27+ Best Monster Anime (Recommendations)


Updated on: June 30, 2022

Watching anime is always the best way to make up for your worst days. What’s more, anime has a sea of genres, and it is up to you to pick your favorite. These days, monster anime are the new favorites of every Otaku.

Monsters have proven to be the best tool for creating engaging and roaring anime. Often, you will find these monsters helping the protagonists. However, mostly they are the antagonist’s pet or the ultimate villain. Fantasy anime has all kinds of monsters. Some are beasts, demons, or vampires, and some will be the cute and fluffy type.

All you have to do is choose one of your liking, and you will have a sensational and unforgettable experience. To help you with this, I bring you 28 Best Monster Anime of All Time. 




28. Inuyasha


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Having monsters in modern times doesn’t sound very real. Yet if we talk about the ancient times and medieval era, it seems realistic, specifically in Japan. Japan hit the world with a few of its best anime at the beginning of the century.

Inuyasha is one such anime worthy of praise. Kagome, a high schooler, falls into the feudal era of Japan and becomes the bearer of great spiritual power. The plot takes a sharp turn when she unleashes a half-demon Inuyasha.

The anime is full of demons and adventures, and they will make you fall in love with medieval Japan, demons included.

Read: Best Fantasy anime


27. Garo The Animation

garo the animation

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17/20 7/10 8/10 7/10 39/50

Okay, fellas! We all know about vampires, demons, dragons, and goblins. We also have heroes killing and slaying them in style. However, a knight slaying monsters would be graceful and unique.

Here you go then, Garo the Animation is an old anime, but it is remarkable enough to make it to the list of best monster anime of all time. The plot mainly focuses on Leon, an apprentice knight who inherited the Golden Armor. 

His life of isolation takes a bracing turn when Prince Alphonse finds him to claim his throne. You will be drowning in graceful yet blood-soaked battles with a crunch of action and topped with creepy monsters.


26. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

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17/20 8/10 7/10 7/10 39/50

Are you a gamer? Do you like killing monsters or fighting them using either an avatar of one of your own monsters? If yes, then let me give you a monster anime with a garnish of dozens of enthralling monsters.

Yuugi’s life turns out to be the best adventure, albeit he never wanted it. By a stroke of luck, he became the second-best Duel Master. He opened his eyes to a whole new world full of monsters coming to life and fighting other duel masters using these monsters.

The plot develops with the challenges he faces and his quest to save his grandfather’s soul. You are in for another worldly adventure.


25. Mononoke


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17/20 8/10 8/10 7/10 40/50

Aha! It is time for some Japanese-style traditional monsters, aka Youkai. Youkais are the most common monsters found in Japanese folklore. As a matter of fact, they make some really spicy and bone-chilling stories.

Mononoke is one such anime where our protagonist, the Medicine Seller, exorcizes the monsters named Mononoke. This anime falls more to the spiritual side. As our protagonist gets into the details of each Mononoke and understands its nature before he can use his sword to take a form for exorcism.

This anime will fill you with bowls of medicinal and spiritual knowledge. Good luck!


 24. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash


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18/20 9/10 7/10 7/10 41/50

One day, opening your eyes to a world of fantasy and miracles won’t be such a bad idea. Unless you have monsters in it! Grimgar is your typical anime with a new world and monsters. It did not receive that much fame however the character writing was too realistic.

Plus, the encounters of our heroes with the monsters helped this anime to be among the best monster anime of all time. You will love how Haruhiro and others face the monsters with fear at first. They depict the natural responses of any human/kid when faced with death-dealing creatures.

Get ready to have some flesh-eating sinister monsters coming your way.


23. Blood Blockade Battlefront (Kekkai Sensen)

Kekkai Sensen

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18/20 7/10 7/10 9/10 41/50

Seldom has it happened that I stumble upon an anime with a unique plot. Blood Blockade Battlefront is one such anime and has made it to my list of the best monster anime of all time. Aside from the monsters, another reason for it to be on my list is its plot.

It is the story of a newly formed city where creatures from the netherworld and humans strive to coexist. However, the peace between them is threatened by a group of monsters working for the King of Despair.

An ordinary delivery boy named Leonardo joins in the action. However, what can he do to stop the world’s destruction and bring peace?


22.  Hunter X Hunter

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17/20 8/10 8/10 8/10 41/50

If you are used to watching anime, then Hunter X Hunter is an anime you must have heard about. It is one of the best monster anime of all time. It leaves you craving to become a hunter, only to kill the giant and death-dealing monsters for once.

Gon, the protagonist in this monster anime, is a naïve kid in appearance only. His dream is to become the strongest hunter like his father. Fate bestows him with a golden chance, and he makes history with it.

