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

Lead character Spike is 27-years-old.

2
920 204
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead hero, Saitama is 25-years-old.

3
650 129
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4
551 124
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Helling's Alucard is physically in his 30s but is technically over six-hundred-years-old.

5
517 112
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Protagonist Akane is 21-years-old.

6
452 99
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead characters, Kuriso and Rintaro, are both 18.

7
255 34
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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8
409 97
Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Chiyuki is 21-years-old.

9
378 86
Bungou Stray Dogs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Bungou Stray Dogs

The hero, Atsushi, is 18-years-old.

10
431 113
Erased is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

11
384 96
Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Hei is 22.

12
335 93
Spice and Wolf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Craft Lawrence is 25. Holo is actually centuries old, even though she looks like a young girl.

13
248 54
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alon... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

14
300 83
Gangsta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Gangsta

Lead characters Worick and Nic are aged 35 and 34, respectively.

15
277 74
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

16
295 85
Gintama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character, Gintoki, is said to be in his 20s by the official Gintama page.

17
191 38
ReLIFE is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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18
241 83
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Shiroe is 23-years-old.

19
353 148
Yuri On Ice!!! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Yuri On Ice!!!

20
217 72
Drifters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Drifters

Lead character Shimazu is age 30.

21
208 72
Monster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Protagonist Dr. Kenzo Tenma is in his late 30s.

22
180 59
Baccano! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Baccono actually follows the point-of-view of many different characters, who all range in ages from young to old.

23
124 26
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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I mean, it's Berserk.

24
199 75
Nana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Nana is about 18 or 19-years-old.

25
172 60
Barakamon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character, Seishi, is 23-years-old.