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tv Gankutsuou
Gankutsuou
<p>Gankutsuou is an anime loosely based on the novel </p><p> by Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of Albert Morcerf, a young aristocrat who happens to befriend a wealthy nobleman, The Count of Monte Cristo, through a series of bizarre events. Fascinated by the Count's charm, Albert invites him to meet his friends and family, all of whom happen to be part of the upper class society of Paris, France. Unfortunately, little does Albert realize that the Count has ulterior motives in mind.</p><p> [Written by MAL Rewrite]</p>
fall 2004 •
finished airing
• 8.2/10
#mystery #drama #thriller #sci-fi
tv Mousou Dairinin
Mousou Dairinin
<p>An elementary school kid dubbed with the title "shounen bat" or "lil slugger" has been going around attacking people with his bent, golden bat. Now, two detectives are investigating so they can stop this kid from making any more attacks, but they will find out soon enough... that this case is much more than they expected. </p><p> (Source: ANN)</p>
winter 2004 •
finished airing
• 7.72/10
#mystery #drama #police #psychological #thriller #dementia
tv Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai
Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai
<p>While mahjong is a game that is often played with family and friends, it is also a game that is played in the darkest corners of society. Nangou is a compulsive gambler who has accumulated debt over three million yen. In a last ditch attempt to clear his record, he decides to wager his life on a game of mahjong with the mafia. Unfortunately, as the game progresses, Nangou only moves further from the prize and closer to death.</p><p> When all hope seems lost, the game parlor is suddenly intruded upon by Shigeru Akagi, a young boy on the run from the police. Desperate to turn the game around, Nangou hands the game over to Akagi after teaching him a few of the rules. The mafia can only smirk as Akagi sits down to play. However, they soon come to learn that Akagi is a natural-born gambler. An imposing figure who does not fear death. One who is destined to become a legend.</p><p> [Written by MAL Rewrite]</p>
fall 2005 •
finished airing
• 7.98/10
#game #psychological #thriller #seinen
tv Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
<p>After moving into the quiet town of Hinamizawa, Maebara Keiichi spends his days blissfully in school often playing games with his local friends. However, appearances can be deceiving. One fateful day, Keiichi stumbles upon news of a murder that had occurred in Hinamizawa. From this point on, horrific events unfold in front of Keiichi, as he soon learns his close friends may not be all that they seem. Based on the amateur mystery game by 07th Expansion, the story is told in a series of different scenarios. </p>
spring 2006 •
finished airing
• 8.06/10
#mystery #horror #psychological #thriller #dementia
movie Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko
Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko
<p>Shurannosuke Sakaki is a masterless samurai with a razor-sharp katana and a cold-hearted personality. Whenever you see the mark of two crossed scythes on his back, death is sure to follow. Because of his exceptional swordsmanship, Shurannosuke is hired by the Nakura Clan to rescue Princess Mayu from the Seki Ninja. In this mission, he must use his full potential to survive the Seki Ninja's notorious henchmen. </p><p> (Source: ANN)</p>
fall 1990 •
finished airing
• 4.86/10
#action #historical #thriller
tv Death Note
Death Note
A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim's face and write their victim's name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.

High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal's name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.

With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]
fall 2006 •
finished airing
• 8.66/10
#mystery #police #psychological #thriller
tv Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

Continuing from the first series, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai begins to shed some light on the dark mysteries prevalent in the preceding season. The young group of friends in the town of Hinamizawa continue to enter terrible conflicts with one another in their never ending summer of 1983, often ending with the brutal murder of one of their numbers. Furude Rika, with the help of her spiritual friend Hanyuu, tackles challenges over and over, trying her best to keep their lives from coming to a tragic end. With no end to the torture in sight, Rika must call upon the bonds of friendship and trust among her friends to discover the true villain of this eternal June.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

