The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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For those of you looking for anime that is a bit more mature, such as for seinen anime, here's our list of the best adult anime of all time. One of the worst stereotypes about anime is that it's just for children, but the shows below prove that to be completely wrong. What makes an anime mature or "adult?" It isn't just the graphic violence, but the themes and ideals that are presented in the show that would likely go over the head of a younger viewer. In fact, many are great stoner anime, filled with jokes and funny anime characters that children just won't understand. Take Samurai Champloo, for instance, which addresses topics like homosexulaity and prostitution. Would a young viewer understand the heart-wrenching dilemma of Jin falling in love with a sex slave? Ghost in the Shell is another great example, where the subject matter revolves around politics and philosophy, both of which will not likely not be understood by someone under the age of 18. What is the best anime for adults to watch? We want you to vote for you favorites on the adult anime list below, but only if you've actually seen the series. Is one of your top mature anime shows missing? Add it to the poll so that others can vote for it also.

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  1. 1
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    Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

    most listed & ranked high on reranks
    2006-10-03

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  2. 2
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    Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

    the people's #1
    1998

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    Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

    added by charles-olivier-proulx
    2013

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  4. 4
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    - 1,379
    Berserk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


    1997

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    + 5,538
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    Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


    2004

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    Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


    2001

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    Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    2006

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    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
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    Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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    Claymore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


    2007

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    Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


    2003

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    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alon... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
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    Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    Parasyte

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    Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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    Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

    added by charles-olivier-proulx
    2011

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    Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


    2007

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    Kill la Kill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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    - 815
    Monster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    2004

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    - 817
    Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


    2012

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    - 362
    Hellsing Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


    2006

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    2000

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    - 735
    Samurai X is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


    Samurai X

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    - 730
    Mirai Nikki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

    added by mohammad-almasri
    Mirai Nikki

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    2010

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    2004

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    added by charles-olivier-proulx
    2005

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    2008

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    Afro Samurai is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


    2007

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    - 563

    added by Garret Hoffman
    2007

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ToyotaObsession
    1995

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    2007

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    - 537

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    1997

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    Grantz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

    added by charles-olivier-proulx
    Grantz

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    Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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    Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    Baccano! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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    Another is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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    added by charles-olivier-proulx
    1991

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    often listed & added by ChristopherYang
    2005

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    often listed & added by charles-olivier-proulx
    2004

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    2006

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    Paranoia Agent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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    2006

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  50. 50
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    Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

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