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The best anime to watch this Halloween

The end of October is getting closer and closer, so what better way to get into the spirit of Halloween than with these 5 anime shows?

Horror has always been a popular genre, but what we can expect from this often bloody and torturous genre has changed over the years.

Want bloody horror? Or maybe something cute for the whole family to watch? Or maybe something else entirely? No matter what you’re craving this Halloween, we’ve got you covered with some great anime!

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Hirugashi: When They Cry (2020)

You’ve moved to a new, quiet town where the community is super friendly, and willing to help you out with anything you need. Your classmates are cute, your parents give you the freedom to go wherever you want, and there is even a cool festival coming up! Life is bliss and your worries about moving to a new place seem to disappear.

All until someone in the neighborhood goes missing, murders start happening, and you’re on the run after you find out about the town’s deep, dark traditions.

You happen to get caught, die, and now everything loops back to the first day you step back in town. What would you do?

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Hirugashi: When They Cry) is a visual novel, first released in Japan summer of 2002. With 4 arc releases of the game, the series receiving an anime adaption in 2006, and an endless trail of theories from fans, old and new, keeping the series alive – Hirugashi continues to be one of the most confusing and infamous plots within the anime community.

Hirugashi saw a wave of new fans and rejoice from the old with its 2020 anime adaption, sporting updated art styles, new voice acting, and an overall continuation of the series. While many thought it was a remake of the 2002 predecessor, longtime fans noticed some new changes through its plot, keeping this version fresh, new, and exciting. This eerie anime makes for some perfect Halloween horror watching.

You can watch Hirugashi: When They Cry (2020) right now on Funimation and Hulu.

Zombie Land Saga

Zombie Land Saga puts together the edge of horror and the visual spark of idol anime to bring you a wild, emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

The story follows Sakura Minamoto, a young girl who died in an accident, only to be brought back to life years later by one of the most unhinged characters in anime, Koutarou Tatsumi. Sakura is joined by several other zombie girls and it is revealed that Tatsumi hopes these zombie girls can become a successful idol group.

Combining both the candy-colored costumes and idol girl designs with grime and terrifying landscapes, Zombie Land Saga makes a fantastic watch for your October and spooky needs. Coming from studios MAPPA (Jujutsu Kaisen, Yuri!! On Ice, Attack on Titan), Cygames (Granblue Fantasy, Princess! Connect, Umamusume), and Avex Pictures (Assassination Classroom, Fruits Basket, Osomatsu-san), the anime is bound to keep your eyes on the screen and the story stuck in your head.

You can watch Zombie Land Saga right now on Funimation, VRV, and Crunchyroll.

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Much like Hirugashi, Another bases its story around a new transfer student, Kouichi Sakakibara. They’ve just moved into town and seemingly has a dark past. Because of his own background, Kouichi immediately realizes his new school, classmates, and the whole time are on some Weird Shit™.

After having seen a student die a gruesome “accident” in front of him, Kouichi dedicates his time to get to the bottom of the orchestrated-like death, with classmate Mei Misaki tagging along to provide some assistance.

A town curse, wild murder scenes, supernatural scenarios, and eerie ambiance, Another follows the anime horror genre tropes that everyone knows and loves- becoming a Halloween favorite for many fans to watch year after year. The plot twists in this anime still get me, even after years of rewatching.

You can watch Another right now on Crunchyroll, Amazon UK, and VRV.

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Demon Slayer

If you haven’t watched one of the biggest anime during 2019, now is the perfect time to watch Demon Slayer! Demons, intense fighting scenes, a vibrant color palette, and consistent night travelling makes this anime a great fit for the season.

Set in Taisho era Japan, Tanjiro leaves the family home to run errands one day, and being that he lives on top of a mountain, it takes more than a day to come back home. Expected to be welcomed back home by his mother and younger siblings with a warm hug and smile, he finds them to have been murdered and eaten by a demon. Seeing that one younger sister, Nezuko, is breathing, he rushes down to the city to get her looked at. Unfortunately while running down the mountain, Nezuko becomes a demon and starts to attack Tanjiro.

On the quest to have his sister become human again, Demon Slayer takes you along with Tanjiro, going through the trials of becoming a demon hunter, seeing him fight for his life, and become friends with some of the most multi-dimensional characters the industry has seen.

You can watch Demon Slayer now on Netflix, Funimation, and Hulu.

Little Witch Academia
Little Witch Academia

Witches are a staple during Halloween!

Little Witch Academia takes Atsuko Kagari, Akko for short, to Luna Nova Magic Academy in hopes that she can one day become just like her witch idol, Shiny Chariot. However, Akko soon realizes while attending the academy that having no history in magic might make her dream harder to come true.

With potion brewing, fantasy animals flying, and pointed hats making a fashion statement, Little Witch Academia makes any magic, witch, and wizard-loving fan fall in love with this series. Fans of the studio Trigger, famous for series like Gurren Lagann and Promare, viewers can expect a fantastic visually stimulating experience in this anime. What’s more, this series is fun for the whole family as well.

You can watch Little Witch Academia right now on Netflix.

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