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Seinen is a Japanese term, meaning “youth”. In anime, it is used to describe young adult men as the target audience. It covers series based on science fiction, action, politics, fantasy, sports, comedy, and relationships. The first-ever work under this genre was published in the Weekly Manga Times in 1956 as a fictional manga tale of yakuza (members of crime syndicates in Japan). After that, lots of Seinen manga and anime have been produced worldwide. It’s popularity is not only limited to young men, but to women as well.
Now, not wasting any more time, here’s a list of 10 Seinen anime with the highest “MyAnimeList” rating:
|Top 10 Seinen Anime With The Highest Rating Ever|
1. 3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season (March Comes In Like A Lion 2nd Season)
4. Vinland Saga
5. Ping Pong the Animation
6. Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)
7. Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers)
8. Kenpuu Denki Berserk (Berserk)
9. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai?: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2)
10. Hellsing Ultimate
1. 3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season
The anime is set in Tokyo revolving around the life of a 17-year-old “shogi” player Rei Kiriyama. Rei is a loner and is constantly dealing with struggles in his professional and personal lives. After his parents and sister died in an accident, the only close acquaintances he has are his three distant sisters - Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto.
However, his solitude soon comes to an end when he meets several vibrant personalities in his professional life. He also realizes that somewhere everyone suffers from their own emotional hardships and there’s nothing wrong in relying on others for support.
“Mushi” (plural form) are the fundamental life forms in the world. They have no goals or purposes and simply exist as ordinary beings. They know nothing about good or evil. For them, everything is the same as they don’t have any judging criteria. They can live in different forms and can readily mimic their surroundings which involves plants, rainbows, diseases, and so on.
The anime follows the story of Mushishi Ginko, who wanders to learn more about Mushi and deeply understand the hierarchy of life. To find the hidden secrets, Ginko leaves no stone unturned and is ready to go, even after the rumors that may or may not be linked to Mushi. Who knows in the end, it could all lead to discovering the meaning of life itself.
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The simpler the thing, the more complex it turns out to be. That’s the case with “Mushi”, which is said to be the simplest life form in the world. Its occurrence is so basic and almost lifeless that the majority of humans are not even aware of its ex
Dr. Kenzo Tenma is an expert neurosurgeon working at Eisler Memorial Hospital, West Germany. He is known for his 100% success results and thus, hailed as “future director of the hospital” by everyone. His progress comes to a halt when he rejects the current director’s order to operate on the city mayor and instead, performs surgery on a young boy named Johan Liebert. As a result, he is demoted and treated unfairly at the hospital by the senior officials.
One day the hospital director and the other two doctors are found dead under mysterious circumstances. Due to the previous incidents, Tenma is convicted of the murder. However, police fail to find any firm evidence against Tenma so he is set free and later, appointed as the new director of the hospital. His life takes a vicious turn when he learns the person behind the mysterious deaths is none other than the young boy, Johan Liebert, whom he saved once.
4. Vinland Saga
Thorfinn is a young Icelandic boy, who is obsessed with a legendary place named Vinland. Unlike Iceland, he knows Vinland to be a warm and fertile land, where people don’t fight or go on a war contrary to his present life as a mercenary.
The only thing Thorfinn knows to be a real truth is war and death. With the desire to live a better life, he secretly sails on the ship along with his father. But his expectations are short-lived when he witnesses his father’s murder by Askeladd. He, now, continues to live life as a fighter and aims to take revenge for his father’s death.
The anime is set in Vinland, a place located in 1013 AD England. It is majorly conquered by the Danish Emperor Sweyn Forkbeard, who is in constant war with England. Besides the war, Sweyn also has the responsibility to choose his successor between his sons Prince Canute and Prince Herald as his death is near.
Vinland Saga is a historical anime, which wonderfully covers the life of princes along with Thorfinn’s.
5. Ping Pong the Animation
Makoto Tsukimoto and Yutaka Hoshino have grown up playing ping pong together. Their aim is to become the best tennis player in the world.
To keep his motivation intact, Makoto often recites the mantra, “The hero comes. The hero comes. Chant this in your mind and I am sure to come to you…”
Every year in Japan, the inter-high table tennis tournament is conducted for students to gain national as well as international recognition. With such intense competition, the path to stardom isn’t a piece of cake for Makoto and Yutaka.
The anime shows their journey of ambition and how they have to go through countless hurdles to reach the top.
6. Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex
The anime has two seasons to keep your entertainment inflow. The first season is about a hacktivist who learns the hidden secrets of several Japanese micro machine manufacturing industries.
He decides to disclose the news to the whole country by abducting one of the company owners and forcing him to reveal everything on live television. The series explores high-level corruption and terrorism ongoing behind the big corps.
The second season is set two years after the first season. The series explores the impact of the third and fourth world wars on the political and social circumstances of Japan. Due to this, nearly 3 million Asians have become refugees and now, work as laborers in Japan.
However, these refugees soon turn unemployed when the post-war period causes social unrest in the country. What lies ahead is the fight for survival, the possibility of terrorism, and another outright war.
7. Uchuu Kyoudai
As two young boys in the summer of 2006, Mutta and his younger brother Hibito came across a space object which they believed to be a UFO hovering toward the Moon.
Absorbed by the unusual event, they both dream to become astronauts. Hibito aims to go to Moon and Mutta, being the elder one, aims for Mars.
Years have passed, the brothers are now adult. However, life didn’t go as planned for Mutta. He works for an automotive company while Hibito is on his first mission to step on the Moon.
The table soon turns for Mutta when he loses his job and receives an unexpected offer to become an astronaut for JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency). The anime follows their journey on how these two brothers fulfill their dreams that they aspired for 19 years ago.
8. Kenpuu Denki Berserk
Guts is a young warrior who was found as a baby beneath his hanging mother by a mercenary’s wife. His only mean of survival is the battlefield. Day and night, he puts his life at risk to earn enough to go through the day.
By faith, he runs into the Band of the Hawk, a sinister trope of mercenaries. Griffith, the gang leader, recruits him as one of the members and nickname him as the “White Hawk”. Within no time, Guts quickly climbs the ladder of success to become the next head of the faction. However, with each bloodshed Guts indulge in, he learns more about the brutal reality of the world.
The anime is set in the medieval era. It shows the dark and horrifying tale of a man’s struggle to understand the meaning of his life while supporting others to gain power and also finding true love on the way.
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Guts found as a newborn baby near his dead mother by a mercenary’s wife, now lives and breathes solely on the battlefield. Every day and every hour, he puts his life at risk to earn enough to get through the day.
9. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai?: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
The anime is set in Shuchiin Academy, the most renowned institution in the country. Miyuki and Kaguya are the student body’s elite representatives. They are highly respected by peers and mentors.
Miyuki is the top-ranking student in the nation while Kaguya is a brilliant student in every field imaginable. Being the best of the best, they are pictured as the perfect couple and are the envy of the entire student body.
Though they both feel strongly for each other but to maintain their rigid reputation, it seems highly unlikely they’d ever confessed to each other.
The anime follows their journey of how they keep their honor intact and are determined to win in every situation whatsoever.
10. Hellsing Ultimate
Humans are not safe at night. In the darkness on the streets, they are often followed and devoured by evil creatures. To stop this threat to humanity, an organization named Hellsing is established which aims to destroy these evil forces at any cost.
Integra, the organization head, is a staunch leader and governs a powerful military under her command. To her aid, Integra receives support from vampire Alucard who is fighting against his own kind. Alucard along with his servant Seras Victoria will go to any extent to preserve humanity and kill the monsters.
Hellsing Ultimate is a perfect epitome to prove that appearances can be deceiving and the greatest support often comes in the form of the worst nightmares.
These anime are some of the best Seinen anime. Some others like Tokyo Ghoul, One Punch Man, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure are also worth the watch.
Thank you for reading!
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