Best 14 Suspense OVA Anime You Need to Watch

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Kizuoibito, Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko, Tomoe ga Yuku!, and more!

14: Kizuoibito

English: Wounded Man
Japanese: 傷追い人
MAL Score: 4.23
Type: OVA
Episodes: 5

Synopsis

Yuko Kusaka is a Japanese journalist sent to Brazil to do a report on the gold rush phenomenon that seems to be making many people rich from night to day. Rumors say that among the many “garimpeiros” (gold diggers) currently on the Amazon forest, there is a Japanese known as Rio Baraki. Reaching their destination, her crew member is promptly attacked and she is raped as a warning to stop their work and return immediately to their home country. Determined to do her job, she stays and finds out from the attacker that he is none other than Baraki, a white haired muscular man with a large scar on his back. Later she discovers that his real name is Keisuke Ibaraki. Once a promising quarterback, he ended up falsely incriminated by a powerful organization known as GPX.

(Source: ANN)

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13: Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko

English: Sword for Truth
Japanese: 修羅之介斬魔劍 死鎌紋の男
MAL Score: 4.73
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Shurannosuke Sakaki is a masterless samurai with a razor-sharp katana and a cold-hearted personality. Whenever you see the mark of two crossed scythes on his back, death is sure to follow. Because of his exceptional swordsmanship, Shurannosuke is hired by the Nakura Clan to rescue Princess Mayu from the Seki Ninja. In this mission, he must use his full potential to survive the Seki Ninja’s notorious henchmen.

(Source: ANN)

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12: Tomoe ga Yuku!

Japanese: 巴がゆく!
MAL Score: 5.37
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

The title character of Tomoe ga Yuku! (Tomoe Will Go!) is gutsy enough to roller skate down freeways for thrills. After losing a friend in a roller skating accident, Tomoe joins a stunt group called Green Ship. Although still mourning her friend’s death, Tomoe has no reservations about embracing a relationship with the group’s leader, Kazusa. Soon she discovers Green Ship is a front for an assassin training camp. She must flee her new life and love and rekindle her fiery spirit in order to fight against the organization which wants her dead.

(Source: Animerica Extra December 2001)

11: Ninja Ryuukenden

Japanese: 忍者龍剣伝
MAL Score: 5.64
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

On a dark, late night in New York City, Ryu is chased and attacked by assassins. After disposing of them, he finds an I.D. card for the Friedman Company. The next day, it is announced that Dr. Ned Friedman has discovered a cure for cancer. But after providing no information at his press conference, a reporter named Sarah decides to investigate with the help of her friends Robert and Jeff. When passing by Dr. Friedman’s house one day, Ryu hears the voice of a young girl calling for help. When Sarah and her entourage investigate the house as well, they run into their colleague, Ryu. Upon that, they discover Dr. Friedman has been conducting experiments on live humans using biotechnology, and that it may have something to do with the power of the Evil Gods, whom Ryu had defeated in the past. But when Ryu’s friend, Irene, is kidnapped, he must dawn his role as a Dragon Ninja once again to defeat this new enemy and save her.

(Source: ANN)

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10: Biohazard 4: Incubate

Japanese: バイオハザード4 Incubate
MAL Score: 6.16
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After the Playstation port of Resident Evil 4 hit the stores Capcom released a new 97 minute DVD some time later which intended to summarize the whole story of Resident Evil 4. It’s played on English audio with Japanese subtitles. It also included a little book which explains the life on El Pueblo before and the arrival of Osmund Saddler. It also solved some plot holes like the whereabouts of the children. It contains many of the scenes original to Resident Evil 4.

(Source: Resident Evil Wiki)

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9: AD Police

English: AD Police Files
Japanese: ADポリス
MAL Score: 6.26
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

The year is 2027 in MegaTokyo, six years before the Knight Sabers will make their debut. Boomers (artificial humans) are still a relatively new advancement, and the implementation and integration of boomers into society is still a bit buggy — sometimes fatally so. Whenever a boomer incident occurs, though, there is the Advanced Police, a special force trained to deal with boomer crimes.

Leon McNichol is a rookie in the AD Police, and is just starting to become exposed to the horrors and tragedies one finds every day in MegaTokyo. He and his veteran partner, Gina Marceau, slowly learn about the ever-fading line that separates man from machine.

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8: Under the Dog

Japanese: UNDER THE DOG
MAL Score: 6.29
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The year is 2025. Five years have passed since the Tokyo Olympic Games were called off after deadly terrorist attacks. An international school run by the United Nations now stands in the former Olympic site on the edge of Tokyo Bay. Seven teenagers with special abilities, known as “Flowers,” are among the students.

Their student identities are only a cover for their real identities as members of an intelligence organization run by the UN. Their objective is to assassinate other teenagers who have the same abilities. The Flowers have no choice but to complete their missions without fail. Their organization has taken their family members hostage to ensure this. For the Flowers, failure would mean death not only for themselves but also for their loved ones.

This is the story of their struggle against cruel fate, and of how it is human nature to find hope, however bleak the outlook.

