Anime and zombies are an unusual combination, but these series are among the best!
Because of the growing popularity of the zombie subculture in the United States and globally, zombies have begun to make their way into Japanese animation. It’s only a matter of time before Japanese anime catches up with the number of live-action zombie series and movies. Between now and then, zombie anime enthusiasts can pass the time by watching one of the around 20 currently available episodes or seasons. And while finding decent anime to watch may be a chore, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best zombie anime series available to stream right now.
On March 28, 2020, Madison Lennon updated this page. Pop culture is full of zombies. Zombies are the subject of numerous films, television series, and anime. We figured now would be a good time to bring you an updated list of the most popular zombie anime series.
It’s a good idea to check out the following list of zombie-related recommendations to see if anything piques your interest enough to watch it.
15 Soul Eater
There are a lot of zombies in the popular anime Soul Eater, even if it doesn’t focus only on zombies. It is based on the manga and follows the teams in the Death Weapon Meister Academy, which is a popular manga.
Teams are made up of a weapons master and a weapon that can transform into a humanoid version of itself. As a way to impress the academy’s Shinigami master, they must gather 99 wicked souls and one witch.
14 Hellsing Ultimate
After the original Hellsing anime ended, an OVA was made called Hellsing Ultimate. Hellsing, on the other hand, does a far better job of following the manga than the original anime. Zombies are a component of the supernatural horror world in this series, but they aren’t the only aspect of it.
The Hellsing Operation, a covert effort to reduce the number of supernatural creatures afflicting England, is the subject of this book. An Abraham Van Helsing figure is featured prominently in this novel. With only ten episodes, you shouldn’t have too much trouble catching up.
13 Sankarea: Undying Love
Chihiro Furuya, the protagonist of Sankarea, a romantic comedy and supernatural horror anime, falls in love with a zombie. While the majority of the show is a light-hearted comedy, there are some disturbing and harrowing moments as well.
Chihiro is enamored with the undead and has even expressed a desire to date a zombie woman. He mistakenly feeds a girl named Rea Sanka a resurrection potion he made. Zombie-girlfriend Chihiro has to figure out how to live with a zombie girlfriend once she transforms into one.
12 Sunday Without God
As the title suggests, Sunday Without God tells the story of a world where humans can neither procreate nor die. People believe that God abandoned his creations and then created gravekeepers, entities tasked with helping those who have passed away achieve peace of mind.
“Zombies” appear to be different in this episode, yet their basic functions are the same as in other shows. Even after death, a person’s body remains intact and shows no indications of decomposition. When a young girl helps an immortal gunslinger discover the truth about their planet and put the dead to rest, that person is known as Ai.
11 Is This A Zombie?
Unlike some of the other anime series on this list, this one is a comedy, which makes it stand out. When Ayumu is murdered by a serial murderer in order to further his own agenda, the drama centres around her death. However, he is slain again shortly after being resurrected by a lovely magical girl necromancer.
In spite of this, the girl’s powers aid him in his resurrection as a zombie. A demon is also after Ayumu, so he and the girl need to be on their guard. Besides the OVA, there are two seasons of the show.
10 Highschool of the Dead
Highschool of the Dead may not be the highest-scoring anime on this list, but it is unquestionably the best zombie anime to date. This is due in large part to the plot’s seriousness, suspense, and resemblance to popular Western zombie films and television series of the present day. The plot revolves around five high school students (plus two additional characters) who work together to escape a zombie-infested high school. The show’s fan service can be a little overbearing at times, but the brutality and gore more than makes up for it.
9 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Koutetsujou no Kabaneri)
As Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress takes place during the Industrial Revolution and features steampunk undead monsters called Kabane as adversaries. People on Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress are protected from the Kabane by fortress-like stations and high walls, which are reminiscent of the Iron Fortress. The Kabane commandeers a steam locomotive, and it crashes into one of the stations one day. Ikoma, a teenage engineer who defies the odds and builds a weapon capable of taking out the Kabane, begins his heroic adventure by refusing to accept his bad luck.
