Top 55 Best Underrated Anime Of All Time

top 55 best underrated anime of all time


When it comes to Anime, there were many gems that you all may have missed.


They would have been masterpieces that touched the hearts of fans. But, it was a misfortune that made them go unnoticed and thus, underrated.


There would be many reasons which led to this. Sometimes good anime series have been sabotaged by the same studio.


Of course, it would be unknowingly or by accident. A little carelessness while fixing a release date or a sequel can cost a lot.


Another prominent factor is the sheer number of anime content getting produced.


In such a situation, there are very high chances for an anime to get ignored, eclipsed, or even forgotten!


Other factors are mostly related to – poor marketing, bad titles, or even some other anime contemporary that eclipsed it.


You would have watched an anime and wondered – How did I miss this? Why isn’t anyone speaking about it?


Why are there so few reviews? Unfortunately, that’s how the world is. We at ENTOIN have recognized such animes and compiled them as a list.


Do go through them and watch them know why we have made this list.


Read on, to explore the uncelebrated and forgotten anime.




1. Hyouka




Entity Detail
Title Hyouka
Type TV
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered Apr 23, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.121
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Hyouka is 22 episodes long anime that aired in 2012. It is the tale of Houtarou Oreki who is a school student.


It focused on his equation in the school. He makes startling discoveries after he is dragged into a mystery.


It was based on the Koten bu light novel series which showed the same story in it.


It is a collection of mysteries that got deciphered as the plot moved. It even had a 2017 live-action movie variant named Hyouka: Forbidden Secrets.


Though the movie did well, its sequel did not. Today, Hyouka has a good standing and reputation.


This was after 2015 when they found new buyers for the rights. Hyouka shows the audience the possibility of a mystery anywhere.


The storyline was well crafted to let viewers take guesses. It also lets them figure out things.


So if you watch this, you need to be attentive and avoid meandering away.




2. Hell Girl


Hell Girl


Entity Detail
Title Jigoku Shoujo
Type TV
Studios Studio Deen
Premiered Oct 5, 2005 to Apr 5, 2006
Source Original
MAL Score 7.641
Duration 25 min. per ep.


The right description of Hell Girl would be – Psychological thriller. The main concept in this anime is that of the Hell correspondence.


It’s a website that lets someone take their grudge out. Behind it sits Ai Enma who uses 3 dolls to carry out the task.


Now, here comes the divine retribution – which most don’t know about. The people who use it to take revenge will have to pay Enma.


She will condemn them to hell for it. Such a storyline was never seen or played out in other animes.


Hell Girl got mixed reviews and reached enough viewers. However, it could have done better with its uniqueness and ingenuity.


It was an adaptation of its manga which gave it the bare minimum views. The sequel got more or less the same reviews.


It had 26 episodes and was categorized as R – 17+. The movie came under scrutiny for scenes glorifying violence and dark rituals.


It also had a summary alternative for those who wanted a shorter sequence.




3. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere


Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere


Entity Detail
Title Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Premiered Oct 2, 2011 to Dec 25, 2011
Source Light novel
MAL Score 7.071
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere is a13 episode long anime. 


It has a prequel that many fans may not have heard about. It was mainly an action movie like the current one.


Toori Aoi, the protagonist wishes to regain his homeland. This is when a critical issue occurs and they wish to capitalize on it.


It is in the backdrop of the 17th Century – thereby making it historical as well.


This anime showed a lot about Japan and its history during that era. It was categorized as PG – 13 which let kids watch it.


If you need to know about the medieval Japanese age, do watch this. It can also be termed educative, for the role it played in awareness creation.


It had a sequel called Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II. This was the continuation of the same plot.


Since the previous one ended as a cliffhanger, this was necessary.




4. Eden of the East


Eden of the East


Entity Detail
Title Higashi no Eden
Type TV
Studios Production I.G
Premiered Apr 10, 2009 to Jun 19, 2009
Source Original
MAL Score 7.811
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Eden of the East was released in 2009 and won 2 awards shortly after that.


They were – the Animation Kobe award and Best TV Series award. However, it made its way into this list as it was initially misunderstood.


The anime would have been a failure if not for the decent publicity it got.


The producers also had very few means back then. It is a pre-2010 anime that has only 11 episodes.


The tale is about Akira Takizawa and Saki Morimi. His dementia is what the anime portrays.


It faced a lot of brickbats for the violence, graphic, and adult scenes. Also, the use of terrorism and death games caused a lot of controversies.


It was reported to have a lot of graphic scenes and profanity. However, this did not stop it from finding the right viewers.


It had romance, action, sci-fi, and mystery in the right balance. It was more of a mature audience’s entertainer.



5. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata


Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata


Entity Detail
Title Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
Type TV
Studios A-1 Pictures
Premiered Jan 16, 2015 to Mar 27, 2015
Source Light novel
MAL Score 7.521
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata means Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend. This anime is an adaptation of its light novel series.


