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
768 175
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
532 116
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Chris Abraham added

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462 110
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.

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413 97
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Protagonist Akane is 21-years-old.

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360 86
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Lead characters, Kuriso and Rintaro, are both 18.

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335 98
Erased is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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311 88
Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Lead character Hei is 22.

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306 86
Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Lead character Chiyuki is 21-years-old.

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165 25
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Megan Jo McDaniel added

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263 76
Spice and Wolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Jeff Hudson added Craft Lawrence is 25. Holo is actually centuries old, even though she looks like a young girl.

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265 78
Bungou Stray Dogs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Bungou Stray Dogs The hero, Atsushi, is 18-years-old.

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188 44
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alon... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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211 63
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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233 75
Gangsta is listed (or ranked) 15 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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230 75
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.

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196 69
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Lead character Shiroe is 23-years-old.

18
274 120
Yuri On Ice!!! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Yuri On Ice!!!

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110 25
ReLIFE is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
xVenlyx added

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169 63
Drifters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Drifters Lead character Shimazu is age 30.

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161 63
Monster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Protagonist Dr. Kenzo Tenma is in his late 30s.

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151 64
Nana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Lead character Nana is about 18 or 19-years-old.

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133 52
Baccano! is listed (or ranked) 23 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.

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121 51
Barakamon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Lead character, Seishi, is 23-years-old.

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126 56
Welcome to the N.H.K. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Lead character Tatsuhiro is 22-years-old.

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108 53
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Lead character Banri is 20-years-old.

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62 18
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added I mean, it's Berserk.

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74 30
Eden of the East is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added Protagonists Akira and Saki are both 21 years old.

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63 22
Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
James Rosier added

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57 18
Trinity Blood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Megan Jo McDaniel added

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50 19
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added

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56 27
Princess Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added Protagonist Tsukimi is 19 years old.

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68 43
RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Hollie Stephenson added

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60 43
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo

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29 15
Inuyashiki is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
MeryIv added Inuyashiki

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24 12
Ninja Scroll is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added "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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28 16
Lupin the Third: The Woman Cal... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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18 7
New Game! is listed (or ranked) 38 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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19 9
Bubblegum Crisis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added

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38 29
Tiger & Bunny is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added The series follows Kotetsu (Tiger) who is in his late 30s, and Barnaby (Bunny) who's in his early 20s.

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22 13
Revolutionary Girl Utena is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added

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22 13
Dimension W is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
MeryIv added

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20 11
Golden Boy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added

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36 31
Basilisk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Hollie Stephenson added

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17 12
Slayers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added

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39 36
Amnesia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Kat added The Heroine is a 19-year-old college student.

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12 11
Dirty Pair is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
KrystalMyth added

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44 48
Honey and Clover is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
These art students range from age 18 to 24.

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44 49
Shirobako is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Lead protagonist Aoi Miyamori is in hear early 20s.

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18 21
Legend of Galactic Heroes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists