The most gruesome deaths in Anime.

Spoiler alert!! This article contains spoilers for each series.

Before we get started, a few rules: 1) There can only be one entry per series, so we don’t just fill this list with Another or Blood-C deaths. 2) No black screen cutaways, we must actually see the death. 3) No Corpse Party, that series is a Nope incarnate (and I’m too wimpy to subject myself to that series. 4) They are in no particular order and 1 isn’t better than 10. Now with all the rules out of the way let’s get started. Here are the Top 10 most gruesome deaths in Anime:

10. Shiki – Tractor Death

The story is about a small town in rural Japan named Sotoba. Where a series of bizarre deaths occur, coinciding with the arrival of the Kirishiki family, who has just moved into a castle built on the outskirts. Toshio Ozaki, dean of the only hospital in Sotoba, begins to investigate, and discovers there are supernatural presences at work. Namely vampires, who are called Shiki, which translates to English as “corpse demon”. Megumi Shimizu as a Shiki is attempting to leave the village of Sotoba, but is captured by villagers when she is distracted by what appears to be her crush Natsuno Yuuki at the bus stop, out of the village.

9. Another – Umbrella Scene

In 1972, Misaki, a popular student of Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3, suddenly died partway through the school year. Devastated by the loss, the students and teacher behaved like Misaki was still alive, leading to a strange presence on the graduation photo. In Spring 1998, Kōichi Sakakibara transfers into Yomiyama’s class 3-3, where he meets Mei Misaki, a quiet student whom their classmates and teacher seemingly ignore. The class is soon caught up in a strange phenomenon, in which students and their relatives begin to die in often gruesome ways. Realizing that these deaths are related to the “Misaki of 1972”, a yearly calamity that has struck most every class 3-3 since 1972, Kōichi and Mei seek to figure out how to stop it before it kills any more of their classmates, or them. Sakuragi Yukari leaves the classroom and gets her umbrella. She is about to leave, but sees that both Koichi Sakakibara and Mei Misaki standing where she intended to go. In response, she runs the other direction, leading to the stairs. Where she slips, and is impaled through the throat by her umbrella.

8. Blood-C – Deadly Splits

Peaceful schoolgirl by day, fearsome monster slayer by night, Saya Kisaragi is leading a split life. Equipped with a ceremonial sword given to her by her father for sacred tasks, she vanquishes every monster who dares threaten her quiet little village. But all too soon, Saya’s reality and everything she believes to be true is tested, when she overhears the monsters speak of a broken covenant – something she knows nothing about. And then, unexpectedly, a strange dog appears. The dog asks her to whom she promised to protect the village, curious as to what would happen if she were to break that promise. Tormented by unexplainable visions, and her world unravelling around her, we travel with Saya through her struggle to find a way to the truth, in a village where nothing is as it seems. The big secret is revealed to Saya. Saya’s whole life in the village has been a lie, she is taking part in a huge Truman Show-esque reality TV show. She wasn’t supposed to find out however, and so the producer of the show terminates the actors who told her.

7. Hellsing Ultimate – Yumie Shredded

There exist creatures of darkness and evil that plague the night, devouring any human unfortunate enough to be caught in their grasp. On the other side is Hellsing, an organization dedicated to destroying these supernatural forces that threaten the very existence of humanity. At its head is Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a powerful military and spends her life fighting the undead. Integra’s vast army, however, pales in comparison with her ultimate weapon: the vampire Alucard, who works against his own kind as an exterminator for Hellsing. With his new vampire servant, Seras Victoria, at his side, Alucard must battle not only monsters but all those who stand to oppose Hellsing, be they in the guise of good or evil. In a battle for mankind’s survival, Hellsing Ultimate proves that appearances are not all they may seem, and sometimes the greatest weapon can come in the form of one’s worst nightmare. Walter destroyed Alexander Anderson as he lay on the brink of death, Yumie charges to avenge her fallen leader only to be cut into bits instead.

6. Elfen Lied – Lucy’s Escape

Lucy is a special breed of human referred to as “Diclonius”, born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that lands her as a victim of inhumane scientific experimentation by the government. However, once circumstances present her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by the confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors.

