25 Best Ghost Anime & Paranormal Anime Series
Do you like ghost anime & Paranormal Anime series ? then you come to the right page of the web, Today, We are going to create a list of best ghost and paranormal anime series.
We all can agree on this that anime is a great way to escape from reality and sometimes its also help us to see our world with a different prospective but sometimes we want to remove our self even further from reality.
So here are some of the best ghost anime and paranormal anime series for you to enjoy.
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25. A Letter to Momo
This ghost anime start with the unexpected death of her father , 11-year-old Momo Miyaura leaves Tokyo with her mother and moves to an old remote island in Seto Inland Sea.
The only memento she has from her father is an unfinished letter with only two words inside: “Dear Momo”—along with her heart’s unrest from it. In the new and unfamiliar small town, Momo reluctantly tries to adjust to the outmoded wooden buildings, silent crop fields, and mysterious isolated shrines.
One day, while exploring the attic of her new home, she finds a worn out picture book about youkai. Following this discovery, strange things begin to happen around town, and Momo is greeted by the arrival of three troublesome youkai.
Momo e no Tegami tells the story of a young girl as she struggles to adapt to her bizarre new life and ultimately come to terms with her father’s mysterious letter.
24. Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress
In this ghost anime Kyokutei Bakin’s classic Japanese epic novel Nansou Satomi Hakkenden, eight samurai serve the Satomi clan during Japan’s tumultuous Sengoku (Warring States) era.
The Edo-era samurai are the reincarnations of the spirits that Princess Fuse mothered with a dog named Yatsufusa. In Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden, the female hunter Hamaji comes to her brother in order to hunt Fuse.
Thus, the karmic cycle of retribution that began long ago with the Satomi family begins anew.
23. Natsuyuki Rendezvous
This ghost anime is about Ryousuke Hazuki who is a young man whose heart has been stolen away, stopping by the local floral shop daily in order to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Rokka Shimao, the shop’s owner.
In hopes of getting close to her, he decides to get a part-time job at the shop, but before he is able to make his move, he runs into a major roadblock: in her apartment dwells a ghost who claims to be Rokka’s deceased husband. Atsushi Shimao has quietly watched over his widowed wife ever since he passed three years ago.
However, Hazuki is the first person to ever notice him, and the two quickly find themselves at odds: the jealous Shimao attempts to thwart the suitor’s advances and possess his body, while Hazuki simply wants the ghost to pass on for good, allowing Rokka to move on from the past and him to be with the one he loves.
As both men refuse to let go of their desires, an unusual relationship forms between a troubled woman, an unrelenting ghost, and a stubborn man in love.
In this ghost anime, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki passed away during the school year. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark secrets hidden deep within.
Twenty-six years later, 15-year-old Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North and soon after discovers that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students. He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious, eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki; however, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist.
Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Kouichi begins to get closer not only to her, but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 of Yomiyama North.
Another follows Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates as they are pulled into the enigma surrounding a series of inevitable, tragic events—but unraveling the horror of Yomiyama may just cost them the ultimate price.
21. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
This ghost anime is about Humans and demons who are two sides of the same coin, as are Assiah and Gehenna, their respective worlds. The only way to travel between the realms is by the means of possession, like in ghost stories .
However, Satan, the ruler of Gehenna, cannot find a suitable host to possess and therefore, remains imprisoned in his world. In a desperate attempt to conquer Assiah, he sends his son instead, intending for him to eventually grow into a vessel capable of possession by the demon king.
Ao no Exorcist follows Rin Okumura who appears to be an ordinary, somewhat troublesome teenager—that is until one day he is ambushed by demons. His world turns upside down when he discovers that he is in fact the very son of Satan and that his demon father wishes for him to return so they can conquer Assiah together.
Not wanting to join the king of Gehenna, Rin decides to begin training to become an exorcist so that he can fight to defend Assiah alongside his brother Yukio.
This ghost anime is about Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, manages to survive a vampire attack with the help of Meme Oshino, a strange man residing in an abandoned building. Though being saved from vampirism and now a human again, several side effects such as superhuman healing abilities and enhanced vision still remain.
Regardless, Araragi tries to live the life of a normal student, with the help of his friend and the class president, Tsubasa Hanekawa. When fellow classmate Hitagi Senjougahara falls down the stairs and is caught by Araragi, the boy realizes that the girl is unnaturally weightless.
Despite Senjougahara’s protests, Araragi insists he help her, deciding to enlist the aid of Oshino, the very man who had once helped him with his own predicament. Through several tales involving demons and gods, Bakemonogatari follows Araragi as he attempts to help those who suffer from supernatural maladies.
19. Death Note
This is not exactly a ghost anime but it has some of the best paranormal anime features which starts with 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.
18. Death Parade
This ghost anime is about what happen After death, there is no heaven or hell, only a bar that stands between reincarnation and oblivion. There the attendant will, one after another, challenge pairs of the recently deceased to a random game in which their fate of either ascending into reincarnation or falling into the void will be wagered.
Whether it’s bowling, darts, air hockey, or anything in between, each person’s true nature will be revealed in a ghastly parade of death and memories, dancing to the whims of the bar’s master. Welcome to Quindecim, where Decim, arbiter of the afterlife, awaits!
Death Parade expands upon the original one-shot intended to train young animators. It follows yet more people receiving judgment—until a strange, black-haired guest causes Decim to begin questioning his own rulings.
17. Devilman: Crybaby
This ghost anime is about Akira Fudo who is informed by his best friend Ryou Asuka that the demons will revive and reclaim the world from the humans.
As the humans do not stand a chance against the supernatural power of the demons, Ryou suggests fusing with a demon. Akira becomes Devilman, with the power of a demon and the heart of a human.
This ghost anime is about The greedy samurai lord Daigo Kagemitsu who’s land is dying, and he would do anything for power, even renounce Buddha and make a pact with demons. His prayers are answered by 12 demons who grant him the power he desires by aiding his prefecture’s growth, but at a price.
When Kagemitsu’s first son is born, the boy has no limbs, no nose, no eyes, no ears, nor even skin—yet still, he lives. This child is disposed of in a river and forgotten. But as luck would have it, he is saved by a medicine man who provides him with prosthetics and weapons, allowing for him to survive and fend for himself.
The boy lives and grows, and although he cannot see, hear, or feel anything, he must defeat the demons that took him as sacrifice. With the death of each one, he regains a part of himself that is rightfully his.
For many years he wanders alone, until one day an orphan boy, Dororo, befriends him. The unlikely pair of castaways now fight for their survival and humanity in an unforgiving, demon-infested world.
15. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
This ghost anime is about Kujo Jotaro who is a normal, popular Japanese high-schooler, until he thinks that he is possessed by a spirit, and locks himself in prison. After seeing his grandfather, Joseph Joestar, and fighting Joseph’s friend Muhammad Abdul, Jotaro learns that the “Spirit” is actually Star Platinum, his Stand, or fighting energy given a semi-solid form.
Later, his mother gains a Stand, and becomes sick. Jotaro learns that it is because the vampire Dio Brando has been revived 100 years after his defeat to Jonathan Joestar, Jotaro’s great-great-grandfather.
Jotaro decides to join Joseph and Abdul in a trip to Egypt to defeat Dio once and for all.
14. Demon Slayer
This ghost anime start in Ancient Japan which is under attack by powerful beings called “Kamikui,” and it is up to the “Oni” and his band of eight beautiful female warriors to stop them. Each of these girls have unique skills, abilities, and personalities.
They partner themselves with the Oni, Jin, to stop the miasma of darkness sweeping across Japan. Onigiri follows the escapades of Jin and his merry companions as they strengthen their bonds and fend off the demonic invasion.
13. Mob Psycho 100
This is not a ghost anime but it has paranormal anime activities Eighth-grader Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama has tapped into his inner wellspring of psychic prowess at a young age. But the power quickly proves to be a liability when he realizes the potential danger in his skills.
Choosing to suppress his power, Mob’s only present use for his ability is to impress his longtime crush, Tsubomi, who soon grows bored of the same tricks.In order to effectuate control on his skills, Mob enlists himself under the wing of Arataka Reigen, a con artist claiming to be a psychic, who exploits Mob’s powers for pocket change.
Now, exorcising evil spirits on command has become a part of Mob’s daily, monotonous life. However, the psychic energy he exerts is barely the tip of the iceberg; if his vast potential and unrestrained emotions run berserk, a cataclysmic event that would render him completely unrecognizable will be triggered.
The progression toward Mob’s explosion is rising and attempting to stop it is futile.
12. Tokyo Ghoul
This ghost anime starts with Tokyo which has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh.
However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society. Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself.
However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.
This ghost anime starts In Tokyo’s downtown district of Ikebukuro, amidst many strange rumors and warnings of anonymous gangs and dangerous occupants, one urban legend stands out above the rest—the existence of a headless “Black Rider” who is said to be seen driving a jet-black motorcycle through the city streets.
Mikado Ryuugamine has always longed for the excitement of the city life, and an invitation from a childhood friend convinces him to move to Tokyo. Witnessing the Black Rider on his first day in the city, his wishes already seem to have been granted.
But as supernatural events begin to occur, ordinary citizens like himself, along with Ikebukuro’s most colorful inhabitants, are mixed up in the commotion breaking out in their city.
This ghost anime is about The “Medicine Seller” who is a deadly and mysterious master of the occult who travels across feudal Japan in search of malevolent spirits called “mononoke” to slay. When he locates one of these spirits, he cannot simply kill it; he must first learn its Form, its Truth, and its Reason in order to wield the mighty Exorcism Sword and fight against it.
He must begin his strange exorcisms with intense psychological analysis and careful investigative work—an extremely dangerous step, as he must first confront and learn about the mononoke before he even has the means to defeat it. The Medicine Seller’s journey leads him to an old-fashioned inn where Shino, a pregnant woman, has finally found a place to rest.
The owner has reluctantly placed her in the last vacant room; however, as she settles in, it quickly becomes clear that the room is infested by a lethal band of mononoke, the Zashiki Warashi.
With his hunter’s intuition, the Medicine Seller begins his investigation to discover the Form, the Truth, and the Reason before the Zashiki Warashi can kill again.
9. Hell Girl
This ghost anime is about the concept of hell and its goes like this … Have you heard of Hell Correspondence? Those with a powerful grudge may only access this mysterious website at midnight , allowing them to enter anyone’s name and have that person be ferried straight to hell.
Ai Enma, the Hell Girl, will not judge whether or not the chosen target deserves punishment; she will merely exact revenge on them for you. Not much is known about this young girl other than that she swiftly carries out her tasks with the help of three straw dolls.
There is just one catch, however—as payment for carrying out such a request, the user must condemn themselves to an afterlife in hell.
8. Ghost Stories
This ghost anime starts Years ago, all of the ghosts in a haunted schoolhouse were banished by a certain student. Now, they’re back—and they want revenge… Satsuki and Keiichirou Miyanoshita are two siblings recovering from the tragic loss of their mother.
