Last week I published a post going over 8 anime that I feel are overrated because they simply don’t live up to the amount of hype and attention they frequently get (in my opinion).
This week, we’re going to look at the flip side of that, with 12 anime that I consider underrated and don’t get enough attention! Or maybe they do, and I’ve just missed it!
This is all my opinion, of course.
There are many anime that I mentioned last week, like Violet Evergarden, that could probably make this list. But the fact is, Violet Evergarden still gets or at least received a lot of good attention. I went through my anime list and picked out 12 anime that I feel are great but simply aren’t talked about very often, if ever.
In some cases I don’t actually remember all that much about the anime, other than that I really enjoyed it for one reason or another. As you all may know, after 2+ years my memory becomes so foggy that I can basically rewatch an anime as if it’s almost the first time. I’ve probably rewatched close to 50% of my anime list (448 completed as of now) at least once, and that’s no exaggeration.
Anyways, my bad memory aside, first up is…
12. Clannad Season 1
I’m keeping this at the bottom of my list because the fact is Clannad is a well known anime, and does get attention. However, the first season of Clannad really gets overshadowed by After Story, and I think that’s a real shame because it’s such an amazing season. In many ways I’d argue it’s actually better.
Emotionally, Clannad S1 can’t stand up to After Story. No question about that. But as a comedy + slice of life anime with some feels, it’s straight up just an excellent anime. Well-rounded, beautiful, and absolutely worth a watch.
I feel like the emotional aspect is what causes S1 to get overlooked, because when you watch both seasons side-by-side and then move on, you’re more likely to remember the hard hitting emotional parts. That’s how it was for me, until I rewatched S1. While being so closely connected, I think there’s a bit of a disconnect between these two because of how different they are.
Which is why I felt like S1 needs to get some representation here!
I’ll be honest with you, it’s been a long while since I watched this one. But all of my memories are telling me that this was a really good anime. I remember really liking Hakuoro, the main character, and enjoying the premise and story. Plus it’s a solid 26 episodes, meaning that there’s a good chunk of content to enjoy.
I can’t really get into more specifics than that, this was just an anime that I remember really enjoying that I haven’t really seen mentioned at all. I think there was some cool strategy in there. While this one is technically a fantasy anime, I remember it being more of a historical fantasy – which sounds like it shouldn’t be a thing, but it sort of is. I don’t normally like historical anime all that much, but it really worked here.
At least, my memory is telling me this. I may have to rewatch this one too at some point haha. I feel like I’m at a point where I could just endlessly rewatch the same anime from my list over and over and it’d still feel like fresh content!
10. Joukamachi no Dandelion
Another anime that seems to have slipped through the cracks over the years is Joukamachi no Dandelion (Castle Town Dandelion). What I really enjoyed about this one, aside from that it was a really good and relaxing slice of life, was how it managed to utilize so many characters. I loved how it managed to capture the spirit of a large family, and in many ways this anime just reinforced my desire to have a large family of my own someday.
It’s got a fun premise, some funny moments, and a great cast. Overall, it’s just a great slice of life anime that is definitely worth checking out.
9. Daily Lives of High School Boys
This one definitely gets some attention, but I feel like it’s not enough! Daily Lives of High School Boys is in my opinion one of the best, if not THE best comedy in anime. Great format, great jokes, great characters. Everything about this anime just works.
Even if you don’t enjoy comedy you’ll probably enjoy this. Absolutely deserves more attention, this anime is one of the best of the best in my books.
8. Darker Than Black
Here’s another somewhat known anime that I feel is underrated. Darker Than Black was in my opinion an excellent anime. Great action, story, twists, everything. Start to finish this anime was a great experience. The characters in particular I remember really liking.
It’s different enough in many ways that it’s got a fresh feel to it, I’d say Darker Than Black deserves a spot here on the list!
7. Eve no Jikan (Time of Eve)
Eve no Jikan is a short 6 episode series that takes place in a world where androids exist and abide by many rules and restrictions. However, our main character stumbles upon a cafe where these rules are not enforced, resulting in some interesting interactions with the individuals that he once looked at as nothing more than lifeless androids.
It’s a great slice of life with a good feel to it, and one that definitely has flown under the radar.
6. Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (+ Sequel)
I guess Kaiji is more of a cult classic at this point? I have to seriously thank Rose for constantly retweeting Kaiji posts when she was on twitter, because that’s what eventually led to me watching this anime that I’d never heard of before that.