It is predominantly an ecchi anime with a tinge of comedy. Being a short series, it only had 12 episodes.


The tale deals with Tomoya Aki who’s an otaku fan. He lives, breathes, and eats otaku.


He forms a circle with a few female acquaintances. This is to build a game.


However, he realizes a lot of things during it. This anime could connect with many viewers and twang a chord in their hearts.


This is precisely why it became successful, though a little late. But when it comes to success, it was not as much as it should have been.



6. Hamatora




Hamatora had 12 main episodes which were released in 2014. Apart from that, it had a sequel and a spin-off version.


These have performed pathetically and have not yet found any success. It was a concept that started as a manga and later became an anime.


Hamatora is a portmanteau of Yokohama and the Japanese word for trouble-shooter. It’s one of the detective-themed animes that made it into this list.


It also had an element of mystery and supernaturalism in it. Though the creators refrained from making it Seinen, it has some aspects of it too.


Today, this is a reasonably popular anime series.



7. Samurai Flamenco


Samurai Flamenco


Parody animes are usually a success and make great money too. However, the case of Samurai Flamenco is different.


It is also a game-based anime. The game came out as an adaptation of the anime.


Masayoshi, who becomes Flamenco during the night, faces a dilemma. His vigilante activities leave a trail and he is caught soon.


He soon finds a companion named Gotou. This anime had 22 episodes which were aired over one year.


Critics attacked it for the violence and profanity in it. However, it was praised for being supernatural humor which was entertaining.


Hope it gets noticed by potential fans.



8. Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End


frieren: beyond journey’s end


Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End is all about an elven mage named Frieren who happens to be part of a group that managed to achieve the unimaginable. They were the ones who took down Demon King.


And that’s why this group is remarkable in their story. However, that’s the end for Frieren and her adventures for now. Later on, she decides to continue down the path of collecting spells across the continent. All was going great until she lost some of her close friends.


And that’s when she had a realization. This realization is going to change the game for everyone as this is something that will determine Frieren’s fate for the rest of her life. It is an absolutely gorgeous work. 



9. School Rumble


School Rumble


Entity Detail
Title School Rumble
Type TV
Studios Studio Comet
Premiered Oct 5, 2004 to Mar 29, 2005
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.921
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Are you interested in romance movies that have a love triangle? Or some conflict among a romantic pair?


If so, School Rumble is for you. Tenma and Kenji seem like the ideal couple, in this anime.


But, only time can tell how far they’d go as they face different issues. It was a 2005 anime and went unnoticed for a long time.


It had 26 episodes and this led to a slow broadcast then. Though it is a general romance anime, it is overtly Shounen.


The tilt is obvious in the plot and the narration. Since it is a school anime, it found many fans today.


The anime’s conflicting tone will grab your attention and force you to complete it.



10. Burning Kabaddi


Burning Kabaddi


Entity Detail
Title Shakunetsu Kabaddi
Type TV
Studios TMS Entertainment
Premiered Apr 3, 2021 to Jun 19, 2021
Source Web manga
MAL Score 7.131
Duration 23 min. per ep.


An anime about an extreme Indian sport that requires intense physical strength and strategic minds. 


One day Tatsuya Toigoshi was going to the gym, where he found some other students playing Kabaddi. 


First, he made fun of them and the game as Tatsuya is a skilled soccer player and respects no other game other than the game he plays. 


But soon he gets interested in the game and now is a champion at it. He starts respecting it and acknowledges its importance. 



11. Yakitate!! Japan


Yakitate!! Japan


Entity Detail
Title Yakitate!! Japan
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Premiered Oct 12, 2004 to Mar 14, 2006
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.941
Duration 24 min. per ep.


A shounen comedy, Yakitate!! Japan – is a 69-episode-long anime which were telecasted over two years.


It was an adaptation of the manga.


It failed to gather enough fan base but, it maintained a decent ranking and rating.


If we talk about reviews, it hasn’t many so it’s hard to judge before watching.


The story revolves around Azuma, a boy who wants to create bread “Ja-pan” as many countries have their signature bread.


To fulfill his dream, he moves to Tokyo. So, this anime involves baking and cooking with passion.



12. D.Gray-man




Entity Detail
Title D.Gray-man
Type TV
Studios TMS Entertainment
Premiered Oct 3, 2006 to Sep 30, 2008
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.041
Duration 23 min. per ep.


D. Gray-man is popular today but it wasn’t the case always. The reason it got popular only long after release was because of poor publicity.


A lot of animes that were released before 2010 suffered from this. However, its sequel did not get much attention.


The pro factor for D. Gray-man anime was its source material, manga. The manga had a decent fan following even before the anime was produced.


After the release of anime, it was not the case that manga sales increased too much, but it had a positive impact on it.


It was a long anime with 103 episodes. After 2016, Funimation got rights to the last half of the anime episodes.


It was with Dentsu, till then. This was a turning point for this anime as it started to get popular after it.



13. The Eminence in Shadow


the eminence in shadow


Minoru Kageno wants to be the one who manages everything from the shadows. He doesn’t want to be the centre of attention directly.