After moving to their mother’s hometown, they learn that the local school they have transferred to is an old building—one said to be haunted. Despite initially brushing it off as a silly rumor, the two soon discover that ghosts are indeed real and that they’re after them!
Gakkou no Kaidan is the creepy tale of the lives of these siblings and their newfound friends as they try to survive the school’s ghosts—with a little help from their pet cat along the way.
7. Ghost Hound
This ghost anime is about an isolated region of Kyushu lies the town of Suiten. Though seeming small and modest, Suiten is not a picturesque place for a vacation, unless it is from the “Unseen World.”
Taro, Makoto, and Masayuki, three boys with traumatic pasts, learn to let their souls cross between the two parallel worlds. However, the Unseen World is no mere copy of the real Apparent World.
The Unseen World is the home of ghosts, but changes are now allowing the souls of the dead to pass over into the Apparent World, with unpredictable effects. Follow the journey of Taro, Makoto, and Masayuki, as they cross between the two worlds, trying to unravel a great mystery.
6. Witch Hunter Robin
This ghost anime is all about Witches which are individuals with special powers like ESP, telekinesis, mind control, etc. (not the typical hogwart and newt potions).
Robin, a 15-year-old craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a replacement for one of STN-J’s witch hunters who was recently killed.
Unlike other divisions of STN, STN-J tries to capture the witches alive in order to learn why and how they became witches in the first place.
5. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
This ghost anime is not about ghost but actually is a paranormal anime To the average person, psychic abilities might seem a blessing; for Kusuo Saiki, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Gifted with a wide assortment of supernatural abilities ranging from telepathy to x-ray vision, he finds this so-called blessing to be nothing but a curse.
As all the inconveniences his powers cause constantly pile up, all Kusuo aims for is an ordinary, hassle-free life—a life where ignorance is bliss. Unfortunately, the life of a psychic is far from quiet.
Though Kusuo tries to stay out of the spotlight by keeping his powers a secret from his classmates, he ends up inadvertently attracting the attention of many odd characters, such as the empty-headed Riki Nendou and the delusional Shun Kaidou.
Forced to deal with the craziness of the people around him, Kusuo comes to learn that the ordinary life he has been striving for is a lot more difficult to achieve than expected.
4. Colorful: The Motion Picture
The plot of this ghost anime as follow : “I” died and was kicked out of the cycle of reincarnation because of the sin “I” committed. An angel told me that “I” won a lottery and he gave me a chance to remember the sin.
My spirit possessed the body of the 14-year-old boy Makoto, who committed suicide and “I” tried to recollect my memory. “I” felt distressed by the terrible circumstances of Makoto and the fact that “I” was borrowing his body.
“I” have started to realize that people are hurting each other because the world is too colorful to distinguish the true color of themselves from others.
3. Natsume’s Book of Friends
This ghost anime is about a 15 year old boy. While most fifteen-year-old boys, in one way or another, harbor secrets that are related to girls, Takashi Natsume has a peculiar and terrifying secret involving youkai: for as long as he can remember, he has been constantly chased by these spirits.
Natsume soon discovers that his deceased grandmother Reiko had passed on to him the Yuujinchou, or “Book of Friends,” which contains the names of the spirits whom she brought under her control. Now in Natsume’s possession, the book gives Reiko’s grandson this power as well, which is why these enraged beings now haunt him in hopes of somehow attaining their freedom.
Without parents and a loving home, and constantly being hunted by hostile, merciless youkai, Natsume is looking for solace—a place where he belongs. However, his only companion is a self-proclaimed bodyguard named Madara. Fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Madara is a mysterious, pint-sized feline spirit who has his own reasons for sticking with the boy.
Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yuki Midorikawa, Natsume Yuujinchou is an unconventional and supernatural slice-of-life series that follows Natsume as he, with his infamous protector Madara, endeavors to free the spirits bound by his grandmother’s contract.
2. Spirited Away
This ghost anime is about a Stubborn, spoiled, and naïve, 10-year-old Chihiro Ogino is less than pleased when she and her parents discover an abandoned amusement park on the way to their new house. Cautiously venturing inside, she realizes that there is more to this place than meets the eye, as strange things begin to happen once dusk falls.
Ghostly apparitions and food that turns her parents into pigs are just the start—Chihiro has unwittingly crossed over into the spirit world. Now trapped, she must summon the courage to live and work amongst spirits, with the help of the enigmatic Haku and the cast of unique characters she meets along the way.
Vivid and intriguing, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi tells the story of Chihiro’s journey through an unfamiliar world as she strives to save her parents and return home.
1. Hotarubi no Mori e
This ghost anime is about Intrigued by the tale of a mountain god, six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in the ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Exhausted and desperate for help, Hotaru is thrilled to find a masked forest spirit named Gin. She learns the hard way that she should not touch the boy, or he would disappear.
In spite of this, Gin leads Hotaru out of the forest and warns her never to return when she promises to come again with a gift.Paying no heed to his cautionary words, and despite being separated by both distance and planes of existence, Hotaru and Gin become close friends as she visits him every summer.
However, their relationship and resolve are put to the test, when romantic feelings conflict with the one and only rule.Based on Yuki Midorikawa’s manga of the same name, Hotarubi no Mori e is a tale of friendship and compromise of two people who should never have crossed paths, as their lives become hopelessly intertwined.
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A fun guide to the best ghost anime and anime ghosts and spirits to help anime fans get their spook on. There’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch and enjoy a paranormal anime after a long day and get lost in a world full of supernatural creatures.
Death is a difficult topic however, some of the following animes, can help you process the thought of losing someone. But not all ghost stories have to be dark, or melancholic, an anime with ghosts can be fun and entertaining too. We also picked out some amazing anime stories with ghosts that are magical and full of fun.
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I think we can all agree: anime serves as a great escape from reality.
Sometimes it’s enough to simply see our world from someone else’s eyes, a different place, different people… but sometimes we want to remove ourselves even further from reality.
Ghosts and spooky paranormal stuff should do the trick! And for this ranking I’ll share the best anime that deal with all things supernatural, be it demons, espers, ghosts, or anything in between.
25. A Letter to Momo
This movie is bound to be something you’ll really enjoy if you like spirits & supernatural beings.
It’s all about youkai and how much they can befriend(or irritate) our city girl protagonist, Momo.
That’s all you really need to know as far as the plot is concerned. Where this show really shines is the atmosphere it so brilliantly builds in such a short amount of time.
The animation is top-notch and the youkai have been made into actual three-dimensional characters, so it hits both that “suspension of disbelief” and “relatability” right on the head.
24. Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress
In order to hunt, you have to see your prey as non-human. Or at least as something below you.
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This is not an ad for veganism, but rather the central premise of Fusé.
In its universe, the Fusé are supernatural creatures. Something between a dog and a man, and are being relentlessly hunted.
Our protagonist, being a huntress herself, meets one by accident and makes it her goal to get him out of harm’s way.
It’s a very touching story and can even teach you a thing or two about how you should treat others.
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This show has such an odd premise that it’s really hard not to love it.
Our protagonist, Ryousuke Hazuki, goes to a flower shop and falls in love with the owner.
He then tries to slide into those DMs by getting a part-time job there. But oh oh, what’s this?
He can see the spirit of the owner’s deceased husband. And that’s it.
Only he can see him, and as you might imagine this old husband doesn’t want anyone smooth talking his wife.
So they just form this very odd and yet lovable trio that never ceases to put a smile on my face.
Personally, Another is the first show that pops into my head when I think about ghost stories.
It nails that creepy atmosphere, the dark and stagnant air and the questions that hang around our necks like a noose.
There’s one central mystery in the show and I didn’t find the answer to be super obvious, so kudos for that.
The stakes are very high, however, as with every passing moment tragedy seems to strike. And finding the answer is the only way to stop it.
I’m being rather vague because believe me, you want to go into this show completely spoiler-free.
21. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
At times, this show really lulls you into a feeling of security. It offers nice, bright colors, a cheerful cast, the whole nine yards.
But then you remember that Satan is the antagonist.
This is where the smiles drop, the tension rises, and your eyes are glued to the screen.
The pairing of Rin and Yukio make the story both a lot more wholesome, but also a lot more dynamic, with Rin having his latent powers.
It definitely has that shounen vibe , and isn’t as “spooky” as some other entries.
But it makes for a good time nevertheless.
With the Monogatari series you get all of the supernatural stories you want.
A bee? A curse.
A monkey? A demon.
A vampire? What are you doing, run away from the vampire.
There are so many stories interwoven within the series and its characters, that there always seems to be this sense of intrigue. As there are always questions left unanswered.
The show does a good job at keeping each plot point consistent with the ones already established, sometimes even making them run simultaneously just to screw with you.
I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the supernatural, urban legends, folklore and the like.
19. Death Note
I honestly didn’t plan to put Death Note on here. I viewed it as a purely psychological thriller , but then I remembered that two meter tall apple loving gods of death are just a bit supernatural.
So here we are.
Hailed by many as one of the greatest anime to have ever aired, Death Note at its core represents two great minds clashing while an ominous dark presence watches over and gives them powers to slay the other.
The first dozen episodes are especially hyped, as we watch a normal high schooler divulge into a pseudo-god, all while eating his chips.
18. Death Parade
What happens after death?
A question that has plagued humanity since it could make rational thought.
Will we be judged by Haruhi and sent to Heaven or Hell? Is it just darkness?
Well, I don’t think anyone envisioned ourselves playing pool or throwing darts to decide their fate.
Death Parade is like a Limbo where the deceased are taken to be judged.
They play different games, usually brutal stuff, that are supposed to show their true colors and determine whether they’ll be reincarnated or sent to the shadow realm.
And never has an existential crisis come with this good of a soundtrack.
17. Devilman: Crybaby
Get out your devil horns, sacrificial goat, and a bottle of the blood of the innocent, because it’s devil time.
As in the title, and this not so subtle introduction. Might have suggested Devilman: Crybaby is predominantly focused on different demons, their fights, their goals, and their killer nightclub parties.
It’s chaotic as all hell with nudity, blood, flashing colors, dope rapping, angry mobs, more music, motorcycles, and limbs flying everywhere.
And it is definitely the type of show you’d binge in a single day , hold no regrets, and them bother someone else to watch it.
Hold the Dororo is a story about revenge. Very brutal and very justified revenge.
Hyakkimaru was probably dealt the worst hand at birth out of any character ever, with demons claiming all of his senses, his limbs, his skin, everything.
We see him as a literal shell of a man armed, literally, in pursuit of the very demons that robbed him of a normal life.
The fighting choreography in this show is brilliant. Especially during the latter episodes.
And Hyakkimaru’s wild, almost savage anger will send shivers down your spine when he finally faces those who have wronged him.
15. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Make no mistake, I’m specifically talking about the first season of Jojo’s, so the first two manga arcs. This is the most “supernatural” if that makes sense.
Before there were Stands and it basically became a superhero show, JoJo’s was a lot more… bizarre.
The atmosphere was a lot darker, and the legend known as Dio is set upon the world.
There are vampires now, and Pillar men , and like a super powerful method of breathing.
I never said it made more sense than the later installments.
