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The 20 Best Adult Swim Anime Promos Ever Made

Updated October 13, 2018 266 votes 40 voters 1.8k views20 items

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.

  • 5. One Punch Man

    Video: YouTube

    One Punch Man is somewhat of a commentary on the overpowered Dragon Ball Z style anime of its time, and what better way to show that off in 90 seconds than with a voice over of what sounds like Randall from Clerks complaining about his feelings?

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  • 6. Cowboy Bebop

    Video: YouTube

    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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  • 7. Naruto

    Video: YouTube

    This promo accomplishes the impossible task of taking an anime that pretty much everyone has seen and making it feel fresh. The opening shots timed to a four on the floor bass drum draws the viewer in, making it impossible to not watch the rest of the promo.

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  • Photo: Gainax

    This just might be the best Adult Swim anime promo of all time. Remember how good the network used to be, both with its anime content and multitude of great cartoons? This promo would make anyone want to watch Neon Genesis, even if they don't like anime.

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