Horror (273)

Creating—and maintaining—a sense of dread in the audience takes priority, eliciting shock, fear, or disgust through atmosphere and frightening scenarios. Mood must be of equal or greater importance than setting and characterization in horror stories. Almost always, the main cast will be under constant threat of danger. Many stories can incorporate elements of horror as a plot device to unnerve the audience, but the overarching narrative must be focused on evoking and maintaining apprehension to be Horror. Contrast with Suspense where the audience craves to know what will happen next rather than fearing it.


Miura, KentarouStudio Gaga 2024
Guts, a former mercenary now known as the "Black Swordsman," is out for revenge. After a tumultuous childhood, he finally finds someone he respects and believes he can trust, only to have everything fall apart when this person takes away everything important to Guts for the purpose of fulfilling his own desires. Now marked for death, Guts becomes condemned to a fate in which he is relentlessly pursued by demonic beings.

Setting out on a dreadful quest riddled with misfortune, Guts, armed with a massive sword and monstrous strength, will let nothing stop him, not even death itself, until he is finally able to take the head of the one who stripped him—and his loved one—of their humanity.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Included one-shot:
Volume 14: Berserk: The Prototype
Aug 25, 1989 to ? | chp | Publishing


Michiru Kita’s a weak-spirited girl who has a hard time saying what’s on her mind. One day, she notices mysterious, ring-like markings around the necks of two of her classmates, Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana — two boys who miraculously survived a horrible accident six months before. Michiru, possessing the rare ability to see these rings, knows that they warn of impending death. Thinking that, perhaps, she can do something to save her classmates’ lives, she approaches them... but it seems the boys have already made a different kind of deal and garnered themselves a heavy debt

(Source: Yen Press)
Oct 18, 2002 to Feb 18, 2011 | 83 chp | Publishing

Petshop of Horrors (Pet Shop of Horrors)

Akino, Matsuri 2024
Beyond the mist-filled alleyways in the concrete crevices of Los Angeles' Chinatown hides a mysterious pet shop, home to many bizarre yet friendly creatures. The store's proprietor is an enigmatic young man who goes by the name of Count D.

Count D welcomes those who feel lonely and wounded through the doors of his shop, claiming to sell "love, dreams, and hope" in the form of the fantastic beasts that lie within. Each creature comes with a special contract accompanied by a set of rules. However, he warns customers that he cannot be held accountable for any consequences of breaking the rules.

Short-tempered detective Leon Orcot traces the source of several crimes back to Count D and what the former considers to be a pet shop of horrors. Determined to find proof that the Count is a criminal, he begins to pay regular visits to the shop.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
1995 to 1998 | 41 chp | Publishing

BirthArm of Kannon

Yamaguchi, Masakazu 2024
Deep within the mountains of Tibet, secluded from the mortal world, sits The Arm of Kannon, an instrument of inconceivably wicked power, resting safely outside the grasp of humanity... until now.
An archeologist, Juzo Mikami, dizzied with tales of The Arm's power and determined to unlock the mystery behind this Buddhist secret, sets out on a journey to find this ancient artifact and is never heard from again, leaving behind his wife and children. Three years later, he returns to his family, however he isn't the man he was, and his family will never be the same.

(Source: Tokyopop)
1998 to 2003 | 17 chp | Publishing

Battle Royale

Taguchi, MasayukiTakami, Koush 2024
Every year, a class is randomly chosen to be placed in a deserted area where they are forced to kill each other in order to survive. Initially believing to be on a graduation trip, Shuuya Nanahara and the rest of Shiroiwa Junior High's Class B find that they have been chosen to participate in this game of life and death known as "The Program."

Waking up to the realization that they have been quarantined on an island, the 42 students discover they have been fitted with metal collars which will detonate if certain conditions are not met. In order to obtain freedom, they must slaughter everyone else by whatever means necessary, and the last one standing is deemed the winner. As each member of the class heads down their own path, Shuuya makes it his goal to get off the island without playing the game in order to put an end to this madness once and for all.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
2000 to 2005 | 119 chp | Publishing


Nihei, Tsutomu 2024
In an enormous steel labyrinth riddled with horrifying creatures, humanity is forced to isolate itself in small enclaves while living in constant fear of its annihilation. In this dystopia, only a strange young man known as Killy is brave enough to traverse its unforgiving territories.

