Every year we get a plethora of anime airing during all four seasons. There are always standouts and hyped shows, your Attack on Titans, My Hero’s, etc, etc. So there are bound to be some anime that go under the radar, that many don’t watch. So today I’m run down some of the most underrated anime that I’ve seen that you should watch and deserve more recognition! Expect more in-depth reviews of these series down the road. This list isn’t in any particular order, but the anime towards the top are definitely must watches!
#10 – Unlimited Psychic Squad
Synopsis – “Kyousuke Hyoubu, an ESPer who was betrayed many years ago, is now one of the most powerful ESPers—and also a fugitive. However, behind that glare lies a kind heart. His main mission is to save ESPers who are mistreated by humans, even if that be by force. Through his methods, he has saved many ESPer lives and gained the loyalty of those he has saved. The name of his group: P.A.N.D.R.A.”
This show is a fun action romp with a few op characters, including our main lead. It’s 12 episodes with a very satisfying ending. Great animation and interesting character motivations. Put aside a few hours in a day to binge this really solid show!
Synopsis – “During the 21st century, humanity attempted to colonize Mars by sending two species which could endure the harsh environment of the planet to terraform it—algae and cockroaches. However, they did not anticipate the species’ remarkable ability to adapt. Now in the 26th century, a lethal disease known as the Alien Engine Virus has arrived on Earth, and the cure is suspected to be found only on Mars. The problem is, Mars in the present is overrun by creatures known as “Terraformars,” incredibly powerful and intelligent humanoid cockroaches that mutated from those originally sent to the planet.”
A super interesting premise, with a load of cool powers. It’s like Animorphs turned up to the max. Another short but sweet series with the only downside being it leaves off with the story ready to continue for a second season. But…. we don’t like to talk about the second season. Sucks that that had to happen, but season 1 is definitely worth a watch, for the action, animation, and fight scenes alone!
#8 – Id:Invaded
Synopsis – “Welcome to Kura, an organization that investigates crime using the Mizuhanome system which senses the drive to kill. Sakaido is a brilliant detective and pilot of the Mizuhanome. To solve a case, he enters the world of the killer’s unconscious mind: the id well. In the shadows of brutal and puzzling cases lurks John Walker, the Serial Killer Creator. Where will Sakaido’s pursuit lead?”
A hidden gem from earlier this year. I personally love the mystery genre, and this show puts a cool spin on the whole process of being a detective and solving cases. It takes the whole thought process of “to catch a thief you have to think like one” and uses that with murderers and solving cases. Some nice animation and some really cool scenes when they’re solving cases. The main characters and some of the side characters introduce some very thought-provoking ideologies too. Coming in 13 episodes, this show is a must-watch!
#7 – Ajin: Demi-Human
Synopsis – “For high schooler Kei—and for at least forty-six others—immortality comes as the nastiest surprise ever.
Sadly for Kei, such a feat doesn’t make him a superhero. In the eyes of both the general public and governments, he’s a rare specimen who needs to be hunted down and handed over to scientists to be experimented on for life—a demi-human who must die a thousand deaths for the benefit of humanity.”
Ajin is an all cgi anime. Now just based on that some people might disregard this show and not even give it a chance, but it’s actually worthwhile. My thing with CGI anime is a lot of the characters can look the same and also the fluidity of the animation can be hit or miss. In Ajin’s case, it’s a complete hit. The action in the first episode is great and it keeps that standard throughout the whole show, some of the action scenes in season 2 were amazing. The powers are cool and the main villain is badass. With two seasons, 26 episodes, and hopefully a season three in the future, Ajin is a cool anime with unique powers that’s definitely worth a shot.
Synopsis – “When the Majin awoke from the depths of darkness, the deity of fate chose six heroes and bequeathed them with the power to save the world. Adlet, a boy who proclaims himself the strongest on Earth, was selected among the Rokka no Yuusha (Heroes of the Six Flowers), and he goes to the rendezvous point — but seven have gathered there. The heroes suspect that someone among the seven is the enemy, and the initial suspicion falls on Adlet.”
Man oh man I love this show. As I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for the mystery genre and this show is everything I love about the genre. A big cast of unique characters and one person is the odd man out. It’s genuinely a crime that this show hasn’t gotten a second season yet (it ends on a major cliffhanger sadly). The animation is really nice, and the setting of the show is great. I honestly don’t want to say more about the show for fear of maybe spoiling. Just watch it, enjoyment guaranteed or your money back! Rokka has 12 episodes and sadly no second season.
# 5 – Katanagatari
Synopsis – “Yasuri Shichika, seventh successor of the Kyotouryuu (bladeless) sword art, lives on an isolated island with his older sister, Nanami.
One day Shichika is visited by a woman named Togame, who requests his aid in her quest to find and collect the final twelve swords forged by the legendary master swordsmith, Shikizaki Kiki. Shichika and Togame begin their odyssey by leaving the island he called home for over 20 years. They will face twelve individuals who possess and protect Shikizaki’s legendary swords.
Join Shichika and Togame on an exciting, epic adventure that defies reality as they discover the true potential of the Kyoutoryuu sword style!”
