Psychological Anime List

Death Note

Death note

“Death Note” is a gripping psychological thriller that revolves around a high school student named Light Yagami who stumbles upon a mysterious notebook. This notebook, the Death Note, has the power to kill anyone whose name is written in it. Driven by a desire to rid the world of criminals, Light embarks on a morally complex journey that delves deep into the human psyche.

Total Seasons: 1,
Total Episodes: 37

Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass

Set in a dystopian future, “Psycho-Pass” introduces a society where individuals’ psychological states are monitored through a system that predicts criminal behavior. The story follows Enforcers who apprehend potential criminals, raising profound questions about free will, morality, and the consequences of a surveillance state.

Total Seasons: 3 (including sequel series and movies),
Total Episodes: Over 50 episodes and several movies

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

“Neon Genesis Evangelion” is a mecha series that goes far beyond giant robots and battles. It delves into the complex minds of its characters, exploring themes of existentialism and the emotional struggles of teenagers tasked with saving the world from mysterious entities known as Angels.

Total Seasons: 1 (plus movies and an ongoing Rebuild series),
Total Episodes: 26 episodes in the original series

Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

Directed by Satoshi Kon, “Paranoia Agent” is a psychological thriller that unravels the psychological effects of fear and paranoia. In a city terrorized by a mysterious attacker, the series explores the inner demons and anxieties of its characters.

Total Seasons: 1,
Total Episodes: 13

Monster

Monster

“Monster” tells the story of a brilliant surgeon named Dr. Kenzo Tenma, who becomes entangled in a gripping psychological and moral dilemma. When he saves the life of a young psychopathic killer, he sets out on a journey to stop the consequences of his actions, navigating themes of morality, ethics, and the human psyche.

Total Seasons: 1,
Total Episodes: 74

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

“Perfect Blue” is a psychological thriller that blurs the lines between reality and illusion. It follows the life of a pop idol who decides to pursue acting, only to find herself trapped in a nightmarish world of obsession and identity crisis.

Total Seasons: 1 (movie),
Total Episodes: 1 (movie)

Paprika

Paprika

Directed by Satoshi Kon, “Paprika” is an animated film that explores the boundaries between dreams and reality. In a visually stunning and psychologically captivating tale, it presents a world where a device allows therapists to enter the dreams of their patients, leading to mind-bending consequences.

Total Seasons: 1 (movie),
Total Episodes: 1 (movie)

Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate

“Steins;Gate” is a science fiction anime filled with psychological elements. It follows a group of friends who inadvertently discover time travel. As they unravel the mysteries of temporal paradoxes, the series delves into the psychological and ethical consequences of their actions.

Total Seasons: 1,
Total Episodes: 24 (plus a movie and sequel series)

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

“Serial Experiments Lain” is a cyberpunk anime that challenges the nature of reality, consciousness, and the internet. It’s a complex and thought-provoking series that explores themes of identity, isolation, and the blurring lines between the physical and digital worlds.

Total Seasons: 1,
Total Episodes: 13

Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

Magical Girl Madoka Magica

What appears to be a typical magical girl anime takes a dark turn in “Madoka Magica.” It explores the psychological toll of being a magical girl, as the characters grapple with profound moral choices and the consequences of their powers.

Total Seasons: 1,
Total Episodes: 12 (plus a movie)

These anime series provide intricate narratives and thought-provoking themes that delve deep into the human psyche, making them captivating and intellectually stimulating.

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