Possessing superhuman strength and a rare Graviton Beam Emitter, Killy fights off bloodthirsty beasts and other fiendish forces in his desperate search for a human with the Net Terminal Gene—genetic information that holds the potential to restore the corrupt world.

The dark world of Blame! follows Killy as he meets new people, sheds more blood, and draws closer to finding the Net Terminal Gene. Through these exploits, the true nature of the world is slowly pieced together.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Jan 25, 1997 to Jul 25, 2003 | 66 chp | Publishing

Zombieya ReikoReiko the Zombie Shop

Mikamoto, Rei 2024
Terror has struck the sleepy little town of Shiraike. A serial killer stalks the streets murdering innocent girls. Twenty-nine grisly murders have been committed, with no clues to catch the killer. That is, until the town receives a strange visitor: a beautiful young woman who can raise the dead. She is Reiko the Zombie Shop, necromancer for hire. For a price, she'll wake your dead, if only to find a clue to their demise, but she's not responsible for what the dead will say or do once they awaken!

(Source: Dark Horse)
Jun 6, 1998 to Mar 6, 2004 | 58 chp | Publishing

Zombie Hunter

Hirai, KazumasaYang, Kyung-il 2024
Unknown to the world aliens have begun to invade people's bodies. A young race car pilot named Toshio was won by a mysterious organization for a "test" for money. That test turned out to be a hellish training to become a Zombie Hunter. However, Toshio decided to return to a normal life but soon face the harsh reality of a Zombie Hunter. Surrounded by shallow figures and aliens Toshio accepts his new life as a Zombie Hunter ...
(Source: MU)
1999 to 2000 | 26 chp | Publishing

Dragon Head

Mochizuki, Minetaro 2024
Three teenagers—Teru Aoki, Nobuo Takahashi, and Ako Seto—discover that they are the lone survivors of a gruesome train accident that proved fatal to their fellow classmates and teachers. In an attempt to make their way out of the dreadful wreckage, they band together to grapple with hunger, loneliness, and the overwhelming sense of loss. However, as something sinister lurks in the shadows, the trio must fight off their worst impulses and the temptation to succumb to madness in these cruel times of despair.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Sep 12, 1994 to Dec 13, 1999 | 89 chp | Publishing

Ghost Hunt

Inada, ShihoOno, Fuyumi 2024
The decrepit building was condemned long ago, but every time the owners try to tear it down, "accidents" start to happen-people get hurt, sometimes even killed. Mai Taniyama and her classmates have heard the rumors that the creepy old high school is haunted-possibly by ghosts from the Second World War. So one rainy day they gather at the told school to tell ghost stories, hoping to attract one of the suspected spirits.

No ghosts materialize, but Mai and her friends do meet Kazuya Shibuya, the handsome young owner of Shibuya Psychic Research, who's been hired to investigate paranormal activity at the school. Also at the scene are an exorcist, a Buddhist monk, a woman who can speak with the dead, and an outspoken Shinto priestess. Surely one of them will have the talents to solve this mystery!

(Source: Del Rey Manga)
Dec 6, 1997 to Sep 30, 2010 | 43 chp | Publishing

Ningyo Series

Takahashi, Rumiko 2024
There is a legend that says if someone eats the flesh of a mermaid, they will attain immortality; but this myth contains a darker side, in that the devourer may die or become a monster.

The youthful Yuta has been wandering Japan in search of mermaids not to become immortal, but to break his curse of eternal life. Over five hundred years ago, he ate a mermaid; now, Yuta is in search of a cure, hoping the mermaids know the secret. When he stumbles upon a hidden village, he quickly learns that it is full of mermaids that live in an underground society centered around the murder and cultivation of young human women to maintain their own youth and immortality.

Their most recent victim, Mana, is given the flesh of a mermaid to eat in order to fulfill the recipe toward being a perfect candidate to be eaten. Yuta helps her escape, and they find themselves on a journey to live their lives as normal as they can.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Aug 1984 to Feb 1994 | 16 chp | Publishing


Hirano, Kouta 2024
For centuries, many secret organizations have taken part in exterminating various types of dangerous monsters. One of them is the England-based Hellsing, run by its cunning leader, Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing. Her greatest hunter, and trump card, is Alucard, an unbeatable vampire genetically modified by her father. Despite him being one of "them," he swore to be her protector and servant.

A new crisis begins and with the help of Seras Victoria, his recently turned vampire partner, Alucard has to uncover the truth behind the mysterious vampire attacks. Not every human is bound to be his ally in this battle, and he will not hesitate to kill anyone who stands in his way.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Apr 30, 1997 to Sep 30, 2008 | 92 chp | Publishing

The EndDead End

Manabe, Shohei 2024
Shirou's ordinary life as a poor construction worker gets turned upside down when he comes across a naked girl, Lucy, who's fallen out of the sky! Her strange and unique personality entices him and he introduces her to his apartment buddies.
But after leaving for just a few minutes, he returns to the apartment to find Lucy gone, all his friends slaughtered and an ogre-like stranger standing amidst the carnage.

The big man suddenly pulls Shirou out of the apartment building just before it explodes! Shirou gets pushed down into the sewage system of the city and is saved by a mysterious man...

(Source: Tokyopop)
Feb 24, 2001 to Sep 25, 2002 | 20 chp | Publishing

Anne Freaks

Kotegawa, Yua 2024
While trying to bury the body of his mother deep in the woods, high school student Yuri is approached by a strange girl who offers to help him. That is... if he promises to be her "parent killing assistant." Meet Anne Freaks, a bright, attractive teenage girl normal in every way - except that she's on a mission to kill her father, the leader of the dangerous extremist cult: the Kakusei Group. (Source: ADV)
Sep 2000 to Oct 2002 | 24 chp | Publishing

Evil's Return

Lee, Jong-Kyu 2024
Yumi, a seemingly average high school girl, is destined to become the wife of and child bearer for Evil. As soon as her first menstrual episodes begin, all sorts of villainous cretins show up in the hopes of providing the seed for wickedness itself. In response, the forces of Good, a Buddhist priest, the Catholic church, and their attendant holy warriors rush to provide protection for the now-pregnable Yumi. But she reaches out to another warrior, a young punk freshman heartthrob who literally beats off the female population of the school with a stick. But when he sees Yumi in a vision, this cool-as-ice thug melts... and the adventure begins...

(Source: Tokyopop)
2001 to 2002 | 14 chp | Publishing

Genjuu no SeizaGenju no Seiza

Akino, Matsuri 2024
Kamishina Fuuto would like to think he's a normal boy, but he is the reincarnation of the High Priest of Darashaal, a tiny Asian country that has just celebrated the inauguration of...its new high priest. Clearly, only one of them is the true priest, and unfortunately for Fuuto, it is he. As the celestial guardians come to dispose of him they discover that he is not, as their leader Naga says, a fake. Fuuto just wants to be normal and live a normal life, but he is constantly drawn into trouble as he has an extremely keen spiritual sense and the ability to soothe ghosts.
(Source: Tokyopop)
Oct 2000 to Aug 28, 2007 | 70 chp | Publishing


Yoon, In-WanYang, Kyung-il 2024
Miho, a woman of beauty, intelligence and temper, comes to Cheju Island to teach school and is immediately flung into a world of terror and the supernatural. A demon attacks her and she is saved by the chance appearance of a mystery man with seemingly only one mission... demon killing.

(Source: Tokyopop)
1997 to 2001 | 46 chp | Publishing


Minazuki, Suu 2024
Salvation may be at hand, but now is the time for prayer...

Judas, cursed for his sins, is the spirit of Death—he is without form, and has enslaved young Eve to carry out the most heinous of acts. Together in spirit and body, they must slay 666 people, so that Judas can regain his humanity!