Gon’s trials and adventures begin with a monster-hunting exam, leading towards the top. This anime has it all: laughter, action, big monsters, adventures, plot, and thrill. So, you gotta watch this one on top priority!


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21. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime FINAL

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You don’t laugh much when we talk about monsters, no? Let’s move from our cliché stories to a rather funny monster story. A human gets a chance to be reincarnated. However, his new life is quite…slimy!!!

Satoru reincarnates as a slime monster; ugh, what luck he has! Being a slime monster, he slowly adjusts to his new body and its features. Not to mention it would be difficult for anyone. The plot develops with him being the weakest of all monsters yet becoming stronger than the Gods as time went by.

Yes, he is strong in his own way. If you want to know how it feels to be a monster, try this one. A fun time with this one is guaranteed.


20. Goblin Slayer

Goblin Slayer

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19/20 7/10 8/10 8/10 42/50

Apologies for the delay! I totally forgot about the Goblins. Well, yeah, talking about monsters of all kinds and not mentioning Goblins would definitely hurt their feelings. HEHE! So, here I bring you an anime to pay our respects to the Goblins.

Goblin Slayer, as the name, tells the tale. It is an anime focusing on one aspect, slaying goblins. The plot revolves around a young priestess and a Goblin Slayer. The plot develops when the Goblin Slayer joins Onna and her team on their adventures.

For a change of pace, this anime is definitely recommended.   


19. Noragami


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18/20 9/10 7/10 9/10 43/50

When it comes to monsters, Japan sure does have a variety of them popping up from everywhere. I can never imagine the concrete and exceptional characteristics of every monster the Japanese put in an anime.

Noragami is a story about a God who works for only 5 Yen per job. LOL! Yeah, he is such a cheap God, no? But don’t judge him for his fee. Yato is one of the strongest and deadliest Gods. His confusing life starts to settle after his fateful encounter with Hiyori.

Follow these two to learn various ways of killing monsters and learn the value of feelings.


18. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

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18/20 9/10 7/10 9/10 43/50

Again, this one is another cliché anime, but it is more on the darker side. You have watched anime with vampires and zombies, so you must have an idea about the undead. Well, monsters in this anime are also undead, but they also bite like vampires and turn humans into one, commonly called Kabane.

Meet our cliché hero Ikoma with a typical setting. He has sworn to kill these monsters after losing his only sister. The plot develops with his trials and growth. His skills in slicing monsters are exceptional. Plus, these monsters are just too sinister and unique.

As cliché as the concept sounds, this anime quickly made it to the list of best monster anime of all time. The character development and monsters made a massive contribution to its popularity.


17. God Eater      

God eater

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19/20 9/10 7/10 9/10 44/50

Fighting monsters might seem like an exciting experience. However, when fighting death-dealing monsters, facing despair, fear, and rage are things that come as a curse. God Eater is one of the best monster anime of all time because it fills you up with fear, rage, and sadness for the characters.

The plot may be a bit cliché, with monsters named “Oracle Cells” attacking and annihilating humanity. However, the character development and events are too realistic. The story focuses on how this apocalypse began and how it is ruining everything.

Lenka Utsugi, the protagonist, will make you feel like living in this apocalypse with him. His journey starts with losing everything and leads to a path of redemption. So, don’t miss it, fellas.


16. Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist

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18/20 9/10 8/10 9/10 44/50

Humans fighting with monsters/demons is something very common in anime. Have you ever seen a demi-human exorcizing demons? If you have heard about Blue Exorcist, you would say yes, but if not, do not worry.

Let me introduce you to Rin Okumura. He is the son of Satan himself. His life goes from strolling on a smooth road to running on a bumpy mountain in a short period of time. Rin desperately tries to hide his identity and be a true exorcist, but at the end of the day, he is what he denies.

If you want some tips to exorcize demons, this is a must-watch for you.


15. Seraph of the End

Seraph Of The End

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18/20 9/10 7/10 10/10 44/50

Battles between monsters and vampires are legendary and historic. No matter how overused, they always take the stage by storm. Oh! Plus, if we add humans to this combination, it would be the best trio, no?

Seraph of the End is an anime beginning with the destruction of the human race by vampires after every human above 13 years old was killed by an unknown pandemic. Our protagonist Yuiichirou or Yui focuses on killing them all. He joins the Japanese Imperial Demon Army and powers up with a cursed gear by making a contract with a demon. However, that is not all.

The anime is full of incredible action, spicy twists, vampire beauties, and monsters. You will love the plot development and bonding between all characters.


14. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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19/20 9/10 10/10 7/10 45/50

Old is gold; we all know it well. However, sometimes antiques are appalling and spell bounding. When talking about the best monster anime of all time, missing this one would be a sin. Neon Genesis Evangelion is a brilliant anime given the time it was aired in.

To protect the human race from destruction and angelic monsters, humans made Mechas. These mechas are called Evangelion. Shinji, a boy with apparently no aim in his life, becomes the pilot of Evangelion 0-1. His journey starts with fighting the angelic monsters.

If you want to see how it ends, you have to watch it for an unforgettable experience.


13. Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen

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18/20 9/10 8/10 10/10 45/50

If you are talking about monsters and Jujutsu Kaisen isn’t on your list, you need an upgrade, my friend. It is one of the most popular anime of this decade for countless reasons. Elegant characters, an intriguing plot, and a handful of creepy demons await you.

The story hits different when our leads are the ones with monsters inside them. Well, something like that happened with our protagonist, Yuji. He is a regular boy with a rare ability. His life turns all bumpy when he becomes the vessel of the deadliest demon, Sukuna.

Submerge yourself in the sea of deadly monsters, modish characters, and flashy action.


12. Claymore  


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18/20 9/10 8/10 10/10 45/50

Diamond cuts diamonds. Everybody knows this. Our anime creators are very sharp in using this basic knowledge and embed it into monster anime. Claymore is a result of one such try. And I must say, the creators succeeded with flying colors.

In a world where demons kill humans without regard, Claymores take the role of a protector. Claymores are half human and half demonic girls with extreme strength and killer auras. The only problem is that the guardian Claymores are threatened with losing their sanity and becoming a demon themselves.

Join Raki and Clare on their quest when their lives are entangled together. Get ready to see a lot of blood-filled action, beauties on a killing spree, and monsters with a divine hunger for humans.


11. Rage of Bahamut

Rage of Bahamut

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19/20 9/10 9/10 8/10 45/50

Demons, zombies, and beasts all make the best food for a monster anime lover. But having dragons in a monster anime makes it lit. It’s like the more, the merrier. Introducing Rage of Bahamut! It is a very famous monster anime of the past decade. The plot carries a heavyweight because it involves Gods, demons, humans, and a Dragon named Bahamut.

The story continues with the history of Humans, Demons, and Gods coming together to seal a raging Dragon. The trio divides its key into two halves, the Demon half and the God half. The plot develops when Nina steals the God’s half of the key.

Don’t miss this one if you want to see a raging dragon and shiver in fear.


10. One Punch Man

One Punch Man

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19/20 9/10 8/10 9/10 45/50

The hairstyle of a protagonist or antagonist plays a significant role in portraying their mannerism and qualities. It’s like a good hairstyle makes good heroes. However, if a hero does not have hair, then…? LOL! Don’t worry. Even then, some heroes would make monsters beg for mercy.

Let me introduce you to Saitama, one of a kind. He is a baldy with a shiny, super shiny head and monstrous strength. Using his powers accumulated in one punch, he defeats otherworldly beings, including mutants, supervillains, and death-dealing monsters who can destroy the planet.

If you want a break from the sinister feelings of watching monsters, then try One Punch Man. It will make you laugh till you fall off your chair.


9. The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising Of Shield hero

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19/20 10/10 9/10 9/10 47/50

Are you bored with your regular monsters? Want to witness diversity? Allow me to take you to the world of monsters, where everything is a monster. Be it a flower, a fish, a dog, a hen, or a stem. Your perspective of looking at things will change eventually after this anime.

The Rising of the Shield Hero is a story about the struggles of our protagonist, Iwatani. From a pathetic loser and an outcast, he struggles and becomes the strongest of all heroes. Plus, his level up is enormously strengthened by the monsters he kills.

The transformation options of Iwatani’s shield increase with every single kill. Enter the forest of monsters and enjoy the thrilling sensations.


8. Berserk


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19/20 10/10 10/10 08/10 47/50

If you love dark fantasy and ghastly monsters, Berserk is for you.It shows an unlucky person’s gloomy and cynical upbringing accurately. You will be enchanted by the story and the spell of darkness.

Meet Guts, who owns the saddest and scariest past and lives his life without emotions. Yet, a fateful encounter changes his life into something he never imagined. While slicing off the very monsters that feed on humans, he develops into a more vital being.

He sets on a path where he will either lose his darkness or utilize it to become an even greater monster.


7. Terra Formars

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20/20 9/10 9/10 9/10 47/50

Are you, by any chance, afraid of cockroaches? Argh, the feeling is mutual, buddy. The true definition of a monster fits only the ones in Terra Formars. Wait till you see them; they will creep you out with a tingling sensation in your bones.