8 School-Live! (Gakkougurashi!)
At first glance, it’s hard to imagine that this is a zombie show. It’s not entirely surprising, though, given how frequently the Japanese animation industry deviates from Western approaches to the zombie theme. You may find School-Live! to be a little…dissonant when you watch the first episode and witness cute schoolgirls doing cute things, only to learn later that they are the sole survivors of their school in the aftermath of the zombie pandemic. A MAL score of 7.68 ensures that you will be entertained throughout the film. Watch these adorable girls as they attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse while trying to keep some normalcy.
7 Seoul Station
If you enjoyed the South Korean zombie movie Train to Busan, then you’ll love Seoul Station, the prequel to this year’s popular zombie flick. It currently has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating. It tells the story of a young woman’s struggle to survive in a zombie-infested Seoul. The film is simple to follow because there are only three characters. While there isn’t much that makes it stand out from the rest of the zombie episodes and movies we’ve seen so far, the twist can be very astounding.
To recap, Gungrave is an action-packed anime series based on the popular third-person shooting video game. Brandon Heat, a former human who was betrayed and murdered by his best friend and mafia syndicate partner, is brought back to life as an almost invincible zombie-like creature in the film Beyond the Grave or Grave for short. Having been betrayed by his best buddy, he now seeks revenge on the syndicate he once belonged to as well as his former comrades in death.
5 Tokyo Ghoul
Definitely check out Tokyo Ghoul if you’re not too picky about what constitutes a zombie. It follows the life of Ken Kaneki, an average 18-year-old college student. After a near-death accident, he receives an organ transplant from a ghoul, which transforms his life. His new state necessitates that he feed on other humans in order to survive. Ken must find a way to maintain his humanity while also keeping his ghoulish identity a secret. A key difference between ghouls and your typical flesh-eating zombies is that they make the audience feel sorry for them and occasionally even side with them.
4 Corpse Princess (Shikabane Hime: Aka)
Corpse Princess’ protagonist, Makina Hoshimura, has been transformed into a zombified human. Despite the fact that she doesn’t consume brains and doesn’t have the appearance of a zombie, she is unquestionably a member of the living dead. For the sake of reuniting with her family in paradise, she is revived after being killed together with her loved ones. By overcoming the Seven Stars, she plans to avenge the murder of her family. In order to annihilate her foes, Makina employs two MAC-11 machine guns to fire at them simultaneously.
3 The Empire of Corpses (Shisha no Teikoku)
Scientist Victor Frankenstein discovers a way to resurrect a body in an alternate 18th-century England. One of his methods of reanimating corpses is destroyed, but another is discovered and used in 19th-century manual work. The only difference between this newer approach and Victor’s method is that this newer method does not restore the soul back to the body. Frankenstein’s writings on reviving corpses with a soul are later sought by the British government through John Watson, a medical student. The unique and interesting plot, as well as the characters who are based on historical and popular literary figures, makes The Empire of Corpses interesting and fun to watch.
Dead protagonists seem to be quite popular in Japanese cinema. Zombies Chika and Shito are the stars of this show, and they are able to live on in exchange for killing other zombies. Their ranks are augmented later on by a young woman named Michiru, who has the power to detect death by looking at rings around people’s necks. Because they owe Zombie-Loan money, Chika and Shito are using Michiru’s particular talent to track down the undead and pay off their obligation.
1 GYO: Tokyo Fish Attack (OVA)
Junji Ito, a well-known horror manga artist, wrote and drew the 75-minute GYO: Tokyo Fish Attack OVA (Original Video Animation). Instead of human corpses, Tokyo is under attack by a disease-infected species of stinking zombie fish, as the title suggests. When Kaori’s boyfriend goes missing, she goes on a search for him in the midst of the commotion. The zombie fish have metal legs that allow them to walk on land, making this anime even more bizarre than the undead fish.