The mystery genre is vast and diverse, and with so many excellent mystery anime out there, it can be tricky to know where to start. So, in the interest of helping anime fans discover some of the best mystery anime out there, here are ten titles that will have you questioning the truth and looking for clues.
What makes a mystery anime great? Well, it could be the story, a twist ending, or a compelling lead character. But just as important is the art style, the animation, and the pacing of the narrative. So, without further ado, here are ten mystery anime that are nothing short of incredible!
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#10 Rokka No Yuusha
Rokka no Yuusha centers around the two heroes’ pursuit of the Demon God en route to a temple outside the Land of the Howling Demons, the fiend’s domain.
When the others learn that Adlet is an impostor, they begin to suspect the rest of his group. Adlet’s on the run and must use his skills and wit to figure out who is the real impostor before it’s too late!
This anime seems to be your typical shounen anime until you realize the author wants to screw you over by throwing twists and turns. At the same time, you try to figure out who the culprit is.
#9 Ergo Proxy
One of the last human civilizations on the planet stands within the domes of Romdo. Thousand years ago, a global ecological catastrophe doomed the planet; now, life is almost impossible outside those domes…
Humanoid robots called AutoReivs were made to help people all day long. However, they have begun contracting a mysterious disease called the “Cogito Virus,” which made them think for themselves.
Re-l Mayer, the granddaughter of Romdo’s ruler, is appointed to investigate something weird. But soon, it becomes apparent that it’s not all that it seems.
A specialist named Vincent Law, a Re-l, Iggy, and the child AutoReiv Pino form an unlikely team as they struggle to discover the purpose of the mythical beings called “Proxies.”
This anime is the physical embodiment of the anime mystery genre. Our protagonist, Re-I Mayer, is investigating how an Auto Reiv or a humanoid robot can develop self-awareness.
I’d go out of my mind if I were this robot and had to help those Akira-looking characters!
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Hope’s Peak Academy is an extremely selective high school that accepts only the most talented students. Each student is given a title that reflects his or her skills and abilities.
Makoto Naegi is one of fifteen candidates accepted to the peculiar school that year and has been granted the title “Super High School Luck.”
Naegi and his classmates are initially thrilled to be selected, but that happiness is short-lived.
Monokuma, the principal and resident bear, traps them in the school. If they want out, they have to kill one of their classmates, or they’ll all be expelled.
If the murderer is caught, he or she is executed, and the survivors are forced to continue until only one lives.
The story of Danganronpa is where the only way for students to escape is by murdering one of their classmates and not getting caught.
I found myself always on the edge of my seat because every character seems innocent, and I couldn’t figure who was actually guilty.
#7 Made In Abyss
The Abyss is a mysterious and terrifying place, filled with relics and creatures from long ago.
Every year, brave people, known as Divers, descend into the Abyss, seeking to solve the mysteries of what lies beneath.
Those who remain on the surface hail the Divers’ best and bravest as legends.
Riko is the daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza, the Annihilator. She wants to be like her mom and explore the farthest depths of the Abyss.
To make matters worse, Riko meets a mysterious robot with a boy’s appearance. Since then, Riko has renamed him Reg, and he’s lost all memory of the events leading up to his discovery.
The two decide to venture into the Abyss to recover Reg’s memories and see the world from the bottom.
However, they know nothing of the harsh reality of the Abyss.
The world-building intrigues you to find out what the secrets of the Abyss are. As Reg and Riko journey deeper into the Abyss, it seems their journey will not be as easy as they like.
When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back in time minutes before it happens. This powerful and mysterious phenomenon, which he calls “Revival,” allows him to save lives.
However, Satoru’s world is turned upside down when he’s wrongfully accused of murdering a close friend – this time in 1988, 18 years in the past.
Eventually, he realizes that the murder might have been connected to the kidnapping and shocking death of his friend Kayo Hinazuki as a child, and this is now his chance to make things right.
Erased follows Satoru’s quest to figure out what actually happened 18 years ago while keeping his friends from getting hurt in the present.
As the series progresses, you can see how Satoru’s desires grow stronger after his use of the unpredictable power “Revival.”
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#5 The Promised Neverland
The Grace Field House is surrounded by a forest, with a gated entrance, where orphans are happy living with their parents, looked after by their “Mama,” Isabella.
Even though they’re required to take tests every day, the children are free to spend their time how they want, which is usually playing outside when the weather allows it, as long as they don’t go too far from the orphanage—a rule that’s expected of them wherever they are.
All good things must come to an end eventually, so every few months, a child is adopted and sent away.
There are suspicions about what is actually happening at Grace Field. The three oldest siblings are about to find out how cruel Grace Field is, including the twisted nature of their beloved Mama.
The Promised Neverland is comparable in some ways to Death Note. It deals with battles of wit between the protagonist Emma, Norman, Ray, and Isabella, a ruthless antagonist.
