People tend to group anime or any form of animation as childish. Of course even I think that most of the animated work is produced with kids in mind but there is also a small percent of animation dedicated for mature audience.
Still I love watching every type of anime, no matter how they tend to be.
As anime is getting more commercialized the quality of shows is getting degraded. As back in the days anime weren’t just any series with vivid imaginations but they had deeper meanings. Of course shitty shows existed even back then but now they have just grown in huge numbers.
I know many anime could be in this list but for now these are some mature anime series which I think should be on watchlist.
In a society where humans and robots co-exist, there is surely many things that could go wrong. This show is set in a dystopian future but isn’t like something what you would expect. It leaves you to reflect psychologically about various event. Except for the last episode, this is amazing dark series filled with some shocking suspenses.
In near future, Japanese police creates a system which measure a person’s criminal state just but analysing his/her vitals. Of course a computer can’t be perfect, not always. Even the police is just a figure, the real work is done by latent criminals, well lets not spoil that further. There are some compelling murder mysteries and even being considerably darker this show is entertaining. After all it questions the system.
This is a iconic series for which Studio Shaft is popularly credited, lets not dive into that. The series revolves around the life of Araragi, who looks human but is an immortal half vampire. Over the course of the series we are treated with various characters, and with various characters comes deeper connections and sub-plots. It’s interesting to see how this series manages to relate fantasy elements with real world problems say for something like stress.
Welcome to the NHK
This anime focus on the life a NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training) basically a shut-in. Not everyone adopts to society quickly, some take time and some run away from it. Beyond focusing on NEET lifestyle it also focusses on various real world social problems. The anime even after its deeper themes is quite entertaining and one which I think everyone should watch.
The anime follows the life of thirty-year-old Daikichi as he becomes the guardian of Rin, the illegitimate six-year-old daughter of his grandfather. The anime focuses on the unusual theme of parenting, which is usually not properly depicted in a full blown anime series. Yup! Wolf Children shares a similar theme and actually does better than this but eventually that is a movie. BTW this anime showcases hardships faced by parents in raising their children. The sacrifices they make, all those little things they do. Quite a delight to watch.
This a lighter anime among all, featuring our protagonist as a city man moving to village. Over his stay in the village he discovers the way of life which seems to be lost in the convenient fast moving city life. He understands the value of life and enjoys small moments which are usually overlooked by everyone. It’s an interesting take on how urbanizing the population is changing the way of life for the bad.
Kids on the Slope
If possible I could include all of Shinichirō Watanabe’s works which include Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and the most recent Terror in Resonance but Kids on the Slope rather feels perfect for the list. This anime showcases the beauty of adolescence, it focuses on friendship and family values . The show unlike other is quite realistic, as it perfectly showcases the situation teen faces during the age of coming. Plus there is some amazing jazz music to compliment the story.