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7 Anime Series to Watch If You Love Zombies

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Are you absolutely addicted to the special breed of horror zombies offer? Do you love sitting back and watching anime? What if you could combine your two loves?

As it turns out, you can! There are quite a few high-quality anime shows out there that are about zombies. Watch out The Walking Dead, because anime is coming to take your throne as the king of serialized zombie content!

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1. Gungrave

English name: Gungrave
Year released: 2004
Number of episodes: 26
Streaming availability: Hulu, Funimation

The plot of this show is quite similar to that of the popular movie The Crow. Brandon Heat is murdered and he’s brought back to life to exact revenge on the “friend” who killed him. Of course, it’s not as easy as it sounds, as there are zombie-like enemies like him working against him in his mission.

2. Shikabane Hime: Aka

English name: Corpse Princess
Year released: 2008
Number of episodes: 13
Streaming availability: Hulu, Funimation

Like most zombie-based anime, this one throws the conventional definition of zombie out the window in favor of its own version. The story is about a young woman who’s brutally murdered with her family, but unable to join them in the afterlife until she kills 108 other revived individuals. She doesn’t need to eat brains to survive, and she’s certainly not slow and plodding. But she’s most definitely a badass.

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3. Highschool of the Dead

English name: High School of the Dead
Year released: 2010
Number of episodes: 12
Streaming availability: Hulu

This series really pushes the envelope from a violence perspective. It is a story that feels a bit more traditional in that it’s all about trying to figure out what caused the zombie outbreak to occur. However, that’s about the only thing that’s traditional, as this series certain goes some places that you’re going to want to see.

4. Sankarea

English name: Sankarea: Undying Love
Year released: 2012
Number of episodes: 12
Streaming availability: Funimation

This is a story that should be relatable to anyone reading this: Chihiro Furuya is obsessed with zombies. He does what any zombie fan would do and gets himself a zombie girlfriend. Okay, so maybe it’s not that relatable, but it’s most certainly different and the series is quite entertaining.

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5. Tokyo Ghoul

English name: Tokyo Ghoul
Year released: 2014
Number of episodes: 12
Streaming availability: Hulu, Funimation

Ken Kaneki is a teenager who lives in a world filled creatures who are quite similar to zombies called ghouls who have a taste for human flesh. To make his life even more interesting, he’s turned half ghoul by a former love interest, which means he needs to fight to keep his humanity, while also fighting the constant ghoul threat.

6. Gakkougurashi!

English name: School-Live!
Year released: 2015
Number of episodes: 12
Streaming availability: Crunchyroll

Gakkougurashi is about a group of teenage girls who love their special school. I really can’t say too much more than that, but just knowing that it’s on a list of zombie animes should tell you something about the twist that happens pretty early on in the show. (Okay fine, their amazing school is actually hiding the fact that they’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Don’t worry, you find that out very quickly.)

7. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

English name: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Year released: 2016
Number of episodes: 12
Streaming availability: Amazon Prime

This is the most recent show on the list, and it’s also one of the best reviewed of any out there. This series is one part steampunk, one part zombie, one part Attack on Titan, and all parts awesome. If you’re even remotely into anime and zombies, you owe it to yourself to give this a watch, because it’s sure to blow you away!

Are You Scared?

If you weren’t afraid of zombies already, you will be after you watch these shows. Or you’ll find zombies to be weird and hilarious. It depends which shows you end up watching!

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