It is no doubt that anime has grown a lot ever since the classics such as InuYasha, Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh!, One Piece etc. Though these anime have been the ones to bring anime to a brighter spotlight, we now have fan favourites that are known across the fandom. However, despite being a massive medium of entertainment in today’s world, anime still has it’s fair share of hidden gems that, despite the quality and critical reception, these anime just refused to actually take off. I will be counting down 6 of the most underrated anime that I think deserved better than to fade to nothingness.
#6 Guilty Crown
This is an anime that is very similar to Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion, all from a world government that oppressed Japan to a terrorist group trying to free it, though despite its obvious parallels, this anime takes a more human approach to the situation with the main character who is not a genius exiled prince with a revenge complex, but an average high school kid who just wants to get by.The story follows Ouma Shu as he accidentally runs across Yuzuriha Inori a member of the Funeral Parlor, a terrorist organisation working to overthrow the current government in Japan. After attempting to assist Inori, Shu ends up obtaining the mysterious “Power Of Kings” which allows him to give shape to a person’s heart.
The story follows Ouma Shu as he accidentally runs across Yuzuriha Inori a member of the Funeral Parlor, a terrorist organisation working to overthrow the current government in Japan. After attempting to assist Inori, Shu ends up obtaining the mysterious “Power Of Kings” which allows him to give shape to a person’s heart.
If you were a fan of Code Geass and love terrorist conspiracy stories then I recommend this anime for you, while it’s the masterpiece that is Code Geass, it’s still a great anime that is definitely worth a watch.
#5 Zetsuen no Tempest
What if a Shakespearian play were to adapted into an anime format? Well, this is the closest answer you’ll get to that question. This anime follows two main characters, Takigawa Yoshino and Fuwa Mahiro. Yoshino used to be his best friend’s sister Fuwa Aika’s secret lover.However, disaster strike when Aika is mysteriously murdered, Mahiro disappears, vowing to avenge his sister’s death while Yoshino stays behind trying to deal with his loss. This anime takes heavy inspirations from two works by Shakespeare, Hamlet and The Tempest, while maintaining it’s original plot, utilising direct quotes from both plays that heavily contrasts with the cast of characters as they attempt to free a mysterious witch named Kusaribe Hakaze, who by the hand of her own clan members, was trapped on a desert island, and save the world while Mahiro grows closer to exacting his revenge. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare or just want to watch a magical/mystery anime then I highly recommend you give Zetsuen no Tempest a try.
However, disaster strike when Aika is mysteriously murdered, Mahiro disappears, vowing to avenge his sister’s death while Yoshino stays behind trying to deal with his loss. This anime takes heavy inspirations from two works by Shakespeare, Hamlet and The Tempest, while maintaining it’s original plot, utilising direct quotes from both plays that heavily contrasts with the cast of characters as they attempt to free a mysterious witch named Kusaribe Hakaze, who by the hand of her own clan members, was trapped on a desert island, and save the world while Mahiro grows closer to exacting his revenge.If you’re a fan of Shakespeare or just want to watch a magical/mystery anime then I highly recommend you give Zetsuen no Tempest a try.
If you’re a fan of Shakespeare or just want to watch a magical/mystery anime then I highly recommend you give Zetsuen no Tempest a try.
#4 Eden Of The East
Eden of the East is an anime that focuses on the relationship between Takizawa Akira and Morimi Saki, after their unexpected encounter at the fences of The White House during Saki’s visit to the US, as he saves her from cops who try to arrest her for throwing a coin at the White House garden. Takizawa has some sort of amnesia where he has forgotten everything from his past and finds that he is in possession of a cellphone holding 8.2 bill Yen in digital cash.
Takizawa finds himself in the middle of a death game which involves money and the salvation of the world. Despite all this Saki is determined to unravel the mysteries behind Akira as they find themselves romantically attached to each other while fending off other individuals with similar phones attempting to take Akira’s life while unravelling his possible connection to a terrorist event dubbed “Careless Monday” which had occurred only months prior.
