Updated by Madison Lennon on March 28, 2021: Zombies are a big part of pop culture. There are countless movies, TV shows, and anime revolving around the idea of zombies existing.
If you're someone who loves the zombie apocalypse genre, you should definitely check out the following list of recommendations to see if any of them interest you enough to watch. The anime is based on the popular manga of the same name and follows teams at the Death Weapon Master Academy.
To create a death scythe and please the Shinigami master of the academy, they have to collect 99 evil souls and one witch, in that order. It focuses on the secret Hell sing Operation that tries to control the number of supernatural monsters plaguing England.
Sankara is a romantic comedy and supernatural horror anime that deals with protagonist Chirico Fury who winds up falling in love with a zombie. At one point, he makes a resurrection potion and a girl named REA Sanka accidentally drinks it.
Sunday Without God is a fantasy, mystery, supernatural anime about a world where humans can no longer procreate or die. The idea is that God abandoned his creations and then left behind grave keepers -- beings with the ability to help the living dead find rest.
Although not necessarily the highest ranked anime on this list based on MAL (Minimalist) scores, High school of the Dead is arguably the bestzombieanime to date. This has much to do with its serious plot, exciting turn of events, and its similarity to Western zombie TV shows and movies that are popular today.
The show’s fan service can be excessive at times, but the gore and violence more than make up for it. Set in the Industrial Revolution, Habanero of the Iron Fortress is often dubbed as the steampunk Attack on Titan, except the enemies are hard-to-kill undead monsters called Kane instead of unknown giant creatures.
The comparison between the two shows stems from the fact that the people on Habanero of the Iron Fortress are kept safe from the Kane by fortress-like stations and massive walls. Refusing to give in to this ill fate, a young engineer named Iowa successfully creates a weapon that can kill the Kane, beginning his journey as a hero.
It follows the adventure of a young woman who tries to survive after downtown Seoul gets overrun by zombies. Based on a popular third-person shooting game, Gun grave is a serious anime show that focuses on the main character’s path to revenge.
Called Beyond The Grave, or Grave for short, the main character is previously a human named Brandon Heat who, after being betrayed and murdered by his best friend and mafia syndicate partner, is brought back to life as an almost invincible zombie -like creature. He now lives to get back at the best friend who betrayed him and the syndicate he used to be part of while killing fellow undead on the side.
His life is turned upside down after a near-death accident from which he is saved by receiving an organ transplant from a ghoul. Joining the ranks of humans who were turned into zombies is Making Hoshimura, the titular character of Corpse Princess.
A cool female character with formidable physical skills, Making uses dual MAC-11 machine guns to destroy her enemies. John Watson, a medical student, is later tasked by the British government to obtain Frankenstein’s notes on reanimating a corpse with a soul.
China and Shinto use Michael’s special ability to track the undead, so they can pay off their debt to Zombie -Loan, the company that brought them back to life. These undead creatures are even more mysteriously captivating in anime, where limitations on makeup and visual effects cannot restrict their grotesqueness.
The Managua did not hold back on some jokes regardless of home inappropriate some of them may be (so much so that the government itself has already deleted some scenes). But perhaps the reason it’s not that popular is that it was created around the late 90s to the early 2000s, so its animation style isn’t quite up to par with today’s standards.
Plus, the plot is what it is: a group of cute guys and girls running around town and slaying rotting zombies and cursing as they go along. Gray Man is another popular series that talks a lot about the undead and how they’re being used to make mechanical weapons called Aka.
Adding to the list of dead protagonists are China Katsuki and Shinto Taliban, who is doing the unspeakable by hunting down other zombies just to survive. While the attempt to make a completely different zombie anime is there, Zombie -loan ultimately fails to get a coherent story out of their series; hence, they aren’t too high on this list.
Yeah, it’s centered on the story of zombies being let loose in a specific area, but the rotting but moving corpses in this series are not humans but actual sea creatures! If you haven’t heard about this yet, well, basically, zombie fish attacked Tokyo, with a disease that can be contracted even by humans.
But as if it wasn’t absurd enough, these zombie fishies even have legs made out of metal that allows them to run on land! Of course, Resident Evil is one of the most popular zombie stories out there, so just by association, you can kind of get a glimpse of how this anime is going to go.
As you can tell, the anime is based on the Resident Evil game, and it clearly did not disappoint by giving a pretty realistic story about how biohazards, in this case, the T-virus, can affect humans (citizens of the Raccoon City). He was called upon to investigate the news of eerie resurrections in London, so he and Sebastian Michael is rode a cruise liner to solve this new mystery.
Some Black Butler fans feel like it’s simply a filler episode that doesn’t have its own merits, but I disagree. On its own, the Book of the Atlantic is a great movie even for those who have not watched a single episode of the popular anime franchise.
Still on the subject of Victorian London, Shiva no Shikoku rips off the classic tale of Victor Frankenstein and makes it a new, whole, bloody experience. The unique way that they were able to make a new plot point out of Frankenstein’s discovery of human corpse reanimation is amazing.
Specifically, it follows the story of Alum, a 16-year-old high schooler who was investigating a mysterious house when he was tragically killed. It all works out perfectly for him, though, after a rich, troubled young girl found the potion he was developing to resurrect his cat after it was run over.
Two close friends, Harry and Brandon, were living their best life until they were reminded that the world could be cruel and oh-so merciless. The seemingly lighthearted premise turns into an epic legend of friendship, betrayal, and the fleeting nature of life and death that gets deeply philosophical as the story progresses.