However, everything must be happening with his commands. And soon enough, he gets the opportunity to fulfil his dream. He ends up in an accident and loses his life.


However, that allows him to be reincarnated in another world as Cid Kagenou who is someone with skills and capabilities, far beyond anything that we have seen up till that point.


He continues to work from behind the scenes and soon enough, this man manages to achieve his dream and make the most out of his situation. As time passes by, he becomes the king from the shadows. However, the endeavour isn’t over yet. 



14. AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day


AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day


Entity Detail
Title Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.
Type TV
Studios A-1 Pictures
Premiered Apr 15, 2011 to Jun 24, 2011
Source Original
MAL Score 8.381
Duration 22 min. per ep.


AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day is a popular anime, at moment. However, it was not so till recently.


It is a short anime with just 11 episodes. It has a sequel, a few spin-offs, and side stories.


It was the life of Jinto Yadomi who lived as a recluse. The anime then shows his experiences with supernatural forces.


The element of mystery which accompanies it made it more thrilling. Though it was dramatic in some parts, it was well within its limits.


Realism was used appropriately to give the perfect touch.



15. House of Five Leaves


House of Five Leaves


Entity Detail
Title Saraiya Goyou
Type TV
Studios Manglobe
Premiered Apr 16, 2010 to Jul 2, 2010
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.811
Duration 23 min. per ep.


With only 12 episodes, House of Five Leaves was a short anime. It was a Samurai anime with Akitsu being the lead samurai.


It had the backdrop of the Edo era in Japan. It shows Akitsu’s survival and his struggles.


The anime was Seinen and also had some mystery to its plot. Though it’s not clear why it underperformed, you must not doubt its impact.


Five Leaves was the name of the gang which Akitsu joins. Samurai animes usually get a warm welcome in the anime world.


However, there are a few ones like House of Five Leaves, which could not.



16. Tsuritama




Entity Detail
Title Tsuritama
Type TV
Studios A-1 Pictures
Premiered Apr 13, 2012 to Jun 29, 2012
Source Original
MAL Score 7.691
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Tsuritama is based on its manga series. It has only 12 episodes that were concluded very quickly.


It was another sports anime which was Shoujo. It had many light and hilarious moments.


It was initially marketed as a sci-fi anime (which it is). But, the aspect of sci-fi is very minute in it and the major focus is shifted to slice of life.


This may have caused it to look confusing. As a result, it has very few reviews and only a fair rating.


The figures could have been improved with the help of some OTT platforms.



17. Kaleido Star


Kaleido Star


Entity Detail
Title Kaleido Star
Type TV
Studios Gonzo
Premiered Apr 3, 2003 to Mar 27, 2004
Source Original
MAL Score 7.931
Duration 23 min. per ep.


This is a Shoujo anime. Hence, the viewer base for this was wider.


It has 51 episodes which were aired in one year. One of the characters in it is based on a real person – Dio.


It is one of the rare sports anime which showed acrobatics and circus items. Though it may have bored the elderly audience, it attracted the younger ones.


The anime is safe for teenagers. Unfortunately, it could not get enough viewers or reviews.


Thus it’s ranked poorly. It was a decent anime that could have done better.



18. Zetman




Entity Detail
Title Zetman
Type TV
Studios TMS Entertainment
Premiered Apr 3, 2012 to Jun 26, 2012
Source Manga
MAL Score 6.871
Duration 24 min. per ep.


The 13 episodes of Zetman were an adaptation of its manga series. It aired in 2012.


Being a seinen anime, it focused on action and romance. Most Seinen anime do it as a part of the plot.


This is because the target audience is the youth. Zet and Alphas make up the two camps in this plot.


The story focuses on their conflict and its consequences. The Zets come across as the good guys.


However, this belief will undergo rapid change as you watch it. It was controversial for the mild nudity and that led to it being downvoted.


It lacked both reviews and rankings. This is a sad fact for such an anime.



19. The 12 Kingdoms


The 12 Kingdoms


Entity Detail
Title Juuni Kokuki
Type TV
Studios Studio Pierrot
Premiered Apr 9, 2002 to Aug 30, 2003
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.051
Duration 25 min. per ep.


The 12 Kingdoms was a novel that formed the base for the anime series. It was a fairly long anime with 45 episodes.


Those were telecast on TV between 2002 and 2003. The 7 light novels got a boost in their sales, with this.


Magical realism with a supernatural fantasy extension made it thrilling. It was ranked very high but got very less reviews.


This also signifies that it did not reach the right viewers. The story is about Youko who strived to be normal.


The anime transforms into a reverse Isekai when a man arrives. From his looks, he does not look normal.


The anime shows Youko’s struggles and hardships.



20. Noir




Entity Detail
Title Noir
Type TV
Studios Bee Train
Premiered Apr 6, 2001 to Sep 28, 2001
Source Original
MAL Score 7.301
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Noir is a 2001-long series anime. It aired 26 episodes in 2001. This was a huge feat and tough for the creators.


