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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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15,344 7,326
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2006-10-03

2
14,194 3,890
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3
10,301 2,850
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1997

4
15,163 4,232
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charles-olivier-proulx added 2013

5
9,472 2,796
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6
12,335 2,580
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7
7,040 3,100
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pawan-d added 2006

8
9,682 2,366
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2001

9
9,900 2,566
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2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

10
5,599 923
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11
5,786 2,060
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2007

12
6,475 1,690
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13
6,459 1,530
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FlashBoomerang added 2014

14
8,201 2,687
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15
5,907 1,470
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16
4,374 1,779
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17
4,742 1,276
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18
3,991 1,585
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19
2,805 1,446
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2004

20
7,050 1,240
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

21
6,184 1,751
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charles-olivier-proulx added 2011

22
4,977 2,210
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23
3,560 1,472
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mohammad-almasri added 2012

24
4,876 1,262
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

25
5,023 3,257
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 2000

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2,232 1,220
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2006

27
2,954 1,329
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
DeryckCaid added 2004

28
3,934 1,706
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Sara Alexander added 2008

29
4,042 1,039
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ToyotaObsession added 1995

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2,623 1,212
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Samurai X

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2,370 1,176
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 2004

32
2,544 1,225
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Garret Hoffman added 2007

33
3,316 1,015
Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 2005

34
2,176 1,176
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

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3,640 1,248
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2,611 1,111
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2011

37
2,216 1,017
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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3,331 1,167
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2,128 992
Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 1991

40
2,995 664
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Omar Haggag added 2012

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1,820 1,111
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added

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2,222 789
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added 1998

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1,684 1,107
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2007

44
2,227 875
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Northern220 added 2006

45
2,843 990
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

46
1,719 688
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

47
3,328 2,594
One Piece is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added 1999

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1,376 877
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ChristopherYang added 2005

49
1,372 871
Lupin III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added

50
1,722 745
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Lancer Infiknight added 2006