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anime for older adults

grown-up characters and more complex themes; anime I appreciated as I got older because they had interesting things to say and food for thought, so this list leans towards the serious side, I guess
1 Aggretsuko (2016)

Aggretsuko (2016)

the very relatable frustrations of an office lady

2 Aggretsuko


3 Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas

Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas

4 Aggretsuko 2

Aggretsuko 2

5 Aggretsuko 3

Aggretsuko 3

6 Angel's Egg

Angel's Egg

symbolism for days

7 Appleseed Movie

Appleseed Movie

solid sci-fi concepts from the colossus Masamune Shirou

8 Appleseed: Ex Machina

Appleseed: Ex Machina

9 Back Street Girls -GOKUDOLS-

Back Street Girls -GOKUDOLS-

this alludes to so many themes: the sex/yakuza/idol industry connection; working conditions for idols; catering to fantasies; fans; gender, identity and gender role expectations... enjoy!

10 Barakamon


zero fanservice. this anime is close to perfection for me

11 Berserk


the series is barely animated for the action to be of any interest but with outstanding music, dem cel-painted 90s' backgrounds and a faithful adaptation of one of the best arcs in all of manga, this is bloody good. the perfect foil for older anime fans to moan about how 'they don't make them like this anymore'

12 Berserk: Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King

Berserk: Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King

what's that, the Golden Age arc again? oh, alright then

13 Berserk: Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey

Berserk: Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey

remember when Caska had dark skin? I swear she gets whiter with each iteration 

14 Berserk: Golden Age Arc III - The Advent

Berserk: Golden Age Arc III - The Advent

I too shed a single, manly tear for the last decent adaptation of Berserk

15 Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

just another day at the office

16 Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

Roberta is my least favourite of the female characters, so I couldn't care less about Roberta's Blood Trail

17 Castlevania


18 Castlevania Season 2

Castlevania Season 2

19 Castlevania Season 3

Castlevania Season 3

a fleeting but beautiful moment for players who bat for both sides. also character development blah blah whatever 

20 Claymore


21 Devilman: Crybaby

Devilman: Crybaby

my regulator Yuasa blew it out of the water again. if you can see past the sex and violence

22 Dorohedoro


23 Dororo (2019)

Dororo (2019)

a monster-of-the-week series with equal parts sweet-as sword fights and heart-wrenching human drama 

24 Doubutsu Tonarigumi

Doubutsu Tonarigumi

chilling wartime propaganda. of course they didn't animate a neighbour being reported and then carted off screaming by the authorities, never to be seen again

25 Ebichu


26 Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

some out-there humour. just up my street. wtf was that ending, though?

27 Fate/Zero


gayer and better than that 'make an orderly queue for the D'/stay night. thanks Gen!

28 Fate/Zero 2

Fate/Zero 2

29 Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor

Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor

30 The Great Passage

The Great Passage

31 Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

32 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

33 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

34 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig

the Major is finally allowed to wear bottoms

35 Giovanni's Island

Giovanni's Island

36 Girlish Number

Girlish Number

each character's priority is to put everyone else in their place. delightful interactions ensue

37 Golden Boy

Golden Boy

Kintarou goes on an odd-jobbing adventure around Japan after dropping out of uni

38 Gyo


yes, it's not like the manga, sob, sob. like Stephen King said: if you loved the book, it's still there for your perusal

39 Humanity Has Declined

Humanity Has Declined

Mediator-san is clever and cynical, a girl after my own heart. the episodes are shown in reverse chronological order

40 Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

I'm never too old for an anime that has friendship and positivity coming out of its ears, but HxH is on this list because it has consistently good and nuanced characters; they carry the plot, not the other way round



forget Psycho-Pass 3, this is the real successor to the original

42 In This Corner of the World

In This Corner of the World

43 Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

the plot slowly unravels into what I think is the best finale in anime. the 'wolf howl' at the end is genius

44 KADO: The Right Answer - Ninovo

KADO: The Right Answer - Ninovo

KADO the series is a bit like Interstellar the film: an interesting, science-heavy plot unfolds, until the whole 'the power of love is stronger than science/logic' has a steaming piss all over it

45 Kanashimi no Belladonna

Kanashimi no Belladonna

the one which Osamu Tezuka was least involved with and therefore the one which sucks the least out of the Animerama Trilogy *runs away*

46 Kemonozume


illustrates the difference between nudity/sex and sexual fan service

47 Kick-Heart


I've seen people describe this as 'poorly animated' and 'weird fetish shit' and I realised they have no clue what they're talking about. I'm not implying my opinion/taste is more valid than anyone else's but this here is my list and my little kingdom and and... *foaming at the mouth*

48 Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss

illustrates the difference between 'slow-paced' and 'boring'

49 Master Keaton

Master Keaton

50 Master Keaton OVA

Master Keaton OVA


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zethib May 27, 2020

suggestion : akira, ergo proxy, texhnolyze, cowboy bebop, bubble gum crisis, venus wars, city hunter, some gundam (uc mostly), macross, blame, gasaraki, serial experiment lain, that should be a good binging :)

Rubyfan12 Sep 4, 2018

I will be making top 10 inappropriate animes.

KusakaKenzoki Jul 5, 2018

wow something anyway this so good

AKeenReader Mar 17, 2018

 I was looking for something like this, thanks!