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The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series  

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Here is Ranker's list of the best seinen anime and manga, with help from voters like you. Just so everyone is clear, seinen isn't as much a genre as it is a demographic. Seinen anime and manga cater to adults ages 18 and older, so the content is often mature and violent. Seinen can be many genres, including sports, action, mecha, and more. The series we've listed here are considered to be the top seinen anime or manga, but we're not always perfect with our choices. If one of your favorite series is missing, please add it to the list so others can vote on it too!

In most cases these titles are both anime and manga, but some like Sun-Ken Rock are exclusively manga. Some of the best classic examples of seinen series include Ghost in the Shell: Stand Along Complex, Berserk, and Elfen Lied. We've included new 2014 seinen anime too, such as Black Bullet and Hamatora.   

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Another is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Raul Javier Valdez (RJ) added
26 years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, the charming girl was popular with her classmates. ...more
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Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Blue Exorcist is a manga written and illustrated by Kazue Katō. The series was adapted into an anime television series during 2011. The story revolves around Rin Okumura, a teenager who ...more
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Gantz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Gantz is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku. Gantz tells the story of Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato, both whom died in a train accident and become part of a ...more
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This series is an anime television series produced by Trigger. It follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search which brings her into conflict with the iron-fisted student council ...more
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Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi. The story was originally conceived by Jun Maeda, who also wrote the ...more
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex. It was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and written by Gen Urobuchi, with original character designs by ...more
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Nitroplus and Kadokawa Shoten have adapted the story, from the visual novel game created by Nitroplus, and distributed by Hirameki International, into an anime series produced by Bee Train under ...more
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Vagabond is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Vagabond
Manga Only
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From the New World is a Japanese novel by Yusuke Kishi, originally published in 2008 by Kodansha. There's an anime television series adaptation which aired in Japan between October 2012 and ...more
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×××Holic is a manga written and illustrated by the group of manga artists known as Clamp. Kimihiro Watanuki is a high school student plagued by ayakashi spirits, both of which ...more
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Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shich... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin, is a Japanese manga series written by George Abe and illustrated by Masasumi Kakizaki. It began serialization in 2003 in Shogakukan Publishing's Weekly Young ...more
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Kaiji is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji, also known as Ultimate Survivor Kaiji, is a Japanese manga series about the art of gambling, written by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. It is published by Kodansha in Young ...more
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Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Sword Art Online (2012) is a Japanese anime series based on the light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The story takes place in the near-future and focuses on ...more
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Yuri!!! on Ice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Yuri!!! on Ice is a 2016 sports anime series about figure skating, directed by Sayo Yamamoto and written by Mitsurō Kubo. The series revolves around the relationships between Japanese figure ...more
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Kara no Kyōkai (The Garden of Sinners, known in Japan as Boundary of Emptiness and sometimes referred as Rakkyo) is a Japanese light novel series, authored by Kinoko Nasu and illustrated by ...more
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Knights of Sidonia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Planetes is a Japanese hard science fiction manga written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura. It was adapted into a 26-episode anime television series by Sunrise, which was broadcast on NHK from ...more
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Princess Jellyfish is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Troy Aldrich added
Princess Jellyfish is a Japanese josei manga series written and illustrated by Akiko Higashimura. It began serialization in the Kodansha manga magazine Kiss on November 10, 2008. An 11-episode ...more
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Speed Grapher is a 2005 anime series created by Gonzo. The series ran for 24 episodes from April to October 2005 on TV Asahi. It tells the story of former war photographer, Tatsumi Saiga and his ...more
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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Goichi Mikami added
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is a television anime, part of the Gundam series and a sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam. The show was created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, with character ...more
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Suicide Island is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Suicide Island
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Sun-Ken Rock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Sun-Ken Rock
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Mardock Scramble
Mardock Scramble is the name for a series of novels by Tow Ubukata, which were later adapted into a manga series and a trilogy anime film series. The story is about a girl named Rune Ballot who ...more