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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13 429 6 280
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Death Note 2006-10-03

2
12 560 3 376
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3
8 779 2 426
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Berserk 1997

4
13 143 3 663
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charles-olivier-proulx added Attack on Titan 2013

5
8 451 2 447
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6
6 020 2 710
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pawan-d added Code Geass 2006

7
8 614 2 088
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Hellsing 2001

8
10 875 2 247
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9
8 862 2 279
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Elfen Lied 2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

10
5 828 1 466
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11
5 055 1 842
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Claymore 2007

12
5 538 1 338
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FlashBoomerang added Parasyte 2014

13
7 423 2 393
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14
4 700 768
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The Best Adult Swim Anime of All Time

15
5 132 1 308
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16
3 753 1 599
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17
4 120 1 135
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18
3 526 1 426
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19
5 797 996
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

20
5 583 1 557
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charles-olivier-proulx added Deadman Wonderland 2011

21
4 440 1 973
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The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

22
2 439 1 314
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Monster 2004

23
3 082 1 281
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mohammad-almasri added Mirai Nikki 2012

24
4 599 2 932
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added InuYasha 2000

25
4 285 1 077
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

26
1 956 1 087
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Ergo Proxy 2006

27
2 686 1 199
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
3 496 1 509
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Sara Alexander added Black Butler 2008

The Best Adventure Anime of All Time

29
2 418 1 098
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Samurai X

30
3 612 918
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
2 290 1 063
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Garret Hoffman added Gurren Lagann 2007

32
2 114 1 059
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Grantz 2004

33
3 040 913
Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Blood+ 2005

34
1 960 1 032
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

35
2 044 912
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Spawn 1997

The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV

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3 294 1 148
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2 288 1 007
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Another 2011

38
1 992 878
Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Aeon Flux 1991

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3 023 1 068
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2 354 522
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

41
2 039 709
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Outlaw Star 1998

42
1 596 1 002
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Mushishi

The Best Supernatural Anime

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1 499 1 010
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Baccano! 2007

44
1 970 769
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
2 999 2 370
One Piece (JP) is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added One Piece 1999

46
2 570 891
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

47
1 254 802
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ChristopherYang added Hell Girl 2005

48
1 446 585
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

49
1 256 787
Lupin III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Lupin III

50
1 572 674
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Lancer Infiknight added Witchblade 2006