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Prepare for Halloween with These Monstrous Anime from 2021

It's almost the first day of Halloween! Have you got your anime playlist ready?

It’s almost the first day of Halloween! Are you feeling the chill in the air yet? Have you got your costumes and decorations ready? Has your playlist been converted to primarily Danny Elfman tunes? And what about your anime playlist? Is it populated with monstrous titles?

No? Well, that’s why we’re here. Get on your streaming service of choice and queue up these harrowing titles. The best part? They’re all from this year, so they’re good and fresh!



Zombie Land Saga Revenge - for Halloween or any time

Every day is Halloween when you’re literally a zombie! ZOMBIE LAND SAGA was a surprisingly wholesome musical hit, about undead idols revitalizing Saga Prefecture. Then this year, they came back for more — and between the lore drops we got from the show itself and its spinoff manga, there’s a lot to digest. So to speak. Suffice to say, “revitalizing Saga” doesn’t just mean encouraging tourism.

And the second season ended… let’s say unexpectedly. Will Franchouchou have one more chance to save the day? What even is going on? Hopefully we’ll find out soon.


Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai

Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai - a Halloween playlist

Want an easy Halloween playlist? Just put this long-running series on and let it play. Because while the latest season of Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai is fresh, the show has been running for nine seasons total. Even with their short run time, that’s a lot of creepy viewing.

The series adapts urban legends into bite-sized episodes, in the tradition of kamishibai, or “paper plays.” Each one is full of creepy visuals and guest star voice actors. And if you want more, check out spinoff series Ninja Collection for a Reiwa-era spin on the concept.


The Vampire Dies in No Time

The Vampire Dies in No Time - just in time for Halloween

Our final selection premieres just in time for Halloween! The Vampire Dies in No Time is the classic tale of hunter vs. hunted, vampire vs. slayer… except for the bit where, well, the vampire keeps dying. It’s right there on the tin.

Dralc, despite his appearance, is primarily two things: a gamer, and easy to kill. Vampire slayer Ronaldo finds himself saddled with the bloodsucker after Dralc’s castle crumbles in an explosion. The two are now unlikely roommates, but it’s not as bad as one might think. Dralc’s presence, and skill at cooking and cleaning, mean Ronaldo is living healthier. Funnily enough. But it’s not going to go unnoticed that mortal enemies are working together…

What will you be watching this Halloween?

Kara Dennison

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and presenter with bylines at Crunchyroll, Sci-Fi Magazine, Sartorial Geek, and many others. She is a contributor to the celebrated Black Archive line, with many other books, short stories, and critical works to her name.