Top 55 Best Underrated Anime Of All Time

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Anime is a hugely popular medium all over the world, but there are always underrated gems that don't get the attention they deserve.

Note: This post was edited by Cody Perez, not originally written by Cody. This may not necessarily reflect the views of Cody Perez. 

There can be a number of reasons for this, including poor marketing, bad titles, sequels being made a little careless, or another anime contemporary that eclipsed it.

This list provides 55 underrated anime that is finally getting the recognition they deserve. Check them out and see for yourself what precious delight they can really be!

1. Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
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Name Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Type TV
Original run Oct 3, 2007- Apr 2, 2008
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 26 

Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor is an anime about a man, Kaiji, who becomes embroiled in a debt repayment scheme.

The anime is about Kaiji's efforts to escape the situation he has found himself in. The anime is dark, intense, and captivating, and it is one of the best-underrated anime with some amazing amine characters that definitely deserve its share of the limelight.

2. Sk8 The Infinity

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Name SK8
Type TV
Original run Jan 10, 2021- Apr 4, 2021,
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 12

Sk8 The Infinity is another underrated series on the list. It apprises the tale of two young boys called Reki Kyan and Langa Hasegawa.

The two boys are complete opposites, but they soon become friends and start to skate together. However, the story takes some intense twists and turns with drastic character developments. 

The characters in the show go through a lot of growth and change, which makes for an interesting watch. Sk8 The Infinity, in fact, is a great show to binge on and has all the potential to be an addictive anime series. 

3. Try Knights

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Name Try Knights
Type TV series
Original run July 30, 2019 – October 15, 2019
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 12

If you are a Rugby enthusiast, this underrated anime is just the thing for you.

In fact, as its name suggests, Try Knights is basically a sports-themed manga that was serialized in TV format.

The narrative begins with a young man called Riku Haruma enrolling in high school.

Motivated by his sibling's example, he set out to join the school's rugby squad. Through this experience, Riku Haruma develops a passion for the game and gains a new perspective on life.

The plot follows Riku and the rest of his rugby squad as they mature and learn from their experiences.

4. IDOLiSH7

IDOLiSH7
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Name IDOLiSH7
Type TV
Original run Jan 7, 2018, to May 19, 2018
Source Game
Total no. of episodes 17

 IDOLiSH7 is a great anime for viewers who appreciate a good story with some tension.

The anime revolves around “IDOLiSH7”, a Japanese idol group consisting of seven members (six cute amine boys and one girl); following their rise and the subsequent journey to the top.

5. Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen
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Name Sorcerous Stabber Orphen
Type TV
Original run Oct 3, 1998, to Mar 27, 1999
Source Light novel
Total no. of episodes 24

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen is a light novel/manga series that was not a success when it was first released.

The storyline is about a young lad named Orphen who is a money lender and financial whiz. However, due to his reckless nature, he often finds himself dragged into a lot of catastrophes. 

Although the anime adaptation of the series did not do well owing to a lackluster marketing effort and inconsistencies between the manga and book versions of the series, it is a true treasure that deserves its fair number of fans.

6. Gunbuster

Gunbuster
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Name Gunbuster
Type OVA
Original run Oct 7, 1988-Jul 7, 1989
Source Gainax
Total no. of episodes 6

Gunbuster is a 1988 anime OVA that tells the story of Noriko Takaya and Kazumi Amano, two young women who are fighting to save the planet from insectoid aliens known as Space Monsters.

The anime was not very popular when it was first released, but it gained a large following in the late 2000s.

The series is mostly known for its intense action scenes and well-developed characters.

7. Nobunaga Concerto

Nobunaga Concerto
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Name Nobunaga Concerto
Type TV
Original run Jul 12, 2014, to Sep 20, 2014
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 10

The Nobunaga Concerto is a historical-themed anime that received 19,000 votes on Myanimelist.

The Nobunaga Concerto revolves around a carefree lad named Saburou who is thrown back into the historical Sengoku era.

Saburou meets General Nobunaga Oda and becomes his proxy. The anime shows the life of the legendary Japanese General and performs well in Japan.

