The term called underrated anime is not foreign to any fan of anime and manga. The dictionary defines underrated as “something that is unrecognized or has unestablished value.” While that vague definition is true for any underrated series, many anime watcher’s grasps of underrated anime are similar to that of classics. Many frown on it, very less embrace it as intensely.
While underrated anime shows deserve more viewers, but which anime is underrated is a question that usually falls into speculation. The question likely isn’t that helpful because the value of an anime changes depending on the popularity of genre, release time, and interests or isn’t well known by today’s anime standards.
Some underrated anime date back decades and still have barely been recognized because of either older animation style, dense narrative, or the viewer’s taste. If you’re looking for an underrated anime to watch that is actually good, worry not. Here’s the list of best-underrated anime you should watch right now.
Best Underrated Anime
01. Kino’s Journey
Kino no Tabi follows a teenage traveler named Kino who travels around the world with her talking companion motorcycle, Hermes. She travels through different countries to experience their customs, learn about their history, and meet all kinds of people.
As she meets different people and learns and discovers new things while traveling from country to country. She learns that there’s more to humans than their outward appearance. Kino also has a rule to never stay in one place for more than three days, as she is afraid of settling down in that place.
02. Land of the Lustrous
Earth has been struck with Six meteors, wiping out all of humanity. Now the land is occupied by a crystalline species called Gems. These Gems possess a humanoid form with jewel-like bodies. But having jewel-like bodies made them the targets of Lunarians, who want to turn them into decorations. Each Gem has a role in fighting against Lunarians to protect their bodies.
Phosphophyllite, also known as Phos, is a young and fragile Gem and is considered useless and lazy by her peers. But she wants to help her fellow Gems against Lunarians. However, her desire to be useful unintentionally ends up causing more trouble. After endless requests, she finally receives her first assignment to create a natural history encyclopedia.
03. Girls’ Last Tour
Chito and Yuuri are among the last survivors after the war. Both ended up traveling through the ruins of old cities in an old military vehicle after their villages came under attack.
Their objective is to get on top of the city to find a place to settle down. Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou follows these two as they search for food, fuel, and water to persevere in these wastelands.
Buy/Stream On: Funimation
Koko Hekmatyar is a white-haired traveling merchant and heir to HCLI, an international shipping corporation. However, under the company facade, Koko operates an illegal business of smuggling weapons and sells weapons to several countries with utmost secrecy.
Koko’s team consists of trained soldiers from a wide array of military fields capable of getting rid of anything or anyone that gets in her way. Jormungand follows the arms dealer Koko as she operates under the goal of “promoting world peace” by ensuring that each side is armed abundantly.
Buy/Stream On: Unknown
In 1711, a group of alchemists summoned a demon who gave them the immortality elixir. Simultaneously in the year 1931 in Chicago, the Flying Pussyfoot train headed to New York City experienced something strange happening to its passengers.
Szilard, a famous scientist, was able to recreate the immortality elixir. However, his creation led to a series of unimaginable events affecting the lives of many across the globe. These three events and the passengers aboard the train have connections to each other in some insane way.
06. Silver Spoon
Yuugo Hachiken is tired of pleasing his parent’s demands and meeting their expectations. To escape from all this, he decides to join the Ooezo Agricultural High School, a boarding school. At first glance, it felt easy for him to get used to the country lifestyle, but it was all proven wrong.
Soon after enrolling at Ooezo, Hachiken learns that he is a complete amateur in farming or handling livestock. In contrast, the other school students all belong to farmer’s families with exceptional knowledge of vegetables, animals, and food. The story follows Hachiken’s daily life as he adjusts to his new life and learns a new thing every day.
Buy/Stream On: Unknown
Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a talented and respected young Japanese neurosurgeon living in West Germany. Being a favored doctor and recently engaged to the hospital director’s daughter, Kenzo has a promising future ahead of him. But that doesn’t come to fruition because of his choice of saving a child instead of the mayor of Dusseldorf.
Due to this, Tenma got demoted, lost his social standing, and dumped by his fiancee. However, one day, the hospital director mysteriously died, and Dr. Tenma took over his position. Nine years later, suddenly, the criminal patient he operated on escapes the hospital in terror. But when he decides to follow him, what happened next changes Tenma’s life forever.
08. Ushio and Tora
Five hundred years ago, a ferocious demon terrorized Japan until a samurai wielding the legendary demon-slaying Beast Spear defeated him and eventually trapped him away. The story follows Ushio Aotsuki, a middle school student and son of a carefree temple priest. His father always tells him about his ancient ancestor trapping a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear. He brushes off his father, thinking everything his father said is total nonsense.
Later that day, while looking for something in the storeroom, Ushio comes across a door that leads to an underground room. Upon entering the room, he saw a demon impaled with a spear and unknowingly frees demonic energy sealed for many years that attracts demons. The demon introduces himself as Tora and makes Ushio an offer to help fight the demons only if Ushio removes the legendary Beast Spear. Ushio pulls out the Beast Spear and becomes its wielder, granting him the power to fend off the demons.
09. Eden of The East
On November 22, 2010, Japan got hit by ten missiles assumed to be some kind of terrorist attack, but there were no victims in this incident, and soon forgotten by almost everyone. Three months later, during her graduation trip with her friends in America, college student Saki Morimi took a Washington D.C trip.
After arriving, she saw Akira, a naked Japanese man outside the White House with a gun in one hand and a cell phone in the other, and has no memories of how he got there. Despite having her suspicion, Saki decided to help him and soon befriends him. However, both Saki and Akira find themselves entangled in a conspiracy connected to the earlier ten missiles.
10. Haibane Renmei
Buy/Stream On: Funimation
Haibane are strange human-like beings with halo and small grey wings. They are born from a large cocoon in a village called Old Home. Nobody knows what the Haibane are, and even Haibanes themselves are unknown to their origin. The only memories they retain are of a vague dream while cocooned.
A Haibane named Rakka is born who dreams of falling when cocooned and is excitedly greeted by others of her kind. As Rakka is getting accustomed to her new life, she soon learns that an impenetrable wall surrounds the area, and Haibanes are forbidden from going anywhere near them.