Anime Underground The 20 Best Adult Swim Anime Promos Ever Made  

Jacob Shelton
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Adult Swim has always been on the frontier of animation, and in the late '90s and early 2000s the anime on Adult Swim introduced millions of young people to the fascinating world of Japanese animation. Rather than saying, “up next, we’ve got a show about a 12-year-old ninja who has the ghost of a fox inside of him,” Adult Swim made jaw droppingly good promos. If you didn’t have the pleasure of living through the era of Toonami, get ready to have your mind blown by these Adult Swim anime promos that could make any series look like a must-watch.

Adult Swim's best anime promo videos pick a tone and relentlessly grind it into the audience’s brain. Whether they’re going for a Tarantinoesque cool, or a stark visual palette, the promos are just as fun to watch as the anime they were based on. Vote up your favorite anime promos that ran on Adult Swim, no matter how old the show is now.


Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 20 Best Adult Swim Anime Promos Ever Made
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If this didn't get you excited to watch the second season of FMA, you probably didn't like the series. This great promo features Edward fighting Greed.

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#14 on The Best Anime Series of All Time

#8 on The Best English Dubbed Anime of All Time

#18 on The Best Action Anime of All Time

#9 on The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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Cowboy Bebop


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This promo essentially works as a fractal version of Cowboy Bebop; the first 20 seconds of the promo present you with one narrative, and a style that is completely at odds with the rest of the promo when things start to go down. From there on out the viewer is assaulted with acid jazz, gun fights, car chases, and wormholes floating in space. If you can't make it through the promo then you probably shouldn't try to watch this show. 

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InuYasha


InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 20 Best Adult Swim Anime Promos Ever Made
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This Inuyasha ad is one of my favorite Adult Swim anime promos ever made. They take a ton of clips of Inuyasha and Kagome yelling each other's names, and compile them into one epic supercut.

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#22 on The Best Anime Series of All Time

#23 on The Best English Dubbed Anime of All Time

#31 on The Best Action Anime of All Time

#17 on The Best Anime Streaming on Netflix

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Death Note


Death Note is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 20 Best Adult Swim Anime Promos Ever Made
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Part of why Adult Swim anime promos are so good is the music they use. This Death Note promo perfectly captures the darkness of the series, but adds a cool beat that flows well with the clips.

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#1 on The Best Anime Series of All Time

#8 on The Best Shonen Jump Anime of All Time

#3 on The Best English Dubbed Anime of All Time

#33 on The Best TV Shows Streaming On Hulu

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