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It’s that time of year. The leaves are changing, there’s a chill in the air, Halloween decorations flood every store. We’re all in the mood to curl up with a blanket and a mug of hot cocoa and watch something spooky. As an Otaku you’re probably looking for some anime recommendations to get you in the autumn mood. We’ve got you covered! From atmospheric and cozy to horror and gore, there’s something here for everyone. So put on your favorite cozy sweater and grab a pumpkin spice latte, It’s time to watch some spooky anime.
Laid Back Camp
Rin Shima is a high school girl who takes great joy in camping alone After a classmate convinces her to join her school’s camping club, Rin develops a deep friendship with the other club members as they venture into various camping spots in Japan.
Laid back camp is a cute, cozy, anime with beautiful background art and scenery. The slower pace and simple slice of life plotlines make it a relaxing and comforting watch,great for those looking for a wholesome autumn anime without the scares.
Little Witch Academia
Looking to follow in her idol’s footsteps, a young girl named Atsuko Kargari enrolls in a prestigious school for witches .not letting her lack of a magical background stand in her way . Through Atsuko is bullied and underestimated by her classmates, the tables start to turn when she discover the Shiney Rod, a powerful magical item once owned by her idol, the famous witch Shiny Chariot,
With dark academia and whimsical imagery , this anime is great for fans of Harry Potter and Kiki’s Delivery services. Another great pick for those who are sensitive to gore and scares. Little Witch Academia is the perfect autumn watch for anyone looking for some lighthearted witchy fun.
Spice and Wolf
When traveling, merchant Kraft Lawence makes a stop in a small medieval town. He stumbles upon a six hundred year old harvest goddess named Holo. Cast out and forgotten as her former worshipers turn to more technological means of harvesting, Holo makes a bragin to travel with Kraft Lawrence in exchange for using her wisdom to increase his profits. Together they travel the countryside as their relationship evolves into something unexpected
Spice and Wolf has a beautiful autumn cottage core-esque.aesthetic . The faded orange and red color palette and backgrounds portrays massive forests with changing leaves and pumpkin patches. If you like the aesthetic of autumn hayrides through the countryside, this anime is for you.
When unassuming middle school student Koichi Sakakibara is transferred to a new school,
He meets a mysterious girl named Mei Misaki whom students and teachers alike seem to ignore. When a string of mysterious deaths and strange phenomena sweep through his school Koichi must seek the truth and figure out how to stop more of his classmates from being killed. Meanwhile Mei is hiding a few secrets of her own..
This is the kind of series you’ll want to watch over again to see if you missed anything. The suspenseful atmosphere and dark aesthetic really emirates you in the story and gives off the feel of an intricate psychological horror. Mixed with the perfect amount of gore and plot twists, Another is the perfect anime to watch around Halloween Time
A small quiet Japanese town is hit with a wave of mysterious deaths, seemingly connected to a strange family moving into the long abandon hilltop Kanemasa mansion. As paranoia sweeps through the townspeople, the town doctor will stop at no end to prove the existence of vampire-like creatures known as “shiki” and put a stop to their spread, even if he has to sacrifice his own loved ones in the process . Meanwhile a teenage boy named Natsuno Koide is seemingly being pursued by the Shiki as death closes in around him.
This is a straight horror anime complete with creepy imagery and gore, perfect if you’re looking for more of that classic scary movie experience. The intricate vampire lore and gory twist filled plotlines really amp up the creep factor, making it a perfect watch if you want an immersive, check under your bed, horror experience.
Each episode of this horror anthology follows a different story of a character summoning the Hell Girl to seek revenge on their enemies. The Hell Girl and her companions will then torment their desired target before giving them one last chance to repent before casting them down to Hell. However, the summoner will also eventually be damned to Hell, begging the question, How far will you go to seek revenge?
If you’re a fan of Japanese horror movies such as Ringu and The Grudge, you’ll love Hell Girl. With beautiful traditional style background art and character designs combined with a good amount of gore and disturbing imagery, Hell Girl is a great watch if you’re craving more a more disturbing this Halloween.
The Familiar of Zero.
This witchy anime follows a failed student witch Louise. Bullied and outcast by her classmates, Louise is desperate to prove her skills. When a ritual to summon a familiar goes wrong, Louise is stuck permanently bound with a teenage boy from the mortal world. Louise and her new familiar must then learn how to get along and make the most of this strange arrangement.
Another great choice for fans of Harry Potter, this anime puts a unique spin on the school of magic trope. The dynamic between Louise and her mortal familiar makes for both comedic and wholesome moments. The quirky character designs and background art mixed with creative expansive lore makes The Familiar of Zero a perfect witch themed watch for the Halloween season.
How to Keep a Mummy
When high school student Sora Kashiwagi receives a mysterious package from his adventurer father, he discovers a pint size living mummy that he is now tasked to care for. As Sora’s bond with the adorable tiny mummy grows, adventures and hijinks ensue.
This anime is a great choice if you want some cute wholesome Halloween fun The mishieve the adorable tiny mummy gets into with the quirk cast of human characters endears him to the audience more and more over the course of the series If you want a cuter spin on the monster trope this halloween this anime is perfect for you
Autumn is the season of the scary and the comfy, the creepy and the cozy. Whatever your preference there’s an autumnal anime for you. Do you have any further recommendations for Halloween and fall themed anime? Let us know in the comments below