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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13,641 6,376
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Death Note 2006-10-03

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12,718 3,424
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8,907 2,470
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Berserk 1997

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13,315 3,722
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charles-olivier-proulx added Attack on Titan 2013

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8,547 2,485
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6,121 2,747
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pawan-d added Code Geass 2006

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8,694 2,120
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Hellsing 2001

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11,018 2,284
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8,944 2,315
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Elfen Lied 2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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5,890 1,493
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5,100 1,869
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Claymore 2007

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5,619 1,363
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FlashBoomerang added Parasyte 2014

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7,499 2,418
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4,774 784
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Infuriating Images That Will Trigger You

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5,226 1,323
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3,818 1,619
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4,178 1,152
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3,573 1,447
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5,928 1,031
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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5,633 1,579
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charles-olivier-proulx added Deadman Wonderland 2011

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4,493 2,009
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The Best Adult Animated Shows On Netflix

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2,483 1,329
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Monster 2004

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3,122 1,308
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mohammad-almasri added Mirai Nikki 2012

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4,639 2,964
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added InuYasha 2000

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4,325 1,100
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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1,989 1,101
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Ergo Proxy 2006

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2,710 1,215
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
DeryckCaid added Wolf's Rain 2004

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3,536 1,531
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Sara Alexander added Black Butler 2008

The Best Anime Soundtracks of All Time

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2,437 1,109
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Samurai X

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3,651 928
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ToyotaObsession added Neon Genesis Evangelion 1995

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2,133 1,074
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Grantz 2004

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2,312 1,085
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Garret Hoffman added Gurren Lagann 2007

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3,062 927
Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Blood+ 2005

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1,985 1,046
Devil May Cry: The Animated Se... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Devil May Cry: The Animated Series 2007

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2,055 925
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Spawn 1997

The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time

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3,319 1,163
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2,313 1,019
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Another 2011

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2,006 893
Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Aeon Flux 1991

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3,049 1,080
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2,435 548
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Omar Haggag added High School DxD 2012

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2,058 716
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Outlaw Star 1998

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1,626 1,014
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Mushishi

Everything We Know About 'American Horror Story' Season 8

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1,517 1,018
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Baccano! 2007

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1,994 783
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Northern220 added Fate/stay night 2006

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3,034 2,391
One Piece (JP) is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added One Piece 1999

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1,268 812
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ChristopherYang added Hell Girl 2005

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2,592 904
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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1,473 597
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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1,263 795
Lupin III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Lupin III

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1,582 683
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Lancer Infiknight added Witchblade 2006