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The Best Adult Swim Anime of All Time 

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Updated November 5, 2019 316.6k votes 29.2k voters 842.1k views 69 items

List Rules Check out the attached videos- we've included Adult Swim promos for every anime when available!

American anime fans have a lot of fond memories watching anime on Adult Swim. You could always find the best anime on Adult Swim, from classic titles like Cowboy Bebop to current gems like One Piece and Sword Art Online II. The purpose of this poll isn't to vote for the best anime on the list, but to vote for your favorite anime to watch on Adult Swim. For example, if you used to watch a lot Adult Swim in 2005, you probably have great memories of watching Fullmetal Alchemist and Inuyasha every Saturday night.

Vote up the top anime on Adult Swim, no matter how popular it is in any other context. Check out some of our other Adult Swim content, such as Things You Didn't Know About Adult Swim and the Best Rick and Morty Quotes.
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Space Western, Animation, Action/Adventure, Anime, Adventure film, + more

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Kent Williams, Iemasa Kayumi, Vic Mignogna

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Drama, Anime, Adventure film, + more

More Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 

The Best Alphonse Elric Quotes #5 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #173 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action

More Yu Yu Hakusho 

#58 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #456 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #59 of 132 The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time

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Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Animation, Action/Adventure

More InuYasha 

#52 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #221 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #26 of 132 The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time

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Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Animation, Anime, Adventure film, Action film

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Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Drama, Animation, Action/Adventure

More Fullmetal Alchemist 

The Best Alphonse Elric Quotes #16 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #160 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

Premiered: 2004-10-05

Genres (Tv): Anime

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Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

Premiered: 2006-10-03

More Death Note 

The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked #45 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #14 of 132 The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time

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Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Animation, Drama, Anime, Action

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Forrest Olivier added Hiromi Tsuru, Johnny Yong Bosch, Toshihiko Seki

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Western, Space Western, Animation, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, + more

More Trigun 

#72 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #38 of 92 The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time #111 of 300 The 100+ Best Anime Intros of All Time

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One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adult Swim Anime of All Time
AlexanderRodriguezIriarte added One Punch Man
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Nana Mizuki, Yukari Tamura, Kazuhiko Inoue

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Anime, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

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#514 of 804 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #1 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #174 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Johnathan Sifuentes added Mark Hildreth, Chris Kalhoon, Brad Swaile

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Anime, + more

More Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 

#136 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #73 of 92 The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time #524 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Laura Bailey, Chiaki Omigawa, Micah Solusod

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Animation, Anime, Adventure film, Comedy, Action film, + more

More Soul Eater 

The Best Soul Eater Villains of All Time #42 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #547 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Johnathan Sifuentes added Fooly Cooly
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Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Anime, Adventure film, Action, + more

More Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 

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Ayako Kawasumi, Sherry Lynn, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Space Western, Animation, Action/Adventure, Drama, Comedy, + more

More Outlaw Star 

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Hunter X Hunter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Swim Anime of All Time
Kayla Hall added Junko Takeuchi, Hiroki Takahashi, Hozumi Gōda

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Animation, Anime, Adventure film, Action

More Hunter X Hunter 

#15 of 132 The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time #2 of 92 The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time #15 of 300 The 100+ Best Anime Intros of All Time

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Animation, Action/Adventure, Anime

More Sword Art Online 

#80 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #527 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #21 of 132 The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time

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Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Animation, Drama, Alternate history, Mecha, + more

More Code Geass 

#23 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #577 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #29 of 92 The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time

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Katie Gray, Crispin Freeman, Victoria Harwood

Genres (Tv): gore, religion

More Hellsing Ultimate 

#48 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #65 of 320 The Best English Dubbed Anime of All Time #195 of 278 The Best Romance Anime Ever Made

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Greg Ayres, Kana Hanazawa, Romi Pak

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Thriller, Anime, Shōnen manga, + more

More Deadman Wonderland 

#55 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #62 of 300 The 100+ Best Anime Intros of All Time #6 of 28 25+ Anime That Totally Deserve A Second Season

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Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Mayumi Tanaka

Premiered: 2009

More Dragon Ball Z Kai 

#318 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #123 of 200 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History #16 of 103 The Very Best Anime for Kids

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Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Animation, Super Robot, Drama, Anime, Adventure film, + more

More Gurren Lagann 

#54 of 863 The Best Anime Series of All Time #45 of 132 The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time #36 of 92 The 30+ Best Shounen Anime Of All Time