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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+ - 10,551 2,863
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+ - 10,895 2,930
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+ - 7,277 1,932
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Berserk 1997

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+ - 7,203 2,072
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+ - 7,570 1,713
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Hellsing 2001

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+ - 4,816 2,276
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Code Geass 2006

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+ - 9,000 1,924
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+ - 7,789 1,873
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Elfen Lied 2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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+ - 4,380 1,555
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Claymore 2007

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+ - 5,060 1,225
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+ - 6,450 2,071
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+ - 4,529 1,068
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Parasyte

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+ - 2,993 1,386
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+ - 2,952 1,234
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+ - 4,156 1,117
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+ - 4,911 1,282
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+ - 3,812 1,630
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+ - 3,387 960
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+ - 1,981 1,140
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Monster 2004

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+ - 3,834 580
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+ - 4,015 2,593
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
InuYasha 2000

23
+ - 4,293 720
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 2,504 1,053
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Mirai Nikki

25
+ - 2,368 1,054
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 2,263 1,007
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Samurai X

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+ - 3,584 787
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 3,044 762
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 2,939 1,252
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 2,719 800
Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Blood+ 2005

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+ - 1,576 939
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Ergo Proxy 2006

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+ - 2,927 1,006
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+ - 1,921 898
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,720 881
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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+ - 1,793 751
Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Aeon Flux 1991

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+ - 1,844 777
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Spawn 1997

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+ - 1,605 872
Grantz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Grantz

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+ - 2,632 946
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+ - 1,959 870
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Another 2011

40
+ - 1,309 889
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,260 917
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Baccano! 2007

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+ - 1,117 696
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Hell Girl 2005

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+ - 2,532 2,075
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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+ - 1,433 554
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Witchblade 2006

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+ - 2,209 779
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,803 607
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 1,494 735
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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+ - 623 692
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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

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+ - 1,029 716
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+ - 1,651 648
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time