What's the Most Brutal Anime You've Seen?

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SonOfMethuselah:

Aaron Sylvester:
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

It pretty much takes the cake when it comes to brutal violence. Elfen Lied would also come close to the top.

The violence you've seen in DBZ (even the unfiltered Japanese originals) isn't anywhere near the above two lol.

Well that's what I mean. I don't ever recall DBZ being particularly brutal, which is probably why that episode struck me as so odd. It felt really out of place.

Anyway, it seems this Elfin (Elfen?) Lied gets the popular vote so far, but this...

Talaris:
The fact that I love violent and horror anime...

... I found rather intriguing. Horror anime, you say? I never would have assumed a cartoon could do horror. (If any of you were tempted to face palm at this particular comment, let me remind you that anime is not my thing).

Obligatory /facepalm
Ok but seriously anime is just another media, it covers every genre just as live action movies and tv do. You just don't hear about much more than the Big 3 or similar anime via the mainstream
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Ah what the heck why don't I contribute more than just 1 brutal like anime
Deadman wonderland
Mirai Nikki
Higurashi
Umineko
Kenshin
Another
Psycho pass ( those dominators are quite disturbing)

Well there's Elfen Lied

But it was mostly shock OH GOD PUPPY BLOOD thing.

And there's Mnemosyne, which was... pretty damn weird to be honest. See, this is why immortality is a baaaad idea.

And of course, Higurashi. The only anime which scared the crap out of me. Damn the creepy eyes and music. T^T

Probably Akira. I don't watch much anime, though.

the doom cannon:

Obligatory /facepalm
Ok but seriously anime is just another media, it covers every genre just as live action movies and tv do. You just don't hear about much more than the Big 3 or similar anime via the mainstream

That's fair enough, I suppose. I am fairly mainstream. The idea of anime focusing on horror just makes me think of the Halloween specials that the old Saturday morning cartoons I used to watch would air: a bunch of random thematic elements thrown into a situation where they don't fit, or sit kind of awkwardly. I suppose if your focus was solely on the horror aspect, though, an anime could probably do it just as well as anything else. After all, it's not like live action 'horror' movies are ever really scary, anyway.

SonOfMethuselah:

the doom cannon:

Obligatory /facepalm
Ok but seriously anime is just another media, it covers every genre just as live action movies and tv do. You just don't hear about much more than the Big 3 or similar anime via the mainstream

That's fair enough, I suppose. I am fairly mainstream. The idea of anime focusing on horror just makes me think of the Halloween specials that the old Saturday morning cartoons I used to watch would air: a bunch of random thematic elements thrown into a situation where they don't fit, or sit kind of awkwardly. I suppose if your focus was solely on the horror aspect, though, an anime could probably do it just as well as anything else. After all, it's not like live action 'horror' movies are ever really scary, anyway.

Actually I think anime can one up the live action horror because anime has a longer time to freak you the fuck out. 12 or more 20 minute episodes is much more time to also build up the world and all. You should check out some of the anime ppl are suggesting in this thread if you're interested in it

As far as a single OVA? Probably

Genocyber NSFW


AMVs ^ set to the original OVA's soundtrack (which was actually pretty rockin for 92).

I can't finish expanding on what I was going to say, but I'll edit this later to append the comment.

the doom cannon:

Actually I think anime can one up the live action horror because anime has a longer time to freak you the fuck out. 12 or more 20 minute episodes is much more time to also build up the world and all. You should check out some of the anime ppl are suggesting in this thread if you're interested in it

Well, I definitely plan on checking out this Elfen Lied. And if I have it right, there's a character from Hellsing who I see used as an avatar quite a bit, and I've always wanted to know where he came from, so I think I'll look in to that one, too. Mnemosyne also sounds like an interesting concept. I've got a big weekend full of nothing ahead, so it might be time to jump into this anime thing, see what I've been missing. Lord knows I could use a little culture.

I thought Baccano! was pretty brutal.

I'm sure there is more brutal stuff out there, but I'll just stick to this for now.

SonOfMethuselah:

Anyway, it seems this Elfin (Elfen?) Lied gets the popular vote so far, but this...

Well, yes and no on Elfen Lied. It opens with like five minutes of a naked girl brutally eviscerating dozens of people. However, (and this is just one of the many reasons I think Elfen Lied is dumb and stupid) Elfen Lied was animated by Studio Arms, whose previous productions have included such prestigious series as Battle Vixens, Queen's Blade, and Night Shift Nurses. This is not a studio brimming with talent. Elfen Lied is the epitome of cheap animation. Nothing has much/any weight or impact.

It does make you realize just what a huge difference there can be in animation quality, and how immensely talented some studios are.

Mnemosyne suffers from the same problem, though to a lesser degree. It still wasn't enough for me to be disturbed by it in the slightest, however.

Moving on to the positive, Baccano! has some of the highest quantities of violence of any anime - certainly it's the most violent I've seen (oh, except for Hellsing Ultimate). As long as you're an emotionless bastard like me it's not really horrifying or disturbing, but that's intentional because Baccano!'s fun. It's a show about immortal alchemists running gangs during the Great Depression. FUCK. YES.

The single most brutal scene I've ever seen in an anime, however, would be from Bakemonogatari. A guy gets most of his limbs broken, and is punched all the way through his stomach. Then he's grabbed by his intestines and swung around the room until they tear. However, this entire scene is inked in exactly one color - green - because ponies Bakemonogatari.

Rounding out the pack, the most disturbing scene I've ever seen in an anime would be the last scene from episode seven of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

"Stop...please stop..."

I like Madoka Magica so much I fuck it.

SonOfMethuselah:

... I found rather intriguing. Horror anime, you say? I never would have assumed a cartoon could do horror. (If any of you were tempted to face palm at this particular comment, let me remind you that anime is not my thing).

From an artistic standpoint, animation has the advantage of existing in hyperreality. Gore, facial expression, etc. can be distorted and exaggerated. But obviously it doesn't work if you don't identify the character on-screen as a person, so that's where it can break down.

SonOfMethuselah:
Well, I definitely plan on checking out this Elfen Lied.

Do me a favor. After you watch it, PM me what you thought about it. The things people say about it mystify me.

SonOfMethuselah:

And if I have it right, there's a character from Hellsing who I see used as an avatar quite a bit, and I've always wanted to know where he came from, so I think I'll look in to that one, too.

There are two versions of Hellsing: Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate (which is just called Hellsing in Japan). Hellsing 1 I haven't actually seen, but I know it diverges from the story of the manga on which it is based, whereas Hellsing Ultimate tells the story (Because people watch Hellsing FOR THE PLOT). When people talk about Hellsing, they are probably (but not necessarily) talking about Ultimate. I've seen nine of the ten episodes of Ultimate and it really is awesome. It's also great both subbed and dubbed - both versions are basically a bunch of big-name (within the field) voice actors chewing the scenery.

SonOfMethuselah:
Mnemosyne also sounds like an interesting concept. I've got a big weekend full of nothing ahead, so it might be time to jump into this anime thing, see what I've been missing. Lord knows I could use a little culture.

Yes...anime...culture. That is a thing. That it has. At all.

Mostly jk. Anime is all I watch, so at the very least I have to convince myself it's culture-y. Enjoy your big weekend-of-nothing turned weekend-of-anime. And if you're ever looking for suggestions, just ask someone me someone.

Possibly Elfen Lied. DBZ is cool and all, but Elfen Lied uses a lot more blood, and a lot more messed up violence.

45 posts and nobody's felt the need to mention Hokuto no Ken?

Seriously?

I feel old.

Elfen Lied, Hellsing Ultimate and Claymore for me.

Hellsing Ultimate is the most brutal one I've ever seen.

Then team four star made it even more epic.

Hm, Hunter x Hunter is pretty brutal I guess. It has more of an impact in some ways because you don't really expect it since it often seems like just a fun Shonen anime. It can go quickly from that, to people getting brutally dismembered, in a way you don't really expect from other Shonen titles. This isn't the kind of Shonen where the heroes dramatically finish an enemy with some crazy attack like getting hit by swords in a way that they should have been diced up, and they just spurt up a fountain of blood before falling down, and often times not dying. If you get hit by a crazy attack that should dice you up, it will dice you up.


The decapitations and mauling only become more frequent the further you get into the series. It's not quite at the level of scary, but it can be a bit unnerving when a character that you've come to know gets unexpectedly killed after a clash you though he/she'd win and you find out about their death when you see the victor holding their decapitated head in their lap.

I'm surprised that absolutely no one has mentioned Full Metal Alchemist (either series) or Ghost in the Shell. The former has genocide as a major theme, and everyone will remember what happened with Tucker and "the Chimera". As for GitS, it's not ultra violent often from what I've seen, but there are a couple scenes throughout the series that really do become hard to watch.

SonOfMethuselah:

the doom cannon:

Actually I think anime can one up the live action horror because anime has a longer time to freak you the fuck out. 12 or more 20 minute episodes is much more time to also build up the world and all. You should check out some of the anime ppl are suggesting in this thread if you're interested in it

Well, I definitely plan on checking out this Elfen Lied. And if I have it right, there's a character from Hellsing who I see used as an avatar quite a bit, and I've always wanted to know where he came from, so I think I'll look in to that one, too. Mnemosyne also sounds like an interesting concept. I've got a big weekend full of nothing ahead, so it might be time to jump into this anime thing, see what I've been missing. Lord knows I could use a little culture.

Whatever you do, watch the OVAs - Hellsing Ultimate - instead of the original. To keep it short - the OVAs do everything the original series sets out to do, but far better and without making Seras come across as utterly defenseless or having a main villain that's laughably hard to take seriously.

SonOfMethuselah:

Well that's what I mean. I don't ever recall DBZ being particularly brutal, which is probably why that episode struck me as so odd. It felt really out of place.

As far as brutality in DBZ goes, this scene takes the cake for me.

SonOfMethuselah:

Talaris:
The fact that I love violent and horror anime...

... I found rather intriguing. Horror anime, you say? I never would have assumed a cartoon could do horror. (If any of you were tempted to face palm at this particular comment, let me remind you that anime is not my thing).

I can see how it might look that way, in fact I never really was interested in violent thriller/horror anime till I saw Mirai Nikki, which I knew nothing about upon going in. Being 2D throws some horror aspects out of the window, for instance jump scares, but what the Japanese excel at are plot scenarios combined with excellent voice acting that are psychologically disturbing and uncomfortable.

For example, in the way anime faces are very expressive, mood changes can be much more sinister that helps ramp up the tension. And obviously they can run wild with the cute + gratuitous violence trope, which for the most part wouldn't be allowed for child actors to do in live action.

a friend of mine recently introduced me to Hellsing Ultimate which is both brilliant and bloody/brutal, unfortunately out of the 10 episodes only 8 are in english so far (last 2 sceduled for August i think) so i would definitely recommend that

Obligatory mention of Elfen Lied. Yes, it's violent to a ridiculous degree, but that's all there is to it. Other series do the violence much better.
Higurashi is viloent (though perhaps not quite on the level of Elfen Lied), but it paces itself much better, which gives it more weight. I cringed a hell of a lot more when watching one character die in Higurashi than I did when watching the whole series of Elfen Lied.
OS yeah, Higurashi gets my vote.

I'm going to go with Akira. Sure, there are more gory or violent anime, like Elfen Lied, but the OP asked for "brutal". The violence in Akira is brutal. The most innocent or undeserving characters are victims to most unpleasant and visceral suffering. Elfen Lied opens with exploding heads and gratuitous fan service, so it feels like a childish cartoon. Akira has a character step on a piece of glass with his bare foot, or a blameless girl getting her nose punched in - and it looks ten times worse.

emotional: now and then, here and there.
all the other stuff was posted before here i think-but well maybe gyo-not brutal but disguisting^^ but junji ito rocks shit and can even turn his cat into something ill never want to meet any time any soon anywhere *urgh

Aaron Sylvester:
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

Yeah I think that's a /thread right there.

I never watched the entire series, but that show was ridiculously brutal and actually fairly scary. The show was like a nightmare, everything would be fine one minute, then suddenly it would devolve into pure Bedlam.

The only other thing I can think of is Elfen Lied... such a beautiful yet gloriously messed up show. Not just in violence either, there was a lot of messed up imagery and subtext in that show.

... Now I have to listen to Lilium again.

Urotsukidoji.
Definitely not for children.
Nerdy kid turnd into a giant monster with 10 ..."tentacles" ahem...that tears apart Tokyo while demons rape & pillage & ...well, brutalize.
One especially memorable 3 second clip had a demon fly by while holding a woman by the ankles and eating her out, another person flies from the foreground to splat against the wall in the background, all while a severed head rolls by.

The whole thing is very demented... I highly recommend it.

Baccano. Hands down.

An immortal ten-year-old takes a shotgun blast to the face.

A man flying through the air grabs a rope attached to a train, and it rips his hand apart. He then uses said hand to punch a water-tower he and the girlfriend in his arms are falling toward at speed, completely obliterating that limb.

This same man, earlier in the series, gleefully chats to another man while pummeling him to death in front of an audience of train passengers.

A different man ends up covered in the gore of a hijacker that he held suspended underneath the train they were on and grinds him to death against the tracks. He then proceeds to run around the train killing people while still covered in blood, eventually proposing marriage to one of the passengers.

Throughout the rest of the series, there are all manner of bloody mutilations and great story twists.

11 eyes had some brutal parts in it

In terms of physical violence, the worst i've seen are Rurouni Kenshin, Elfen Lied and Ninja Scroll, Hellsing has a fair amount of violence, but it actually suits the purpose of the anime and it's not too gratuitous.

I'm thinking Elfen Lied. It was also the first anime I've seen.

The entire anime was just difficult to stomach, even for an adult. It was actually psychologically demanding to watch it. But I did anyway because the story was quite unique and interesting.

I am afraid to say I saw it because it was quite literally gore porn with lots of brutal sexual assault.

I didn't watch it willingly, it was apart of someone's birthday party oddly enough. I would describe its content but I am afraid the FBI would come busting down the door.

Otherwise I consider Akira probably the second must brutal anime I ever saw. The detail was just utterly shocking to me. Basically a similar reaction one would feel to real violence I guess from my summation.

The most violent anime...
I watched quite a few of those.

The top 5 are definitely (not sorted):

Afro Samurai - over-the-top fighting scenes, quite fun actually to watch
Hellsing Ultimate - even more over the top ;) - Ultimate senseless gore and fighting sequences with people being literally ripped to shreds.
Gantz - once again people get killed here in many various ways. Unfortunately ending is very poorly done, the anime doesn't compare at all to the first part of the manga... (at some point manga also had gone bad)
Deadman Wonderland. People dissolving in acid - enough said.
Shigurui - A anime about a samurai school. One of the most violent pieces I've ever seen (like brain coming out of cut in a half skull). A lot of physical violence, sometimes very hard to watch. I don't recommend it though, the end is way too abrupt (like a book with missing half of pages) - most likely they were hoping to end the story in second season that never appeared... well, you can always read the manga though.

Others, that can be also counted as quite violent:

Elfen Lied - it more about psychological drama than actual violence... end the scenes are done rather poorly, if animation was better it would definitely had much bigger impact
Berserk - not really violent, until the last episode - I know that a lot of people will disagree here but I consider most of the scenes as quite normal among the mature seinens
Basilisk - great fighting scenes and a sad ending. Basically two ninja clans fight against each other to decide which kid will become the next shogun at the present shogun order. I quite liked it, but the plot wasn't too ambitious.
Zetman - not really a good anime, but its fun to watch sometimes. A monster fighting other monsters for justice. Quite confusing at some parts.
Jin-Roh the Wolf Brigade - its a anime movie, but its very realistic. An Alternate history type anime about militia.
Ga-Rei Zero - about an anti-demon squad. Overall quite good, but the ending of first episode might leave you very confused.
Shiki - it had only a few violent scenes (spoiler: like the doctor slicing up his newly undead wife to find a way to kill vampires). Its more focused on drama and existential questions than on violence itself
Jormungand - an anime about a weapon merchant and her bodyguards. Its more a comedy type anime, but it still can get pretty serious ;) The ending sound cue - "She is loco" - describes it very well ;)
Texhnolyze - very dark anime but also quite strange... main character finally decided to speak at the end of the 9th episode. Still, quite good to watch but don't expect a happy ending.
Ergo Proxy - another dark themed anime. Hard to tell though what was that about to not spoil it too much.
Wolf's Rain - not too much violence there, but its a very good drama and its very sad, so I feel I can mention it in this category

Animes mentioned here that I don't consider as too violent:

DBZ - If you consider it violent, you shouldn't watch any of the animes mentioned in posts here
Claymore - I don't know why so many people mentioned it here, in this anime violence is very toned down compared to manga. The cuts are mostly quite clean, I don't remember anything too hard to swallow in it. And the ending was sooo bad... I highly recommend reading the manga instead though its still on-going.
Baccano - once you know most of those people are immortal it kinda looses its impact. There are tortures scenes though. But if in the end you don't get really hurt can you still call it really violent?
Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni - I watched only the first season, but I don't consider it violent, its just hard emotionally. Mainly about how hard is to change someone's fate.

Aaron Sylvester:
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

It pretty much takes the cake when it comes to brutal violence. Elfen Lied would also come close to the top.

The violence you've seen in DBZ (even the unfiltered Japanese originals) isn't anywhere near the above two lol.

Elfin lied is ok..but there's more violence in the Helsing OVA (Nazi vampires loose on a civilian population) or motherloving Gantz- that right there is some of the most graphic animated violence I have ever seen..so yes, Elfin lied has its moments, but it's on the lower side of the top five imo

Hokuto no Ken!

Seriously, exploding heads via pressure points, HOW HAS ONLY ONE OTHER PERSON HERE SEEN IT?!?

The movie shows more gore IMO, but the original TV series is good in it's own right. I used to quote Kenshiro saying "you're already dead" in Japanese every time. Awesome. Just watch some if you're into violent anime at all.
It also spawned several hilariously awful live-action efforts from various countries. You have been warned.

or Urotsukidoji - legend of the overfiend movies. For very different & disturbing reasons.

You kids and your Naruto. Pfft.

I'm so old....

This isn't anime, but Saya No Uta is a contender fo' sho'. Literally a world made of gore, a couple rape scenes, multiple murders, themes of genocide, insanity and a guy kills his wife and kid by stabbing them in the throat out of fear because he sees them as monsters...

Yeah, it's fucked up, but it's a damn good story. I loved it, but I feel like a psycho for my intense interest in it.

Probably Berserk. Not only is it violent, but on the rare occasion for an anime, I care for the characters enough to be shocked when I see their demise. The manga is miles better, of course.

Elfen Lied, Hellsing Ultimate, or Berserk. It's a pretty even tie for me!

Well poop. Double post...

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