Well I’ve had a number of conversations with some friends that are tired of seeing anime centered around high school or crazy-long silly series like Naruto and Fairy Tail. I am too. I’ve been out of high school for awhile and not to mention the high school scene feels redundant at times. Its not to say I dislike all high school scenarios and long-winded series. I have a place in my heart for Love Lab and School Rumble series. Oh and Haganai as well! A change of scenery outside high school life is refreshing though.
So I thought it would be fun to do some research on titles of anime that are not high school related. Here are some that I have seen and love. I listed the titles which is linked to a summary along with genres.
Honey and Clover– comedy, slice of life, college
Golden Time– romance, slice of life, college (2014)
Eden of the East- adventure, thriller
Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Cristo)-drama, mystery, sci-fi
Baccano– action, comedy, horror, supernatural, mafia
Gungrave– action, drama, mafia
Gurren Lagann-action, comedy, sci-fi, mecha
Chevalier d’Eon– drama, horror, historical (France)
Ergo Proxy-mystery, psychological, sci-fi
Samurai 7– Action, drama, sci-fi
Nana-drama, romance, music
Fate/Zero– action, drama, horror
Utawarerumono– adventure, drama, comedy, military
Hellsing Ultimate– action, horror, vampire
Here are some i’ve found recommended on other sites, but I haven’t seen.
Shiki– horror, mystery, vampire
Kobato– comedy, magic, slice of life (CLAMP series)
Sengoku Basara– Action, samurai
Attack on Titan– action, horror,
Tiger and Bunny– action, comedy, mecha
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control-action, drama, mystery, psychological
Claymore– action, drama, medieval
Black Lagoon– action, drama, pirates, mercenaries
Katanagatari-action, drama, fantasy, swords
Casshern Sins-adventure, drama, cyborg
Macross Frontier-action, drama, romance, sci-fi, mecha
Moyashimon– comedy, slice of life, college
Rec- Comedy, drama, romance, seiyuu
Nodame Cantabile-comedy, romance, college, music
Monster-drama, horror, dectective, doctor.
Ristorante Paradiso- romance, slice of life, restaurants
Tower of Druaga- adventure, drama, fantasy
Steins;Gate– adventure, comedy, thrilller, sci-fi
Heroic Age– adventure, sci-fi
Legend of Condor Hero-adventure, drama, romance, historical
Kino’s Journey– adventure, psychological, slice of life
Spice and Wolf-drama, romance, fantasy, merchants
Welcome to the NHK- comedy, drama, NEET
Btooom!- action, psychological, online gaming
The Devil is a Part-Timer!-comedy, romance, demons, work
Usagi Drop-comedy, slice of life, parenting
No Game No Life– Gaming, strategy, parody
Bakumatsu Rock– Samurai, Idols, Music,
Dramatical Murder– BL/yaoi, future, action
Tokyo Ghoul- Horror, supernatural, psychological
Here are some interesting discussions I’ve found.
Anime NN forum- Opinionated discussion on high school settings.
Escapist Forums- This will list other older series that I did not include (ex: Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star).
I hope I help you find something new to watch! Please feel free to make suggestions! (I’m not posting older classics though)