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What are the best seinen anime?

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Anime fans know for a fact that titles like Naruto, One Piece, or Dragon Ball Z will always be in a league of their own. These big anime series have worked their magic by way of iconic characters, amazing writing, and tons of awesome battle scenes. However, when you want to up your level a little higher in terms of anime binge-watching, we suggest you dive into the realm of seinen anime. With the genre aimed towards young adults up to mature fans, seinen anime shows dwell on deeper stories, bigger amounts of gore, while still having amazing characters and epic fight scenes. So, what are you waiting for? If you consider yourself a mature anime stan, scroll down as we guide you to some of the best seinen anime series that you'll need for a worthwhile streaming experience.

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  1. 1Cowboy Bebop

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    Cowboy Bebop is one of the most iconic seinen anime shows ever! Isn't it cool to watch a space-seinen hybrid set in the year 2071 during a time when humanity has been able to colonize various planets across the solar system? Follow the amazing story of an intergalactic crew comprised of two space cowboys, a genetically engineered dog, a strange computer whiz kid, and an enigmatic trickster with memory loss, and how they try to clean up the galaxy from criminals.

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  1. 2Death Note

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    Even newly-baptized anime stans would get excited upon hearing the show's name. Well, it's totally understandable as Death Note has a pretty exciting story and of course, characters which have earned legend status in the world of anime. Follow the story of Light Yagami, a high-school student who discovers the devastating powers of the Death Book. This is one great seinen anime to watch if you're a mature anime fan!

  2. 3Attack on Titan

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    Well, Attack on Titan features a world with a harsh, cruel, and dramatic reality. And of course, all the violence brought upon by flesh-eating monsters won't necessarily sit well with younger anime fans. Still, this epic seinen anime series would be a good watch for mature audiences who dig good stories and well-written characters.

  1. 4Berserk

    13

    Berserk may look like a typical anime with lots of sword fights and battles. However, you'll find out there's more as you follow the story of sword-for-hire guy Guts and see how his life changes after joining a mercenary army. We swear, if you love seinen shows and lots of good bloody battles, this is a good anime to watch.

  2. 5Parasyte: The Maxim

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    If you like your seinen anime to have monsters and a sense of surrealism to them, then better check out Parasyte: The Maxim. Based on a classic 80's manga series, it is about Shinichi Izumi, a high-schooler who finds himself as part of a secret alien invasion. 

  3. 6Tokyo Ghoul

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    Tokyo Ghoul will take you into modern day Tokyo, where man-eating ghouls exist and terrorize after dark. This seinen anime has excellent character building and a great binge-worthy story. Follow the tale of college guy Ken Kaneki and you'd wish that you found this anime series as soon as it was released.

  4. 7One-Punch Man

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    One-Punch Man might be loved by everyone but it sure suits mature anime fans better. Well, Saitama is an epic and unlikely hero that can obviously rip you off with a punch. However, the anime's premise also deals with much more complex character building and storytelling more than anything. Our overpowered hero is simply the vessel the seinen genre uses to let us see it all!

  5. 8Steins;Gate

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    Steins;Gate is one of the best seinen anime in the psychological sci-fi sub-genre that will leave you in awe after a good watch. Well, it's not for everyone but it sure is a very smart anime about time travel and using it to bring an end to an evil organization's plans. If you're tired of watching cliché plots and one-dimensional characters, this anime series will do the trick for you!



  6. 9Psycho-Pass

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    Enter a world wherein technology is available to instantly measure and asses an individual’s personality and state of mind. Psycho-Pass lets you follow futuristic cop Shinya Kougami as he hunts for criminals and more. All the elements that you'd want from a seinen anime are in this show, so why not watch it?



  7. 10Code Geass

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    Code Geass is an anime series that perfectly fits the seinen tag! Well, that's because it shows Japan (Area 11) being taken over by a fictional 'Holy Empire'. And of course, that would lead to epic battle scenes between Area 11 and the Britannian conquerors. Well, with its creative story and great art, Code Geass is a seinen series you need to watch.


  8. 11Hellsing Ultimate

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    Hellsing Ultimate is one seinen anime that guarantees a lot of blood, gore, and a great story to top it all off. Watch lead vampire Alucard as he faces the Vatican, monsters, ghouls, and a lot more. There's no seinen title with more hardcore fight scenes than this one, which is why you should check it out.

  9. 12Black Lagoon

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    You'll never run out of great scenes when watching Black Lagoon. Follow a group of master mercenaries as they face trouble against the government, cartels, thugs, and a lot more. And well, it has loads of violent and foul-mouthed characters, making it a surefire addition to your seinen anime watch list. 

  10. 13Jormungand

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    Jormungand is an anime series that definitely targets older male audiences. But whether you're part of that demographic or not, you'll surely enjoy this show that centers around female arms dealer Koko Hekmatyar and her kickass adventures.

  11. 14Durarara!!

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    Durarara!! is one of the most underrated seinen anime to have come out in recent years. It features the story of an ordinary high-school kid who finds himself living in a dangerous part of Tokyo. Well, Durarara!! mixes elements of action, supernatural, and mystery anime all into one amazing seinen show that is definitely worth your time!

  12. 15Darker than Black

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    Made in the mold of science fiction and paranormal themes, Darker Than Black is a seinen anime often compared to titles such as Durarara!! or Death Note. However, the anime's use of physics and of course, the "Hell's Gate", is nothing like we've seen before. Watch it and be the judge!



  13. 16Death Parade

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    Brought to you by known seinen hub Madhouse, Death Parade is another unique anime title that deserves your attention. It shows you what happens inside a mysterious bar that serves as a bridge to the afterlife. The series' violence and dark story is classic seinen stuff that would thrill viewers. So, why not check it out?

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  • #1
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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
    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
  • #7
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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
    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
1Cowboy BebopTV Shows 25 Paid
2Death NoteTV Shows 18 Paid
3Attack on TitanTV Shows 14 Paid
4BerserkTV Shows 13 Paid
5Parasyte: The MaximTV Shows 12 Paid
6Tokyo GhoulTV Shows 12 Paid
7One-Punch ManTV Shows 12 Free
8Steins;GateTV Shows 11 Paid
9Psycho-PassTV Shows 11 Paid
10Code GeassTV Shows 11 Paid
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