Gothic architecture was all the rage between the 12th and 16th centuries, and even after a few centuries of being the dominant art style, it remained popular well into the 18th century. Gothic architecture was inspired by the rich and detailed Roccoco that came before it and modern interpretations integrate the Renaissance and Victorian styles that came later. It’s not seen as often in North America, but Europe is filled with churches, mansions, and castles that use the Gothic style.


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Anime often uses this style and there are plenty of movies and shows that use Gothic art and design, which includes the general aesthetic of the whole series to important buildings and locations. It looks excellent on-screen, too, which is why animators use it often in the settings and stories they create.

Updated on October 20, 2022, by Kristy Ambrose: The combination of Gothic architecture and anime continues to resonate with fans of horror, fantasy, and a mix of other genres. The anime castles that use the Gothic style are often found in horror-based Japanese cartoons, featuring ghosts, vampires, or death gods. There are shows that use comedy or fantasy along with the Gothic style. It can make a scene look more formal or intimidating as opposed to just making the scene right for a vampire attack or a story of survival against the odds.

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10/10 Soul Eater (2008-2009)

The whole world of Soul Eater is a Neo-Gothic anime with a big nod to Tim Burton, Most of the setting, including the school the students attend, the homes they live in, and the general aesthetic of the surrounding town is in a Gothic style. Not so much a castle as a fortified town in the middle of a mystical netherworld depicted as an endless desert, it’s an interesting design that goes perfectly with a dark comedy like this anime.

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In addition to mostly taking place in a Gothic anime castle, many of the terms in the lore, like the title “Meister” for a weapon master, are intended to look Germanic in origin, yet another nod to the show’s medieval aesthetic. The original manga was drawn in a similar style.

9/10 The Seven Deadly Sins (2014-2015)

Liones Castle, which often dominates the horizon of the long shots in The Seven Deadly Sins is the best example of Gothic architecture in the series, with the high, sharp towers and long, thin windows. However, the towns and cities are designed in Gothic too, and it’s a unique chance to see the more humble side of this style which is often associated with much more dramatic structures.

The Boar Hat Tavern, the headquarters of the main character Meliodas and his friends, resembles something from a medieval fairy tale. It’s cute and cartoon-like in shape and nature, but the high peaked roof that resembles a witch’s hat is Gothic style.

8/10 Castlevania (2017-2021)

There are a few Gothic anime castles in this series, and since it takes place in a fictional part of Europe in the Middle Ages that makes sense. The Belmont Hold, or what’s left of it, is a more modest example of a Gothic manor, with enough of its tall, thin towers and high arches remaining to show its original design.

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Leave it to the vampires, however, to do the Gothic castle justice. Carmilla’s castle is as Gothic as can be, poised on the top of an Austrian mountain and festooned with rose windows and rib vaults, which Dracula’s castle is similar to but altered to travel and defy gravity.

7/10 Hellsing (2001-2002)

Speaking of vampires, the main character of this series, Integra Van Hellsing, continues the family pact that was made generations ago with one of the greatest vampire lords to ever exist, Count Dracula. In the series, the character is known as Alucard, but anyone paying attention can see that’s just the iconic vampire’s name spelled backward.

The Hellsing Manor is distinctly Victorian in some ways but likes to show off the windows and high rooftops offered by the Gothic style. This is the permanent residence of a vampire, after all.

6/10 King Of Thorn (2009)

A chilling vision of the future, some anime uses Gothic design in a way that’s playful or ironic, but this anime uses it to compound the old horror stereotype. The genre to which it belongs mixes several genres, in this case, horror, fantasy, survivalist, and science fiction.

Almost the entire story takes place in a Gothic castle, and it’s never given a name, but it’s clear the place is so ancient the exact date and origin of the oldest parts of the foundation have been lost to time. The castle is located in Scotland and mixes both Gothic and Norman styles, but nothing more about its dark past was ever revealed.

5/10 Black Butler (2008-2010)

Not all of Black Butler takes place in Trancy Manor, but it’s such an important location to the overall plot that of course, it makes the list. The exterior is more Gothic than the interior, decorated with many of the dizzying spires that are a signature feature, and also borrows heavily from Victorian design. The interior is more opulent, with the dining room as an example of where a Renaissance monarch would dine.

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The contrast to this is the Phontimhive Manor, which recalls a Norman fortress, a style that would predate Gothic architecture in Egland by hundreds of tears. The Trancy home seems exotic and even more sinister in comparison.

4/10 Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)

A favorite for those who love the Gothic and horror genres, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is pretty much Gothic in every way. The cities and locations are also Gothic or Victorian, with the costumes and character design using the genre to its full extent.

The final act of the story takes place in the castle of the Vampire Lord Carmilla, and this is the same historic legend that appears in the Castlevania series, but the interpretation is slightly different here. The interior castle is one of opulence and wealth, brightly lit and festively decorated, but the exterior looks like the facade of Notre Dame or the Duomo of Milan, two of the most infamous Gothic structures in the world.

3/10 Gosick (2011)

One of the most popular Gothic anime series in recent years, the title Gosick is derived from the word “gothic” and this series is a deep dive into the genre. It recalls the work of Edgar Allen Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle and uses the aesthetic of Victorian England to dress and develop the characters.

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Set in a fictional European nation called Sauville, virtually every building and interior space is of a Gothic style. That includes the school attended by the main characters, Academia Santa Margarita, and the many manors and mansions they visit while doing their detective work.

2/10 Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign (2015)

It’s vampires with a nod to the classic vision of horror as opposed to the modern sparkly version, which is emphasized by the use of Gothic in virtually every setting and background of Owari no Seraph or Seraph of the End. This is another anime that mixes a few genres, with this one being survivalist, horror, and post-apocalyptic. This time, however, the vampires neither created the virus nor were they the result of it, but took advantage of weakened humanity to dominate the world.

The Tepes heir, a vampire named Krul, lives in a Gothic mansion that does her name justice. There’s also the vampire city of Sanguinem, which is built in long, unbroken lines of flying buttresses and high, sharp towers.

1/10 Lupin 3: Castle Of Cagliostro (1979)

It’s a dreamy location designed to look like those castles in Europe that are perched above the clouds and at the edge of cliffs, and most of those are in Northern Europe and have Gothic features. The natural result of this is a castle that borrows from several styles, but Gothic is its most obvious influence.

Cagliostros’ castle might be Gothic, but this is one of the few anime that has a Gothic castle without being classified as an anime genre. It’s an adventure romance with none of the darkness or superstition that a true Gothic anime would have, and that’s what a viewer expects from a Studio Ghibli movie.

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