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The 5 Most Violent Anime

The 5 Most Violent Anime

Care For An Angry Introduction?

Why hello there!  I figure that best way to introduce myself is to simply introduce myself.

I’m one of the official Animu (and possibly Mango) Correspondents for Sofaking News, and will probably go out of my way to physically assault anyone who tries to take that position from me.

I have GOT to take more pictures, people might think I have anger issues....

Not anime.

The name’s Thomas Duder, Author of the Things.

How do you do?

My geek repetoire is vast and deep, and I’m armed with a pretty heavy pen.  Reviewin’ and judgin’ comes natural to me, and my interests and projects keep me quite busy.  With that stated, when Bonafide Jones approached me with the idea of writing reviews about anime (I’m tacking on manga ‘cuz I’m a selfish, greedy asshole) I figured it’d be a fun, consistent, weekly thing.

My geek life began with watching movies with my parents back in the day.  Born in 1980, I was raised amongst some of the awesomest, most manliest movies in the world (Undeniable fact.  If your opinion is different, your opinion is wrong) as well as that glorious era where animu began to be ported over to das Americanas.

My introduction to anime came from a certain geeky uncle whose previous favorites included computer games (I’m talking about The Elder Scrolls: Arena here, and Wolfenstein as well as the very first Fallout) and comic book collecting.  From him and my father did I learn of Robotech – WOAH, WOAH, DOWN THERE YOU FANTARD!  Stop foaming at the mouth and let me explain.

I know, you know, and EVERYONE who spends even five minutes watching anime knows, that Robotech was a bastardized amalgmation of three different Macross arcs.  Hell, there’s even fans who RIGHT THE FUCK NOW just corrected me, but hey – that’s not what we’re here for.

And for what it’s worth, I was A) just a kid and B) really fucking liked it, so shaddup.  Seriously though, the naming schemes (Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, OH GOD BIG BRO ROY FOKKER, the Skull Squadron, the Zentradi, etcetera and et. al.) always stuck with me and even if I did learn of the REAL Macross later on, Robotech will always have a special spot in my heart just ‘cuz it was my first, y’know?

Dat Skull Squadron

Hey, I DREAMED of piloting this thing…

Shortly thereafter came all the greats from the 80’s, from Gunsmith Cats and Riding Bean to Devil Hunter Yohko.  Going into the nineties I indulged greatly in more rentals from Blockbuster and local rental shops, titles like Hentai Kamen, Genocyber, Dragonball and Dragonball Z, Mermaid Forest (naturally, Rumiko Takahashi could do no wrong… but that’s before I learned of InuYasha) and Devilman and the 80’s dubbed movie of Fist of the North Star.  This was back when the SciFi Channel was still SciFi (not SyFy, ughherkderp) and they were also showin’ those great (read: mistranslated dubs) titles like Angel E.Y.E.S, Iria: The Animation, Green Legend Ran, and more.  Later on I would also get into such titles as Angel Cop, YuYu Hakusho and… well, kinda went from there.  Naturally, like quite a few fans today, I also got into the first runs of Toonami and Adult Swim, which brought me even more series to watch.

In b4 Toonami...

In b4 Toonami…

When it comes to mango, though, I’ve always thought the slick violence and cool scenes (the oldest I remember is being 10 and readin’ a copy of Mazinger, or whichever one it was when it was set in a fantasy world) were always front and center, y’know?  I still got into American comics and cartoons though, as well as video games…so for me, the late 80’s and 90’s was pretty much a montage of geekdom.

Since then, as technology gives us all greater options and a range of variety, I’ve found myself watching and reading even in genres that I normally don’t imbibe simply because it was suggested to me by a friend or a fan.

With that stated, I shall state my bias right here and now: anything with the Rule of Cool and the Rule of Badassed.  This includes Super Robo, some sentai shows, and pretty much anything where there’s even remotely a scene or two of just awesome badassery.

Today I’m noticing a trend in anime that is pretty sad, where they’re falling back on to “traditional tropes”…and I present the same argument here as I do with video games.

There is NO such thing as “tradition” in a industry that is less than fifty years old.  As a company finds their audience begins to broaden in both location, age, and even preference, one must go with how they A) first acquired those fans and B) where they, as artists, are to go from there.

Appeasing to your fanbase is, by all means, an option… but falling back on “traditional” tropes and such?

Now, I’m NOT going to just point-blank say “Naw man,” since y’know what?  If you can make it work, make it WORK godammit!  Much like with video games, if you’re going to be a copy then at least be a GOOD copy!

So.  I’ve had quite a say this first post, and from here on end is all op-ed and good B-roll copy from me.  I hope you guys come to like my articles here at Sofaking News, where I’ll be writing up reviews for all sorts of shit Animu- and Mango-based, brought to you from Crunchyroll, Netflix, and spots online.

Here’s to a good run, youse guys!


Thomas Duder, Author of the Things


Time to whip it ouuuuut… top 5 go-to uberviolent anime list!



1. Devilman



Devilman (the 1980’s version) first taught me the true art of megaviolence.  Not just a bunch of dudes fighting, but the kind of battles that can usually only be viewed in the lowest depths of Hell.


2. Genocyber

Genocyber about to make it rain blood up in hurrr


Naturally, I got my hands on Genocyber shortly after Devilman.  Hoooolyyyyy shiiiiiit.  You can count on one hand how many actually tame sequences there are.  Then random decapitations, headshots, cultists tearing a dude apart… y’know, people nowadays talk about Elfen Lied.

