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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, 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? 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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14,420 6,734
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Death Note 2006-10-03

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13,285 3,617
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9,425 2,631
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Berserk 1997

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14,120 3,913
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charles-olivier-proulx added Attack on Titan 2013

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8,901 2,622
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6,480 2,885
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pawan-d added Code Geass 2006

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9,074 2,228
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Hellsing 2001

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11,525 2,413
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9,333 2,429
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Elfen Lied 2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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5,406 1,940
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Claymore 2007

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6,128 1,589
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5,972 1,425
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FlashBoomerang added Parasyte 2014

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7,774 2,536
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5,095 840
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5,519 1,377
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4,033 1,685
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4,425 1,205
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3,752 1,500
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6,403 1,106
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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5,877 1,647
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charles-olivier-proulx added Deadman Wonderland 2011

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4,692 2,108
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2,616 1,368
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Monster 2004

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3,295 1,371
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mohammad-almasri added Mirai Nikki 2012

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4,557 1,162
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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4,783 3,105
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added InuYasha 2000

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2,109 1,153
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Ergo Proxy 2006

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3,700 1,603
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Sara Alexander added Black Butler 2008

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2,806 1,263
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
DeryckCaid added Wolf's Rain 2004

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2,518 1,157
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Samurai X

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3,805 979
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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2,235 1,115
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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2,395 1,154
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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3,179 962
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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2,075 1,110
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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3,460 1,204
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2,124 971
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Spawn 1997

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2,431 1,063
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Another 2011

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3,163 1,123
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2,059 942
Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Aeon Flux 1991

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2,702 599
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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1,719 1,054
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Mushishi

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2,118 755
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Outlaw Star 1998

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1,596 1,056
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Baccano! 2007

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2,080 831
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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1,322 842
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ChristopherYang added Hell Girl 2005

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1,574 635
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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3,153 2,490
One Piece is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added One Piece 1999

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2,693 950
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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1,307 834
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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1,651 707
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Lancer Infiknight added Witchblade 2006