Recommend me an anime(that isn't about kids in high school.)

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Basically the title,and yes that also excludes anime with high-school esque academy settings(like Infinite stratos.)
Also just to save you some time,i've seen pretty much all the anime thats aired on adult swim so you can skip the obvious ones like cowboy bebop and FMA.

Tokyo Godfathers
Paprika
Paranoia Agent

Satoshi Kon's stuff is about as far removed from general anime as the movies from the West.

There's also Angel's Egg, Memories, Robot Carnival, and Neo Tokyo Labyrinth.

Darker Than Black. Set in the near future, ten years after an area of space in Tokyo appeared called Hells' Gate. Around the same time as the incident causing this to happen, certain people around the world developed certain abilities. Some became "Contractors", able to use special abilities that they must pay a specific price to use (hence the name) and others became "Dolls", passive beings able to use psychic abilities to travel outside of their bodies to other locations.

Both are primarily used by secret societies and government agencies as assassins and spies (although the general populace remain unaware of their existence). As well as their abilities they are also incapable of feeling emotion and able to look at things completely rationally, meaning their own survival takes precedent over any sense of loyalty.

The story follows a particular unit working for an organisation only known as "The Syndicate" and includes the mysterious Contractor BK-201 (the central character) and slowly unravels a conspiracy involving Hell's Gate, that is of interest to both Contractors and normal humans.

It's often described as a Film Noir type anime, and is overall quite serious in tone. There is light hearted humour here and there, and is (aside from the special abilities) quite grounded. No super-humans charging up giant fireballs while shouting, no characters wearing outfits of questionable value in combat and no "Kawaii" or "Moe" either.

The OVA's are all good as well, but the second series is a little... disappointing overall.

Kino's Journey is thirteen episodes long, and probably the most poetic anime I've ever seen. It's about a woman named Kino and her sentient motorcycle Hermes, who travel around the world and see a lot of different places, all of them bautiful in their own way. Highly recommended.

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Yes! This. Can't go wrong with Chinese electric batman as the main character.

I don't know what shows air on adult swim so I will say Baccano and samurai champloo.

Ergo Proxy
Cowboy Bebop
Tiger and Bunny

Just a few off the top of my head.

These are all I can contribute after scrolling my anime list.

Blood Lad (comedy, action, romance)
Hataraku Maou-sama! (comedy, action, romance)
Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou (comedy, random)
Maouyuu Maou Yuusha (drama, romance, action, spice and wolf ripoff)
NHK ni Youkoso! (comedy, drama)
Servant X Service (comedy)

If you're into Sci-fi, try Geneshaft or Crest of the Stars. If you're more the fantasy type, try Record of Lodoss War. If you want complete comedy and don't mind blatant fanservice, Slayers is the way to go.

Now this one is a high-school set type, but it's such a wacky deconstruction of everything I'll mention it anyway - Azumanga Daioh.

Also I don't know what aired on Adult Swim and therefore what's obvious ^^

Another poster has already recommended Darker Than Black so I won't go into it, but I do highly recommend it.

There's Ergo Proxy, which takes place in a dystopian future where humanity has been forced to live in domes. Much of the series is a few of the characters trying to reach a specific dome on a sort of a self-discovery journey that gets rather twisted in some episodes. It doesn't end on the greatest of notes and tends to ramble a lot, but it is still overall enjoyable.

Wolf's Rain is somewhat similar to Ergo Proxy in that it takes place in a rather dystopian future in which humanity has been reduced to living in walled-off areas of the world. However, I found Wolf's Rain to be more compelling. The entire show is a group of wolves (who often pose as humans) trying to find the woman (i.e. Flower Maiden) that will lead them to Paradise. The show, like Ergo Proxy, has some philosophical discussion, but it is paced better and tends to not get full of itself all the time. Personally, it is one of my favorite shows ever.

Witch Hunter Robin follows a group of witch hunters as they take down those who abuse their powers. The show is mostly "monster of the week" styled for half of the series with the other half being more of an overarching story that draws some inspiration from what happened in events like the Salem Witch Trials. It's decently enjoyable, though things start getting convoluted as time goes on but never so bad that you can't follow what's happening.

Anyways, sorry if any of these have been on Adult Swim, but I don't watch it.

"Baccano!"

It's...complicated. It's not set in a high school, it's set mostly in depression era america, with a focus on the incredibly violent passage of one train.