Yeah, real cute there, friendo.  Come sit on my knee and let Uncle Duder tell you ’bout the halcyon days where blood piñatas didn’t exist and REAL bloody carnage went down.


3. Mazinkaiser SKL

Dat Mazinkaiser SKL...

Everything good in the world of heavy metal and Hell resides in this trilogy of everlasting war!

This show is perfect.  Don’t fuck with it.


4. Fatal fury 1-3

Terry Bogard is apparently never allowed to have a girlfriend....


I know I mentioned earlier that I don’t just watch shows where people beat the crap out of each other… but this was a defining thing for me as a video gamer and an anime fan.  Seriously, Terry Bogard can do no wrong.  He also can never have a girlfriend, apparently. At least so sayeth Masami Obari, the director of the animated movie and designer for the other two.


5. Fist of the North Star

ATATATATATATA  is an approved martial art y'know

The series in its manliest nutshell.

The freakin’ trope namer, genre-defining,  Bruce Lee cloning show itself.  But ya gotta take it as a whole – the old 1980’s movie, the original series, the gaiden works, all that good mess.

And ohhhhhhh boy, what a glorious mess it is!  The manliest anime and manga, guaranteed!

So that’s the list. Think I left something off? Think you could do better? Then let let me know in the comments below.


About The Author

My geek repetoire is vast and deep, and I’m armed with a pretty heavy pen. Reviewin’ and judgin’ comes natural to me, and my interests and projects keep me quite busy.

Awesome Comments

  • Alex

    Robotech! :3

  • troy

    What about “Legend of the Overfiend” talk about a violent and very sexually disturbing movie. Think I saw it when I was a young teen. Not my favorite. But movies such as ‘AKIRA”definitely hit my top list favorites.

    • Now now, I said nothin’ about hentai or even ecchi. :3 Trust me, TRUST ME, I was just talkin’ to Bonafide Jones about how I’m going to eventually (i.e. – soon) write up an NSFW article about the filthiest, most uberviolent and blood-soaked hentai out there.

      Urotsukidoji is definitely #1 for me~!

  • Dante Menestro

    I lost track when reading “mango” as representive of Manga. xD

    • Animu and Mango, bro. :3

      Because I want to punch people who call it “Ah-knee-may” now instead of “Annie-may.”

      • Anonymous

        you do realize that it’s actually pronounced “ah-knee-may” and “mon-ga” right?

        • GeeBroSorryUrIgnorant

          Yeah, pretty sure he knows that but…. ‘Murica.

  • too much bio, not enough vio. I don’t really care who compiles the list….

  • Bludclot

    Thanks guys, i needed something new to watch

    • ThomasDuder

      By all means! Go watch something awesome.

      ~Thomas Duder, Author of the Things

  • Jubei

    Ninja Scroll???

    • Ninja Scroll!!

      • ThomasDuder

        Ninja Scroll. :3


        Ninja Scroll is DEFINITELY up there. The sheer graphic violence and gory joy that it represents…gah.

        Hells yes.

        >Jubei and Jones
        >Confirmed for awesome tastes in violence

        ~Thomas Duder, Author of the Things

  • demoncat_4

    no ninja scroll on here? and could death note count for people do die . plus would put on my fav animie vampire hunter d

  • Anime freak

    Where’s attack on titan? Personally I haven’t seen it but wow from what I’ve heard then titans are disfigured giants who are 10-60 M tall and eat people … The manga I’ve also not seen but I’ve also heard it shows people being teared limb from limb

    • ThomasDuder

      omgomgomgomg, like ONE YEAR LATER!

      I…I don’t even know how to respond. D:

      Wait…gimme a moment.


      I think you're thinking of "gore" as mere violence, but there's a problem with that way of thinking. What I mean is on-screen flat-out fists and blades flying, flesh being torn, all that good stuff.

      Manga-wise, SNK is good (lol, Shingeki no Kyojin), but it does become rote and even for comedic purposes after awhile.

      The five I listed here have some of THE BEST violence, in my not-so-humble opinion, and you can certainly do no wrong to yourself by checkin' 'em out.

      With all that stated, I'm going to do a new list of this. 😀 I HAVE DECIDED!

      Expect it soon enough.

      ~Thomas Duder, Author of the Things

  • bigg3469

    How about Knights of the Zodiac better known as Saint Seiya which I seen on Imevision Ch 7 shown in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua via El Paso Texas which I considered as one of the most violent anime I’ve seen and that’s the un censored version (if they would shown this in the US it would of been heavily censored).

    • ThomasDuder

      Funny story – it seems like the Central/South Americans are just NUTS for Saint Seiya, but they’re also nuts for King of Fighters.

      This is exactly why I love them, personally.

      But yeah, y’know what? For my one-year anniversary with, I think I’m gonna do a brand-assed-new Most Violent Anime list.

      It’s time, it is TIME! And yeah, Saint Seiya (the original run) was violent as hell – wasn’t it the same guy who did Ashita no Joe or whatever? Tomorrow’s Joe, that boxin’ mango/animu.

      Yeah, in fact it was. The only other boxing manga that can go head to head with Hajime no Ippo, which is excellent beyond excellent and I will smite any who say otherwise. D:<

      Straight talk though, I'll definitely add it into the new list! Good lookin' out, friend.

      ~Thomas Duder, Author of the Things