Since it was an original work, there were no existing fans. It later got a similarly themed work – Madlax.


In 2007, El Cazador de la Bruja was released. This was also considered a part of the series.


These three series are seen as a Trilogy. Noir, the name was synonymous with fear in the anime.


The anime was the right combination of action, drama, and realism. Yet, it could not find the right audience and remained obscure.



21. Kaiba


Kaiba 2008


Entity Detail
Title Kaiba
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Apr 11, 2008 to Jul 25, 2008
Source Original
MAL Score 8.161
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Kaiba received the 2008 Excellence Prize at the Japan Media art festival. This was an impressive achievement for an anime that went unseen.


It had a total of 12 episodes which was the original concept for it. It was a mix of sci-fi, supernaturalism, and mystery.


It also got some romantic and light moments. This made it a strong contender for the awards.


It was also a contemplative anime. The plot teaches the importance of mindfulness and acceptance.


However, Kaiba, the man who woke up in an empty room, remains obscure. It has very few reviews but a high ranking.



22. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian


The Mystic Archives of Dantalian


Entity Detail
Title Dantalian no Shoka
Type TV
Studios Gainax
Premiered Jul 16, 2011 to Oct 1, 2011
Source Light novel
MAL Score 7.251
Duration 25 min. per ep.


The Mystic Archives of Dantalian is an adaptation of its light novel. It was released in 2011 with 12 episodes and a side story.


This side story found very few takers. This was also a historical-themed anime. The tale talks about Huey and his grandfather Disward.


Book lovers would love this anime as it’s based on libraries and books. It was one of the best portrayals of supernaturalism in a historical context.


Despite its impressive design work and characterization, it couldn’t get enough views. This can be attributed to poor distribution channels and publicity.



23. Drifters




Entity Detail
Title Drifters
Type TV
Studios Hoods Drifters Studio
Premiered Oct 7, 2016 to Dec 23, 2016
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.921
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Drifters is a 2016 anime that has 12 episodes. It is an adaptation of its manga.


It is predominantly a Seinen anime with a historical backdrop. Perhaps this was the reason it went unnoticed overseas, for a long.


The protagonist – Toyohisa gets teleported after he is wounded in a battle. He finds the new world strange and tries to blend in.


This assimilation leads him to a warlord – Oda. The rest of it is about the events in the other world.


Its fans have been waiting for its next season, which is long due. Read more about it on ENTOIN.



24. Time of Eve


Time of Eve


Entity Detail
Title Eve no Jikan
Type ONA
Studios Studio Rikka
Premiered Aug 1, 2008 to Sep 18, 2009
Source Original
MAL Score 8.061
Duration 18 min. per ep.


Time of Eve had only 6 episodes which aired between 2008 and 2009. The anime can be called tech or mecha sci-fi.


It is the tale of android housekeepers. They are bound by laws. Sammy is one such android.


He works under Rikuo, who is his owner. Rikuo tries to unearth secrets he found in the logs of Sammy.


This is what the anime tries to decipher. Time of Eve was later recreated into a movie.


It got more or less the same response that the anime got. It went largely unnoticed till it won the 2010 Tokyo Anime award.



25. Fractale




Entity Detail
Title Fractale
Type TV
Studios A-1 Pictures, Ordet
Premiered Jan 14, 2011 to Apr 1, 2011
Source Original
MAL Score 6.951
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Fractale is an adaptation of the manga of the same name. It was engulfed in controversy soon after its release in 2011.


Mutsumi, the designer of the manga wrote a blog saying the work was “uninteresting”.


Though it was removed soon, it had stirred a hornet’s nest. The director then told the production committee to discontinue the manga.


Though Mutsumi apologized later, the damage was done. It was a simple plot that showed the events on an island and its secret.


One of the main reasons it went underrated was this controversy. The creators had lost their morale.



26. Birdy the Mighty


Birdy the Mighty


Entity Detail
Title Tetsuwan Birdy
Type OVA
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Jul 25, 1996 to Feb 25, 1997
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.101
Duration 33 min. per ep.


Birdy the Mighty is an adaptation of the manga Tetsuwan Birdy. The anime had 13 episodes and aired in 2008.


It belongs to the category which got decent rankings but a low view count.


It has a reverse Isekai theme which is overshadowed by action. You can call it sci-fi but that would be only a little right.


Cephon Altera, the protagonist is birdy. Birdys are people from the Space Federation. The anime documents Cephon’s life on Earth.


Many light moments went unnoticed in the plot. This anime in one way tried to show us our true selves like a mirror.



27. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet


Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet


Entity Detail
Title Suisei no Gargantia
Type TV
Studios Production I.G
Premiered Apr 7, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013
Source Original
MAL Score 7.481
Duration 23 min. per ep.


As a mecha anime, it did well. It came out in 2013 when mecha had become an old genre.


The reviews were mixed and the ratings were positive. However, the anime fared poorly, at the box office.