However, it's a non linear narrative that jumps between places, characters, and times, spanning decades at points. The main plot concerns rival crime families, a couple of petty thieves with a whacky MO, an insane hitman, a monster, and a bunch of immortals, to name only a few.

You'd be right in thinking it's hard to follow, and you'd be right. During the earlier episodes, at least. At this point, you have only a few pieces of the puzzle, but they are well chosen to be the most interesting ones, setting up the questions you would most wish to be answered, in a way a linear narrative never could, gripping you from the start. It even drops subtle clues in the intro and credits to things you won't even know about yet, and seeing everything come together later on is great, especially when it turns out to be the very opposite from what you expected.

From an entertainment view, it's enthralling, from an artistic and storytelling point of view, it's essential.

This one goes to basically every anime recommendation thread I come across, but The Vision of Escaflowne is a really good fantasy series, though most of the characters are high school age. Don't let that fool you though, it's a very fun and entertaining adventure with an incredible score.

Wolf Children is a very sweet and realistic family story (featuring werewolves, but that's not the point). Think My Neighbor Totoro with a dash of Whisper of the Heart and a pinch of Princess Mononoke. It's a fairly long and slow movie though, so don't go in expecting an adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride.

Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic is a very imaginative fantasy series set in a world inspired by the Thousand and One Nights. I've only seen the first episode, but the manga is very good, and judging by the reviews the series adapts it succesfully.

And while I would rather recommend reading the manga, Berserk is a decent dark fantasy series set in a medieval Europe-esque world. The animation is fugly though, so lower your standards going in.

marche45:
Basically the title,and yes that also excludes anime with high-school esque academy settings(like Infinite stratos.)
Also just to save you some time,i've seen pretty much all the anime thats aired on adult swim so you can skip the obvious ones like cowboy bebop and FMA.

Hanamaru Kindergarten.

This isn't even a total joke reply - I for one really liked it.

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. A series of 7 hour-long OVAs (final one yet to be released)

It's superb in every way. Story, animation, soundtrack and visuals. Even if you're not familiar with the prequels, you'll love it.

Fairy Tail, it is the best anime about magic guilds in a 1600s(ish)europe with magic punk elements on occasion.

Fairhy tail is pretty awesome.

Here's my recommendations

Baccano
Fate/Zero
Steins;Gate
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Black Lagoon
Monster
Jormungand
Michiko to Hatchin

I would recommend Durarara, but 3 of the protagonists are in high school, so idk.
Edit: How could I forget Psycho Pass

Darker than Black, Baccano, and Kino's Journey.

... Which have all been mentioned. Fuck my lateness.

Anyway, they're all good. Darker than Black is Chinese Electric Batman with a grounded set of superpowers and internal logic, Baccano is Baccano meaning that you're going to have to watch it to understand what it's about, and Kino's Journey is about a girl and her motorcycle travelling around the world.

marche45:
Basically the title,and yes that also excludes anime with high-school esque academy settings(like Infinite stratos.)
Also just to save you some time,i've seen pretty much all the anime thats aired on adult swim so you can skip the obvious ones like cowboy bebop and FMA.

Berserk. It's basically Game of Thrones, except it's actually good. I take that back, it's great. Seriously, I'm morally obligated to mention this on every Anime post. The best character development I've ever seen in an anime.

Serial Experiments Lain. Similar to Neon Genesis. It's slowly paced, and not for everyone, but if you like to think then you'll like this show. Technically the characters are school aged, but it's not about school.

Cowboy Bebop. You've probably already seen it. If you watch only one anime in your whole life, watch Berserk. If you watch two animes, watch Cowboy Bebop.

Eureka Seven. Either the movie or series - they are completely different. While the movie takes place in a ravaged land with a parasite new race trying to overcome humans, the series and manga share a plot. It also has awesome robots and at one point has a person's face burnt off. I reccomend a subbed version, the English dubbing is so cheesy and narmy, particuarly Eureka herself.

Arashi no Yoru ni. Japan has finally managed to out-Disney Disney. And it's well animated, the writing is good for a kids' tv show, and it's tolerable. Which they also managed to out-Disney Disney with.

