Best 32 Psychological 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 The Chocolate Panic Picture Show, Yokoo’s 3 Animation Films, Ryokunohara Meikyuu, and more!

32: The Chocolate Panic Picture Show

English: The Chocolate Picture Panic Show
Japanese: ザ チョコレートパニック ピクチャーショー
MAL Score: 4.41
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Gainax’s first professional production, The Chocolate Panic Picture Show is a wacky musical OVA based on a manga by Fujiwara Kamui, serialised in Monthly Super Action and partly inspired by Jamie Uys’s The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980).

Follow Manbo, Chinbo and Chonbo as they are flung into a strange, psychedelic world of madness they don’t understand. See them cause chaos through their zany, unpredictable antics in this comical take on cultural imperialism.

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31: Yokoo’s 3 Animation Films

Japanese: 横尾忠則 アニメーション集 64-65
MAL Score: 4.64
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Three short films by the Japanese avant-garde illustrator and animator. Regarded (unfairly) as the Japanese equivalent of Andy Warhol, these films showcase a distinctively commercial illustration look reminiscent of the current pop art movement of that decade (1960s).

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30: Ryokunohara Meikyuu

Japanese: 緑野原迷宮
MAL Score: 5.06
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Hiroki and Kanata have been together since they were children. One day Hiroki is caught up in an accident while trying to save a little girl. The next thing he knows, he is looking down on his own body. Seperated from his body, Kanata, and everything else, he tries to figure out just what is going on.

Why is he outside his body which is living on as if nothing has changed, how can he convince Kanata that he is there, and who is the strange girl, Fhalei, who keeps appearing for him?

(Source: AniDB)

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29: Bondage Game: Shinsou no Reijoutachi

English: Bondage Game
Japanese: ボンデージ ゲーム -深窓の隷嬢達-
MAL Score: 5.12
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Yuu is a girl who has lost her memories. She is mailed into a sadistic house of bondage where she and others are forced (or not) to serve their master, Renji, but there are serious consequences for those who fail.

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28: Digital Juice

Japanese: デジタルジュース
MAL Score: 5.56
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

A series of short animations that show different worlds and different characters. These episodes are designed to take the viewer into a psychological world of fantasy and mystery.

(Source: ANN)

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27: Yumemakura Baku Twilight Gekijou

Japanese: 夢枕 獏 とわいらいと劇場
MAL Score: 5.67
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

Originally released as a feature part of Studio Pierrot’s video magazine show Anime V Comic Rentaman (アニメ?V?コミック レンタマン) along with Abashiri Ikka, Eguchi Hisashi no Kotobuki Gorou Show and Akai Hayate.

(Source: AniDB)

26: Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu

English: Psycho Diver: Soul Siren
Japanese: サイコダイバー 魔性菩薩
MAL Score: 5.69
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Yuki Kano has it all: fame, wealth, the world at her feet. There’s also something very wrong with her… from time to time, she’s totally unable to sing (which, for a pop star, is not good). Enter Bosujima, a “psycho diver” with the capability to enter people’s heads and straighten out what’s wrong with them. Well, most of the time, anyway.

(Source: ANN)

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25: Haitoku no Shoujo

English: Family of Debauchery
Japanese: 背徳の少女
MAL Score: 5.70
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

The girls of the Saegusa family are always on the lookout for a new pet to train, and they have plenty of time as their father is usually gone. At the same time they are hiding their own dark family secret.

(Source: ANN)

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24: Down Load: Namu Amida Butsu wa Ai no Uta

English: Download: Devil’s Circuit
Japanese: DOWN LOAD 南無阿弥陀仏は愛の詩
MAL Score: 5.76
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

An exciting cyberpunk romp directed by Rintaro with veteran animator Kanada Yoshinori about a genius hacker and a gang of hot-rodders.

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23: Sekaikei Sekai Ron

Japanese: セカイ系セカイ論
MAL Score: 5.79
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Regarding the destruction of the world, the light relation between the world and me.

22: Ra/Radio Noise*Planet

Japanese: ラ/ラジオノイズ*プラネット
MAL Score: 5.80
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A planet with 6 inhabitants only. In order to match the tuning of the radio, the main character walks around and meets the 5 other inhabitants. A strange SF short animation.