But it does get you that supernatural fix as god knows, this show is anything but ordinary.
14. Demon Slayer
Speaking of super powerful ways of breathing, we have Demon Slayer.
Can you guess what the show is about? As far as animation and fight choreography goes, this show absolutely blew me away.
Yet the ragtag group of Tanjirou, Zenitsu and Inosuke bring a lot of comedy to the objectively dark and gloomy storyline.
Each with a special breathing technique and fighting style, they make the show very dynamic. Rarely does the story wonder off or get boring.
And Nezuko is just adorable. Terrifying at times, but mostly adorable. God I love this show.
13. Mob Psycho 100
Now to take a break from all the demons, we move on to espers.
It’s easy to see why people came into this show expecting One Punch Man.
But the show stands on its own with absolutely no issues.
In fact, since it’s less focused on being funny, the heartwarming moments hit a lot harder. And the sad moments, we don’t talk about them.
It’s no secret that Mob is the strongest esper. But the world is so much larger than just his power. You’ll end up fully immersed and just as hyped for the side characters as you are for the protagonists.
12. Tokyo Ghoul
I find Tokyo Ghoul to be in a similar boat like Jojo’s, with the first season really delivering on the topic of what it was like to be a ghoul, how they lived, organized themselves, the different factions, you know cool supernatural stuff.
It does become more of a superhero flick by the end.
But it is overall pretty enjoyable.
Our protagonist Kaneki has one of the most memorable, edgelord-y transformations ever to hit the media. As well as an iconic soundtrack to boot.
I don’t care much for it after the first season, but you can absolutely have a blast watching this show and learning why people drink so much coffee.
Durarara!! Is a mixture of three things: gang culture , the supernatural, and chat rooms.
Lots and lots of chat rooms.
It takes place in Ikebukuro where everything seems fine and dandy on the surface. But the shadows hide plenty of unusual stuff.
We have a dullahan in the form of a motorcyclist, Hulk’s younger brother in a bartender uniform , somehow an even creepier Stain, and sword possession.
There’s a lot here.
Most of the time, the show doesn’t take itself too seriously. But there are definitely some “oh god why” moments throughout.
Mononoke takes a very different approach to spirits, as rather than blasting them away with energy beams, the protagonist actually does a ritual.
But in order to do the ritual, he has to know the Form, the Truth, and the Reason for that spirit being there. Getting a bit occult now, huh?
You can already see how this opens up the gate to a ton of backstories and narratives.
And if that abundance of stories isn’t enough to satisfy you, just take a gander at the anime’s artsy style.
It’s definitely not something you’ve seen before.
9. Hell Girl
To understand Hell Girl, all you have to do is mix together Death Parade, Alucard, and 4chan.
The central premise is as follows: there exists a website that you can only access at midnight, through which you communicate with miss Hell girl.
You can then pick out the person that’s making your life miserable and regardless of who they are, she will make sure they do not see the light of day.
The only catch being that you’re now condemned to Hell.
But hey, you knew what you were getting into.
Definitely not as laid back as some of the other shows on this list, but a delight for true fans of the occult and supernatural.
8. Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories is an absolute classic when it comes to the paranormal.
The mere fact that it’s 20+ years old and still holds up today is proof of that.
The story is simple, think Scooby-Doo but an anime.
Just instead of de-masking George the milkman, they banish ghosts. And instead of a lovable talking dog, we get a possessed, somewhat mean-spirited yet hilarious cat .
The cat is honestly half of the enjoyment for me.
But heed my warning: watch the dubbed version.
The subbed actually takes itself seriously and can become a bore, while the dub is a bit insane, kind of offensive, and just beautiful .
7. Ghost Hound
There are two main feelings I got from watching Ghost Hound: curiosity and depression.
Okay it wasn’t that bad. But you will see what I mean.
The story is a real mystery: spirits start crossing into our world and it’s on our protagonist trio to figure out why.
The answer is neither obvious nor out of left field, so the conclusion is satisfying as hell.
I will give you a hint, though. It has a lot to do with the mental state of the boys; their previous traumas, fears, thoughts, everything has to be laid bare to crack the code.
So if you’re a wimp like me staring into the eyes of a good psychological anime, strap in.
6. Witch Hunter Robin
If you’re into the Salem Witch Trials, this show is bound to intrigue you.
Yes, it’s a show all about witches.
But instead of putting a witch in the protagonist’s seat and have her deliver baked goods, we actually see the world from the eyes of Robin, a witch hunter.
It’s also not just another villain of the week show, as Robin doesn’t kill the witches.
No, she tries to understand them through them her own organization.
The story is really riveting and culminates in the most glorious fashion. Definitely give it a try.
5. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Saiki is a bit of an oddball on this list, as it’s purely a comedy .
But hey, the protagonist is an esper. And throughout the show we also get to know a medium and a fortune teller, so thematically it fits into the “supernatural” category quite well.
I’m a huge fan of this show because it takes every anime trope and just makes it so much weirder, and so much funnier.
Never have I seen a character as dumb as Nendou. Or a princess as egotistical as Kokomi.
But they make it all work somehow.
The show is episodic with a very loose overarching plot, and I promise you every episode is a blast.
4. Colorful: The Motion Picture
This movie gets very real. There is no other way to put it.
Without spoiling too much, I will say that the central premise is that of reincarnation. Feeling the pain of others, finding happiness in a grain of sand, and the toxicity one’s surroundings.
I don’t really have any jokes for this one.
The story is mystical in that its portrayal the afterlife, and the task that’s set before us.
But it is also extremely realistic to the point of human suffering, and also compassion.
So if you’re having a rough time, or just want some anime for retrospection, give this one a watch.
3. Natsume’s Book of Friends
Natsume’s Book of Friends is the type of show that actually makes you wish you could see spirits.
The central end goal of the series is for Natsumi to basically say farewell to all of the spirits his grandfather signed a contract with.
A man was given power, and his goal is to give it all back, as he doesn’t want the spirits to be indentured to him.
Talk about a stand-up guy.
It’s exactly Natsume’s kind heart that makes the spirits also seem human, and every episode gives you a sense of resolution with tranquility.
Add to this the best traveling companion: a puffy, stuck up cat named Madara, and you’re in for a good time.
2. Spirited Away
Studio Ghibli always manages to wheeze into my lists!
Because how can I leave out a classic like Spirited Away?
In true Miyazaki fashion, the story doesn’t take on this grand narrative of the battle between humans and the spirits.
But rather plops our protagonist into a world unknown, and she explores what it can offer through the eyes of the child.
Plenty of Japanese youkai are represented here, and the world is so meticulously woven that you can almost see it.
On a side note, No Face definitely wants you to return the slab and creeped me out to no end when I first watched the movie.
I love him now though, so it’s okay.
1. Hotarubi no Mori e
Fun fact: the AMV for this movie of “you will be king again” is one of the most popular AMVs ever made.
Another fun fact, that song(just like this movie) requires some tissues handy.
This is a beautiful story of a girl, Hotaru, who comes across a spirit, Gin.
Gin saves Hotaru when she gets lost, and before you know it the two become really close.
The catch is that Hotaru can never touch Gin, because if she does, he will disappear forever.
It’s such a simple plot device. One that requires almost no other characters, but it tugs at the heart strings as the two characters are so beautifully written that there seems to be little dividing the supernatural, us, and love.
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10 scariest ghosts in anime, ranked.
Horror and supernatural anime like Ghost Hunt and Bleach have some of the most horrifying ghosts in the medium, but which rank as the scariest?
With plenty of heart-pounding horror to choose from, anime offers some of the scariest ghosts of all time. People have been frightened of and preoccupied with death for eons, and as spirits unnaturally tied to the world of the living after death, ghosts evoke a primal terror in many people. Ghosts manifested out of pain can be terrifyingly vengeful, but at least their problems can be solved: the spirits powered by pure sadism and hatred are different beasts entirely, and far more dangerous and frightening.
Japanese mythology and folklore features many ghosts, spirits, and other creatures that inspire the monsters of movies, TV, and some of the best horror anime of all time . Even in more lighthearted series, a particularly nasty ghost can stop the fun cold, resulting in episodes that stand out for how starkly terrifying they are. The scariest and most memorable ghosts in anime are the ones with clear wants, intimidating power, and the freedom to be as vicious as they please to the living.
10 Souji Mikage - Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997)
While Revolutionary Girl Utena often dips into fantasy elements and surreal atmospheres, rarely does it employ direct supernatural horror. However, the Black Rose Arc revolves entirely around just that. Vengeful ghost Souji Mikage uses his Black Rose rings to corrupt Ohtori Academy students and claim End of the World for himself.
Utena’s quest to become one of the best princes in anime is seriously challenged by Mikage. Ohtori is a breeding ground for trauma, insecurities, and intense psychological issues, and Mikage happily exploits all of them, convincing people at their lowest that the only way to feel better is to do his bidding or die trying. Utena’s fights with the Black Rose Duelists horrify her and make her question for the first time whether her mission is really such a good idea.
9 Dark Bakura - Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998 - present)
Though the spirit of Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Millennium Puzzle is mysterious at first, it soon becomes clear that Yami Yugi is benevolent if out of touch. But it’s only when the show reveals the spirit that Ryo Bakura is stuck with that viewers understand how very lucky Yugi got to be partnered with the Pharaoh instead. The spirit of the Millennium Ring is sadistic, egotistical, and has no qualms about possessing Bakura’s body as he pleases.
As shown in one of the best scenes in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions , the spirit has been tormenting everyone he comes in contact with, using Bakura’s body, since Bakura was a child. In canon times, he’s creepily good at pretending to be the real Bakura to manipulate others. Fueled by three thousand years of hatred towards the Pharaoh and his family, his goal is to summon the dark god Zorc and destroy the world.
8 Ghosts - Ghost In The Shell (1995)
Ghost in the Shell inspired decaes worth of future cyberpunk media with its explorations of the self, the body, and how both can be affected by advancing technology. “Ghost” is the term used in-universe to refer to the self, whether it inhabits a flesh body or a mechanical one. A “ghost’s” personhood (or possible lack thereof) is a major theme of the series, as is technology’s capacity for destruction when powered by one.
Possibly the most frightening ghost in the franchise, as well as one of the scariest robots in anime , is the Puppetmaster from the 1995 film adaptation. A bodiless AI looking to become human, it does so by possessing human bodies and tearing apart their psyches to make room for itself. The aftermath of these attacks is nightmarish, shocking even to seasoned officers like Major Motoko Kusanagi.
7 Kubire Oni - Ayakashi Triangle (2023 - present)
Onryō is the Japanese catch-all term for a vengeful ghost, manifested by the rage of victims of injustice. They won’t rest until the crimes committed against them in life are solved. That’s where Matsuri Kamazaki and Suzu Kanade come in: the pair of psychic teen exorcists in this fun supernatural slice-of-life anime handle any troublesome spirits that come their way.
Ayakashi vary in threat level, but onryō like the kubire oni are huge pieces of work. Fueled by hatred for humans, this ghost isn’t just compelled to force people to take their own lives. It actively finds it fun to kill people who love life the most, because it was so broken by its own pointless death that it now finds the most horrible deaths funniest.
