Most Violent Anime EVER! (NSFW)

This has been on You Tube for several years – and it’s what most people who don’t watch anime think anime is. Not Safe For Work (or perhaps anyone under 16), it’s a compilation of the most violent scenes in Japanese animation set to the song Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat? by Herman’s Hermits. This is pretty sick, and I’m not sure why I’m posting it myself – except that I really like Herman’s Hermits.


  • Chris

    How . . . charming.

  • http://www.millerandmullet.com/comic Allan Turner

    Mmm, ketchupy.

  • ajnrules

    Aaaah! Too much blood! Need some non-violent anime to cleanse my eyes! Maybe this one called Princess Mononoke would work. It’s got the word ‘princess’ in it, and it’s from the guy that made Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, so it must be tame.

    (Five minutes later): Noooooooooo!

    All joking aside, it seems like for the longest time this was indeed partially representative of anime to non-anime viewers…that or the big eyed magical girl cartoons like Sailor Moon. Thankfully increased exposure to anime that doesn’t fit the mold such as the films of Studio Ghibli or (dare I say it) Pokemon is helping to decrease the stereotype.

    • http://she-thing.blogspot.com Caty

      mamma mia, the “Forest Spirit” is soooo creepy.

    • NC

      Although Pokemon did create the epilepsy stereotype.

  • vic

    The well scene from “The Walking Dead” puts all these to shame.

  • http://farleftside.com Mike Stanfill

    It’s just a cartoon. It’s just a cartoon. It’s just a cartoon.

    BTW, does anyone know WHICH cartoons?

    Heh.

    • Gareth

      Okay, after watching the video, I see:

      - Berserk
      - Hellsing
      - Elfen Lied
      - Gantz (I think)

      Also, it looks less like a compilation of violent anime scenes and more like a typical AMV (anime music video), which are a dime a dozen on the internet. At least this one has the decency not to use fansub footage with subtitles.

    • Josey

      A lot of “Elfen Lied”, some “Hellsing” and “Berserk”.

      …no, I won’t admit I’m some otaku guy!

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Certainly a lot of recent stuff here I don’t watch.

  • Josh

    Wait, the guy who co-founded Streamline is referring to violent anime as “pretty sick”? I’m not sure how that makes logical sense.

  • chuck

    whenever i watch anime all i see are still pictures

    • m(_ _)m

      Though, you gotta admit there was some neat blood animation in the above AMV ;)

    • John

      That sounds serious. You might need to get your eyes checked.

    • http://animationrevelation.com Bloody Marquis

      Miyazaki says hi.

  • Gareth

    If anyone wants a more lighthearted anime compilation, try this one, Every Anime Opening Ever Made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibPCLMH1NM4.

    Basically, it showcases some of the more widely used tropes and cliches found in anime intros.

    • Isaac

      Not a single anvil even once falls on a character’s head. Strange people, the Japanese.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Funny watching that and thinking “yeah, we’ve all seen that a million times before”.

  • soldado

    great stuff. also watch “rick oh”, or “fist of the north star” for more blood!

  • http://www.FredtheMonkey.com/ JK Riki

    Gotta admit, I decided to pass on the video. I see enough overly violent stuff every day as it IS, I don’t need a collection of it. :P

    Still, I suppose it’s gotta be compiled at some point. I guess?

  • Sardonic Tuba

    “”Tis but a scratch.”
    “A scratch? Your arm’s off.”
    “No, it isn’t.”

    • TheBandSnapsBack

      Pretty strong meat there from Sam Peckinpah!

  • kAz

    for those wondering…

    there is a lot of Hellsing shots (girl in yellow-ish uniform with vampire fangs)…
    also a lot of scenes from Elfen Lied ( fingers getting cut off, heart getting pulled of the chest, … awesome anime! )
    and finally, I’ve recognized a couple of shots from Berserk (guy with the giant sword)

    cheers

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

    Yay! There was some time in the 80s and 90s were a healthy dose of “the good ‘ol ultraviolence” was the name of the game. The ascent of the OVA sure helped a lot.

    The video’s use of ELFEN LIED, BERSERK, and HELLSING were certainly warranted, but spend enough hours soaking in Japanese animation (H or non-H) and you know there are plenty more where those came from. TWILIGHT OF THE DARK MASTER is pretty creepy, CYBER CITY OEDO is a bit dark, and BLOOD REIGN (CURSE OF THE YOMA) is pretty much all gore all the time. Good stuff!

  • Eric Paulsen

    Elfen Lied (one of the first scenes in that video) IS a very violent and disturbing anime, but it is also a very moving story. I am not a fan of hyper-violent anime series but it makes perfect sense in the story, hell, I even began to sympathize with the girl and rooted for her while she was slaughtering those who hurt her. I’ll admit that she is somewhat less sympathetic when she kills children and innocent bystanders but it still makes a kind of sense within the story.

    • joe

      Elfen Lied’s story doesn’t have an excuse to be ultra violent, it just is. And that’s why I don’t like it, the violence is cheap and serves no purpose, unlike in a show like Berserk, where if the violence is removed it’ll effect the story greatly.

      Maybe if it didn’t take itself so seriously it would be a better anime/ manga.

      • Eric Paulsen

        I guess we grew up in two different worlds. When I was a kid in school being picked on mercilessly I OFTEN had fantasies of brutally killing my antagonists and in the most bloody of ways. I spent my last four years of high school with pounding headaches caused by the terror I felt every morning that I got up and forced myself out to the bus stop knowing what the day had in store for me. Elfin Lied has a very good justification for the violence in my opinion considering that the perpetrators of it were primarily children who had been horribly abused, tortured, betrayed, or callously used then discarded.

        That said I think the series could have been much better than it was, but it isn’t the violence I fault for the failure.

  • Jim

    Obsessive Anime Fan: “Anime is way more REALISTIC then then those inferior AMERICAN cartoons!”

    *Show clip of some crazy vampire guy ripping someone in half in the most crazy, over the top, and cartoony way imaginable*

    Obsessive Anime Fan: “Well… ANIME IS STILL BETTER!!*

    Now we know why so many Japanese TV shows have characters just standing around flapping their lips during the dialogue scenes… the whole budget is blown on animating really crazy blood and gore effects in an incredibly cartoony, exaggerated, way.

    You know, I’m surprised John K isn’t an anime fan… he should go crazy for this stuff… it’s very cartoony and exaggerated!

    • Jason H

      Actually John K did like the color theory behind a lot of anime. Also you might want to calm down with the strawmen you’re erecting here.

      • http://youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

        What is “the color theory”?

      • joe

        Coloring techniques. And I agree, a lot of anime has really good color in them.

  • http://www.cementimental.com Tim Drage

    Needs more Genocyber

  • http://www.stevelightart.com Steve Light

    I could only watch 1 minute–then had to stop.

  • http://zeteos.blogspot.com/ Mick

    Absolutely sickening, what the hell were they thinking? Seriously, this may be regarded by some as acceptable but such twee sugar summer pop just makes me queasey. Curse you Herman’s Hermits

    Those silly pictures were a hoot mind you

  • http://www.spiteyourface.com tony mines

    That truly wasn’t all that violent, just surrealistically gory, which is different. Most of those moments you cold figure out the scene and character dynamics and discern a bunch of standard (could be Hollywood) action movie and horror shock tropes – just with excesses of ketchup.

    Right off the top of my head, I can think of a host more genuinely violent (which is to say unsettling or psychologically confrontational) anime scenes I thought I was going to see. And would rather have seen.

    I’m saying that because after a decade of moe fatigue, the horror-porn days of early 90s anime are starting to feel something like the halcyon freedoms of late 70s American cinema by comparison.

  • Funkybat

    Not having seen a lot of violent anime (Ninja Scroll is probably the bloodiest I’ve seen) this compilation was certainly…interesting.

    The main thing that I’m wondering about is which anime was the source of the scenes of innocuous-looking characters suddenly having their midsections explode into a bloody mess. I think I found those the most disturbing because it wasn’t drawn to look like an “adult” anime the way the vampire/monster ones, but like what I consider the
    safe” kiddie series…

    • Jim Lahue

      Most of those scenes came from Elfen Lied. Surprisingly, many of those scenes were from the first 10-15 minutes of the first episode of that series. They definitely weren’t trying to sugar-coat what was going to happen.

  • Conor

    Nothing really shocks me after “Dead Leaves.” I’ll admit, there wasn’t quite so much blood as a lot of this, but that was probably a choice made for the sake of variety in color scheme.

  • http://www.kicreativestudio.blogspot.com Ki Innis

    We see that any day of the week and twice on Sunday out here in Japan.

    Frankly I find the Japanese version of Lilo and Stitch to be much more disturbing and horrifying.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfsKXhSNY-0

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Also didn’t help that the later Stitch anime got sent off to Shin-Ei instead of Madhouse who did the earlier seasons.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    Nice, but I’ve seen much bloodier, and I’m only a casual Annie May fan.

  • Lucy

    Over twenty years of watching anime have come to the point where I don’t even blink at this, muchless find any of this unusual.

  • Hokuto

    *watches video, then gets turned down to not see Fist of the North Star, but rather sees emo anime crap*

  • http://she-thing.blogspot.com Caty

    “Ah!” *body explodes*

    Actually, this is much better than any of Tarantino’s latest movies.

  • tredlow

    I don’t watch anime, but I know that this is NOT what anime is.

    Anime is unsynced mouths and seizures.

