Underrated/Underwatched anime?

BookLover

Some anime that you personally consider underrated or underwatched, so no Attack on Titan, Psycho-Pass, Re Zero, Steins; Gate, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Toradora, Your Lie in April, et cetra.

Something like Casshern Sins, Sakura Quest, et cetra is good. Something can have a good score on MAL or Anilist, but still be underrated or underwatched as long as it's high in the ranking or popularity.

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InfiniteEternity

Personally, an anime that I really loved, but notice not many people giving a try is Emma: A Victorian Romance. It is an anime that I watched back in 2008 that has stuck with me for more than a decade.

If you happen to be a fan of Downton Abbey, this will be right up your alley. If not, the anime is still worth giving a shot, as it aims to be historically accurate concerning Victorian/Edwardian England, while providing a great philosophical look at the impact of class structures on the development of relationships. The characters are multi-dimensional and the romance aspect is also really well done, coming across as realistic and well-developed - especially if you watch both seasons (available on Crunchyroll). I also feel that for being made in 2005, the animation style used has aged well.

https://anilist.co/anime/345/Emma-A-Victorian-Romance/

https://anilist.co/anime/2035/Emma-A-Victorian-Romance-Second-Act/

Also, I know it's in your Planning List, but when you get a chance, Nodame Cantabile is also one that I feel deserves more appreciation. It has well-developed characters, and has a great balance between being absolutely hilarious and hitting much more serious and somber notes. If you end up liking it, I also highly recommend the live action adaptation (Japanese)! It really captures the essence of the manga and anime really, really well.

https://anilist.co/anime/1698/Nodame-Cantabile/

jamer10

https://anilist.co/anime/7592/Nura-Rise-of-the-Yokai-Clan/
Season 1 is a bit generic, but Season 2 more than makes up for it.

https://anilist.co/anime/3655/Nabari-no-Ou/
Ninjas in the modern world

https://anilist.co/anime/9863/SKET-DANCE/
The Luigi to Gintama's Mario

https://anilist.co/anime/58/Blue-Gender/

A dystopian world with giant alien bugs. Has good action, thrills, drama and romance

https://anilist.co/anime/20668/Monthly-Girls-Nozakikun/

An anime that takes character troupes and gender bends them. Male Tsunderes, female princely characters, etc.

https://anilist.co/anime/738/Marchen-Awakens-Romance/

Adventure, romance, powers, tournaments. The works.

Simplistic

Psycho-Pass

Aldnox

That's very far from underwatched or underrated

Simplistic

if its not on every list its underwatched.

HazeFaze

I am required to post this everytime I see a topic like this.
https://anilist.co/anime/98143/Thunderbolt-Fantasy-Sword-Travels-in-the-East/

KaseiRin

Is this on Netflix? While I (briefly) had access to it I caught a glimpse of a samurai-puppet-looking series, but foolishly didn't make a note of the name.

HazeFaze

You're thinking of this, I don't believe Thunderbolt Fantasy is on Netflix, crunchyroll only sadly.
https://anilist.co/anime/110619/PILI-Destiny-War-of-Dragons/
Same studio (Pili), but completely different writers (so no Gen Urobuchi) and while I have not seen it yet, I'm guessing it does not have the Japanese dub Thunderbolt Fantasy has. War of Dragons is also a re-make of the sixth season to a very long running series, so if you jump right into it you'll probably be confused, luckily someone made this.

KaseiRin

Thanks for the information ^-^

HazeFaze

I'd also like to add that if you are interested in watching Taiwanese glove puppetry, Thunderbolt Fantasy would be the best place to start (and I'm not just saying that because I'm a massive fanboy) as the show was created by Gen Urobuchi with the intention of easing Japanese and Western audiences into the world of glove puppetry. I'm also saying all this because I'm a massive fanboy.

Nemukhao

The below are quite good, highly rated and not often recommended or atleast I see people disregarding these recs.
https://anilist.co/anime/3701/Kaiba/
https://anilist.co/anime/6594/Katanagatari/
https://anilist.co/anime/1454/Kemonozume/

Some left field choices which I enjoyed, probably do not have high rating as popular consensus, and definitely I seldom see in people's favourites:
https://anilist.co/anime/1524/Fuujin-Monogatari
https://anilist.co/anime/19703/Kyousougiga-TV/
https://anilist.co/anime/322/Paradise-Kiss/
https://anilist.co/anime/17909/Uchouten-Kazoku/
https://anilist.co/anime/861/xxxHOLiC/
https://anilist.co/anime/3167/Eve-no-Jikan/

Nisemonaka

Please listen to this guy, he recs Eve no Jikan, take him seriously.

also, Gosick.
https://anilist.co/anime/8425

Snufkin

Damn, I still haven't finished Gosick

@breathesunshine it's still on the list though, it will be finished...

eventually

Kashimi
<3 Mikasa

Never heard anyone talk about this anime but its in my top 10 of all time
https://anilist.co/anime/2596/Ghost-Hound/

Snufkin

Is chapter 7 your favourite one?
Is it the one you consider particularly underrated, or is more meant as a comment on the entire franchise?

kazumamon

I can't remember ALL of the movies cause I binged them in 3 days, but Satsujin Kousatsu been the best one for me yes.
But also all Kara no Kyoukai Movies are pretty underwatched in my opinion.

Laala

Can't agree more!

AYAYAmatics

i spot an arcade idol fan owo

ScarletFairy

yess uwu

FalconCall

Seriously a gem of storytelling:
https://anilist.co/anime/1589/Bartender/
In the same vein as bartender:
https://anilist.co/anime/97617/Isekai-Shokudou/
Fantastic Racing:
https://anilist.co/anime/388/Capeta/
Fantastic Fight scene / underdog style:
https://anilist.co/anime/263/Hajime-no-Ippo/
If you have any recommendations related to these anime, please to let me know <3