What is Psychological anime?

Psychological media delve into mental or emotional states of a character in the midst of a difficult situation, letting you observe them change as tension increases. Internal monologues are a key feature, allowing narration to delve into a character's mind, revealing their innermost ideas and motivations - even as they may be driven to the brink of sanity.

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Attack on Titan: The Final Season - Final Chapters Part 2

(Attack on Titan: The Final Season - Final Chapters Part 2)

8.29

Description:

Eren, as the Founding Titan, advances on Fort Salta with countless other Titans. Appearing before the refugees, who stand on the brink of despair, are Mikasa, Armin, Jean, Conny, Reiner, Pieck, and Levi, who narrowly escaped from the rumbling. The battle between former comrades and childhood friends with Eren concludes here. (Source: Crunchyroll)
Type

special

Episodes

1

Ep.Length

85 Min

Rating

17+ (violence & profanity)

Status

finished

Aired

2023-11-04

[Oshi no Ko]

(Oshi no Ko)

8.27

Description:

When a pregnant young starlet appears in Gorou Amemiya’s countryside medical clinic, the doctor takes it upon himself to safely (and secretly) deliver Ai Hoshino’s child so she can make a scandal-free return to the stage. But no good deed goes unpunished, and on the eve of her delivery, he finds himself slain at the hands of Ai’s deluded stalker — and subsequently reborn as Ai’s child, Aquamarine Hoshino! The glitz and glamor of showbiz hide the dark underbelly of the entertainment industry, threatening to dull the shine of his favorite star. Can he help his new mother rise to the top of the charts? And what will he do when unthinkable disaster strikes? (Source: HIDIVE) Note: Episode 1【推しの子】Mother and Children was pre-screened in advance in Japanese theaters on March 17, 2023. The regular TV broadcast begins on April 12, 2023. The first episode has an extended runtime of ~90 minutes.
Type

TV

Episodes

11

Status

finished

Aired

2023-04-12

Death Note

(Death Note)

8.36

Description:

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. (Source: MAL Rewrite)
Type

TV

Episodes

37

Ep.Length

23 Min

Rating

Violence, Profanity

Status

finished

Aired

2006-10-04

Attack on Titan: The Final Season - Final Chapters Part 1

(Attack on Titan: The Final Season - Final Chapters Part 1)

8.29

Description:

The fate of the world hangs in the balance as Eren unleashes the ultimate power of the Titans. With a burning determination to eliminate all who threaten Eldia, he leads an unstoppable army of Colossal Titans towards Marley. Now a motley crew of his former comrades and enemies scramble to halt his deadly mission, the only question is, can they stop him? (Source: Crunchyroll)
Type

special

Episodes

1

Ep.Length

60 Min

Rating

17+ (violence & profanity)

Status

finished

Aired

2023-03-03

Yakusoku no Neverland

(The Promised Neverland)

8.28

Description:

The orphans at Grace Field House have only ever known peace. Their home is nice, their bellies stay full, and their caretaker, Mom, loves them very much. But their world turns upside down when the smartest children of the bunch—Emma, Ray, and Norman—learn what horror awaits them on adoption day. Now, their cultivated wit may be their only chance of survival. (Source: Funimation)
Type

TV

Episodes

12

Ep.Length

23 Min

Rating

Violence, Profanity

Status

finished

Aired

2019-01-11

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: First Kiss wa Owaranai

(Kaguya-sama: Love is War - The First Kiss Never Ends)

8.22

Description:

Shuchiin Academy’s student council room: the place where Student Council Vice President Kaguya Shinomiya and President Miyuki Shirogane met. After a long battle in love, these two geniuses communicated their feelings and, at the Hoshin Festival, had their very first kiss. However, there was no clear confession of love. The relationship between these two, who assumed they would be a couple, remains ambiguous. Now, overly conscious of their feelings, they must face the biggest challenge yet: Christmas. It’s Shirogane who wants it to be perfect versus Kaguya who pursues the imperfect situation. This is the very “normal” love story of two geniuses and the first kiss that never ends. (Source: Aniplex of America) Kaguya-sama: Love is War -The First Kiss That Never Ends- first premiered in theaters across Japan on December 17, 2022. It was later released as 4 episodes on TV, streaming, and Blu-Ray/DVD.
Type

movie

Episodes

1

Ep.Length

90 Min

Status

finished

Aired

2022-12-17

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Ultra Romantic

(Kaguya-sama: Love is War - Ultra Romantic -)

8.23

Description:

The elite members of Shuchiin Academy's student council continue their competitive day-to-day antics. Council president Miyuki Shirogane clashes daily against vice-president Kaguya Shinomiya, each fighting tooth and nail to trick the other into confessing their romantic love. Kaguya struggles within the strict confines of her wealthy, uptight family, rebelling against her cold default demeanor as she warms to Shirogane and the rest of her friends. Meanwhile, council treasurer Yuu Ishigami suffers under the weight of his hopeless crush on Tsubame Koyasu, a popular upperclassman who helps to instill a new confidence in him. Miko Iino, the newest student council member, grows closer to the rule-breaking Ishigami while striving to overcome her own authoritarian moral code. As love further blooms at Shuchiin Academy, the student council officers drag their outsider friends into increasingly comedic conflicts. (Source: MAL Rewrite) Note: The first episode had an advanced screening on April 2, in both New York & Los Angeles.
Type

TV

Episodes

13

Ep.Length

25 Min

Rating

Teens 13 or older

Status

finished

Aired

2022-04-09

Idol

(Idol)

8.23

Description:

Music video directed by Naoya Nakayama for the song Idol by YOASOBI. The song is based on the original novel "45510" written by Aka Akasaka. Note: The song featured in this music video also serves as the opening theme of the anime [Oshi no Ko].
Type

music

Episodes

1

Ep.Length

4 Min

Status

finished

Aired

2023-04-12

Shiguang Daili Ren

(LINK CLICK)

8.21

Description:

In a modern metropolis there is a small store called "Time Photo Studio." Although only a few customers come to visit, it's actually run by Cheng Xiaoshi and Lu Guang, two men with special powers. They cooperate and use their super powers to enter the photos in order to fulfill the client's request. However, things always get out of their control... (Source: Bilibili Official YouTube Channel)
Type

ONA

Episodes

11

Ep.Length

20 Min

Rating

Teens 13 or older

Status

finished

Aired

2021-04-30

Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ougonkyou

(Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun)

8.21

Description:

The second season of Made in Abyss. Directly after the events of Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei, the third installment of Made in Abyss covers the adventures of Reg, Riko, and Nanachi in the Sixth Layer, The Capital of the Unreturned.
Type

TV

Episodes

12

Ep.Length

24 Min

Rating

17+

Status

finished

Aired

2022-07-06

Boku dake ga Inai Machi

(ERASED)

8.22

Description:

When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back several minutes before the accident occurs. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon, which he calls "Revival," to save many lives. However, when he is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, Satoru is sent back to the past once again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past. Soon, he realizes that the murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates, the solitary and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, that took place when he was a child. This is his chance to make things right.Boku dake ga Inai Machi follows Satoru in his mission to uncover what truly transpired 18 years ago and prevent the death of his classmate while protecting those he cares about in the present. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Type

TV

Episodes

12

Ep.Length

23 Min

Rating

17+ (violence & profanity)

Status

finished

Aired

2016-01-08

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen

(Kaguya-sama: Love is War)

8.22

Description:

Known for being both brilliant and powerful, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya lead the illustrious Shuchiin Academy as near equals. Everyone thinks they’d make a great couple. But with pride and arrogance in ample supply, the only logical move is to trick the other into instigating a date! Who will come out on top in this psychological war where the first move is the only one that matters? (Source: Funimation)
Type

TV

Episodes

12

Ep.Length

24 Min

Rating

Teens 13 or older

Status

finished

Aired

2019-01-12

Jigokuraku

(Hell's Paradise)

8.17

Description:

The Edo period is nearing its end. Gabimaru, a shinobi formerly known as the strongest in Iwagakure who is now a death row convict, is told that he will be acquitted and set free if he can bring back the Elixir of Life from an island that is rumored to be the Buddhist pure land Sukhavati. In hopes of reuniting with his beloved wife, Gabimaru heads to the island along with the executioner Yamada Asaemon Sagiri. Upon arriving there, they encounter other death row convicts in search of the Elixir of Life... as well as a host of unknown creatures, eerie manmade statues, and the hermits who rule the island. Can Gabimaru find the Elixir of Life on this mysterious island and make it back home alive? (Source: Crunchyroll)
Type

TV

Episodes

13

Ep.Length

24 Min

Status

finished

Aired

2023-04-01

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai?: Tensaitachi no Renai Zunousen

(Kaguya-sama: Love is War?)

