Anime Underground The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists  

Jonah Dorrance
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List Rules Vote up the greatest anime following heroes who are grown ups, not children or teens.

If you are in the 18+ age group, finding an anime show that doesn't revolve around high school or the trials of adolescence can be remarkably difficult. Anime with adult protagonists might be a comparatively smaller category, but they boast some unique and compelling storylines that are far from cliché.

Every series in this list features a protagonist that is at least 18-years-old, though there is no guarantee that all of these characters act their age. (It is important to mention that Erased presents a bit of an exception to this distinction, however this won’t be detailed so as not to spoil the story.) Here you will find a collection of heroes and heroines that include, but are not limited to: university students, civil servant employees, superheroes, wayward artists, legendary warriors, and mad scientists. No matter stage you are at in life, these anime shows are worth checking out!

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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Cowboy Bebop Lead character Spike is 27-years-old.

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561 127
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
One-Punch Man Lead hero, Saitama is 25-years-old.

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377 83
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Chris Abraham added Samurai Champloo

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326 81
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Hellsing Helling's Alucard is physically in his 30s but is technically over six-hundred-years-old.

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284 66
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Psycho Pass Protagonist Akane is 21-years-old.

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232 50
Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Darker Than Black Lead character Hei is 22.

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234 61
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Steins;Gate Lead characters, Kuriso and Rintaro, are both 18.

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201 56
Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Death Parade Lead character Chiyuki is 21-years-old.

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217 66
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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171 50
Spice and Wolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Jeff Hudson added Spice and Wolf Craft Lawrence is 25. Holo is actually centuries old, even though she looks like a young girl.

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162 51
Gangsta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Gangsta Lead characters Worick and Nic are aged 35 and 34, respectively.

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113 24
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alon... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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153 50
Gintama is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Gintama Lead character, Gintoki, is said to be in his 20s by the official Gintama page.

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144 46
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Log Horizon Lead character Shiroe is 23-years-old.

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148 50
Bungou Stray Dogs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Bungou Stray Dogs The hero, Atsushi, is 18-years-old.

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137 44
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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186 83
Yuri On Ice!!! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Yuri On Ice!!!

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117 40
Drifters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Drifters Lead character Shimazu is age 30.

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53 7
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Megan Jo McDaniel added Trigun

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107 41
Monster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Monster Protagonist Dr. Kenzo Tenma is in his late 30s.

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84 33
Baccano! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Baccano Baccono actually follows the point-of-view of many different characters, who all range in ages from young to old.

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83 33
Barakamon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Barakamon Lead character, Seishi, is 23-years-old.

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86 38
Welcome to the N.H.K. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Welcome To The N.H.K. Lead character Tatsuhiro is 22-years-old.

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85 46
Nana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Nana Lead character Nana is about 18 or 19-years-old.

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68 34
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Golden Time Lead character Banri is 20-years-old.

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36 9
ReLIFE is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
xVenlyx added ReLIFE

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24 6
Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
James Rosier added Ergo Proxy

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44 28
RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Hollie Stephenson added RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne

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16 4
Trinity Blood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Megan Jo McDaniel added Trinity Blood

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22 12
Eden of the East is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added Eden of the East Protagonists Akira and Saki are both 21 years old.

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40 32
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo

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17 12
Tiger & Bunny is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added Tiger & Bunny The series follows Kotetsu (Tiger) who is in his late 30s, and Barnaby (Bunny) who's in his early 20s.

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7 2
Inuyashiki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
MeryIv added Inuyashiki

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Basilisk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Hollie Stephenson added Basilisk

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36 36
Shirobako is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Shirobako Lead protagonist Aoi Miyamori is in hear early 20s.

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14 13
Princess Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added Princess Jellyfish Protagonist Tsukimi is 19 years old.

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10 9
Legend of Galactic Heroes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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7 6
Lupin the Third: The Woman Cal... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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Amnesia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added Amnesia The Heroine is a 19-year-old college student.

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Dimension W is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
MeryIv added Dimension W

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7 9
Rokka no Yuusha is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added Rokka no Yuusha Protagonist Adlet Myer is 18 years old.

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7 9
Un-Go is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added Un-go Protagonist Shinjuurou Yuuki is in his early 20s.

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28 34
Honey and Clover is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Honey And Clover These art students range from age 18 to 24.

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24 32
Servant X Service is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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20 30
Space Brothers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Space Brothers Lead brothers Mutta and Hibito are 32 and 29, respectively.

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Arakawa Under The Bridge Lead character Kou is 22-years-old.

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17 32
The Tatami Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Tatami Galaxy College student Shintaro is in his early 20s.

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12 26
Fune Wo Amu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Fune Wo Amu Lead character Mitsuya Majime is 27-years-old.

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7 32
Natsuyuki Rendezvous is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Natsuyuki Rendezvous Lead character, Hazuki is in his early 20s.

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6 31
Seiyu's Life! is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Seiyu's Life!