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The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists 

Jonah Dorrance
Updated April 15, 2020 23.3k votes 4k voters 76.4k views 69 items

List Rules Vote up the greatest anime following heroes who are grown ups, not children or teens.

If you are in the 18+ age group, finding an anime show that doesn't revolve around high school or the trials of adolescence can be remarkably difficult. Anime with adult protagonists might be a comparatively smaller category, but they boast some unique and compelling storylines that are far from cliché.

Every series in this list features a protagonist that is at least 18-years-old, though there is no guarantee that all of these characters act their age. (It is important to mention that Erased presents a bit of an exception to this distinction, however this won’t be detailed so as not to spoil the story.) Here you will find a collection of heroes and heroines that include, but are not limited to: university students, civil servant employees, superheroes, wayward artists, legendary warriors, and mad scientists. No matter stage you are at in life, these anime shows are worth checking out!

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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Spike is 27-years-old.

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One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead hero, Saitama is 25-years-old.

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Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Protagonist Akane is 21-years-old.

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Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Helling's Alucard is physically in his 30s but is technically over six-hundred-years-old.

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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead characters, Kuriso and Rintaro, are both 18.

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Bungou Stray Dogs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

The hero, Atsushi, is 18-years-old.

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Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Chiyuki is 21-years-old.

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Erased is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Hei is 22.

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Trigun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Gintama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character, Gintoki, is said to be in his 20s by the official Gintama page.

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Gangsta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead characters Worick and Nic are aged 35 and 34, respectively.

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Spice and Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Craft Lawrence is 25. Holo is actually centuries old, even though she looks like a young girl.

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Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Ghost in the Shell: Stan... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Yuri On Ice!!! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Monster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Protagonist Dr. Kenzo Tenma is in his late 30s.

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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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I mean, it's Berserk.

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ReLIFE is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists
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Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Shiroe is 23-years-old.

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Nana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Nana is about 18 or 19-years-old.

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Drifters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character Shimazu is age 30.

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Baccano! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Baccono actually follows the point-of-view of many different characters, who all range in ages from young to old.

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Barakamon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime With Adult Protagonists

Lead character, Seishi, is 23-years-old.