The Best Adult Swim Anime of All Time

Over 30.1K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Adult Swim Anime of All Time
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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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  • Cowboy Bebop
    Action, Adventure, Comedy
    7,738 votes

    In a universe where bounty hunters, also known as "cowboys," chase criminals across the galaxy, the crew aboard the spaceship Bebop are among the best. As they face numerous threats and tensions rising amongst themselves, the Bebop's crewmembers Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Ed, must come to terms with their respective pasts and confront their personal demons. Throughout their journey, the crew encounters various adversaries and struggles to balance their lives as outlaws with their own personal growth.

  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    Action, Military, Adventure
    7,561 votes

    Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric embark on a quest to find the Philosopher's Stone in order to restore their bodies after an alchemical experiment gone wrong. With the stone's power, the brothers delve into a world of alchemy, military secrets, and dangerous enemies, while trying to uncover the truth behind its existence. As they wrestle with the consequences of forbidden knowledge and confront a vast conspiracy, the Elric brothers must rely on their allies and newfound friendships to survive.

  • Yu Yu Hakusho
    Action, Comedy, Supernatural
    6,495 votes

    High school delinquent Yusuke Urameshi dies saving a child, only to be revived as a Spirit Detective tasked with solving supernatural crimes in the human world. Along with newfound allies, including a demon named Kurama, a half-demon named Hiei, and a former rival named Kuwabara, Yusuke battles formidable adversaries from the spirit realm. Throughout his journey, Yusuke contends with internal conflicts, learns the importance of teamwork, and confronts powerful enemies threatening to disrupt the balance between the two realms.

  • InuYasha
    Action, Adventure, Comedy
    6,270 votes

    Kagome Higurashi, a modern-day schoolgirl, finds herself transported back to feudal Japan after falling into a well, where she meets the half-demon InuYasha. Together, they search for sacred jewel shards that can grant immense power, all while fending off various enemies and encountering otherworldly creatures. As they struggle to keep the shards from falling into the wrong hands, Kagome and InuYasha develop an unlikely bond and work alongside new allies in a race against time.

  • Samurai Champloo
    Action, Adventure, Comedy
    6,003 votes

    Fuu, a young waitress, enlists the help of two wandering samurai, Mugen and Jin, after her workplace is destroyed by the duo's reckless fighting. The trio embarks on a journey to find a mysterious samurai who smells of sunflowers while navigating through dangerous situations and overcoming personal obstacles along the way. Amidst their action-packed travels, they confront their own troubled pasts and form a unique bond, all while blending traditional samurai culture with hip-hop elements.

  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    Action, Adventure, Comedy
    5,929 votes

    Two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, venture into the world of alchemy to restore their bodies, which were damaged in a failed attempt to bring their deceased mother back to life. In search of a mythical Philosopher's Stone, the brothers uncover dark secrets of alchemy and face dangerous foes. Throughout their quest, the Elrics rely on supportive allies, struggle with moral dilemmas, and form lasting friendships, ultimately discovering the true meaning of sacrifice and redemption.