6 Shikabane - Corpse Princess (2008 - 2009)
The way into Heaven is not easy: to gain entry, the “living corpse” Makina Hoshimura must destroy 108 shikabane spirits. This, of course, is easier said than done. In one of the best fantasy anime , Makina braves dozens of battles and learns more about herself and the supernatural world.
Shikabane are ghosts manifested by those who died with crushing regrets, which they now take out on any human unlucky enough to meet them. One of the most horrific is Toya, a monster clown straight out of a child’s most coulrophobic nightmares, who kills people at their moment of greatest happiness. Almost worse than shikabane are shiryō: discontented ghosts who almost became shikabane, but whose feelings weren't strong enough, leaving them mindless and trapped on Earth.
5 The Hollows - Bleach (2004 - present)
Bleach has had scores of massively powerful characters in its many years of airing. The strongest characters in Bleach are mostly Soul Reapers, whose job it is to maintain the natural transition of deceased souls to Soul Society. Part of that job is fighting and slaying Hollows, both mindless and intelligent. To do this, Soul Reapers must purify them of the sins binding them to the world in a monstrous form.
Hollows are the worst type of ghost to meet in the dark of night. While they may have had good intentions once in not crossing over to Soul Society, fighting the natural process of death for so long corrupts them beyond recognition. Vicious, hungry, and obsessive, Hollows will devour human souls and wreak destruction on their world for as long as they exist.
4 Yoshikage Kira - JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable (2016)
One of the scariest villains in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is Yoshikage Kira. He is an inconspicuous man whose desire for a peaceful life somehow goes hand in hand with his lust for blood. He’s so terrifyingly good at what he does that his murder spree in the town of Morioh goes undetected for decades.
His death frees Morioh of him, but it doesn’t tame Kira himself very much. As revealed in the extra story Deadman's Questions , Kira might lose his memory as a ghost, but though he doesn’t know who he is, he knows that he wants to keep causing others pain. A Ghost's malice surviving their death is a common trope, but a murderer as brutal as Kira still capable of violence even without a body or memories, with nobody any the wiser, is an especially chilling concept.
3 The Hanging Balloons - Junji Ito: Maniac (2023)
Some of the scariest body horror in anime springs from the mind of mangaka Junji Ito. His monsters come from all sorts of places, from dreams to machinery to the most evil humans. However, he has an impressive collection of ghosts as well.
The latest adaptation of his work is Netflix’s one-season Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre. One of its creepiest segments is “The Hanging Balloons,” where one miserable ghost spreads a worldwide contagion of spirits. Intelligent, murderous, and implacable, they take the shape of enormous balloons with the faces of living people, existing only to hunt their likenesses down and hang them on metal nooses.
2 Urado - Ghost Hunt (2006)
The paranormal investigation team of Ghost Hunt have faced dangers far more frightening than anything a reality TV ghost-hunting team has ever seen. Following the lead of determined psychic Naru and his companions, newbie Mai is drawn into the world of ghosts and spirits. Some are far more evil than others.
Any person who finds inspiration in the stories of Elizabeth Bathory and Vlad the Impaler is bound to be horrifying. In life, Urado murdered hundreds of women to bathe in their blood, and continues his killing spree as a spirit, with the sequence in which he nearly slits Mai’s throat one of the scariest in the show. Worse, he’s become even stronger than a ghost and cannot be exorcized: the only way to stop him is to burn his final resting place to the ground.
1 Ai Enma - Hell Girl (2005 - 2017)
As the eponymous emissary of Hell and one of the best female protagonists in horror anime , Ai offers her devilish services to anyone who seeks her out. She will give them the means to send any person they have a grudge against straight to Hell, no questions asked and no way out. But there’s a price: condemning someone to Hell damns the user’s soul as well.
Like Urado, Ai began as a ghost but evolved into a more demonic creature. Being ostracized by her village and selected as a human sacrifice as a child filled Ai with rage and hatred, and as a newly vengeful ghost she laid waste to her village, taking a deal to become Hell Girl to save her parents’ souls from damnation. Ai does her job with fierce pleasure at carrying out countless acts of revenge and commands her minions with an iron fist.
Horror is an important part of anime, and there is truly no type of horror more classic than a good ghost story. The scariest ghosts in anime history all more than live up to the storied tradition of nightmarish tales.
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10) la portrait de petite cosette.
Eiri Kurahashi works for his uncle in an antique shop and is surprised when he sees a young girl in one of the glasses. When he touches it he is transported to the girls world where he finds out she was murdered because of her beauty. In order to free her spirit Eiri must bear the consequences of the man who killed her.
Beauty: Cosette was killed because of her beauty. Now Eiri is obsessed and will do anything for her, even die.
9) Corpse Princess
Makina Hashimura is murdered and turns into a Shikabane. The only way she can get into heaven is to kill 108 other Shikabane. With the help of a Buddhist monk and her submachine gun Makina’s goal is to avenge her family and kill the Shikabane known as the Seven Stars.
Introductions: Makina prefers her submachine gun to kill and she will kill anything that is dead.
8) Ghost Hunt
Mai Taniyama leads us through her ghost hunting adventures with Kazuya Shibuya (Naru). Mai is a first year highschool student and works at Shibuya Psychic Research. Throughout her journey Mai focuses on her own psychic abilities demonstrated through her dreams.
Evil Spirits: Remain calm in the face of evil. Mai Taniyama comes face to face with an evil spirit during her hunt.
7) Ghost Hound
On the Island of Kyushu reality collides with the spirit realm. Three highschool boys, Tarō, Makoto and Masayuki, enter the spirit realm to investigate the phenomenon. While there, they discover the key to their own childhood traumas.
The vail breaks: Those from the spirit realm walk freely among the people that live on Kyushu. Unfortunately not all of them are friendly.
The Medicine Seller must find, fight, and kill the mononoke. He has to fend them off until he can learn their shape, truth, and reasoning. This is the only way he can properly exorcise the mononoke.
Medicine Seller: Medicine Seller calmly disposes of the Mononoke.
5) Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Middle school student Teiichi Niiya is enrolled for his first year at Seikyou Private Academy. He gets lost in the school's maze-like structure and meets a girl named Yuuko Kanoe, who reveals herself to be a ghost. Teiichi solves a series of mysteries to help Yuuko remember how she died.
My shadow: Yuuko Kanoe and Shadow Yukko find each other and Yuuko starts to remember what happened to her.
4) Ghost Stories
Satsuki Miyanoshita moves to the town of her now deceased mother. Her brother Keiichirou and a few other friends decide to visit the abandoned school across from their own school. Once inside Satsuki learns her mother sealed away several ghosts who used to haunt that building. Now Satsuki has to learn how to put them back with the help of a demon named Amanojaku.
Run away: Momoko, Hajime, Reo, KeiiChirou, and Satsuki released the ghosts who were sealed away.
3) Yami Shibai
A man in a yellow mask shows up at 5PM weekly to tell the children ghost stories. These stories are based on myths from the Japanese culture. The shape of the old man and the location he tells the stories changes every season.
Contradiction: Showing up on Yuuko’s door step Tooru’s face has been cut and disfigured and she keeps saying the phrase “I can leave?”
2) Corpse party: Tortured Souls
At Kisaragi Academy a group of school kids perform a ritual they found online called Sachiko Ever After to bind their friendship. After the charm is performed the students are transported to Heavenly Host Elementary school, a place terrorized by the people killed there. The students are separated and must put the spirits to rest in order to escape the gruesome place.
Sachiko Shinozaki: When alive she was shy and didn’t have a lot of friends. Now dead and trapped at Heavenly Host she uses her shyness as a lure for her murderous tendencies.
In 1972 a student, Misaki, in class 3 died. Now in 1998, Kouichi Sakakibabra transfers to the current class 3. He notices a girl with an eye patch everyone ignores, and asks why no one talks to her. He is told to ignore the girl but doesn’t listen to this advice and become good friends with her. Her name is Misaki.
Shoji Kubodera: The homeroom teacher stabs himself in front of a classroom full of students. Not the first strange death and certainly not the last.
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Best Black Anime Characters
Posted: October 17, 2023 | Last updated: October 18, 2023
- Anime shows are becoming more inclusive and diverse by featuring black characters in leading and supporting roles.
- These black characters are memorable and some of the best characters in the anime world, showcasing their abilities and strong presence.
- The representation of black characters is improving, with creators making sure to show them in a positive light and making their appearances look good and cool.
The world of anime is huge, but most fans can agree that there’s a lack of racial diversity. Characters from varying racial backgrounds are uncommon in anime, but a few franchises are becoming more inclusive. There have been some black anime characters that appeared in some old-school shows, but some are controversial because of their portrayal and looks.
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Luckily for fans, the shows of today are on the road to including more black characters and representing them respectfully. Many have appeared as key supporting characters, but some shows have them as leading characters. Either way, these characters are memorable and are some of the best characters in the anime world.
Updated on October 16, 2023 by Sarah Prado: As the anime world continues to grow, more POC characters are starting to appear. The pool for them is still small, but at least it’s expanding. It also that more creators are making sure to show them in a positive light and making sure their appearances look good and cool. Some are main characters in their respective shows and are some of the best characters in the anime world in general. Even if they have supporting roles, these POC characters are iconic because of how great they are, their looks, and their overall strong presence.
Carole & tuesday.
Angela is a popular and successful model and former child actress who wants to become a singer. Though some think she wouldn’t have what it takes to become one, Angela shows that she’s more than a pretty face. After some vocal training from Tao, Angela enters the Mars’ Brightest competition in hopes of proving to everyone she’s a singer and sees Carole and Tuesday as her biggest competition.
It would’ve been easy to write her as a typical rival, but Angela is more of a frenemy to the duo. She doesn’t try to sabotage them and wants to win the competition fair and square just to prove she’s better than them. While she can be rude, arrogant, and egotistical, it can’t be denied that Angela can walk the walk and is rightfully confident in her abilities as a singer.
Usopp had a bit of a rough start when he appeared, but has become a core member of the Straw Hat Pirates. He started off as a liar and fearful of combat but has since become a great sniper and willing to help his friends even when he’s scared. He might not be as strong as Luffy, Sanji, and Zoro, but Usopp isn’t helpless in a fight.
Even after temporarily leaving the crew, Usopp’s bond with them remained strong, and he eventually joined the Straw Hats again. He works well alongside any of them and has grown a lot since joining the crew, but is still the hilarious guy that fans love.
Magic Knight Rayearth
Beautiful, exotic, and confident, Caldina might not look like much at first glance, but she’s a pretty deadly warrior. She’s an accomplished dancer, card games, and games of chance, but her true talent shines as an illusionist.
Caldina is great at almost anything she does and was even recruited by Zagato for her assassin skills. She eventually deserts him after she’s defeated by Fuu and becomes a confidante for Ascot, whom she treats as a younger brother.
A South African teen who joins the Juken Club alongside his childhood friend, Souichiro. Thanks to the training he’s done, Bob becomes one of the physically most powerful members of the club. If his physical strength isn’t enough to scare people, his main style of fighting is using Capoeira, a Brazilian dance-based style of martial arts that makes him unique and stand out from the group.
