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? 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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13,884 6,498
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Death Note 2006-10-03

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12,903 3,488
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9,056 2,535
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Berserk 1997

4
13,556 3,794
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charles-olivier-proulx added Attack on Titan 2013

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8,673 2,542
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6,247 2,804
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pawan-d added Code Geass 2006

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8,828 2,166
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Hellsing 2001

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11,195 2,333
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9,077 2,359
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Elfen Lied 2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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5,987 1,537
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5,188 1,905
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Claymore 2007

12
5,730 1,394
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FlashBoomerang added Parasyte 2014

13
7,597 2,464
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14
4,899 808
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The Best Adult Swim Anime of All Time

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5,321 1,346
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3,891 1,647
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4,265 1,171
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3,640 1,466
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19
6,084 1,059
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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5,715 1,602
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charles-olivier-proulx added Deadman Wonderland 2011

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4,564 2,053
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The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked

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2,540 1,343
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Monster 2004

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3,190 1,330
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mohammad-almasri added Mirai Nikki 2012

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4,405 1,126
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

25
4,693 3,014
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added InuYasha 2000

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2,042 1,120
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Ergo Proxy 2006

27
3,603 1,556
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Sara Alexander added Black Butler 2008

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2,747 1,236
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
DeryckCaid added Wolf's Rain 2004

The Best Adventure Anime of All Time

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2,469 1,127
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Samurai X

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3,711 946
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ToyotaObsession added Neon Genesis Evangelion 1995

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2,171 1,092
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Grantz 2004

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2,342 1,115
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Garret Hoffman added Gurren Lagann 2007

33
3,111 938
Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Blood+ 2005

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2,020 1,071
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

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3,371 1,179
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The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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2,080 944
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Spawn 1997

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2,363 1,033
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Another 2011

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2,033 912
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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3,091 1,097
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2,528 565
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

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1,665 1,029
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
charles-olivier-proulx added Mushishi

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2,078 737
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Outlaw Star 1998

The Best Supernatural Anime

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1,552 1,033
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Baccano! 2007

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2,023 801
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
1,291 822
Hell Girl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
ChristopherYang added Hell Girl 2005

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3,081 2,429
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

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1,518 614
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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2,625 926
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time

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1,280 810
Lupin III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
-1452209729396 added Lupin III

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1,606 691
Witchblade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Anime of All Time
Lancer Infiknight added Witchblade 2006