Creepiest Anime Openings

What’s your favorite anime opening? Ending? Chances are, you love it for the music, the action, or maybe for the fact that it changes and evolves as the series progresses.

But we’re here to celebrate a different kind of anime OPs and EDs: the kind that leave you completely and thoroughly disturbed. Whether it’s the animation or the music (or the combination of both), these anime endings and openings are some of the creepiest you’ll ever see.

he upbeat pace of the Mirai Nikki opening song makes the intro more thrilling than creepy, but the images used set a different tone. Selective use of colors, dark scenes and imagery, and plenty of bright red blood create an atmosphere of unease.

The haunting melody of Elfen Lied’s opening is hard to forget once you’ve heard it. It was written by MOKA using parts of the Bible and an old hymn, and is sung beautifully in Latin by Kumiko Noma. While the music fills you with awe and dread, the opening scrolls through mostly-still images that pay homage to Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. They feature some of Klimt’s famous works, with the series’ characters painted into them. The imagery and the song are both the kind that stay with you long after you’ve finished the anime.

Serial Experiments Lain

Muct of Serial Experiments Lain is strange and mildly disturbing. The opening song is a mellow one, performed in English. The words, taken in context with the show, relate to Lain’s transformation and growing understanding of the world around her. Even without listening to the words, the sound of the music fits in with the overall tone of the anime. The intro shows staticky images of Lain watching people through computer and TV screens, walking through real life photos, and walking through a eerily abandoned city where time seems frozen still.