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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Berserk Berserk is a 1997 anime series adaptation of the dark fantasy manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura.

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Psycho-Pass 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) 3 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
claudia-cronin added Death Note The fictional universe that contains the anime, manga and television films that deal with the world of Death Note.

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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
claudia-cronin added Attack on Titan 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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One Punch Man Manga Only One Punch Man is an online comic strip by One.

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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Black Lagoon 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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Darker Then BLACK 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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Monster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 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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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Jdoggy added Cowboy Bebop 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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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Jdoggy added Code Geass 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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Baccano! 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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Durarara!! 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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Parasyte: The Maxim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Goichi Mikami added Parasyte: The Maxim

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Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
NyaNya chan added Ergo Proxy 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) 21 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Raul Javier Valdez (RJ) added Another 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) 22 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
rin-okumura added Blue Exorcist 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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No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Jdoggy added Deadman Wonderland 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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Trigun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Kill la Kill 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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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
WowItIsAUsername added Puella Magi Madoka Magica 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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Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
claudia-cronin added Sword Art Online 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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Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Daniel Doe added Angel Beats! 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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Vagabond is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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cèrbèreetsumimasen added 91 Days 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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Knights of Sidonia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series

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Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Johnroy Sinday added Fairy Tail 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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Gantz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Goichi Mikami added Gantz 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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Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Johnroy Sinday added Fairy Tail 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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Planetes 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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Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shich... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
cèrbèreetsumimasen added Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin 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) 42 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Fotis Arvanitis added Kaiji 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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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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Genshiken is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Goichi Mikami added Genshiken 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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Speed Grapher 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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You're Under Arrest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Goichi Mikami added You're Under Arrest You're Under Arrest is a Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Kōsuke Fujishima and was serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1986 through 1992. It centers on a ...more

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Hamatora

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One Piece is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Goichi Mikami added Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam 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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Kaiba is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series
Philipp Rose added Kaiba Kaiba is an anime series directed by Masaaki Yuasa that debuted on the WOWOW satellite network in Spring 2008. Animation is by Madhouse and it is described as a sci-fi love story. The series ...more