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5 Anime Series Perfect for the Halloween Season
Every year during October people like to immerse themselves in macabre entertainment to put them in the mood for the culminating holiday of the month. As Halloween is rapidly approaching, I decided to make a list of 5 anime series perfect for the Halloween season. As an added bonus, aside from one series, all of the listed series are pretty short, coming in at no more than 12 episodes per series. This list is in alphabetical order, and not in order of preference. So with that said, let’s get started.
In 1972 tragedy rocked a rural Japanese middle school class when a well loved honor student suddenly dies. To cope with the shock of the loss, the student’s classmates decide to carry on as if nothing had happened after another student pointed at their empty desk and said they were still there. We then fast forward 26 years to 1998 when a boy named Sakakibara Kouichi transfers to the class. Kouichi is quickly pulled deep into a creepy mystery surrounding the supposed curse that has afflicted this class every year since the honor student died. The curse in question? If the roster for the class has an uneven amount of people on it, every month until the end of the school year at least one person in the class or related to someone in the class dies a horrible death. Another is a very compelling mystery that will leave you guessing until the final minutes of the last episode.
Dance in the Vampire Bund
After hiding in the shadows for millennia the princess of all vampires, Mina Tepes, decides she wants things to change. Using the vast wealth she has accrued over the ages, Mina pays off Japan’s gross national debt and gains the authority to create a special district off of Japan’s coast called the Vampire Bund. The intent of the Vampire Bund is to provide a safe haven for the world’s vampires. However, not all of the vampires are keen on Mina wanting to make their existence known to humanity, and thus terrorists and assassins alike put the princess in their crosshairs. Unfortunately for them, Mina has a loyal protector in form of Akira, a teenage werewolf with some amnesia about his true nature. While it doesn’t bring a lot of new things to vampire stories in terms of general premise, Dance in the Vampire Bund does a pretty good job at studying the concept of vampires, such as what their near immortality entails.
Hellsing is a secret organization within the British government tasked with fighting the creatures of the night to help keep the people safe. The organization is helmed by Integra Wingates Hellsing, a descendant of the famous slayer of Dracula, Abraham Van Helsing. Integra’s ace in the hole is Alucard, a very old and powerful vampire. Aiding Alucard is Integra’s mysterious and lethal butler Walter C. Dornez and Alucard’s newly acquired vampire minion Seras Victoria. The trio has to face off against not only undead ghouls and vampires, but also Iscariot, the Vatican’s own personal anti-supernatural organization, as well as Millennium, the supernatural last battalion of the Third Reich. The Hellsing franchise is one of the premier vampire series in anime and Hellsing Ultimate is the definitive animated entry in the franchise, following the manga much more closely than the original anime did.
Highschool of the Dead
One day while attending school, Takashi Komuro is ditching class on the roof when he sees a shocking sight, a bloodied and sickly man stumbles up to the school gates and bites one of the teachers who approach him. The teacher seemingly dies and then rapidly reanimates, biting another teacher who was holding them. Thus begins the mysterious zombie invasion that has swamped not only Japan, but the whole world. Takashi manages to escape the school with the school nurse and four other students. The six of them try to stay alive as they pick up other survivors on their trek to find any form of safe haven. Nothing is more connected with Halloween currently than zombies. While Highschool of the Dead is nowhere near as deep or thought provoking as something like The Walking Dead, it still features plenty of sweet, sweet zombie killing.
Soul Eater revolves around three pairs of weapon meisters and their human weapon partners as they attend the Shibusen, a school created by the Grim Reaper for meisters and weapons located in Death City. The goal of these pairs is to turn the weapons into Death Scythes by collecting the souls of 99 evil humans and the soul of a single witch. When not gathering the requisite souls, the three pairs, as well as a few other pairs of meisters and weapons have to help defend not only Death City, but the entire world by battling powerful creatures and witches. While not truly a horror series like the other four series on this list, Soul Eater still succeeds in setting a Halloween mood by having Death City and many of the characters look like they could have been plucked straight from The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Halloween Town.
So there you have it, some suggestions for anime series to watch to help put you in the mood for Halloween.