It’s a mystery why mystery anime has been so popular. But it is! All the mystery anime that we’ve compiled below are very entertaining and they’ll keep you on your toes, so if you’re looking for a show that will make you think and solve mysteries then look no further!
What makes an anime good? It can be difficult to answer this question because there are many factors: the plot, animation, music/sound effects… but in my opinion, one of the most important aspects is mystery. A series should have enough mystery to get viewers hooked without revealing too much about what’s going on or how things work out in advance. The list below includes 21 of the best mystery anime available right now (in no particular order).
- Darker Than Black
- Death Note
- Death Parade
- Monster Musume
- Detective Conan
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Detective School Q
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
- Tokyo Ghoul
- Attack On Titan
- The Future Diary (Mirai Nikki)
- Zankyou no Terror
- The Promise Neverland
- *Wrap It Up
Psycho-Pass is an anime series that deals with a society in which people’s mental state, personality, and the possibility of committing crimes can be measured or predicted early on. Phoenixes are members of law enforcement who use firearms to solve problems and uphold the law.
The series begins when a new generation of the system becomes possible, opening up the potential for misuse by experts such as Shogo Makishima. He reveals that he has been investigating someone who had been judged to be dangerous by the system but had not yet committed a crime.
Darker Than Black
Darker Than Black is a mystery anime set in a fictional world where certain individuals develop special powers following the arrival of a strange phenomenon.
The story focuses on two characters: Hei, a Chinese government assassin who works for the rebel organization Syndicate in Japan, and Yin, an old friend and victim of the aforementioned phenomenon.
Death Note is a mystery anime that follows the story of Light Yagami, a high school student who comes across a death god named Ryuk. They both come to discover that the notebook he just found has the power to kill anyone whose name is written in it.
At first, Light holds onto this power for himself and uses it to obey his moral code. But as he begins to learn about how the people around him are using their own Death Notes for evil purposes, he realizes that there could be more good accomplished if he shared his own.
The mystery anime Durarara!! takes place in Ikebukuro, Tokyo’s “other” city – the district which lies furthest from downtown. Ikebukuro is described as a vibrant district full of mystery and home to many unique characters.
The main character Mikado Ryugamine moves to Ikebukuro after living in a rural town for 15 years, where he begins to learn about the mystery within the city and befriends new friends along the way. One day, he runs into a girl named Masaomi Kida, who confesses that the city has gotten more dangerous recently.
After saving a child from being hit by a car, Dr. Kenzo Tenma is forced to operate on him and soon realizes that this was not an ordinary kid – it’s actually the son of a European ambassador!
This act leads to some unfortunate events for Tenma, as he’s accused of committing a murder and finds himself on the run. While continuing to search for the truth behind everything that happened, he learns more about Johan – an incredibly intelligent boy with a mysterious past.
Death Parade takes place in Quindecim bar, where recently-deceased people are forced to play a game that judges whether or not they can move on to the next life. These individuals may be judged by just one individual, but most of them are sent back to where they came from.
The series focuses on the bartenders who judge these contestants and provide commentary on their behavior during the games. As it turns out, one of these bartenders is actually not human and takes on the form of a young woman named Decim.
The mystery anime Gosick takes place in 1924 Europe at a time when magic was believed to exist. Kujo “Kazuya” Kazuya joins an all-girl detective club called The Red Butterfly, and he soon encounters a girl named Victorique who was imprisoned in the dreary tower of a ruined castle. Although she doesn’t like talking to people, she often helps Kazuya with his cases by using her keen intuition and knowledge of mystery novels.
In a world where monster girls live alongside regular humans, a young man named Kurusu Kimihito gets a surprise one day when he finds out that the government has added him to their list.
The law states that any citizen can bring in one monster girl into their home as long as they agree to take care of them. He’s then introduced to the new addition, who turns out to be a centaur named Centorea Shianus, and the mystery begins!
This mystery anime is actually called Case Closed in the US, but Detective Conan is its original name.
This mystery anime follows the adventures of a high school detective named Kudo Shinichi, who is known as the “Savior of Japan.” When he’s suddenly shrunk down to a child because of a poison he was hit with during his mystery solving adventures, he has to rely on other people and their assistance to solve cases. In order for him to be seen as an equal by most adults, his childhood friend Ran Mouri pretends that he’s her older cousin and gives him the name Conan Edogawa.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
The mystery anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya takes place in a world where mystery is nonexistent. One day, Haruhi meets a time traveler named Mikuru and a boy who possesses the power to alter reality.
