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Anime Featuring Adult Protagonists

These shows star characters who are adults. They hold down jobs, attend university, raise children or do other independent adult things.
1 Antique Bakery

Antique Bakery

The heir of a huge corporation quits his job to open a bakery, which he runs with a gay patissier, a former boxer, and a bumbling childhood friend.

2 Barakamon

Barakamon

Sei Handa is in his twenties and works as a calligrapher. When he attacks an elderly man for insulting his work, his father exiles him to a rural island to get a fresh perspective on his life. (He is a teenager in the prequel 'Handa-kun')

3 Buddha 2: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha: Owarinaki Tabi

Buddha 2: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha: Owarinaki Tabi

Prince Siddhartha has cast aside his royal life, electing to become a monk and seek answers to life's big questions. (He is a child in the movie's prequel)

4 Castlevania

Castlevania

Trevor Belmont is an excommunicated warrior living in a world overrun by the forces of darkness. He seeks to destroy the vampire Dracula who unleashed them, as well as the corrupt clergy who started the problem in the first place.

5 Castlevania Season 2

Castlevania Season 2

The continuing adventures of Trevor Belmont and his companions.

6 Castlevania Season 3

Castlevania Season 3

The continuing adventures of Trevor Belmont and his companions.

7 Castlevania Season 4

Castlevania Season 4

The continuing adventures of Trevor Belmont and his companions.

8 DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-

DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-

A male/male romance between two adult actors.

9 Descendants of Darkness

Descendants of Darkness

Tsuzuki was once a grown man, but he's now technically a spirit seventy years deceased. He works for the Ministry of Hades solving supernatural cases. 

10 Devils' Line

Devils' Line

A romance between a plucky college student and a moody half-vampire police officer.

11 Eden of the East

Eden of the East

A college graduate meets a naked man who has lost his memories while visiting America. They wind up entangled in a bizarre high-stakes game where someone named Juiz grants any wish imaginable over the phone using money in a massive bank account set up for each player - but when the money runs out, the player dies!

12 Eden of The East Movie I: The King of Eden

Eden of The East Movie I: The King of Eden

The continuing adventures of Saki and Takizawa.

13 Eden of The East Movie II: Paradise Lost

Eden of The East Movie II: Paradise Lost

The continuing adventures of Saki and Takizawa.

14 ERASED

ERASED

Satoru is a man who gets thrown back into the past and desperately attempts to save his mother and his old classmate from being brutally murdered.

15 The Great Passage

The Great Passage

Majime takes a job at a publishing company and spends the next ten years creating a new dictionary.

16 Golden Kamuy

Golden Kamuy

Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto, a Russo-Japanese War veteran, goes on a treacherous quest to find hidden Ainu gold.

17 Golden Kamuy 2nd Season

Golden Kamuy 2nd Season

The continuing adventures of Saichi Sugimoto.

18 Golden Kamuy 3rd Season

Golden Kamuy 3rd Season

The continuing adventures of Saichi Sugimoto.

19 Gravitation

Gravitation

Shuichi is a passionate 19 year-old singer who falls in love with a moody 22 year-old romance author.

20 Great Conquest: The Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Great Conquest: The Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Tells the classic tale of Liu Bei and other legendary Chinese warlords from the centuries-old novel 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'.

21 Hakumei and Mikochi

Hakumei and Mikochi

Although they are full grown, Hakumei and Mikochi are only three and a half inches tall, which poses extra challenges to their jobs and everyday lives.

22 Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo!

Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo!

A lonely comic artist finds a lost cat and brings him home... and soon discovers that his furry new roommate is actually a shapeshifting cat boy!

23 Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo! 2

Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo! 2

The continuing adventures of Da Shu and Miao.

24 Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

18 year-old Sophie Hatter gets more than she bargained for when a witch turns her into a 90 year-old woman!

25 Hozuki's Coolheadedness

Hozuki's Coolheadedness

Hozoki is a demon tasked with the business of making sure Hell is running efficiently, but his eccentric co-workers and other oddballs from Japanese folklore tend to add more work to his plate.

26 Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2nd Season

Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2nd Season

The continuing adventures of Hozuki and his coworkers.

27 Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2nd Season: Part II

Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2nd Season: Part II

The continuing adventures of Hozuki and his coworkers.