(Source: Tokyopop)
Included one-shot:
Volume 5: Endless Pain
May 26, 2004 to Dec 26, 2005 | 20 chp | Publishing


Sanbe, Kei 2024
Girard and ViVi are special government agents known as "Right Arms" whose job is to seek and destroy people who have become "infected." In this world, a weird virus that turns people into monsters has run rampant and the only way humanity can survive is to keep tight control on those who are infected. If the virus' symptoms appear, the person must be disposed of. It's a tough world where women and children must sometimes be killed to prevent the spread of the virus.
(Source: Tokyopop)
Jul 26, 2003 to Jan 26, 2006 | 29 chp | Publishing

Kaibutsu OujoPrincess Resurrection

Mitsunaga, Yasunori 2024
Werewolves, demons, monsters, vampires. All these ferocious creatures are afraid of the same thing: the beautiful Princess Hime, an awesome warrior who fights off the forces off evil with a chainsaw and a smile. Not only does she look great in a tiara, she has magical powers that allow her to raise the dead. She's a girl on a mission, and with the help of her undead servant and a supercute robot, there's no creature of darkness she can't take down!

(Source: Del Rey)
Jun 25, 2005 to Feb 26, 2013 | 87 chp | Publishing

Kiseijuu (Parasyte)

Iwaaki, Hitoshi 2024
"Parasites" are tennis ball sized creatures, whose numbers and origins are unknown. They invade and take over the human mind in order to survive. Shinichi Izumi is a 16-year-old high school student who lives with his parents in a quiet neighborhood. One night, a Parasite invades Shinichi's body in an attempt to take control of it. However, it fails to complete the takeover process and ultimately ends up inhabiting only his right arm.

Thus, both Shinichi and the Parasite—who calls himself Migi—retain their individual minds. Now in a peculiar "human and alien" relationship, Migi proposes that they cooperate to survive. Shinichi has no choice but to agree, and he must now cling to his morality as he and Migi face off against other bloodthirsty Parasites.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Nov 22, 1989 to Dec 23, 1995 | 64 chp | Publishing

Cossette no ShouzouLe Portrait de Petit Cossette

Katsura, Asuka 2024
Eiri Kurahashi is an art school student, with a job at a local antique store. It's there that he develops a strange obsession. He finds himself entranced by a portrait of a Victorian-era girl named Cossette. It's a portrait with a strange history--everyone who has owned it has been murdered in a bizarre fashion. But the story runs much deeper than that. Cossette was savagely murdered by her lover, who also happens to be the artist who painted the portrait. When the new owner of the portrait nearly kills himself, Eiri decides to get involved. And that's when Cossette begins speaking to him...

(Source: Tokyopop)
2004 | 9 chp | Publishing

Uzumaki (Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror)

Itou, Junji 2024
In the town of Kurouzu-cho, Kirie Goshima lives a fairly normal life with her family. As she walks to the train station one day to meet her boyfriend, Shuuichi Saito, she sees his father staring at a snail shell in an alley. Thinking nothing of it, she mentions the incident to Shuuichi, who says that his father has been acting weird lately. Shuuichi reveals his rising desire to leave the town with Kirie, saying that the town is infected with spirals.

But his father's obsession with the shape soon proves deadly, beginning a chain of horrific and unexplainable events that causes the residents of Kurouzu-cho to spiral into madness.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Jan 12, 1998 to Aug 30, 1999 | 19 chp | Publishing

Missing: Kamikakushi no Monogatari

Kouda, GakutoMutsuki, Lay 2024
Kyoichi Utsume, a.k.a. "His Majesty, Lord of Darkness," is a dark and compelling mystery, so much so that his fellow Literature Club members would rather discuss him than books! When "His Majesty" vanishes in front of their very eyes, his friends are left with several unanswered questions: what is the source of Kyoichi's long-standing obsession with the "other side"? And just who is Ayame, the eerily ghostlike girl Kyoichi brought to school as his girlfriend the day before he disappeared?

(Source: Tokyopop)
2003 | 12 chp | Publishing