushed but the rest is fine. Some of the backstories are incredibly disturbing, especially the one in the final arc of season 1.

Shinsekai Yori (From the New World) is really messed up once you reach the 4th episode. It's a dystopian society unlike any other.

Serial Experiments Lain is a classic that leaves much up to interpretation and gives you tons of things to analyze so you can come to your own conclusion. Since you were confused, you might want to watch it a second time like I did immediately when I finished, which is something I've never done right after finishing a show before. I feel that it was easier to understand the second time and there's a lot of foreshadowing that you'll only notice once you've already seen it.

And while I don't remember much of the psychological aspect, Blast of Tempest was also a great series shrouded in mystery with lots of unexpected plot twists, some obvious plot twists but still impactful, and nonstop Shakespeare references. In fact, the series itself is a gigantic Shakespeare reference.

Shows I've heard good things about but haven't watched:

Paranoia Agent
Mawaru Penguindrum
Welcome to the NHK
Monster
Bokurano
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PhantomGundam wrote:

Shows I've heard good things about but haven't watched:

Paranoia Agent
Mawaru Penguindrum
Welcome to the NHK
Monster
Bokurano


I was really excited when I first learned that Ikuhara from Utena was involved in Mawaru Penguidrum, but end up being really disappointed by it. Being surreal is one thing, but it just deteriorated into nonsense instead of an actual story as in Utena. I thought Ikuhara lost his touch.

To me, the weirdest part of Welcome to the NHK was the ending song about "baby human". LOL just wait until you see the ending credits and the animation.........

I actually have Bokurano sitting on storage somewhere and haven't gotten around to it yet.
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