28 I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying

I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying

The adventures of an ordinary office lady and her otaku husband.

29 I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying: 2nd Thread

I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying: 2nd Thread

The continuing adventures of Kaoru and Hajime.

30 If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord

If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord

An 18 year-old warrior finds an abandoned demon child in the forest and takes her under his wing.

31 In This Corner of the World

In This Corner of the World

At age 18, Suzu marries and moves from her birthplace in Hiroshima to a new home with her husband's family in Kure during World War 2.

32 Inuyashiki: Last Hero

Inuyashiki: Last Hero

An old man becomes a cyborg superhero and must save the world from a psychotic cyborg teenager. 

33 Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World

Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World

A man and woman with a passion for good food open up a restaurant and bar that connects to a parallel world. 

34 It's My Life

It's My Life

35 year-old Astra Doomsday decides to retire early after saving up enough money to buy his dream home. Unfortunately, he keeps running into bizarre and eccentric characters who dash his dreams of a nice, quiet retirement.

35 Junjou Romantica

Junjou Romantica

A romance between a teenage college student and a 20-something author.

36 Junjou Romantica 2

Junjou Romantica 2

The continuing adventures of Misaki and Usami.

37 Junjou Romantica 3

Junjou Romantica 3

The continuing adventures of Misaki and Usami.

38 Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits

A college student is abducted by an oni who claims that her deceased grandfather promised him her hand in marriage to repay a debt. Unwilling to accept this, she declares she'll work at his inn and pay off the debt herself.

39 Kakushigoto

Kakushigoto

A widowed father takes the business of raising his young daughter seriously, but his determination to make sure she doesn't discover his job profession (a comic artist specializing in lewd manga) leads to one hilarious incident after another.

40 Kino's Journey

Kino's Journey

After reaching the age of majority in her country, Kino leaves her childhood home under bizarre circumstances. Kino's only companion is a talking motorcycle, and together they travel the world and learn about its many inhabitants. 

41 Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series

Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series

A reboot of the adventures of Kino and Hermes.

42 Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These

Military men in space.

43 Love Hina

Love Hina

After repeatedly failing to get into Tokyo University, Keitaro is pushed into taking a job as an apartment manager at the female dormitory his relatives own.

44 Love Stage!!

Love Stage!!

An emerging adult's career plans don't mesh with his famous parents' dreams for his future, but when he agrees to be in a commercial, he reunites with a man from his childhood who takes his life in an unexpected direction.

45 Maria the Virgin Witch

Maria the Virgin Witch

Maria the Witch is a staunch pacifist determined to stop the warfare in her country. An archangel grows tired of her interference and declares that if she ever loses her virginity, she'll lose her powers as well.

46 Midnight occult civil servants

Midnight occult civil servants

A group of civil servants work in the Shinjuku Ward Nocturnal Community Relations Division; a government office where they are in charge of dealing with youkai, demons, and other supernatural beings.

47 Midori no Neko

Midori no Neko

A man is highly suspicious of a mysterious green cat.

48 Mushishi

Mushishi

Ginko is a man who travels the land selling medicine and aiding people who are afflicted by supernatural creatures known as 'mushi'.

49 Mushishi Zoku Shou

Mushishi Zoku Shou

The continuing adventures of Ginko.

50 Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season

Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season

The continuing adventures of Ginko.

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Tiggre Mar 15, 2019

 Thank you for your well thought out list. I'm so tired of the high school setting, a little tired of the "we're stuck in a video game" stuff, too, but beggars can't be choosers. Log Horizon is one of those, but it takes it in a completely different direction than the rest, might be a good one for your list. 

AnnaSartin Sep 26, 2018

Azukano - Kino has reached and surpassed the age of majority in the land of her birth and is therefore legally an independent adult. I'm basing the list on the standards of the world the character inhabits rather than the age of adulthood in Japan or my own nation.

Azukano May 29, 2018

Kino's actually around 15-17 years old haha. But I admire that you took Kino as an adult protagonist. Love this list, I need more anime that don't star teenagers haha.

JordanJas Oct 13, 2017

This was a great list to get me stsrted on something that was not higschool based (getting a little tired of it). Thanks!