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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 842.3k 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

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The Best Edward Elric Quotes #173 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #5 of 861 The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

Premiered: 1992

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

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#454 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #58 of 861 The Best Anime Series of All Time #1 of 138 The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before

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Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

Premiered: 2000

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

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#221 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #52 of 861 The Best Anime Series of All Time #13 of 138 The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before

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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

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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

Premiered: 2004-10-05

Genres (Tv): Anime

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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 

#404 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #73 of 861 The Best Anime Series of All Time #17 of 138 The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before

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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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Johnathan Sifuentes added Mark Hildreth, Chris Kalhoon, Brad Swaile

Premiered: 1995

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

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Laura Bailey, Chiaki Omigawa, Micah Solusod

Premiered: 2008

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

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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

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Ayako Kawasumi, Sherry Lynn, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Premiered: 1998

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

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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

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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

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#527 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #79 of 861 The Best Anime Series of All Time #5 of 118 The Best Anime Streaming on Netflix

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Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

Premiered: 2006

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

More Code Geass 

#575 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #23 of 861 The Best Anime Series of All Time #39 of 118 The Best Anime Streaming on Netflix

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Katie Gray, Crispin Freeman, Victoria Harwood

Genres (Tv): gore, religion

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Greg Ayres, Kana Hanazawa, Romi Pak

Premiered: 2011

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

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Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Mayumi Tanaka

Premiered: 2009

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Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

Premiered: 2007

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

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