Just about everyone has seen Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia, and Death Note. But what about the lesser-known anime that never got any of that hype?
In recent years, a ton of fantastic anime has been buried by ultra-popular series. These underrated anime were overshadowed by other series, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up on them now.
1. Blood Blockade Battlefront
Blood Blockade Battlefront takes place in the demon-infested city of Hellsalem’s Lot. Leonardo Watch, the recipient of the powerful All-Seeing Eyes of the Gods’, moves to the city, only to get involved with a crime-fighting organization called Libra.
When more malevolent demons begin to seep in from the Beyond, life in Hellsalem’s Lot gets even more unstable. Despite having some amazing artwork and action sequences, this exciting anime often goes overlooked.
2. Welcome to the NHK
If you’ve ever spent an entire day (or longer) sitting inside watching anime, you can probably relate to Welcome to the NHK. This highly-underrated series follows the average life of Tatsuhiro Sato, a college dropout who spends most of his time inside his apartment.
Because of Tatsuhiro’s status as a recluse, he attracts the attention of a young woman who tries to shake him of his solitary ways.
3. Space Dandy
Space Dandy comes from the same brilliant minds behind Cowboy Bebop. Although both anime have the same emphasis on space travel, Space Dandy puts a wacky, non-sensical spin on things.
This goofy space opera follows Dandy, an alien space hunter, along with his unconventional crew—together, they embark on missions to discover new alien species.
The fact that Nana has never made it to the big leagues of anime is mind-boggling. Nana introduces you to two women named Nana, and they couldn’t be any more different.
While one Nana is a peppy girl who just moved to Tokyo, the other is a rugged, aspiring rockstar. When their paths cross, plenty of drama and angst follow.
5. Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens is set in Fukuoka, Japan, a city that houses a surprising number of assassins. In a city full of investigators, killers, and spies, Detective Banba scrambles to uncover the truth behind the mysterious “killer of professional killers.”
Overlord is yet another modern anime that’s been overshadowed by other hugely popular series. Just like Sword Art Online, the main protagonist of Overlord gets trapped inside of an MMORPG.
Now that Momonga’s stuck in a virtual fantasy realm, he’s left with an incredibly powerful character, mindless NPCs, and enough experience to take over the world of Yggdrasil.
7. Eden of the East
On Careless Monday, ten missiles strike Japan, but somehow cause no deaths. Following this event, recent college graduate Saki Morimi travels to Washington D.C., where she encounters a strange naked man with amnesia. Saki and the mysterious man travel back to Japan to find the man’s true identity.
9. Birdy the Mighty: Decode
The Birdy the Mighty manga was originally written in the 80s, and it luckily received an anime adaption in the mid-2000s. This epic anime concerns the story of Birdy, an agent who tracks down interplanetary criminals.
When she follows the scent of one criminal to Earth, she nearly kills a civilian. Birdy decides to save his life by combining her body with his.
10. Ghost Hunt
Ghost Hunt is a paranormal horror anime that frequently slips through the cracks. Like most of us, Mai Taniyama enjoys a scary ghost story. She takes her interest even farther when she winds up as an assistant to the Shibuya Psychic Research company, and gets involved in supernatural investigations.
Don’t Miss Out on Underrated Anime
If you think you’ve seen every amazing anime, think again. Chances are, you haven’t watched some of these underrated anime series.
Want a break from modern anime? Check out these anime series from the 90s that are still worth watching.
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