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

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    2006-10-03

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


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    Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    2013

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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


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    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    2010

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    Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    2006

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    Fullmetal Alchemist 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


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


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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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    Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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

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    Parasyte

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    Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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

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    2004

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    Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    2012

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    Kill la Kill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    2013

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    Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    2006

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


    Samurai X

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    Hellsing Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    Mirai Nikki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    Mirai Nikki

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    Afro Samurai is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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    2004

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    Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    Baccano! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    2007

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    Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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


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    Grantz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    Paranoia Agent is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time


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    Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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    Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

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