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The 25+ Best Noir Anime

Updated July 9, 2021 1.2k votes 261 voters 11.2k views26 items

It turns out there are some great noir style anime, stories that clearly take their inspiration from classic film noir, but which are really worth your time? This list ranks the best noir anime, including older titles, as well as new noir style anime that you may not know about.

One example of a great tech noir anime is Ghost in the Shell, which has been adapted many times and follows the fictional intelligence department known as Public Security Section 9. Another acclaimed noir style anime is the legendary Cowboy Bebop, which centers on the Bebop crew and their days bounty hunting in space. The year is 2071. Debuting in 1998, this noir-esque anime has been universally praised for its originality and influence.

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