8.22

Description:

After a slow but eventful summer vacation, Shuchiin Academy's second term is now starting in full force. As August transitions into September, Miyuki Shirogane's birthday looms ever closer, leaving Kaguya Shinomiya in a serious predicament as to how to celebrate it. Furthermore, the tenure of the school's 67th student council is coming to an end. Due to the council members being in different classes, the only time Kaguya and Miyuki have to be together will soon disappear, putting all of their cunning plans at risk. A long and difficult election that will decide the fate of the new student council awaits, as multiple challengers fight for the coveted title of president. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Type

TV

Episodes

12

Ep.Length

25 Min

Rating

Teens 13 or older

Status

finished

Aired

2020-04-11

Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei

(Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul)

8.21

Description:

Dawn of the Deep Soul continues the epic adventure of plucky Riko and Reg who are joined by their new friend Nanachi. Together they descend into the Abyss' treacherous fifth layer, the Sea of Corpses, and encounter the mysterious Bondrewd, a legendary White Whistle whose shadow looms over Nanachi's troubled past. Bondrewd is ingratiatingly hospitable, but the brave adventurers know things are not always as they seem in the enigmatic Abyss... (Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Type

movie

Episodes

1

Ep.Length

105 Min

Rating

Violence, Profanity

Status

finished

Aired

2020-01-17

Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

(Parasyte -the maxim-)

8.21

Description:

All of a sudden, they arrived: parasitic aliens that descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. These insatiable beings acquire full control of their host and are able to morph into a variety of forms in order to feed on unsuspecting prey. Sixteen-year-old high school student Shinichi Izumi falls victim to one of these parasites, but it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to relocate, the parasite, now named Migi, has no choice but to rely on Shinichi in order to stay alive. Thus, the pair is forced into an uneasy coexistence and must defend themselves from hostile parasites that hope to eradicate this new threat to their species. (Source: MAL Rewrite)
Type

TV

Episodes

24

Ep.Length

23 Min

Rating

Violence, Profanity

Status

finished

Aired

2014-10-09

Neon Genesis Evangelion

(Neon Genesis Evangelion)

8.21

Description:

In the year 2015, the world stands on the brink of destruction. Humanity's last hope lies in the hands of Nerv, a special agency under the United Nations, and their Evangelions, giant machines capable of defeating the Angels who herald Earth's ruin. Gendou Ikari, head of the organization, seeks compatible pilots who can synchronize with the Evangelions and realize their true potential. Aiding in this defensive endeavor are talented personnel Misato Katsuragi, Head of Tactical Operations, and Ritsuko Akagi, Chief Scientist. Face to face with his father for the first time in years, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari's average life is irreversibly changed when he is whisked away into the depths of Nerv, and into a harrowing new destiny—he must become the pilot of Evangelion Unit-01 with the fate of mankind on his shoulders. Written by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a heroic tale of a young boy who will become a legend. But as this psychological drama unfolds, ancient secrets beneath the big picture begin to bubble to the surface... (Source: MAL Rewrite)
Type

TV

Episodes

26

Ep.Length

24 Min

Rating

Teens 13 or older

Status

finished

Aired

1995-10-04

Monster

(Monster)

8.22

Description:

Dr. Kenzou Tenma is a renowned brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. Highly lauded by his peers as one of the great young minds that will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful fiancée and is on the cusp of a big promotion in the hospital he works at. But all of that is about to change with a grave dilemma that Kenzou faces one night—whether to save the life of a small boy or that of the town's mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the other critical patient, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor's. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the surgeon's vicinity, all of the evidence pointing to the boy he saved, Kenzou's beliefs are shaken. Along his journey to unravel the true identity of his little patient, Kenzou discovers that the fate of the world may be intertwined with the mysterious child. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Type

TV

Episodes

74

Ep.Length

24 Min

Rating

Mild Nudity

Status

finished

Aired

2004-04-07

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

(Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

8.21

Description:

Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are regular middle school girls with regular lives, but all that changes when they encounter Kyuubey, a cat-like magical familiar, and Homura Akemi, the new transfer student. Kyuubey offers them a proposition: he will grant one of their wishes and in exchange, they will each become a magical girl, gaining enough power to fulfill their dreams. However Homura, a magical girl herself, urges them not to accept the offer since everything is not what it seems. A story of hope, despair, and friendship, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica deals with the difficulties of being a magical girl and the price one has to pay to make a dream come true. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Type

TV

Episodes

12

Ep.Length

24 Min

Rating

Teens 13 or older

Status

finished

Aired

2011-01-07

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

(Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion)

8.21

Description:

With the final Angel vanquished, Nerv has one last enemy left to face—the humans under Seele's command. Left in a deep depression nearing the end of the original series, an indecisive Shinji struggles with the ultimatum presented to him: to completely accept mankind's existence, or renounce humanity's individuality. Meanwhile, at the core of a compromised Nerv, Gendou Ikari and Rei Ayanami approach Lilith in an attempt to realize their own ideals concerning the future of the world. The End of Evangelion serves as an alternate ending to the polarizing final episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion. With the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, the climactic final battle draws near. (Source: MAL Rewrite)
Type

movie

Episodes

1

Ep.Length

87 Min

Rating

Mild Nudity

Status

finished

Aired

1997-07-19

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