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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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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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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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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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Steins;Gate Lead characters, Kuriso and Rintaro, are both 18.

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Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Darker Than Black Lead character Hei is 22.

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Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Death Parade Lead character Chiyuki is 21-years-old.

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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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Bungou Stray Dogs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Bungou Stray Dogs The hero, Atsushi, is 18-years-old.

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

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Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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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.

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Gintama is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Trigun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Megan Jo McDaniel added Trigun

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Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Log Horizon Lead character Shiroe is 23-years-old.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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ReLIFE is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
xVenlyx added ReLIFE

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Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
James Rosier added Ergo Proxy

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Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Golden Time Lead character Banri is 20-years-old.

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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added Berserk I mean, it's Berserk.

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Eden of the East is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Trinity Blood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Megan Jo McDaniel added Trinity Blood

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RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Hollie Stephenson added RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne

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

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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

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Lupin the Third: The Woman Cal... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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Princess Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added Princess Jellyfish Protagonist Tsukimi is 19 years old.

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Amnesia is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Inuyashiki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
MeryIv added Inuyashiki

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Basilisk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Hollie Stephenson added Basilisk

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Ninja Scroll is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added Ninja Scroll "I know the way now, so leave me alone okay?" "I'm afraid that's the wrong direction. The way to hell is, right here....!"

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Tiger & Bunny is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Golden Boy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added Golden Boy

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Bubblegum Crisis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added Bubblegum Crisis

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Dimension W is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
MeryIv added Dimension W

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Slayers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added Slayers

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Shirobako is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Shirobako Lead protagonist Aoi Miyamori is in hear early 20s.

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New Game! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Conrad Corbett added New Game! New Game! is a series about Aoba Suzukaze, who starts work in the art department at Eagle Jump, where she gets to work under the artist who inspired her to become an artist on her favorite video game series.

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Dirty Pair is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added Dirty Pair

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Revolutionary Girl Utena is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added Revolutionary Girl Utena

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Honey and Clover is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Macross Plus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added Macross Plus