Anime Underground The Best Adult Anime of All Time  

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For those of you looking for anime that is a bit more mature, like 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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+ - 10,943 5,110
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Death Note 2006-10-03

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+ - 10,584 2,875
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+ - 10,929 2,943
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+ - 7,297 1,942
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Berserk 1997

5
+ - 7,226 2,079
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+ - 7,585 1,719
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Hellsing 2001

7
+ - 4,831 2,285
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Code Geass 2006

8
+ - 9,028 1,927
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+ - 7,809 1,881
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Elfen Lied 2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

10
+ - 4,388 1,561
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Claymore 2007

11
+ - 5,074 1,229
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+ - 6,462 2,077
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+ - 4,542 1,072
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Parasyte

14
+ - 3,001 1,393
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+ - 2,961 1,238
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+ - 4,171 1,120
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+ - 4,921 1,288
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+ - 3,822 1,636
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+ - 3,399 964
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+ - 1,986 1,143
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Monster 2004

21
+ - 3,849 583
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22
+ - 4,021 2,600
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
InuYasha 2000

23
+ - 4,316 724
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 2,511 1,056
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Mirai Nikki

25
+ - 2,375 1,058
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 2,264 1,010
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Samurai X

27
+ - 3,591 794
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

28
+ - 3,047 767
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

29
+ - 2,952 1,253
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 2,720 803
Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Blood+ 2005

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+ - 1,582 941
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Ergo Proxy 2006

32
+ - 2,935 1,007
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33
+ - 1,927 901
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

34
+ - 1,721 884
Devil May Cry: The Animated Se... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

35
+ - 1,796 753
Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Aeon Flux 1991

36
+ - 1,848 778
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Spawn 1997

37
+ - 1,606 874
Grantz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Grantz

38
+ - 2,634 949
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+ - 1,964 874
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Another 2011

40
+ - 1,313 891
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,265 919
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Baccano! 2007

42
+ - 1,119 699
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Hell Girl 2005

43
+ - 2,542 2,080
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
One Piece 2004

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+ - 1,434 557
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Witchblade 2006

45
+ - 2,215 780
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

46
+ - 1,808 609
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

47
+ - 1,495 737
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 624 695
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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

49
+ - 1,030 719
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50
+ - 1,652 651
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time