A team is tasked to fight the Terra Formars at Mars to make the human race develop there. Well, these Terra Formars are none other than humanoid cockroaches’ Ewww!!! The plot will keep you hooked with the brains and techniques of these scientists which they use to fight the mega cockroaches.

This anime is among the best monster anime of all time in terms of plot, creepy monsters, and nightmarish sensations. I even had nightmares of these humanoid cockroaches between you and me after watching this one.


6.  Pokemon


Monster Exposure Character Writing Plot Animation Total
20/20 9/10 10/10 9/10 48/50

This anime needs no introduction. For more than two decades, Pokemon has been keeping its place on the list of the best monster anime of all time. Pokemon fulfills your urges to capture a monster, tame it and cuddle with it gently.

The anime is filled with all sorts of monsters, be them small, gigantic, shy, confident, cute, dangerous, and whatnot. The plot revolves mainly around Ash, a 10-year-old aiming to become the greatest Pokemon Master.

His journey will give you a bumper-kart ride filled with everything you are looking for. And for a change, having cuties as a monster would be fun, no?


5.  Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

Monster Exposure Character Writing Plot Animation Total
20/20 9/10 9/10 10/10 48/50

Gigantic beasts, vampires with fangs, and powerful ugly demons are part of an old story. Tokyo Ghoul is the very name of the upgrade in the world of monsters. Yes, it is all about flesh-eating monsters under the human skin.

Tokyo Ghoul is a must-watch if you genuinely want to experience an eerie feeling with thrilling twists. Ken Kaneki is your regular boy, unaware of the lurking monsters. His ordinary life ceases when he maintains a fine line between a human and a monster.

Want to know how and why? Then drop everything and start with his tale at once.


4.  Hellsing


Monster Exposure Character Writing Plot Animation Total
20/20 10/10 10/10 9/10 49/50

The anime world was blessed with this masterpiece in the early days of this century. When we talk about monsters, blood, action, and guns are a given. Hellsing adds a touch of diversity with monsters, vampires, spirits, gods, familiars, ghosts, and much more to this ground.

The plot revolves around a policewoman and Alucard, the vampire, a monster killing machine. These beings with extraordinary strengths fight the war against vampires and monsters for humans.

In short, Hellsing is everything a fan of monster anime could ever think about. You will fall in love with the evilness of Alucard and his style of killing monsters.


3. Dororo


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19/20 10/10 10/10 10/10 49/50

This anime will give you a heart-wrenching and bone-chilling experience, no matter how strong you are. The story is all about a child outcasted as a monster and how he survives even being a monster. It is truly a sensational anime of the previous decade that took the internet by storm.

Hyakkimaru is a cursed boy without limbs. Yet, he survives, and by killing monsters, he gains his organs and limbs back. His encounter with Dororo changes both their lives and leads them to unravel the secrets of their pasts.

Get ready to dive into the world of real monsters disguised as humans.


2. Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Monster Exposure Character Writing Plot Animation Total
20/20 10/10 10/10 10/10 50/50

Attack on Titan needs no introduction, whether you are a newbie or an old anime fan. How can one not talk about Titans when making a list of monsters? They are apparently at the top of the hierarchy…just below the dragons maybe.

What can the humans do when they are attacked by the gigantic man-eating titans? Attack on Titan is all about our leads…humans, correction, mini-humans trying to save themselves from being eaten by gigantic humanoids, aka Titans.

Well, attacking titans is a story for later; first they got to save their lives. This anime will drown you in the abyss of fear and hold you with eeriness. Beware!!! It is one of the best monster anime of all time and you can count on it.


1. Parasyte: The Maxim

Parasyte the Maxim

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20/20 10/10 10/10 10/10 50/50

I just love how anime strikes us every time with a unique monster. Sometimes these monsters honestly give you chills and sinister feelings and it happens rarely.

On this note, I bring you Parasyte: The Maxim. It is an anime with alien parasites attacking humans to take control and thrive. But the cliché twist occurs when Shinji, a regular student, makes a contract with one such Parasyte.

You will love the bone-chilling sensations and distaste by seeing these parasites in action. It is an anime of the last decade that quickly made it to the top of the best monster anime of all time.  




There you go, my fellow anime peeps. Behold the list of best monster anime of all time. Starting with the cute dragons and adorable monsters, to chasing the deadliest of ghouls and titans alike. I hope you enjoyed reading with some ghostly sensations and funny moments.

I promise to be back with something more interesting. Until then, let me know what type of monster you prefer. I would be eager to know your interests. Hasta la vista, peeps

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