10 Most Underrated Anime Series You Shouldn’t Miss Watching
We get hundreds of amazing anime TV shows every year, but it’s almost impossible for every new release to get the spotlight. Fans usually end up watching popular shows like Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, Mob Psycho 100 and One Piece. However, the anime industry has given us countless underrated gems that deserve the community’s attention.
There are several amazing anime shows that went unnoticed by most anime fans. So in this list, we have talked about 10 underrated anime series that you should not skip. No matter how you want your anime platter to taste, this list has something great to offer for everyone.
10. Gugure! Kokkuri-san
Gugure! Kokkuri-san is a spectacular comedy and supernatural anime series that came out in 2014. The TV show contains countless unexpected humorous and heartfelt moments, so it’s definitely worth watching, especially if you’re in the mood for something sweet and simple.
The series revolves around the life of Kohina Ichimatsu, an elementary school girl who lives by herself and leads an unhealthy lifestyle. Once, while playing a game, Kohina accidentally summons Kokkuri-san, a fox spirit who later decides to take care of the little girl. The show takes Kohina on an exciting journey where she meets several other spirits as her guardians.
9. Hell Girl
Hell Girl is one of those rare horror anime shows that stays entertaining until the very end. The show was created by Hiroshi Watanabe, who also worked on fantastic projects like Elfen Lied and The Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok.
The unique and dark story of the series introduces you to Hell Girl, also known as Ai Enma. A mysterious website goes online on the dark web, and people with a strong sense of revenge start using it to summon Hell Girl. People ask Ai Enma to kill someone they hate, and Hell Girl brutally eliminates each target and sends their souls to Hell, but she also asks the petitioner to pay a high price.
Studio Madhouse never fails to impress us with its great animation and selection of projects. It has been the animation studio for some of the most famous series such as Death Note, Monster and Claymore. But some of the projects never gained much appreciation, and that includes Kemonozume.
Kemonozume is about the conflict between humans and the Shokujinki, a carnivorous alien race that sees humans as their prey. To exterminate these monsters, the Momota family creates a unique martial arts school known as Kifuken. But Toshihiko, the next heir to the Momota family, and Yuki, a Shokujinki, fall in love, introducing a traditional yet entertaining twist to the story.
7. Darker than black
Darker Than Black is one of the finest mystery, science fiction and thriller anime shows ever made. Honestly, it’s a shame that the series never got much attention from fans despite being a masterpiece. The series comes from the mind of Tensai Okamura, who worked on legendary anime such as Cowboy Bebop, Sword Art Online, Soul Eater and The Seven Deadly Sins.
The story of Darker Than Black revolves around the mysterious “Hell’s Gate” which suddenly appears in Tokyo. Several psychics with supernatural powers try to solve the mystery of the gate. However, the story mainly follows the journey of Hei and his blind companion Yin, the most powerful psychics the world has ever known.
6. Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou
‘His and Her Circumstances’ or ‘Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou’ is a romantic comedy that ran from October 1998 to March 1999. It is a beautiful anime show that was overshadowed by other rom-com anime series.
The story of Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou is relatively straightforward. The anime show will guide you through the lives of young teenagers in high school and their daily problems. Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou was well received by critics for its light-hearted story and relatable characters. In fact, some fans said it is “probably the most disarmingly honest shoujo romance ever made.” So it’s time we revisit this classic underrated anime series and appreciate its beauty.
5. 91 days
91 Days was a huge hit when it came out in 2016. But over the years, fans have forgotten this masterpiece and now the anime series is hardly a topic of discussion in the anime community. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that 91 Days is a brilliant anime that should be on your watchlist.
The story of 91 Days is set in the fictional city of Lawless, the most prominent black market for the sale of illegal material. Avilio, the protagonist of the series, returns to Lawless after a long time to take down the mafia gang responsible for the murder of his family. The tone and animation style of this particular anime will remind you of Cowboy Bebop. So you have more than enough reasons to find out what 91 Days anime has to offer.
4. The daily life of boys in high school
As the name of the series suggests, Daily Lives of High School Boys shows the daily adventures of Tadakuni (the main character of the series) and his friends, Yoshitake Tanaka and Hidenori Tabata. Every day is a struggle for Tadakuni and his gang as they interact with their fellow students.
Unlike recent anime shows, Daily Lives of High School Boys does not have a linear or complex storyline. You can start watching the show from any episode and enjoy the cartoonish adventures of the main characters as they grow older. The humorous plot of this anime’s every episode will leave you begging for more.
3. Last exile
If you’re a fan of adventure and steampunk anime series, you should definitely give Last Exile a try. The original Gonzo anime series ran for 26 episodes between 2011 and 2012, after which the series received a sequel and an anime film.
In a world dominated by endless war, Claus Valca and his best friend, Lavie Head, work as a cure and excel in their work. But their lives take an unexpected turn when they come across an orphaned girl named Alvis Hamilton. The duo decide to keep the girl safe while participating in a deadly mission.
2. Paranoia agent
Paranoia Agent is an anime show with an intricate story that exceeds most fans’ expectations. The 13-episode anime TV series has unexpected twists and turns and gives you an exciting experience with its psychological story.
People in Tokyo fall victim to a mysterious boy who likes to attack his targets with a golden baseball bat. As the strange killer terrorizes the city, two detectives, Ikari and Maniwa, try to solve the case by studying the statements of various victims.
1. Moribito: Guardian of the spirit
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is a series based on the 1996 Japanese novel by Nahoko Uehashi. This series surpasses several great “Sword and Sorcery” anime shows in terms of animation, story, and character arcs. But still fans hardly talk about Moribito, making it one of the most underrated anime series of our generation.
An empress hires a spear-wielding mercenary named Balsa to rescue her son from the emperor. The empress believes her son is under the water demon’s control and will soon bring a deadly drought across the nation.