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The anime doesn’t give Bob the credit he’s due, but Tenjou Tenge fans know the manga gives him everything he deserves. Overall, Bob is a great character who was one of the first POC characters to be part of the main cast in anime.
The demon weapon partner of Sid Barrett, Mira is also an instructor at Death Weapon Meister Academy. She holds the school in high regard and a strong believer in following the rules. She doesn’t let emotion get in the way of making decisions and often advises her peers to do the same.
Though cynical and quite cold to her peers, Mira is a passionate and caring teacher toward her students. While fans don’t get to see much of her abilities in combat, Mira is known to be skilled in hand-to-hand combat which is a rarity among Demon Weapons.
Attack on Titan
He might’ve appeared late in the series, but Onyankopon has earned his spot as one of the best supporting characters in Attack on Titan . Since his appearance, Onyankopon has proven to be a valuable ally and willingly shared the technology of his and his comrades’ home with the Eldians. He’s a relatively peaceful guy who gets along with the main cast and they have a mutual respect for him.
Even after the Survey Corps was locked up, Onyankopon proved to be a trustworthy ally when he freed them and told them he knew nothing about Yelena and Zeke’s euthanasia plan. As the only one who can pilot the flying boat, Onyankopon made it his mission to get his comrades as close to Eren as possible even with the odds stacked against him.
A robot that’s programmed for friendship and grows as the series goes on. Because of this programming, S.A.M. is a pretty sweet girl who just wants to befriend everyone around her. This does make her come as naive and let some people take advantage of that. S.A.M. She also can’t process when someone insults her or disrespects her, and just brushes it off.
Overall, S.A.M. is just a sweet girl that fans can’t help but love even if she’s oblivious to things around her. However, S.A.M. is extremely protective over her friends and transforms into a pretty terrifying weapon if they’re ever in danger.
Darui has had quite an interesting life so far. He was a student of the Third Raikage who taught him how to use black lightning and is the second person to know how to use it. He’s a pretty powerful shinobi and almost defeated the Gold and Silver Brothers single-handedly which is pretty impressive since they were using the Tools of the Sage of Six Paths. Darui is also the right-hand man and bodyguard to the Fourth Raikage and comes off as more mature than him.
Though often apologizing for the Fourth Raikage’s impulsive actions, Darui highly respects him and is quick to defend him if anyone says something negative. During the Fourth Shinobi War, Darui was the leader of the Allied Shinobi Forces First Division. After the series ends, Darui is now the Fifth Raikage, showing that he’s only gotten stronger.
She might be a supporting character, but Miyuki is Dan’s mechanic and a really good one at that. Her contributions to Dan and his team are large and he should be grateful that someone as amazing as Miyuki is helping him. She’s more than happy to help out and keep their Big Foots up and running.
Miyuki is just the total package having beauty and brains. She even remains friendly with Dan (whom she has feelings for) after she learns that he has feelings for Rouge.
A longtime friend of Shinra and Arthur, and a Third Generation pyrokinetic. Ogun is a Fire Soldier who is extremely powerful and has some pretty awesome abilities at his disposal. He’s able to create his own flames unlike Second Generations who can only control existing flames. He uses his abilities to create multiple spears and sword-like weapons to use in battle, usually by throwing them.
What makes Ogun stand out is his Flamy Ink ability in which he tattoos his flames onto his skin. This ability greatly increases his strength, but it does come at the risk of him overheating quicker. Ogun sparingly uses this ability, but when he does, it looks awesome.
She only appeared in one episode of Cowboy Bebop , but Coffee has left a lasting impression. A bounty hunter who just happened to be after the same guy that Edward and Ein are looking for. Needless to say, Coffee found herself in some strange situations revolving around the duo, but kept her focus on finding the man. It’s almost funny how serious she was while Edward and Ein were just being their eccentric selves in the middle of a shootout and car chase.
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Her one-time appearance was more than enough to make fans love her. Wielding a grenade launcher with no issues and looking fabulous while doing so is tough to do, but Coffee pulls this off effortlessly. If there is one character that could have their own spinoff series, Coffee would be an interesting character to watch.
A, The Fourth Raikage
The older adoptive brother of Killer B and is one of the strongest characters in the series. The Fourth Raikage has been able to match the speed of Minato Namikaze and the strength of Naruto and Sasuke. Though a stern man who’s not afraid to make heavy sacrifices should he have to for the greater good, A is a man who cares deeply for everyone around him.
He loves and cares for his younger brother, but he does not hesitate to rough Killer B up if he gets out of line. Even though Killer B is possibly a lot stronger than him, he’s not going to antagonize A if he can help it.
The super dimension fortress macross.
A character from an 80s anime that is a well-written character along with being well-designed, especially compared to other POC characters that came during this decade. Claudia is a supporting character that usually helps out her friend Misa Hayase whenever she needs it, usually revolving around her growing feelings for Hikaru. Though her job as second lieutenant can be pretty stressful, Claudia remains confident and professional. Her relationship with Roy was a pretty good one until his death, and they are one of the very few interracial relationships in the anime world. Even though she grieved for him, Claudia continued to remain strong while doing her work and always remembering the good times she had with Roy.
Most black characters in 80s anime were usually designed and portrayed with problematic stereotypes, but Claudia came out unscathed from this and broke down barriers. She showed that a black character (and a female at that) doesn’t have to be those things to be successful and iconic.
Though he’s an antagonist in the series, Kaname is a man with his code and morals. His creed is “take the path with the least bloodshed” and following Sosuke Aizen was the lesser evil. He knew thousands would die, but believed the outcome was worth it. After his dear friend was killed and her killer was free from the crime, Kaname secretly sought justice against the Soul Society that allowed this.
It’s hard to not feel sorry for him because he saw the dark and ugly side of the justice system and his friend truly loved the Soul Society. His path in the series asks many questions about how justice truly works and shows the corruption hidden in the world. Despite his philosophy that less bloodshed is better, Kaname was a pretty deadly and powerful warrior that very few would dare to cross.
Darker Than Black
April could be iconic for just her looks alone. Even among other anime characters, her look is unique with her light blue hair, pink fur-lined jacket, and the beautiful pink color on her lips. But April is more than just a pretty face and this woman can be pretty deadly since she can create hurricanes and strong winds.
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Plus her high tolerance of alcohol made for nice and lighthearted moments. Any time she’s around, it’s hard to not look at her because of her bright appearance in a rather dreary and dark environment.
Jojo's bizarre adventure: stardust crusaders.
A very important ally in Stardust Crusaders since he’s the one who helped find a way to defeat Dio. He’s very concerned with his “image” and this could easily sound self-absorbed, but this is not the case since he wants others to know he’s responsible and mature. His sense of duty and loyalty is very strong, and he was dedicated to helping the Joestar family put an end to Dio. He is one of the wisest characters in the series, making him a valuable ally.
Avdol was confident in his abilities and wasn’t afraid to boast about them and his Stand’s strengths. He was a mentor and great friend to Jotaro Kujo, helping him understand how Stands work and teaching him and the rest of the group many things.
Carole and tuesday.
Carole’s life has been less than ideal, being an orphan and constantly fired from jobs. However, she doesn’t let that bring her down. She’s straightforward and a little brusque when dealing with delicate situations and customers, which usually leads to her getting fired. Still, Carole is quite nice, patient, bright, and outgoing, so it might be surprising that she has few friends. However, this could stem from the bullying she faced from both her peers and teachers.
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Despite the hardships she’s been through, Carole doesn’t give up her dream of being a famous musician. She’s independent, strong, and confident, which makes her a great older sister figure for shy, less confident Tuesday . Carole doesn’t see her as a burden, even though Tuesday lacks social skills and is a bit of an airhead.
One of the most iconic black anime characters, Afro Samurai is a highly skilled swordsman who can deflect crossbow bolts and bullets and even fight in the air. He is ruthless in battle, and people have considered him a monster because of it. He’s taken out thugs and warriors with relative ease. He is seen wearing the Number Two headband, which marks him as the second-strongest swordsman in the world.
Though he’s quite cold and aloof, Afro Samurai has shown that he does care for a few people, like Jinno and Otsuru. Even though Otsuru was sent to kill, it’s shown that he had an emotional connection to her, and kept her hairpin after her death.
Yoruichi surprised many viewers when she transformed into her human form for the first time. Born in the Shihoin family, one of the noble houses in the Soul Society, Yoruichi was the first woman in her family to be the head of the house and one of the strongest captains in the Gotei 13. She trained Orihime and Chad to get them ready to go to the Soul Society.
She’s considered the most proficient Hoho master ever, which has earned her the title "Flash Goddess." She can take out groups of enemies in the blink of an eye, and she has mastered Hoho to the point that it looks like she’s in multiple places at once. Not many people will challenge her because they know if they do, an extremely tough fight awaits them.
Kilik Rung has definitely earned his spot as one of the top three students in Death Weapon Meister Academy. He might not get much screen time, but fans of Soul Eater know his power is nothing to underestimate. With his twin gauntlets, Fire and Thunder, he uses his expertise in hand-to-hand combat to maximize their potential. They pack some serious power , and even if opponents can withstand his attacks, they can’t do much to counter them.
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He’s considered hot-headed, but he is compassionate and willing to give his life to protect his friends. In the anime, he and Black Star are good friends and make quite a powerful duo.
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Black Ghost ( ブラックゴースト , Burakku Gōsuto , also spelt 黒い幽霊 ( ブラックゴースト ) 団) is an enigmatic arms-dealing organization serving as the main antagonists of the Cyborg 009 franchise. Their technology is among the most advanced on Earth. They seek to start wars around the globe so they can make money selling their weapons to both sides of the conflict However, their true ambition is to take over the world.
They are responsible for abducting the people who would eventually become the 00 Cyborgs. However, the cyborgs were able to escape with help from Dr. Gilmore, a former Black Ghost scientist who turned against the organization, and from then on dedicated themselves to fighting it.
- 2.2 Cyborg 009 (1966)
- 2.3 Skull Man (2007)
- 2.4 Cyborg 009 VS Devilman
- 2.5 Cyborg 009: Call of Justice
- 3.1 Leaders
- 3.2 Military Officials
- 3.3 Scientists
- 3.4 Cyborgs
- 3.5 Clients
- 4.1 Soldiers
- 4.2 Robot Soldiers
- 4.4 Dinosaur Robots
- 4.5 Beetle Robots
- 4.6 Snake Robots
- 4.7 Cyclops Robots
- 7 Navigation
History [ ]
Black Ghost has existed since World War II, though its exact foundation is unknown and it likely has been active prior. Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman suggests that Black Ghost was formed from the merging of multiple multinational corporations post-World War I. It is even hinted that Black Ghost may have played a role in the Holocaust.
