Psychological anime are usually termed as anime that delves into the mental or emotional state of the characters in the midst of a difficult situation and observes them change as the tension changes. One of the key features might be the presence of internal monologue, which I myself have found in a lot of psychological anime. Thus, I decided to add this genre to the list too.
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NOTE: This list only contains my preference and your preference might defer. If you have a recommendation that did not make the list, please add it in the comments for other to know about.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Mahou Shoujo is an anime that might not appeal to many since it is about Magical Girls, but once you get past the first few episodes the anime really grows on you. The plot is the best part of this anime and you will understand why I did recommend this anime after you watch it.
Monster is a different beast altogether. The anime plays out as a macabre game of cat & mouse set in a world which is a normal one. The anime is slow and at times unconventional too. Exploring topics many anime are scared of, this anime is a fantastic marvel.
Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
Kiseijuu is an anime that has a male lead who slowly starts to lose his humanity. Having great cliffhangers and great action scenes, this anime has plenty of gore in it if an amazing story isn’t enough for you.
NHK ni Youkoso!
NHK is the most normal among this bunch of anime. Featuring a story about a 20-something shut-in who makes up a conspiracy theory that a huge corporation is behind him having the status of a NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). Pretty funny and pretty relaxing watch.
Mirai Nikki is basically a story of Battle Royale where the winner gets to become a god. Though not the best anime out there, it is one of the finer ones.
This anime is the work of the mastermind Satoshi Kon. And as expected of him, this anime makes you judge the characters and shows you the different sides of humanity. In all honestly, this anime might actually be the best in this list.
Special: Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain is an anime riddled with psychological and philosophical themes. The artwork is fantastic and will manage to hold it’s own against the newer anime.
At this point, I would like to point out that if you like this kind of anime you must absolutely watch all the work done by Satoshi Kon, that guy is fantastic. A few of his famous works to be named would be Paprika, Perfect Blue, & the above mentioned Mousou Dairinin. That’s it for this list, a few more genres to go and this series will end. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for much more stuff!