Anime Underground 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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Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime series created by the animation studio White Fox, based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's video game of the same name. It is set in 2010, and follows Rintaro Okabe, who ...more

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Berserk is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired dark fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Guts, a lone mercenary, ...more

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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Jdoggy added Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro ...more

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Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that was produced by Production I.G, directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and written by Gen Urobuchi. The series was aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina ...more

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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
claudia-cronin added The fictional universe that contains the anime, manga and television films that deal with the world of Death Note.

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Parasyte: The Maxim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Goichi Mikami added Parasyte is a science fiction horror manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki, and published in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1988 to 1995. Parasyte centers on a male ...more

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Manga Only One-Punch Man is an ongoing Japanese superhero webcomic created by ONE which began publication in early 2009. An anime television adaptation by Madhouse aired in Japan between October and ...more

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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
claudia-cronin added Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do ...more

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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
rin-okumura added Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives a deadly encounter with Rize ...more

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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Jdoggy added Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with ...more

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Black Lagoon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe. It has been published in Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday Gene-X since 2002, and ten collected volumes have been released ...more

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Monster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Hellsing Organization, as it combats vampires, ghouls, and ...more

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In the future when technological enhancements and robotics are a way of life, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9 take care of the jobs that are too difficult for the police. Section 9 employs ...more

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Darker than Black, known in Japan as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. It premiered ...more

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Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. Elfen Lied takes place in Kamakura and Kanagawa, and focuses on the "Diclonius", a newly mutated species. ...more

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Baccano! is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Katsumi Enami. The series, often told from multiple points of view, is mostly set within a fictional United ...more

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Trigun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Jdoggy added Trigun is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow. Both manga were adapted into an anime television series in 1998. Trigun revolves around a man known as "Vash ...more

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Durarara!!, often shortened to DRRR!!, is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita, with illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda, that has also been adapted into a Japanese anime series. ...more

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Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Jdoggy added Deadman Wonderland is a manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga, and published in Shōnen Ace since 2008 ...more

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Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
NyaNya chan added Ergo Proxy is a science fiction suspense anime television series, produced by Manglobe, which premiered across Japan on February 25, 2006 on the WOWOW satellite network. It is directed by Shukō ...more

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Another is listed (or ranked) 23 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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No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
James Marshall added No Game No Life is a light novel series by Yū Kamiya. Sora and Shiro are two hikikomori step-siblings who are known in the online gaming world as Blank, an undefeated group of gamers. One day, ...more

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Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
rin-okumura added Blue Exorcist is a manga written and illustrated by Kazue Katō. The manga has been serialized in Jump Square magazine by Shueisha since April 2009, with individual chapters collected into ...more

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Kill la Kill is an anime television series produced by Trigger. It follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search for her father's killer, which brings her into violent conflict with the ...more

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cèrbèreetsumimasen added 91 Days is a 2016 Japanese anime television series. Set during the Prohibition era, the series follows Angelo Lagusa and his quest to seek revenge against the Vanetti Family.

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Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Daniel Doe added 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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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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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
WowItIsAUsername added 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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Vagabond is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Gantz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Goichi Mikami added 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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Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shich... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
cèrbèreetsumimasen added 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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×××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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Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
claudia-cronin added Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The series takes place in the near-future and focuses on various virtual reality MMORPG ...more

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Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Johnroy Sinday added Fairy Tail is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima. It has been published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 2, 2006, and has been published by Kodansha in 48 ...more

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Knights of Sidonia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series

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Kaiji is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Fotis Arvanitis added 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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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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Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Johnroy Sinday added Natsu Dragneel, along with his cat named Happy, has traveled to the town of Hargeon in search of a wizard named Salamander. Here he runs into a young woman named Lucy Heartfilia, a Celestial ...more

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Kara no Kyoukai 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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One Piece is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
DárioCarvalho added One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series ...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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Genshiken is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Goichi Mikami added Genshiken is a manga series by Shimoku Kio about a college club for otaku and the lifestyle its members pursue. The title is a shortening of the club's official name, Gendai Shikaku Bunka ...more

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Suicide Island is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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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

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Sun-Ken Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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