The mystery continues when Haruhi unintentionally breaks off all relations with her old friends, but then meets two people who are seemingly unaffected by this change – the intelligent Yuki and Kyon, who is just an average student. This mystery anime is full of twists and turns and will keep you on your toes!
Detective School Q
This mystery anime is about the adventures of a group of Junior High students who solve mysteries with their teacher, Ishigami. Each episode focuses on a mystery that these kids encounter and are forced to figure out before it’s too late – but if they fail, something bad happens to them.
This mystery anime is unique because instead of a single mystery, there are actually several that become solved as the show progresses. It’s entertaining and full of mystery!
xxxHolic takes place in a world full of mystery and wonder. It’s the home of Watanuki Kimihiro, who does chores for a small shop that grants wishes to customers in return for something equivalent to it in value – or else strange things happen as payment!
While running away from multiple spirits one day, he stumbles across the mystery anime’s leading lady, Yuuko. She grants him any wish and the mystery begins!
Another is a mystery anime that revolves around the mystery of a school which has had students disappear without a trace.
It is quite different than your typical mystery anime because it’s more centered on horror and mystery rather than just having an overarching mystery that the protagonist wants to solve. It’s definitely worth watching and it will leave you wanting more.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a Japanese anime based on the novel with the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Makoto Konno finds herself in a bit of trouble when she discovers that time traveling exists and her actions have consequences beyond what anyone could ever imagine.
Tokyo Ghoul is a mystery anime that revolves around the mystery of “ghouls” and humans. Ghouls are able to live peacefully among humans by eating animals in secret, but there’s always strife when the ghoul population becomes too large and they’re forced to feed on human flesh.
The mystery of this anime follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, unassuming high school student who barely manages to scrape by with enough money to make ends meet. After surviving an encounter with one of these ghouls, he’s changed into something else – a half-ghoul. As his fellow classmates learn what he is and start hunting him down for food, Kaneki sets out on a dark journey for survival.
Hyouka is mystery anime that revolves around a teenage boy named Houtaro Oreki. Houtaro has the ability to solve any mystery, but usually avoids all types of work and prefers to just loaf around and sleep – but when his friend Houtarou gets him involved in solving a mystery, Houtaro will have to use his rather lackluster skills to find the truth. There is mystery, intrigue, and Houtaro has to go through a lot of hardships in order to find the truth.
If you like watching Hyouka, then you may like Anime Like Hyouka.
Attack On Titan
Attack on Titan is a mystery anime that revolves around a boy named Eren Yeager who has an intense dislike for Titans. One day, these giants show up and start killing off humans – including his mother.
Eren vows revenge and sets out to find these giants, but as he ventures out in search of them, he learns more than he ever imagined about the mystery behind these titans and why they’re attacking humanity.
The Future Diary (Mirai Nikki)
The mystery anime takes place in an alternate timeline where Japan is overrun with a virus that has destroyed most of the world’s population. The mystery follows middle school student Yukiteru Amano, who has been blessed (or cursed) with the ability to see into the future and has been bestowed one true love. Along with his friends Yuno Gasai, they have to fight for survival in this mystery anime that will leave you on the edge of your seat!
Zankyou no Terror
The mystery anime revolves around nine children who are perfect strangers to each other, but they all share one thing in common: they’re recruited by two mysterious men on the Internet to form an evil secret organization called Sphinx that focuses on destroying Japanese targets. The mystery of this anime has to do with the mystery behind these two men and how they’re able to cause so much chaos and destruction with just nine children.
The Promise Neverland
The mystery anime, The Promise Neverland, is set in an orphanage named the Grace Field House. The mystery revolves around a group of children who live there and are told that they will be adopted soon. But what they don’t know is that life at the house can be a mystery – because parents can come to adopt them but then disappear for no reason at all!
Kakegurui is mystery anime that revolves around a girl named Yumeko Jabami, who finds herself in the prestigious Hyakkaou Private Academy – a school where gambling is mandatory, students can use any means necessary to secure victory, and winners reap the spoils of their classmates. The mystery revolves around her quest for the biggest gamble of all – her life!
*Wrap It Up
The mystery genre is one that typically involves a protagonist who has to find the truth behind an event or mystery. Whether they’re detectives, high school students, or just someone with a knack for solving mysteries – these characters are always in pursuit of something and have many obstacles along the way. The list above provides you with 21 mystery anime series that will keep your mind occupied as well as engaged so if you want some entertainment then give them all a try!