Shows best known for depicting horrendously despicable cruelty have served as the topic of this new ranking, which has voters compiling the anime they believe to have been the most traumatizing – with an older film managing to surpass even the horrifying Shingeki no Kyojin.

The ranking:

1. Grave of the Fireflies


2. Warau Salesman


3. Shingeki no Kyojin


4. School Days


5. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni


6. Neon Genesis Evangelion


7. Gakkou Gurashi


8. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica


9. Densetsu Kyojin Ideon


10. Blood-C


11. Bokurano

12. Jigoku Shoujo

13. Hell Teacher Nube

14. Gakko no Kowai Uwasa Hanako-chan ga Kita!!

15. Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi

16. Gamba no Boken

17. 5 Centimeters per Second

18. Berserk

19. Spirited Away

20. Another

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    Comment by No Name
    01:00 03/08/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    why is a comedy like Blood C on this list?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Wait, aren't these all comedies?

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    Comment by Erranty
    07:00 04/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't say Berserk is a comedy, just the outtakes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:22 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think they are trolling us. Nube can get scary, but traumatizing? no way!
    Also Shingeki no Kyojin is not traumatizing? i think Shiki is way more disturbing than SNK. it can be gory and violent but for traumatizing you need Berserker levels where evn horses rape!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shiki definitely deserves a stop on the list, just for the malice episodes alone. Those were pretty mean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:22 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A better questi9n is, how is SnK traumatizing at all? They're just shoehorning it for the sake of it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I assume people were traumatized by its horrible, horrible pace. The amount of time that show would waste in order to stretch out every episode was truly traumatizing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If horrible pace is traumatizing, then Berserk would be at 1st place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Existence itself is traumatizing. Life is here only for pain. Every day is an agonizing trek through despair and madness. Not to mention having to go to work.

    Death is sweet, and comes not soon enough. But in that sleep of death what dreams might come, must give one pause.... **what if it gets worse**.

    (I can write scarier stuff than damn near any anime. I just let the horrible truth spill out, and the screaming starts again...)

    Comment by Anonymous

    Daily reminder: just the existence of this shit is traumatizing enough

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    its such a bad anime that its traumatizing ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Blood C is only comedy if you think massacres are funny.

    Yeah yeah, Spoiler-Alert. The last episode concludes with a needless massacre. Because fuck actually writing a plot. Lazy pieces of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good question... I started thinking Blood was an otome harem series that was just borrowing the name when I saw the series.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    A bored comedy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because it's "new" enough that people can list generic soap opera like crap and shock value stuff instead of other ones...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)


    What?! Game of thrones isnt on this list.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You guys must have forgotten about those beasts skewering people and eating them D:

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    Comment by Kyubey
    10:33 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    What are you talking about? Thats the biggest reason WHY Blood-C is a comedy. Don't tell me you've never sat down with that scene playing with that benny hill comedic chase music playing... thats the best part, laughing your ass off as the people are running around, and being blended.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 05/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Benny Hill was a genius, a true master of his craft!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 04/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do not disrespect Benny Hill chase music.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 04/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's be honnest pretty much any chasing scene in any production becomes funny with a benny hill chase music

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 04/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess you're an entry-level viewer. You didn't participate in the survey for this list, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    5 Centimeters per Second ? Traumatised by not getting laid?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:10 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL but the MC got laid. He had a girlfriend, but was still yearning for his first love.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, its more of you having wasted your life, when surfer girl is best girl, waiting for someone that had already moved on with life.

    Also, you, the audience, also wasting 1.5 hours hoping for a happy ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:38 06/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Also, you, the audience, also wasting 1.5 hours hoping for a happy ending."

    You got me there.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:12 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gen Urobuchi!?

    JK I've heard of Barefoot Gen, haven't seen it though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    no claymore :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Top lists are the most effective clickbait. People demand the lists to reflect their tastes, and when they inevitably don't they start rageposting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    How on earth... is Elfen Lied not ranked #1. I've seen a lot of anime, but Elfen Lied... it LITERALLY traumatized me, I'm not joking for a whole week my eyes went dead and I felt all weird and like I didn't know what to do with myself and ended up just spacing out most of the time till I snapped out of it, yes, a full week later. Happened to a friend of mine too so it wasn't just me.

    No other media has ever had such an impact on me and if that's not #1 traumatizing anime deserving, I don't know what is. Somehow... it's not even on the top 20, wtf.

    Also, has none of these fuckers seen Tokyo Magnitude 8.0? I mean it might not have had as profound an effect on me, but to this day that one is the only fiction I ever saw that made me literally cry like a baby. I mean I get teary eyed all the time, sometimes one of them flows, but when I saw this one I was actually full on crying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. Tokyo Magnitude is a good one. Fucking depressing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, they could better do list of traumatizing manga, it would be very nice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Gintoki?
    It's not as violent as most of these animes, but it still has some traumatizing deaths.

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    Comment by Larry
    10:05 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That travesty of a Rei pic is what's truly traumatizing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's by Mogudan. His early Rei doujins had more-or-less normal proportions, but somewhere along the way it became like what you see now. :O

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    What makes Grave of the Fireflies so raw is that Miyazaki actually did lose his kid sister just after the war to ilness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:58 05/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn I didn't know that, TY for info.
    Still didn't have the heart to finish watching Grave of Fireflies..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Higurashi and Berserk, thats all you need

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gakkou Gurashi killed me on the inside. What a depressing show.

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    Comment by SomeDuder
    22:18 04/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can somewhat understand Grave of the fireflies, since it depicts a real event which included plenty of innocent people losing their lives or relatives, but the rest of them are just... cartoons. Like... 5 cm/second? why the fuck

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 04/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cartoons > Traumatising? lmao.

    If you get emotionally upset by animation, you should kill yourself. The existence of emotional weebs in my real world... that.. is traumatising.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 05/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where is Corpse party and that hentai title based on Utatane's work, I think it was Countdown.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 06/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's a couple I agree with but quite a few I never saw. Someone else mentioned Code Geass which I totally agree with. But two that hit me were Zeta Gundam and Gantz. The second half of Gantz was garbage but that first half left me in a daze.

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    Comment by OneechanYamete
    17:12 09/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only thing on this list that somewhat affected me is School Days, not because of the gore but it hits rather close to home. Other than that, why are comedies like NGE, Blood C and Berserk here? lmao

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 04/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shingeki no kyojin? School days? Higurashi? Evangelion?
    Wow the dudes who made this ranking must be some pussies to be traumatized by those...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:55 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kite, Mezzo Forte...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 03/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man... that pic of Katsura is hot ;))))

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    Comment by darkjoe400
    12:28 04/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Grave of The Fireflies is probably one of the only movies that broke me emotionally. Still remember crying like a little bitch once the credits were rolling...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 04/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn~~ Katsura looks really hot ;))))

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