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Adulting Is Hard in Anime

Anime featuring adult main characters. This panel was presented at Tekko 2019.Slides are available on our website - http://braveworldanime.com/tekko
1 Aggretsuko

Aggretsuko

The primary focus of the show is Retsuko's workplace and the challenges she faces with her boss.

2 Aggretsuko 2

Aggretsuko 2

3 Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas

Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas

4 Barakamon

Barakamon

Handa moves to remote town so he can find his own caligraphy style. Naru and the other villagers help him along the way.

5 Bunny Drop

Bunny Drop

Daisuke adopts Rin after her father (his grandfather) passes away. The anime shows Daisuke learning how to be a parent.

6 Bunny Drop Specials

Bunny Drop Specials

7 Clannad After Story

Clannad After Story

After the age jump we see Tomoya and Nagisa as adults, with Nagisa later giving birth to a girl. Nothing bad happens.

8 Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

9 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

10 Descending Stories: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Descending Stories: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

11 Erin

Erin

The anime stars off when Erin is a young girl, but there are multiple time skips during the 50 episode run time.

12 The Great Passage

The Great Passage

The show follows a team working to create a new dictionary. The anime takes place over a number of years.

13 Kakushigoto

Kakushigoto

story follows dad raising his daughter while keeping his manga job a secret

14 Love is Like a Cocktail

Love is Like a Cocktail

15 Love is Like a Cocktail Special

Love is Like a Cocktail Special

16 Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

17 Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress

18 Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

Kobayashi deals with work-life balance issues, while Tohru is there to help with stuff at home. The show does a good job of potraying a non-traditional family with Kobayashi-Tohru-Kanna.

19 Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S

20 Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Valentines and Hot Springs! (Please Don't Get Your Hopes Up)

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Valentines and Hot Springs! (Please Don't Get Your Hopes Up)

21 Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

Sometimes it is best to let adults pilot giant robots, instead of whiny 14-year old kids.

22 My Roommate is a Cat

My Roommate is a Cat

23 Naruto Shippuden

Naruto Shippuden

By the end of Shippuden, Naruto has advanced to adulthood, and Boruto shows Naruto as a father.

24 New Game!!

New Game!!

New Game is a very enjoyable workplace comedy. The characters are working for a game development company.

25 New Game!

New Game!

26 New Game! Special

New Game! Special

27 Ojisan and Marshmallow

Ojisan and Marshmallow

28 One-Punch Man 2

One-Punch Man 2

29 Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

30 Poco's Udon World

Poco's Udon World

31 Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Recovery of an MMO Junkie

This is one of the better adult romance tales. The relationship slowly progresses but is fun to watch.

32 Recovery of an MMO Junkie Special

Recovery of an MMO Junkie Special

33 Sakura Quest

Sakura Quest

This anime focuses on five women trying to draw visitors and residents to town of Manoyama.

34 Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

about 20-something college graduate students romantic adventures

35 Shirobako

Shirobako

Five high school friends work in different parts of the anime industry. Shirobako shows the challenges associated with making an anime.

36 Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

37 Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san

For anyone who has ever worked in retail, this is a great show for you. The anime showcases some realistic issues.

38 Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san OVA

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san OVA

39 Space Brothers

Space Brothers

Anime features adult characters trying to achieve their childhood dreams. This is a lengthy anime and features tremendous character development.

40 Space Brothers #0

Space Brothers #0

41 Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

The relationship between Holo and Lawrence is this show's greatest strength. The mix of fantasy and economics also provides an interesting aspect.

42 Spice and Wolf II

Spice and Wolf II

43 Sweetness & Lightning

Sweetness & Lightning

Sweetness and Lightning focuses on single father struggling to raise his daughter after his wife's passing.

44 Takunomi.

Takunomi.

45 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

46 The Helpful Fox Senko-san

The Helpful Fox Senko-san

salary man with stressful job is saved by fox girl

47 Tiger & Bunny

Tiger & Bunny

This is essentially My Hero Academia if MHA focused on the fully grown heroes instead of the high school.

48 Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning

Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning

49 Wave, Listen to Me!

Wave, Listen to Me!

about 25 year old working in radio industry

50 Welcome to the NHK!

Welcome to the NHK!

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wakahisa Jul 16, 2020

Awesome list! I have seen a good number of these and now have more to add to my watch list

MintyAmbitions Apr 24, 2019

What a mood; adulting IS hard.