Top 22 Supernatural Anime With Ghosts & Spirits
We have collected the top 10+ anime with ghosts and spirits to help you get your spook on. There’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch and enjoy a paranormal anime after a long day and get lost in a world full of supernatural creatures.
Death is a difficult topic however, some of the following animes, can help you process the thought of losing someone. But not all ghost stories have to be dark, or melancholic, an anime with ghosts can be fun and entertaining too. We also picked out some amazing anime stories with ghosts that are magical and full of fun.
These animes not only deserve a spot because of their storytelling but also because they all have beautiful artwork and unique characters.
Are you ready to watch the best animes with strange worlds and the ones that bring its ghosts & spirits into ours?
Then read on…
top 10+ anime with ghosts & spirits
22| Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs – Yuragi Inn (Yuragi-sou)
The once famed and posh hot spring inn now is only the shadow of the old Yuragi Inn. When young school girl’s body was found in the hot springs a ghost story starts that her soul is haunting the Yuragi inn.
Fuyuzora, a homeless high-school boy comes across the inn, now called the Yuragi Manor. He sees ghosts ever since he was very young and learns that he has a roommate, Yuna. Yuna tells him that she was murdered when she was sixteen years old at the Inn and Fuyuzora pledges to help her figure out Yuna’s unfinished business that keeps her soul at the inn.
While it’s a fun and lighthearted anime it’s definitely one for adults since they do not hold back on boobies and other sexy parts and scenes. While you might want to think twice about watching this show in public it’s truly a delightful comedy anime with ghosts who’ll make you laugh.
Kimihiro Watanuki’s story is told through such a beautifully designed anime that it’d deserve a spot in art galleries. Kimihiro sees ghosts and all kinds of supernatural beings, which he is not at all happy with. In fact, he hates this ability and is looking for a way to get rid of it.
One day, he encounters a mysterious house occupied by a lady called Yuuko. She claims to be able to break Kimihiro’s curse. Not for free, of course. He will have to work at Yuuko’s shop and grant wishes to her customers.
xxxHolic is definitely one of the most beautiful anime with ghosts and spirits you’ll ever watch. It’s also good to know that for a spooky anime with ghosts, it has a lot of comedic scenes that nicely complements the mysterious dramatic elements.
This one stands out a little as it is not an anime strictly speaking since Spiritpact is a Chinese anime series. It gives you a peek into how Chinese traditions treat death through this beautifully animated story. The story’s main characters, Yang and Duanmu are very well crafted, while there’s a lot of great action besides superb dialogues.
Spiritpact brings up serious feelings while smartly lifting the mood with sweet humor. It’s a perfect anime with ghosts & spirits for those who enjoy anime ghost stories about exorcists and ghosts who fight evil spirits.
19| Kaidan Restaurant
Being based on children’s books, Kaidan Restaurant may seem a little childish for anime lovers who enjoy stories that dive deep into the questions of the human condition, mental health, and society.
However, the sixth-grader Oku’s story is fun and easy to deal with, which makes it the perfect anime ghost story who are looking for some chills but doesn’t want to dive too deep into the darkest spots of the human mind.
Kaidan Restaurant’s horror stories are light and served in three courses. Each of the episodes consists of three parts; first, second and third “dish”. It’s a cute anime with ghosts that you can watch with your whole family without an issue.
18| The Young Spirit Master – Shounen Onmyouji
If you are looking for a good mythological anime with ghosts then you shouldn’t look further because The Young Spirit Master is here to fill all your needs. An incredible anime about ancient Japanese mythology and on top it also has stunning art.
The Young Spirit Master is the story of Masahiro, the grandson of the greatest Onmyouji, Abe no Seimei. Masahiro has lost his sixth sense, therefore, he is unable to step in the footsteps of his grandfather. At first, he gives up and takes on a different profession.
However, one day a Mononoke visits him and shows that Masahiro has great powers within him. The Young Spirit Master then embarks on a journey you will never forget.
17| Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation
Dive into the delightful ghost hunter anime of Muhyo and Roji’s story. This fun and action-packed anime takes you on an adventure of two magical law experts. Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation isn’t just an anime about ghosts, but all supernatural beings.
This ghost anime will give you a lot to smile about, while always keeping you on the edge of the seat. The beauty of the artwork alone is something you will be hooked on, not to mention the entertaining story and characters.
16| Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Let this romantic anime ghost story sweep you off your feet. Despite the young Hazuki living in an apartment full of flowers, he doesn’t care for nature. His only motivation is to be as close to the widowed Rokka, the flower shop keeper. Hazuki even gets a part-time job just to spend more time with his one true love.
While this may first seem an ordinary romance anime you’ll soon meet an unexpected ghost anime character because, for Hazuki’s misfortune, Rokka’s jealous husband is haunting the flower shop. Hazuki does not give up easy and does his best to free Rokka from the ghost.
In spite of the hopeless case of Hazuki, it is a very much enjoyable anime. Some would classify it as Josei anime, however, I feel it’s fun for the other gender who enjoy warm anime love stories.
15| Dusk maiden of Amnesia
There is no doubt that Dusk Maiden of Amnesia deserves a spot on our list since it’s one of the weirdest anime ghost stories out there.
You will learn about a ghost story of a girl who was left to die at Seikyō Academy sixty years ago and despite the fact that many years have passed since her story is still told by students.
One day Teiichi meets a girl called Yuko, who soon turns out to be the girl in the stories. However, Yuko has no recollection of who she is, or how she died. Teiichi decides to help her bring her memories back and help find out what happened to her.
Every person needs their soul to be caressed and this anime will do much more than that. Expect a romantic anime with ghosts and with a nice paranormal and comedy elements.
After some rather dark anime on our list, it is time to cheer up. The fun story of Amami Hibiki will fill your day with smiles and laughter. Our protagonist sees ghosts and all sorts of supernatural beings and tries to resolve their problems.
It is a fun supernatural anime with ghosts and spirits, lovely characters, and funny moments. Re-Kan! is definitely a little breath of fresh for those who love their ghost stories light and with vim.
13| Natsume’s Book of Friends – Natsume yûjinchô
Natsume’s Book of friends is one of the most interesting ghost anime series that has a new story to tell in every episode.
The story is about Natsume who inherited a book from his grandmother containing the names of ghosts she had controlled. Natsume is being chased by these spirits (Youkai) hoping to be set free.
Natsume’s Book of Friends is a complex series with Natsume himself being a very versatile character. The Youkai color every episode adding to the eye-catching art and soothing soundtrack. You will get on the roller coaster of emotions with Natsume.
12| Anohana: The Flower we Saw That Day – Ano hi mita hana no namae o bokutachi wa mada shiranai
Anohana helps us all understand a little more of accepting, and understanding death and how important friendships are.
Anohana is about a small group of friends drifts apart the sudden death of Monma. She then appears to one of the members years later asking for help to fulfill her wish. As Jinta gathers the group again to help Monma pass to the other world, at first, the group is reluctant to help. As the group deals with complications making Monma’s wish come true, a lot of buried feelings surface.
This ghost anime drama brings up a lot of struggles we tend to go through when losing someone. The gorgeous art, sad soundtrack, great characters, and deep emotions will not let you stand up from the screen.
11| Nanana’s Buried Treasure (Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin)
The artificial island of Nanae is created to offer an outstanding education for children. After breaking free of his oppressive father, Jugo, joins the establishment to finally follow his dreams.
Not long after his arrival, he discovers that the Ghost of Nanana Ryuugajou is bound to the island. Nanana has been murdered ten years ago and before her death, she hid powerful items around the island. To find out who is responsible for her death.
Juugo has to find Nanana’s Treasures to help her. This entertaining adventure anime with ghosts and treasures takes you on a scavenger hunt along with a little murder mystery. The adorable and funny characters often make you forget about the tragedy behind it all.
10| Ga Rei: Zero
In Japan, people are protected from otherworldly creatures by the Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division. Yomi and her step-sister, Kagura are agents of SDCD. Despite their strong bond, they drift apart following different paths. One of them continues working with the division, while the other goes down on a much darker route.
Ga-Rei: Zero is one of the best anime series with ghosts and spirits and with two kick-ass female characters. After a very strong, eventful start, you are feeling engaged throughout the whole story. There isn’t one episode you feel should have been cut, while the end leaves you with your heart pounding.
9| Le Portrait De Petite Cossette – Cossette no shôzô
Art student Eiri works at an antique shop to support himself, when he discovers a young girl’s image in a glass. After getting over the surprise, he realizes it is not just an image but she actually lives in the glass. Through heart-warming episodes, Eiri becomes very fond of the girl, Cossette, who has been murdered by the artist
The ghost girl Cossette can only be free if a man is willing to take the punishment for the artist’s sins. Eiri’s and Cossette’s unique story is just as much of a romantic anime as a mystery drama anime series. The way you get to bond with the characters and the emotional thrill will make you love this show.
8| Ghost Hunt
Ghost Hunt is about Taniyama Mai and her friends who are obsessed with ghost stories. There happens to be a building on the school’s grounds, which is said to be haunted. A mysterious young man shows up, who turns out to be the president of Shibuya Psychic Research Company. The narcissistic, yet compassionate Shibuya Kazuya is investigating the strange occurrence at the haunted building.
Ghost Hunter is not a typical horror anime, nor a usual ghost hunter anime because while watching this series, you will encounter something really unique, not too scary but a definitely joyful story.
Mushi are life forms difficult to describe. They exist in many forms and since most humans are not aware of their existence, there is very little information to be found about them. Mushishi is about Geiko who tirelessly wanders around in the woods to find cases that could be related to Mushi researching their purpose.
The infinite world created by Yuki Urushibara (based on his Manga) sucks you in and never lets you go. It’s a visually stunning and thought-provoking anime perfect even for those who aren’t usually that into anime ghost stories.
Another is a beautiful ghost anime story that takes us to Yomiyama North Middle school. Misaki, a young girl passes away in 1972 in mysterious circumstances, which clouds the whole town for decades. Twenty-six years later Kouichi joins the school who then makes an unlikely friend.
As the story unfolds you’ll find out what actually happened to Misaki, the lovable ghost anime girl. Besides the touching story, the beautifully animated scenes and the heart-warming soundtracks will also make you fall in love with Another.
5| Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls is about a high-school farewell gathering, that includes summoning ghosts turns into a real nightmare at Kisaragi Academy. What the students didn’t know, the academy was built on the Heavenly Host School. It was demolished due to the terrible events that took place there.
Get ready for the most gruesome, bloody horror anime series. It is full of action and does not hold back when it comes to killing off most of its lead characters. Only watch it if you feel strong and brace or if you have company.
4| Gegege no Kitarou (2018)
“Just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean they don’t exist.”
The almost sixty-year-old anime has just been remade to pay respects to the original creation. Being children rated anime may sound a little less encouraging to adults but do not let yourself fooled to be missing out on the best Japanese folklore ghost anime.
Get familiar with Japanese society and culture while slowly being
introduced to the Yokais. From the beginning, the sad setting is going to keep you emotionally invested. In the meanwhile, well-timed comic moments prevent dark depression bringing you down.
If you are into beautiful animes, Gegege No Kitaro will not disappoint.
3| Ghost Hound
After watching the Ghost Hound anime, you may not dare to switch off the lights at home anymore. Prepare for a tragic, creepy adventure, where your nerves are going to be tested.
We follow a young girl, who sees ghosts and three boys with an incredibly sad and moving story. The bone-chilling visions of Miyako, the guilt Masayuki struggles with, the scarring tragedy of Tarou (our main Character) and the sad finding of Makoto take you to an incredible journey.
Often seeing through our protagonists’ eye creates an even tenser and truly eerie experience. Ghost Hound is certainly one of the best anime with ghosts for adults.
2| Blue Exorcist
Rin Okumura learns he is special the hard way. In a world, where good and evil are battling on a daily basis, Rin had to step up at an early age. Blue Exorcist is a fun action anime with spirits, great characters, and some awesome action scenes.
After a short misery of everyday struggles and of being a misfit, he quickly becomes a real threat to Gehenna, the dark world.
The Blue Exorcist gives us hours of excitement while waiting for the result of the constant battle between the two sides.
Meet Yato, the “Stray God”. Yato is certain he will be once a respected and beloved god, Once…
At the moment he is having troubles even seeing his first shrine to be established for him. Not so godly currently, he is doing favors for as little as 5 Yen to keep it going. Left alone, at his rock bottom a school girl saves his life. Hiyori Iki gets severely injured when saving Yato and her soul leaves her body.
Together they embark on an adventure helping each other, Hiyori to return to her body and Yato to find a new partner. Could you ask for more than a fun and strong ghost anime girl and an unlucky god? This fun and magical anime with ghosts and spirits will bring you joy and thrills for many hours.
Thank you for reading!