Here's my recommendation;

Vandread (Set in space, two planets, one for males one for females. They are sworn enemies. 2 groups of guys and girls thrown together on a strange ship in the middle of nowhere trying to get home, come across a common enemy. Great anime, the male vs female propaganda is hilarous. Even girls like this one. )
Hunter X Hunter (The original. The remake is alright too)
Trigun (If you haven't heard of it yet.)
Read or Die (Great little mini series, 3 episodes).

Elfgore:

NHK ni Youkoso! (comedy, drama)

I can never recommend this one before someone else do. However, this anime is amazing. I am currently rewatching it and I still find it amazing.The comedy is pretty dark and at times you're not sure if you should laugh or cry. It's 25 episodes so it's not very long.

There's Yuru Yuri. That's about middle school girls (yes I am suggesting this as a joke).

You should really make an effort into stating your preferences, because even as far as high school centred anime goes there's a lot of variation. You should state if you want humour, action, fantasy, drama or something. I need more to work with.

I recommend a couple of my favorites: Gundam 00 and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita - often just called Yuushibu or a variation on that - is basically about a Dungeons and Dragons setting where adventurers are no longer needed, so our (literal)hero gets a job as a store clerk. Oh yeah and magic items are basically technology, but with some twists. Also he gets a new co-worker who livens things up considerably.
It's kind of an ecchi show, but I do like it beyond that (a lot of that is probably said new co-worker being a helluva scene-stealer).

Outbreak Company - Generic shonen otaku protag is recruited by some sort of company to help...spread japanese/otaku culture to a fantasy kingdom that they made contact with via a portal. He goes all-out in trying to do so, although the clash in cultures is kind of odd to him. Hilarity ensues.

Birdy the Mighty - Genetically modified intergalactic cop accidentally kills a teenager during a battle with a dangerous culprit during an investigation, but manages to (somehow, it's not really explained) transfer his consciousness into her body until he can get a new one (yay alien technology), and while they wait, they have to find a space-WMD.

Higurashi no naku koro ni - It starts out a bit like the sort of stuff you're looking to avoid (i.e., school drama, shonen plot, harem plot), then it quickly takes an odd path and ends up deserving its classification as mystery and horror.

Trigun and Samurai Champloo also aired on adult swim. have you seen them? theyre same length as Cowboy Bebop, and are both very good.

and ive heard Attack on Titan is incredible, but im waiting for an english dub before i start watching.

Spice and Wolf. A romance anime starring a medieval merchasnt and a centuries-old wolf goddess. They fight crime play the system to their advantage in ingenious ways.

Coppelion is an anime series about 3 girls exploring an abandoned, highly radioactive city.

Aoki Hagane Arpeggio is mostly about naval battles, with some politics mixed in. It's made with 3D CG though so the character models are a bit off at times. The batleships and submarines look awesome though.

Detroit Metal City is about a comedy about a metal band in Tokyo. All of them have graduated University (well out of high school).

It's quite silly and really funny IMO.

Yopaz:

Elfgore:

NHK ni Youkoso! (comedy, drama)

I can never recommend this one before someone else do. However, this anime is amazing. I am currently rewatching it and I still find it amazing.The comedy is pretty dark and at times you're not sure if you should laugh or cry. It's 25 episodes so it's not very long.

Sadly, I only watched this so I had background noise while playing some PC game and it was on netflix at the time. But even still, I really enjoyed it. I need to sit down and watch it again and take it all in. They really aced the romance too by taking their time with it and not shoving it in our faces.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Scrapped Princess
Mawaru Penguindrum
Steins;Gate
Eureka Seven

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Inspector.

It's based on video games, sure, and it likes to tie back to several of the more iconic moments of said games, but it stands fairly well on its own. You don't necessarily need to have experienced OG or OG2 to enjoy this particular series. So far, it's only available in dubs so far as I'm aware. Plus, hey, if giant robots are your thing, they manage to keep it lively without getting repetitive.

Roofstone:
Fairy Tail, it is the best anime about magic guilds in a 1600s(ish)europe with magic punk elements on occasion.

Fairhy tail is pretty awesome.

Fairy Tail is mediocre at best. Name any other shounen and there´s 90% chance it's better than FT. Shounens usually have annoying Main character, but Natsu takes the cake as the worst of them all. Not even Erza which is awesome can save the show.

Lots of great animes have been said already, like Baccano, Welcome to the NHK, Darker Than Black, Spice and Wolf, Steins Gate.