8. Project ARMS

Project ARMS
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Name Project ARMS
Type TV
Original run Apr 7, 2001-Sep 29, 2001
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 52

Project Arms is a 2001 anime series of 52 episodes, split into two seasons. And while it is true that it has lower ratings than other popular anime, this in no way implies that it is a bad show.

In fact, many people who have seen it believe that it has great potential and could be even more well-known if viewers are given a chance to enjoy it. This is because the story is intriguing, and the characters are likable.

The plot of Project Arms is a supernatural conflict and focuses on the story of a boy who damages an arm and is forgotten after some years.

After growing up, the protagonist begins to experience strange events that he does not recognize.

9. Soul Eater

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Name Soul Eater
Type TV
Original run Apr 7, 2008-Mar 30, 2009
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 51

Soul Eater is an anime that was released in 2008 but gained popularity later on.

The story of Soul Eater is set in an academy at Death City, which Shinigami head. They train Death Scythes, who fight the evil forces.

This underrated amine was not known initially, but it gained popularity later on due to its source material – manga and its similar story to The Promised Neverland.

10. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

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Name Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
Type OVA
Original run May 21, 1998-Dec 2, 1998
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 2

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a 1998 anime that was released through OVA. The main theme of this anime was peace and acceptance.

Interestingly, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is an anime that was released at a time when the world was changing. Mankind was coming to terms with its mortality, and it has a contemplative plot like Mushishi and Bartender.

Even today, it is underrated because only a few people have watched it.

11. Paranoia Agent

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Name Paranoia Agent
Type TV
Original run Feb 3, 2004-May 18, 2004
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 13

Paranoia Agent is an anime that has been criminally underrated for a long time. It's a mix of supernatural and dramatic events revolving around the two detectives, Ikari and Maniwa.

However, due to its poor publicity and a few controversies, it failed to garner the attention it deserved.

Its source material was also quite controversial. 

12. Gegege No Kitaro

Gegege No Kitaro
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Name Gegege No Kitaro
Type TV
Original run Apr 1, 2018-Mar 29, 2020
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 45

Mizuki Shigeru's Gegege No Kitaro is a manga series written and drawn in Japan. The series depicts the story of a young boy, Kitarō, and his interactions with yōkai, monsters, and spirits from Japanese folklore.

The title character is a half-human, half-yōkai boy who fights other yōkai to protect humans.

The manga was originally published in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1968 to 1969.

From 1980 through 1984, a second series ran in the same magazine. In 2007, Toei Animation converted the series into an animated television series.

13. Nodame Cantabile

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Name Nodame Cantabile
Type TV
Original run Jan 12, 2007-Jun 15, 2007
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 11

Nodame Cantabile is a Japanese anime that aired in 2007, the same year as it was adapted from its manga.

It took a long time for Nodame Cantabile to see success, but it eventually became popular with audiences.

The story is plain and simple and focuses on music and slice of life rather than drama and romance. Most people who reviewed it focussed on music and slice of life rather than on the drama and romance added to it.

14. Casshern Sins

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Name Casshern Sins
Type TV
Original run Oct 2, 2008-Mar 16, 2009
Source Other 
Total no. of episodes 24

Casshern Sins is an anime that has been around for a while but never really gained the attention it deserved. The creators wanted action to be a subset of thrillers, and as a result, the anime has adventure and drama as well.

There are two alternate versions of Casshern Sins, which have received more votes than the original version.

15. Riddle Story Of Devil

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Name Riddle Story of Devil
Type TV
Original run Apr 4, 2014-Jun 20, 2014
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 12

Riddle Story of Devil is an anime that takes place in a school setting. However, it failed to generate much attention when it aired because it was too niche. The story of Tokaku Azuma, the main character, has become more well-known over time and has generated a larger following. 

Consequently, this anime is now being appreciated for its unique plot and characters. 

16. Infinite Ryvius

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Name Infinite Ryvius
Type TV
Original run Oct 6, 1999, to Mar 29, 2000
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 26

The next on the list is Infinite Ryvius. This was one of the first mecha anime that was released back in 2000.

