What are the best seinen anime?

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    Steins;Gate is a Japanese animated series with 24 episodes and an OVA released by White Fox studio. It follows the story of a group of friends creates a machine to send messages across time. 

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    Wayne Morris
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "My takeaway from this anime is that nobody knows what the future olds and that's why life offers us infinite potential. Got this from Okabe Rintarou! Recommending this to anime enthusiasts who love time travelling. You can find a lot of it here :D"
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    #2Cowboy Bebop

    Cowboy Bebop

    Cowboy Bebop is an anime series that follows the story of the futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners that unravel their dark and mysterious past little by little.

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    Hao Cao
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "I thought Cowboy Bebop would get boring each episode because well, it is a slice of life anime but I am surprised it didn't get boring at all. Spike and Jet remind me of my cousins. Anyway, if you're a fan of space western setting, this is a great seinen anime."
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    Durarara!! is a Japanese action mystery-thriller television series that aired on MBS in 2010 with 25 episodes. It was based on the manga of the same name by Ryogo Narita and Suzuhito Yasuda. 

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    Matthew Gray
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "One of the most epic gang war seinen anime I have ever watched!!! A bit worried when I started watching the first episode as it was going so slow so I thought it'd be slow all throughout! ANimations are stellar, the opening and closing songs are great too. Seinen anime at its finest!"


Did you know that in Japan, seinen is not actually a genre but rather a demographic description of the target audience of the anime? Yes, shonen is among the four anime and manga demographics namely shonen, shojo, seinen, and josei. As the term suggests, anime demographics refers to the intended target audience of mangas and anime. The thing is, seinen anime is targeted towards young boys, 18 years old and older. And perhaps, seinen being a genre is one of the biggest anime myths ever. When we talk about genres, these are the action, romance, coming of age, and slice of life anime.

Interestingly, seinen and shonen are two labels that are often interchanged. On one hand, seinen is targeted at the older male audience, while shonen is targeted at the younger male audience. And in terms of crowd number it caters to, shonen has a bigger audience since younger males have more time to watch anime and read the manga. Plot-wise, we thank the older male audience for the more sophisticated and mature storyline of seinen anime. Undeniably, more attention is paid to the plot and the interaction between the characters. If there is one distinguishing characteristic of seinen that stands out among all the other demographics, it is the touch of realism that almost all seinen manga and anime exude. 

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    #4Parasyte: The Maxim

    Parasyte: The Maxim

    Parasyte: The Maxim is a science fiction Japanese anime series directed by Kenichi Shimizu and written by Shōji Yonemura. It follows the story of a 17-year-old Shinichi Izumi as he gets partially infected by a Parasyte, monsters that butcher and consume humans.

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    Peter Delgado
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "I agree that this is one of must watched seinen anime online but I have to say this show is just overrated. I am speaking on behalf of guys who expected the series to stay true to the dark premise of the manga, especially the latter part. Hmm try tokyo ghoul anime, it's a good seinen."
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    #5Death Note

    Death Note
    Death Note is Japanese animated series directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse. Before turning into an anime, Death Notes was originally a manga of the same name written by Tsugumi Ohba.
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    Brandon Hoffman
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "Classic seinen anime indeed! I would actually rank this as my top 1 go-to seinen anime just because the characters and plot are compelling enough to make every episode highly anticipated. I can't say much about this anime because hell it is so amazing. PLEASE IF YOU ARE A CERTIFIED ANIME LOVER, YOU GOTTA WATCH THIS!"
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    Berserk is a dark fantasy anime television series based on Kentaro Miura's manga of the same name that aired from 2016 to 2017 with 24 episodes. This anime follows the story of the Black Swordsman covering the Conviction arc of the manga. 

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    Wei Hu
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "Ughhhh. I don't understand why a lot of people hate this anime series???? Yes, it would've not reached the expectations of those who compare this to the 1997 anime or the trilogy. Still, one of my recommended seinen anime!!"
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    #7Code Geass

    Code Geass

    Code Geass (Lelouch of the Rebellion) is an anime series created by Sunrise. It tells the story of The Holy Empire of Britannia as it conquers the country known as Japan and now call it Area 11.

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    Robert Keller
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "Recommended seinen anime as it is packed with mecha action, bombastic dialogue, and eye-catching visuals. Goro Taniguchi is a brilliant director! "
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    #8Tokyo Ghoul

    Tokyo Ghoul

    Tokyo Ghoul is a dark fantasy anime series that aired on 2015 with 12 episodes. It was based on the manga of the same name by Sui Ishida and licensed under Madman Entertainment, Funimation, and Anime Limited.

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    James Mills
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "As a manga, I really like tokyo ghould. As a seinen anime, that I am not so sure honestly. I got disappointed after finishing the first season because they tried to squeezed in the first 60 chapters of the manga into 12 eps which is really disappointing!"
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    Psycho-Pass is an anime series directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro and written by Gen Urobuchi. The anime show follows the story of Akane Tsunemori and working with the police and the Sibyl System.

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    Anthony Davis
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "Plot-wise, not giving it a perfect ten. It mostly revolved around a police sci-fi set in the near future. The episodes are exciting for that one episode, I will not namedrop so you get to watch every ep! :p Btw, I love the villain Makishima! Because he fights for her own justice."
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    #10Attack on Titan

    Attack on Titan
    Attack on Titan is an anime adaptation of the manga series of the same name, written and animated by Hajime Isayama. This post-apocalyptic TV series follows the story of Eren Jaegar as he vows to cleanse the earth.
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Best What are the best seinen anime
1Steins;GateTV Shows 19 Paid
2Cowboy BebopTV Shows 16 Paid
3Durarara!!TV Shows 8 Paid
4Parasyte: The MaximTV Shows 7 Paid
5Death NoteTV Shows 7 Paid
6BerserkTV Shows 5 Paid
7Code GeassTV Shows 5 Paid
8Tokyo GhoulTV Shows 4 Paid
9Psycho-PassTV Shows 3 Paid
10Attack on TitanTV Shows 3 Paid

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