Since its inception, Black Ghost has enticed many scientists to come work for it. While some, like Dr. Gilmore, were deceived into joining it, others, like Dr. Gaia, became members of the organization for power. The organization garnered massive profit from selling weapons to rival sides of a conflict, forcing the other side to also buy their weapons in order to match up. With the dawn of the Cold War, Black Ghost was able to exploit the tensions between the two countries to sell its advanced weaponry, expanding its influence across the globe.
Black Ghost would soon begin development of its 00 Cyborg line, planning to bring about a new age of warfare fought exclusively by cyborg soldiers. To gather test subjects for the line, Skull sent operatives of Black Ghost across the globe to kidnap people. These included Ivan Whisky, the voluntarily given-up infant child of Black Ghost researcher Gamo Whisky, Jet Link, a New York gang member and fugitive, Francoise Arnoul, a French ballerina, Albert Heinrich, an East German citizen who attempted to flee to West Germany, Geronimo Jr., a Native American laborer sold out by his boss, Chang Changku, a Chinese chef who attempted suicide, Great Britain, an actor from England, Pyunma, a slave in Africa, and Joe Shimamura, an orphaned boy framed for the murder of a Catholic priest.
In the Cyborg Soldier anime, it is specified that a time gap existed between the creation of the first five cyborgs and the later four models in the 00 line. Cyborgs 001-005, produced in the 1960s, possessed design flaws that Black Ghost was unable to fix with their current technology at the time, and were put in stasis until technology became more advanced. They were thawed out in 2001, and Cyborgs 006-009 were added to the 00 line.
However, it was by this point that one of the scientists working on the project, Dr. Gilmore, had a change of heart and decided to help the cyborgs break out of the Black Ghost laboratories. Ivan used his psychic powers to have 009 awaken prematurely and guide him out of Black Ghost's base to join the rest of the cyborgs. From then on, Black Ghost began dedicating their efforts to either recovering or killing the 00 Cyborgs, sending out several of their newer cyborgs to fight them.
In the 2001 anime, the organization was seemingly brought to an end when the 00 Cyborgs infiltrated one of Black Ghost's main bases and defeated Skull before blowing the base up. Despite this, the 00 Cyborgs would encounter remnants of the organization from time to time, such as Dr. Gaia and his Mythos Cyborgs or the Monster Island Scientists . Eventually, the 00 Cyborgs discovered that they had not truly defeated the organization, but simply pushed it farther underground, both figuratively and literally, as the Black Ghost had set up shop in the underground Yomi Kingdom, using the kingdom's people and resources to further the completion of their ultimate weapon, the Demon Statue . The previous rulers of Yomi were a race of lizardmen called the Zattan , who had enslaved Yomi's other native race, the Pu'Awak, but Black Ghost were easily able to drive them out and reduce them to near extinction with their army of robotic infantry.
After encountering Helen, Princess of the Pu'Awak, the 00 Cyborgs discovered Black Ghost's operations and were led underground by Helen and her sister Vena. The 00 Cyborgs defeated Van Vogt , the Black Ghost operative overseeing the development of the weapon, but were unable to prevent the statue's takeoff. However, Cyborg 001 was able to teleport 009 inside the statue. The heroic cyborg found himself face-to-face with Skull, who had somehow managed to survive his previous encounter with the cyborgs, and the true leaders of Black Ghost, three gigantic brains . 009 and Skull engaged in a brutal and combative battle that ultimately ended when the brains killed Skull to prevent him from causing any internal damage to the statue with his ultimate attack. This didn't stop 009 from shooting the interior and causing the statue to begin to explode. However, the Black Ghost brains told 009 that they were only a "cell" in a network of Black Ghost and that, as long as there is evil, Black Ghost would continue to exist in the world.
Other Appearances [ ]
Despite Black Ghost's destruction, remnants of the organization would show up to menace the Cyborgs, such as the Monster Island Scientists and Moses . Eventually, a successor organization emerged to follow in Black Ghost's footsteps of war and world domination, Neo Black Ghost , formed by members of the original Black Ghost.
Cyborg 009 (1966) [ ]
Black Ghost appear as the main antagonists of the 1966 Cyborg 009 movie. Their leader at first appears to be Beagle , but he is revealed at the end of the movie to be a subordinate of a mysterious entity calling itself the " Black Ghost Leader ".
This incarnation of Black Ghost later returns in the movie's 1967 sequel, Cyborg 009: Monster Wars .
Skull Man (2007) [ ]
The logo of Brain Gear.
Black Ghost appears as a major faction in the 2007 Skull Man anime, where they operate under the front of a multinational company known as Brain Gear (with the company's initials BG hinting at the connection). They are partnered with the Otomo Concern and are interested in the Skull Man suit for its tremendous powers.
Van Vogt appears as an executive of Brain Gear under the alias "Alucard Van Vogt" along with his secretary Helen and Dr. Gamo Whisky . Brain Gear is also shown to have in its arsenal a series of five highly advanced cyborgs known as the SIRKS , which each resemble 002, 004, 005, 006, and 008 of the 00 Cyborgs.
At the end of the anime, Hayato Mikogami, the second Skull Man, is taken over by the Skull Man suit and transformed into Skull . After being taken in by Brain Gear and undergoing further cybernetic enhancements, Skull takes his place as leader of the Black Ghost organization, pledging to embody their goals.
Cyborg 009 VS Devilman [ ]
Black Ghost appear in Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman in the form of Dr. Adams Teufel and his High-Teen Number Cyborgs . They are responsible for allowing Atun to manifest on Earth by providing him with the body of Seth to possess.
The ending of the movie also foreshadows the "Underground Empire of Yomi" arc of the manga, which features the 00 Cyborgs' final battle against Black Ghost.
Cyborg 009: Call of Justice [ ]
The first episode features a flashback to 009's final confrontation with Black Ghost in the inside of the Demon Statue. It is later stated by the cyborgs that, despite Black Ghost's claims of eternity, they were eventually able to track down and destroy every last bit of Black Ghost.
Members [ ]
Leaders [ ].
Skull and his leadership council.
- Generalissimo - True Leader(s)
- Skull - Leader
- Van Vogt - Second-in-command
Military Officials [ ]
- Commander Skarr - Head of Black Ghost Factory
- Commander Farej
- Unnamed Black Ghost Commander - Head of Antarctic Base
- Captain Zanburozu - Naval Officer
Scientists [ ]
- Dr. Gaia - Top Scientist / Creator of Mythos Cyborgs
- Dr. Gamo Whisky - Head of Psychic Research
- Dr. Adams Teufel - Head of High-Teen Number Cyborgs Development Team
- Dr. Beruku - Member of 0013 Development Team
- Dr. Ross - Member of 00 Cyborg Development Team
- Dr. Gilmore - Member of 00 Cyborg Development Team (formerly)
- Dr. Dressler - Molecular Biologist
- Professor Brown - Head of 00 Cyborg Development Team
- Dr. Uranus - Co-creator of Mythos Cyborgs
Cyborgs [ ]
- Cyborg 0010+
- Cyborg 0010-
- Cyborg 0011
- Cyborg 0012
- Cyborg 0013
- Apollo - Leader
- Cyborg 0014 - Leader
- Cyborg 0015
- Cyborg 0016
- Cyborg 0017
- Cyborg 0018
- Machine Gun
- Cyborgman #1
Clients [ ]
- Cain - Leader
- Monster Island Scientists
Infantry Units [ ]
Soldiers [ ].
The basic infantrymen working for the Black Ghost organization. They resemble SWAT commandos and wear helmets that cover their face above the nose. They carry various firearms, but their main weapons seem to be tommy gun-like semiautomatic rifles. They can commonly be seen guarding Black Ghost installations or being sent out to fight the 00 Cyborgs. They also pilot several of Black Ghost's more advanced military vehicles, such as tanks and airplanes.
A Black Ghost Soldier in the 1966 animated Cyborg 009 movie.
Black Ghost Soldiers appear as the main combatants of Black Ghost in most Cyborg 009 media. In the anime Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier they make few appearances after season one as they look to have been replaced by the V2 Cyborgmen and Van Vogt's cyclopean robots .
Squads of BG Soldiers were sent out to stop 009 and the other 00 Cyborgs when they broke loose and attempted to escape the Black Ghost facility. Due to the cyborgs' advanced technology, the soldiers did not fair well against them and most ended up retreating.
The new Black Ghost recruit given to Dr. Beruku.
Several more Black Ghost Soldiers were seen manning Captain Zanburozu 's ship during the mission to recover Cyborg 0013's brain. In addition, Zanburozu also gave Dr. Beruku a new recruit soldier to assist him in his mission, hoping that the trainee would be able to learn something from the doctor.
Many Black Ghost Soldiers served under an unnamed Black Ghost Commander at a Black Ghost compound in the Antarctic. They were presumably killed in the destruction of the compound.
Black Ghost Soldiers also piloted Commander Farej 's stingray-like ship during his mission to capture the 00 Cyborgs. When Farej brought them back to the Black Ghost headquarters, dozens of BG Soldiers could be seen guarding the base. These soldiers later fought against the 00 Cyborgs when they infiltrated the base.
The Black Ghost Soldier corps appears to have been disbanded some time after the 00 Cyborgs destroyed the Black Ghost HQ, possibly due to the disorder the destruction of Black Ghost's main base had caused.
Robot Soldiers [ ]
Robotic versions of basic Black Ghost soldiers. They appear to be significantly more competent than their human counterparts, yet they fare just as well against the 00 Cyborgs.
They appear in the first few episodes of the anime to oppose the 00 Cyborgs during their escape from Black Ghost. When the 00 Cyborgs broke out of the Black Ghost facility, Robot Soldiers were sent to kill them alongside regular Black Ghost Soldiers . Both sets of infantrymen were unable to hold off the nine cyborgs and were fended off by the cyborg team.
Black Ghost Robot Soldiers were later seen stationed at Commander Skarr 's Black Ghost facility. They fought against Cyborgs 002, 004, 005, 007 and 008 when they attempted to infiltrate the Black Ghost facility, but failed to stop the 00 Cyborgs.
The rest were presumably destroyed when Skarr detonated the explosives inside the facility.
Giant Robots produced by Black Ghost that tower over normal humans. They were deployed against 009 when he attempted to escape a Black Ghost facility. Despite their superior strength, they were unable to defeat the cyborg soldier and were all destroyed by him.
Dinosaur Robots [ ]
Robots resembling large dinosaurs that were sent to stop the 00 Cyborgs from escaping in the Dolphin after they infiltrated Commander Skarr 's factory. They were capable of firing missiles from compartments in their mouths. 004 and 009 managed to fend them off, with them presumably being destroyed when the facility collapsed after Skarr detonated it's self-destruct system.
Beetle Robots [ ]
Robots resembling rhinoceros beetles, the 00 Cyborgs encounter them at the facility containing the Black Falcon prototype. They tower over regular humans and are equipped with razor sharp metal claws. In the anime, they are under the command of Commander Skarr .
Snake Robots [ ]
Snake-like robot soldiers manufactured at an abandoned Black Ghost factory on a remote island. The factory was discovered by Cyborgs 005, 006 and 007, who unintentionally re-initiated the production of the Snake Robots when they turned on the facility's generator.
