Exploring the World of Anime

Obsession with Youth

Since life is starting to balance out some, and I’ve figured out how to type on my laptop whilst holding a tiny one; I figured I could try my hand at a blog post. This is a celebration of sorts! I miss my blog. I miss being able to read others’ blogs. I am so behind on current anime and I haven’t been watching older anime series. I have been watching a lot of K-Drama and I think it’s because I have found shows with adult characters. I’ve finished two series; “Let’s Eat” and “Witch’s Romance”. It was a coincidence that both main female characters fell for younger men. I’m not going to talk about those shows but if you are interested in K-Drama that doesn’t focus on high school characters; check those two romantic comedies out.

 If you’ve read my blog consistently, you know that I am in a constant search for anime that has mature characters; story lines that don’t revolve around middle-schoolers or high-schoolers. Why is it so hard to find shows that have mature story lines? My argument when people joke that I watch “cartoons” is that anime is not like Western animation in the sense that its not directed at children. Or my argument that not all anime is hentai. However, it seems the majority of shows are directed at a younger audience and in some sense a more perverted audience. I can’t prove my case when more recent anime shows nothing but moe moe, ginormous bouncy boobs on 12 year old females, and panty shots. It seems the days of shows like GitS, Serial Experiments Lain, Paranoia Agent, Trigun, Big O; series that really made me love anime; are gone. I can’t say there have been any memorable shows for me in the last decade.

What I’m going to try to do is find more series that have maturer content. I do plan on continuing to watching some currently running shows that peak my interest. However, I would love to build a list of shows that cater towards a more adult audience. As always, I ask those who read this blog to give suggestions. I also want to add that the characters can be high-schoolers as there are shows with high-school even middle-school age characters that have mature content.

I hope you all are having a good summer. I know I’m having an interesting one!




  1. It certainly is hard to find anime with mature characters and story lines. Might I recommend You’re Under Arrest, Madlax, and Innocent Venus again? The characters are older than we see in most shows nowadays. I might also recommend:

    Utawarerumono (a harem show but less silly than most harem shows, and it deals more with warfare than romantic comedy)
    Mardock Scramble (with the caution that it is very violent, graphic, and features the poorest excuses for human beings among the villains, but it has a great story)
    Carried by the Wind Tsukikage Ran (slice of life samurai comedy with excellently choreographed fights–stories range from silly to mature)
    Kara no Kyoukai (the first two have the slowest plots, and the stories can be quite graphic–especially the third and fifth, which also happen to be my favorites)
    Blade Break (great animation and characters–especially for a mecha show)
    Kaze no Yojimbo (a great retelling of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo)

    Those last recommendations I pulled off from my top fifty list. (I wish I could offer mature recommendations from Summer 2014, but the season is rather lacking in that department.) Not sure whether you have watched these yet. May some of them restore your confidence in anime!

    • Thanks for the recommendations! I think you pretty consistently give me some and I try to watch them. Mardock Scramble is one that I have been meaning to watch and I forget about it for some reason.That will be the first one I will check out. Maybe I will have some more enlightening blog posts after going through your recommendations.

      • I hope that you enjoy them! And Mardock Scramble ranks as my fifth favorite series now. (Only three “episodes,” but that still makes it a series!) There’s a lot to Mardock Scramble, and I wrote two fine posts based on the ideas therein.

  2. Can’t seem to to find if there is a way to tell what you’ve already watched, so I apologize if I suggest something you’ve already seen.
    Recently aired shows where one or more of the main characters were adults:
    Mushishi Zoku Shou (second season of Mushishi)
    Toki wa Meguru: Tokyo Station
    Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran (as suggested above, with same notes)
    Tsumiki no Ie (put this at the top of your list)
    Golden Time

    Shows I’ve recently finished that didn’t feature adults but had reasonably ‘mature’ stories:
    Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
    Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
    Mekakucity Actors
    Hitsugi no Chaika
    Isshuukan Friends.
    Kuro no Sumika: Chronus
    Nagi no Asukara
    Coppelion (though I didn’t care for it that much)
    White Album 2 (though in the end the guy pissed me off)
    Ijime (though I thought it failed to get it’s message across)
    Hitsugi no Chaika

    Of the summer 2014 shows I am following (, only one features an adult as a main character: Barakamon. I do wish there were more, but I do find I enjoy a lot of what is being offered none the less.

    • Opps. Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran wasn’t a recently aired show, just to note. It’s just that I recently finished it.

  3. I meant to reply to this already but I initially read this post somewhere where I wasn’t comfortable logging in and then I wanted to make sure I gave a full reply and then it slipped my mind. 🙂

    I love the idea of creating a list that caters to people who want a more mature anime experience. Here’s my suggestions:

    Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
    Time of Eve
    Millenium Actress
    Shinsekai yori
    Space Brothers

    Arakawa Under the Bridge
    Tentai Senshi Sunred

    —Slice of Life—
    Kino’s Journey
    Silver Spoon
    Haibane Renmei
    The Tatami Galaxy
    Ristorante Paradiso

    Hunter x Hunter (currently airing)

    Hyouge Mono

    Kemono no Souja Erin
    Seirei no Moribito
    Aoi Bungaku
    Spice and Wolf

    There’s more but these are ones I’d definitely recommend. I tried to keep to shows that featured characters that were at least college age but there were a few that feature younger characters. Silver Spoon is set in a high school but the questions it asks the viewer are anything but immature. Kemono no Souja Erin is technically a kids show that features a child as the main character but the show features several time leaps so the main character ends up an adult and has a very interesting story and has no qualms about killing important characters. Rainbow is a mature series set right after WW2 in Japan that features high school kids that have been placed in a prison/school against their wishes. Lastly is Hunter x Hunter; it features a 12 year old main character and starts off really cheery but that’s just to set the viewer up as the series descends into darkness. Each story arc is better than the last as it builds the story higher and higher. The TV broadcasters in Japan eventually had to pull Hunter x Hunter from its Sunday morning kiddie spot and move it to after midnight. The recently finished 60+ episode Chimera Ant arc is, in my opinion, the greatest example of writing that anime has ever produced.

    • I’m sorry I’m so late in responding to this. Thank you for taking the time out and giving such a detailed response. From your SF list – I have seen all of them except Kaiba. That is a very good list. I actually do need to complete Space Brothers. I was watching it consistently then stopped. In fact, I have seen many of what you have listed outside of:

      Tentai Senshi Sunred
      Kino’s Journey
      Haibane Renmei
      The Tatami Galaxy
      Kemono no Souja Erin
      Aoi Bungaku
      Spice and Wolf (started this, never finished)
      Hunter x Hunter ( I always ignore this one so may give it a chance)
      Hyouge Mono

      You seem to have good taste (because you’ve liked what I’ve liked based on your suggestions, haha), so I will check out the ones I haven’t seen. Thanks!

  4. Luminas

    Gankutsuou, if you’re the dramatic/operatic type. Deals with highly mature themes in a spectacular way, although the protagonists are impliedly young. Based on the Count of Monte Cristo. ❤

    • Thanks for the recommendation! Depending on who you talk to, I am the dramatic type. 🙂

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