It is a plot that is engulfed in conflict. There is a slow but consistent drag of events in the anime.


Apart from a few directorial and conceptual errors, it was a standard anime.


Later, it got a sequel and some side stories that fared worse than the original anime.



28. When They Cry


When They Cry


Entity Detail
Title Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Type TV
Studios Studio Deen
Premiered Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
Source Visual novel
MAL Score 7.931
Duration 24 min. per ep.


When They Cry is a horror anime that did fairly well, commercially. It was also a success in the reviews.


Critics gave it a reasonable rating. There were a lot of reviews and therefore the ratings were credible.


It was released in 2006 and had 26 episodes. Geneon later gave Funimation the license to distribute it as the performance was not as much as they expected.


Funimation dropped it in 2011 and it was only in 2015 that it found a distributor.


It was Sentai Filmworks. They rebranded and distributed it better. As a result, the sales went up and the anime got justice.



29. Monster Farm


Monster Farm


Monster Farm or Monster Rancher was the adaptation of its manga series. It had one more spin-off version too.


It was 48 episode long series that was released in 1999. Genki, the protagonist was an otaku lover.


The isekai world begins when Genki gets teleported to a different dimension. His mission to stop evil is what fills the anime with excitement.


It was rated low and received very few reviews. Its sequel flopped and so did the spin-off.


Though the direction was bad, its storyline did not deserve such a rating.



30. Bakemonogatari




Entity Detail
Title Bakemonogatari
Type TV
Studios Shaft
Premiered Jul 3, 2009 to Jun 25, 2010
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.351
Duration 24 min. per ep.


One of the vampire animes which is underrated. It is a 15-episode-long anime series.


It was released on Television and ran in 2009. Though it became reasonably popular, it could not rank well.


Supernatural elements in it were important to make it a commercial success. The element of romance in it must have been another reason.


But it was criticized for the use of profanity and violence in the series. The story is about how Koyomi survives a vampire attack.


It could have been marketed more as a horror anime to make it a success.



31. Space Brothers


Space Brothers


Entity Detail
Title Uchuu Kyoudai
Type TV
Studios A-1 Pictures
Premiered Apr 1, 2012 to Mar 22, 2014
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.511
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Space Brothers is one of the rare animes which blended slice-of-life genre with sci-fi.


It was released in 2012 and had 99 episodes. It ran till 2014.


It was an adaptation of the manga. The plot was simple but interesting – about UFOs.


It can also be seen as a Seinen anime as it shows the pursuit of 2 men.


The brothers, who aspire to be astronauts, get the opportunity. There are also some hilarious and thought-provoking moments in it.


However, the anime could not make a dent. It had very few reviews though it ranked high.



32. Yona of the Dawn


Yona of the Dawn


Entity Detail
Title Akatsuki no Yona
Type TV
Studios Studio Pierrot
Premiered Oct 7, 2014 to Mar 24, 2015
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.041
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Another Shoujo anime that was underrated. Yona of the Dawn was released in 2014 and had 24 episodes.


The original concept of it was drawn from its manga. The story is about Princess Yona who witnesses a coup.


Her family gets wiped out one night and she is left to fend for herself.


This anime is about how she learns to do it and fights back. The female audience could relate and connect with this.


It also has elements of romance and fantasy as her life continues in exile. The sequel – Akatsuki No Yona fared badly.



33. Afro Samurai


Afro Samurai


Entity Detail
Title Afro Samurai
Type TV
Studios Gonzo
Premiered May 3, 2007 to May 4, 2007
Source Original
MAL Score 7.361
Duration 27 min. per ep.


Afro Samurai is an action anime. The adventure element in it complements the action scenes.


It first aired in 2007 in 5 episodes. Later the creators joined hands with some others and made it a movie.


This did well. Afro Samurai has got a decent rank and moderate reviews. Most of it was mixed but never disapproved of the concept.


The protagonist – Afro must find a way to reach number 1. This is to seek revenge for his father’s unfortunate death.


It became more popular as a video game than a manga/anime. This overshadow did not affect the net earnings, much.



34. Legend of Galactic Heroes


Legend of Galactic Heroes


Entity Detail
Title Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
Type OVA
Studios K-Factory, Kitty Film Mitaka Studio
Premiered Jan 8, 1988 to Mar 17, 1997
Source Novel
MAL Score 9.061
Duration 26 min. per ep.


The sci-fi anime Legend of Galactic Heroes is a very old one. It had 110 episodes and ran over 9 years (1988 – 1997).


It was an adaptation of its novels which had 10 volumes. Though it was one of the longest OVA series, it went unnoticed.


The plot is about a clash between two superpowers. They are interstellar empires and the main story is driven by the leaders of it.


It contains – drama, military, and even space elements. Such a theme was hard to draw enough fans in those days.



35. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin


Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin


Entity Detail
Title Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Apr 7, 2010 to Sep 29, 2010
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.511
Duration 22 min. per ep.