summer 2007 •
finished airing
• 8.31/10
#mystery #psychological #thriller
movie Paprika
Paprika
<p>In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the "DC Mini" it is able to act as a "dream detective" to enter into people's dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced psychiatric technology, one of the prototypes is stolen, sending the research facility into an uproar. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the device could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer's personality while they are asleep. Renowned scientist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, enters the dream world under her exotic alter-ego, code name "PAPRIKA," in an attempt to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention.</p><p> (Source: ANN)</p>
fall 2006 •
finished airing
• 8.1/10
#mystery #fantasy #horror #psychological #thriller #sci-fi
tv Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon
Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon
<p>The dark-haired bishounen is Sakon Tachibana, a puppeteer, and the other is Ukon, his favorite puppet and best friend. Sakon is the (only) grandson of Saemon Tachibana, a national treasure of Japan famous for his manipulation of Bunraku puppets. Ukon is a child doll puppet made in the early Meiji era by the famous female dollmaker Unosuke. Together they run into murders and solve them.</p><p> (Source: AnimeNfo)</p>
winter 2000 •
finished airing
• 7.48/10
#mystery #horror #thriller #shounen
tv Shion no Ou
Shion no Ou
<p>Shion no Ou follows the story of Yasuoka Shion, a 13-year-old Shougi player with a past of tragedy. Shion's parents were brutally murdered in front of her when she was 5 years old. The murderer sat down with her and challenged her to a game of Shougi, after telling her that if she wanted to stay alive she should forget how to speak, and forget what happened that night. </p><p> Now Shion has entered the realm of female pro Kishi, mute but strong. As her playing gathers more and more attention, so do the questions about her past and the brutal murder she witnessed. Shion's memories slowly come back, and the mystery begins to unravel, thread by thread. </p>
fall 2007 •
finished airing
• 7.61/10
#mystery #drama #game #thriller
movie Kara no Kyoukai 1: Fukan Fuukei
Kara no Kyoukai 1: Fukan Fuukei

September 1998: In the city where Shiki lives, something triggers a spate of mysterious schoolgirl suicides. The connection between the girls who've leapt to their deaths is unclear, although all of them have jumped from the Fujou Building, a skyscraper scheduled to be demolished.

(Source: Aniplex USA)

fall 2007 •
finished airing
• 7.71/10
#action #mystery #thriller
ova Sanctuary
Sanctuary
<p>Two Japanese survivors of the Khmer Rouge massacres in Cambodia vow to find a sanctuary, even if they have to build it themselves. Returning to Japan, they take seemingly opposite paths: one becomes a politician, the other a gangster. </p><p> As Asami and Hojo work through the linked worlds of politics and crime in modern Japan, they don't hesitate to do anything necessary to secure their own positions and stay true to their vow. Loyal to no one else, they find their friendship increasingly tested as they rise in their chosen fields.</p><p> (Source: ANN)</p>
spring 1996 •
finished airing
• 6.4/10
#action #drama #police #thriller #seinen
special Death Note Rewrite
Death Note Rewrite
<p>1. Genshisuru Kami (Visions of a God)</p><p> A two hour episode of Death Note, mainly a compilation of the confrontations between Light and L, re-edited from Ryuk's perspective with new dialogue and soundtrack along with additional animation that could not be included in the original series. An Unnamed Shinigami comes to Ryuk to question him about his new story in the human world.</p><p> 2. L o Tsugu Mono (L's Successors)</p><p> This story continues where the previous left off, continuing the story of Light. As the previous special told Light and L's battles, this story does the same with the conflicts between Light, Mello, and Near. </p><p> (Source: Wikipedia)</p>
summer 2007 •
finished airing
• 7.79/10
#mystery #police #psychological #thriller
tv Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
<p>Kaiji Itou is a drifting deadbeat who releases his frustration with life through vandalism. One day he learns that by unthinkingly co-signing on a former workmate's shady loan he has made himself liable for a crippling amount of compound interest.</p><p> The debt collectors offer Kaiji a deal: rather than slaving to pay off the loan for decades, he can take part in a special competition and clear it all in one night. This is his entry into a series of fiendish underground gambles. </p><p> Kaiji soon develops an unexpected knack for high-pressure strategy and mindgames. But he's trapped in a world where each seemingly simple game has hidden depths, where the rich pit the poor against each other for their own amusement, and where a single misstep can mean disfigurement or death. As the stakes rise higher and his fellow debtors are eliminated one by one, will Kaiji be cunning enough to escape, or even take some measure of revenge on the criminals exploiting him?</p>
fall 2007 •
finished airing
• 8.31/10
#game #psychological #thriller #seinen
ova Kizuoibito
Kizuoibito
<p>Yuko Kusaka is a Japanese journalist sent to Brazil to do a report on the gold rush phenomenon that seems to be making many people rich from night to day. Rumors say that among the many "garimpeiros" (gold diggers) currently on the Amazon forest, there is a Japanese known as Rio Baraki. Reaching their destination, her crew member is promptly attacked and she is raped as a warning to stop their work and return immediately to their home country. Determined to do her job, she stays and finds out from the attacker that he is none other than Baraki, a white haired muscular man with a large scar on his back. Later she discovers that his real name is Keisuke Ibaraki. Once a promising quarterback, he ended up falsely incriminated by a powerful organization known as GPX.</p><p> (Source: ANN)</p>
summer 1986 •
finished airing
• 4.75/10
#action #adventure #thriller #seinen
tv Shigofumi
Shigofumi
<p>When someone dies, what should their final words be? Words that couldn't be said while still alive—of love, hate, hope, regret, or perhaps words without any importance. These words are sent through letters called "shigofumi" from the recently deceased to the living. Mikawa Fumika is a mail carrier of these shigofumi, delivering them alongside staff and her partner Kanaka. However, there must be something more behind Fumika's silent exterior; shigofumi mail carriers are deceased humans with the same appearance they had just before death. Despite this, Fumika is still aging...</p><p> [Written by MAL Rewrite]</p>
winter 2008 •
finished airing
• 7.54/10
#drama #fantasy #psychological #thriller
ova Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

The endless cycle of murders has been broken and Rika is finally able to settle down for a normal life with her friends. However, she is involved in a traffic accident and wakes up in a world where everything is different. A world where no one commited the sins that shaped them into the persons they are. It's up to Rika to discover the truth behind this world and whether or not it truly is perfect.

summer 2009 •
finished airing
• 7.51/10
#comedy #mystery #thriller #psychological
movie Kara no Kyoukai 2: Satsujin Kousatsu (Zen)
Kara no Kyoukai 2: Satsujin Kousatsu (Zen)
<p>March 1995: Mikiya Kokutou meets a girl who has a mysterious gaze and falls in love with her. That April, he's reunited with her at his high school entrance ceremony. The girl's name is Shiki Ryougi. Meanwhile, the city has been rattled by a series of bizarre murders. There are no known links between victims, and the motive is unclear. An astonishing secret awaits Mikiya, but he doesn't find out until three years later...</p><p> (Source: Aniplex USA)</p>
fall 2007 •
finished airing
• 7.92/10
#action #mystery #romance #thriller
movie Kara no Kyoukai 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu
Kara no Kyoukai 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu
<p>July 1998: One night, Mikiya helps a girl lying doubled over with stomach pains. Around that time, a number of dismembered bodies are found throughout the city. The murder victims are torn apart so badly that they don't seem like the work of a human.</p><p> (Source: Aniplex USA)</p>
winter 2008 •
finished airing
• 8.13/10
#action #mystery #drama #thriller
tv Golgo 13
Golgo 13
<p>Golgo 13 has been called a Japanese counterpart to James Bond, except with a darker character, a much more hardcore attitude towards sex, and a complete lack of morality. Golgo 13 is described as a mystery man of undetermined origin, possibility being at least part Japanese, who takes any assignment for any employer (it has been said he has worked for the CIA and the KGB) as long as the right price is given and will always fulfill his contracts, even if he has two or more opposing contracts at the same time. He is an uncanny sharpshooter, with near 100% accuracy and capable of lethal trick shooting, and regularly uses a customized, scoped M-16 rifle in his assassinations. He also is a heavy smoker of cigars. </p><p> (Source: Wikipedia)</p>
spring 2008 •
finished airing
• 7.58/10
#action #adventure #drama #thriller #seinen
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