Anime Underground Anime That Will Make You Think  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the cerebral anime that made you put your thinking cap on.

Though the anime genre comes in cartoon form, plenty of deep anime tackles subjects that cannot be solved in a single Toonami sitting. So what sets this kind of cerebral anime apart from the usual fare? Anime that makes you think raises serious moral and philosophical questions to make you think, nothing as simple as mecha fights or fan-service. In many cases, smart anime utilizes outlandish supernatural and sci-fi elements to address real-life-issues of morality, justice, and philosophy. Godlike schoolgirls and bionic alchemists may not appear to be gurus of wisdom, but you'd be surprised how adult these anime series can be.

Don't worry, though, because these series aren't just relentless intellectualizing - that would be boring. Though Death Note tackles serious issues about being a moral arbiter, it's also an anime with sakujo-gasms and jokes about cake. That being said, anime for smart people gets even more fun when you're stoned: the visuals look better, and you gain new perspective. Rather than be daunted by anime for smart people, instead try to sit down and see what you can learn from them. In fact, the intellectualization in these deep anime below led to some of them to be declared the best anime of all time.
 

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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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380 84
Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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405 110
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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293 72
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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Your Name is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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239 72
Wolf’s Rain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think
Wolf’s Rain

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246 85
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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186 54
Paranoia Agent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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183 55
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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190 69
Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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150 51
Serial Experiments Lain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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Monster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzum... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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Monogatari is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think
Monogatari

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March Comes In Like A Lion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think
March Comes In Like A Lion

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Revolutionary Girl Utena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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Kino’s Journey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think
Kino’s Journey

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Scum's Wish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think
Scum's Wish

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Interviews With Monster Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think
Interviews With Monster Girls

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Sunday Without God is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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The Eccentric Family is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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Mawaru Penguindrum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think

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Earth Maiden Arjuna is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anime That Will Make You Think