If you are looking for a good mystery with a fair share of action and romance, look no further for Eden of the East is exactly what you were looking for, combining the slice of life romance elements to an atmosphere of suspense and an amnesia story that works.
#3 Rokka no Yuusha
This anime is actually fairly recent only being released in 2015, with no news of a season 2, which is disappointing as this anime managed to grab by surprise with it’s intricately crafted locked room mystery scenario where you have no way of actually knowing who the culprit is. We follow Adlet Mayer as he attempts to discover who the seventh brave, who is supposedly working under the Demon King, is in order to defeat the Deamon King and his army. This anime is also very inspired by ancient Maya and Aztec myths, which uncommon at best in anime.
Legend says that when then Demon King revives, six warriors would be chosen by the Goddess of Fate, they would be known as the Braves Of The Six Flowers. Adlet, self-proclaimed “strongest man in the world” is chosen as one of these warriors and begins his journey along with Nashetania, another Brave when he finds that there are, in fact, seven of them and one must be a traitor, suspicion falls on Adlet, now on the run he must do what he can in order find the real seventh and clear his name.
Although this anime ends on a massive cliffhanger with no knowledge of a season two to be found due to its lack of popularity when it was airing, this anime is a great example of what a suspense/mystery anime should be, so go ahead and watch it if you haven’t already!
#2 Spiral: Bond of Reasoning
This anime is here for the simple reason that it was just too good of a mystery/detective anime to pass. As stated this is a detective anime, however, unlike anime such as Detective Conan, this anime has more dark elements mixed into it. This anime will get you invested to every mystery that main character Ayumu Narumi is tasked with solving, as you attempt to decipher them before the story reveals to you the answer.
Ayumu Narumi’s older brother Kiyotaka, a renowned detective and piano player, disappears all of a sudden. The only clue Narumi has, are the Blade Children. Two years later a row of murders and incidents begin, relating to the Blade Children. Together with school journalist, Hiyono Yuizaki, Narumi tries to figure out their destiny.
For those who are sick of the light-hearted Scooby Doo type detective anime that we see today, this anime will definitely take you by surprise and despite it’s older art style and animation, since it is from all the way back to 2002, this anime has many relatable characters and a story that will get you gripped to your computer screen as you watch Ayumu unravels every problem, puzzle or murder mystery thrown at him.
#1 Ergo Proxy
Mystery, Sci-fi, Dystopia, Psychological Thriller and Philosophical elements are all combined to give us the masterpiece that is Ergo Proxy, following the path of self-discovery in which Vincent Law and Re-l Mayer embark revealing the truth of what happened to the world before it became this dystopian reality in which they live in. This anime makes you question what exactly it is you’re watching at times as well as suspecting the meaning behind every seemingly insignificant piece of dialogue the anime has to offer.
Re-l Mayer, the granddaughter of the ruler of the domed city of Romdo, one of the last human civilisations on earth, is tasked with investigating the “Cogito virus”, which has infected the robot servants that help the humans in their day to day life known as “AutoReivs” granting them self-awareness. But what begins as a routine investigation quickly spirals into a conspiracy as Re-l is confronted by humanity’s darkest sins. While elsewhere in Romdo, an AutoReiv specialist by the name of Vincent Law must also face his demons when surreal events begin occurring around him. Re-l, Iggy, Vincent, and the child AutoReiv named Pino, will form an unlikely faction as they struggle to uncover Romdo’s mysteries and ultimately, discover the true purpose of the mythical beings called “Proxies.”
Watch it. No seriously I heavily recommend that everyone watches this anime as it can make you rethink a lot of things about the real world as well as discussing the nature of the soul and morality, what is good and evil, right or wrong. However, it is worth noting that this anime is quite slowly paced with more dialogue than action, so if you are walking into it thinking you will be getting a lot of Man vs Machine action, you would be wrong as it emphasises the philosophical aspects of reality contrary to a more action-packed shonen anime.