In the breakthrough horror anime Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, Akira Tendo and his friends are full of optimism and determination to live, but are powerless against zombie hordes. While action-horror heroes take down monsters with every weapon, Akira and his teammates find themselves in a humorous zombie-horror game that emphasizes the characters’ spiritual growth rather than their struggle for survival.
Zom 100’s heroes focus on enjoying post-apocalyptic life more than anything else, setting the series apart from other horror films. There are many other anime that take a creative approach to the horror genre. While some of them have the same comedy elements that characterize the Zom 100, the majority of them are horror throughout.
10 Is This A Zombie?
Once, Ayumu Aikawa was an ordinary but helpless boy. After a clash with a serial killer, a necromancer, and a magical girl, he enters a new life as a zombie magical boy. Using his new powers, he protects Japan from monsters and villains.
Ayumu may not look like a typical zombie, and seeing him try to fight makes it clear that he doesn’t look like a normal magical boy either. While he is immortal and possesses super strength, he is frequently overwhelmed and torn to pieces by his opponents. He’s not even safe from his own powers, as the magical boy’s many abilities harm his body.
When the sleepy little town of Sotoba is overrun with vampire-like creatures called “shiki,” locals face gruesome outcomes. Sotoba’s youth may hate their hometown and want to get out, but to survive, they must team up with the town doctor and find a way to defeat the shiki.
Adapted from the novel and manga of the same name, Shiki is a chilling thriller that takes time to build up its atmosphere. Like the creature’s best traits, it offers a gripping mystery before revealing the true abilities of the newcomers to Sotoba. Like Zom 100’s Shizuka, its characters do their best to respond intelligently and rationally to the supernatural horrors surrounding them.
8 Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack
There are no human heroes in Junji Ito’s horror stories, at least not in the sense of those who defeat ghosts and monsters. Much of Ito’s works are explorations of the most disturbing aspect of the supernatural world, where people feel trapped in nightmares that take on a truly terrifying form.
One of the few anime adaptations of Ito’s work is Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack, based on his 2001 manga. Tadashi and Kaori are living their lives for one moment, and the next moment they’re on the run from terrible fish monsters born from a mix of cyborgs and contagious bioweapon. The worst thing a zombie can do is eat someone, but being caught by these mutant machines is an even worse fate.
7 ghost hunts
Joined by Kazuya “Naru” Shibuya’s paranormal investigation team, budding psychic Mai Taniyama quickly realizes that the world isn’t what she thought it was. Ghosts lurk in the most unexpected places in the world, and it’s Naru’s team’s mission to find and chase them away. In their work, they face the most terrifying ghosts in anime.
Like the group of friends that Akira builds as he enters his new life, the paranormal investigation team includes a number of unique personalities. From Australian priest John to shrine maiden Ayako, Mai makes some very colorful new friends.
6 Resident Evil: Degeneration
Usually, zombie fiction is split fairly evenly between survival horror and action horror, and Resident Evil falls into the latter category. If an anime fan finishes watching Zom 100 and finds that their thirst for comedy has been satisfied, but their thirst for zombies remains, it might be time to switch genres. The popular video game series has had several animated adaptations, starting with Degeneracy.
The film follows Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield who are still struggling to save people from infected people after the end of Resident Evil 4. Although it was made in CGI rather than hand-drawn, it is no less anime than Zom. 100. Movies share the same production studio – Digital Frontier – with many of the best films by director Mamoru Hosoda.
5 Zombie Lands Saga
Everything Sakura Minamoto ever wanted to be an idol. She got her wish after being turned into a zombie and enlisted in an idol group full of zombies. Their manager, Kotaro Tatsumi, is visionary and has clearly never heard of chilling out, and the girls are driven with everything they have to stardom.
Zombie Land Saga matches the humor of Zom 100. Kotaro is only half of it: all the zombie girls, with different pasts and personalities, play together well when they are together and all entertain themselves as the focus of an episode. Small inconveniences, such as their undead disintegrating, did not disappoint them at all.
4 high schools of the dead
In Highschool of the Dead, the students at Fujimi High School are trapped in their high school by a horde of zombies, and they quickly fall as they struggle to survive the zombies and each other. . When the main cast escapes from their high school and begins to see rubble outside, they are forced to do whatever they can to try to get to safety.
After witnessing his teacher and best friend being swallowed alive, Highschool of the Dead’s protagonist, Takashi Komuro, is never the same. He falls far behind his companions in terms of combat training, but what he lacks in strength, he makes up for with empathy for others and an absolute determination to survive.
Relieved from his exploits, Zom 100’s Akira faces the zombie apocalypse with boundless joy and energy. However, for all his weird priorities, he at least realized the reality of his situation. The same cannot be said for Yuki Takeya, a proud member of the School Activities Club.
In one of the most shocking episodes in the anime, it was revealed that the club doesn’t live at school full time for fun. Their entire city has been overrun by zombies, and the girls are fighting against the undead outside and protecting what’s left of Yuki’s fragile sanity. Yuki’s high-energy personality is how she copes: in her world, there are no zombies and no death – only joy and happiness.
2 Black Butler: Book Of The Atlantic
Black Butler largely lacks an overall plot, with each installment placing Ciel and Sebastian in a variety of situations. Some are merely criminals, and many are supernatural; The plot of an evil doctor aboard the Campania combines the two. Trapped on an ocean liner miles away from safety, Ciel and his crew must fend off an onslaught of newly resurrected zombies.
The undead are just as terrifying as any of the demons on the show, morphing into unbelievable shapes and screaming mindlessly as they lunge at their victims. However, the surprise star of this arc is Elizabeth Midford. A controversial character initially, Lizzy is revealed to be an adept swordswoman who conceals her skills to preserve the image of herself she wants to show Ciel. However, protecting him is her top priority, and she kills zombies like a pro.
1 attack on Titan
From the very first episode, Attack on Titan emphasized that humans are powerless against the terrible Titans. These giant creatures roam the earth mindlessly, cannibals en masse. Even humanity’s means of defense, the Survey Corps, had to contend with mighty monsters.
Although the Survey Corps has a morbidly high mortality rate, those who choose to participate are dedicated to expanding humanity’s reach and refuse to accept confinement. Between the action and the gore, the film has a surprising amount of legitimate comedy, though less and less as the story progresses. Like Zom 100, this series also focuses heavily on the psychology of the characters and their inner workings.
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Deadhas a unique sense of humor about both zombies and survival horror. There are many cartoons that fans of Akira’s misguided adventures may enjoy, ranging from carefree comedies to reckless action scenes to flee from deadly monsters, and this list of animated horror movies is a great place to start.