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So what ever happened to the more serious anime out there? Like especially the ones that didn't revolve around teenagers in a high-school setting.

Fond memories of Cowboy Bebop. ^.^

Wonders if shows like Cowboy Bebop are dead.
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Try Perfect Insider and Beautiful Bones from this season. And for something much closer to Cowboy Bebop take a look at Gangsta -- started this summer but not on Crunchyroll.
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Posted 11/6/15 , edited 11/6/15
They're rare but still exist ^ those 2 are examples of it. There's also Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Psycho Pass, Steins;Gate, From the New World, and etc (though may have already seen them :phew:) Its harder to find them, though a bit easier with manga.

I don't think the serious types are dying, just that atm there's a ton of pandering going on and that's what sells in Japan hopefully it'll eventually shift around so that those types get more weight.
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Look hard enough and you'll find them.
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From the New World is amazing if you want something more mature and serious

Steins gate is one of the best anime out there, nough said

Samurai Champloo if you liked Cowboy Beebop

Space Dandy is like a more modern Cowboy Beebop with more comedy and probably more feels

Durarara, Blast of tempest, Btoom could also be considered serious and are on crunchyroll...
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Posted 11/6/15

Sharizukami wrote:

Try Perfect Insider and Beautiful Bones from this season. And for something much closer to Cowboy Bebop take a look at Gangsta -- started this summer but not on Crunchyroll.


Beautiful bones is amazingg <3

Blood+ is a classic anime, one that any anime fan should see at least once. It's pretty serious as well.
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Hellsing Ultimate, Redline, Kenshin- Tsuiokuhen, you could say the the Fate series, im throwing TTGL in the mixer because after the timeskip its what you are after might aswell chuck clannad in there as well if im doing TTGL same idea they grow up during the show. Seconding what others have said - Samurai Champloo, Steins Gate, Ghost in the Shell, Psycho Pass and Shinsekai.

Others - Monster, Serial Experiments Lain, Ergo Proxy, Mushishi, Baccano, maybe JoJo Bizarre Adventure.

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Fuck yeah forgot about Redline ^^
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There are certainly plenty of examples of "serious" anime still being made--every season has at least a couple (although they might not all be as good as Cowboy Bebop).

As to why more aren't made: Because the primary audience for manga, anime, and light novels is 12-18 year old Japanese boys. There are some things made with other audiences in mind (young men; teenage girls; young women; an international audience) the audience decreases. (For instance, in manga, shounen easily sells the best, and josei easily sells the worst, with seinen and shoujo somewhere in the middle.)

What do Japanese teenage boys want? What we all want: stories about people like ourselves who gain incredible abilities, fight evil, and hang out with lots of pretty girls.

And that's not a Japanese Boy thing, lest anyone think I'm stereotyping. Hunger Games and Twilight, are stories about teenage girls becoming powerful, fighting evil, and having two hot guys fight over the heroine... and lots of teenage girls love them. James Bond is about a middle aged white guy saving the world, fighting evil (with cool toys), and getting lots of hot women... and lots of middle aged white guys love James Bond. Harry Potter is about young boys gaining powers, fighting evil, saving the world, and getting pretty girls to like them... and lots of young boys love Harry Potter. We all love reading or watching stories about people like us who somehow manage to be strong, popular, and cool.
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watch Fafner in the Azure and Fafner Heaven and Earth on Hulu, then start watching Fafner Exodus on CR. i don't want to talk about what it is about because there is a lot of things to this show, each episode feels like an hour goes by, and not because it's slow, but because a lot of things happen each episode, it's a very dense show.
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School-Live!
Madoka Magicka

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ComboChrist wrote:

School-Live!

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the topic starter asked for series that didn't revolve around teenagers in a high-school setting.
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mrc4nl wrote:


ComboChrist wrote:

School-Live!

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the topic starter asked for series that didn't revolve around teenagers in a high-school setting.


Meh, at least it's not your typical 0815-h.s.-setting.
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-Distress- wrote:

So what ever happened to the more serious anime out there? Like especially the ones that didn't revolve around teenagers in a high-school setting.

Fond memories of Cowboy Bebop. ^.^

Wonders if shows like Cowboy Bebop are dead.


http://www.crunchyroll.com/akagi

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Posted 11/6/15 , edited 11/6/15

-Distress- wrote:

Wonders if shows like Cowboy Bebop are dead.

Not dead, they've just never been a majority. The niche for them is consistent, but what fills it is ever-changing. In one year you could have a Psycho-Pass, in the next a Kyousougiga, and in the year after that a Terror in Resonance.

Even Cowboy Bebop shared the air with a lot of generic fluff, although 1998 was an almost bizarrely good year all things considered. But those standouts are still only a fraction of all that was on TV that year, with most of the rest forgotten.
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