Now, they are called in to dispose of a problematic vampire that’s been turning villagers into ghouls that just spread chaos all over the land. However, this blissful illusion is a fragile lie to hide the fact that outside the walls of the school, a nasty zombie apocalypse is going on.
Senior members of the School Living Club are in on the impossible task of shutting themselves out from the zombies that roam outside, waiting to devour them, all while keeping Yuri’s perfect fantasy unbridled by the truth. Somehow, the industrial revolution setting is perfect for all kinds of paranormal mysteries, such as the emergence of horrific creatures ripping through human beings to feed their never-ending appetite.
Finally, topping this list of the bestzombieanime of all time is Tokyo Ghoul, a modern rendition of the classic zombie apocalypse story, which follows the life of Kane, a kindhearted human who toils with his internal conflict upon being turned into a half-ghoul. He starts experiencing these odd, bloodthirsty cravings, which he must actively resist if he wants to hold on to the last shred of humanity still flowing through his veins.
Amar is the Chief Nerd at Near Bear and can be mostly found binge-watching Netflix, researching tech, shooting things on PS4, and arguing over who is the strongest Avenger. In the world of anime, thrill plays an essential role in making the audience crave for more.
These zombie anime are as entertaining as other thrillers, but most of the people don’t like gruesome scenes that take place in zombie shows. Still, you can relate them to original zombie anime, and that means you get to watch some fantastic zombie series and also no need to hold back to your weakness.
Although most of the people call it a fan-service, High School of the Dead is arguably the bestzombieanime to date. There is much similarity between western zombie shows and this anime because it has much to do with its severe plot and exciting events.
Instead of only focussing on the action, this anime has some pure each moments that’ll make you like it even more. And the reason for it to be on the list of the bestzombieanime series is its constant thrill and action.
Even though the school is overrun by the zombies, a few students who play a vital role in the series fight them to get out of there. And sometimes its fan service might seem a bit excessive, but its thrill and action will make up for it.
Habanero of the Iron Fortress is often referred to as the copy of Attack on Titan. The story sets in the Industrial Revolution, where the monsters called Kane attack the people and turn into their zombie anime by infecting them.
On Minamoto island, people build stations to protect themselves from those monsters. In this anime, they face undead monsters instead of Giants, and these can only be dead by a weapon known as Tsuranukizutsu.
While this anime grabs attention from the viewers with its action scenes, it indeed endows you the vibes of a zombie anime. If you’re thinking of watching a zombie anime with some exciting characters and anticipating plot, then you’ll love it for sure.
But what makes this series more interesting is, these zombie fish have metal legs that enable them to walk on the land. And if you think this anime would only be scary, you will definitely get surprised because it features a Romantic storyline.
Soon they find a girl named Michael who has a strange ability to see the person’s life force. China and Shinto uses the ability of Michael and track down the undead and pays their debt to Zombie -loan, the company that brought them back to life.
The story is a mix of both action and comedy, so I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it to the fullest. The Empire of Corpses is an anime film that takes a different spin of the idea in the zombie anime genre.
The story sets in the 18th century in England, where a scientist named Victor Frankenstein discovers a method of bringing a corpse back to life. Later British Government assigns a task for a medical student John Watson to obtain Victor’s notes.
Besides just involving zombies and following a survival theme, this anime takes out a mission concept and makes things way more interesting. Compared to other zombie anime, this anime’s storyline is unique and a lot more interesting than you expect.
Every scene has a good pace, and even though it holds back at a very instant, it immediately covers up the flaws. If you watched the Korean zombie movie Train to Susan, then Seoul Station is a must-watch.
When her father finally finds her, and as he reunited with her, a zombie epidemic breaks out in Seoul. The story of Seoul Station ha been given 100% in Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty rare.
While the anime follows the Korean storyline, it is not much different from the rest of the zombie anime, but the twist might get you for good. Corpse Princess is a decent zombie anime series with some good action scenes.
The story follows Making Hoshimura, who gets reincarnated after when her family stuck in a massacre of the undead Seven Stars. Now Making must kill 108 other revived corpses to gain her entry to heaven and meet their family.
However, she selects MAC-11, a machine gun as her weapon, and hunts down the revived corpses while preparing to battle the Seven Stars. This anime has one hell of a cool and formidable character as the main lead.
Well, at least you’ll get to witness all feelings in a single zombie anime, which is pretty rare. It’s always good to have a spicy one in the list, and Sankara: Undying Love is such an anime.
However, his dream comes true when a girl accidentally drinks a resurrecting portion that Fury made. Soon Fury winds up falling for her, and now he must figure out how to live his life with his zombie girlfriend.
It might not be one of your thrilling and terrifying zombie anime, but romantically and hilariously, this one would be a great watch. The story concerns a young girl Take ya Yuri who loves her school so much.
But the twist bangs in as they eventually learn that they’re the only survivors in the school which is outrun by zombies. Most of the zombie anime shows take place in a familiar world like ours.
But Sunday Without God takes place in a fantasy world with quite a mystery and supernatural theme. The reason for all of these is that God abandoned his job of creation, and he created grave keepers who give a proper burial to the dead.
But the dead walk just like humans and AI, the protagonist of the series, is a grave keeper who decides to accompany a mysterious man after a strange incident. As I mentioned above, the setting of the anime takes place in a fantasy world, and most interestingly, the version of the zombies is different from that of a typical zombie anime.
The character design is decent enough for a fantasy zombie anime, and the most important thing about this show is, it gives every aspect a time to shine.