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What are the best seinen anime?

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Most anime lovers have been baptized by Dragonball Z, Naruto, and One Piece which are all great and legendary. Unfortunately, however great they may be, their simplistic black and white morality may not be enough for some. As we grow older, we can’t help but crave stories that border realism and explore gray areas of controversial topics in contrast to the typical good versus evil agenda. If you’re looking for anime series that blurs the lines between what is right and what is wrong and approaches conflicts in a mature and complicated way that adults normally would, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered the best seinen anime for you to enjoy.

The word seinen may not be familiar to you but we assure you this is the type of anime that can keep your mind grinding. Seinen’s meaning is as straightforward as an anime or manga for men 18 years and older. This isn’t a genre but age and gender demography. Even if you don’t fit that description, there’s no need to be discouraged. Regardless of your gender or age, you can still enjoy this type of anime. In fact, a notable seinen anime called Death Note was widely received by the public. Beyond this successful series, there are still lots of underrated seinen anime that are equally good. To start immersing yourself with the complexity of human life, browse through our list below. With the diversity of the entries, we’re sure something will pique your interest. Remember to share with us what you think of these anime by leaving a comment. 

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  1. 1Steins;Gate

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    Steins;Gate is one of the best seinen anime in the psychological sci-fi sub-genre and will leave viewers questioning their perception of time and space after experiencing this show.

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  1. 2Cowboy Bebop

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    Cowboy Bebop is a famouse seinen anime that no one has seen before when it first came out and it practically carved out its own name during a time when space opera anime were very few and far in between.

  2. 3Parasyte: The Maxim

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    If you like your seinen anime to have monsters and a sense of surrealism to them, then check Parasyte: The Maxim out. It is an anime series that was based on the classic Parasyte manga series that came out in the 1980s.

  1. 4Berserk

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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. 

  2. 5Tokyo Ghoul

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    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.

  3. 6Durarara!!

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    Durarara!! is one of the most underrated seinen anime to have come out in recent years. It features an ensemble cast of characters that are all joined together by an interesting and deep story.

  4. 7Psycho-Pass

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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.

  5. 8Attack on Titan

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    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.
  6. 9Code Geass

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    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.

  7. 10One-Punch Man

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    This anime is a story of Saitama, a hero who is a hero just for fun. Saitama can also defeat his enemies with a single punch. One-Punch Man is based on Yusuke Murata's manga remake of ONE's original webcomic.

  8. 11Darker than Black

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    Darker than Black is an anime television series created and directed by Tensai Okamura. It premiered in April 2007 with 25 episodes. It was produced by Bones and Aniplex.

  9. 12Hellsing Ultimate

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    Hellsing Ultimate is a popular anime under the action and supernatural genre. It first aired in 2006 and features the story of an organization called Hellsing. Hellsing is dedicated to destroying evil creatures of darkness.

  10. 13Jormungand

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    Jormungand is a 24-episode anime series based on the manga created by Keitaro Takahashi. The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, an international shipping corporation that secretly deals in the arms trade.

  11. 14Black Lagoon

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    Black Lagoon is a Japanese adventure, crime and thriller television series that aired on Chiba TV in 2002 with 12 episodes. It was based on the manga of the same name by Rei Hiroe.

  12. 15Monster

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    Monster is a 75-episode anime TV series that was released back in 2004. It recounts the story of a neurosurgeon named Kenzo Tenma living in Germany finding himself in danger when he gets involved with a former psychopathic patient of his. 

  13. 16Baccano!

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    Baccano! is a Japanese adventure-mystery television series that is produced by Brain's Base, Aniplex and Movic with 16 episodes. It was based on the manga of the same name by Ryohgo Narita and Katsumi Enami.

  14. 17Death Parade

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    The Quindecim Bar hosts games between the recently deceased that determine the fate of their souls. Death Parade spawned from the short film Death Billiards, which was part of the Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai 2013.

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DID YOU KNOW?

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. While there are shows of its kind to be found here, you won't find many of the top romance anime in the seinen genre. 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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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "Don't let the over the top action and violence fool you from thinking that that is all this show about. It actually touches upon very mature themes like morality. One of the best seinen anime that I have seen recently. The love-hate relationship between the two protagonists is fun to see."
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    Black Lagoon
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    Anonymous
    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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    Parasyte: The Maxim
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    Anonymous
    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!"
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    Durarara!!
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    Anonymous
    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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    Psycho-Pass
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    Anonymous
    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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    Cowboy Bebop
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "It didn't seem like much as first but this is one of the most riveting and psychological thrillers of an anime that I have watched in quite some time. It has its slow and dull moments at a time but it does not take away from it being an excellent show overall."
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    Monster
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    Anonymous
    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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    Tokyo Ghoul
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    Anonymous
    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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    Steins;Gate
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "This is unlike anything that you've seen before. It has sci-fi elements, magical contraptions, superpowers, all told upon a 1930s backdrop complete with the mafia and a killer jazz soundtrack. It's truly a one of a kind seinen anime show."
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    Baccano!
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    Anonymous
    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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    Berserk
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "This unsuspecting seinen show tackles some pretty deep and dark themes such as death and morality. The art is great, and the pacing is just right, and its episodic stories are neatly concluded with every watch."
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    Death Parade
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "One of the best seinen action anime shows that have come out in recent years. If you like fast-paced action, gore and violence, and even a little bit of romance mixed in. You should check this one out."
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    Jormungand
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "This show is bordering shonen territory at times but there's no denying that it's one hell of a fun anime show to watch that you can't get enough of. If you haven't yet, check it out now."
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    One-Punch Man
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "Things can get confusing and convoluted at first but things get better as you watch further. It's a serious and dark anime that fits well with the animation and story."
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    Darker than Black
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    Anonymous
    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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    Code Geass
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "You won't get much in the way of a deep story but boy is it bloody fun to watch. It's violent, it's gory, and packs a lot of action."
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    Hellsing Ultimate
This list is about What are the best seinen anime
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Steins;GateTV Shows 21 Paid
2Cowboy BebopTV Shows 17 Paid
3Parasyte: The MaximTV Shows 8 Paid
4BerserkTV Shows 6 Paid
5Tokyo GhoulTV Shows 6 Paid
6Durarara!!TV Shows 5 Paid
7Psycho-PassTV Shows 4 Paid
8Attack on TitanTV Shows 4 Paid
9Code GeassTV Shows 4 Paid
10One-Punch ManTV Shows 3 Free
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