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The top 10 Anime series for adults.

Updated on April 8, 2011

Anime? You mean like Pokémon and tentacle porn?!

When most people hear the word "anime" they to think one of three things: happy kids cartoons from Japan (like Pokémon, Digimon, Dragonball Z), perverted animated porn from Japan (e.g. Hentai, Ecchi, tentacle rape), or Hayao Miyazaki and his films from magical Japan. While these are anime, it makes up a small fraction of it.

In reality, anime is a varied as you can get. You can find anime on a whole host of genres such as sci-fi, romance, space westerns, comedy, slice of life, drama, criminal procedure, adult, action, experimental, and on, and on. To add to that, some of these programs have character development, plot structure, music, scores, and production values that rival most T.V. shows and live-action films.

This lens is made to introduce you to what you've been missing and to show how anime is legitimate art form like that of film and literature.

10. Photojournalism in a war zone

FLAG

Summary

In the small Central Asian country of Uddiyana, a civil war between rebels and the government ravages the country. The U.N then decides to intervene to end the violence and for a time peace seem close. Saeko Shirasu takes a picture, a picture of a makeshift UN flag waving in the air. Little did she know that this very picture and this flag would become the symbol of an immanent peace. But when insurgents wishing to continue the fight steal the flag, Shirasu is asked to document the team assigned to retrieve the very flag she helped create as a symbol for peace.

Review

From the story, to the theme, to how the series is told, FLAG is a very mature series.

FLAG mainly deals with the power of pictures. How they capture a moment in the human story and in this case, act as a symbol. Not to be outdone, the story is literally told through the eye of the camera, which gives it a very documentary feel.

It also takes an honest approach when analyzing the what a soldier is forced to do in war.

The story, while taken place in a region similar to that of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, is eerily analogous to the current situation in Afghanistan. There's a multi-national coalition who is trying to ensure peace and stability, insurgents who want neither, and the people stuck in the between. Religion also plays in important role.

9. This is what happens when kids stay hours in front of a computer.

Serial Experiments Lain

Summary

Lain Iwakura is a shy, withdrawn girl who one day receives an e-Mail message from friend, who just so happens to have committed suicide a few days before. She tells Lain that her body is dead, but she is alive in the Wired (a global network analogous to the Internet). This prompts Lain to explore the fathoms of the Wired and, subsequently, her own mind.

Review

There are many words a first time viewer would use to describe Serial Experiments Lain: weird, I don't get it, what the f*ck is going on...etc. If you probably hadn't guessed, this is a very abstract series, dealing with consciousness, reality, and technology so don't beat yourself up if you didn't get it the first time.

8. The undead + the mafia + revenge = Brilliant

Gungrave

Summary

Brandon Heat. Harry MacDowell. They were childhood friends, brothers even. From the slums of the city, they joined the criminal syndicate, Millennion, in search of a better life. There, Brandon became the organization's premier hit-man. He was loyal to Millennion. But Harry, he was ambitious, and spent climbing the ranks of the organization until one day he would become the boss. But Brandon's loyalty to the organization and it's boss, Big Daddy, would put him at odds with Harry's goals, until brother turned against brother. Now Brandon Heat is no longer Brandon Heat. He has risen from the grave to take vengeance against the organization he once served and the friend who betrayed him.

Review

This series has all the styling of a mafia film with sci-fi elements. The undead element does weave itself in quite nicely, forwarding the plot, and not coming off as campy or ridiculous. The way the story develops is also quite ingenious, allowing it to develop the characters and identify with them. This is done very well towards the final four episodes. But where this series does an especially good job is it's depiction of mafia life, which is on par with many of the films we associate with mobsters, gangsters, criminal syndicate and so on. From beginning to end you see the two main characters as the go from soldier to hit man to lieutenant to boss. Everything from internal politics and betrayal to the kind of work mafioso do. The plot is very engaging as well, moves at a good pace.

7. Garbage collection.......in space.

Planetes

Summary

In the near future, man begun to travel among the stars and has started to colonize. As mankind leaves behind Earth, he also leaves behind.....trash, know as debris. This is where Half-Section comes in. Half-Section, officially known as Debris Section, is a department with in the Technora Corp. charged with collecting any and all debris floating in orbit. Why, you ask? Because the speed at which this debris travels in space is close to that of a bullet which can severely damage or destroy any space vessel or station.

Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino, along with Tanabe, Fee, and Yuri make up this Half Section. But Hachimaki has greater aspirations than being an stellar garbage collector.

Review

This is perhaps the best series which depicts life as an astronaut, which is no surprise considering JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) served as a consultant to the series. Don't be surprised if you learn something about mankind in outer space. It also handles the issue of inequality between developing nations and industrialized nations. In the series, an organization of first-world countries called INTO (which is analogous to NATO), controls most of space resources, which means non-INTO nations get much of these resources.

One of the great things about this series is it's international ensemble. The following nationalities are represented: Japan, USA, Russia, Germany, China, and India, all of which played a role in space travel in some way.

The characters are completely believable, as are their relationships. They are not all saints, but they try to do their best.

6. Revenge never looked so good.

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Summary

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas retold in the 50th century A.D. and through the eyes of Albert de Morcerf, the son Fernand de Morcerf, the man who betrayed his own friend and took his fiancée, Mercedes, for himself. That friend was Edmond Dantès, who has returned as the mysterious and decadently rich Count of Monte Cristo. His return will set in motion his long-awaited revenge against his former friends who betrayed him and left him in a cell to die.

Review

Perhaps the greatest retelling of the classic novel while staying true to it's essence and themes. It, in some ways acts as a character study on the Count. The Count is one of the most intriguing, vibrant, entrancing characters, ever! You are continually fascinated by him; his machinations, his style, his decadence, his cleverness. This is a man so transfixed on revenge, so passionate about it, he is oblivious to everything else, seeing only what will further his goal as of any value. You want him to succeed, even though he's a very cold-hearted man.

Something else that is unique about this drama, and make no mistake, it is a very good drama, is the art style. Instead of typical coloring, it uses the pastiche method, bring out more detail in patterns, making the clothing and environment eye-catching and beautiful, as well as giving the series it's je ne sais qua. The music, classical from various movements, ties the series to it's 19th century french roots and is very appropriate.

5. Boat full of badasses. Pure and Simple.

Black Lagoon

Summary

Rokuro Okajima was just your typical salaryman (Jp. office drone) for a Japanese corporation, until he was left high and dry after he was kidnapped by pirates in Southeast Asia. In the end, after surviving his ordeal, he decided he was tired of being a salaryman for corporation and decided to join the crew of the pirate/mercenary crew which kidnapped him.

He is now a member of the crew of the torpedo boat, Black Lagoon. And know has to deal with other pirates, the Russian mafia, Colombians, Neo-Nazis, terrorists and a slew of other disreputable people. But they pale in comparison to his fellow crew members, who are -- in short -- f*cking insane.

Review

This is some Tarantino sh*t right here. There's gratuitous blood and violence, a gorgeous female protagonist that you wouldn't dare f*ck with, great dialogue, engrossing plot with real world elements, and copious amount of profanity. The characters are completely believable and fleshed out. This could have easily been a live-action series produced for premium T.V.

On a deeper note, it also has an existentialist streak. It at times deals with morality, absurdity, value of human life, man's inhumanity to itself and idealism. So it's not just all guns and girls.

A raw, gritty, hardcore series.

This is what I mean

4. The world is my chess board

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Summary

Lelouch. That is the name of the young man with royal blood who has been given a unique and powerful gift, Geass. It is with this gift that he will change the course of world history forever.

Lelouch vi Britannia is the outcast son of the Emperor of the Britannian Empire, an Empire so vast that it covers 1/3 of the Earth's surface. Now living in Area 11 of the Empire (Japan), Lelouch waits for his chance exact his revenge on his father, the Emperor, for the death of his mother, and to make the world a better place for his younger sister Nunnally.

Review

This is one of the most engrossing dramas available, anime or live-action. It does a great job chronicling the rise of it's main protagonist from school boy to world player.

The character of Lelouch is very three-dimensional. We fear him, respect him, despise him, we constantly at awe at what he does and how he does it. A master chess player who is 2 steps ahead of everyone. He is also a tragic figure, having to lose and sacrifice a great deal.

The series also does a great job juxtaposing Lelouch and his best friend, Suzaku Kururugi. While Lelouch is a Britannian he fights for the sake of Japan by any means necessary. Suzaku on the other hand is Japanese and fights alongside Britannia with noble intentions and methods.

