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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11,710 5,405
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Death Note 2006-10-03

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2
11,131 3,002
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3
7,727 2,068
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Berserk 1997

4
11,567 3,136
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charles-olivier-proulx added Attack on Titan 2013

5
7,546 2,168
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6
7,845 1,812
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Hellsing 2001

7
5,160 2,398
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pawan-d added Code Geass 2006

8
9,530 2,006
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9
8,104 2,001
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Elfen Lied 2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

10
5,278 1,282
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11
4,567 1,628
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Claymore 2007

12
4,803 1,142
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FlashBoomerang added Parasyte 2014

13
6,708 2,142
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14
4,055 624
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15
4,443 1,160
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The Weirdest Anime Shows of All Time The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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3,217 1,435
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17
3,589 999
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18
3,110 1,282
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19
5,071 1,353
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charles-olivier-proulx added Deadman Wonderland 2011

20
3,957 1,730
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21
4,711 790
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

22
2,124 1,176
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Monster 2004

23
2,673 1,112
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mohammad-almasri added Mirai Nikki

24
3,763 873
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

25
4,153 2,691
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added InuYasha 2000

26
1,702 971
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Ergo Proxy 2006

27
2,459 1,090
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
DeryckCaid added Wolf's Rain 2004

28
2,321 1,033
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Samurai X

29
3,104 1,319
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Sara Alexander added Black Butler 2008

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30
3,214 800
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ToyotaObsession added Neon Genesis Evangelion 1995

31
1,883 942
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Grantz 2004

32
2,016 933
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Garret Hoffman added Gurren Lagann 2007

33
1,780 912
Devil May Cry: The Animated Se... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Devil May Cry: The Animated Series 2007

34
2,811 821
Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Blood+ 2005

35
1,886 804
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Spawn 1997

36
3,027 1,040
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37
2,056 897
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Another 2011

38
1,836 774
Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Aeon Flux 1991

39
2,749 970
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40
1,849 630
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Outlaw Star 1998

41
1,402 909
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Mushishi

42
1,342 939
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Baccano! 2007

43
1,768 389
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Omar Haggag added High School DxD 2012

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44
1,157 714
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ChristopherYang added Hell Girl 2005

45
1,738 674
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Northern220 added Fate/stay night 2006

46
2,293 801
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

47
2,670 2,162
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added One Piece 2004

48
1,467 581
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Lancer Infiknight added Witchblade 2006

49
1,120 712
Lupin III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Lupin III

50
1,520 757
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Wayne Mckay added Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz