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10 Best Mystery Anime Ranked

Have you ever watched a show and had no idea what was going on until the end? And what if that show was actually a show about mysteries instead of a show about solving mysteries? Then you have a good idea of what mystery anime is. Some of the best mystery anime out there will keep you guessing until the very end, with others leaving you with so many more questions.

If you’re a fan of a good mystery and looking for the best anime to watch in this genre, check out these top 10 best mystery anime.

Here are the 10 best mystery anime to must watch

I didn’t include obvious choices like Death Note, Attack on Titan, The Promised Neverland, Steins; Gate etc because let’s be honest, they go without saying. So, here are our picks for the 10 best mystery anime that you must watch if you’re looking for something to get your brain working overtime. Some of them are really old, and some are relatively new. It’s a pretty eclectic mix, so read on to find your next mystery obsession!

10. Gosick

mystery anime Gosick

The protagonist named Kazuya Kujou is a Japanese teenager who enrolled at Saint Marguerite Academy as a foreign student. It is a prestigious boarding school in southern Europe.

However, his appearance makes him stand out his jet-black hair and dark brown eyes make other students tease him. They also give him the nickname Black Reaper. Interestingly there’s quite a lore behind this nickname.

It originated from an urban legend and is supposed to be the title of an urban traveller who brings death amongst the spring. I wonder why Kazuya gets such a specific nickname. The story begins when he comes across a beautiful absolutely gorgeous girl who is exceptional at predicting the future.

This is a romance drama with a spoon full of mystery. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, you won’t be disappointed.


Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(24 Ep.)

09. Mononoke

mystery anime Mononoke

A man named Kusuriuri is a mysterious yet exceptional occult master who transverses all across feudal Japan in order to slay evil spirits called Mononoke.

However, it’s not as simple as merely exercising the demons. He must learn about them, their origins, manifestations, and the reason why they exist. Only then can he wield the Sword of Exorcism and fight against it.

Of course, since the slaying process is so discreet, he has to compose himself consciously and psychologically. He has to discern everything about the Mononoke.

Now, this might sound a little philosophical but Mononoke is truly an exceptional mystery anime and while not everyone would watch it, you definitely should. Also, did I mention how artistic it is?


Dubbed – No

Season – 1(12 Ep.)

08. Made In Abyss

Made In Abyss

More often than not appearances can be deceiving and as is the case with Made in Abyss. It seems to be a story of a couple of cute kids going on an adventure and while that’s definitely true, this adventure into the unknown, the journey to the land of no return and the darkness along the way.

It’s genuinely astonishing. The story follows Riko and a shy cyborg named reg as they venture into the hole of unprecedented depth. It’s the abyss.

For better or worse, this journey will soon exceed even their wildest imagination and most horrifying fears.


Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(13 Ep.)

07. Odd Taxi

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Odd Taxi is one of the many animes that carried this year. It is a well thought out anime that might not seem all that significant at first; however, slowly but surely it grows on you. The way it works is definitely magnificent. The protagonist is named Hiroshi Odokawa, who is a walrus.

His everyday life consists of driving a taxi, but because of it, he also encounters several odd yet interesting individuals. Though it all changes when a girl goes missing.

When the police investigate, all the clues go back to Hiroshi. Now, Hiroshi is a prime suspect, how will he continue his humble life?


Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(13 Ep.)

06. The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy time travel anime

There are animes that hit different depending on the current period in your life and it’s not simply because your taste evolves over time. It’s because depending on what is going on in your life, you might relate to the anime more, which in turn could make the experience all the more memorable. Such is the case with the Tatami Galaxy.

It is essentially a tale of a college student named Watashi. Things happen and he ends up wasting the first two years of his college life and finally realized that he chose the wrong club. Then at the end of each episode, he goes back in time to the day he enter college for the first time. Though there is a twist, he also forgets everything that happened in the past two years.

Sadly, whatever club he chooses, he always fails to experience the rose-colored campus life he so desperately wanted. Will anything change the next time? A question everyone should ask themselves.


Dubbed – No

Season – 1(11 Ep.)

05. Shinsekai Yori

Shinsekai Yori mystery anime

The title Shinsekai Yori translates to from the new world. It’s a coming-of-age story of five kids who grew up in a distant future where humans are living in some kind of supposed utopia.

They have always awakened psychic powers and there are some truly sinister truths about the society. How did the present utopia come to be? What is commonly going on behind the scenes? And most importantly, what is the fate of those who are unable to awaken their psychic powers?

Before long, they will come to know the truth. Watch this anime if you are tired of all the mainstream stuff.


Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(25 Ep.)

04. Moriarty The Patriot

mystery anime Moriarty The Patriot

This tale takes place in the late 19th century, when Great Britain became the single greatest empire there was at that time. As it always says, the economy decides one’s worth in the society.

It favors the ones who are already at the top and makes it downright impossible for the working class to aim higher. During all of this, a man named William James Moriarty is a noble who helps the regular folks solve their problems.

All the while contemplating how to destroy the current societal structure. He is a bold man and along with him are his two brothers and together, they will change the world.


Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(24 Ep.)

03. Mushi-Shi

mystery anime Mushi-Shi

Modern-day animes have a tendency to be too fast-paced. We want action, we want drama, we want brutal comedy, we want more content. However, there are also stories that allow you to relax and experience them mindfully. Mushi-Shi is one such tale.

It’s about a way of life called Mushi. To put it simply, you go with the flow, you don’t have any goals or aspirations, and you don’t care about words like good or evil because you are beyond that.

All you do is try to understand your place in the world. Now, the protagonist named Ginko is a Mushi-Shi. He is someone who seeks to gain a deeper understanding of Mushi, and for that, he always keeps traveling.


Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(26 Ep.)

02. Monogatari Series

mystery anime Monogatari Series

If you have been in the anime community, you might have seen or at least heard about the Monogatari series, especially the infamous toothbrush scene. It is a character-driven tale. The dialogue drives the plot forward while the characters carry it.

It’s extraordinarily artistic and highly creative. There is fan service, but it doesn’t take anything from the storytelling and only elevates it even further. It can also be somewhat controversial though.

This story revolves around Koyomi Araragi and plenty of important girls he gets associated with and helps in one way or another. The watch order may seem complicated to anyone who hasn’t watched it yet, so be sure to check out the watch order first.


Dubbed – No

Season – 5

01. Monster

mystery anime Monster

Monster is a legendary mystery anime and even better manga. The manga ended in the year 2001, and it still remains among the top highest-rated manga on nearly all databases. It’s a slow yet mature story that touches upon various uncomfortable topics like the psychology of sociopaths, morality issues, what is evil, and what is the true value of human life.

It definitely doesn’t hold back up portraying whatever it is trying to convey. It is rooted in reality, which makes it all the more engaging and surreal to see.

Well of course, just like every other anime monster might not be for everyone, but you should definitely give it a shot.


Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(74 Ep.)

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