There are also various strong female characters such as Kallen and C 2.

Without going into too much detail, the series explores nationality, morality, ends vs. means, freedom fighter vs. terrorist, strength, conflict and peace, and personae.

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3. Hot jazz and space cowboys

Cowboy Bebop

Summary

In a distant future, after cataclysm that wiped out much of the Earth's population, man has moved west, so to speak, living further out in the frontier of the solar system. But unfortunately, the justice system has yet to catch up to such a vast territory of space. This where bounty hunters like Spike, Jet, Fay, and Ed make a living, or at least try to. This cool quartet wonders through space looking for the next big bounty, all the while getting into one misadventure after the other with little money to show for it.

Review

This is perhaps the first adult-oriented anime Americans were exposed to thanks to Adult Swim and it remains a perennial favorite amongst anime fans. Why? Well, let's start off with the music. The music scene here is cool jazz, with a little bebop provided by The Seatbelts. Yoko Kanno, who is one of the greatest musicians to come from Japan, also lends her talents to this series (By the way, I suggest you listen to some of her work).

Cowboy Bebop has a very Noir feel to it, from the story lines to the characters. Spike and Jet are two hard-boiled bounty hunters with a past with Fey as the femme fatale. Dialogue is very cool and authentic.

People do smoke here, a lot, especially Spike. There is blood, but not very gratuitous and people do die and the series is not shy about it either.

Perhaps the biggest theme of this story is the past, nearly everyone it the story is either trying to reconcile, forget, or discover their past. The past eventually catches up them.

See you later...Space Cowboy

Cowboy Bebop Opening - It's time to blow this scene, get everybody and their stuff together. O.K 3,2,1..Let's jam!

2. The Matrix meets C.S.I

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Summary

In 2030, the line between man and machine has blurred. Man is now integrated with technology; physically, socially, and mentally. The only thing differentiating man from machine is his ghost, or soul, the confluence of signature thoughts, desires and personality.

In the city of New Port, Japan, Public Security Section 9 is a counter-terrorist network and anti-crime unit operating for the Japanese government composed of highly-skilled former military and police officers. In particular, Section 9 and its members are among the best cyber warfare operatives in the country, and as a result usually end up involved in case relating to the internet, such as hacking and cyber terrorism.

Review

This is a very dense series. You need to pay serious attention to know what exactly is going on and it helps if you know the tech lingo. This is certainly not a series for dull-minded people. Every single character is as real as it gets with authentic personalities. The most stunning is the Makoto Kusanagi, the female de facto leader on the field, who is strong, highly intelligent, and in charge. Dialogue is also well written and very modern. Since Section 9 is a government agency, they have to deal with politics as usual and bureaucracy, which is depicted very realistically and believably.

Many themes run through the series, such as the role technology plays in human life, Japanese culture, humanness, teamwork, war, and politics among others.

This is a series for those who don't mind a little thinking with their entertainment.

Being human has become a liability... - GitS:SAC

1. You Are (Not) Alone - Neon Genesis Evangelion

Summary

In the year 2000, Earth experienced the Second Impact, an apocalyptic event in Antarctica, which caused drastic changes in the global climate, leading to war, death and extinction. Thought to have been an asteroid, it was later revealed that the Second Impact was the doing of an extraterrestrial entity know as an Angel.

The year is 2015 and the Angels have returned. Enter NERV, an advanced high-tech paramilitary organization who has built the only weapon capable of defeating the Angels; Evangelion, a cutting-edge bio-mechanical robot.

Yet the only humans capable of piloting an Eva are those born after the Second Impact, in other words, children. These select children are the only things standing between human civilization and complete annihilation.

Review

Changed the way I think about myself, others, reality, anime....

One wild ride.

Honorable Mentions

Just because they didn't make the list doesn't mean you shouldn't check them out!

11) Trigun

12) Hellsing

13) Fullmetal Alchemist

14) Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

15) Samurai Champloo

16) Big O

17) Death Note

18) Samurai 7

19) FLCL

20) Naruto

No one can be told how great anime is....... - ......you just have to see it for yourself.

Titles you should REALLY be getting.

Agree with this list? Is there a series that you think should've been included? Do you think I could've done better? Feel free to tell me.