Another historical anime, Rainbow: Nisha Rokubo no Shichinin is also underrated. The plot is all about life in Japan in 1955.


The anime was released in 2010 and was fairly long. It had 26 episodes. It’s all about Mario Minakani and his life at the correctional facility.


He is a teenager who was convicted on serious charges. Its plot is familiar to Stephen King’s The Shawshank Redemption.


Yet, it did not become as popular as that movie. The boys struggle to find hope and face the torture.


The guard – Ishihara and doctor Sasaki make their lives hell. This anime can be called a Seinen one too, as the boys’ later stages are shown more.



36. Houseki no Kuni


Houseki no Kuni


Entity Detail
Title Houseki no Kuni
Type ONA
Studios Studio Hibari
Premiered 2013-07-19 00:00:00
Source Manga
MAL Score 6.581
Duration 1 min.


Houseki no Kuni means – the land of lustrous. It was released in 2017 and had a total of 12 episodes. All of its episodes were aired on tv.


It was a Seinen anime and failed to attract enough viewers. It focuses on a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by meteors.


The fight is between 2 camps – Gems and Lunarians. Gems are the natives of the world who protect them from Lunarian attacks.


It shows the life of Phos and Cinnabar. They are two weak Gems and struggle to make themselves useful.


It won’t be wrong to call it an anime with a slice-of-life theme. Also, the added Fantasy element makes it interesting to watch.



37. Kamichu!




Entity Detail
Title Kamichu!
Type TV
Studios Brain’s Base
Premiered Jun 29, 2005 to Sep 27, 2005
Source Original
MAL Score 7.381
Duration 26 min. per ep.


The 2005 anime Kamichu! had only 12 episodes. It aired on TV and maybe this led to the lower reach.


It was an era of transition from OVA to TV. Producers during this time had a tough decision to make whether it should be released in OVA format or on tv.


Yurie Hitotsubashi, the protagonist is a simple girl. Her naivety is exposed when she got desperate to make a boy notice her.


There are hilarious scenes when Yurie tries to become the local God. Some of these involve Yurie blessing and cursing people, and attending meetings with other Gods, and even aliens.


This plot contains some slice of life with supernaturalism.



38. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit


Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit


Entity Detail
Title Seirei no Moribito
Type TV
Studios Production I.G
Premiered Apr 7, 2007 to Sep 29, 2007
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.161
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Guardian of the Spirit had 26 episodes. It aired in 2007. The initial response to the anime was great.


So was its reception overseas – especially in the American market. It got a decent amount of reviews and made it to the top that year.


But, it had done better when compared to other historical-themed anime. The reason may be that it was focused on a general audience.


Yet it did not get the expected response. Anyone who has watched it will find it hard to believe that this happened.


There was only one such adaptation.



39. Ping Pong The Animation


Ping Pong The Animation


Entity Detail
Title Ping Pong the Animation
Type TV
Studios Tatsunoko Production
Premiered Apr 11, 2014 to Jun 20, 2014
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.621
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Seinen base was the target of Ping Pong The Animation. Seinen means youth – young viewers.


It had a brilliant combo of drama and psy-ops at the right places. The reason why it got many reviews was its simplicity.


However, for an anime as wonderful as this, it’s a low score. There could be many reasons for this – marketing and controversies.


In short, Makato Tsukimoto’s story found only a small audience. It had only one adaptation and that did not perform well.


It showed the plot with a different picturization and effects. This could have been shaped better to suit the motivation genre.



40. Infinite Ryvius


Infinite Ryvius


Entity Detail
Title Mugen no Ryvius
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Premiered Oct 6, 1999 to Mar 29, 2000
Source Original
MAL Score 7.471
Duration 23 min. per ep.


The mecha anime Infinite Ryvius thrilled the viewers with its epic concept. It was one of the first mecha anime and had released back in 2000.


This was a time when the world had just started to know automation. Though it’s rated at 7.4 on myanimelist, it has very few reviews.


The greater the review, the better its ranking is. You may find 9.0 and above anime with very few reviews.


This is not a reliable indicator. The one with 7.0 having twice or thrice the former’s reviews is more reliable.


This anime also had a touch of spice and military conflicts in it.



41. Riddle Story of Devil


Riddle Story of Devil


Entity Detail
Title Akuma no Riddle
Type TV
Studios Diomedéa
Premiered Apr 4, 2014 to Jun 20, 2014
Source Manga
MAL Score 6.631
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Riddle Story of Devil is a Shoujo anime. It is too deep in its niche that it failed to attract an audience.


This was also the reason why it did not perform as expected. It is a school-based anime too.


Usually, anime that has a frame of reality does badly if they are too niche.


This is exactly what happened here. Though they got a decent share of reviews, they failed at the box office


It became popular only later as folks heard about the story of Tokaku Azuma. This was the protagonist who appeared in reviews.


Most of the viewers came after consuming the source material.



42. Castle Town Dandelion


Castle Town Dandelion


Castle Town Dandelion is a charming anime series set in a world where a royal family possesses superpowers and must compete for the throne through popularity votes.