I add Monster, never met anyone who disliked the anime. Eve No Jikan, interesting sci-fi slice of life anime that touches intelligence in robots subject. Mushishi, it's mostly episodic, but very, very good.

Also add the lesser known Shinsekai yori, from the end of 2012-2013, really original. Just don't drop it between episode 6-9 they're considered the worst (episode 7 or 8 have a gay and lesbian scene which turned some people off), after that it gets great, it's worth it.
Dennou Coil, awesome sci-fi.
These two have in common that they're both mature, but with kids as protagonists, altough in Shinsekai yori they grow up during the anime. Both well rated.

OP is American and not much into anime? If you are, the type of animes most people like you like, where Cowboy Bebop is usually considered the best, includes the likes of Darker Than Black (thinking about it they have a lot in common, I prefer this one to Bebop but I'm in the minority), Baccano!, Ergo Proxy, Ghost in the Shell, Black Lagoon and Berserk.

marche45:
Basically the title,and yes that also excludes anime with high-school esque academy settings(like Infinite stratos.)

Way to go cut down possible recommendations, man! =P That's like... 90% of all anime ever... including the good ones!

All kidding aside (along with all previous mentioned recommendations):

Maoyū Maō Yūsha - a study of politics and economics in a mid-fantasy world (humans/daemons etc.), a little weird insomuch that none of the characters have names, only labels.

Gankutsuou - imagine what the Count of Monte Cristo would've been like if Dumas had written it while taking LSD.

Zetsuen no Tempest - has a central cast of four highschool aged kids, but that's barely the point. Think Shakespeare's Hamlet & the Tempest mashed rather crudely together in anime form (with outright references as well).

Moyashimon (two seasons so far) - it's set at an agricultural uni, but it's quaint for anthropomorphising microorganisms and providing microbiology 101 lessons-lite.

Mari & Gali - following on from the above, maths & physics 101 in loads of 5min bite-sized eps with brilliant caricatures of famous figures from the history of science.

Last Exile - one of the best steampunk series I've seen, though the graphics have aged, uh... very... very badly.

Haibane Renmei - ... ... ... uh, yeah...

However, for a highschool series, I will recommend Seitokai Yakuindomo and screw the caveat you've placed, because this series is so utterly inveterate and irreverent that it's perfect for anyone who hates the highschool trope.

Of other series recommended in previous comments, I'd definitely second Psycho:PASS (society without crime, at what price), GitS:SAC (no explanation required... probably) and Jormungand (arms dealer with an unexpected agenda).

I give this the necessary preface of--I'm old, my recommendations tend to be old-school.

Outlaw Star
Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Utawarerumono
You're Under Arrest!
Tsukigage Ran: Carried by the Wind
Record of Lodoss Wars
Lupin the 3rd
movies > TV series
City Hunter movies > TV series
Mermaid Forest
The Big O
Hyper Police
Slayers
Bubblegum Crisis OAV's
AD Police Files
Sol Bianca

Hmm, that's a shorter list than I thought it would be....

All of my 'go-to' recommendations have already been said, so I'll just reaffirm their awesomeness.

Black Lagoon, a seriously fun anime full of action, but can get very dark and deep. English dub was also done extremely well.

Here's the first episode, for your convenience. :)

Spice & Wolf, extremely unique, haven't seen anything like it before or since (And that isn't from a lack of trying). Somewhat slow paced, but when shit does hit the fan, it's flipping intense. As with Lagoon, the English dub is superb.

Last Exile, Haven't seen anything past the first episode, but it looks to be damn good. English dub is a bit...Meh. I'd probably do subbed for this one.

Madoka Magica is about kids in MIDDLE SCHOOL!
Big difference!

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Episode 01

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is about elite cyborg police officers fighting cybercrime in Japan in 2030. By "cybercrime", I mean brain hacking and other crimes that could occur in a world in which humanity itself has been converted into data. Damn good show, and all 26 episodes can be watched legally on Youtube. Check it out.

Also, Black Lagoon. Alternatively titled "John Woo and Quentin Tarantino Make An Anime" or "BITCHES BE CRAZY."

saintdane05:
Madoka Magica is about kids in MIDDLE SCHOOL!
Big difference!

That's hardly what Madoka Magica is about.

Can't think of many good one's that I have seen that weren't on Adult Swim but the few I can think of are
Attack on Titan
Welcome to the NHK
Gurren Lagann
Trigun

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