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Warning: Due to the nature of this vibe, this page may contain some disturbing, or gore-related images, be forewarned about some of the media depicted.

Kimoicore, kimoi translating to "gross" or "disgusting", is an aesthetic revolving around often gorey or unsettling media that contains surrealism, anime-like styles, horror, and technology. This aesthetic often brings either a sense of comfort or disgust, as most images depict a crossover of Ghibli fantasy, and Silent hill nightmares.

It is commonly confused with Lo-fi and Gurokawa. Gurokawa being based around cute, pastel, and horror themes. Kimoicore is often gore oriented with common themes of monsters, glitches/static, and emotional distress or comfort. [i.e. paranoia, mania, bliss]


Kimoicore visuals often create a disturbed, or grossed out feeling, hence why the name was chosen. Kimoicore aesthetics often take on the color palette of Vaporwave or Vintage aesthetics and the imagery associated with Anime aesthetics, then utilizes horror situations and themes to create a sense of unease. Colors that typically appear are vivid with high contrast, or are desaturated with a black and white or faded appearance. While easily confused with Lo-fi, there are several key differences between the two, most notably Lo-fi's relaxing nostalgic vibes, calm art, and peaceful music focus while Kimoicore is disturbing, high contrasted, and horror based. They're more like opposite sides of the same coin.

Visuals list

  • Anime-like or Anime influenced style
  • Horror elements such as Monsters, Gore, Body Parts, etc.
  • Glitches, static, and scribbled out things
  • The use of Japanese culture and langue
  • Emotional distress and symbolisms of mental illnesses
  • Surreal and foreign like a strange dream
  • Either tons or little contrast
  • Colours black, white, pink, yellow, red, purple, and teal
  • Technology/Internet themes such as tvs, game over screens, errors, etc.


Notable Motifs


Eyes are one of the common motifs, filling the scene with a sense of paranoia, anxiety, or helplessness. These days people are under constant surveillance, whether it be Social media, Government, or the Public Eye, this being the biggest contribution to an anxious and paranoid society.

People living in constant fear, watching and being watched. Another example of this is You, the Spector, observing, analyzing, and judging the media before you.

Hollow, Static, & Scribbled out faces

This is another




  • Yume Nikki (2004)
  • Yume 2kki (2004)
  • OFF (2008)
  • .flow (2009)
  • Ib (2012)
  • Hello Charlotte (2016)
  • OMORI (2020)