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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 a 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 homosexuality 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 of an adult anime series, 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 series for adults to watch? Vote for your 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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Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Garret Hoffman added 2007
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Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ToyotaObsession added 1995
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High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Omar Haggag added 2012
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2011
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InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 2000
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Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 2005
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Gantz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 2004
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One Piece is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 1999
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Noragami is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
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Devil May Cry: The Animated Se... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 2007
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Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Northern220 added 2006
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Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
DeryckCaid added 2004
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Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ChristopherYang added 2005
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Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
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Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
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Lupin III is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
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Gangsta. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
2015
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Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
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Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Lancer Infiknight added 2006
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Nana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
aisulu-risbaeva added 2006
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
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Sekirei is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Northern220 added 2008