  • Michel Van

    most violent Anime !?
    there no Go Nagai stuff in it, nor Fist of North Star !
    eider Urotsukidōji, that most boring…

    • http://ryuuseipro.blogspot.com/ John Paul Cassidy

      Even the 1972 DEVILMAN series was pretty brutal, and that was a kids’ show! (Just look at the first episode.) Other classic Gou Nagai shows have some pretty bloody moments.

      Some tokusatsu (Japanese SPFX) stuff was pretty violent, too!

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    I think even non-otaku realize that saying “Elfen Lied” is typical of anime is like saying the work of Sam Peckinpah is typical of American cinema. Unfortunately, anime genres such as sports stories and slice-of-life dramas can’t find a market in the US so we’re stuck with lots of fantasy, SF and H.

    • GW

      I’d watch a sports anime if I found one that I thought was good, but I’ve looked through innumerable anime titles and haven’t discovered one yet.

  • Steven M.

    I’m surprised Higurashi isn’t in this video, It’s also quite violent.

  • http://braveandboldbackgroundpaint.blogspot.com/ William Joseph Dunn

    It could have been worse. It could have been hentei.

  • Dino

    All the dismemberment wasn’t as sickening to me as that shot of the girl at 0:23 with the ginormous, cutesy-poo eyes.

  • John

    That AMV was way to paltry and really low video quality.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhe40VZjDJ0&feature=player_embedded

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50Esi1NY1KQ&feature=player_embedded

    These videos are much better showcases of where most of the budget gets blown when characters aren’t standing around and talking. They might not be gory but they’re violent, bloody and filled with swords, guns, giant robots,tons of explosions.

    • Jim

      Those have some great animation in them. I just wish the Japanese would put just as much care and attention to the actual character animation as they do with the action scenes.

      • Jason H

        They do you just need to watch some of the more awesomer anime.

        Mind Game is a good one.
        Sword and the Stranger is another one.

  • http://www.mikescottanimation.com Mike Scott

    Hmm…without context the violence here is meaningless.

  • Glowworm

    I actually wasn’t that bothered–I think it’s because the fantastic “Can’t you feel my heart beat?” in the background makes it hillarious.

    Then again, perhaps I’m not disturbed because to me, one of the most messed up animes I’ve ever seen has got to be “Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan.” It’s not so much gory (although a boy continuously gets graphically killed and brought back to life–for comedic effect.) as it is disturbing.

  • http://thatssokraven.com/ Kelly Tindall

    I’ve seen most of these! And enjoyed them! I… must be a horrible person?

  • Bud

    Is this why Japanese cartoons are so popular with 13 year old girls?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      And 30 year old men, don’t forget that!

  • Anna

    That wasn’t even a very good music video

    and clearly needed more Go Nagai!, scene from EVA movies in the 90s (you know the one, with giant Rei!) and what, we’re goin for “omg, anime ultra violent!!” and nobody puts in Kite! ?

  • Mister Twister

    :| this is pure WIN.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Very amusing. They should have put some of the more violent scenes from Dragonball Z in as well.

  • R.C

    While I am not a fan of these programs, I do find it disheartening when I hear people say that it’s a good thing western animation doesn’t do this.

    Because if the Japanese had censored this sort of programming, more artful works like ‘Mind Game’, ‘Perfect Blue’, Grave of the fireflies, and Tekkonkinkreet would have been screened out. And I think if animation studios here were given more creative leeway to create more dangerous, more avante-garde works, it will probably produce great art comparable to the ones mentioned. Although you would have to put up with a lot of crap like those in the video.

  • Sorgs

    That’s nothing. You guys should have seen some of the sick, raunchy shit they pulled in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

    There was this one scene, in the Christmas special, where Robotnik actually raped his own henchmen, and you could see everything. Literally, every detail. Then he caught Sonic and tore his face right off, dissected him, chopped his arms and legs into diced cubes, all WHILE HE WAS STILL ALIVE, and then threw him into a chamber that reconstituted Sonic as a three foot long blue kielbasa with his signature giant mono-eye. The episode ended on a Sonic Sez about jaywalking, which was demonstrated by Tails being hit by several large minivans.

    That episode made me into the man I am today, and the horse I was yesterday. Now, if you’ll please pardon me, I think I see someone in the parking lot outside my window who is asking me to drown them.

  • s.w.a.c.

    So….anyone else here like Herman’s Hermits?

  • http://lisandrolorea.com.ar Lisandro

    This is just blood and guts. I’ve never seen a full episode of Narutaru, but there are clips online that not graphically violent but psychologically disturbing anyway (NSFW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfSi_MchwTs)

  • JoePink

    Thanks for showin off my shit hombre.

  • immortal

    These cartoons are too BEHAVED to me. I like cartoons with more blood, more bloody fighting scenes, more naked women, etc.

    In these Japanesse cartoons, I hate the long nonsense-talk and that disgusting transexual theme; I believe all japanese are frustrated sexually.

  • Kevin

    Heheh most of these are Berserk and Elfin Lied.