The story follows the lives of the nine Sakurada siblings, each with their own unique abilities, as they navigate daily life and campaign for the crown.


With comedic moments and heartwarming interactions, the series explores themes of family bonds, personal growth, and the challenges of public life. Castle Town Dandelion captivates viewers with its endearing characters, relatable family dynamics, and a delightful blend of slice-of-life and supernatural elements.



43. Nodame Cantabile


Nodame Cantabile


Entity Detail
Title Nodame Cantabile
Type TV
Studios J.C.Staff
Premiered Jan 12, 2007 to Jun 15, 2007
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.301
Duration 22 min. per ep.


Nodame Cantabile was a 2007 anime that has decent reviews. The 23 episodes of it were aired in the same year.


It was an adaptation of its manga which was a huge commercial success. Unfortunately, it did not get any results initially.


It took a long time for Nodame Cantabile to see success. It was based on a musical theme and had a bit of realism.


Though drama and romance were added, they did not impress many viewers. Most of the people who reviewed it focussed on music and slice of life.


The story is plain and simple. It’s about two musicians who meet and fall in love.



44. Gegege no Kitaro


Gegege no Kitaro


Entity Detail
Title Gegege no Kitarou (2018)
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Premiered Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 29, 2020
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.221
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Gegege no Kitaro has been largely forgotten and obscure. It could gather only a few reviews and made little commercially.


It was a 2018 anime that concluded in 2020. Maybe it’ll take more time to peak in popularity.


It was a Shounen anime that had a high scope for success. It had the right blend of humor and supernaturalism.


The existence of a “Gegege no Kitaro” makes the plot interesting. It is about a fictional world in the 21st century.


It had a lot of adaptations that were taken from the source material. The manga itself was not popular.


It can still become popular with the right distribution.



45. Paranoia Agent


Paranoia Agent


Entity Detail
Title Mousou Dairinin
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Feb 3, 2004 to May 18, 2004
Source Original
MAL Score 7.681
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Paranoia Agent was a 2004 anime that received the Silver prize in animation in the same year.


It has been ranked fairly high and has a decent share of reviews. It had 13 episodes in total.


It was hard to fit it into a single genre. This is because it’s a mix of Supernatural and Dramatic events.


There’s also an element of psychological thrill to it. The tale revolves around 2 detectives – Ikari and Maniwa.


They are on a mission to identify a strange killer. This anime went unnoticed due to poor publicity and a few controversies.


Its source material was also controversial.



46. Soul Eater


Soul Eater


Entity Detail
Title Soul Eater
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Apr 7, 2008 to Mar 30, 2009
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.861
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Soul Eater is a long anime (51 episodes) that was released in 2008. It had run for close to a year on TV.


This anime got a decent ranking and enough votes on myanimelist. It gathered a lot of fans through its source material – manga.


It has a story similar to The Promised Neverland. It is a story themed in an academy at Death City, headed by Shinigami.


They train Death Scythes who fight the evil forces. The story shows the struggles of these fighters and mankind in fighting evil.


Though the anime became popular later on, it was not known initially. There could be multiple reasons for it.



47. Princess Principal 


Princess Principal


Princess Principal is a captivating anime series set in a steampunk-inspired version of 19th-century London. The story revolves around a group of five exceptional young girls who are spies for the Commonwealth.


Disguised as students at the prestigious Queen’s Mayfair School, they carry out covert missions to protect the nation and maintain the delicate balance of power. Each member of the team possesses unique skills and backgrounds, contributing to their dynamic and intricate strategies.


As they navigate a world of political intrigue, espionage, and hidden agendas, their loyalty and trust are put to the test. The series combines thrilling action sequences with thought-provoking storytelling, unravelling a complex web of alliances and secrets.


Princess Principal showcases breathtaking animation, intricate plot twists, and a diverse cast of compelling characters. It explores themes of trust, friendship, and sacrifice, immersing viewers in a world where appearances can be deceiving and loyalties can shift in an instant.


With its blend of suspense, drama, and steampunk aesthetics, “Princess Principal” offers a thrilling and immersive experience for anime enthusiasts.



48. Nobunaga Concerto


Nobunaga Concerto


Entity Detail
Title Nobunaga Concerto
Type TV
Studios Fuji TV
Premiered Jul 12, 2014 to Sep 20, 2014
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.591
Duration 22 min. per ep.


This was a 2014 anime that had just 10 episodes. It was the time when producers were releasing anime on TV rather than OVA.


It received only 19,000 votes on Myanimelist. This is a very less number for such a historical-themed anime.


The plot revolves around a carefree lad named Saburou. He is thrown back into the historical Sengoku era.


Here, he meets General Nobunaga Oda. The anime shows these two people resemble each other.


He is then forced by the General to be a proxy for him. It then goes on to show the difficulties he faces.


This anime also showed the life of the legendary Japanese General. Perhaps the historical niche anime could not impress overseas viewers.


