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[NOTICE: I don't mean mature as in pornography or hentai, of course none of us have seen hentai... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ]

Nothing's wrong with a good amount of simple enjoyment, like Izuku punching a giant robot or Naruto doing magical fox stuff sometimes. But at one point, a lot of us grew up and started looking for more gritty forms of entertainment, with the blood and the guts and the whatnot, and found stuff like Elfen Lied or Higurashi: When they Cry. But for some of us, we grew up so much that we began actually appreciating deep forms of entertainment. It didn't happen overnight, and I don't think it was a gradual thing either. I believe that there is one story that we all have that made us realize the true complexities of a good story and how a lot of us can get sucked in. Anime like Fullmetal Alchemist, ERASED, AnoHana, Silver Spoon, She and Her Cat (Points to anyone who's seen that), and many, many, MANY more are pretty good anime that showcase a good story that's got a lot of heart and a lot of real-world ideals in it. So the general question for today is, what is the manga or anime that had you start to like more mature content?



For example, I think the manga (and anime by extension) that made me more curious about mature and darker content was D. Gray Man. I had only seen stuff like Elfen Lied and Higurashi at the time, so my only forays into darker stories were ones that were really, really bloody. But D. Gray Man put, not only a refreshingly grotesque and gothic art style into its pages (until the later chapters got a bit fluffy in style), but a story that had me genuinely interested about a character. Allen Walker has a lot of problems, being an orphan, adopted by a man named Mana only for him to be killed, and Allen being cursed when he is brought back to life as an Akuma, the enemy of the series, and he discovers his malformed arm is actually a weapon. Not only that, but about 5 volumes in, Allen has even more problems and self-doubt as spoilery stuff happens and he shatters his arm. It was the first time I ever looked at a character as more than a guy who did cool stuff and saw him as a tragic person. In fact, D. Gray Man is probably the reason I have such an extensive vocabulary and understanding.

So that's my first mature experience, what's your guys'?
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What is hentai?
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i saw berserk when i was about 8 so id say then.
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I've always enjoyed a broad spectrum of anime, so I have a difficult time perceiving the difference in what is viewed as seinen and what is viewed as shonen.

For example, FMA has a dark theme to it, but I would have guessed it was still more for a young adult audience.

Others that I've watched would be like Code Geass, bits and pieces of Bebop, Elfen Lied, No. 6, D. Gray Man (which actually pulled me into the anime world at 13 or so), and, more recently, ERASED and Re:Zero.

Yet, I still watch things like Haifuri and Sweetness and Lightning to get my moe "fix".

Or the fact that, at 21, I still enjoy some of these high school RomComs.
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My first experience with mature content was with my favorite anime of all time: Fullmetal Alchemist. I was just starting in anime with shows like Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, which are both awesome. Naruto had some good mature stories, especially in the Zabuza arc, but FMA showed me a story of love between brothers who did something wrong and had to pay the price for it. They learned something that day, that some things have so much value that nothing in this world could ever replace them, and that's a lesson that I remember even to this day along with the law of equivalent exchange.

But it's not only that, FMA also touched upon dark subjects like war and the aftermath of it, the way how people can twist religious teachings to their advantage, the use of living humans as just mere specimens to cruel experiments and also that some times no matter what we sacrifice we may not get anything in return. And it talked about all those topics in a very serious and mature way, which is something that I couldn't find in american animation at that moment in my life. The Elrics were not characters who wanted to make the world a better place, they were only innocent souls in search of redemption for their sins, and to me that's a very beautiful and tragic story at the same time.
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I would likely say xxxHolic. It was entirely unique for me. Unlike anything I had seen before. From there, romance anime, drama, slice of life... I gave everything a chance, and consumed whatever I could get my hands on. Mushi-shi was another like it. Just... different. Baccano is another.
That being said, though my tastes have become more adult, I'll watch anime targeted at 13 year old girls just as readily as I'll watch one targeted at grown men. Her Lie in April destroyed me in the most wonderful way.
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Heh, easily Fist of the North Star, so many things in that show that I love, shows like Corpse Party are like walks in the park