It seems like the protagonist is always being outclassed, needing to work creatively to escape. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, as you don’t know when it’s going to happen next.
#4 Steins; Gate
The self-confessed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe rents out a room in an old building in Akihabara where he experiments with new “future gadgets” with his labmates.
Mayuri Shiina, his childhood friend. Hashida Itaru, a hacker who goes by Daru.
Meanwhile, they play with their most promising device yet, a machine called the “Phone Microwave,” which transforms bananas into piles of green gel.
Irrational at first, the phenomenon does not provide Okabe with anything concrete; that is until Okabe’s team stumbles onto an unexpected breakthrough—the Phone Microwave can alter the flow of time to suit its wishes.
With the key to time, Okabe must carry out the past and present chores. Based on the critically acclaimed visual novel by 5pb. and Nitroplus, Steins; Gate showcases cutting-edge science and enthralling storytelling.
You’re probably thinking Steins; Gate isn’t a mystery anime. Well, in our opinion, it’s close enough.
Strangely enough, it’s not as addicting as the other anime on this list, so you’ll need to devote some time before becoming addicted. It starts off slow and only picks up around episode 7.
Okabe’s memory is what makes the anime so good because he’s the only one who remembers everything after he was first sent Dmail. The heavy burden of the truth.
#3 Death Note
Ryuk, bored by being a shinigami, wonders how people will use a Death Note in the human realm. One day, he drops one in a human realm for analysis, intending to determine whether humans will make good use of it.
High school student Light Yagami finds the Death Note while walking down the street, lamenting how society has worsened. He then tests the notebook by putting a criminal’s name in it.
Having tested the Death Note on a criminal, Light is horrified and quickly realizes how incredible the power in his hands.
With this divine power, he decides to extinguish all criminals to build a new world without crime, where all people worship him as a god. Police, meanwhile, find a serial killer is attacking criminals, and they proceed to hunt down the culprit.
To investigate this, they call on the best detective in the world: a young, eccentric man who goes by L’s name.
Among the best-selling anime series, Death Note has become one of the most popular franchises ever made, and for a good reason.
In the intense conflict between L and Light, you will be on the edge of your seat and figure out who will win.
Despite the lack of knowledge L has about Death Note, he can still keep up with Light, despite them engaging in an all-out battle.
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#2 Attack On Titan
Humanity lived in hiding for thousands of years behind enormous concentric walls, protecting itself from Monstrous Humanoid Creatures called Titans, which slaughtered mankind to near extinction.
Even though their appetite for human flesh appears to be centered on pleasure, it is still considered terrifying. To ensure survival, humanity’s remnants enclose their cities in defensive barriers, which resulted in a one-hundred-year period without a single titan encounter.
However, the peace is soon disrupted when a colossal titan manages to breach the seemingly impenetrable outer wall, reigniting a struggle for survival in the face of the man-eating beasts.
Eren Yeager’s life is now dedicated to eradicating the invading creatures after witnessing a horrific loss at their hands. That is why he enlists in the survey corps.
This skilled military unit engages in combat with the merciless titans outside the walls of the fortress.
Shingeki no Kyojin is based on Hajime Isayama’s manga and follows Eren, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and his childhood friend Armin Arlert to defeat the titans before the last walls are broken.
If you haven’t seen Attack On Titan, first of all, what rock are you living under? But if you are one of those anime fans who didn’t want to watch the anime because it would be overrated like SAO, Future Diary, Fairy Tail, Akame Ga Kill, and Elfen Lied. Well, you are wrong.
It inspires an innate sense of awe and excitement in the viewer when you realize that every episode ends on a cliffhanger or shocks him/her into wanting to see what happens next.
Dr. Kenzou Tenma, a highly skilled neurosurgeon, is making steady progress in the hospital hierarchy until one night. A seemingly small event alters his life forever.
The hospital director calls him while he is preparing to operate on someone and tells him to switch patients and do a life-saving brain surgery instead of an influential performer.
Even though his coworkers, fiancée, and the hospital’s director applaud his accomplishment, a poor immigrant worker is dead because of it, prompting a conscience crisis for Dr. Tenma.
Instead of operating on the town’s mayor, Doctor Tenma stands his ground and chooses to operate on young Johan Liebert. However, this choice ultimately leads to severe social repercussions for Dr. Tenma.
It wasn’t until after a mysterious death in the hospital and the death of two other doctors that Dr. Tenma could get the director’s job back.
Nine years later, after saving the life of a criminal, Dr. Tenma’s past comes back to haunt him … once again, he must make amends for the horror the criminal has caused in the world since he operated on him.
I consider Monster to be an excellent slow-paced mystery anime that has 74 episodes. This is not the kind of show that relies on cheap gimmicks to keep you interested, and it is so much better than anything else out there.
Thinking about how Dr. Tenma would live off his decision by saving the boy instead of the mayor would leave you wanting more episodes.
It turned out that Dr. Tenma’s choice was worse than he could have imagined.