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.

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

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

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

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

Lead characters, Kuriso and Rintaro, are both 18.

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

Lead character Chiyuki is 21-years-old.

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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.

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393 108
Erased is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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

Lead character Hei is 22.

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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.

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229 51
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alon... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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261 70
Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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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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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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ReLIFE is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Yuri On Ice!!! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Yuri On Ice!!!

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226 76
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Shiroe is 23-years-old.

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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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190 70
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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165 57
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.

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184 72
Nana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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

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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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I mean, it's Berserk.

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

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

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Welcome to the N.H.K. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Tatsuhiro is 22-years-old.

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Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Banri is 20-years-old.

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79 25
Trinity Blood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Eden of the East is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Protagonists Akira and Saki are both 21 years old.

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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Princess Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Protagonist Tsukimi is 19 years old.

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Ninja Scroll is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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"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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RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Bubblegum Crisis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Tiger & Bunny is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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The series follows Kotetsu (Tiger) who is in his late 30s, and Barnaby (Bunny) who's in his early 20s.

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Slayers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Inuyashiki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Lupin the Third: The Woman Cal... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

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Dimension W is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Basilisk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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New Game! is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo

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30 18
Golden Boy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Revolutionary Girl Utena is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Space Dandy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Akashic Records of Bastard Mag... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Amnesia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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The Heroine is a 19-year-old college student.

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Honey and Clover is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

These art students range from age 18 to 24.

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Dirty Pair is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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