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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Death Note 2006-10-03

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+ - 10,634 2,864
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+ - 7,148 1,884
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Berserk 1997

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+ - 7,083 2,032
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+ - 7,469 1,678
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Hellsing 2001

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+ - 4,707 2,227
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Code Geass 2006

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+ - 8,835 1,893
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+ - 7,689 1,831
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Elfen Lied 2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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+ - 4,312 1,520
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Claymore 2007

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+ - 6,355 2,043
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+ - 4,995 1,207
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+ - 4,433 1,041
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Parasyte

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+ - 2,905 1,362
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+ - 2,890 1,211
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+ - 4,839 1,249
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+ - 4,062 1,098
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+ - 3,744 1,595
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+ - 3,324 941
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+ - 1,941 1,118
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Monster 2004

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+ - 3,752 565
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+ - 3,962 2,555
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
InuYasha 2000

23
+ - 4,157 694
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 2,438 1,029
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Mirai Nikki

25
+ - 2,334 1,030
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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Samurai X

27
+ - 3,524 763
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 2,987 741
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 2,687 783
Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Blood+ 2005

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+ - 2,865 1,234
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,547 915
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Ergo Proxy 2006

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+ - 2,894 989
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+ - 1,886 885
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,692 862
Devil May Cry: The Animated Se... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,822 760
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Spawn 1997

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+ - 1,580 853
Grantz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Grantz

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+ - 1,918 851
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Another 2011

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+ - 1,286 870
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,237 905
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Baccano! 2007

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+ - 1,775 735
Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Aeon Flux 1991

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+ - 1,104 681
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Hell Girl 2005

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+ - 2,485 2,041
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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+ - 1,413 540
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Witchblade 2006

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+ - 2,176 767
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,785 594
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,480 722
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 612 677
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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

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+ - 1,013 706
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50
+ - 1,624 633
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time