They are equipped with metal tentacles on either side of their body, each containing a laser gun at the tip.
Cyclops Robots [ ]
Cycloptic robots under the command of Van Vogt that appear in the "Underground Empire of Yomi" arc. They are capable firing lasers and incapacitating people with a sticky elastic substance they emit from their chests.
The Cyclops Robots were used by Van Vogt to drive the Zattan out from the Yomi Kingdom, allowing Black Ghost to take control of the underground society.
Cyclops Robots were soon seen patrolling and guarding the Yomi Kingdom. A squad of them caught sight of and captured Dr. Gilmore and Cyborgs 006, 007 and 008, presenting them to Van Vogt so he could determine what to do with them. Soon after another squad incapacitated Cyborg 004 and Vena.
The Cyclops Robots later fought against the Zattan again when they attempted to retake the Yomi Kingdom. Both the Zattan and the Cyclops Robots were wiped out when Skull activated the Demon Statue and razed the underground kingdom.
Gallery [ ]
- Black Ghost is similar to Shocker from the Kamen Rider series, as both are evil secret organizations that kidnap people and modify them into superpowered beings and they both want to take over the world. This is likely not a coincidence, as both Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider were created by Shotaro Ishinomori.
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10 Strongest Anime Ghosts, Ranked
Some ghosts are so strong they don't let the handicap of being dead hold them back when it comes to being pure powerhouses.
Anime is filled with all kinds of ghosts, some cute, some scary, and some strong. Some ghosts are so strong they don't let the handicap of being dead hold them back when it comes to being pure powerhouses.
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Exactly what constitutes a ghost varies depending on who you ask. In modern English, it implies the disembodied spirit of a dead person. Some languages conflate them with all sorts of supernatural creatures; for example, some German speakers might refers to genies as ghosts. Naturally, Japanese media often conflates them with purely domestic myths, like yokai . In some works for children, it's kept ambiguous if a ghost was ever human to begin with. Even more adult works aren't against the twist of having a "ghost" turn out to be alive all along, or an "astral projection," and have them return to their body.
10 Shaman King: Amidamaru Just Keeps Honing His Swordsmanship, Even After Death
In Shaman King , Amidamaru was once an ancient samurai but now functions as Yoh's guardian and best friend. In life, he had been a master swordsman, notably wielding the Harusame . He's still able to use these skills, even as a spirit. No longer of this world, his prowess has evolved to the point of being able to attack with a piercing blast of wind and shockwaves.
9 Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Okinu Is The Ghost Sweeper's Ghostly Secretary
In Ghost Sweeper Mikami , Kinu Himuro, also known as Okinu, was sacrificed to a volcano and exists as a ghost in the modern era, where she's a glorified errand girl for Mikami, the titular exorcist. The manga reveals her body is in stasis and she's eventually restored to life, but proves to still be something of a powerful necromancer.
8 Petite Princess Yucie: Cocoloo Is The Literal Princess Of The Spirit World
In Petitie Princess Yucie , Yucie's friend Cocoloo is eventually revealed to be the princess of the Spirit World. Her steward Chawoo even resembles a typical cartoon ghost.
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While she seems indistinguishable from a human, to the point viewers initially thought she was one, Cocoloo has some spiritual properties, such as being able to withstand physical attacks. She's also able to walk through matter. She's not immune to magic, however, seemingly being under the same curse that Yucie is under, keeping her eternally young despite actually being a teenager.
7 Ghost Stories: Amanojaku Would Be A Serious Threat If He Wasn't A Cat
In Ghost Stories , Amanojaku is a powerful entity who spends most of the series trapped inside the body of Satsuki's pet cat, Kaya. Initially antagonistic towards the children, he seems to warm up to them, often telling them how to outwit the more malicious ghosts who need to be put back into spiritual sleep. It's a good thing for their sake he grows to be fond of them, since he'd be a serious threat if he managed to break the spell...
The English dub more or less keeps his personality the same, with the added twist of him liking to break the fourth wall , bringing to mind another snarky, cursed black cat .
6 Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yami Yugi Is Really Good At A Children's Card Game
In Yu-Gi-Oh! , Yami Yugi is the incarnation of Atem , an Egyptian pharaoh , whose spirit now inhabits the Millennium Puzzle, as well as serving as a spirit advisor to Yugi Muto.
In early stories, Yami Yugi helped his alter-ego of sorts get revenge on enemies by trapping them in Penalty Games, but later proves a powerful ally when it comes to playing the Duel Monsters card game, which often proves to be a recurring stake in this series, complete with people's lives on the line. In essence, Yugi steals credit from a ghost for the whole series.
5 Sailor Moon: Queen Serenity Watches Over The Sailor Scouts, Especially Her Daughter
In the Sailor Moon anime, Queen Serenity was the ruler of the Moon Kingdom and was said to be an incarnation of the moon goddess Selene. Having sacrificed her life to seal away Metalia and allow the Children of the Moon to be reborn on Earth, she occasionally appeared to be watching over Sailor Moon herself, Usagi Tsukino, who is none other than her daughter, Princess Serenity.
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She once proved powerful enough to fix Sailor Moon's damaged brooch and give her the Cutie Moon Rod in the anime. The live-action series eventually gave her a similar role, having her grant the Senshi the Legendary Sword, the Spirit of the Senshi, to fight Queen Mio. And had the American hybrid series been produced, she would have functioned in a similar role, even having a psychic connection with one of the cats.
4 One Piece: "Ghost Princess" Perona Is A Technically Living Ghost
Perona, also known as the "Ghost Princess," is known for her role as commander of the Wild Zombies and Surprise Zombies. Thanks to her eating the Horo Horo no Mi fruit, she has dominion over ghosts and is able to create ghost minions called Hollows.
She also has the power of astral projection, effectively allowing her to leave her body as a living ghost. In her later appearances, however, Perona has been shown to master some of her ghost-like powers, like flight, without having to leave her body.
3 Yu Yu Hakusho: Yusuke's Tenure As A Ghost Was Kind Of Short-Lived, But He Went On To Become Yokai Royalty
Yu Yu Hakusho starts the series off with the main character, Yusuke Urameshi, dying and spending some time as a ghost before ultimately returning to his body. Afterwards, he is contracted by the Spirit World to be a Spirit Detective. This comes with a variety of superhuman abilities and powers, most famously his Spirit-Gun. Death proves to have a transformative effect on Yusuke. The second time he dies, he awakens as a powerful yokai king.
2 GeGeGe No Kitarō: Kitarō Was Born A Ghost Boy, Ever Since He Came Out Of His Mother's Grave
In GeGeGe no Kitarō , Kitarō is one of the characters who conflates being a ghost and a yokai . He was technically born the way he is, although he was born out of his dead mother's grave, so he still rose from a grave. His dead father regenerated from his corpse's own eyeball to keep an eye on him. On a related note, "Ge ge ge no ge" is also a Japanese onomatopoeia representing a ghost's laugh.
As Kitarō is a character who has appeared in different forms spanning decades , exact details about him vary, though modern incarnations tend to protect humans from villainous yokai. As for his list of powers, one of his more well-known is his eel-like electrical abilities.
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She can grant a very specific wish: dragging souls off to Hell. All that is asked in return is your own chance at salvation, effectively eternal damnation. Ai has a plethora of powers, from creating illusions to conjuring fire. Even before rising from the grave, she was able to restore a dead butterfly to life.
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Black Ghost is a terrorist organization armed with some of the most advanced technology on Earth and strive to start another World War for their own profit and then take over the world. They are lead by a group of extraterrestrial brains residing in the Generalissimo while the operations are overseen by Skull .
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Members [ ]
Black Ghost composes many members, including regular soldiers, businessmen, politicians, spies, rouge government agents, assassins, killers, and scientists from across the globe that were recruited to develop weapons for warfare.
The majority of their cyborgs were originally humans they recruited either by force or manipulation. A few of their cyborgs and scientists managed to flee from Black Ghost, including Dr. Isaac Gilmore and the 00 Cyborgs 1-9.
Manga (1964-1967) [ ]
- Skull : Appears in "Birth" and is mentioned in the prologue to "Assassins". He does not resurface until two years later, during the arc "The Underground Empire of Yomi". Like 009, he has an acceleration ability and turns out to be a cyborg.
- Dr. Gamo Whisky : Depicted as being recruited for Black Ghost in "Prologue", as part of 001's origin. His fate after this chapter is unknown, and he is not mentioned again.
- Dr. Gaia : One of two Black Ghost scientists that appear in the "Mythos" arc. He and Dr. Uranus are responsible for the development of the Greek mythology-themed cyborgs. His final fate is unknown and unsaid due to the "Mythos" arc being cut off.
- Van Vogt : A high-ranking member of the organization that appears in "Yomi" . While working above ground, he poses as the president of Mitsutomo Engineering. He is actually a cyborg, with an accelerator and the ability to fire heat rays from his eyes.
- 0010 (Plus and Minus) , 0011 , 0012 , and 0013 : Five cyborgs developed by Black Ghost after the original nine escaped, and sent out as assassins. A number of other operatives (including 0013) also assist 0012 in her mission.
- Cyborg Men : An army of cyborg soldiers that were made after the 00 line. They first appear in the Vietnam conflict, but are also used by Van Vogt. A variation on these soldiers are seen in "Vacuum War", with much different designs.
- The Mythos Cyborgs : The Greek mythology cyborgs developed by Dr. Gaia and Uranus. They are unique for including cyborg animals, as well as hybrids comprised of human and animal DNA.
- Ibaraki , Oyamada , and Mary : At some point prior to the "Yomi" arc, the Black Ghost organization tracked down three of Joe's friends from his juvenile delinquent days and captured them, converting them into cyborgs and giving them the orders to take out the renegade 009. Due to the bombs implanted in their bodies that were set to go off if they rebelled, the three were forced to fight Joe with the intent of killing him.
- Dr. Dressler: A minor Black Ghost operative that briefly appears in "Deep Sea Wanderer". He is responsible for creating giant sea creatures via a specialized growth serum that he developed. His serum was initially meant as a way to stop world hunger by giving people giant animals to hunt, but it was used for a more sinister purpose.
- Generalissimo : The true leader(s) of the organization, seen at the end of the "Yomi" arc. Appears to be a statue, but is revealed to be three disembodied brains encased in glass that are able to communicate telepathically. The brains claim that as long as evil exists in the heart of man, Black Ghost will never truly die.
In the apocryphal side-story "Vacuum War", the Black Ghost organization is shown to have a satellite missile base and operating on the moon. Due to it not being considered canon, it is uncertain if this would apply outside the story.
A Neo-Nazi branch of the organization plays a role in "The Aurora Strategy", operating out of Antarctica.
Remnants of the Organization [ ]
- Monster Island scientists (Dr. Shishigashira, Dr. Kong, Dr. Alligator, Dr. Dracula, and Dr. Mamushi): Five scientists that emerge three months after the defeat of Black Ghost. Due to the advanced technology they have, as well as the expenses that would go into providing it, 004 deduces that they're backed by the remnants of the organization.