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I don't think there was really a first for me, I mean you sort of just ease into things here and there. Sometimes there are just things you don't like. Not everyone likes to see blood and gore you know. But at the same time it is is just doesn't matter to me either way. I mean sure, the first time I saw a clip of higurashi I said I would never watch it, only to like higurashi a ton now. But at the same time I don't watch thing just cause they have violence in them, or just cause they have heavy sexual themes in them. I just watch whatever the hell I wanna watch, it might be higurashi one day and then polar bear cafe the next day. It doesn't really matter to me.... I feel like that is sort of a teen way of thinking to be stuck on the anime has to have X or can't have Y,
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I'm not entirely sure I understand what you mean by "mature". In fact, it may be that I just never got into mature anime.

However, if I guess at your meaning and try to pick something based off of that guess, then I think I would say Welcome to the NHK . I suppose that was one of the first series I watched that used its story to express themes that are considered stereotypically mature. It dealt with very interesting, depressing, and at times even "dark" subject matter. It sticks out in my mind for what I think you're trying to get at. Perhaps Nana or Serial Experiments Lain would work as well?

For me personally, the lighter stories are the ones that I have always considered more mature - even though they deal with far less serious themes. I'd say that it was probably Nodame Cantabile that ultimately introduced me to what I would consider "mature" content primarily in the form of josei adaptations. Though, I also consider many slice of life shows such as K-On and Hidamari Sketch to be mature. In fact, in my experience, it's difficult for younger people to even understand why such shows would be appealing to adults at all (despite them being the target demographic). I myself watched K-On when I was younger and dropped it quite quickly. It wasn't until I was older that I began to appreciate such shows. However, I still understand that to most others these shows are the epitome of immaturity.

Perhaps that's just me though. Perhaps i'm just uninterested in mature content, but darkness and gritty themes no longer interest me as much as they once did. I do still enjoy deep stories, but only if I balance them out with something lighter. Otherwise they just feel extra taxing after an already taxing day.

Maybe I never grew up, but the idea of having a childlike mindset is actually kind of appealing to me anyway.
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I'll start off with: Dark elements, blood and gore, sex, and grit =/= mature; Solid character/world building, complex themes/ideas, and intelligent & mature characters = mature. For me I grew out of the phase of wanting fan service/ecchi and faux/forced mature (aka edgy). I've had quite a few series that I'd put in the category but I think time-wise Cowboy Bebop was probably the very first I saw, though I consider Ghost in the Shell: SAC as one of the most mature series I've seen.
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I guess I got into more mature stuff when I was 6 with my first anime. It was my desire to find more mature/serious content that first got me to watch anime in the first place. I started with Gundam and Robotech, then Ghost in the Shell, Evangelion, Record of Lotus War, and Serial Experiments Lain, Trigun, and Cowboy Bebop. It wasn't till well after my adult years I started to watch the less serious shows. (Oh and I'm sorry for likeing Robotech over macros lol. Forgive me please.)
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A couple shows that still stick with me today are Nana and Clannad After Story not sure if because its mature theme but it has a lot of life lessons or school of hard knocks stuff- are you going to get back on your feet and keep living. These characteristics are what pull me in on some anime story lines.
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Berserk was my first taste of "mature" anime at the age of 10. It wasn't just only the graphic violence and strong sexual content in it, it was the dark setting of the world, the character development of Guts (how he constantly struggles to survive and questions his humanity and his purpose in life) and Griffith (how he would go through crazy and unimaginable lengths to achieve what he wants), strategic warfare, the portrayal of lawlessness in this timeline, and of course the fundamentality of whether human is truly evil or not.

Of course all that was way too much to take in at such an immature age but as time passed it made me think a lot and eventually led me to love Berserk or anything mature like Berserk.
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Whenever I watched Welcome to the N.H.K., followed by Neon Genesis Evangelion and Monster
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I've seen Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko. Points please!

I've been watching fairly mature anime since I was very young. Including stuff I really shouldn't have been, such as Ninja Scroll when I was around 10. >.> Also watched the Patlabor movies, Macross Plus and Wings of Honneamise around the same time.



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