The show had an interesting plot with a lot of military conflicts and spice.

Thereby, if you're looking for a great anime that hasn't gotten enough recognition yet, then Infinite Ryvius is definitely worth watching!

17. Ping Pong The Animation

Ping Pong The Animation
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Name Ping Pong the Animation
Type TV
Original run Apr 11, 2014, to Jun 20, 2014
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 11

Ping Pong The Animation is a seinen anime that was the target of much critical acclaim when it aired in 2014. It is a brilliant combination of drama and psy-ops at the right places.

However, Makato Tsukimoto's story found only a small audience, but those who found it were greatly rewarded.

The series had only one adaptation, and that did not perform well, but with its recent release on Netflix, many are calling for a resurgence in popularity for this underrated classic.

18. Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit

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Things to Know Details
Name Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Type TV
Original run Apr 7, 2007, to Sep 29, 2007
Source Novel
Total no. of episodes 26

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is a 26-episode anime that originally aired in 2007.

The show was well received by critics but did not do as well as other historical-themed anime shows. The reason for this may be that Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit was focused on a general audience and did not receive the expected response.

However, this series is the only adaptation of this anime, so it may still have the potential to attract viewers.

19. Kamichu!

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Name Kamichu!
Type TV
Original run Jun 29, 2005, to Sep 27, 2005
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 16

Kamichu! is an anime that aired on TV in 2005 and only had 12 episodes. The story follows the life of a young girl, Yurie, who, after becoming desperate to make a boy notice her, suddenly becomes a local God.

Throughout the series, there are hilarious scenes when Yurie tries to become the powerful God she thinks she needs to be in order to gain the boy's love.

Although it may not have been popular when it first aired, Kamichu! is now getting the attention it deserves as a truly great anime series.

20. Houseki No Kuni

Houseki No Kuni
Things to Know Details
Name Hoseki No Kuni
Type TV
Original run October 7-December 23
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 12

Houseki No Kuni is an anime that has been underrated for a long time. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world that was destroyed by meteors.

The Gems and the Lunarians are the two camps fighting against each other. Phos and Cinnabar are two gems who are weak and constantly struggle to make themselves useful.

The added Fantasy element makes it interesting to watch and keeps you hooked till the end.

21. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou No Shichinin

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou No Shichinin
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Name Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou No Shichinin
Type TV
Original run Apr 7, 2010, to Sep 29, 2010
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 26

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubo No Shichinin is an anime that follows the life of Mario Minakani at a correctional facility in Japan in the 1950s. The anime was released in 2010 and had 26 episodes.

The plot of Rainbow: Nisha Rokubo No Shichinin is familiar with Stephen King's The Shawshank Redemption, which may be why it did not become as popular as that movie. However, it has been generally well-received by critics.

22. Legend Of Galactic Heroes

Legend Of Galactic Heroes
Things to Know Details
Name Legend Of Galactic Heroes
Type OVA
Original run Novel
Source Jan 8, 1988, to Mar 17, 1997
Total no. of episodes 12

Legend of Galactic Heroes is an old anime that first aired in 1988. The reason it was overlooked for so long was that it was an adaptation of its novels, which had ten volumes!

The plot is basically about a clash between two superpowers, and it contains drama, military, and space elements. Such a theme was hard to draw enough fans in those days.

However, with the recent surge in popularity of space operas like Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica, Legend of Galactic Heroes is finally getting the attention it deserves.

23. Afro Samurai

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Name Afro Samurai
Type TV
Original run May 3, 2007, to May 4, 2007
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 5

Afro Samurai is an underrated anime that aired in 2007 and only has five episodes. However, the creators later joined forces with others to make it into a movie, which did well. 

The anime has received a decent rank and moderate reviews. Most of it was mixed but never disapproved of the concept. 

24. Yona Of The Dawn

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Name Yona Of The Dawn
Type TV
Original run Oct 7, 2014, to Mar 24, 2015
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 24

Yona of the Dawn is a Shoujo anime that was released in 2014.

It is based on its manga which was drawn from its original concept. The story revolves around a young girl, Princess Yona, who is forced to flee her home after witnessing a coup, where her family gets wiped out one night, leaving her to fend for herself.

