Genre Talk: Dark Fantasy

The Dark Fantasy Anime Genre

Popularity: 8/10 (USA), 8/10 (Japan)

Commonly mixed with Horror and Supernatural.

“Don’t you think it’s beautiful? That rosy red that spreads only where the body is wounded. Shall I paint you in that lovely red?”

– Ophelia

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As a sub genre of Fantasy, a lot of creatures tend to show up in this anime genre. There will usually be werewolves, vampires, and even sociopaths as the main characters. Due to this, it shows the monsters point of view and usually extreme violence and blood can be seen. This genre is also used to retell old children’s stories as a horror. Sometimes the story will be Japanese folktales as well as fairytales of the west. In most cases the Dark Fantasy genre will stick to medieval like features (ie. castles, knights, lots of lush lands). The other popular time of choice is the 1800s London scene.

Examples of Dark Fantasy

Berserk

The story follows a Guts and Griffith. Griffith is the leader of the Band of the Hawk, a band of mercenaries, and Guts is one of his men. They hunt the Apostles (demonic creatures) and kill them.

Hellsing

This anime follows the vampire Alucard. He works for the Hellsing Organization under Integra Hellsing. They are attempting to take down the Millennium and Vatican section XIII.

Black Butler

Ciel and his demon butler Sebastian, completed missions for the Queen of England. Ciel sold his soul to Sebastian seeking revenge for the unjust death of his parents.