21: Yonimo Osoroshii Nihon Mukashibanashi

English: The Truth of Japanese Fairy Tales
Japanese: 世にも恐ろしい日本昔話
MAL Score: 5.82
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

The horrible truths behind Japanese Fairy Tales from the ancient times are finally revealed! This title includes three episodes: “The Monkey and the Crab”, “Click-Crack Mountain” and “Urashima and the Kingdom beneath the Sea”.

(Source: Official Website)

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20: Malice@Doll

Japanese: Malice@doll マリスドール
MAL Score: 5.91
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Malice, a sex robot living in an abandoned human city, is assaulted and violated by a mysterious creature. Upon awakening, Malice finds out that she has become human and can pass on her humanity to her fellow machines. However, her gift soon becomes a curse when her fellow robots rage out of control after being exposed to the pleasures of life.

(Source: ANN)

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19: Yonimo Osoroshii Grimm Douwa

Japanese: 世にも恐ろしいグリム童話
MAL Score: 6.06
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

The truth behind the well-known Grimm’s Tales is cruel and full of blood and lust!

Episode 1: “Hansel & Gretel”: Two brothers lost in the woods were actually criminals…

Episode 2: “The Blue Beard”: The true character of the Blue Beard was a cannibal who was unable to tolerate his wife’s adultery.

Episode 3: “Cinderella”: Actually Cinderella had abnormal affections toward the prince.

18: RahXephon: Kansoukyoku/Kanojo to Kanojo Jishin to – Thatness and Thereness

Japanese: ラーゼフォン 間奏曲 / 彼女と彼女自身と 「Thatness And Thereness」
MAL Score: 6.32
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Quon Kisaragi was surprised when she saw an illusion of herself floating in midair. This other “self” of her claimed that she is a fragment of Quon. Thus an existentialistic dialogue began between the two.

(Source: ANN)

17: Twilight Q

Japanese: トワイライトQ
MAL Score: 6.34
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

A Knot in Time
High school students Mayumi and Kiwako are relishing their summer vacation at the beach; however, when Mayumi discovers a presumably lost camera while scuba diving, she cannot help but feel an insatiable curiosity. Upon developing the camera’s film, she is shocked to find herself photographed alongside an unknown man. Enlisting the help of Kiwako’s older brother, the three find out something even more troubling: the camera model has yet to be released. In turn, Mayumi becomes obsessed with discovering the origin of the peculiar camera and its mysterious photograph.

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Airplanes have been vanishing from the sky! Even stranger, rumor has it that the disappearing aircraft have been turning into giant carp. Meanwhile, a freelance detective investigates a run-down apartment on the outskirts of town, where he finds a middle-aged man and a young girl with a penchant for fish. Unable to identify the two, the investigator enters their room, only to find it empty save for a document that reads, “This story has been prepared for you, my successor… who should be visiting this room in due time.”

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16: Hello Harinezumi: Satsui no Ryoubun

English: Domain of Murder
Japanese: ハロー張りネズミ 殺意の領分
MAL Score: 6.44
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

One stormy night, a young woman is shot to death on a cliff; her body is found floating in the waters below the next morning. She was last seen with a man who is now being sought not only for her death. Meanwhile, an estranged wife hires Goro, a private investigator, to find her husband. Alongside another member of law enforcement with his own motives for finding the man, Goro sets forth on a trail of tragedy and intrigue to find the reason and connection behind the murders and missing husband.

(Source: Anime-Planet; edited)

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15: Cossette no Shouzou

English: Le Portrait de Petit Cossette
Japanese: コゼットの肖像
MAL Score: 6.83
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Eiri Kurahashi is a Japanese art student who works in an antique shop. His friends begin to notice a dramatic, and rather concerning, change in Eiri, as he becomes more absent-minded and his behavior completely changes. They quickly decide to blame their friend’s troubles on a girl.

