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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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14,453 6,746
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2006-10-03

2
13,300 3,625
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3
9,439 2,641
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1997

4
14,144 3,919
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charles-olivier-proulx added 2013

5
8,911 2,626
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6
6,490 2,888
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pawan-d added 2006

7
9,079 2,231
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2001

8
11,537 2,415
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9
9,345 2,429
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2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

10
5,414 1,942
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2007

11
6,134 1,590
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12
5,979 1,429
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FlashBoomerang added 2014

13
7,783 2,541
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14
5,102 842
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15
5,525 1,380
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16
4,042 1,687
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17
4,427 1,207
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18
3,757 1,501
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19
6,424 1,108
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

20
5,880 1,650
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charles-olivier-proulx added 2011

21
4,694 2,109
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22
2,620 1,369
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2004

23
3,299 1,372
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mohammad-almasri added 2012

24
4,569 1,164
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

25
4,790 3,107
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 2000

26
2,109 1,154
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2006

27
3,706 1,605
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Sara Alexander added 2008

28
2,809 1,264
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
DeryckCaid added 2004

29
2,521 1,158
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Samurai X

30
3,807 981
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ToyotaObsession added 1995

31
2,240 1,117
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 2004

32
2,397 1,156
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Garret Hoffman added 2007

33
3,183 963
Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 2005

34
2,076 1,112
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 2007

35
3,465 1,205
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36
2,436 1,063
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2011

37
2,127 972
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 1997

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3,166 1,124
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39
2,064 943
Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 1991

40
2,711 600
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Omar Haggag added 2012

41
1,722 1,055
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added

42
2,121 756
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added 1998

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1,596 1,056
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2007

44
2,083 831
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Northern220 added 2006

45
1,576 635
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

46
1,322 842
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ChristopherYang added 2005

47
2,694 950
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

48
3,155 2,491
One Piece is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 1999

49
1,307 834
Lupin III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added

50
1,653 707
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Lancer Infiknight added 2006