(Source: Official site)

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7: Sanctuary

English: Sanctuary
Japanese: サンクチュアリ
MAL Score: 6.36
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Two Japanese survivors of the Khmer Rouge massacres in Cambodia vow to find a sanctuary, even if they have to build it themselves. Returning to Japan, they take seemingly opposite paths: one becomes a politician, the other a gangster.

As Asami and Houjou work through the linked worlds of politics and crime in modern Japan, they don’t hesitate to do anything necessary to secure their own positions and stay true to their vow. Loyal to no one else, they find their friendship increasingly tested as they rise in their chosen fields.

(Source: ANN)

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6: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak

Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に拡 アウトブレイク
MAL Score: 7.22
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

It is 1983, and Hinamizawa is under quarantine. A mysterious and deadly virus has been discovered within the small village, and its residents—such as teenager Keiichi Maebara and his friends Mion Sonozaki and Rena Ryuuguu—are left confused and frightened by the situation.

As the villagers begin to search for a way to stop the affliction from spreading, some make drastic plans, which leaves Keiichi and his friends looking for a way to escape the village. But when tensions reach an all-time high, some of his group may not make it out unscathed as they fight for their lives against enemies both seen and unseen.

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5: Another: The Other – Inga

English: Another: The Other
Japanese: アナザー The Other -因果-
MAL Score: 7.29
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Shortly before the start of a new semester, Misaki Fujioka visits her twin sister Mei Misaki in Yomiyama City. The girls make full use of the last days of summer, roaming around a heat-weary town and visiting various places including a shopping center and shooting stall. When they prowl around her basement, Mei expresses uneasiness about her new class, which is said to be cursed.

Craving more entertainment, the twins decide to pay a visit to the local amusement park. But the leisure of a sleepy summer day could soon turn woeful as Mei sees the color of death on her sister—an unmistakable omen that a tragedy is bound to strike.

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4: Imawa no Kuni no Alice (OVA)

Japanese: 今際の国のアリス
MAL Score: 7.40
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Ryouhei Arisu is a high school student with no ambitions and just wants to escape from what he feels is a meaningless reality. One night when he is with his two friends Daikichi Karube and Chouta Segawa, they see an abnormally large firework shoot into the sky, an event which signals a permanent change in their lives.

Blinded by the incredibly bright explosion, the three find themselves transported to what is known as the Borderland. The only inhabitants of this world are participants of a deadly game where specific tasks must be accomplished if they wish to survive. As the three begin playing to determine how they can get back home, Ryouhei finds himself feeling alive for the very first time in his life.

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3: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

English: When They Cry: Rei
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に礼
MAL Score: 7.42
Type: OVA
Episodes: 5

Synopsis

The infamous series of unexplainable murders in Hinamizawa have been solved and the chains of fate have broken due to the efforts of Rika Furude and her friends. Rika believes she has finally obtained the normal and peaceful life she desired with her friends; however, she is proven wrong when the wheels of fate begin turning once again after an unfortunate accident.

Rika suddenly finds herself in a “perfect” world, the constant cycle of brutal killings having never taken place, where all of her friends are content and satisfied. Not wanting to abandon the world that she fought so hard for, she learns she must destroy an essential “key” to get back. But can Rika abandon the faultless world she is given the chance to live in, after all of her battles have brought her this far?

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2: Denpa-teki na Kanojo

Japanese: 電波的な彼女
MAL Score: 7.55
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Delinquent Juu Juuzawa is a lone wolf who does not see much use in befriending people. So when a girl named Ame Ochibana claims they are linked together from their previous lives, he is highly skeptical and doesn’t want anything to do with her. Even stranger is that her fondest wish is to be his servant. Thinking that Ame must be delusional, he tries to distance himself from her. But when a classmate is murdered, Juu instead decides to keep her close, believing the strange girl to be the culprit. However, her intelligence and skill begin to prove invaluable as the two begin working together to solve the murder.

Denpa-teki na Kanojo weaves together a story of love, loss, and devotion, showing that allies can be found in the most unlikely of places.

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1: Black Jack

English: Black Jack
Japanese: ブラック ジャック
MAL Score: 7.73
Type: OVA
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Kuroo Hazama, also known as “Black Jack,” is a legend in the medical world. Famous for being one of the best, as well as not having a license, Hazama and his assistant Pinoko save countless lives that other doctors cannot… for a price; an exorbitant price, in fact, which causes many to view the genius as greedy and heartless. Despite these claims, however, none can deny his skill and the lengths that he will go to treat his patients. This dark medical drama tells the story of the ominous and mysterious world of underground medicine as Black Jack risks his life to cure some of the most bizarre diseases imaginable, even if it means breaking every law in the process.

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Black Jack
2. Denpa-teki na Kanojo
3. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
4. Imawa no Kuni no Alice (OVA)
5. Another: The Other – Inga
6. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak
7. Sanctuary
8. Under the Dog
9. AD Police
10. Biohazard 4: Incubate
11. Ninja Ryuukenden
12. Tomoe ga Yuku!
13. Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko
14. Kizuoibito

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