Katanagatari is a real gem. An episodic journey throughout the world in search of 12 unique and powerful swords. Our two main characters travel and fight these sword-wielders and every single fight is amazing. This show has 12 episodes but unlike other 1 cour shows, Katanagatari’s episodes are 40+ minutes each. While the synopsis and some videos may lead you to think that this show is all action; in reality, there’s a lot of talking, plotting, and character development in each episode. Every character is fleshed out and the relationship between our two mains is phenomenal, their chemistry is great. Shichika is strong, simple, and kind while Togame is weak, always plotting, and sassy. They complement each other perfectly and every episode is great! Unlike some of the shows on this list, the story is complete and ends off on a great note, so definitely check it out if you have some time on your hands!
Synopsis – “A breach between Earth and the netherworlds has opened up over the city of New York, trapping New Yorkers and creatures from other dimensions in an impenetrable bubble. They’ve lived together for years, in a world of crazy crime sci-fi sensibilities. Now someone is threatening to sever the bubble, and a group of stylish superhumans is working to keep it from happening.”
The world of Blood Blockade Battlefront is so unique and filled with wackiness. The best word to describe this show is fun. The first season has more of a structured storyline with our main character first coming to the city and meeting the extended cast of characters. The overall plot is intriguing and the finale is great. The second season is more episodic and focuses on various members of the cast and their backstories and just whatever they do in the melting pot city that is New York. The main strength of this show is the cast. They’re just so fun and the chemistry between everybody is perfect. Add on to that cool powers and amazingly animated action scenes. Blood Blockade Battlefront and Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond are 24 episodes total and a very fun watch!
#3 – Gankutsuou
Synopsis – “Gankutsuou is an anime loosely based on the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of Albert Morcerf, a young aristocrat who happens to befriend a wealthy nobleman, The Count of Monte Cristo, through a series of bizarre events. Fascinated by the Count’s charm, Albert invites him to meet his friends and family, all of whom happen to be part of the upper class society of Paris, France. Unfortunately, little does Albert realize that the Count has ulterior motives in mind.”
This show is a futuristic sci-fi take on one of the greatest novel’s ever written. Based on the Count of Monte Cristo, Gankutsuou takes that premise and adds sci-fi and some demonic/magical elements to it. The show’s animation is one of the most unique out there. While it does take a while to get used to, it’s genuinely great and I like when shows take a risk when art style and animation. The story is great (You have to try to butcher a masterpiece), the cast of characters is pretty well explored, especially the main and the Count. Character motivations make sense, and as things get revealed, always leave you in suspense as to what they’re going to do next. With 24 episodes and a complete ending, Gankutsuou is worth a binge.
#2 – 91 Days
Synopsis – “The “classic mafia drama” takes place during the prohibition era. In the Lawless district the law has no power, the mafia rule the streets, and the illegally made liquor flows freely. At one time Avilio lived in this district, but after a mafia dispute ended in the murder of his family, he went into hiding. Later, Avilio receives a letter from a mysterious person that ignites his passion for revenge and leads him to return to Lawless. There, he infiltrates the Vanetti family and gets close to Nero.”
91 days is like a love letter to the mafia crime drama genre that was so popular back in the day. The dub is great and adds a lot to the atmosphere of the show. The main character is so easy to root for and his motivations are easy to get behind. You feel what he feels while also coming to like the other characters in the cast. The New York mafia era is the perfect backdrop to this story of revenge and betrayal. The ending is great and leaves a lot to interpret. Add on great animation and some cool action scenes and gunfights. 91 Day is one of my favorite anime of all time and more people should have the pleasure to watch it.
#1 – From The New World
Synopsis – “Following a sudden outbreak of psychokinesis in 0.1% of the population, a rapid transformation swept the world. The godlike ability to manipulate matter remotely turned many power wielders to violence, inciting a long period of upheaval. Finally, after a chaotic era shaped by the rise and fall of oppressive regimes, the psychic humans were able to achieve a fragile peace by isolating their society, creating a new world bound by complex rules.
In the town of Kamisu 66, 12-year-old Saki Watanabe has just awakened to her powers and is relieved to rejoin her friends—the mischievous Satoru Asahina, the shy Mamoru Itou, the cheerful Maria Akizuki, and Shun Aonuma, a mysterious boy whom Saki admires—at Sage Academy, a special school for psychics. However, unease looms as Saki begins to question the fate of those unable to awaken to their powers, and the children begin to get involved with secretive matters such as the rumored Tainted Cats said to abduct children.
Shinsekai yori tells the unique coming-of-age story of Saki and her friends as they journey to grow into their roles in the supposed utopia. Accepting these roles, however, might not come easy when faced with the dark and shocking truths of society, and the impending havoc born from the new world.”
This anime is a masterpiece. Plain and simple, while it has its imperfections, overall this anime is a pure work of art. Now while everyone who has seen it will mostly attest to this statement and it is highly rated. What it’s rated isn’t high enough. This coming of age story in a unique post-normal human world spans multiple years of our main cast’s life. Chekhov’s gun is the principle that everything in a story must be relevant to the story. This show takes that principle to heart and every little detail matters. Things that are mentioned in passing early in the show, end up being a major plot point later on. I love it, no scene in this show goes to waste and the animation along with the storytelling will keep you hooked through its 25 episode run. From the New World is not only a must-watch for anime fans but for anybody who is a fan of great storytelling. Also, beware of spoiling yourself, don’t look up anything just enjoy the ride.