Anime had a long way to go to become popular in Western countries. It was smoother with children-safe series that became more popular in the 90’s. They were not so disrupting, though some of them due to the flashing visual effects were also considered unsafe for kids (such as those stroboscopic Kamehameha effects in Dragon Ball).
Then in the late 90’s content for grown up and adults started to become popular as well since Western cartoons took an entirely different approach and they lacked gore and violence, or sexuality. These features were represented only in movies that made animes a fresh and exciting alternative for a core audience. As movie-making technologies were far less advanced in that time as now, animes could sometimes present that they were even not capable of. A dystopian future, forgotten lands of fantasy realms with mysteries and action revisited in many blockbuster movies a decade later.
Anime turned out to be a medium capable of being varied and truly unique that is more popular now than ever. Take a look at some of the best adult anime that were even shaping the movie industry of today!
Note: As out terminology ‘adult’ means the anime that is excessively gory, or features specific themes that would make them unsuitable for children.
Featuring a unique art style, Kemonozume is a stylish anime that is both disturbing and trippy at the same time. The plot is about the Shokujinki, the cannibalistic creatures fighting against the Kifuuken, known as beast-hunters. The protagonist, Toshihiko Momota is a swordsman from the hunters, who falls in love with the enemy when he sets his eyes on the beautiful Shokujinki woman, Yuka.
Another Madhouse classic, Claymore is very similar to the well-known Berserk series in both gruesomeness and plot. The twist is that Clare, the protagonist of Claymore is a woman as badass as most male heroes from a guild of knights with half-demon bloodline, fighting against actual demons. Clare embarks on a path of revenge to pay back to the killer of her mother.