Most of the anime’s commercial success and popularity depends on them. However, anime performed well in Japan.



49. Gunbuster




Entity Detail
Title Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster
Type OVA
Studios Gainax
Premiered Oct 7, 1988 to Jul 7, 1989
Source Original
MAL Score 7.881
Duration 30 min. per ep.


Gunbuster was another sad case of a classic anime that went unnoticed. It’s a space travel-related anime that has “aliens” in it.


They are insectoids who call themselves Space Monsters. They were dangerous aliens who wanted to eliminate mankind.


The story focuses on how Noriko Takaya and Kazumi Amano fight to save the planet.


The anime also shows the internal struggles these two characters go through. The anime was released via OVA in 1988.


It was a time when a lot of alien sci-fi movies came out.


Maybe this was the reason why it did not get the expected response. However, it got popular in the late 2000s.



50. Sorcerous Stabber Orphen


Sorcerous Stabber Orphen


Entity Detail
Title Majutsushi Orphen
Type TV
Studios J.C.Staff
Premiered Oct 3, 1998 to Mar 27, 1999
Source Light novel
MAL Score 7.141
Duration 25 min. per ep.


This concept sold over 14 million copies of its light novels. These novels were the source material for its later manga and anime adaptations.


It was conceptualized in 1996 while the anime came out 3 years later. It had 23 episodes which ran till 2003.


The story is about a young lad named Orphen. He’s a money lender and a financial whiz that operates a cartel in Totokanta.


The anime shows how he got into a series of conflicting issues. These led him to be dragged into a lot of catastrophes.


It went unnoticed because of the poor marketing campaign. Another reason why this was left out was due to the differences that cropped up in the manga and novels.


This spin-off was not a success and left viewers confused.



51. IDOLiSH7




Entity Detail
Title IDOLiSH7
Type TV
Studios TROYCA
Premiered Jan 7, 2018 to May 19, 2018
Source Game
MAL Score 7.731
Duration 24 min. per ep.


It is an awesome anime if one is a fan of K-Pop or J-Pop groups. The anime is about a girl named Tsumugi Takanashi.


She is a sweet, kind, and hardworking girl who manages an idol group named IDOLiSH7. This is a group of seven talented and good-looking men. 


One day Tsumugi’s father ordered her to fire four of the seven members, as they are too many for an idol group.


But she cannot do this as she is committed to this group and its members. She wants the group and everyone in it to succeed. 


The show is very intense and full of competitive situations. It is a must-watch for viewers who like a little tension in the story. 



52. Try Knights


Try Knights


Rugby fans will love this anime as it is all about the sport, of rugby. The story starts with a guy named, Riku Haruma who has joined the high school.


Even if he is in high school, he is still clueless about his future and what he wants to do. He does not seem to be interested in most of the things there. 


But one thing caught his eye. It was rugby. He was always got fascinated by the jumps and swoops made by the rugby players. 


He wanted to do that so he started playing rugby. Riku became so good at the game that he joined the high school rugby team. 


Things take an interesting turn in his life and now he has rugby in his life that has made his clueless life a little better. 



53. Sk8 The Infinity


Sk8 The Infinity


Entity Detail
Title SK8
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Jan 10, 2021 to Apr 4, 2021
Source Original
MAL Score 8.041
Duration 23 min. per ep.


It is an anime about two young boys named Reki Kyan and Langa Hasegawa. They both are passionate about skateboarding.


To get more experience in this field, they take part in an illegal skateboarding competition named ‘S’.


The contest is in an old abandoned mine, where the parts are extremely risky and can be life-threatening.


But the skaters do not care as they just want to skate and showcase their skating tricks and prove themselves amongst other skaters.


This anime gets intense with the progression of the story and the viewers will see drastic character developments.


It is a great show to binge on and has all the potential to be an addictive anime series. 



54.  Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor


Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor


Entity Detail
Title Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Oct 3, 2007 to Apr 2, 2008
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.281
Duration 23 min. per ep.


The anime starts with a guy named Kaiji, who does nothing but waste his time and has nothing good planned for his life. 


But after an incident, his life becomes worst. That was when one of his former colleagues tricked him and now Kaiji has to pay the debt. 


He has nothing and knows no one who can help him pay the debt, so to get himself out of this mess, he started gambling.


He had no other means but gambling to get quick money so that he can get rid of his debt.


But life is not that easy for him and it gets tougher due to the field he chose of cheating and backstabbing. 



55. Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song 


Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song


It is the story of Vivy, who is the first-ever AI to function according to her own will. She just wants to spread happiness and joy in the world. 


She tries to do this by singing for people in an amusement park, where not many people pay attention to her. 


Tired of her regular boring daily routine, Vivy was returning home when she meets an AI from the future who requested her to help it. 


It wanted her help to stop the war that is going to occur in 100 years. Now with no preparation or time to understand the situation, Vivy gets involved in the mission. 


Now it is on her to save the world and also bring a chance to get a break from her boring everyday life. 



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