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Post Reply Anime for mature adults and I don't mean hentai or the likes
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These are some of my favorite anime in that category. My best advice is to look through the anime that is classified as seinen since they are often more mature.

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Welcome to the NHK, Paranoia Agent, Welcome to Irabu's Office, Victorian Romance Emma, Moonlight Mile, Blue Gender, Bartender, Real Drive, The Big O, Spiral, Texhnolyze, Flag, Kino's Journey, Shigurui, Denno Coil, Black Lagoon, House of Five Leaves, Nodame Cantabile, Detroit Metal City, Kaiji and of course Ghost in the Shell.


Take away Detroit Metal City, Black Lagoon, Nodame Cantabile. Add Monster, Serial Experiments Lain, Elfen Lied, Baccano!, NGE (Though you've probably seen it), Ergo Proxy, Death Note (Obviously) and perhaps Bakemonogatari?
Otherwise, perfect list.
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Paranoia Agent and Kino's Journey are my favorites. Both left me thinking even after watching them. Wish they made more shows like those.
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kufirst wrote:

Welcome to the NHK, Paranoia Agent, Welcome to Irabu's Office, Victorian Romance Emma, Moonlight Mile, Blue Gender, Bartender, Real Drive, The Big O, Spiral, Texhnolyze, Flag, Kino's Journey, Shigurui, Denno Coil, Black Lagoon, House of Five Leaves, Nodame Cantabile, Detroit Metal City, Kaiji and of course Ghost in the Shell.


Take away Detroit Metal City, Black Lagoon, Nodame Cantabile. Add Monster, Serial Experiments Lain, Elfen Lied, Baccano!, NGE (Though you've probably seen it), Ergo Proxy, Death Note (Obviously) and perhaps Bakemonogatari?
Otherwise, perfect list.


The list wasn't meant to be complete and to completely answer the question I didn't want to limit the answer to just psychological thrillers. Other people had already mentioned Monster, Aoi Bungaku, Planetes, Mushishi and Michiko to Hatchin; so while they are great series' I tried to go with ones that nobody had listed or ones that weren't fairly obvious (Evangelion, Bebop, Elfen Lied and Lain). Tatami Galaxy is another one that's funny and cool. I think Bakemonogatari, Mononoke and Genshiken are some of my favorite anime. Those three don't really fall into any demographic group and I think that's a really aspect of anime.
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Witch Hunter Robin?
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kufirst wrote:


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kufirst wrote:

Welcome to the NHK, Paranoia Agent, Welcome to Irabu's Office, Victorian Romance Emma, Moonlight Mile, Blue Gender, Bartender, Real Drive, The Big O, Spiral, Texhnolyze, Flag, Kino's Journey, Shigurui, Denno Coil, Black Lagoon, House of Five Leaves, Nodame Cantabile, Detroit Metal City, Kaiji and of course Ghost in the Shell.


Take away Detroit Metal City, Black Lagoon, Nodame Cantabile. Add Monster, Serial Experiments Lain, Elfen Lied, Baccano!, NGE (Though you've probably seen it), Ergo Proxy, Death Note (Obviously) and perhaps Bakemonogatari?
Otherwise, perfect list.


The list wasn't meant to be complete and to completely answer the question I didn't want to limit the answer to just psychological thrillers. Other people had already mentioned Monster, Aoi Bungaku, Planetes, Mushishi and Michiko to Hatchin; so while they are great series' I tried to go with ones that nobody had listed or ones that weren't fairly obvious (Evangelion, Bebop, Elfen Lied and Lain). Tatami Galaxy is another one that's funny and cool. I think Bakemonogatari, Mononoke and Genshiken are some of my favorite anime. Those three don't really fall into any demographic group and I think that's a really aspect of anime.


Evangelion isn't fairly obvious? Anyhow, I admit the majority of the list was psychological in nature. However, I'm still against Nodame Cantabile and Genshiken in the list, solely due to the fact that they're mainly school slice-of-life in nature, unless you intended for OP to have a nostalgia attack. Not against those two though, I enjoyed them thoroughly. Your mention of Tatami Galaxy reminded me of another great mature anime in that season; RAINBOW.


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Yep, on the same token those two aren't shojo or shonen and so they will be aimed at adults. I listed those titles because that seemed to be the topic of discussion. You could throw in Hataraki Man, Niea under 7, Haibane Renmei, Kaiba and Kurenai as some examples that also blur the lines of labels and should be included in mature anime discussions. Plus, just because they're mature doesn't mean they can't be light-hearted or comical. There are plenty of shows no one's mentioned yet too, but it's all good.
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I often enjoy series from the seinen (aimed at men ages 18-40) genre. So if you like translated comics, Wikipedia has a list of seinen series here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Seinen_manga My favorites from their list include the following...

* Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President (manga only, published by Viz a few years ago... out of print, but try to find the 5 omnibus editions)
* Giant Killing (a well written sports series with adult characters)
* Maison Ikkoku (the original comics and the anime TV series have been translated, though it's cheaper and easier to find the manga)
* Master Keaton (written by Naoki Urasawa, who also created Monster)

While seinen series are aimed at men, josei series are aimed at women.

Also, you may be interested in some vintage series. It wasn't all that many years ago when creators published some bleak, macho series in comics anthologies aimed at kids and teens. For examples, see just about everything Go Nagai made. And think about some 80s series like Fist of the North Star, City Hunter, and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
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Anything I would have suggested is already here, and I've got some new things to look for myself. Particularly Aoi Bungaku. And, as Urasawa was mentioned, for an interesting contrast of writers try his manga series 'Pluto'. It's his version of an Astro Boy story by Osamu Tezuka. An unusual premise, cleverly done.

I love how Chi's Sweet Home, going by the magazine it's published in, is in that list of seinen manga
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Welcome to the NHK.

Movie:
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Has a deep message about not wasting time.

Small ones:
There She Is!! (about racism)

She and Her Cat
I have no clue what the message in it was, but maybe you`ll understand it hehe.
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Gungrave

U can skip the first ep. (it's kinda bad), but later it gets good
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bokusatsu tenshi dokuro-chan(anime)
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Thanks for the advice everyone and I will certainlt be checking those out
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Cyberpunk fans should definitely try Ergo Proxy and Serial Experiments Lain.

Possibly already mentioned but just to drive the point home.
Posted 5/7/11
Mature adults as in 18+? If so, try seinen and josei demographics. Wikipedia search it and look at the lists.
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