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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12,862 5,951
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Death Note 2006-10-03

2
12,093 3,228
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3
8,426 2,276
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Berserk 1997

4
12,616 3,466
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charles-olivier-proulx added Attack on Titan 2013

5
8,140 2,349
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6
5,725 2,581
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pawan-d added Code Geass 2006

7
8,314 1,997
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Hellsing 2001

8
10,438 2,129
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9
8,586 2,196
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Elfen Lied 2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

10
5,637 1,412
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11
4,881 1,758
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Claymore 2007

12
5,283 1,272
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FlashBoomerang added Parasyte 2014

13
7,175 2,299
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14
4,442 725
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The Best Adventure Anime of All Time

15
4,903 1,255
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16
3,577 1,535
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17
3,936 1,086
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18
3,383 1,377
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19
5,385 1,481
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charles-olivier-proulx added Deadman Wonderland 2011

20
5,411 912
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

21
4,263 1,890
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The Best Ecchi Anime of All Time

22
2,331 1,266
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Monster 2004

23
2,958 1,219
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mohammad-almasri added Mirai Nikki 2012

24
4,103 1,004
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

25
4,439 2,842
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added InuYasha 2000

26
1,865 1,049
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Ergo Proxy 2006

27
2,601 1,166
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
3,348 1,446
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Sara Alexander added Black Butler 2008

The Weirdest Anime Shows of All Time

29
2,360 1,061
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Samurai X

30
3,489 874
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
2,048 1,021
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Grantz 2004

32
2,193 1,019
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Garret Hoffman added Gurren Lagann 2007

33
1,898 988
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
2,952 880
Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Blood+ 2005

35
1,983 875
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Spawn 1997

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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3,209 1,112
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37
2,219 971
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Another 2011

38
1,938 849
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
2,931 1,030
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40
1,971 683
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Outlaw Star 1998

41
2,136 474
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Omar Haggag added High School DxD 2012

42
1,521 971
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Mushishi

The Best Yuri Anime of All Time

43
1,447 985
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Baccano! 2007

44
1,898 731
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Northern220 added Fate/stay night 2006

45
1,216 769
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ChristopherYang added Hell Girl 2005

46
2,887 2,292
One Piece (JP) is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added One Piece 1999

47
2,474 857
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

48
1,204 762
Lupin III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Lupin III

49
1,533 642
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Lancer Infiknight added Witchblade 2006

50
1,342 559
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time