They may be right, however, as Eiri has begun seeing a beautiful, doll-like girl trapped within an antique Venetian glass that his uncle bought in France. She seems to be living in a strange other world, contained entirely inside this glass, but her image refuses to leave Eiri’s mind. His sketchbook becomes filled with her likeness, and he realizes he has become completely infatuated with this strange little girl. When he recognizes her in a portrait by the mysterious Italian artist, Marchello Orlando, he learns her name is Cossette d’Auvergne, and that she was tragically murdered along with the rest of her family.

One night, as he closes up the shop, he hears a voice asking him not to leave. Finally making contact with the object of his obsession, he makes a deal that he doesn’t fully understand.

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14: Robotica*Robotics

Japanese: ロボティカ*ロボティクス
MAL Score: 6.84
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Haru and Natsu are not human. They do not know what it means to be anything but a robot.

Abandoned by their previous owner, Haru and Natsu are taken in by a scientist named Masa. Haru wants to feel, wants to understand how to act human, and wants to know what it means to love. Natsu is just afraid that they will be abandoned again. With Haru striving for positivity, his companion is left alone to drown in his own negative thoughts. Over and over, they ask the same question: what is love?

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13: Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono

Japanese: スーパーダンガンロンパ2.5 狛枝凪斗と世界の破壊者
MAL Score: 7.17
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

At Hope’s Peak Academy, a school full of extraordinarily talented individuals, Nagito Komaeda is an ordinary boy with no special traits or interesting skills to speak of—except for his incredible unluckiness. Just walking to school in the morning leads to a number of unfortunate accidents, which only escalate as the day goes on. Despite this, Komaeda leads a relatively normal life and is satisfied with his modest slice of happiness.

But everything changes when a mysterious boy who declares himself the “Destroyer of the World” arrives to shatter this hopeless paradise.

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12: 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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11: Tokyo Ghoul: “Pinto”

Japanese: 東京喰種 トーキョーグール【PINTO】
MAL Score: 7.23
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Shuu Tsukiyama is a “ghoul”: a creature who eats human flesh, and he likes to enjoy his meals to the fullest. One night, while relishing in the premeditated murder of his dinner, Shuu’s much anticipated first bite is disturbed by a sudden flash of light.

The flash turns out to be from the camera of high schooler Chie Hori, who presents Shuu with the perfect picture capturing his true nature; the extremely clear shot of a bloody corpse and an overly excited Shuu threatens to expose his ghoul identity, thus Shuu needs to sort out this situation quickly.

After Shuu discovers that Chie attends the same high school as him and is even in the same class, the reason behind his feelings of obsession changes from self-preservation to morbid curiosity. As he grows closer to the absent-minded and extremely odd photographer, he challenges them both to learn more about each other’s conflicting worlds; Shuu promises that Chie will come out of this experience with a photograph superior to the one she already has.

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10: Ou Dorobou Jing in Seventh Heaven

English: Jing: King of Bandits – Seventh Heaven
Japanese: 王ドロボウ JING in Seventh Heaven
MAL Score: 7.28
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Jing, the infamous King of Bandits, finds himself and his feathered partner Kir behind bars in Seventh Heaven, the most notorious prison complex in the world. There, they seek to steal the Dream Orb from the convict Campari. But before doing so, they must escape from the prison of dreams that Campari has conjured for them.

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9: Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!

Japanese: 御先祖様万々歳!
MAL Score: 7.28
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

The Yomota family is small and typical: father Kinekuni (42), mother Tamiko (38), and son Inumaru (17). One day, a beautiful girl appears at their front door, calling herself “Maroko Yomota,” granddaughter of Inumaru who travels back in time with a time machine to visit her ancestors. Even with Tamiko’s strong objection, Kinekuni and Inumaru welcome her to stay with them, and the structure of a happy family has begun to collapse.

(Source: ANN)

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8: Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko

English: She and Her Cat: Their Standing Points
Japanese: 彼女と彼女の猫
MAL Score: 7.31
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

It was on a rainy spring day that Chobi became a young woman’s pet cat. Though he immediately fell in love with the beautiful and kind person who took him in, he can never hope to fully understand the complex world of humans. Over the course of their first year living in the same apartment, Chobi and his new owner live in their own separate worlds?—standing alone yet close together.

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7: Nekojiru-sou

English: Cat Soup
Japanese: ねこぢる草
MAL Score: 7.32
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The main character, a cat named Nyatto, embarks upon a journey to save his sister’s soul, which was ripped in two when Nyatto tried to save her from Death. She trails after him, brain-dead. They encounter many brilliant, mind-bending situations, beginning with a disturbing magic show.

(Source: ANN)

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6: Mirai Nikki: Redial

English: The Future Diary: Redial
Japanese: 未来日記リダイヤル
MAL Score: 7.35
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Yuno Gasai lives a normal life as a first-year in high school. She gets along well with her parents and even has a small circle of friends. However, she cannot help but feel as if someone is missing from her life, someone so important to her that it was as if she had lived another life trying desperately to stay with them.

After a class trip to the beach, Yuno returns home; but in the middle of the night, she receives strange messages from a voice only she can hear. The voice informs her of the person she is desperate to meet and that she must find him. Soon, she finds herself in a mysterious realm, her only goal being reunited with the person she cannot remember. Though obstacles stand in her way, Yuno will stop at nothing to meet her beloved once again.

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5: 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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4: 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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3: 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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2: Wolf’s Rain OVA

English: Wolf’s Rain OVA
Japanese: ウルフズ レイン
MAL Score: 8.02
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

As the world accelerates toward its own destruction, Kiba and Cheza—with the help of Tsume, Hige, Toboe, and Blue—race to reach true paradise before the entire world is rendered uninhabitable. Now reunited, Cher and Hubb decide to accompany the wolves in hopes of seeing the journey through to its end, while a distraught and confused Quent wanders aimlessly into the wasteland with his mind fixated on revenge.

Meanwhile, Lord Darcia the Third has finally put his plot into motion and pursues Cheza, pitting him against the pack. As everything falls apart yet simultaneously falls into place, the wolves struggle to survive in an increasingly dangerous environment. Though the end draws near, paradise seems further away than ever before.

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1: xxxHOLiC Shunmuki

Japanese: xxxHOLiC 春夢記
MAL Score: 8.07
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

For the appropriate price, your dearest wish can be granted at the shop of the peculiar Yuuko. Kimihiro Watanuki wishes to be rid of his ability to see spirits, and so as payment, he works for Yuuko doing whatever she needs him to do, from cleaning to errands to even helping out Yuuko’s other clients. In xxxHOLiC Shunmuki, Watanuki and his friend and rival Shizuka Doumeki enjoy a meal with their friend Kohane Tsuyuri and her grandmother, reminiscing about how they have changed since meeting each other.

Later on, Watanuki has a dream in which he is visited by Doumeki’s grandfather Haruka, who needs him to find some things in the family temple storeroom. Accompanied by Doumeki, he finds that this task is more akin to a treasure hunt, with each item leading them to another, and another, guiding them to an unexpected yet inevitable ending.

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

1. xxxHOLiC Shunmuki
2. Wolf’s Rain OVA
3. Black Jack
4. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
5. Imawa no Kuni no Alice (OVA)
6. Mirai Nikki: Redial
7. Nekojiru-sou
8. Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko
9. Ou Dorobou Jing in Seventh Heaven
10. Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!
11. Tokyo Ghoul: “Pinto”
12. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak
13. Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono
14. Robotica*Robotics
15. Cossette no Shouzou
16. Hello Harinezumi: Satsui no Ryoubun
17. Twilight Q
18. RahXephon: Kansoukyoku/Kanojo to Kanojo Jishin to – Thatness and Thereness
19. Yonimo Osoroshii Grimm Douwa
20. Malice@Doll
21. Yonimo Osoroshii Nihon Mukashibanashi
22. Ra/Radio Noise*Planet
23. Sekaikei Sekai Ron
24. Down Load: Namu Amida Butsu wa Ai no Uta
25. Haitoku no Shoujo
26. Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu
27. Yumemakura Baku Twilight Gekijou
28. Digital Juice
29. Bondage Game: Shinsou no Reijoutachi
30. Ryokunohara Meikyuu
31. Yokoo’s 3 Animation Films
32. The Chocolate Panic Picture Show

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