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Did more than one person actually seriously suggest High School of the Dead as a thought provoking adult anime? I think I need an adrenaline shot as my heart just stopped.

Anyway I'm surprised to see no one mention Eureka Seven yet, it's a bit shonen (young boy comes of age, mecha e.t.c.) but it's full of believable characters, conflicts of personality, interesting character development, awesome music and metaphorical meaning.

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I watched it, when I was 13 and didn't understand the story much, nor anything else ... it made a lot more sense now
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Erin is a good one and it's on CR.
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Twelve Kingdoms is pretty deep. You definitely have to analyze (almost translate) certain parts of what they're saying to follow the story... mostly because of the terminology, but overall story and characters a interesting.

Moribito is also an excellent serious anime series.
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a seinen series and in my opinion is very good. Also, it has very unique visuals.
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Posted 5/26/11

air gear both anime and manga +16
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Best ones i have seen With a more mature tone...

Shigurui Deathfrenzy

Berzerk

Gunslinger Girl

Samurai X Ova Trust and Betrayal

Monster

Chrono Crusade (on the same wavelength as Full Metal Panic) Both are some of my favorite animes.
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Posted 5/26/11

grayhair wrote:

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a seinen series and in my opinion is very good. Also, it has very unique visuals.


This is definitely an adult show. Even though it is listed as a magical girl show, it is an excellent dark show.
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Speed Grapher is one of my favorites; it is disturbingly original and awesome.
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Although VERY old (1998), "Serial Experiments Lain". Although it does look like something aimed at younger audiences, if you read deeper, it has very dark and thought provoking themes.

On that line of thought, "Welcome to the NHK" (NHK ni Youkoso). Again, it seems to be aimed at younger audiences, but it has very dark themes throughout the anime/manga/light novel (each one is darker then the one before, because it had to be tuned down for younger audience). I mean, it's about an Adult Hikikomori (look up if you don't understand - very important if watching anime) who wonders what went wrong in his life wants to start changing.
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Posted 6/19/11

SkylarkAnime wrote:

Although VERY old (1998), "Serial Experiments Lain". Although it does look like something aimed at younger audiences, if you read deeper, it has very dark and thought provoking themes.

On that line of thought, "Welcome to the NHK" (NHK ni Youkoso). Again, it seems to be aimed at younger audiences, but it has very dark themes throughout the anime/manga/light novel (each one is darker then the one before, because it had to be tuned down for younger audience). I mean, it's about an Adult Hikikomori (look up if you don't understand - very important if watching anime) who wonders what went wrong in his life wants to start changing.


Bullshit. Serial Experiments Lain never looked like something aimed at younger audiences. Ever.
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FalseFallacy wrote:


SkylarkAnime wrote:

Although VERY old (1998), "Serial Experiments Lain". Although it does look like something aimed at younger audiences, if you read deeper, it has very dark and thought provoking themes.

On that line of thought, "Welcome to the NHK" (NHK ni Youkoso). Again, it seems to be aimed at younger audiences, but it has very dark themes throughout the anime/manga/light novel (each one is darker then the one before, because it had to be tuned down for younger audience). I mean, it's about an Adult Hikikomori (look up if you don't understand - very important if watching anime) who wonders what went wrong in his life wants to start changing.


Bullshit. Serial Experiments Lain never looked like something aimed at younger audiences. Ever.


Indeed. He needs to relearn the demographics of anime.

And Lain is not that old. For some reason, in my mind, an older anime series is something before Evangelion or Kenshin and the early 1990s with the advent of newer technologies.
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kufirst wrote:
Indeed. He needs to relearn the demographics of anime.

And Lain is not that old. For some reason, in my mind, an older anime series is something before Evangelion or Kenshin and the early 1990s with the advent of newer technologies.

I would assume he meant "at first glance". Show someone that is new to anime only an image of characters from the show and see what age group they assume it is for.

As for the "VERY old" remark, keep in mind SkylarkAnime's age. I expect to most people 15 years old, an anime that came out when they were 2 seems positively ancient. In other topics, I've seen persons around that age list anime from only 5 years ago as "old" anime.

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kufirst wrote:
Indeed. He needs to relearn the demographics of anime.

And Lain is not that old. For some reason, in my mind, an older anime series is something before Evangelion or Kenshin and the early 1990s with the advent of newer technologies.

I would assume he meant "at first glance". Show someone that is new to anime only an image of characters from the show and see what age group they assume it is for.

As for the "VERY old" remark, keep in mind age. I expect to most people 15 years old, an anime that came out when they were 2 seems positively ancient. In other topics, I've seen persons around that age list anime from only 5 years ago as "old" anime.



Yep, a lot of 'serious' anime have children as subject matter so I can see how the confusion arises.

I took those facts into consideration and still proceeded with my comments. Though, I must say, I read some of SkylarkAnime's other comments and he seems to be fairly competent.
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