Remember, these are just series. No OVA's or Films. So, dear otaku, don't complain that I forgot to include Appleseed or Hellsing Ultimate or Afro Samurai.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      WTF? No Hellsing?!

      IMPOSSIBRU!

      Oh well....at least it was an honorable mention

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      MaiAki 4 years ago

      I LOVE cowboy bebop! I wish it were MUCH longer! I will def check out the animes mentioned here, they're more my style...especially black lagoon..huge tarantino fan. Thanks for the post!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I do not think full metal alchemist should just be in #13 it should be #1 it is pure genius

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like your list but I assume you have not yet watched Death note..in your kind of rating mind you would definitely place it 1st.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like your list but I assume you have not yet watched Death note..in your kind of rating mind you would definitely place it 1st.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Watch the anime MONSTER

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      mysterrio 4 years ago

      I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      GINTAMA, ELFEN LIED, EDEN OF EAST, BERSERK

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i agree top 3 for me, I would add Noein and Gungrave to my top 5

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You forgot Noein, it has to do with quantum physics, better than some of those you got up there.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You left out Monster !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      code geass is hardly for adults.

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      Aja103654 4 years ago

      I am only familiar with the top 4. Code Geass is the only anime I have seen from this list. It has a good plot. You forgot Death note though.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Latest noticeable works include Fate/Zero and Psycho-Pass (on-going), both works are by Gen Urobochi, very serious work and settings and well-thought storyline. No comedy whatsoever in both series.

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      rezax123 4 years ago

      normal i watch anime most of them are for adults. but ya there are few only for kids like, Beyblade series.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      GINTAMA and ANOTHER!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's a shame Elfen Lied isn't on this list, a damn shame.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why is FMA not in the main list? It's probably more adult-like than Code Geass, especially the 2003 version.

      Rurouni Kenshin should be mentioned too.

      @CristianStan: Naruto is indeed not quite adult like, but even adults can enjoy the coming of age ride we see from the character we met when he was 12 and continues to head steadily to adulthood while trying his best to hold on to his youthful idealism.

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      This list is interesting as it delivers variety but you still mentioned Naruto... Oh well, I guess some things never change.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Could'nt agree more except for the fact that this top ten list is solid, but as u said natuto is an anime for "narutards". worst anime I ever seen. I have been looking ages for a list that would agree with me about its seriousness and here it is. adult, philosophical anime made for people with grown and developed brain, able to see what is really good 4 u. enjoy

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      series^.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ergo Proxy. Brilliant adult film. Loads of undertones and symbolism. Fun for someone who likes to deconstruct what they watch.

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      jijitsu 4 years ago

      This is a good list. Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop and Death Note are all excellent and I would recommend. Death Note is better as a Manga. I would consider adding Lupin to this list. I'm currently watching Neo Genesis Evangelion. I've never even heard of Black Lagoon and am looking forward to it.

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      TwistedWiseman 4 years ago

      I have to watch GITS stand alone complex now. I watched two movies but not the Anime Series.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      any best anime list that still includes Naruto is a joke, the stupid series makes a mockery of fans, any serious following the series got from its beginnings have all moved on to other animes that offer better plots and story. all the twists and plots and the illogical 2 dimensional characters for over 500 episodes is just unbearable, not to mention the author's audacity to go back and repeat past episodes or those puking never ending fill in arcs, disgusting

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      samurai champloo and black lagoon

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      kinsy25 5 years ago

      Evangelion definitely deserves the number 1 spot here! Can't wait for the next two movies to come out :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fate Stay Night an fate zero too!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Kaiji's an excellent anime about struggling with debt and gambling. Even more so, it displays the human condition, especially the tenants of fear, excitement, and emotion toward money. I think adults looking for a serious anime should check out Kaiji.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Two more series that come to mind are Mushi Shi, and The House of Five Leaves.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'll also add Spice and Wolf to the list. Admittedly, it should appeal to both thoughtful, open-minded adults and their thoughtful, open-minded children, alik , but I don't consider this a drawback, especially since the show itself, compared to most anime and much of the visual entertainment in general to be had out there, has remarkably little violence (but does have action, and a slightly slow, but steady pace), and is also quite educational.

      Note that there is brief nudity here, of the very innocent and non-gratuitous variety, but I'm of the-admittedly controversial-opinion that seeing a naked human, undamaged and undemeaned, is less psychologically damaging than seeing a clothed human, slowly tortured to death, or exploding in a shower of gore. In any case, the series doesn't have much overt or gratuitous "fanservice", and the diverse female characters are portrayed as strong, intelligent, and appealing and interesting for their personalities and characteristics, at least as much as for their bodies.

      (Frankly, you get the idea that, at least initially, the male protagonist would rather have a rich wife who can participate as a business partner--other traits notwithstanding, than a pretty but poor mistress who couldn't contribute.)

      Spice and Wolf is a story about medieval economics (more dangerous and intriguing than it sounds!), told against a strong background of religious politics, namely the replacement of local pagan belief systems with Christianity, and the effect this had on Europe, as Christianity spread across many culturally diverse states. This is handled in a very balanced way, so you get a feeling that the world has dynamically changed--and like most big dynamic changes, the effect has both good and bad results on the world.

      It's also a love story, but one that is complex, tender without being sappy, thoughtful, and fairly realistic, and thankfully, unburdened by too extreme of melodrama. Also, the girl saves the boy at least as much as the boy saves the girl.

      Even if you dread the "romantic comedy" genre, this is at least bearable, written with actual maturity, and actually helps drive the story in interesting ways.

      The pace at times is slow compared to most anime, but it does feel like the right speed for telling the story, and it's one more element that helps it stand out from the crowd.

      Definitely worth trying, and a breath of fresh air.

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      OPGaming 5 years ago

      Im a big anime fan, haven't seen any of these, will definitely consider them

      Thanks :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: ekdom sahii

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For me the best are Code Geass, Fullmetal alchemist, and deathnote

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Samurai Champloo was amazing. Baccano! Should've been in the list, too. But other than that, I can wait to watch all the others

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like Code geass and Death note.I think These are the best anime of my eNtiRE LIFE

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Elfen Lied is my favorite of all time. It changed me. I think about Lucy almost every day it seems like. The manga is definitely worth reading too.

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      cheshiregriffin 5 years ago

      I loved Code Geass and Cowboy Bebop, though my all time favorite was Gun Frontier or any of the other series that those characters were in. It's old, but one of the greats.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ranked 1337. Must mean it's good!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This list is great. For fans of violent, raw, complex anime I would add Berserk.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This list is great. For fans of violent, raw, complex anime I would add Berserk.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great list. EXACTLY what I was looking for.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      rurouni kenshin especially the OVAs. i mean wow

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Steins;Gate!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      flag was boring and Serial Experiments Lain is dated as heck. The rest is great id like to add Natsume Yuujinchou

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      RocklawnArts 5 years ago

      I love Ghost in the Shell. Makoto is such a great character. I also quite enjoy Bleach though you might not consider it adult enough for this list.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good lens............i love anime

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is the epitome of manliness to me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is the epitome of manliness to me.

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      Atomika07 5 years ago

      I must be the only person that hate Code Geass... oh well, awesome lens nonetheless

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      mattchapdelaine 5 years ago

      I love anime! And you've made some good reviews here! Keep going!

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      sakurasakura 5 years ago

      yeah all of them are good

      i love anime too

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      vertices 5 years ago

      Pretty good recommendations. I agree with most of them, I loved GiTS, lain and bebop especially.

      Personally I would definitely at least add Monster and LoGH, you might check those out too. I even made a page about 10 reasons to watch LoGH, lol.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would vote for Blade of the Immortal!

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      PopArtGirl 5 years ago

      Great lens! Cowboy Bebop and Hellsing rock!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      loved claymore too. #2 on my list.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What about claymore,that was an intense serious with gruesome crazy slayings of demons and it scared the fuck outta me for some reason that is my fav series

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      I really loved Gankutsuou. Nice list!

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      Buttersky LM 6 years ago

      Nice anime lists, I love seinen anime too :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      love anime. not the kiddie stuff. this one one of the best lists I have seen. great work!!!

      what do you think of this

      10. death note, 9. cowboy bebop, 8. samuri shamploo, 7. outlaw star, 6. noir, 5. helsing, 4. blue gender, 3. black lagoon, 2. claymore, 1. BERSERK

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You forgot Samurai Champloo

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Loved the list, I'm definitely going to go see Code Geass and Montecristo now. I felt maybe Berserk could have made the list, at least honorable mention, but to each his own.

      Thanks for the recommendations!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      you sir indeed have rare list. I can't tell you how many times I've seen lists with pointless and overrated kid anime's. Seriously dbz is seriously overrated, I think only reason people like it because almost every damn episode there was always a fight.I was happy to see a list like this. personally ghost in the shell, cowboy bebop, flcl are my favorite anime's, but you have a great list.You sir have earned yourself some cool points.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, enough said.

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      The Goblins Den 6 years ago

      Great list, and you did include one of my favorite series (Cowboy Bebop). Evangelion is probably a safe bet for first place too, based on popularity alone. Kudos.

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      azuremaiden 6 years ago

      Awesome call on cowboy bebop, I used to love that as a kid.

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      shincyriades 6 years ago

      Good list indeed. Most of these anime's are heavy on substance and action. Eva is about as big a mindrape anime as you can find, and of course the buildup and climax of Bebop stays with you. A lot of these anime's seemed to set the bar so much higher and prove that anime can be the high art form we all that it can be.

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      zEr0KiryU16 6 years ago

      wew3

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Holy fucking shit, is that bottom post by David a troll? I cannot even BELIEVE what he's trying to say. It's absolutely a load of shit. DBZ isn't even ANIME. It's just a load of crap which raked in huge amounts of money in it's prime via 10 year olds. It has 0 plot what-so-ever. Not only that, but whatever action there is can be seen in any of the episodes. It's basically the protagonist is losing, gets owned, then PMSes and kicks the antagonist's ass. Seriously. Every god damned thing in that show is the same. Evangelion at least has a very thought-provoking plot with a much more seriousness to it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Actually one of the best lists out there. I personally would put Lain in top 5. It's lack of length may be a downside to it, but I just find it to be a fair bit better than Geass. But, to even have a list this good is a rare find. I have seen all but Black Lagoon and FLAG. Two I will now go watch. One I do not think is quite worthy of a top ten list is Gungrave. It's not bad, but honestly, Time of Eve trumps it by a good amount.

      Even a [thinking] teenager could enjoy all of these shows. Although a few (SE:L, EVA, and slightly GitS) are a bit deep for the average teen.

      Long post, tl;dr

      good list sir.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello dude, I though you can't posting but I was wrong . Thank you for being so observing and taking interest. Generic Viagra

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      FreeAgent13 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey, thanks for the great endorsement. I'm very glad this helped open some new doors for you in the world of high-grade anime. Good luck in college, although being as smart as you obviously seem (you did agree with my list after all), I don't think you'll need it. : )

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I will say, I am heading off to college and I needed something to keep me occupied before I embarked, and I stumbled across this list. The minute I saw a list that finally had Neon Genesis in its popular place and made no mention of DBZ or Naruto, I knew you knew your stuff. I purchased Gankutsuou, Black Lagoon, and Ghost in the Shell, and I loved every minute of all of them. Thank you, I'll be sure to add the rest of your top ten to my collection in due time

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      I must admit, I can't get into most anime - but I LOVE Cowboy Bebop :D

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I agree,these are pretty adult-themed anime,nice list,but while we're on the subject,when you said DBZ being a happy kids cartoon,you must certainly be referring to the censored FUNimation dub,because if you're gonna mentain DBZ as a happy kids anime,you might as well mentain Naruto as one too.Besides,the bulk of DBZ fans today are over 20 or 30(no surpise,it's old),Pokémon fans are no older than 10,& Digimon is not that popular really.

      DBZ has a much superior plot,a much superior story,much superior character development,& is much more violent than Pokémon,& DIgimon anyway,those two can't be compared to DBZ.Plenty of people consider DBZ overrated too,but little to no anime touches Evangelion on that department.

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      Musicalcroc LM 7 years ago

      Nice list! I really like your reviews. I like Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell as well as Gankutsuou too.

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      carny 7 years ago

      Very nice reviews. I've seen a number of these, they're cool. Just not a big fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion, I mean the ending was just... What? o.O

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      FreeAgent13 7 years ago

      [in reply to milkcananime] Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Max Wong 7 years ago from Singapore

      It's refreshing to see such wonderful anime writing! Keep it up!! :)