During her breakout, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child possessing limited speech capacity. In this state of instability, she stumbles upon two college students, Kouta, and his cousin Yuka, who unknowingly take an injured fugitive into their care, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will change their lives, as they soon find themselves dragged into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy.

The first time we meet Lucy, one of the guards holding her captive messes up. As she escapes, Lucy brutally murders everyone.

Warning: contains female nudity.

5. Magical Girl – Rising Project

For many individuals in N-City, playing the popular social role-playing game Magical Girl Raising Project, is as close as they could come to being a real magical girl. However, for some rare players, that dream can become a reality. One such girl is Koyuki Himekawa, who receives a notification one night that she has been selected to become a magical girl, her in-game avatar: Snow White.

As Koyuki and other chosen players in the city begin helping those in need, they all receive yet another notification. The admins have decided that they want to reduce the number of magical girls. Whoever collects the least amount of Magical Candies – which are awarded for their magical girl activities – in their competition each week will lose their powers. But when a real-world tragedy happens to the first player that drops out, they are shown the repercussions of losing their abilities. As more participants inevitably lose the competition, and more twisted rules are added, the girls soon realize that their “contest” is actually a desperate fight for survival.

Snow White finds herself trapped between Alice and a hard place when magicaloid44 beheads her. Only to die herself.

4. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – Nami should have quit while she was ahead.

Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are regular middle school girls with regular lives. All that changes when they encounter Kyuubey, a cat-like magical familiar, and Homura Akemi, the new transfer student.

Kyuubey offers them a proposition: he will grant any one of their wishes, and in exchange, they will each become a magical girl, gaining enough power to fulfil their dreams. However, Homura Akemi, a magical girl herself, urges them not to accept the offer, stating that everything is not what it seems.

A story of hope, despair, and friendship, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica deals with the difficulties of being a magical girl and the price one has to pay to make a dream come true.

3. Parasyte the Maxim – Bad Day to be a Yakuza

All of a sudden, they arrived: parasitic aliens that descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. These insatiable beings acquire full control of their host and are able to morph into a variety of forms in order to feed on unsuspecting prey.

Sixteen-year-old high school student Shinichi Izumi falls victim to one of these parasites, but it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to relocate, the parasite, now named Migi, has no choice but to rely on Shinichi in order to stay alive. Thus, the pair is forced into an uneasy coexistence and must defend themselves from hostile parasites that hope to eradicate this new threat to their species.

Gatou, a parasite that stole the body of a bodybuilder, takes on the yakuza to test his new body and limits to a bloody conclusion.

2. Overlord who doesn’t like hugs

The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has come. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his last few moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. To his surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight, Momonga is still fully conscious as his character, and moreover, the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own!

Confronted with this abnormal situation, Momonga commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, with the hopes of figuring out what has caused this development, and if there may be others in the same predicament.

Ainz has uncovered the evil sadistic Clementine who accidentally interfered with his plans by killing his teammates, it ends about the same as one would expect.

1. Legend of the Legendary heroes – Hahahahaha

“Alpha Stigma” are known to be eyes that can analyse all types of magic. However, they are more infamously known as cursed eyes that can only bring destruction and death to others.

Ryner Lute, a talented mage, and also an Alpha Stigma bearer, was once a student of the Roland Empire’s Magician Academy. An elite school dedicated to training magicians for military purposes. However, after many of his classmates died in a war, he makes an oath to make the nation a more orderly and peaceful place, with fellow survivor and best friend, Sion Astal.

Now that Sion is the king of Roland, he orders Ryner to search for useful relics that will aid the nation. Together with Ferris Eris, a beautiful and highly skilled swordswoman, Ryner goes on a journey to search for relics of legendary heroes from the past, and also uncover the secrets behind his cursed eyes.

When you know a power or curse is bad when awakened, the best thing to do is not taunt the one possessing it. This is what some nobody idiots find out the hard way, after killing and violating Ryner Lute’s friends and comrades.