And man, Kaiji is such a wild ride it’s unbelievable. This anime is absolutely worth the watch. It’s such a thrilling anime, I was watching something like 8 episodes per night. And there’s a good amount of content to satisfy that too. I think Kaiji is one of the best psychological / thriller anime out there. If you’re into that kind of anime, you really have to watch this one! It’s amazing.
5. Dog Days
Dog Days is an anime series boasting 3 seasons that I’ve never seen mention of anywhere. I originally watched it back in… 2014? The first two seasons at least, and then the third when it aired in 2015. I’m not going to say Dog Days is the best anime series ever or anything like that, but it’s a really good and cutesy action / fantasy anime.
I say cutesy because the premise is such that no one really ever gets hurt, and the “wars” are more like contests than anything else. But that doesn’t stop this anime from having some excellent action sequences.
It’s also an isekai anime, which you may not have realized! Despite all the talk about isekai, Dog Days once again flies under the radar. The action is good, the characters are fun, the mood is relaxed, it’s just a fun anime series. And one I’m currently in the process of rewatching!
4. Seitokai no Ichizon
Specifically the first season, although the second is still good. This is one of my favourite anime, period. It’s a school, student council, slice of life, comedy, harem anime. Only the protagonist is unlike most other harem protagonists, in that he’s actually a great and interesting character who knows what he wants.
The entire anime basically takes place in the student council room. It’s a lot of fun, there’s a ton of ridiculous moments between the characters. The comedy is on point. The cast is great. I really just love this anime. Well worth a watch in my books, but seldom mentioned. I don’t think I’ve seen mention of this anime anywhere else actually….
3. The World God Only Knows
I’ve seen some other bloggers cover this one, but it’s just not enough! The World God Only Knows is simply put an absolutely amazing experience. It’s a dating VN turned into an anime with a lot of fun and even thrilling experiences. While the anime is also a sort of glorified advertisement for the PSP (like what Code Geass is for Pizza Hut), we overlook that because it’s just such a great anime.
Plus it’s got 3 seasons and several OVAs to sink your teeth into. This is a really great anime series that deserves more attention.
Oh, and I’m legally obligated (not really) to mention the kickass OP song whenever I mention this anime, so here it is. Long, but really worth a listen. It’s a really epic song. The actual anime OP is from about 2:25 to around 4:00.
2. YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.
We’re getting into criminally underrated territory now. YU-NO is an anime that I feel like was completely robbed of… attention I guess. I feel like it got a bad rap because of the fan service, and so people just dropped it early on. It’s either that, or no one picked this one up to begin with.
In reality, YU-NO is an amazing experience, a real adventure. It has probably the most adaptive story in anime, as the setting and circumstances are constantly changing and adapting, to the point where the setting in the beginning of the anime becomes a distant memory. A very unique and awesome experience.
And that doesn’t even touch on the great characters and fan service (hey, I liked it). While Kaiji is a wild ride in terms of thrill, YU-NO is a wild ride in terms of adventure and story progression.
Love it or hate it, this anime is absolutely underrated.
1. SKET Dance
Hey remember that 77 episode ridiculous school comedy? No? Well maybe that’s because this anime is also criminally underrated. While not the best comedy in anime, SKET Dance is still an excellent comedy. One that comes complete with 77 episodes of crazy comedic moments.
I believe SKET Dance was often compared to Gintama which it really emulates in it’s style of humour, and cast (3 main characters), but the fact is, if it works well, it can’t hurt to have more of it! You take Gintama and put it into a school setting, and you’ve got SKET Dance. I love Gintama, so it was only natural I’d love SKET Dance.
The biggest difference between these two series is just that SKET Dance seems to have fallen under the radar. It really is one of the best comedy anime out there that boasts more than 12 episodes. At 77 episodes, there’s just so much enjoyment to be had here. You’ll get great value out of this one.
Lot of fun and memorable characters just like Gintama too. My favourite side character was the girl in the manga club whose drawing ability is… not so good. It made for some hilarious moments as we get to see and read through several of her works throughout the series.
Just thinking about this is making me want to rewatch SKET Dance, like many other anime on this list…
If you like comedy, you really have to check this one out!
And there we have 12 underrated anime, in my opinion. Some I’ll admit my memories are not so fresh on, and I’m just going by how much I remember enjoying them. But even then, I feel like this is a solid list. So hopefully someone somewhere will read this and pick up a few new anime ideas!
Anyone have any other examples of anime that are amazing but just slipped through the cracks? Agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know!
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.