The anime has elements of romance and fantasy, which have finally made this underrated project popular with the audience.

25. Space Brothers

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Name Space Brothers
Type TV
Original run Apr 1, 2012, to Mar 22, 2014
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 99

Space Brothers is a Japanese anime television series based on the manga of the same name by Chuya Koyama.

The series tells the story of two brothers, Mutta and Hibito Nanba, who make a pledge to become astronauts together after watching a UFO one night.

The series originally aired on Television from April 3, 2012, to March 25, 2014. Despite its high ranking, Space Brothers had very few reviews because it blended the slice-of-life Type with sci-fi which made it difficult for some people to understand and appreciate.

26. Bakemonogatari

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Things to Know Details
Name Bakemonogatari
Type TV
Original run Jul 3, 2009, to Jun 25, 2010
Source Light novel
Total no. of episodes 15

Bakemonogatari is a 15-episode-long anime series that was released on Television and ran in 2009. The show is underrated, but it is finally getting the attention it deserves.

The series contains Supernatural elements, which were important to make it a commercial success.

The element of romance in it must have been another reason for its popularity, but it was criticized for the use of profanity and violence in the series.

27. Monster Farm

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Things to Know Details
Name Monster Farm
Type TV
Original run 1999-2001
Source Video Game
Total no. of episodes 73

Monster Farm is a Japanese anime series that was released in 1999. The series is about an otaku lover who gets teleported to a different dimension and has to stop evil.

The series received low ratings and few reviews when it first aired, but it has gained attention in recent years.

The sequel of the series flopped, and so did the spin-off version, but the original Monster Farm remains a cult classic.

28. When They Cry

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Things to Know Details
Name When They Cry
Type TV
Original run Apr 5, 2006, to Sep 27, 2006
Source Visual novel
Total no. of episodes 26

When They Cry belongs to the horror Type that was released in 2006. The show had 26 episodes and was fairly successful commercially. It also did well with reviews, garnering a reasonable rating from critics.

However, Funimation, who initially licensed When They Cry, dropped it in 2011, citing low sales. The anime only found a new distributor- Sentai Filmworks in 2015, and as a result, the sales went up.

This goes to show that good anime eventually find justice.

29. Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet

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Name Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet
Type TV
Original run Apr 7, 2013, to Jun 30, 2013
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 13

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is an anime that was released in 2013. The anime is about a ship named Gargantia that is attacked by a giant spaceship known as the Gauna.

The storyline follows the members of the crew as they try to escape from the Gauna. The anime has a slow but consistent drag of events in it. Apart from directorial and conceptual errors, the anime was standard.

30. Birdy The Mighty

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Things to Know Details
Name Birdy The Mighty
Type OVA
Original run Jul 25, 1996, to Feb 25, 1997Jul 25, 
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 4

Birdy the Mighty is an adaptation of the manga Tetsuwan Birdy which was created by Masami Yuki. The anime series had 13 episodes and aired in 2008.

It falls into the category of shows that were well-rated but didn't get a lot of views.

Interestingly, Birdy the Mighty is now gaining the attention it deserves. The protagonist, Cephon Altera, is a bird-like alien who came to Earth in order to document her life here.

31. Fractale

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Name Fractale
Type TV
Original run Jan 14, 2011, to Apr 1, 2011
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 11

Fractale is a manga adaptation by director Yutaka Yamamoto that stirred controversy soon after its release.

It was released in 2011 and, unfortunately, did not receive the attention it deserved.

One of the main reasons for its underrated status was the controversy that arose from its release. Some viewers felt that the ending was unsatisfactory and unfinished.

Despite this setback, Fractale is a well-made anime with beautiful animation and an interesting story.

32. Time Of Eve

Time of EVE
Things to Know Details
Name Time Of Eve
Type ONA
Original run Aug 1, 2008, to Sep 18, 2009
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 6

Time of Eve is an anime that aired between 2008 and 2009. The anime can be called tech or mecha sci-fi. It is the tale of android housekeepers.

Sammy is one such android and works under Rikuo, who is his owner. In a future where androids are commonplace, the line between human and machine becomes blurred.

This underrated anime explores the relationships between humans and their creations, as well as the implications of artificial intelligence on society as a whole.

33. Drifters

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Things to Know Details
Name Drifters
Type TV
Original run Oct 7, 2016, to Dec 23, 2016
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 12

Drifters is an anime that has been around for a while but is only recently getting the attention it deserves. The show has 12 episodes and is an adaptation of its manga.

The show is predominately a Seinen anime with a historical backdrop. The protagonist – Toyohisa, gets teleported after he is wounded in a battle and finds the new world strange and tries to blend in.

34. Hikaru No Go

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Things to Know Details
Name Hikaru No Go
Type TV
Original run Oct 10, 2001, to Mar 26, 2003
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 75

Hikaru No Go was an underrated long anime series that aired between 2001 and 2003. The series follows a young child who gets infatuated with the game of Go and his pursuit to become the greatest player.

The show has a supernatural outlook that could fetch some loyal fans, especially among gamers.

35. The Mystic Archives Of Dantalian

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Things to Know Details
Name The Mystic Archives Of Dantalian
Type TV
Original run Jul 16, 2011, to Oct 1, 2011
Source Light novel
Total no. of episodes 12

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian is an anime released in 2011 with 12 episodes and a side story. The show is based on libraries and books, making it a perfect choice for book lovers. However, the anime was not very successful upon its release.

This was likely due to poor distribution channels and publicity. Nevertheless, the anime is impressive in terms of design work and characterization.

36. Kaiba

Things to Know Details
Name Kaiba
Type TV
Original run Apr 11, 2008, to Jul 25, 2008
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 12

Kaiba is an anime that was released in 2008 and received the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival.

The series has only 12 episodes, which was the original concept for it; however, due to its popularity, the second season of 13 episodes was created. 

The show is a mix of sci-fi, supernaturalism, and mystery, which makes it an interesting watch. In addition, it also got some romantic and light moments which made it a strong contender for the awards.

37. Noir

Noir
Things to Know Details
Name Noir
Type TV
Original run Apr 6, 2001, to Sep 28, 2001
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 26

Noir is a 2001-long series anime that aired 26 episodes. It was the right combination of action, drama, and realism, but it could not find the right audience and remain obscure.

However, in 2007 Madlax was released and is seen as a part of the Noir trilogy. The name Noir was synonymous with fear in the anime.

38. The 12 Kingdoms

The 12 Kingdoms
Things to Know Details
Name The 12 Kingdoms
Type TV
Original run Apr 9, 2002, to Aug 30, 2003
Source Novel
Total no. of episodes 45

The 12 Kingdoms is a novel written by Fuyumi Ono, which was adapted into an anime series in 2002. The story follows the journey of Youko Nakajima, who is transported to the world of the 12 Kingdoms, where she must become a queen and fight for her kingdom.

The anime series received high praise from critics but did not achieve mainstream success. The story is praised for its well-developed characters and intricate plot.

39. Zetman

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Things to Know Details
Name Zetman
Type TV
Original run Apr 3, 2012, to Jun 26, 2012
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 13

Zetman is an anime adaptation of its manga series of the same name. It aired in 2012 and was met with mixed reactions.

While it did have some nudity, which may have led to it being downvoted, the controversy around it was that most seinen anime do nudity as part of the plot, but Zetman lacked both reviews and rankings.

40. Kaleido Star

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Things to Know Details
Name Kaleido Star
Type TV
Original run Apr 3, 2003, to Mar 27, 2004
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 51

Kaleido Star is an anime that aired in 2003 and was met with mixed reviews. While it had a small following, it could not get the attention it deserved.

The anime focused on circus arts and acrobatics, which are two things that are not commonly seen in anime. Kaleido Star is a decent show that could have done better if it had more viewers.

41. Tsuritama

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Things to Know Details
Name Tsuritama
Type TV
Original run Apr 13, 2012, to Jun 29, 2012
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 12

Tsuritama is a light-hearted and underrated sports anime that ended very quickly.

The show was initially marketed as a sci-fi anime, but the focus was shifted to the slice-of-life aspect, which made it more relatable for viewers. Nevertheless, this show definitely deserves a try!

42. House Of Five Leaves

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Things to Know Details
Name House Of Five Leaves
Type TV
Original run Apr 16, 2010, to Jul 2, 2010
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 12

House of Five Leaves is a Samurai anime that aired in 2010. It was produced by Manglobe and directed by Masaaki Yuasa. The show had about 12 episodes, and it received little attention when it first aired.

However, the anime community has slowly started to appreciate the show more and more.

The story follows an unemployed samurai named Akitsu Masanosuke who falls in love with a mysterious woman named Yaichi. He then becomes embroiled in the world of the House of Five Leaves, which is a group of criminals led by Yaichi.

43. AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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Things to Know Details
Name AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Type TV
Original run Apr 15, 2011, to Jun 24, 2011
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 11

AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day is an eleven-episode short animation series.

The life of Jinto Yadomi, who lived as a recluse, is the focus of this anime. Though it was dramatic at some points, the anime is well-done and has the potential to keep its viewers hooked with the element of mystery.

44. D.Gray-Man

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Things to Know Details
Name D.Gray-Man
Type TV
Original run Oct 3, 2006, to Sep 30, 2008
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 103

The manga series D.Gray-man is written and drawn by Katsura Hoshino. The series tells the story of Allen Walker, a young boy who becomes an exorcist in order to fight against the Millennium Earl and his Akuma army.

The manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 2004 to 2008, with the individual chapters collected into twenty-six tankōbon volumes by Shueisha.

The show was adapted into an anime television series by TMS Entertainment which aired in Japan from October 2006 to September 2008.

The anime adaptation of D.Gray-man was not well received when it first aired in Japan. However, the series started to gain popularity after it was licensed by Funimation and began airing on American Television. The series has since become one of Funimation's most popular titles.

45. Yakitate!! Japan

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Things to Know Details
Name Yakitate!! Japan
Type TV
Original run Oct 12, 2004, to Mar 14, 2006
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 69

Yakitate!! Japan is an anime that tells the story of a young boy named Azuma who dreams of creating his own signature bread for Japan. He moves to Tokyo in order to pursue this dream, and the anime follows his journey as he learns about baking and cooking with passion.

While it failed to gather a large fan base, the anime has maintained a decent ranking and rating.

46. Burning Kabaddi

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Things to Know Details
Name Burning Kabaddi
Type TV
Original run Apr 3, 2021, to Jun 19, 2021
Source Web manga
Total no. of episodes 12

Burning Kabaddi is an anime about an extreme Indian sport that requires intense physical strength and strategic minds.

The anime is finally getting the attention it deserves, with Tatsuya Toigoshi, the creator, originally making fun of the game but then starting to respect it.

47. School Rumble

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Things to Know Details
Name School Rumble
Type TV
Original run Oct 5, 2004, to Mar 29, 2005
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 26

School Rumble is a 2005 anime about a romantic pair that faces different issues. The anime is overtly Shounen with a plot and narration that is tilted towards that demographic.

The show has 26 episodes and found many fans today due to its conflicting tone; it can be seen as both humorous and serious.

48. Samurai Flamenco

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Things to Know Details
Name Samurai Flamenco
Type TV
Original run October 10, 2013-March 27, 2014
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 22

Samurai Flamenco is a game-based anime that has finally started to get the attention it deserves.

The violence and profanity in the anime were criticized, but it was praised for its supernatural humor. The anime aired for over one year and had 22 episodes.

49. Hamatora

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Things to Know Details
Name Hamatora
Type TV
Original run July 8, 2014-September 23, 2014
Source Manga
Total no. of episodes 12

Hamatora is a Japanese anime that aired in 2014. The show has 12 main episodes and follows the story of a team of detectives who use their special abilities to solve crimes.

The word Hamatora is a portmanteau of Yokohama, the city in which the show is set, and the Japanese word for trouble-shooter.

The creators of Hamatora stated that they did not want it to be classified as a Seinen anime, but it does have some aspects of one.

50. Saenai Heroine No Sodatekata

Saenai Heroine No Sodatekata
Things to Know Details
Name Saenai Heroine No Sodatekata
Type TV
Original run Jan 16, 2015, to Mar 27, 2015
Source Light novel
Total no. of episodes 13

Saenai Heroine No Sodatekata is an anime that has been underrated for a long time. The story follows Tomoya Aki, an otaku who is in love with Megumi Kato.

Together, they create the most successful light novel ever. However, while the anime was popular among viewers, it didn't do as well as it should have when it came to critical success.

51. Eden Of The East

Eden of the East Season 2: Release Date, Characters, English Dub
Things to Know Details
Name Eden Of The East
Type TV
Original run Apr 10, 2009, to Jun 19, 2009
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 11

Eden of the East is an anime that was released in 2009. The anime was met with mixed reactions, but it won two awards shortly after it was released.

The producers of the anime did not have a lot of means back then, and the anime only had 11 episodes. The use of violence, graphic scenes, and adult content caused a lot of controversies among viewers.

52. Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere

Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere
Things to Know Details
Name Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere
Type TV
Original run Oct 2, 2011, to Dec 25, 2011
Source Light novel
Total no. of episodes 26

Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere– a 13-episode-long anime, was released in 2011.

And though the first season of Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere received critical acclaim, the anime was underrated and did not get the attention it deserved.

However, with a sequel released in 2012 to conclude the story, fans of the series demanded that it be given more recognition. The cliffhanger ending of season 1 left many viewers eagerly awaiting season 2, which fortunately delivered on its promise.

53. Hell Girl

Hell Girl
Things to Know Details
Name Hell Girl
Type TV
Original run Oct 5, 2005, to Apr 5, 2006
Source Original
Total no. of episodes 26

Hell Girl is a psychological thriller anime that revolves around the concept of Hell Correspondence.

The anime was met with mixed reviews but reached a large enough audience that it was eventually licensed for an English dub. However, the manga adaptation was met with less favorable reviews, but the sequel received similar reviews.

54. Hyouka

Hyouka
Things to Know Details
Name Hyouka
Type TV
Original run Apr 23, 2012, to Sep 17, 2012
Source Novel
Total no. of episodes 22

Hyouka is a 22-episode-long anime that aired in 2012.

The story follows Oreki Houtarou, a high school student who is forced to join the school's Classic Literature Club by his older sister.

He soon discovers that the club is inactive and nearly abandoned, but he decides to stay, particularly to avoid being disbanded.

As he spends more time with the club, Oreki begins to uncover the secrets of the members and their past.

The show has a good standing and reputation after 2015 when they found new buyers for the rights to the show.

In 2017, they even released a live-action movie variant of Hyouka named Hyouka: Forbidden Secrets.

55. Haganai

Haganai
Things to Know Details
Name Haganai
Type TV
Original run 7 October 2011- 23 December 2011
Source AIC Build
Total no. of episodes 26

Haganai is a series that is full of humor and fanservice. Since the Type does not resonate with all, this show was added to the list of underrated animes.

However, if you are someone who appreciates humor, you may want to give it a try.

In fact, Haganai was originally received poorly but has maintained a passionate fanbase over the years.

Conclusion

Consequently, these are some of the most underappreciated anime titles. You'll have a fantastic time exploring these amine gems.

FAQs

What are the five anime types?

The five kinds are shonen, shojo, seinen, josei, and kodomomuke. Each form of anime is centered on a distinct target audience of viewers.

What is the longest anime?

According to Guinness World Records, Sazae-san ( with 7,701 episodes) is the anime that holds the record for the longest-running animated television series. The program is about Sazae-san, a mother, and her family.

What is the 1st anime?

The first anime to be created in Japan was Namakura Gatana (Blunt Sword) in 1917; however, it is debatable whether the title really held that distinction initially.

Who is the fastest anime character?

Killua can travel at speeds exceeding 550 miles per hour, which is much faster than the speed of sound. Additionally, he is the anime's quickest character.

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