- Moses: The antagonist of the "Middle East"/"Moses in the Desert" arc. He utilizes technology from the Monster Island scientists, as well as other traps.
- Alpha Bii: A sailor cyborg that appears in the "Bottom of the Sea" arc.
- Dr. Ross and Dr. Keeley : Two Black Ghost scientists that appear in "Deinonychus". Ross had attempted to reform after defecting from Black Ghost, but was coerced by Keeley into trying to bring back its reign.
Ex-Members [ ]
- Dr. Yamazaki: A scientist that fled Black Ghost in "Vacuum War". He left the organization sometime after Dr. Gilmore's rebellion, having been inspired by him and developing a highly-intelligent robot, Android JQ.
- Dr. Uranus : The other scientist that developed the Mythos cyborg team. He had reservations about making them cold-blooded killers in the way that Dr. Gaia had wanted, insisting upon a fair battle. He eventually was rescued by 007 due to Gaia's threat to kill him, rebelling and rejoining Dr. Gilmore on the submarine. However, his final fate is also unknown due to the "Mythos" arc being cut off.
Members exclusive to the 2001 anime [ ]
As part of its updating of the manga, the Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier series included a number of new characters.
- Dr. Ryan: A fellow Black Ghost scientist that had attempted to rebel along with Gilmore, but was murdered for his betrayal of the organization. Appears in episode 2.
- Commander Skarr: A Black Ghost commander that appears in episode 2. He is electrocuted to death by Skull, for having served his purpose in detonating the bombs in the base.
- Dr. Berg: A Black Ghost scientist that was part of the development team behind 0013 and the giant 13 Robo. After the destruction of the robot and 0013's death, he attempts to recover the electronic brain of 13 Robo, but is foiled. Appears in episode 9.
- Captain Zanburozu: A member of Black Ghost also appearing in episode 9. Dr. Berg is forced to work with him.
- Commander Farej: A member of Black Ghost that appears in the Muamba two-parter, as well as episode 17.
- Dr. Brown: A scientist appearing in flashbacks to the 1960s days of Black Ghost. He was a colleague of Dr. Gilmore and one of the men responsible for creating the First Generation 00 Cyborgs.
Members exclusive to the OVA "Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman" [ ]
- Dr. Adams : A Black Ghost scientist who was kicked off the development team for the original 00 prototype line. He was granted permission by Van Vogt to develop his own team of cyborgs in secret, with them surfacing after the Cyborg Men and Mythos Cyborgs had been defeated.
- The High-Teen Number Cyborgs: Adams' cyborgs, continuing from where the original 00 line had left off, with cyborgs 0014 , 0016 , 0017 , and 0018 . With being later model Black Ghost cyborgs, all have the accelerator ability, as well as a self-repairing function that Adams had installed in them to make them stronger in battle.
Technology [ ]
Black Ghost is armed with highly advanced and unconventional weaponry including highly mobile tanks and a large variety of robots. The cyborgs are all outfitted with different abilities depending on the series and models, e.g. the 00 Cyborgs are outfitted with individual enhancements, while the Mythos Cyborgs are based on Greek Mythology characters with more numerous abilities. Common weapons include ultrasonic weaponry that can level an entire city.
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8 Sex Myths That Experts Wish Would Go Away
Everyone else is having more sex than you. Men want sex more than women do. And more.
By Catherine Pearson
Chalk it up to the variability in sex education, in high schools and even medical schools , or to the fact that many adults find it hard to talk about sex with the person who regularly sees them naked. Whatever the reason, misinformation about sexuality and desire is common.
“There are so many myths out there,” said Laurie Mintz, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Florida who focuses on human sexuality. And, she added, they can “cause a lot of damage.”
So the Well section reached out to a group of sex therapists and researchers, and asked them to share a myth they wished would go away.
Here’s what they said.
Myth 1: Everyone else is having more sex than you.
“Oddly, this myth persists across the life span,” said Debby Herbenick, director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the Indiana University School of Public Health and author of “Yes, Your Kid: What Parents Need to Know About Today’s Teens and Sex.”
Many teenagers think “everyone is doing it,” she said, leading them to jump into sex that they simply are not ready for. This myth can make older people in long-term relationships feel lousy, too — like they are the only ones in a so-called dry spell, when they may simply be experiencing the natural ebb and flow of desire .
“It’s pretty typical to find that about one in three people have had no partnered sex in the prior year,” Dr. Herbenick said, referencing several nationally representative surveys. She also points to research she has worked on showing that sexual activity has declined in recent years for reasons that aren’t fully understood. (Researchers have hypothesized that the decline has to do with factors like the rise in sexting and online pornography, as well as decreased drinking among young people .)
“It can help to normalize these periods of little to no partnered sex,” Dr. Herbenick said. “That said, for those looking for some longevity in their partnered sex life, it’s important to think about sex in a holistic way.” That means caring for your physical and mental health, she said, and talking through your feelings with your partner to maintain a sense of intimacy and connection.
Myth 2: Sex means penetration.
Sex therapists often lament that people get caught up in certain “sexual scripts,” or the idea that sex should unfold in a particular way — typically, a bit of foreplay that leads to intercourse.
But “we need to move beyond defining sex by a single behavior,” said Ian Kerner, a sex therapist and author of “She Comes First.” He noted that this type of narrow thinking has contributed to the longstanding pleasure gap between men and women in heterosexual encounters. For example, a study found that 75 percent of heterosexual men said they orgasmed every time they had been sexually intimate within the past month, compared with 33 percent of heterosexual women.
One survey found that 18 percent of women orgasmed from penetration alone, while 37 percent said they also needed clitoral stimulation to orgasm during intercourse. Instead of rushing toward intercourse, the focus should be on “outercourse,” Dr. Kerner said, which is an umbrella term for any sexual activity that doesn’t involve penetration.
“If you look at most mainstream movies, the image is women having these fast and fabulous orgasms from penetration, and foreplay is just the lead up to that main event,” Dr. Mintz said. “That is actually, scientifically, really damaging and false.”
In surveying thousands of women for her book “Becoming Cliterate,” Dr. Mintz found the percentage of women who said they orgasmed from penetration alone to be 4 percent or less.
Equating sex with penetration also leaves out people who have sex in other ways. For instance, Joe Kort, a sex therapist, has coined the term “sides” to describe gay men who do not have anal sex. Lexx Brown-James, a sex therapist, said that view also overlooks people with certain disabilities as well as those who simply do not enjoy penetration. Many people find greater sexual satisfaction from things like oral sex or “even just bodily contact,” she said.
Myth 3: Vaginas shouldn’t need extra lubricant.
Postmenopausal women sometimes describe the pain they experience during penetrative sex as feeling like “sandpaper” or “knives. ” But while vaginal dryness affects older women at a higher rate, it can happen at any point in life, Dr. Herbenick said, which has implications for women’s sex lives.
An estimated 17 percent of women between 18 and 50 report vaginal dryness during sex, while more than 50 percent experience it after menopause. She noted that it is also more common while women are nursing or during perimenopause, and that certain medications, including some forms of birth control, can decrease lubrication.
“As I often tell my students, vaginas are not rainforests,” Dr. Herbenick said, noting that her research has found that most American women have used a lubricant at some point. “We can feel aroused or in love and still not lubricate the way we want to.”
Myth 4: It is normal for sex to hurt.
Though lubricant can help some women experience more pleasure during sex, it is important to remember that sex should not hurt. An estimated 75 percent of women experience painful sex at some point in their lives, which can have many root causes: gynecologic problems, hormonal changes, cancer treatment , trauma — the list goes on.
Shemeka Thorpe, a sexuality researcher and educator who specializes in Black women’s sexual well-being , said many women believe that pain during or after sex is a sign of good sex.
“We know a lot of the times that people who end up having some sort of sexual pain disorder later in life actually had sexual pain during their first intercourse, and continued to have sexual pain or vulva pain,” Dr. Thorpe said. “They didn’t realize it was an issue.”
Men, too, can experience pain during intercourse . Experts emphasize that it is important for anyone experiencing pain during sex to see a medical provider.
Myth 5: Men always want sex more than women do.
“Desire discrepancy is the No. 1 problem I deal with in my practice, and by no means is the higher-desire partner always male,” Dr. Kerner said. “But because of this myth, men often feel a sense of shame around their lack of desire, and a pressure to always initiate.”
(Dr. Herbenick noted the related myth that women don’t masturbate, which she said holds them back from fully exploring their sexuality.)
But while there is data to suggest that men masturbate more often than women do , it is untrue that women don’t want sex, or that men always do, said Dr. Brown-James. For instance, one recent study found that women’s desire tended to fluctuate more throughout their lifetimes, but that men and women experienced very similar desire fluctuations throughout the week .
Myth 6: Desire should happen instantly.
Sex therapists and researchers generally believe that there are two types of desire: spontaneous, or the feeling of wanting sex out of the blue, and responsive, which arises in response to stimuli, like touch.
People tend to think that spontaneous desire — which is what many lovers experience early in relationships — is somehow better.
But Lori Brotto, a psychologist and the author of “Better Sex Through Mindfulness,” said a lot of the work she does is to normalize responsive desire, particularly among women and those in long-term relationships.
She helps them understand that it is possible to go into sex without spontaneous desire, as long as there is willingness and consent. Dr. Brotto likens it to going to the gym when you don’t feel like it. “Your endorphins start flowing, you feel really good and you’re grateful you went afterward,” she said.
Myth 7: Planned sex is boring.
Dr. Brotto also disagrees with the idea that “planned sex is bad sex,” because it makes it “clinical and dry and boring.”
That view is “so harmful,” she said. And it results in many people treating sex like an afterthought, doing it only late at night when they’re exhausted or distracted, Dr. Brotto said, if they make time for it at all.
When clients bristle at the practice of scheduling sex, she will ask: Are there many other activities in your life that you love or that are important to you that you never plan for or put on the calendar? The answer, she said, is usually no.
Scheduled sex can also lend itself to responsive desire, Dr. Brotto said, giving “arousal time to heat up.”
Myth 8: Your penis doesn’t stack up.
Men are under a certain amount of pressure when it comes to how their penises look or function, Dr. Kerner said. Younger men, he said, believe they shouldn’t have erectile dysfunction, while older men get the message that premature ejaculation is something they grow out of with age and experience.
The data tells a different story. Though erectile dysfunction — which is defined as a consistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection, not just occasional erection issues — does tend to increase with age, it also affects an estimated 8 percent of men in their 20s and 11 percent of those in their 30s. And 20 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 59 report experiencing premature ejaculation.
“We don’t have a little blue pill to make premature ejaculation go away, so we’re not having the same cultural conversation as we are with erectile dysfunction,” Dr. Kerner said. “We’re just left with the myths that guys with premature ejaculation are bad in bed, or sexually selfish.”
Likewise, studies show that many men — gay and straight — worry that their penises do not measure up, even though many partners say they do not prefer an especially large penis.
“Partnered sex is complex,” Dr. Kerner said. “It involves touching, tuning in, connecting, communicating.”
Catherine Pearson is a reporter for the Well section of The Times, covering families and relationships. More about Catherine Pearson
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