The anime genre is currently exploding with awesome content. We’ve got Hunter X Hunter, My Hero Academia, Tokyo Ghoul, Record of Grancrest War, Castlevania, B: The Beginning and more. There’s definitely a plethora of choices to choose from. However, there’s a bunch of anime that are completely underrated and deserve your attention. Here’s the 10 best underrated anime that you should start watching today!
1. Ring ni Kakero 1
Ring ni Kakero is simply one of my favourites. The story is about a boxer who wants to make it big in the world of fighting. His name is Ryuuji, and his first challenge is in high school when he applies to participate in a championship. The trainer of the boxer sees his potential from the beginning and starts promoting his skills to the local organizers who stage big events in the city. The story has a big moral as well showcasing that you should never give up on your hopes.
2. Samurai Deeper Kyo
Samurai Deeper Kyo is largely overlooked by many because it was overshadowed by Dragon Ball Z in its early stage of development. The story is about Samurai Deeper Kyo who has two men in one body—the humble one and the legendary samurai Oneme-no-Kyo. The two make a great team as they fight local gangs and protect villagers.
3. Shura no Toki: Age of Chaos
The legend says that a team of strong Japanese warriors fought unarmed and undefeated. Shura no Toki: Age of Chaos is great to watch if you are a fan of fighting and explosions. The martial arts that the anime showcases is based on real-life moves from Kung fu and Karate. The protagonist is named Musasi who fills the missing reputation of his dynasty.
4. Pumpkin Scissors
The plot of Pumpkin Scissors is about a gentle giant who fights his enemies, but on the other hand, is terrifying to his antagonists. There is a scene where the protagonist singlehandedly takes on a functioning tank and fights an entire army of criminals. Overall, a great anime that is somehow overlooked by Japanese and Western fans.
5. Night Head Genesis
The Night Head Genesis anime will play with your emotions and tell you a story you never knew you had to endeavour into your life. Naoto and Nayao possess psychic abilities, and because of that, they were sent to a laboratory from an early age. They lived there for most of their infancy, but escaped to explore the world with their ability to read minds and move objects.
6. Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok
While being a great name for the upcoming Marvel show, this series premise is something that only anime could feature. Loki – yes, the Norse god of mischief and fire – gets banished to the human world by Odin, and he can only come back by capturing malevolent Auras that try to take over human hearts. Logically, he takes the form of a young human, opens a detective agency that specializes in the paranormal, and soon hires an assistant – a daughter of a Shinto priest who’s also really into supernatural. With a setup like that and featuring a range of other gods and entities, what Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok gets into is better seen by yourself.
7. Nodame Cantabile
Be careful watching Nodame Cantabile with an emotional partner, the tears might start pouring after each episode. The story develops by introducing you to Chiaki who is a well-known pianist who dreams of becoming a recognised conductor. There is nothing more emotional and nicer to see and experience as the main character succeeds and fails in the development of events.
8. The Law of Ueki
The Law of Ueki features a unique twist as high school teacher Mr. K makes his students fight each other where the victor will become the new Celestial King. But it is not as easy as it sounds, the plot is a lot more complicated and interesting than you think. So prepare yourself for an experience you never expected you needed.
9. Legend of the Condor Hero
The Legend of the Condor Hero is another overlooked anime that you should dedicate your attention to. The plot develops slowly, but once you are into it, you will understand why this masterpiece is on this list. The series takes place in 13th century China after the Mongol invasion. It focuses on a group of warriors who will fight to defend the Southern Song Dynasy against the invading Mongol Horde. It specifically focuses on Yang Guo and his master Xiaolongnu.
The story of Moyashimon focuses on Tadayasu Sawaki, who travels away from his village to a bigger city to start studying at the university. The anime follows Yadayasu Sawaki as he struggles to study in his new environment. The twist is that Sawaki has the ability to communicate with microorganisms.
There you have it. Are there any animes you think should have been included or that you would recommend?