Anime Underground

The 20 Best Adult Swim Anime Promos Ever Made  

Jacob Shelton
93 votes 31 voters 1.5k views 20 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.

Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 20 Best Adult Swim Anime Promos Ever Made
Photo: via Reddit

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.

More Fullmetal Alchemist

#15 of 915 on The Best Anime Series of All Time #8 of 129 on The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time featuring The Best Fullmetal Alchemist Fanfiction, Ranked The Biggest Differences Between The Two Fullmetal Alchemist Anime

Agree or disagree?
see more on Fullmetal Alchemist
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 20 Best Adult Swim Anime Promos Ever Made
Photo: via Imgur

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.

More InuYasha

#30 of 915 on The Best Anime Series of All Time #11 of 129 on The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before #11 of 129 on The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time #21 of 117 on The 100+ Best Anime Streaming On Hulu

Agree or disagree?
see more on InuYasha
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 20 Best Adult Swim Anime Promos Ever Made
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.

More Neon Genesis Evangelion

#43 of 915 on The Best Anime Series of All Time #7 of 129 on The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before #7 of 297 on The 100+ Best Anime Intros of All Time featuring Insane Fan Theories About The End of Evangelion

Agree or disagree?
see more on Neon Genesis Evangelion
4
Samurai Champloo

Sometimes all you need to do to make a great promo is to set a bunch of rad samurai sword fights to early 90s breakbeats. Adult Swim did a great job hyping up Samurai Champloo before it debuted on the network in 2005.

Agree or disagree?